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Tokyo Idols - A Fascinating Look at Sex & Gender in Japan
This festival favorite documentary gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity. This ever growing phenom is told through Rio, a bona fide "Tokyo Idol" who takes us on…
Quest - An Intimate Portrait of an African-American Family
This New York Times Critics' Pick , filmed with verite intimacy for nearly a decade, is a moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his…
Don't Think I've Forgotten - Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll
Through the eyes, words and songs of its popular music stars of the 50's, 60's, and 70's, DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA'S LOST ROCK AND ROLL examines and unravels Cambodia's tragic past. Combining interviews with surviving musicians and never-before-seen archival…
Don't Look Back
Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in England during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist. In…
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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A Hard Day's Night
Part of the Series: Janus Favorites Collection
Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A…
Sing - Mindenki
Based on a true story, this Oscar-winning short film follows an award-winning school choir and the new girl in class facing a tough choice: to stand up against a corrupt system, or to fit quietly into it. SING is a…
Alive Inside - A Story of Music and Memory
ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the…
Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song
Strange Fruit is the first documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. The song's evolution tells a dramatic story of America's radical past using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter.…
Fresh Dressed - The Evolution of Rap Fashion
A fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion's catwalks and Middle America shopping malls. Director Sacha Jenkins' music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of…
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…
The Decline of Western Civilization
Part of the Series: The Decline of Western Civilization Collection
Their message is brutally clear: Destroy the old and make way for the new. This is the punk's violent revolution; Their lawless world. This is THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A Riveting, unflinching account of the punk rock phenomenon and…
Wild Style
Wild Style follows the exploits of maverick tagger Zoro (real life graffiti artist Lee Quinones), whose work attracts the attention of an East Village art fancier (Patti Astor) who commissions him to paint the stage for a giant Rapper's Convention.…
Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones 1969 Tour
Called the greatest rock film ever made, this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour. When three hundred thousand members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hells Angels at San Francisco's Altamont…
Swim Little Fish Swim
Mary is a hardworking nurse who dreams of only one thing: changing her life. She resents her husband for being an irresponsible, overgrown adolescent, incapable of holding down a job. Leeward is an atypical, idealistic musician who fancies himself a…
Oz
Take a trip down the highway with city runaway Dorothy (Joy Dunstan) as she heads for the city to catch the farewell gig by superstar The Wizard (Graham Matters). Joining her along the way are a surfie who can't find…
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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Copyright Criminals - Musical Sampling and Copyright Law
This documentary traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression,…
Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
The lives, times, and music of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Ethel Waters and other legendary women illustrate how the blues became a vital part of American culture. WILD WOMEN DON'T HAVE THE BLUES shows how the blues were…
Imagine the Sound - Jazz in the 60's
Imagine the Sound brings together interviews and performances with the prime innovators of the once controversial free jazz movement of the 60s. The first feature documentary by Ron Mann (Grass, Comicbook Confidential) is an eloquent tribute to a group of…