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Whitney is a 2018 documentary film about the American singer and actress Whitney Houston. The film was directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Lisa Erspamer. Whitney was screened out of competition at the world premiere as part of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on 16 May 2018 with a cinema release on 6 July 2018.

Terri White for Empire gave it 4/5, calling it: “A sobering, haunting but completely fresh look at Whitney’s life and death that will reframe everything you think you know about the singer.” Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote: “In Whitney, Macdonald lays out Houston’s story—the light and the darkness—in a classically etched, kinetically edited way. He makes superb use of archival footage, tickles us with montages of her heyday (not just Houston but the whole era—the way her songs, in hindsight, tapped into a certain free-floating ’80s jubilance), and interviews her family members and associates. The film captures the quality that made Whitney Houston magical, but more than that it puts together the warring sides of her soul.”

Critic Reviews

‘Macdonald makes artful use of jarring, subversive cuts to highlight the contradictions in Houston’s career.’ New Yorker

‘Kevin Macdonald’s “Whitney” is a documentary chronicle of Whitney Houston’s life; it’s tough-minded, unsparing and far superior to the biopic and the nonfiction film that preceded it.’ Wall Street Journal

‘Kevin Macdonald’s electrifying and empathetic doc on Whitney Houston drops a shocking revelation about abuse- but if his look at how she fell apart shortchanges the range of her talent it is anything but sensationalistic,’ Rolling Stone

Awards

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018 Winner of Best Documentary Feature Film

Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals and families of a congressional pursuit of Hollywood Communists after World War II. Trumbo was one of several writers, directors, and actors who invoked the First Amendment in refusing to answer questions under oath. They were blacklisted and imprisoned. We follow Trumbo to prison, to exile in Mexico with his family, to poverty, to the public shunning of his children, to his writing under others’ names, and to an eventual but incomplete vindication.

Trumbo is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Peter Askin, produced by Will Battersby, Tory Tunnell, and Alan Klingenstein, and written by Christopher Trumbo. It is based on the letters of Trumbo’s father, Dalton Trumbo, an Oscar-winning screenwriter who was imprisoned and blacklisted as a member of the Hollywood Ten, ten screenwriters, directors and producers who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee’s investigation of Communist influences in the Hollywood film industry.

The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and includes film clips and interviews, readings from Trumbo’s letters by performers such as Michael Douglas, Joan Allen, Donald Sutherland, Liam Neeson, and Paul Giamatti, and a reenactment by David Strathairn of a speech given by Dalton Trumbo in 1970. The readings include parts of what the New York Times calls “Dalton Trumbo’s remarkably stage-ready personal letters”[2] that cover the period from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Interspersed with these are archival clips from the HUAC hearings, footage from home movies, and “exceptionally well-selected interview clips with Trumbo”.

Critic Reviews

‘The transporting power of this experience is in the passionate and almost outlandishly eloquent verbal expression Trumbo poured into his correspondence, and the vividly American principles he defends.’ film.com

‘It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about theprice paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net.’ Variety

‘The film is an enlightening recap of ’50s Red Scare politics, and a parade of actors giving meaningful, earnest readings of Trumbo’s speeches and letters.’ Newsday.

Awards

Winner Freedom of Expression Award at the National Board of Review, USA

‘There And No Innocent Bystanders’, a new film chronicling The Libertines’ past, present and future.

The film gives an intimate insight into a band (The Libertines) reforming. The film captures the spirit of the band: stories and moments retold and relived by the band themselves. Profiling each band member individually and collectively — something which has never been done before — the film gives each of the boys the chance to put their story in their way.

Critic Reviews

“The film is a fair slice of nostalgia about one of the most influential bands to ever come from Britain. And though you might distance yourself from the lingering indie fall out that haunts the streets of Camden in 2014, any British music fan who owned a guitar during the last ten years would be lying if they said Up The Bracket didn’t feel godly at some point during their formative years.” Vice

Thought Exchange is a simple yet profound way of looking at the world, that allows us to understand and experience the truth about who we really are, where we really live, what we really want, and how to have that all the time.

It’s not about positive thinking, it’s about thinking…

The Thought Exchange comes to us from the creative mind of Usher Morgan, who is an award-winning screenwriter, film director, producer and studio executive residing in New York City. The Thought Exchange film shows us that there is a simple, yet profound way of looking at the world. A way that allows us to understand and experience the truth about who we really are, where we really live, what we really want, and how to have that all the time. The film is created by David Friedman, who is most well known for his roles in the music department for many disney films including Aladdin, Pocahontas and Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Critic Reviews

‘The film definitely has an agenda of positivity that is presented in a simple to understand manner. Unlike The Secret, The Thought Exchange is not relayed in a heavy handed manner. It’s rather uplifting and presented lightly with a dynamic use of ethereal music. Throughout the film, I never felt like I was being convinced of anything. I truly felt that the people in the piece believed and actually followed the methodology of The Thought Exchange.’

