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)
AwardsAustin Fantastic Fest Winner Jury Prize for Best Film & Best Director International Documentary Association Winner Creative Recognition Award for Best Editing
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‘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
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2003, winner of the Amnesty International DOEN Award.
Tribeca Film Festival 2003, winner of the special mention award.
AwardsLower 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
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AwardsMontclair Film Festival (MFF) 2017, winner of the Junior Jury award
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AwardsEdmonton 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
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.
'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 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