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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…
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…
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…
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…
Unbound - Scenes from the Life of Mary Shelley
UNBOUND transforms and explodes the idea of documentary and biography. The result is an inversion of narrative, re-siting Romanticism through an infinitely caressing yet ruptured and painterly lens. In Rome for a year at the American Academy, Child created imaginary…
Stride, Soviet!
Part of the Series: Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
STRIDE, SOVIET! is a film intended to publicize, in the run-up to local elections, the work and accomplishments of the Moscow municipal council or "soviet." Dziga Vertov attempts a different kind of lecture film, one that disposes of staid commentary…
Stations of the Elevated
STATIONS OF THE ELEVATED is a forty-five minute city symphony directed, produced and edited by Manfred Kirchheimer. Shot on lush 16mm color reversal stock, the film weaves together vivid images of graffiti-covered elevated subway trains crisscrossing the gritty urban landscape…
Mixed Messages - Gender Stereotyping in Popular Culture
An experimental video collage that incorporates found footage, performance, interviews with young girls, documentary, animation, images from advertising and television, and a dream narrative in a work that examines gender-stereotyping in popular culture, concluding with a post-modern version of the…
The Marina Experiment - A Father's Voyeuristic Obsession with his Daughter
Marina's father communicated with her solely through cameras and audio recording devices, documenting the emotional violations she endured under his direction. After his death she cleared out storage and discovered over 10,000 photographs, super 8 films and reel-to-reel audiotape interrogations…
The Last Of England
An apocalyptic roar of a movie, Derek Jarman's (Sebastiane) dizzying THE LAST OF ENGLAND is a lament for the country he once knew and what he feared it would become. One of Jarman's most experimental and overwhelming works, he has…
Your Day is My Night
Immigrant residents of a "shift-bed" apartment in the heart of New York City's Chinatown share their stories of personal and political upheaval. As the bed transforms into a stage, the film reveals the collective history of the Chinese in the…
Illness Magnified
Illness Magnified is an experimental documentary about the experience, language, and spaces of illness from the perspective of both patients and physicians. It contrasts personal and institutional conceptions of illness and the body by exploring how they are visualized, documented,…