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The Thoughts That Once We Had - A Personal History of Cinema
Described in an opening text as a "personal history of cinema, partially inspired by Gilles Deleuze," THE THOUGHTS THAT ONCE WE HAD from master cinematic essayist Thom Andersen ( Los Angeles Plays Itself , Red Hollywood ) is a richly…
Down in Shadowland - Secret Lives on the New York Subway
Tom DiCillo's latest film, DOWN IN SHADOWLAND, was made over the course of 7 years. He made the film entirely by himself, motivated by a fascination with the secret lives of people on the subway that began when he first…
A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness - An Experimental Documentary
Winner of Best International Documentary at the Torino Film Festival, this acclaimed film follows a man at three disparate moments in his life; as a member of a small nudist commune on an Estonian island, alone in the wilderness of…
Topophilia - An Examination of Place and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is one of the world's longest conduits for crude oil, stretching 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay in the north to Port Valdez in the south. Mostly raised due to permafrost and only 48 inches in diameter, the…
Bestiaire - A Mediation on Animals in Captivity
Curious, compelling and compassionate, BESTIAIRE, Denis Cote's contemplative portrait of animals in captivity is, put simply, a series of beautifully framed and composed tableaux of a variety of animals at Quebec's Parc Safari; but it's also a complex meditation on…
INAATE/SE/ - The Seven Fires Prophecy
A re-imagination of an ancient Ojibway story -- the Seven Fires Prophecy -- which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans, INAATE/SE/ is a kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms. INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore…
Five Obstructions
Lars von Trier now enters the world of documentary filmmaking alongside his idol, Danish filmmaker Jorgen Leth. In 1967, Leth made a 12 minute feature film called The Perfect Human. In the year 2000, von Trier challenged Jorgen Leth to…
The Royal Road - A Cinematic Essay on Personal and Collective Memory
A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, THE ROYAL ROAD offers up a primer on Junipero Serra's Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred…
Ruins Rider
Filmed in the lost territories of the Balkans, RUINS RIDER portrays the secret ruins that triggered trances over the past centuries. Using an array of hypnotic pulsating flickers, filmmaker Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt conceived an explosive kinetic experience. Accompanied by a powerful…
History Lessons - Lesbian History Through Archived Footage
In this wonderfully irreverent yet empowering film, Barbara Hammer traces lesbian history by presenting an extraordinary array of archival footage - and then playfully manipulates it to make it seem as though lesbians were everywhere. From popular films to newsreels,…
Ten Meter Tower (Hopptornet) - An Entertaining Human Experiment on Fear & Humiliation
A 10-meter diving tower. 67 members of the public who have never been up there choose whether to jump off or climb back down. The situation itself highlights a dilemma: to weigh the instinctive fear of taking the step out…
I Was a Winner - Jag var en vinnare
Three very different stories on the subject of computer game addiction are told through a mix of documentary interviews and animation in this acclaimed Swedish short film. The interviewees paint a picture of an existence characterized by isolation and flight…
Emergency Calls - A Terrifying Experimental Short Film
Based on authentic emergency calls and radio traffic, this experimental short film reminds us that being human is a fragile and fleeting opportunity to experience life around us. In the face of overwhelming darkness, all we can do is rely…
Homo Sapiens
This New York Times Critics' Pick is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. HOMO SAPIENS is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what…
Mur 19
Mark Rappaport's first film commences with Gerald Mur "studying the cinema" in the form of a blow-up glamor shot of Garbo. Then "the cinema" studies Gerald (from numerous angles) followed by a standoff as filmmaker and subject circle one another,…
F for Fake
Part of the Series: Janus World Documentaries Collection
Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In Orson Welles's free-form documentary F FOR FAKE, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career -- the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of…
Man With A Movie Camera - Musical Accompaniment by The Alloy Orchestra
Part of the Series: Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera
Named the best documentary film of all time by Sight and Sound, it is presented here in its entirety for the first time since its original premiere. Discovered and restored at EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam--with extensive digital treatment by…
Nebel - Our Inner Hum
A station in thick fog, tracks that disappear into the white mists and a figure, waiting. In between patches of mist a fox appears, looking for a scent in the wind. And then: bluster, shimmer, silence. And more fog. Views…
Re-enchantment - The Hidden Meanings of Fairy Tales
Presented as an interactive multi-platform documentary project exploring why fairy stories continue to enchant, entertain, fascinate and horrify contemporary adult audiences. Re-enchantment features a series of 10 x 3-minute animated documentaries (interstitials), which explore the themes at work in fairy…
Masculinity / Femininity - Concepts of Gender
Masculinity/Femininity is an experimental documentary that challenges normative notions of gender, sexuality and performance. Experimental filmmaker Russell Sheaffer's Masculinity/Femininity takes over where his short film starring James Franco, Masculinity & Me, left off. Shot mainly on Super 8mm film, this…