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Tracking Edith - A Renowned Photographer and Secret Soviet Agent
When she wasn't working as a Soviet agent, Edith Tudor-Hart was taking photos of workers and street children in Vienna and London, documenting poverty and social deprivation. But she also found time to recruit Kim Philby and act as one…
Helvetica - Typography, Graphic Design and Global Visual Culture
An independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. HELVETICA looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. An…
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth 
It began as a housing marvel. Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, "the poor man's penthouse." Two decades later, it ended in rubble - its razing an iconic event that the…
Turn It Around - The Story of East Bay Punk
This documentary spans over 30 years of the California Bay Area's punk music history with a central focus on the emergence of the inspiring 924 Gilman Street collective. This diverse group of artists, writers, organizers and musicians created a do-it-yourself…
Design Canada - The History of Graphic Design in Canada
The first documentary chronicling the history of Canadian graphic design and how it shaped a nation and its people. What defines a national identity, is it an anthem? A flag? Is it a logo or icon? How do these elements…
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The Light Bulb Conspiracy
The Light Bulb Conspiracy uncovers how planned obsolescence has shaped our lives and economy since the 1920's, when manufacturers deliberately started shortening the life of consumer products to increase demand. The film also profiles a new generation of consumers, designers…
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Hip Hop - Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, long-time hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of…
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Side by Side - Can Film Survive the Digital Future?
Produced by Keanu Reeves, SIDE BY SIDE is an in-depth examination of how digital filmmaking is challenging traditional celluloid film as the gold standard in moviemaking. Through unprecedented access to influential filmmakers James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch,…
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Urbanized - The Issues and Strategies Behind Urban Design
Over half the world's population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking.The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement,…
Deceptive Practice - The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay
Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. DECEPTIVE PRACTICE traces Jay's achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather, to such now-forgotten legends…
Minimalism - The Many Levels of Minimalistic Lifestyles
Can true happiness and success be measured by material possessions? What is the personal and global impact of our consumer culture? Is there an alternative? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many aspects of the growing "minimalist"…
Fame High - The Talented Students at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
From the nail-biting freshman auditions to the spectacular year-end performances, FAME HIGH captures the in-class and at-home drama, competition, heartbreak, and triumph during one school year at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). Talented teenagers reach…
Mies on Scene - Barcelona in Two Acts - A Building That Changed the History of Architecture
The Barcelona Pavilion, the masterpiece with which Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich staged their revolutionary ideas in 1929, changed the history of architecture forever. It only existed for eight months but its image was survived in the minds…
A Time for Making - Artisans Share Their Handmade Crafts
Nine artisans on secluded Gabriola Island in Canada reveal the differences between mass manufactured and authentic locally handmade crafts through intimate portraits of their work and lifestyle.
The Girls in the Band - Female Jazz Musicians
The award-winning documentary film THE GIRLS IN THE BAND tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, history-making journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The many first-hand accounts of the…
The Last Laugh - On Holocaust Jokes and Comedic Taboo
Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? In this outrageously funny and thought-provoking film, filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy's ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Harry Shearer, Jeff…
Objectified - Manufactured Objects and their Designers
Explore our complex relationship with manufactured objects and the people who design them. OBJECTIFIED is a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It's about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured…
Theory of Obscurity - A Film About the Residents
This film tells the story of the iconic renegade cult band The Residents. From the group's formation in Shreveport to their success in the burgeoning San Francisco avant-garde music scene of the 60s and 70s, The Residents redefined what a…
Crazy Horse - The Rehersals and Performances at a French Burlesque
CRAZY HORSE follows the rehearsals and performances of the Crazy Horse Paris for a new show, DESIRS, staged by Philippe Decoufle, a celebrated French choreographer, as well as the backstage preparations of the dancers (make-up and costume fittings) and the…
Sound City - One of the Greatest Unsung Recording Studios
Deep in the San Fernando Valley, behind the train tracks and amidst dilapidated warehouses, was rock n' roll's best kept secret. Sound City, America's greatest unsung recording studio, housed a legendary, one-of-a-kind recording console, and became the birth place to…