Slade's Giant List of
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General Interest (everything I didn't put in another category)


1 Giant Leap (2002 - 155min) Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto
Official Site:
www.1giantleap.tv
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1_Giant_Leap
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0312296/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006IUJZ/
Collections of little pieces, very cool. Lots of music. This is actually kind of a part of a multimedia project, which includes a band of the same name. There is a second DVD, What About Me?, (or 1 Giant Leap 2) but its a bit harder to find. Seems to be available only in Europe in PAL format. Amazon.co.uk: www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B00158FK2O


180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless (2010 - 87min) Chris Malloy
Official Site: www.180south.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/180_Degrees_South:_Conquerors_of_the_Useless
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1407927/
Amazon (DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003DNLLN6/
Amazon (DVD Deluxe Limited Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003QAFNO4/


2000 Years of Christianity (1999 - 572min)
13 episodes on 8 discs (or 6 discs), various directors.


39 Pounds of Love (2005 - 70min) Dani Menkin
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/39_Pounds_of_Love
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0448978/
Amazon (DVD 12/02/05 HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LV6ME6/
Amazon (DVD 10/06/09 Priddy Brothers): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002HXVTAS/
The story of Ami Ankilewitz, who was born with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). He refused to let this keep him from living a full life, including creating film animations, despite being able to use only one finger. He passed away on 09/20/09 at age 41.


7th Street (2003 - 72min) Josh Pais
Official Site: www.7thstreetmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0362390/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000EI2MA/


80 Blocks From Tiffany's (1979 - 67min) Gary Weiss
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_Blocks_From_Tiffany's
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0314014/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0045NXMFS/
Director's Website: www.garyweiss.com
Looks at the South Bronx in the late 70's. Talks to members of the Savage Skulls and the Savage Nomads.


9000 Needles (2010 - 87min) Doug Dearth
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9000_Needles
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1489881/
Official Site: www.9000needles.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004EDSPPG/


A Brief History of Time (1991 - 80min) Errol Morris
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Brief_History_of_Time_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0103882/
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
Amazon (DVD PAL Region 2 Dutch Import): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000HKGXJU/
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MVVE16/
Amazon (VHS 11/10/93 Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6302718805/
About physicist Stephen Hawking. DVD has been out of print for a while.


A Good Day to Die (2010 - 92min) David Mueller
Official Site: www.agooddaytodiefilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1540733/
Amazon (DVD 05/28/13 Alive Mind): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009B6XJVQ/
Looks at Native American activist Dennis Banks and the founding of AIM (American Indian Movement). Includes deleted scenes and a trailer.


A Lawyer Walks Into A Bar (2007 - 92min) Eric Chaikin
Official Site: www.alawyerwalksintoabar.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Lawyer_Walks_Into_A_Bar
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0914850/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0010YSD2C/
Follows potential lawyers as they prepare for the California bar exam, one of the hardest in the country. Some are young law students taking the test for the first time, and some have been trying to pass the test for a long time.


A Man Named Pearl (2006 - 78min) Scott Galloway, Brent Pierson
Official Site: www.amannamedpearl.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0878134/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CQS7LU/
Pearl's Website: www.fryartopiaries.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Fryar
Thorough look at Pearl Fryar, self-taught topiary artist in Bishopsville, South Carolina. Using throw-away plants from local nurseries, and with no prior instruction, he transformed his property into such a spectacular display of sculpted plants that it became a tourist attraction.


A Map for Saturday (2008 - min) Brook Silva-Braga
Official Site: amapforsaturday.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1024964/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005DHO6XW/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brook_Silva-Braga


A State of Vine (2007 - 60min) Don Scioli
Official Site: www.astateofvine.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1517572/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001D1DL5G/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_State_of_Vine_(film)
About the California wine industry. have not yet seen


A Summer in the Cage (2007 - 82min) Ben Selkow
Official Site: www.cagethemovie.com
IndiePix: www.indiepixfilms.com/film/3559
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1196701/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002QC86FQ/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Summer_in_the_Cage
A close look at a man's experiences with bipolar disorder.


A Tale of Two Cities: The Circuit City Story (2010 - 95min) Tom Wulf
Official Site: circuitcitystory.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Tale_of_Two_Cities:_The_Circuit_City_Story
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1729505/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004LYKOIY/


After Innocence (2005 - 95min) Jessica Sanders
Official Site: www.afterinnocence.net
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0436039/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After_Innocence
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KJU1E6/
Looks at the cases of 7 men who were exonerated by DNA evidence and released from prison for rape or murder after years or decades. (DVD is out of print 10/2010).


Aging Out (2004 - 90min) Roger Weisberg, Vanessa Roth
PBS: www.pbs.org/wnet/agingout
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0395441/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FBFZ1I
Looks at 3 youths exiting foster care programs as they reach 18.


Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003 - 89min) Nick Broomfield
Subtitled: The 2002 Interviews
Director's Website: www.nickbroomfield.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0364930/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aileen:_Life_and_Death_of_a_Serial_Killer
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001Z36Y6


Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992 - 88min) Nick Broomfield
Subtitled: The 1992 Interviews
Director's Website: www.nickbroomfield.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aileen_Wuornos:_The_Selling_of_a_Serial_Killer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0103634/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A2X3HA
I put off seeing this for many years, knowing I would eventually watch it, since it is a Nick Broomfield film. Finally got to it in 2010. Of course it is unpredictably interesting as Nick goes digging around exploring this crazy story. I knew that Aileen was supposed to be the "first female serial killer", but I did not know about the Christian woman who adopted her just after her arrest, seemingly scheming with Aileen's lawyer to make some money off of the story, or the controversy over the police officers who were discussing movie deals with Aileen's possible accomplice before her arrest. Lots of interviews, lots of courtroom footage. See also Broomfield's later film, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (above), and the award-winning feature film Monster.


Alone in the Wilderness (2005 - 60min) Bob Swerer
Official Site: www.aloneinthewilderness.com
Official Site: www.dickproenneke.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0437806/
Wikipedia (Dick Proenneke): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Proenneke
Amazon (DVD 06/07/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009PUAFG


American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010 - 102min) Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas
Official Site: www.americanthemovie.com
Official Bill Hicks website: www.billhicks.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1179947/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Hicks
Amazon (DVD 06/07/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004UA8D2I
Amazon (BluRay 06/07/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004UA8D28
DVD is 2-disc set, packed with over 5 hours of extras. See also Just a Ride.


American Boy (1978) Martin Scorsese
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Boy:_A_Profile_of_Steven_Prince
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0077157/
Scorsese interviews his friend Steven Prince. See also newer film American Prince. American Boy is unavailable on DVD. You can find a torrent, and maybe some or all of it on Youtube.


American Chain Gang (1998 - 56min) Xackery Irving
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0464786/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BQ5IXC


American Dream (1990 - 100min) Barbara Kopple
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Dream_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0099028/
Director's Website: www.cabincreekfilms.com
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000DZTKP
Looks at the struggle of union workers when they are asked to take a significant pay cut at a Hormel meat plant in Austin, Minnesota. Won Oscar for Best Documentary in 1991, among other awards. See also Koppel's super-classic 1976 film, Harlan County, USA.


American Jesus (2013 - 67min) Aram Garriga
Official Site: americanjesusthemovie.com/
Distributor: shelterisland.net/movies/american-jesus/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2723050/
Amazon (DVD 05/13/14): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002DY9K48/
An exploration of Christianity in American life.


American Pimp (1999 - 87min) Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0179074/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Pimp
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/630601232X
Amazing. Lots of interviews with real-life pimps (and some of the women who work for them). See also Iceberg Slim.


American Prince (2008 - 104min) Tommy Pallotta
Official Site: www.americanprincemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1372718/
Revisits the subject of American Boy (see above). So far (and maybe forever) only available as a .MOV bittorrent, which was released by the director. See blog comments at official site for more info.


