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Showing posts with label Biography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Biography. Show all posts

Oct 15, 2019

Milford Graves Full Mantis (2018)


A philosophical investigation into the nature of humanity, art, creativity, being, and purpose. As much a visual poem as a documentary, the film oscillates from present to past and weaving intimate glimpses of the world renowned jazz percussionist's fascinating cosmology with blistering performances from around the globe.

Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story (2014)


Larry Flynt, Ron Jeremy, Al Goldstein and others discuss what made Hustler magazine different from other skin-mags of the time. The history of Larry Flynt and the iconoclastic adult magazine he created.

Oct 14, 2019

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008)


A portrait, mostly chronological, of composer, cellist, and vocalist Arthur Russell (1951-1992). His parents, friends and colleagues such as Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass, his long-time companion Tom Lee, and others provide commentary. Arthur is shy, acne-scarred, from the prairie, constantly composing, and not always finishing works. After a few years in San Francisco, he settles in New York City and becomes music director at the Kitchen. He bridges pop and classical, records disco music with Lola Blank, has an unsuccessful collaboration with Robert Wilson, and is part of several bands. In archival clips, we see him perform. He leaves hundreds of tapes and other recordings.

Shot in the Dark (2017)


Shot in the Dark is a documentary on three blind photographers: Pete Eckert, Sonia Soberats and Bruce Hall. A documentary on three blind people who devote their lives to creating images. What do they see in their mind's eyes? Do they sense that which we sighted miss, overlook, or don't take into consideration? Their images, as we sighted can see, are extraordinary. "Even with no input the brain keeps creating images," says Pete Eckert. Sonia Soberats states, "I only understood how powerful light is after I went blind." Shot in the Dark is a journey into an unfamiliar yet fascinating realm. "My camera is like a bridge," claims Bruce Hall. All these photographers embrace fantasy, chance, and contingency at a fundamental level. Shot in the Dark enriches our understanding of perception and creation. We all close our eyes in sleep, the sighted and blind alike, and in our dreams - we see.

Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon (2012)


On the 21st July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on another world. Learning to fly just as the super-sonic era dawned, and honing his piloting skills flying Navy combat missions over North Korea, Armstrong was a product of his time. With additional experience as an elite, rocket-powered, X-15 test pilot he had just the right skill set NASA was looking for in 1961, when they recruited their second group of astronauts to shoot for the Moon. Achieving the first Moon landing and taking that first step onto its surface just eight years later, not only transformed human history, but also it changed Armstrong's own life as well. Drawing on private family archives and told through a series of intimate interviews, this is the story of the real Neil Armstrong, by those who loved, lived and worked with 'the first man on the Moon'.

Memories of a Penitent Heart (2016)


Twenty-five years after her uncle died of AIDS, a woman tracks down his lover and opens a Pandora's box of family drama.

Frank Gehry: The Formative Years (1988)


The American architect most responsible for the new image of the architect as artist is documented in this film at a point in his career when he advances from experimental, private houses to complex institutions and large-scale collaborative urban projects. This film is a survey of his beginnings when he experimented with his own house in Santa Monica, giving him notoriety in the architecture scene.

Bruce Lee: The Man and the Legend (1973)


A documentary that examines the life and the untimely death of superstar Bruce Lee.

Brené Brown: The Call to Courage (2019)


With humor and empathy, Brené Brown discusses what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty.


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