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This dark French drama focuses on the final months before Vincent Van Gogh's tragic suicide. After leaving the asylum, Van Gogh settles in Auvers-sur-Oise, in the home of Doctor Gachet, an art lover and patron. Vincent keeps painting amidst the conflict with his brother, Theo, and the torments of his…
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In Matt Smith's autobiographical tale the universe of his 8th grade self is about ten blocks long. Smith and his friends roam the heavily Catholic Capitol Hill neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington in the late 1960s wandering from St. Joseph's Church to the Seattle Times newspaper shack, from school playgrounds to…
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Set Fire To The Stars
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Eadweard
Winner of over a dozen awards at festivals worldwide, EADWEARD is the true story of world-famous, turn-of-the-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge who discovered how to capture the theory of motion on film with his famous Stanford Horse Gaits photographs. Using animals from a local zoo as subjects, Eadweard created the first…
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Renoir
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his side is Andree, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son. This historical…
The Better Angels
The story of Abraham Lincoln's childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him for ever and the two women who guided him to immortality. Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. Nominated for the…
Finding Altamira
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