The American Scream (2012 - 92min) Michael Stephenson
Official Site: theamericanscreammovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_Scream
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2075373/


An Alternative to Slitting Your Wrist (2009 - 82min) Owen Lowery
Official Site: analternativetoslittingyourwrist.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1819454/


And Everything is Going Fine (2010 - 89min) Steven Soderbergh
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_Everything_Is_Going_Fine
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1122614/
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/27874
Amazon (DVD 06/19/12 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007N5YJRK
Amazon (BluRay 06/19/12 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007N5YJQ6
About Spalding Gray. Soderbergh composed this pretty much entirely from clips of Spalding Gray. Special features include his early hour-long monologue, Sex and Death to Age 14, and a making-of feature.


The Animal Communicator (2012 - 52min) Craig Foster, Swati Thiyagaragan
Official Site: www.animalspirit.org/content/animal-communicator-documentary-movie
Can purchase DVD from (South Africa): www.kalahari.com
About animal communicator Anna Breytenbach, who lives in South Africa. Can be found to watch online.


Animals, Whores & Dialog (2010 - 91min) Wayne Ewing
Subtitled: Breakfast With Hunter Vol. 2
Official Site: www.hunterthompsonfilms.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_S._Thompson
Review at Booze Movies: www.boozemovies.com/2010/08/review-animals-whores-and-dialog.html
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004MU67C4


Ape Genius (2008 - 56min)
Amazon (DVD 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013XZ6GG
This is an episode of the TV show Nova, first broadcast FEB 19, 2008.


The Aristocrats (2005 - 89min) Penn Jillette, Paul Provenza
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Aristocrats_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0436078/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000C3L2NE
About 100 comedians tell and talk about "the world's dirtiest joke". The film is unrated and of course is full of "vulgar and obscene" language. DVD has over 2 hours of extra features.


The Armstrong Lie (2013 - 124min) Alex Gibney
Official Site: www.athletemovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Armstrong_Lie
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1638364/
Amazon (DVD 02/11/14 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GMV8DFU/
Amazon (DVD 02/11/14 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GMV8CQU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_armstrong_lie_2013/


Athlete (2009 - 95min) David Lam
Official Site: www.athletemovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athlete_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1356996/
Amazon (DVD 03/09/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0030U1U7E


The Atomic Cafe (1982 - 88min) Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_Cafe
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0083590/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc Collector's Edition 2008 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001B1Q3FS
Amazon (DVD 20th Anniversary Edition 2002 New Video Group): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000060MW1
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/atomic_cafe/
Info on the Film: www.conelrad.com/atomic_cafe.html
Interview with Jayne Loader: www.conelrad.com/jayne_loader.html
Sometimes called a "nuclear Reefer Madness", this is a darkly humorous look at the nuclear fear of the 50's and 60's as seen through clips from old government films and newsreels.


Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1998 - 143min) Michael Paxton
Official Site: www.aynrandasenseoflife.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0118662/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002Q9VQ6


Ballplayer: Pelotero (2011 - 77min) Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jonathan Paley
Official Site: www.peloterothemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1885335/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008BKQZN2/
Looks at baseball players imported from the Dominican Republic. 20 percent of US players are from the Dominican Republic. Follows a couple of guys through the signing process. Mainly shows the problems and politics involved in getting signed to Minor League Baseball in the US.


The Beat Generaton: An American Dream (1987 - 86min) Janet Forman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0261558/
Narrated by Steve Allen. Lots of interviews. Has not made it to DVD.


Becoming Chaz (2011 - 80min) Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1705969/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005IAAQN8
Looks at the gender transition of Chastity Bono (Sonny and Cher's daughter) into Chaz Bono.


Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009 - 90min) Jessica Oreck
Official site: www.beetlequeen.com
Distributor's website: www.factorytwentyfive.com/beetle-queen/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1339635/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beetle_Queen_Conquers_Tokyo
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004LBA05E
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beetle_queen_conquers_tokyo/
Explores the place of insects in Japanese culture. The universe represented in a tiny package, like Haiku. Insects as pets, insect supply stores, beetle video games, silkworms, dragonflys, butterflys, crickets. Very special.


Beyond the Gates of Splendor (2005 - 96min) Jim Hanon
Official site: www.beyondthegatesthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0337868/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_the_Gates_of_Splendor
Amazon (DVD 2005): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009XT8A6
(DVD is double-sided - reverse side has 40-min abridged version of film).


Beyond the Mat (2000 - 102min) Barry W. Blaustein
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_the_Mat
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0218043/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000189DZE
Very interesting documentary about pro wrestling. Mainly looks at Jake "the Snake" Roberts, Terry Funk and Mick "Mankind" Foley.


Big Rig (2008 - 95min) Doug Pray
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Rig_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0462197/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0014IIQCG
Director's website: www.dougpray.com
Discussion at Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/Documentaries/comments/1enmfo
About truckers in the US. totally awesome, as expected of any Doug Pray film. (see also Infamy, Scratch, Hype, Surfwise, Art & Copy).


Big River Man (2009 - 100min) John Maringouin
Official Site: www.bigriverman.com
Official Site: www.amazonswim.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_River_Man
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Strel
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0956101/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003TLTUBC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/big_river_man/
Wow! This is one of the most interesting films I have ever seen. About Martin Strel, Slovenian endurance swimmer who swam the length of the Yantze, Mississippi, and Amazon rivers. This covers the Amazon swim.


Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008 - 107min) Christopher Bell
Subtitled: Is It Still Cheating If Everyone's Doing It?
Official site: www.biggerstrongerfastermovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigger,_Stronger,_Faster*
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1151309/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001B7CNW4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bigger_stronger_faster_asterisk/
About steriod use among bodybuilders, wrestlers, and other athletes. Not quite the expose you might be expecting. Very fun and interesting, fast-paced, well-made film. Highly recommended.


Billabong Odyssey (2003 - 88min) Philip Boston
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0379713/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000WN1PE


Billy the Kid (2007 - 85min) Jennifer Venditti
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CCY434


Black and Gold (2001 - 75min)
Subtitled: The Story of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0274384/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0014Z4OH0


Blindsight (2006 - 104min) Lucy Walker
Official Site: www.blindsightthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0841084/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001HB1K1Y
Blind American mountain-climber Erik Weihenmayer leads 6 blind Tibetan teenagers on a climb of Lhakpa-Ri (right next to Mt. Everest).


Blood in the Face (1991 - 78min) Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, James Ridgeway
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_in_the_Face
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0101479/
Amazon (DVD 05/04/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000QJLQEO
A close look at American white supremacist groups, including neo-nazis, fascists, Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation. Lots of interviews and speeches. The title comes from the belief that only white people can blush (and therefore have a conscience). Very interesting film. See also Revealing Hate.


Bloodline (2008 - 113min) Bruce Burgess
Official Site: www.bloodline-themovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodline_(2008_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1190537/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DRF824
Investigates the ideas that Jesus may not have died on the cross, That his body may have been taken to France, that he was married to Mary Magdelene, that they had children together, that there is a living bloodline, that a secret cave in France may contain the remains of Jesus, that all this information has been guarded by an organization called the Priory of Scion, and that the Vatican has gone to great lengths, including killing many people, to keep this knowledge secret. Very interesting - perhaps world-shatteringly important, perhaps purposeful disinformation, perhaps wacky nonsense.


Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (2012 - 111min) Stacy Peralta
Official Site: bonesbrigade.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2129928/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009DA745M
From the director of Dogtown and Z-Boys. A close look at the legendary Bones Brigade, the top skaterboarders of the 1980's. Featuring Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Tony Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Steve Cabellero, Lance Mountain. Official site has Bluray, DVD, and various download options.


Born to Be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre (2004 - 54min) Judy Kinberg
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001L3LWW


The Boys of 2nd Street Park (2003 - 91min) Dan Klores, Ron Berger
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0342145/
Amazon (DVD 03/16/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001906WW


Bra Boys (2007 - 84min) Macario De Souza, Sunny Abberton
Official Site: www.braboysfilm.com
Official Site: braboys.com.au
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra_boys
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0951318/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017CW5JE
Covers the surfing scene in Maroubra beach, Australia. Follows the Abberton brothers. Very interesting story.