The Last Animals follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and criminal networks to save elephants and rhinos from extinction.

Winner of best international feature at the North West Fest Film Festival, The Last Animals is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to incredible lengths to save the planet’s last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and criminal Networks to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. From Africa’s front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets to the United States, the film takes an intense look at the global response to this slaughter and the desperate measures to genetically rescue the Northern White rhinos who are on the edge of extinction.

The film has also won best documentary at San Diego International Film Festival and Anchorage International Film Festival.

Critic Reviews

‘Testimonials cover a wide range, including England’s Prince William who helps to bring it all into perspective.’ Seattle Times

‘Concern for animals aside, this is a portrait of capitalism at its most destructive, and rhinos and elephants are not the only creatures it will leave you fearful for.’ Eye for Film

‘Filmic, often elegiac, and hopefully galvanising.’ Screen International

Awards

Anchorage International Film Festival 2017, Best Documentary Feature

NORTHWESTFEST International Documentary & Media Arts Festival 2017, winner of best international feature

San Diego International Film Festival 2017, winner of the festival award for best documentary

Tribeca Film Festival 2017, winner of the Disruptive Innovation Award

In the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, American doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, while the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom’s faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people.

The only surgeon within 200 miles, ‘Dr. Tom’ and a small Sudanese staff treat as many as 400 patients a day at Mother of Mercy Hospital, located in the heart of the Nuba Mountains. The region is the latest target of aerial bombardment by the Sudanese government, ordered by Omar al-Bashir, a dictator wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Living under the constant shadow of bombers overhead, Dr. Tom and his staff defy Bashir’s ban on humanitarian aid, work tirelessly to save the lives of the Nuba people, and bring hope to one million people who would be otherwise forgotten.

Critic Reviews

‘Absorbingly, unfussily captures Catena’s daily challenges and feats while also painting a vivid, often heartbreaking portrait of a forgotten people trapped in an underreported sociopolitical nightmare.’ Los Angeles Times

‘The Heart of Nuba delivers a moving but thankfully not overly sentimental portrait of this admirable figure.’ Hollywood Reporter

‘The film is worth seeing because it’s a moving and remarkable story and it represents a great cause.’ New York Times

Awards

Hollywood Film Festival 2017, Most Impactful Documentary Feature

Tells the extraordinary story of legendary musician Wilko Johnson who, diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, managed to accept his fate with uplifting positivity and defy the death sentence handed down to him. Winner of the Jury Prize for best international documentary at In-Edit 2015, The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson is a 2015 documentary which confronts our worst nightmares of impending death, confounding expectations and turning them upside down. It tells the extraordinary, yet universal story of legendary musician Wilko Johnson, who diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, managed to accept his fate with uplifting positivity and defy the death sentence handed down to him.

Critic Reviews

‘Wilko is irrepressibly energetic, holding forth on life, love, the universe and above all the prospect of death.’ Guardian ‘This is a moving portrait of a remarkable man, which is at its most effective when it just lets him speak.’ CineVue ‘Part biopic, part arty collage film, part scenic ramble through the great guitarist’s synaptic labyrinth.’ Time Out

Awards

In-Edit 2015, winner of the Jury Prize for best international documentary FOCAL International Awards 2016, winner of the FOCAL award for best use of footage in a documentary feature
South of Beirut, Lebanon is a 68 year old refugee camp housing refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Many have lived in this camp their entire lives– Mariam AlShaar is one of them. Now, Mariam has pulled the women of this camp together to do what has never been done before. They started with a small kitchen from a micro-loan. With nearly insurmountable political odds against them– they look to start the first refugee food truck. Their journey is one of many ups and downs but it is the community that is built, their sense of hope and how they see themselves that makes this a moving, touching film about their journey. Mariam has been known as ‘the crazy lady’ and now she will show just how crazy she is.

Soufra follows the inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a refugee who has spent her entire life in the 69-year-old Burl El Barajneh refugee camp south of Beirut, Lebanon.

