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For the Love of Spock - The Life of Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy
A one-of-a-kind documentary sure to unite trekkies worldwide, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK tells the life of Star Trek's Mr. Spock and the actor who played him, Leonard Nimoy, for nearly fifty years. The film's focus began as a celebration…
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…
Deceptive Practice - The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay
Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) -- and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. DECEPTIVE PRACTICE…
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…
The Year We Thought About Love - Behind the Scenes of Queer Youth Theater
What happens when LGBTQ youth decide to create a play about queer love to tour to area high schools? The Hollywood Reporter writes that the play "shocks, entertains, and awes!" Our award-winning film reveals how the "powers of art elicit…
Deaf Jam
Deaf Jam is the story of deaf teen Aneta Brodski's bold journey into the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing…
Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty
"There is no right or wrong body of a conscious revolutionary mind." Sins Invalid witnesses a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists. Since 2006, its performances have explored…
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Shakespeare Behind Bars - A Theater Troupe in Prison
Murderers, Fugitives, Thieves...Shakespeare would have loved these guys. Shakespeare Behind Bars is an unexpectedly delightful documentary that follows the casting, rehearsal, and presentation of Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, by convicted felons inside Kentucky's Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Winner of eight…
Mermaids - Mermaid Enthusiasts Share Their Passion
This feature documentary dives into the allure and transformative power of the universal myth of mermaids; from the sirens of ancient lore to a new subculture of tail-donning women who beckon us into their sometimes humorous and at other times…
Composed - Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Many of us are terrified of public speaking, let alone performing! COMPOSED explores the many ways we experience and face performance anxiety, through the experiences of professional musicians. Faced with the judgment of peers, the audience, and themselves, these musicians…
Hamlet
Shakespeare's classic tragedy is re-imagined by mixing and repurposing Richard Burton's 1964 Broadway production, directed by John Gielgud. The Burton production was recorded in live performance from 17 camera angles and edited into a film that was shown as a…
Bayou Maharajah
This film explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who Dr. John described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced." This roller coaster portrait traces Booker's life from his…
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Othello
Iago (Frank Finlay), an officer in the Venetian army and ensign to the Moorish general Othello (Laurence Olivier), bitterly resents the appointment of a younger soldier Cassio (Derek Jacobi) as Othello's lieutenant. He and his friend Roderigo (Robert Lang) maliciously…
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The Seagull - From Moscow’s Satirikon Theatre
Anton Chekhov's first of four major plays dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters: Boris Trigorin, a well-known writer, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the would-be playwright Konstantin Treplev. Yury…
Dear Mr. Shakespeare - Blackness, Race, and Immigration in Othello
A reinterpretation and exploration of William Shakespeare's intentions when writing Othello . The film examines the play's racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting, while drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today. Nominated for the…
The Cherry Orchard - From the Moscow Art Theatre
First staged in 1904 by Konstantin Stanislavsky in the very theater and on the very stage of this production, director Adolf Shapiro's interpretation asks the question, where would the characters of this play live today years after their cherry orchard…
Discovering Rita Hayworth
Part of the Series: Discovering Film
Initially talent spotted while dancing underage in a Tijuana nightclub act, it wasn't until Margarita Cansino changed her name to Rita Hayworth that her Hollywood career really took flight. Seductive turns in early hits such at The Strawberry Blonde, Blood…
To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre)
Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! (Phedre) is The Wooster Group's OBIE -winning production of Paul Schmidt's version of Racine's Phedre, re-set in a mobile modernist landscape of sliding plexiglass panels, omnipresent monitors, and hidden cameras. Winner of…
Discovering Marilyn Monroe
Part of the Series: Discovering Film
Marilyn Monroe - To be a Hollywood great is to fly too close to the sun, to embody the dreams of millions while placing your fate in their hearts. Discovering film celebrates the life of Marilyn Monroe from her early…
Discovering Audrey Hepburn
Part of the Series: Discovering Film
Always the epitome of style, Audrey Hepburn fittingly started out as a model before being spotted by a movie producer. Her first major film, Roman Holiday, won her an Academy Award for Best Actress and catapulted her to stardom. Further…