Breakfast with Hunter (2003 - 91min) Wayne Ewing
Official Site: www.hunterthompsonfilms.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0367565/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_S._Thompson
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003E3XCU0
See also Animals, Whores & Dialog, Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson.


Brick City (2009 - 260min) Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1442064/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002OIMVOE
A close look at efforts to improve Newark, New Jersey, lead by Mayor Cory Booker. This is a 5-episode TV series. See also Street Fight.


The Bridge (2006 - 94min) Eric Steel
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bridge_(2006_documentary_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0799954/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000O76PXK
Looks at suicides on the Golden gate bridge.


Bright Leaves (2003 - 105min) Russ McElwee
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0372806/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0008FXT6Y


Brother's Keeper (1992 - 104min) Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brother's_Keeper_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0103888/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008DDJ6
Excellent film. Very strange story, a bit creepy. The directors later made the Paradise Lost films.


Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers (2010 - 80min) Chip Mabry
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1590295/
Amazon (DVD 02/22/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003EDNHWS/
Looks at Portland, Oregon's female roller derby team, The Rose City Rollers.


Buck (2011 - 88min) Cindy Meehl
Official Site: www.buckthefilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buck_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1753549/
Amazon (DVD 10/04/11 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005E7SEMU
Amazon (Bluray 10/04/11 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0064NLQMI
About horse trainer Buck Brannaman, "the real-life horse-whisperer". Excellent film, highly recommended, especially for anyone interested in horses. Very solid 5-star rating at Amazon with over 450 reviews.


Bulletproof Salesman (2008 - 70min) Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1186201/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00308CJ12


Bus 174 (2002 - 120min) Jose Padilha
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0340468/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_174
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00022FW4U
About a bus hijacking that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2000. The youth who tries to hijack the bus is caught in the act and the ensuing standoff is carried live on Brazilian TV. Very interesting, goes off on some tangents exploring crime and homelessness in Brazil. Recommended.


Buy the Ticket Take the Ride (2006 - 77min) Tom Thurman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0775438/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000S6MIY4
About Hunter S. Thompson.


The California Reich (1975 - 55min) Keith Critchlow, Walter F. Parkes
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_California_Reich
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0072757/
Amazon (VHS 2002): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/630021480X
As of April 2012, does not seem to have made it to DVD. See also Blood in the Face.


Cane Toads (An Unnatural History) (1987 - 48min) Mark Lewis
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_Toads:_An_Unnatural_History
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0130529/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JG6X
Review from FilmVault
A very fun discovery, unusual story, well-made film, accomplishes a lot in 48 minutes. Very funny but also a scary story of another man-made ecological disaster. Highly recommended.


Cane Toads: The Conquest (2010 - 85min) Mark Lewis
Official Site: www.canetoadstheconquest.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_Toads:_An_Unnatural_History
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1568924/
Review at Sydney Morning Herald: www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/this-beast-isnt-going-anywhere-20110601-1fgdp.html
Wow - there's a sequel! Over 20 years later, of course, this problem has not gone away. Said to be the first Australian 3D film. (have not yet seen)


Capturing the Friedmans (2003 - 107min) Andrew Jarecki
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capturing_the_Friedmans
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0342172/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000SXK0Y
Finally got around to this one in 2010. Very surprising as I did not know much about it. Close look at a family in which the father and one of the sons are accused of pedophilia. Confusing story raises some questions. DVD includes a bonus disc with lots of extras.


Catching Hell (2011 - 51min) Alex Gibney
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/30_for_30
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1908471/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0040ZN9MW
Produced as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series of documentaries.


Catching Out - A Film About Trainhopping and Living Free (2002 - 79min) Sarah George
Official Site: www.catchingout.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0337595/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017LFKU6


Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011 - 89min) Werner Herzog
Official Site: www.ifcfilms.com/films/cave-of-forgotten-dreams
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_of_Forgotten_Dreams
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1664894/
Amazon (DVD 11/29/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HP2J66
Amazon (BluRay 11/29/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HP2JAM
Follows an expedition into the Chauvet Cave in France, to have a look at 30,000-year-old art. In 3-D.


The Central Park Five (2012 - 119min) Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Central_Park_Five
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2380247/
Amazon (DVD 04/23/13 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AZMFG48
Amazon (BluRay 04/23/13 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AZMFIHS
A thorough look at New York City's 1989 Central Park jogger rape case and the five black and latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted through the use of coerced confessions. After serving prison terms, their convictions were overturned when the actual rapist confessed. There was plenty of evidence at the time to prove who did and did not commit the crime. I think the term "wilding" arose from this event. Very well made film, based on the book by Sarah Burns. Highly recommended. See also the Paradise Lost trilogy and Murder on a Sunday Morning for similar stories. And see also William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe.


Chain Camera (2001 - 84min) Kirby Dick
Official Site: www.kirbydick.com/chaincamera.html
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_Camera
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0272022/
Amazon (DVD 07/26/05: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009I7O3Y


The Charcoal People (1999 - 65min) Nigel Noble
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0235034/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005UO7H


The Children of Golzow (1961-2007 - 43hours) Winfried Junge
Official Site: www.kinder-von-golzow.de
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Children_of_Golzow
IMDB (Winfried Junge): www.imdb.com/name/nm0432623/
Amazon.de (18 DVDs in a metal box, PAL Region 0, English subtitles): www.amazon.de/o/ASIN/3898480968/


Chronicle of a Summer (1961 - 91min) Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch
French Title: Chronique d'un ete
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronicle_of_a_Summer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0054745/
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/28394
Amazon (DVD 02/26/13 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A8QDIAA
Amazon (BluRay 02/26/13 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A8QDI8C
Sociologist Morin and anthropologist Rouch interview French people on various topics. Considered a key example of cinema verite.


The City (1939 - 43min) Ralph Steiner, Willard van Dyke
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0031160/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001LKLKKW
DVD contains 2 versions of the documentary, one with original score, and one with rerecorded score by Aaron Copland. Narration written by Lewis Mumford.


Coal Country (2009 - 85min) Phylis Geller
Official Site: www.coalcountrythemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1603809/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002L5GQDW


Commune (2006 - 78min) Jonathan Berman
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commune_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0439511/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000U95N9E
Looks at the Black Bear Ranch, a commune founded in 1968 and still thriving in northern California.


Confessions of a Superhero (2007 - 93min) Matt Ogens
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1016164/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Y7ZHB6


Connections (1978 - 500min) BBC
Amazon (DVD 5-disc 2007 Ambrose): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NJVY3U
Connections2 (1994 - 600min) TLC
Amazon (DVD 5-disc 2003 Ambrose): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000DIZSF
Connections3 (1997 - 520min) TLC
Amazon (DVD 5-disc 2003 Ambrose): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000DIZSJ
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connections_(TV_series)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0078588/


Cowboy del Amor (2005 - 87min) Michael Ohayon
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboy_del_Amor
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0452604/
Amazon (DVD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002SAMMHO


Craigslist Joe (2012 - 90min) Joseph Garner
Official Site: www.craigslistjoe.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1486616/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00949W5VK


Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008 - 95min) Stacy Peralta
Official Site: www.cripsandbloodsmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crips_and_Bloods:_Made_in_America
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0479044/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001O7R74K
A deep look at the gang violence problem in LA. Includes lots of background history, including Watts riots of 1965 and 1992. Lots of interviews, including lots of people working against the gang problem. Excellent film, highly recommended. Peralta also did the awesome Dogtown and Z-Boys. See also G-Dog.


Cropsey (2009 - 84min) Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman
Official Site: cropseylegend.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cropsey_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1277936/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004PQBYK0
Explores the urban legend of "Cropsey", specifically paying attention to cases of missing children on Staten Island, which leads to the case of Andre Rand. See also Unforgotten.