Critic Reviews

‘The footage of the food is positively mouthwatering, a salient reminder of its ability to unite people within a culture as well as outside it.’ Chicago Reader

‘A stirring tale of empowerment, the documentary “Soufra” shows how societal change can begin with small steps.’ New York Times

‘To consider the long-standing Bourj al Barajneh is to consider the true humanity of refugees, who have hopes, dreams, lives to live and work to do. “Soufra” efficiently and effectively illustrates those ideas.’ Los Angeles Times

Awards

Cinetopia Film Festival 2018, Foreign Documentary

El Gouna International Film Festival 2017, Cinema for Humanity Prize, Mentor Arabia Award, Golden Star.

Florida Film Festival 2018, winner of the audience award

Galway Film Fleadh 2018, Best International Feature Documentary

Napa Valley Film Festival 2018, winner of the audience award

San Diego International Film Festival 2018, winner of the audience award

In LA filmmaker Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, we hear from people who have developed far-reaching theories and believe they have decoded the hidden symbols and messages buried in the late director’s film. Carefully examining The Shining inside out, and forwards and backwards, Room 237 is equal parts captivating, provocative and pure pleasure.

Room 237 is an American documentary film directed by Rodney Ascher about interpretations of Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. This award winning film includes footage from The Shining and other Kubrick films, along with discussions by Kubrick enthusiasts.

Manohla Dargis of The New York Times praised the film as “an ode to movie love at its most deliriously unfettered” and wrote “The doc positions The Shining as a comparably coiled, thematically overflowing microcosm – standing in for cinema, for history, for obsession, for postmodern theory buckling under the film’s heft.”

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, who rated the movie 3.5 stars out of 4 and called the “unique and unforgettable film” a “tribute to movie love”


Critic Reviews

‘Don’t watch this film and expect an authoritative critical analysis of the film; watch it and explore the distorting, drug-like pull that some art can exert on its audience.’ Times (UK)

Awards

Austin Fantastic Fest Winner Jury Prize for Best Film & Best Director

International Documentary Association Winner Creative Recognition Award for Best Editing

QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis.

Queen of the sun takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees. This engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.

Critic Reviews

Rich subject matter and persuasive presentation make this visually appealing nature documentary worth buzzing about. Hollywood Reporter

‘Queen of the Sun” is a beautiful nature film, with gorgeous, multicolored shots of bees and flowers. It also is a well-made documentary about the troubles of the honeybee. New York Post

What it is doing, and beautifully, is making a sunny and optimistic case for why the world is worth saving, via gorgeous imagery and poetic appreciations of the bees themselves. NPR

“Queen” sheds much-needed light on a disaster in progress. Los Angeles Times

Their honey has never looked so delicious. Or so precious. New York Times

Queen of the Sun optimistically counters with a panoply of ravishing shots featuring harmonious interaction between bees and impossibly colorful flowers, even as it plays up “the miracle of nature” angle a tad too heavily. Time Out

One of the most beautifully filmed documentaries that I’ve ever seen. Hollywood Report Card

Awards

International Documentary Association, 2010. Winner of the Pare Lorenz Award – honourable mention.

Red Rock Film Festival, 2010. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature.

 
Project Nim
Project Nim tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.

Project Nim was released to critical acclaim. The film has won 15 and was nominated for 27 awards, including Best Documentary at the 65th British Academy Film Awards.

Project Nim is a 2011 British documentary film. It focuses on Project Nim, a research project that was mounted in the 1970s to determine whether a primate raised in close contact with humans could develop a limited “language” based on American Sign Language.

Equal parts hilarious, poignant, and heartbreaking, Project Nim not only tells a compelling story masterfully, but also raises the flag on the darker side of human nature.

Critics Review

‘This haunting life story is an exquisite example of non-fiction filmmaking as full-bodied, emotionally complex drama.’ Hollywood Reporter

‘The release of this documentary by James Marsh in the same week as Rise of the Planet of the Apes is wittily timed. It too speaks of caged primates, though its judgement on their captors is far more disturbing.’ Independent UK

‘Marsh, who made the multi-awarded Man on a Wire, takes no sides but lets the humans speak for themselves, rum lot that they are.’ London Evening Standard

‘A harrowing and intensely powerful tale of an animal who was perhaps more human than the actual humans around him.’ From the Front Row

Awards

Awards Circuit Community Awards 2011

Winner of theACCA award for Best Documentary Feature

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2011

Winner of theBSFC Award for Best Documentary – James Marsh

Directors Guild of America, USA 2012

Winner of theDGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary – James Marsh

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2011

Winner of the FFCC Award for Best Documentary

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2011

Winner of the SDFCS Award for Best Documentary

Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology.

