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.
‘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
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
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.
‘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
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.
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.
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
A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.
Beast is a 2017 British psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael Pearce, starring Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, and Geraldine James.
The film had its world premiere in the Platform section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The film has received a positive critical response."Beast plays like bleak poetry, unfurling its psychological thrills while guided by its captivating leads and mesmerizing, visceral visuals."
For The Canadian Press, David Friend called it "a twisty story about the monster that lies within all of us, and struggle to keep it contained.” Peter Howell of the Toronto Star said it was "a jagged but memorable feature... that slowly yields its truths."
‘The leads deliver affecting, nuanced performances, which gives heft to the psychological insights.’ Chicago Reader
‘Immaculately composed yet skittish, edgy and surprising, this impressive debut by writer-director Michael Pearce emanates a chill that will have you hugging your sides.’ Time Out
BAFTA Awards 2019 Winner of the BAFTA Film Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer - Michael Pearce and Lauren Dark
Winner of the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Jessie Buckley
International Film Festival & Awards Macao 2017 Winner of Best Actress - Jessie Buckley
London Critics Circle Film Awards 2019 Winner of the ALFS Award for British/Irish Actress of the Year - Jessie Buckley and Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker of the Year
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.
‘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
Montclair Film Festival (MFF) 2017, winner of the Junior Jury award
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.
‘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
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
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"
‘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)
Austin Fantastic Fest Winner Jury Prize for Best Film & Best Director
International Documentary Association Winner Creative Recognition Award for Best Editing
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.
‘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
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
A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.
Much Ado About Nothing is a 2012 black and white American romantic comedy film adapted for the screen, produced, and directed by Joss Whedon, from William Shakespeare's play of the same name. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film to critical acclaim. The film stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, and Jillian Morgese.
The film’s giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy - and a Shakespearean adaptation that's hard to resist.
'DP Jay Hunter's camera floats like a butterfly through doorways and windows, stinging as it catches characters in moments of eavesdropping-inspired stunned epiphany.' Sight and Sound
'Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.' USA Today
'The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ...' New Yorker
'The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.' Chicago Sun-Times
'One of my Top Ten picks of the year. Welcome to the World of Whedon where Shakespeare not only lives, but thrives.' Behind the Lens
National Board of Review, USA 2013 Winner of theNBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films