The Cruise   (1998 - 76min - black and white) Bennett Miller
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0150230/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cruise_(documentary)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E5N65M
This is a documentary about a guy named Timothy "Speed" Levitch, filmed while he was working as a tour guide in New York City. You'll learn a lot about the history of the city watching this but it's mainly a close look at Levitch, who is quite an unusual and interesting character. Also, the director shot all of the footage by himself. This is one of my top favorites. Resist the anti-cruise! See also Live From Shiva's Dance Floor (DVD 2003), and Tim's book, Speedology (2002). Levitch also appears in Waking Life and Scotland, PA.


Dancing Outlaw (1991 - 30min) Jacob Young
Director's Website: www.dancingoutlaw.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0101655/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesco_White
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009XBR6O
This amazing cult-classic film looks at the hillbilly world of Jesco White, "the dancing outlaw", who is following in his father's footsteps as a tapdancer, or maybe he'll pursue Elvis impersonating. This is really a treasure. DVD is $30 from director's website and includes both Dancing Outlaw and Dancing Outlaw II. (See also Dancing Outlaw II, The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, The Wild World of Hasil Adkins). Also see Talking Feet, which features Jesco's dad, D Ray White.


Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood (1999 - 30min) Jacob Young
Director's Website: www.dancingoutlaw.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0202310/
Tom Arnold brings Jesco to Hollywoood to appear in a Roseanne episode.


Dark Days (2000 - 94min) Marc Singer
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Days_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0235327/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005NSY6
Official Site: www.DarkDays.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Days_(documentary)
JumpCut Review: www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc48.2006/DarkDays/
Amazing and award-winning documentary about homeless people living in train tunnels underneath Penn Station in New York City. DVD includes documentary about the making of the film. Music by DJ Shadow.
See also Voices In the Tunnels: In Search of the Mole People.
And there's also a couple of books on this subject:
The Mole People by Jennifer Toth (1993) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/155652241X/
The Tunnel by Margaret Morton (1996) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0300065590/


Darwin's Nightmare (2004 - 107min) Hubert Sauper
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0424024/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000O78646


The Day After Trinity (1981 - 88min) John Else
Subtitled: J Robert Oppenheimer & the Atomic Bomb
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0080594/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000648XV


Dear Zachary (2008 - 93min) Kurt Kuenne
Subtitled: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dear_Zachary:_A_Letter_to_a_Son_About_His_Father
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1152758/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001M564BQ/


Death: A Love Story (1999 - 64min) Michelle Lebrun
Official Site: www.harkenprods.com/death-a-love-story.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0181449/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000168A96/


Death By Design (1995 - 70min) Peter Friedman, Jean-Francois Brunet
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0118947/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0008FXT78/
About programmed cell death. DVD includes The Life and Times of Life and Times, another film by the same directors.


Death as Life (2012 - 70min) Sofia Wellman
Official Site: www.infinitymultimediaproductions.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2236106/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009T8HKYI/


Deep Water (2006 - 92min) Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell
PBS: www.pbs.org/independentlens/deepwater/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Water_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0460766/
Amazon (DVD 12/18/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000VKL6ZW/


Deliver Us From Evil (2006 - 101min) Amy Berg
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deliver_Us_from_Evil_(2006_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0814075/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NIVJH2/
Looks at the pedophilia scandals in the Catholic church.


Derrida (2002 - 84min) Kirby Dick
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derrida_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0303326/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00011V872/


Detropia (2012 - 86min) Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Official Site: www.detropiathefilm.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detropia
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2125490/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009MBSWUS/
Very well-made film looks at the current state of the city of Detroit. Highly recommended. DVD includes an additional 90 minutes of deleted scenes. The directors (who are also the producers) also did the amazing Jesus Camp. See also Requiem for Detroit?.


The Devil's Miner (2005 - 82min) Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani
Official Site: www.thedevilsminer.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil's_Miner
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0441001/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EULK14/
Looks at child labor from the point of view of a 14-year-old boy working in a silver mine in Bolivia.


Devil's Playground (2001 - 76min) Lucy Walker
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil's_Playground_(2002_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0293088/
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00007GVM0
Documents the Amish tradition of Rumspringa - when kids reach age 16, they spend some time experiencing the outside world before making a decision as to whether to remain with the Amish or leave. Looks to be out-of-print. Very interesting.


Disinformation (2001 - 240min) Richard Metzger, Craig Melville
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disinformation_(TV_series)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0413562/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00013F2ZE/
Amazon (DVD 1-disc 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000DZ7XZ2/
Disinformation (also called Disinfo TV or Disinfo Nation) was a British TV series that ran in 2000 and 2001. 16 30-minute episodes, later cut down to 4 1-hour specials. Lots of odd stories, some of more interest than others. Special segments for me: Joe Coleman, Kembra Pfahler, Marilyn Manson, Douglas Rushkoff, Robert Anton Wilson. The second disc in the 2-disc set includes footage from Disinfo.con, "a counter-cultural event" sponsored by the Disinformation company 02/19/2000 in New York City.


Divine Horsemen - The Living Gods of Haiti (1985) Maya Deren
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0123802/
Voodoo dance rituals, shot in black and white between 1947 and 1952.


Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001 - 91min) Stacy Peralta
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogtown_and_Z-Boys
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0275309/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007V6IUS/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dogtown_and_zboys/
Super-cool documentary about the origins of skateboarding. It is a very lucky thing that this scene was documented as it ocurred in the 70's. A group of young surfers in the Venice, California area started a new way of skating including riding low with bent knees and riding the walls of pools. This predates the days of plywood half-pipes, which were later made to simulate riding pools. These guys became the first super-stars of skateboarding, in the era prior to Tony Hawk. Very well-done film with lots of historical footage and cool music. Later made into feature film, The Lords of Dogtown. Highly recommended, even you don't think you're interested in skateboarding.


Dominick Dunne: After the Party (2008 - 85min) Kirsty de Garis, Timothy Jolley
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominick_Dunne:_After_the_Party
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1297441/
Amazon (DVD 06/16/09 IndiePix): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0024LQR9G/
Amazon (DVD 12/15/09 2-disc IndiePix): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002RNO1BC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dominick_dunne_after_the_party/


Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox (2007 - 80min) Sara Lamm
Official Site: www.magicsoapbox.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0881909/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0014NA52A/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Bronner
Super-interesting docu about Dr. Bronner and his soap (which has been sold in pretty much every health-food store for decades). The filmmaker was lucky enough to gain access to footage from a previous unfinished documentary on Dr. Bronner. Follows the history of the soap company to the present day, still being run by Dr. Bronner's family. Highly recommended.


Dreadheads (2006 - 77min) Steve Hurlburt, Flournoy Holmes
Subtitled: Portrait of a Subculture
Official Site: www.dreadheads.com/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000HCPS9E/
Fun and interesting look at the subculture of "dreadheads" - white people with dreadlocked hair who are into "jam bands" (Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread Panic, etc), and not generally into Rastafarianism.


The Dust Bowl (2012 - 240min) Ken Burns
PBS: www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/


Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click. (2005 - 95min) Canaan Brumley
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0462267/
Director's Website: www.canaanbrumley.com
Documents 12 weeks of Marine Corps Boot Camp (basic training) at Camp Pendleton. Uses "fly on the wall" perspective - no narration, no featured characters. Doesn't seem to be available on DVD as of 2009 (I found a torrent).


Easy Street (2006 - 90min) Stephen Ashton
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1198568/


Eat the Sun (2011 - 82min) Peter Sorcher
Official Site: www.eatthesunmovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1424769/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004WJU46U


The Elephant in the Living Room (2011 - 96min) Michael Webber
Official Site: www.theelephantintheroom.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1111313/
Amazon (DVD 02/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005XNHW0A
Amazon (BD 02/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005XNHWFK
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elephant_in_the_Living_Room
Looks at issues with the keeping of exotic dangerous animals as pets. Very interesting. Recommended.


Emmanuel's Gift (2004 - 80min) Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0447016/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CDSS18


Encounters at the End of the World (2007 - 99min) Werner Herzog
Official Site: www.encountersfilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encounters_at_the_End_of_the_World
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1093824/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DWNUD8
Looks at people who live and work at Antarctica. Includes some underwater footage from under the ice. Excellent as expected from Herzog. DVD is 2-disc set with extra features.


