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Still Dreaming - Retired Broadway Entertainers on Stage
At The Lillian Booth Actors Home just outside NYC, a group of long-retired Broadway entertainers dive into a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and find that nothing is what it seems to be. With a play that is…
Angelica [A Tragedy] - An Insightful Look Into the Process of a Performance Artist
Angelica Liddell's dramaturgy is considered one of the most avant-garde in contemporary European theater. As Liddell starts working on her new play, director Manuel Fernandez-Valdes decides to capture her rehearsal process on camera. The hallmarks of Liddell's autobiographical work are…
Theater Of War
Filmmaker John Walter artfully captures Meryl Streep groping for - and then seizing the character in her unforgettable portrayal of Mother Courage in Tony Kushner's adaptation of the Bertolt Brecht masterpiece Mother Courage and Her Children. THEATER OF WAR is…
Making War Horse
Making War Horse is the story of how Michael Morpurgo's children's novel became one of the most popular and acclaimed productions in the National Theatre's history. From its early development in the NT Studio, see how Handspring Puppet Company created…
Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy
In Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy, actor John Turturro (Barton Fink, Do the Right Thing) takes audiences on a haunting, intimate journey to his maternal homeland of Sicily. There, while exploring the island's vanishing traditions, he is taken under the…
Parables of War - Healing the Wounds of War with Dance
Dance, documentary, and drama. All converge in Parables of War in a meditation exploring the timeless question: can civilization bind the wounds of war? Using MacArthur "Genius" choreographer Liz Lerman's, theatrical performance piece Healing Wars as a point of departure,…
OT: Our Town - A Theater Production at a Compton High School
Against all odds, the first theatrical production in over 20 years at Dominguez High School is going to be Thornton Wilder's American classic "Our Town". The kids at this Compton school are about to experience more than a culture clash,…
Hair: Let The Sun Shine In
Since its overwhelming success on Broadway forty years ago, HAIR: Let the Sun Shine In has inspired generations with its messages of love, non-violence and liberation. This definitive and entertaining documentary highlights the continuing relevance of the show and its…
Sons and Mothers: A Documentary About Love, Life, and Ability
Sons & Mothers is an intimate portrait of a group of men who meet once a week as part of the Men's Ensemble theatre troupe. Led by Alirio Zavarce, a Venezuelan born actor and theatre director, they embark on a…
Asni - Courage, Passion and Glamour in Ethiopia
Asnaketch Worku was an extraordinary musical artist who is as much a cultural icon to Ethiopians as Billie Holiday is to Americans and Edith Piaf to the French. She lived her life on the edge of her artistry, over the…
Making the Boys - The Boys in the Band -The First Mainstream LGBT Play and Subsequent Film
Before Prop 8, Milk or Will & Grace, before the AIDS epidemic, gay pride parades or the Stonewall uprising, The Boys in the Band changed everything. MAKING THE BOYS explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay…
Theatre Svoboda - A World Famous Stage Designer
A portrait of the life and work of the director's grandfather, world-famous stage designer Josef Svoboda, who tried to juggle creative freedom, family life and political allegiances during the times of the communist regime. Svoboda was able to work for…
Like Father, Like Son - A Rama Theater Troupe in Myanmar
Part of the Series: Yangon Film School
Zaw Oo is at a crossroads. In order to prevent his centuries-old Rama troupe from dying out he must train the next generation of players. But how can he recommend the life of a poor Rama performer to his own…
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…
Mortified Nation - Sharing Childhood Secrets on Stage
A documentary about adults who share their most embarrassing, private childhood writings in front of total strangers. The film blends performance footage of these public confessions with an examination of the rise of Mortified stage shows, and chronicles how the…
Jesus Town USA - An Oklahoma Passion Play
For 88 years, a small Oklahoma town has pantomimed a passion play on a bizarre reproduction of Jerusalem built into the Wichita foothills. JESUS TOWN USA is a light-hearted and comedic documentary chronicling the journey of a 100-strong amateur cast,…
Peace Commandos - Transforming Conflict in Congolese Society
Peace Commandos is a documentary film featuring the work of Search for Common Ground (SFCG), an innovative organization working to transform conflict in Congolese society through interactive street theater, and Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a humanitarian mine action organization working…
A New Kind of Listening - Disability Rights and the Power of Inclusive Arts
The story of a one-of-a-kind theater group and a young man who could not speak, yet found the voice he had been looking for all his life. The film follows the collaborative work of the Community Inclusive Theater Group as…
Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine
An African American gospel choir is the Greek chorus for a Palestinian play on Martin Luther King which tours the West Bank preaching nonviolence. The choir is apprehensive about working with Palestinians whose American media image is that of angry,…
John Brown's Body at San Quentin Prison - Prisoners Heal Through Theater
John Brown's Body at San Quentin Prison is a film about America - the far history, slavery and the Civil War - and the near history, the lives of a particular group of prisoners serving life sentences for murder at…