My Scientology Movie is a 2015 British documentary film about Scientology directed by John Dower, and written by and starring Louis Theroux. The film takes an unconventional approach to the subject matter, featuring young actors “auditioning” for parts playing high-profile Scientologists in scenes recreating accounts from ex-members about incidents involving senior church management. The Church of Scientology responded by putting the filmmakers under surveillance and denouncing the film.

My Scientology Movie premiered at the London Film Festival on 14 October 2015 before receiving a limited theatrical release in the United Kingdom on 7 October 2016 from BBC Films.

The film was praised by The Daily Telegraph reviewer Tim Robey as “a giddy, Pythonesque delight”. He commented that it was “all wickedly tendentious mischief, but when it’s this gloriously funny, the points score themselves.”

Variety magazine reviewer Guy Lodge described it as a “riotously funny” film that delivered “penetrating insights into the fiercely guarded administration of the church that Ron built. It’s also a witty essay on the politics of surveillance”.

Fionnuala Halligan of Screen Daily called the film “typically quixotic, consistently funny, and provocative in unexpected ways”, describing it as “pleasingly eccentric” and “impish yet effective.”

The Huffington Post called the film ‘absurdly funny’.

In The Guardian, John Patterson found that the film “pulls off the neat trick of finding a revelatory approach to a topic that’s been well covered of late: the Church of Scientology” before concluding that it “belongs in the company of the most serious work done on the church. The more sunlight that falls on this dark organisation, the better for all of us”

Critic Reviews

‘One of the best documentaries of the year.’ Entertainment Weekly

‘At times it plays like an extended skit on “The Daily Show”; yet its disorder also makes its insights – like how strongly the church’s training sessions resemble acting classes – feel refreshingly organic.’ New York Times

 
Mea Maxima Culpa
Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.

Winner of three prime-time Emmy’s, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is a 2012 documentary film directed by Oscar winning Alex Gibney. The film details the first known protest against clerical sex abuse in the United States by four deaf men.

Alex Gibney examines the abuse of power in the Catholic Church through the story of four courageous deaf men, who in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them. Through their case the film follows a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.

Critic Reviews

‘A kind of unintentional leaving gift for the outgoing Pope Benedict, though it is not one he is likely to relish.’ Guardian

‘The case has been widely reported but this is still an important film, laying out who knew what, and when. It’s chilling: the conspiracy of silence goes all the way to the Vatican.’ Time Out

‘In the end, decades of such crimes going undetected and undeterred under the aegis of one employer – any employer – speaks for itself. And the extraordinary perseverance and courage of the men from St. John’s speaks louder still.’ New York Post

‘There is something to be said for a clear and unblinking recitation of facts, and thankfully Mr. Gibney does a lot of that.’ New York Times

Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards 2013, Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking, Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming, Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming.

Irish Film and Television Awards 2013, winner of Best Feature Documentary

London Film Festival 2012, winner of the Grierson Award

The Television Academy Honors 2014, winner of the Television Academy Honors

August 7, 1974. A young French man named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

Multiple award winner and winner of the Oscar for best best documentary, Man on Wire tells the astonishing story of a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit, who stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York’s twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. This beautifully shot film takes us on a wild exploration of the man behind this staggering feat – with the climax at 7:15 AM, when Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan.

Critic Reviews

‘It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.’ Washington Post

‘The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax.’ Sight and Sound

‘Reminds us that dreams can come true and men can fly, through the heights of the imagination and the triumph of the human spirit – this a film for all those who ever dared to dream.’ From the Front Row

‘In this exhilarating, palm-moistening documentary by British filmmaker James Marsh (Wisconsin Death Trip), the twin towers are back to celebrate one of their finest moments.’ Film.com

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2009 Winner of an Oscar for best documentary, Features

BAFTA Awards 2009 Winner of the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film

AARP Movies for Grownups Awards 2009 Winner Movies for Grownups Award

Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2008 Winner of Best Edited Documentary

Austin Film Critics Association 2008 Winner of Best Documentary

British Independent Film Awards 2008 Winner British Independent Film Award for Best British Documentary

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2009 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary

International Documentary Association 2008 Winner of the IDA Award for best Feature Documentary

Sundance Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Audience Award for best in World Cinema – Documentary

Terry Gilliam’s doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.

Lost in La Mancha is a 2002 documentary film about the making of Terry Gilliam’s first attempt at The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. His effort was a film adaptation of the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The documentary was shot in 2000 during Gilliam’s first attempt to make the film, as an intended work of the genre known as the “making-of”. But Gilliam’s failure to complete his movie resulted in the documentary filmmakers retitling their work as Lost in la Mancha and releasing it independently.