The Endless Summer (1966 - 95min) Bruce Brown
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0060371/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305837384
surf movie


The English Surgeon (2007 - 93min) Geoffrey Smith
Official Site: www.theenglishsurgeon.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_English_Surgeon
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1200060/
Amazon (DVD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002LC3M8W
Looks at British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh as he struggles with many difficulties while working in the Ukraine.


Epicly Later'd: John Cardiel (2008 - 86min)
Info: 5ones.com/epicly-laterd-389/
Official Site (for online series?): www.epiclylaterd.com/
About skateboarder John Cardiel. Epicly Later'd is an online video series. Several issues were combined to make a DVD about Cardiel. Hard to find. May have been distributed mainly as a free promo. Netflix has this.


Erasing David (2010 - 80min) David Bond, Melinda McDougall
Official Site: erasingdavid.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erasing_David
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1395183/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004SEUJNC


Every F---ing Day of My Life (2007 - 70min) Tommy Davis
Official Site: www.oneminutetonine.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Minute_to_Nine
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1071951/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003ES5RO4
Also known as One Minute to Nine. Looks at the case of Wendy Maldano, who killed her husband in 2005 after enduring 18 years of abuse.


Examined Life (2008 - 88min) Astra Taylor
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Examined_Life
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1279083/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002VBQEEW


The Exiles (1961 - 72min) Kent MacKenzie
Official Site: www.exilesfilm.com/
Milestone Films: www.milestonefilms.com/products/the-exiles
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Exiles_(1961_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0054861/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 11/17/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002O34URU/


The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000 - 79min) Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eyes_of_Tammy_Faye
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0233687/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009MEBB
About Tammy Faye Bakker, the "first lady of televangelism". Very entertaining. She passed away in 2007.


The Eyes of Thailand (2012 - 62min) Windy Borman
Official Site: www.eyesofthailand.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1826894/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AJ7ACB6
Looks at efforts to help elephants in Thailand, focussing on a woman who runs an elephant hospital and her work in helping elephants who have been injured stepping on land mines.


Fall From Grace (2007 - 71min) K. Ryan Jones
Official Site: www.fallfromgracemovie.net
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0977649/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00197POYK
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church
Looks at Reverend Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, famous for travelling all over the place to preach hatred against homosexuality.


Fake it So Real (2012 - min) Robert Greene
Official Site: fakeitsoreal.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1756511/


The Farm: Angola, USA (1998 - 90min) Jonathan Stack, Liz Garbus, Wilbert Rideau
AKA: The Farm: Life Inside Angola
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Farm:_Angola,_USA
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0139193/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00304U4JA


The Farm: 10 Down (2009 - 98min) Jonathan Stack, Nancy Novak
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1305584/
Director's Website: www.hcdmediagroup.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003059RHO
Followup to The Farm: Angola, USA.


Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control (1997 - 83min) Errol Morris
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0119107/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast,_Cheap_and_Out_of_Control
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003CX9Z
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fast_cheap_and_out_of_control/
Maybe its a documentary, maybe its four documentaries in one, maybe its an art film. Skips around between four different stories: an animal trainer, a topiary gardener, a robot scientist, and a guy who studies mole rats. Are these stories related? Connections between them seem to surface, some perhaps intended, some probably not. I think the intended theme here is that these are all people who are totally into what they do. Very interesting. From the director of Gates of Heaven and The Fog of War.


Favela Rising (2005 - 82min) Jeff Zimbalist, Matt Mochary
Official Site: www.favelarising.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Favela_Rising
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0455949/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002SAMMII
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/favela_rising/
Very inspiring. Super-cool. Highest recommendation. Looks at violence in the slums (favelas) of Rio De Janeiro. Follows Anderson Sa, who fights against poverty and violence by starting a musical movement, Afro-Reggae, teaching youngsters to play drums. DVD went out of print for awhile, but was reissued in SEP 2009.


FEMA City (2007 - 70min) Jamin Griffiths
Official Site: www.femacity.net
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UJIMIW
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1047817


Fightville (2011 - 85min) Petra Epperlein,
Official Site: www.femacity.net
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007QD0UQ8/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1703232/
Very interesting look at training in amatuer league MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighting. Catches Dustin Poirier as he makes his way to the pro league. DVD includes 21 minutes of deleted/extra scens, 8 minutes "behind the scenes", and trailer.


Errol Morris' First Person (2000/2001 - 491min) Errol Morris
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Person_(TV_Show)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0240264/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00094AS7W/
DVD Disc 1 - Season 1, Episodes 1-7 (2000 - 168min)
DVD Disc 2 - Season 1, Episodes 8-11 (2000 - 96min)
DVD Disc 3 - Season 2, Episodes 1-6 (2001 - 227min)
This is a TV series, available on a 3-disc DVD set, which includes all 17 episodes of the show. In each episode, Errol interviews "an exceptionally interesting person". He uses a device he invented, called the Interrotron. The interviewer and the subject are each facing a camera, each of which projects the other's face onto the lens, so that the subject is looking at a human face, rather than at a blank lens. The episodes in the first season are about 24 minutes each. The episodes in the second season are closer to 30 minutes, except for 4 and 5, which are almost an hour each (these 2 were broadcast in 2 parts each).
The Episodes: (may not accurately reflect DVD order or broadcast date order)
01.01 "Stairway to Heaven" - Temple Grandin, autistic college professor and expert on humane cattle slaughter techniques
01.02 "The Killer Inside Me" - Sondra London, serial killer groupie and writer
01.03 "I Dismember Mama" - Saul Kent, promoter of cryogenic immortality
01.04 "The Stalker" - Bill Kinsley, employer and victim of a disgruntled postal worker
01.05 "The Parrot" - Jane Gill, victim of a murder with a possible avian eye-witness
01.06 "Eyeball to Eyeball" - Clyde Roper, authority on the giant squid
01.07 "Smiling in a Jar" - Gretchen Worden, director of the Mutter Museum of medical oddities in Philadelphia
01.08 "In the Kingdom of the Unabomber" - Gary Greenberg, Unabomber pen pal and would-be biographer
01.09 "Mr. Debt" - Andrew Capoccia, whiz lawyer for credit-card debtors
01.10 "You're Soaking In It" - Joan Dougherty, crime scene cleaner
01.11 "The Little Gray Man" - Antonio Mendez, retired CIA operative and master of disguise
02.01 Harvesting Me" - Josh Harris, internet entrepreneur (See documentary We Live in Public) and TV addict
02.02 "The Smartest Man in the World" - Chris Langan, bar bouncer with the alleged world's highest IQ (this is my favorite - very interesting)
02.03 "The Only Truth" - Murray Richman, lawyer to New York mobsters
02.04 "One in a Million Trillion" - Rick Rosner, professional high school student and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? contestant
02.05 "Leaving the Earth" - Denny Fitch, DC-10 pilot and hero
02.06 "Mr. Personality" - Dr. Michael Stone, forensic pathologist and homicide aficionado


The First Saturday in May (2007 - 96min) Brad Hennegan, John Hennegan
Official Site: www.thefirstsaturdayinmay.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1003115/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002OVB9RG
Follows the people behind six horses as they make their way through graded stakes races leading up to the 2006 Kentucky Derby.


FLicKeR (2008 - 75min) Nik Sheehan
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1236194/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0026MP19K/
About Brion Gysin and his Dream Machine, a flickering light device that can induce altered states of concsiousness. Interviews with Iggy Pop, Kenneth Anger, Marianne Faithful, John Giorno, DJ Spooky and others. Yes, it is interesting.


Flight From Death - The Quest for Immortality (2003 - 90min) Patrick Shen
Official Site: www.flightfromdeath.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_from_Death
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0365215
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009NZ77E/


Flyin' Cut Sleeves (1993 - 60min) Henry Chalfant, Rita Fecher
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002I41L4U/
Director's Website: henrychalfant.com
Looks at gangs in the South Bronx late 60's, early 70's. Talks to members of gangs such as Savage Kulls and Savage Nomads. Revisits some of them in the 80's and early 90's.


Following Sean (2006 - 87min) Ralph Arlyck
Official Site: www.followingsean.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Following_Sean
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0479916/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KJU1H8/
Very interesting film - recommended.


Fractals - The Colors of Infinity
Can watch at google video. DVD can be ordered from www.channel9store.com


Freakonomics (2010 - 93min) Alex Gibney, Heidi Ewing, Seth Gordeon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freakonomics_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1152822/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0047UJBP4
"Six rogue filmmakers explore the hidden side of everything."


Free for All: Inside the Public Library Dawn Logsdon
Official Site: www.freeforalldocumentary.com/
Began filming and fundraising in 2013, may be a couple of years.


Friends of God
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0953404/


From The Heart of the World - The Elder Brothers Warning (1991 - 88min) (DVD 2009 - 106min) Alan Ereira
Info: www.linktv.org/globalspirit/kogi
Can Order DVD Here: www.linktv.org/globalspirit/DVDs
Or Here: www.cemproductions.com
Tairona Heritage Trust: tairona.myzen.co.uk
Amazon: (OOP VHS) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00000F89F
This has been out of print for a long time. VHS copies are rare and expensive. (The film was produced for the BBC, later distributed on VHS in the US by Mystic Fire, and later by Fox-Lorber). As of 2009, DVD-R copies can be ordered for a $35.00 donation from Link TV at the link above. This disc includes a 20-minute interview with the director made in 2009. Check out the info link above, the director has been contacted by the Kogi (in 2009) -they want to make another film, as they think there may still be hope for the planet. This is a very special and interesting film for sure. See also the Tairona Heritage Trust website (set up by the director), for more information on the film, the Kogi, and also the book by Alan Ereira.
Here is the text from the box cover of the VHS tape:
"This is the last civilization of pre-Columbian America that vanished 400 years ago. It did not die - it went into hiding. For centries the Kogi have watched us from their mountain fastness. This film is their message, and their warning...
Deep in the mountains of Columbia, the descendants of an ancient Tairona preisthood still rule. In cities more than a thousand years old, the ascetic Kogi tribe has preserved the culture and spirituality of an ancient civilization wiped out by the conquistadors. Situated close to the equator, only 26 miles from the beach, their mountain region contains nearly every ecosystem found on Earth. Evidence of environmental damage can be readily seen from their mountainous vantage point. Global warming has melted snow, and what was once high tundra is now dust. After centuries of deliberate isolation, the Kogi have decided that the time has come to speak to us about these changes. They call themselves the Elder Brothers of the human race, and they are convinced that we, the Younger Brothers, will soon destory the balance of life on Earth. They believe that the only hope is for us to change our ways, and have set out to teach us what they know about the balance of mankind, nature and the spiritual world. Through concentrated thought and meditation, the Kogi enter an inner-plane world called aluna and act there. Aluna was and is the Mother, whose law is harmony and balance. The whole of Kogi life revolves around this life force that shapes the world and makes it flower."


F**K: A Documentary (2006 - 90min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0486585/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KB488Y


G-Dog (2012 - 92min) Freida Lee Mock
Official Site: www.gdogthemovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2318503/
Amazon (DVD 04/23/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AM8ZP1Y
About a large gang intervention program in Los Angeles called Homeboy Industries run by Jesuit priest Father Greg Boyle. Highly recommended. See also Crips and Bloods.


Ganges (2007 - 150min) Tom Hugh-Jones
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1307922/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0014VPFQI


Gates of Heaven (1978 - 85min) Errol Morris
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0077598/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gates_of_Heaven
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JL4U/
Hilarious and strangely sad documentary about pet cemetaries. Goes off on a lot of tangents as it explores the people involved. Roger Ebert says its in his top ten of all time. Mine, too. Everything by Errol Morris is top-class. (Here is a link to the pet cemetary featured in the film: www.bubbling-well.com).


General Orders No. 9 (2009 - 72min) Robert Persons
Official Site: www.generalordersno9.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1429348/
Amazon (DVD 03/30/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QS9NVW/
Amazon (BluRay 03/30/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QS9O2U/
Review at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/48666/
Interview with Director at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/interviews/39660/
Very interesting. Recommended.


Genesis (2004 - 80min) Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0287457/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genesis_(2004_film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000B8IADO


Ghosts of Cite Soleil (2006 - 85min) Asger Leth, Milos Loncarevic
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0479046/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000TLMWNI
Gangsters in Haiti.


The Giant Buddhas (2005 - 95min) Christian Frei
Official Site: www.giant-buddhas.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0478157/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Giant_Buddhas
Looks at the destruction of the giant Buddhas statues in the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan. Very interesting film.


Girlhood (2003 - 82min) Liz Garbus
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0368745/


The Gleaners and I (2000 - 82min) Agnes Varda
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gleaners_and_I
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0247380/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005Y727
French film. Very special - one of my top favorites. Explores waste and ways of utilizing it. DVD includes a followup film. Roger Ebert says - "Profound, poetic and moving!" See also The Beaches of Agnes (below in Movies and Moviemakers section).


Gobeklitepe: The World's First Temple (2010 - 80min) Ahmet Turgut Yazman
Official Site: www.worldsfirsttemple.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1622984/
As of JAN 2012, does not seem to be on DVD yet. This is about a 12,000 year old archaeological site in Turkey.


Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2007 - 120min) Alex Gibney
Official Site: www.huntersthompsonmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0479468/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001EDFSIQ/
Narrated by Johnny Depp.


The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick (2001 - 79min) Mark Steensland
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0273244/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000059TOP/


Gray's Anatomy (1996 - 80min) Steven Soderbergh
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray's_Anatomy
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/28351
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0116447/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 06/19/12 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007N5YJVQ
Amazon (BluRay 06/19/12 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007N5YJT8
Presents Spalding Gray's 1993 monologue of the same name. See also And Everything is Going Fine.


Grey Gardens (1975) Albert Maysles, David Maysles
The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Gardens
Director's Website: www.mayslesfilms.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0073076/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E5LEVK/


Grizzly Man (2005 - 103min) Werner Herzog
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0427312
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_Man
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BMY2NS
Using the video footage that Timothy Treadwell shot on his stays in Alaska studying grizzly bears, master filmmaker Werner Herzog creates a very special film. Timothy probably got closer to grizzlys than anyone has. He made the news when he and his girlfriend were killed by a grizzly. DVD includes a really cool and lengthy special feature on the making of the music, which features Richard Thompson.


Gun Fight (2011) Barbara Kopple
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1889394/


Guns, Germs, and Steel (2005 - 180min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0475043/
Wikipedia (on the book): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns,_Germs,_and_Steel
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009GX1EM
National Geographic presents the major ideas from Jared Diamond's book of the same name in 3 one-hour episodes on 2 discs.


Hands on a Hardbody (1999 - 94min) S.R. Bindler
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hands_on_a_Hardbody:_The_Documentary
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0116481/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00000JYWZ
Documentary about a contest at a Longview, Texas dealership to win a new truck by seeing who can keep their hands on it the longest. Very interesting and fun. DVD is out of print and hard to find.


Harlan County USA (1976 - 104min) Barbara Kopple
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlan_County,_USA
IMDB:www.imdb.com/title/tt0074605/
Review by Peter Biskind: www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC14folder/HarlanCty.html
Director's Website: www.cabincreekfilms.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E5LEVU
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/777
Classic film documents 13-month struggle of coal miners' strike in Harlan County, Kentucky in 1973. The film largely stays out of the way and lets the story tell itself. One interesting aspect is the part played by women. This is one of the most powerful, passionate and intense films I have seen. It might shake you up a bit. Highly recommended.


The Harvest (2010 - 80min) U. Roberto Romano
Spanish Title: La Cosecha
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Harvest_(documentary)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005FIXA6S
Looks at child workers in American agriculture.