Critic Leonard Maltin has described Lost in La Mancha as one of the best films about the process of moviemaking. It was nominated for various awards, including a BAFTA Award and a Satellite Award for Best Documentary Film. It won a Satellite Award for Best Documentary.

Critic Reviews

‘Anyone who thinks making movies is easy needs to see this hilariously painful cautionary tale. It’s a tribute to Gilliam that he never once took off his mike or asked the filmmakers to stop rolling.’ Newsweek

‘Gilliam himself is a joy to behold. His wit stays sharp even as his fortunes dull, and the conditions that conspire against him only prove the mettle in our man of La Mancha.’ Globe and Mail

‘A fascinating chronicle of bad luck, bad faith and bad weather all striking on the same day.’ Washington Post


Awards

Evening Standard British Film Awards 2003 Winner Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Keith Fulton

Satellite Awards 2004 Winner Golden Satellite Award Best Documentary DVD

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal said, “the film is unsparing as history and enthralling as biography. It’s an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin’s spoken words, and his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights.”

Critic Reviews

‘I Am Not Your Negro is an utterly brilliant film – bold, galvanising, even gripping…’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Baldwin re-emerges as a devastatingly eloquent speaker and public intellectual; a figure who deserves his place alongside Edward Said, Frantz Fanon or Gore Vidal.’ Guardian

‘Raoul Peck’s lyrical documentary was nominated for an Oscar this year, and it really should have won.’ Times UK

‘An astonishment.’ Observer (UK)

Awards

BAFTA Awards 2018 Winner of the BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary

Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Documentary

Berlin International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Panorama Audience Award for best Documentary Film – Raoul Peck

Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention – Panorama

Chicago International Film Festival 2016 Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature

César Awards, France 2018 Winner of the César for Best Documentary Film

Dublin International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Dublin Film Critics Award for Best Documentary

Empire Awards, UK 2018 Winner of the Empire Award for Best Documentary

Golden Trailer Awards 2017 Winner of the Golden Trailer for Best Documentary

London Critics Circle Film Awards 2018 Winner of the ALFS Award for Documentary of the Year

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2016 Winner of the LAFCA Award for Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film

News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2019 Winner of the Emmy – Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary

San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2016 Winner of the SFFCC Award for Best Documentary

Toronto International Film Festival 2016 Winner of the People’s Choice Award for best Documentary

Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei’s detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.

Human Flow is a 2017 German documentary film co-produced and directed by Ai Weiwei about the current global refugee crisis. In the film the viewer is taken to over 20 countries to understand both the scale and the personal impact of this massive human migration. It was shot using various technologies, including drones, cameras and iPhones. Human Flow was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival.

The New York Times calls it a “strangely beautiful movie” and credits the film for focusing on individuality amidst the large masses of people along with usage of drones to show the vastness and scale of our current global refugee crisis.

GQ states that the film conveys a radical type of empathy to the viewer by focussing on human aspects, such as with the man walking to a makeshift graveyard where the bodies of his loved ones were buried – he started fleeing with 17 people and was now left with 12 – while the viewer is caught in a visceral moment of his grief. GQ notes the film’s ability to have the camera constantly lingering in times of sadness to create a forceful humanisation. The Washington Post calls Human Flow “pungent conceptually and aesthetically” and notes that perhaps the audience’s uncertainty of what camp they are led to is perhaps Ai’s point that this does not matter. Overall, it gave the film a rating of 3/4 stars. The film received such high praise that it was selected for a group of 170 documentaries shortlisted for the Oscars and placed within the top 15.

Critic Reviews

‘Beautifully filmed testimonies that tear at your soul.’ Little White Lies

‘Difficult, but hugely important film-making.’ Times (UK)

‘Ai Weiwei’s magnificent documentary stands as a companion piece to the BBC’s series, Exodus: Our Journey To Europe.’ Independent (UK)

‘A powerful portrait of horror, hope and humanity emerges.’ Total Film (UK)

Awards

Bambi Awards 2017 Winner of the Bambi Award for Courage – Weiwei Ai

Venice Film Festival 2017 Winner of the CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award – Weiwei Ai

Winner of the Fair Play Cinema Award – Special Mention – Weiwei Ai

Winner of the Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award – Weiwei Ai

Winner of the Human Rights Film Network Award – Special Mention – Weiwei Ai

Winner of the Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola Award – Cinema for UNICEF – Weiwei Ai

In Gore Vidal’s America, the political coup has already happened. In this film Gore Vidal’s acerbic, opinionated and informed approach rips away at the facade of the new America. The film dramatises Gore’s political views and his concern at the present state of American democracy using interviews and historical footage of his famous appearances on television and talk shows over the last fifty years. In the recently filmed interviews Gore examines the course of American history and policy making and draws dramatic conclusions on the fate of the nation in the modern age.

Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the United Nations Association Film Festival 2013, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia is a 2013 documentary film about the life and career of author Gore Vidal. It premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2013.

No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism. Commentary by those who knew him best-including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the late Christopher Hitchens-blends with footage from Vidal’s legendary on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time.

Critic Reviews

‘Vidal was our last great Roman senator, mourning the republic as he gazed at a corrupt empire. “Whenever I want to know what the United States is up to,” he said, “I look into my own black heart.”’ Boston Globe

‘We watch before our eyes as Vidal goes from an impossibly handsome young man to a broken-down old one, and age does nothing for his mood.’ San Fransisco Chronicle

‘Vidal proves a great one for carving up sacred cows – the Founders, Lincoln, Kennedy, The New York Times, and on occasion, the most holy bovine of the self.’ San Diego Reader

Awards

Aspen Filmfest 2013, Audience Special Recognition – Documentary

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014, winner of best documentary feature

Traverse City Film Festival 2013, winner of the founders prize – special award

United Nations Association Film Festival 2013, winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary

As he struggles with Alzheimer’s disease, country-music legend Glen Campbell embarks on his farewell tour in the U.S., Australia, and Europe.

Oscar nominated, and Grammy Award winning, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me is a 2014 American documentary film about country music singer Glen Campbell. Campbell and close friend Julian Raymond (the film’s executive producer) won a Grammy Award and were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for writing the film’s theme “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”. The heartrendingly honest Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me offers a window into Alzheimer’s that should prove powerful viewing for Campbell fans and novices alike. In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. They thought it would last 5 weeks instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a “Goodbye Tour.”

Critic Reviews

‘Life is the collection of memories, and Campbell is losing them. But there is solace in the reality that you will not miss what you cannot recall.’ Globe and Mail

‘It’s a rare, intensely personal look at Alzheimer’s that will be tragically familiar to those who have lived with it and sobering and sad for those who have not.’ Toronto Star

‘Emotional and intimate.’ Toronto Sun ‘

This is a portrait of a star gaining luster even as his mortality becomes more evident.’ Seattle Times

Awards

Edmonton International Film Festival 2014

Winner of most outstanding biography Grammy Awards 2016

Winner of the best compilation soundtrack Nashville Film Festival 2014

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize Vancouver International Film Festival 2014

Winner of the award for most popular documentary feature film

Following the style of some of the world’s most prolific street artists, an amateur filmmaker makes a foray into the art world.

Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film is a 2010 British documentary film, directed by street artist Banksy. It tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art.

The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2010, and it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

“An amusing, engrossing look at underground art, Exit Through the Gift Shop entertains as it deflates the myths and hype surrounding its subjects.” The film was also nominated for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 83rd Academy Awards.

New York Film Critics Online bestowed its Best Documentary Award on the film in 2010. French journalist Marjolaine Gout gave it 4 stars out of 5, linking Mr. Brainwash and Jeff Koons and criticizing Thierry Guetta’s art as toilet papering.

Critic Reviews

‘Banksy proves that his talents extend beyond the spray can to the movie camera.’ Independent (UK)

‘Exit Through the Gift Shop offers an absorbing glimpse of a bracingly subversive slice of the culture, as well as some tantalizing images of Banksy at work.’ Washington Post

‘As insightful as it is funny. You’ll be enthralled.’ People Magazine

Awards

American Cinema Editors, USA 2011 Winner of the Eddie for Best Edited Documentary

Austin Film Critics Association 2010 Winner of theAFCA Award for Best Documentary

Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2011 Winner of theCOFCA Award for Best Documentary

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner CFCA Award for Best Documentary

Denver Film Critics Society 2011 Winner of the DFCS Award for Best Documentary Film

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2011 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary

International Cinephile Society Awards 2011 – Winner of the ICS Award for Best Documentary

New York Film Critics, Online 2010 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Documentary

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2010 Winner of the SDFCS Award for Best Documentary

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner of the Allan King Documentary Award

Winner of the TFCA Award Best First Feature

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner of the WAFCA Award for Best Documentary

 
Executive-produced by Alex Gibney, the documentary shares the remarkable story of Elian Gonzalez, the 5-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999. After his mother and others perished at sea, the custody battle between Gonzalez’s Cuban father and Miami-based relatives sparked a flash point for simmering post-Cold War U.S. and Cuban tensions.