The Harvest (2011 - 98min) Gabriel Deloach
Official Site: www.theharvestmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1871404/


Harvest of Shame (1960 - 55min) Fred W. Friendly
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_of_Shame
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0322505/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BP86P0


Head Games (2012 - 95min) Steve James
Official Site: www.headgamesthefilm.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_Games_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2239400/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A8OIFXC
Looks at the effects of sports-related concussions.


Hell House (2002 - 85min) George Ratliff
IMDB:www.imdb.com/title/tt0301235/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000092T6A


The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971 - 90min) Walon Green, Ed Spiegel
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hellstrom_Chronicle
IMDB:www.imdb.com/title/tt0067197/
Distributor's Website:www.olivefilms.com/films/the-hellstrom-chronicle/
Amazon (DVD 01/10/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005ZSFY2Q
Amazon (BD 01/10/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005ZSFYNU
Won Academy Award for best documentary in 1972. Presents the idea that eventually insects will take over the Earth. Not exactly a documentary, the film uses actors to portray scientists and was sometimes billed as a sci-fi thriller. Long out of print, finally issued on DVD and Bluray in January of 2012. DVD has no special features. Chapter menu lists chapters: 1. Opening 2. Mysterious Creatures 3. Killer Plants 4. Ant Wars 5. Transformations 6. Termites 7. The Locusts 8. Sounds 9. Procreators 10. The Bees 11. Mayflies 12. Driver Ants 13. Credits. The film features lots of close-ups of insects, using techniques which were cutting-edge at the time. To take this a little further, see the 1996 documentary Microcosmos.


Hemo the Magnificent (1957 - 55min) Frank Capra
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemo_the_Magnificent
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0156602/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AKY5V
This is one of a series of four educational science films for kids made by Frank Capra for Bell Labs in the 50's. An indepth look at the human circulatory system, featuring animated characters, a scientist explaining everything, and lots of high-tech (for the time) footage of blood cells moving through capillaries and such things. Like most of the reviewers at Amazon, I saw this as a kid many times, and always enjoyed it. Although 50 years old, this is still good enough that kids today and even medical students will be fascinated and educated by it. Totally amazing, recommended for anyone. I was very happy to find this out on DVD. The DVD pairs this with Unchained Goddess, about weather. The other two films in the series are available on another disc. These are all great, but Hemo is my favorite.


Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird (2010 - 78min) Mary Murphy
Official Site: firstrunfeatures.com/heyboo/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1638979/
Amazon (DVD 07/19/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004VN7RO4
Review: www.huffingtonpost.com/marshall-fine/huffpost-review-ihey-boo_b_862364.html
See also Fearful Symetry, a 130-minute documentary about the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, which is included in some DVD editions of the film.


Hidden Colors (2011 - 110min) Tariq Nasheed
Subtitled: The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor, and African Descent
Official Site: hiddencolorsfilm.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Colors
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tariq_Nasheed
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1857724/
Amazon (DVD 04/26/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004X4O988
Some very interesting "hidden history". Lots of surprising and radical ideas and maybe some radical presentation. This could be seen as a brief introduction to a vast area that needs a lot more research. See sequel Hidden Colors 2, and also When the Moors Ruled in Europe.


Hidden Colors 2 (2012 - 150min) Tariq Nasheed
Subtitled: The Triumph of Melanin
Official Site: hiddencolorsfilm.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2404572/
Amazon (DVD 12/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AL6P4A4


Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998 - 93min) Paul Jay
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0179218/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitman_Hart:_Wrestling_with_Shadows
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NG9GZ0
Covers the pro wrestling career of Bret Hart. 2-disc 10th Anniversary Edition DVD includes another film by the same director: The Life and Death of Owen Hart, about Bret's brother.


Home Movie (2001 - 66min) Chris Smith
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0275408/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009XN2Y


Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County (2010 - 60min) Alexandra Pelosi
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1706603/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004OZN9JU


Hoop Dreams (1994 - 170min) Steve James
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0110057/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoop_Dreams
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007WFYBG
Criterion:www.criterion.com/films/906
Follows 2 African-Amercian Chicago teens through their dreams of becoming professional basketball players. Filmed over 5 years. Won many awards including 2007 award for All-Time Greatest Documentary from International Documentary Association.


Hoop Reality (2009 - 90min) Lee Davis
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0803005/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002K0WBEG
Followup look at the subjects of Hoop Dreams. Note - although Hoop Dreams is considered one of the best documentaries ever made, as of FEB 2010, I can find almost no info on this one. Listed at Amazon but with no reviews, not listed at Wikipedia or Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic. This is not by the same director.


The Hooping Life (2014 - 70min) Amy Goldstein
Official site: spanproductions.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hooping_Life
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt3165082/
Its about hula hooping. As of 09/2013, have had this listed here for 4 years, the films appears to be done, but still no DVD.


The Horse Boy (2009 - 93min) Michel Orion Scott
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Horse_Boy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1333668/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00346UX5E
A couple from Texas has an autistic son. After trying all kinds of therapies, and discovering that their son likes horses, they decide to journey to Mongolia to visit shamans there.


House of Numbers (2009 - 89min) Brent Leung
Subtitled: Anatomy of an Epidemic
Official site: www.houseofnumbers.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1311710/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Numbers
Amazon (Regular Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Y9GY2W
Amazon (Deluxe Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003YA5W4C
Controversial film explores alternative and mainstream theories about the cause and treatment of AIDS. I was very excited about this when I first heard of it and have had high expectations. And I can say after my first viewing that the film totally delivers. This is a very well-made film, and has been needed for a long time. Includes lots of interviews with scientists from various points of view. The film does seem to lean towards the side of the AIDS dissidents (such as Dr. Peter Duesberg), but then that seems to be the point of the film - to reveal that there is a lot of confusion and disagreement in the world of AIDS research and treatment. The dissident views have been largely suppressed from the beginning. I used to read a monthly column about AIDS in SPIN magazine in the 80's, in which journalist Celia Farber presented the alternative viewpoint. I think these writings have been collected into a book, and Celia is featured in the film. All of the major issues are discussed - HIV testing, history of AIDS, discovery of HIV, drug treaments, African AIDS, etc. Rather than just presenting a certain point of view, the film raises a lot of questions. The world of AIDS is complicated and there may be no easy answers at this time. If you are very interested in this subject, I would recommend getting the Deluxe Edition, which includes 2 more discs full of extended interviews. Very important film, highly recommended. And I can imagine this one being banned or becoming hard to find, so I hope people will buy this and get it into personal collections and libraries. I also recommend Duesberg's book Inventing AIDS.

Regular Edition is single DVD, Deluxe Edition is 3 DVDs, with 2 discs full of extra features exploring the issue in more depth. (NOTE - 3-disc Deluxe Edition is supplied in 2 DVD cases - one is the film in its own case, the other case, labelled "Deluxe Edition", contains the 2 extra DVDs).


How to Die in Oregon (2011 - 107min) Peter Richardson
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Die_in_Oregon
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1715802/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005TZFZBU


How to Live Forever (2009 - 92min) Mark Wexler
Official Site: www.liveforevermovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Live_Forever
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1172957/
Amazon (DVD 06/05/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0071BY2XC
Very interesting film looks at approaches to life-extension, talks to many people of advanced age (there are over 100,000 people over age 100), and explores ideas such as why someone would want to live a long time. Recommended.


I Remember Me (2001 - 74min) Kim A. Snyder
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0293270/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00020X942/
About CFS - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


Ice People (2008 - 77min) Anne Aghion
Official site: www.icepeople.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_People
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1234433/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001LDI56G/


Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (2012 - 90min) Jorge Hinojosa
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2180016/
Amazon (DVD 08/27/13 Phase 4 Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CPKZKX0/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iceberg_Slim


In the Pit (2005 - 84min) Juan Carlos Rulfo
Mexican Title: En El Hoyo
Official site: www.enelhoyo.com.mx
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0492464/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000RW5C36/
Looks at the laborers working on a massive overhead highway in Mexico City (the second level of the Periferico freeway). No narration, lots of scenes of workers working and talking about their work. The film ends with a long close helicopter shot of mile after mile of this highway in various stages of completion. This is really a huge construction project (I think it may have been finished in 2006). In Spanish, with English subtitles. Very cool film.