ELIÁN recounts the story of a Cuban boy named Elián González who, on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, was found floating on an inner tube in the Florida Straits, an event that set in motion a bitter custody battle between Elián’s Cuban father and US relatives. Set to the backdrop of a tense and acrimonious relationship between the US and Cuba, the documentary features a wealth of contemporary news archive and gives unprecedented access to key players in the saga, including an exclusive interview with the boy himself, now a 23-year old man. A story of family and the challenges of reconciliation, the documentary uses one boy’s remarkable journey to plot the path to rapprochement between Cuba and the US, and is underscored by a deeply moving personal and political commentary.

Critic Reviews

‘Your sympathy and judgment coexist, no matter how wince-inducing it gets with each turbulent turn. Context is everything here.’ Los Angeles Times

‘For the most part the film chronicles the complex tale cogently and effectively, using extensive archival footage as well as contemporary interviews that help put the events in context.’ Hollywood Reporter

‘We see the resilience of the adult Elián when he takes a swim near a Cuban beach: After all he’s endured, he’s not afraid of the water.’ Village Voice

Awards

Montclair Film Festival (MFF) 2017, winner of the Junior Jury award

A documentary on legendary movie-poster artist Drew Struzan.

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster is a 2013 American documentary film about the career of film poster artist Drew Struzan. It is directed by Erik Sharkey and premiered on July 19, 2013 at the San Diego Comic-Con International.

Critic Reviews

‘The Norman Rockwell of movie advertising steps in front of the camera for a long-overdue celebration sure to delight fans and heighten awareness of his legacy.’ Variety

‘Drew makes a valid case for the artist as not simply an all-time great, but as a casualty of a business that prizes bottom-line cost management above unique creativity.’ AV Club

Awards

Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival 2014 – Winner of Best Feature Film

Ridgewood Guild Film Festival, US 2014 – Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Documentary

A feature documentary that explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralized, encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law; with particular focus on the FBI capture of the Tor hidden service Silk Road, and the judicial aftermath.

Deep Web is an EPIX Original Documentary written, directed and produced by Alex Winter with Marc Schiller and Glen Zipper also serving as producers. Winter and Schiller previously worked together on the documentary Downloaded, about the rise and fall of Napster. Zipper’s prior credits include the Academy Award (R) winning Undefeated and the Grammy Award (R) winning Foo Fighters: Back and Forth. Seth Gordon (Print the Legend, Mitt, Freakonomics and Undefeated) is the executive producer, Andy Greenberg is the consulting producer, and Dan Swietlik (Sicko and An Inconvenient Truth) is the editor. Jill Burkhart and Ross Bernard are the executive producers for EPIX.

Critic Reviews

‘Although it’s a fascinating subject, the director doesn’t bring much rigour or insight to the complexity of the case.’ Globe and Mail

‘Narrated by Keanu Reeves, it plunges into the tangled web of secrecy, accusations and criminal activity – with implications for the future of technological freedom.’ Toronto Star

‘This intriguing documentary about alleged Silk Road website founder Ross Ulbricht may lack balance, but compels interest nonetheless.’ Variety

Awards

Anthem Film Festival, Las Vegas 2016, winner of the audience choice award

Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. This is an in-depth look at a complex character who is one of magic’s greatest hidden treasures.

Dealt is a 2017 American documentary film directed by Luke Korem. The film is about the life and career of Richard Turner – who is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind.

Dealt debuted at the 2017 South By Southwest Film Festival in competition where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. Dealt then went on to win four more audience awards and screened at festivals around the world including China and New Zealand.

One of the most renowned card magicians of all time, Richard Turner astounds audiences around the world with his legendary sleight of hand. What they may not even realize–and what makes his achievements all the more amazing–is that he is completely blind. Charting Turner’s colorful life from his tumultuous childhood to the present, Dealt reveals how through determination and force of will, he overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to rise to the top of his profession.

Critic Reviews

‘This is a movie that has lots of magic, in more ways than one.’ San Fransisco Chronicle

‘What he does with cards, a magician can’t do,” says [Turner’s] son and stage manager Asa Spades Turner. Director Luke Korem’s documentary proves the lad’s point.’ San Diego Reader

‘Dealt” achieves the neat trick of giving its main subject a rewarding character arc.’ Los Angeles Times

‘The card magician Richard Turner reveals that he has more than just a few tricks up his sleeve in Luke Korem’s captivating documentary “Dealt.”’ New York Times

‘A polished portrait that should play very well to those with eye disease and to those who support them.’ Hollywood Reporter

Awards

Dallas International Film Festival 2017, winner of the audience award for best documentary

deadCenter Film Festival 2017, winner of best documentary

Independent Film Festival of Boston 2017, winner of the audience award for best documentary

SXSW Film Festival 2017, winner of the audience award for best documentary feature

A documentary that takes an alternative approach to dealing with the global warming crisis.

Cool It is a 2010 documentary film based on the book Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming by Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg. The film stars Lomborg, best known for authoring The Skeptical Environmentalist. It premiered in September in Canada at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

‘By bringing in a diverse group of big thinkers to take part in a very animated, sometimes agitated, discussion, the filmmaker has succeeded in bringing what could have been a very dry mountain of data, theories and experimental research to vibrant life.’ Los Angeles Times

Critic Reviews

‘Jam-packed but never disorienting, Cool It will definitely get your head spinning.’ Globe and Mail

‘Blond, boyish and with an irrepressible faith in human adaptability, Mr. Lomborg is the anti-Gore.’ New York Times

‘By bringing in a diverse group of big thinkers to take part in a very animated, sometimes agitated, discussion, the filmmaker has succeeded in bringing what could have been a very dry mountain of data, theories and experimental research to vibrant life.’ Los Angeles Times

Art of the Prank is an emotional and humorous journey following the evolution of Joey Skaggs, Godfather of the media hoax, as he tries to pull off the most challenging prank of his career. This is interwoven with amazing archive footage of his earlier escapades-all reported as fact by prestigious journalists. The resulting twists and turns provide unprecedented insight into Joey’s work as an artist, activist and social satirist.

Award-winning documentary about New York artist Joey Skaggs, the godfather of the media hoax, as he tries to pull off the most challenging prank of his career.

Awards

Lower East Side Film Festival 2016, winner of best of fest

San Francisco Docfest 2016, winner of the Jury Prize

Slamdance Film Festival 2016, winner of best documentary feature

The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival 2016, winner of best documentary

 

Making its’ world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival, and winner of the best direction in a documentary at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of professional skateboarding, brothers Tas and Ben Pappas’ intense bond and charisma take them from the pinnacle of their sport into a spiraling world of self-destruction.

Critic Reviews

‘A sad, involving story.’ The Guardian

‘Martin has bestowed cinematic order on mayhem-fuelled lives.’ Little White Lies

‘All This Mayhem captivates not only in its energetic style of storytelling, but also thanks to the charisma that exudes from the mouth of Tas as he honesty tells his side of this doomed Shakespearean tale.’ CineVue

‘Candid and clear-eyed, this doc will wow boarding fans but has something to offer to the unconverted too.’ Empire Magazine

Awards

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, winner of the best direction in a documentary, best editing in a documentary, best original music score in a documentary.

Nick Broomfield’s second documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, focusing on her mental state on death row. Winner of the Amnesty International DOEN Award at Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2003, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer is a 2003 feature-length documentary film about Aileen Wuornos, directed by Nick Broomfield.

The film focuses on Wuornos’ declining mental state and the questionable judgment to execute her despite her being of unsound mind. This chilling, unsettling documentary provides an eye-opening look at the American justice system. Nick Broomfield’s documentary looks at Aileen’s violent, tortured childhood in Troy, Michigan and her subsequent years on the road as a hitch-hiking prostitute which culminated in the murders. In her last interview, conducted by Broomfield at Aileen’s request, she said she believed her mind was being controlled by radio waves. On October 9th 2002 she was executed in Florida.

Critic Reviews

‘The film stands quite chillingly as a final statement from a woman trying to fight her own commodification.’ Boston Globe ‘Provides an opportunity to study one of history’s supposed anomalies: a female serial killer.’ Washington Post

Awards

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2003, winner of the Amnesty International DOEN Award.

Tribeca Film Festival 2003, winner of the special mention award.  

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Critic reviews

‘20 Feet from Stardom, this year’s Oscar-winner for Best Documentary, is both rousing, upbeat fare… and a film steeped in a strange sense of yearning and regret.’Independent (UK)

‘Such a great idea for a documentary, and such a surprise to realise that it has never been done before.’ Guardian

‘The parade of incredible women, the stream of songs you won’t believe they sang on, and those irresistible voices belting out keep the rhythm going through the schmaltz, even if the conductor seems to have dropped his hymn book.’ CineVue

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2014 Winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary, Features.

Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best International Film (English Language)

American Cinema Editors, USA 2014 Winner of the Eddie for Best Edited Documentary – Feature.

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Music Documentary Audience Award for Morgan Neville.