In Search of the Great Beast 666: Aleister Crowley (2007 - 125min) Robert Garofalo
Official Site: www.aleister-crowley-666.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00265T7VK/
Crowley's story is told by a narrator and by a series of "interviews" with actors pretending to be Crowley and those in his life.


The Interrupters (2011 - 128min) Steve James, Alex Kotlowitz
Official Site: interrupters.kartemquin.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Interrupters
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1319744/
Amazon (DVD 02/14/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006JN8748/
Amazon (Bluray 02/14/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006JN8716/
Looks at youth gang violence in Chicago and the efforts of organizations such as the Violence Interrupters and Ceasefire. A lot of shootings in Chicago! Recommended.


Into the Abyss (2011 - 107min) Werner Herzog
Subtitled: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_the_Abyss_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1972663/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006Z7Z3L8/


The Invisible War (2012 - 97min) Kirby Dick
Official Site: www.invisiblewarmovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Invisible_War
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2120152/
Amazon (DVD 10/23/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008MIYKLW/
Investigates the epidemic of sexual assault within the US military. Excellent film as expected from Kirby Dick. Powerful, important, recommended.


Jam (2006 - 85min) Mark Woolen
Official Site: www.jamthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0770774/


Jane's Journey (2010 - 107min) Lorenz Knauer
Official Site: www.janesjourney.net
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane's_Journey
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1326283/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005QB2JR0
About chimp researcher and environmental activist Jane Goodall.


Jeff (2011 - 79min) Chris James Thompson
Official Site: jeffthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1779076/
About serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.


Jesus Camp (2006 - 84min) Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Official Site: www.jesuscampthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0486358/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Camp
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KLQUV2/
Wow! I first watched this with a bunch of friends in jaw-dropping amazement. It is scary, funny, and stranger than fiction. A must-see for sure.


The Jesus Guy (2007 - 66min) Sean Tracey
Official Site: www.thejesusguy.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1208605/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003XMZVM4


Just a Ride (1994 - 45min) Rupert Edwards
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0004Z33FK
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0149281/
Official Bill Hicks website: www.billhicks.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Hicks
Sacred Cow: www.sacredcow.com
Documentary about the late Bill Hicks - some would say the greatest comedian who ever lived. This was pretty much unavailable for many years, released only as a British PAL format VHS tape called Totally Bill Hicks which includes the It's Just a Ride documentary plus a live performance. I didn't know about Bill Hicks until I saw a bootleg copy of a copy of a copy. Finally, in 2004, Rykodisc released a DVD containing 3 live performances plus Just a Ride. The DVD is called Bill Hicks Live. See also the newer documentary film (2011) American: The Bill Hicks Story.


Keep the River on Your Right - A Modern Cannibal Tale (2000) David Shapiro, Laurie Shapiro
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0206187/
Wikipedia (book): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_the_River_on_Your_Right
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006CXH4
Documentary about Tobias Schneebaum, who spent a year in the Peruvian jungle living with a tribe of cannibals. Explores other apsects of his interesting life.


Kevorkian (2010 - 92min) Matthew Galkin
Official Site: www.hbo.com/documentaries/kevorkian
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1167512/


Kevorkian: Right to Exit (2004 - 52min) Anna Terean
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0026LYMGY
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1370876/


Kicking It (2007 - 99min) Susan Koch, Jeff Werner
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001B3LIL0
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1157668/
International soccer competition for homeless people.


The Kids Grow Up (2009 - 87min) Doug Block
Official Site: www.thekidsgrowup.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1321332/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0049D1TD6


Know Your Mushrooms (2008 - 73min) Ron Mann
Official Site: www.sphinxproductions.com/films/mushrooms/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_Your_Mushrooms
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002C68WSM
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1339111/
Gary Lincoff and Larry Evans guide us through the world of mushrooms.


Knuckle (2011 - 97min) Ian Palmer
Official Site: www.knucklethemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knuckle
Amazon (DVD 02/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00629MBCI
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1606259/


Koko - A Conversation with Koko (1999 - 60min) Nigel Cole
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0908651/
Amazon (DVD 2004 - Out of Print): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000228E3Q
This is an episode of the TV show Nature, which first aired August 8, 1999 (Season 17, Episode 10).


Koko - A Talking Gorilla (1979 - 80min) Barbet Schroeder
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0076097/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koko:_A_Talking_Gorilla
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FILVNW
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/782
About Koko: www.koko.org
See also Project Nim, Ape Genius.


Kon-Tiki (1956 - 77min) (Black and White) Thor Heyerdahl
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon-Tiki_(1956_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0042650/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FDK746
Some DVD release include some color footage in the special features.


La Lucha (2005 - 72min) Duncan Macleod
Official Site: www.luchamovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0465513
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00092ZL2G
About Mexican wrestling in Los Angeles. Gets into a bit of history. I learned about Santo, the most famous luchadore, who starred in quite a few wacky films.


The Last Cigarette (1999 - 82min) Kevin Rafferty, Frank Keraudren
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0210796/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000U7CZ7E/
A collection of smoking scenes from movies, TV shows, TV commercials, educational films, etc, intercut with scenes from 1994 Congressional Hearings. Fun and interesting.


Last Summer at Coney Island (2011 - 94min) J.L. Aronson
Official Site: www.lastsummeratconeyisland.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1602549/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00562PIJA/


Laughology (2009 - 65min) Albert Neremberg
Official Site: www.laughology.info
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laughology
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1440749
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003RHZ6GQ


A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2004 - 93min) Christopher Browne
Official Site: www.bowlingmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_League_of_Ordinary_Gentlemen
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0430289
Amazon (DVD 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E8N8MK
Looks at the world of professional bowling, which almost disappeared until some former Microsoft executives brought it back to life. Features bowling pros Walter Ray Williams, Jr, Pete Weber, Chris Barnes, Wayne Webb.


Legacy (2000 - 90min) Tod Lending
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0188028
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FBFZ0Y


Lemonade (2009 - 36min) Marc Colucci
Official Site: www.lemonademovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1574624
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002YZL8HI
Looks at 16 advertising professionals who lost their jobs and what they found to do instead.


Licensed to Kill (1997 - 76min) Arthur Dong
Director's Website: www.deepfocusproductions.com
PBS: www.pbs.org/pov/licensedtokill/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licensed_to_Kill_(1997_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0119530/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009PW3QU
Amazon - Arthur Dong Collection (DVD 3-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009GX2FK
A chilling look at gay-bashing. Interviews several convicted killers.


The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (2006 - 84min) Jerry Aronson
Official Site: www.allenginsbergmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0107411
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000PHX4S8
2-disc DVD set is loaded with extra interviews.


The Life and Times of Life and Times (1998 - 59min) Peter Friedman, Jean-Francois Brunet
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0008FXT78
Explores the question of why we age. DVD includes Death By Design, another film by the same directors, about programmed cell death.


Light at the Edge of the World (2008 - 186min) Andrew Gregg
Subtitled: In Search of the World's Lost Peoples
Wade Davis at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wade_Davis
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001QWFVZ0
Anthropologist Wade Davis explores four different indigenous cultures.


Lightning Over Water (1980 - 91min) Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0081055/


Limelight (2011 - 104min) Billy Corben
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1418702/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limelight_(2011_film)
Amazon (DVD 01/24/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005X7HA9E
About Peter Gatien, king of the 1990's New York City club scene, owner of clubs including The Limelight, Palladium and Tunnel. From the director of Cocaine Cowboys and Square Grouper.


Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1998 - 80min) Werner Herzog
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0145046/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000M7FO0M


Live From Shiva's Dance Floor (2003 - 21min) Richard Linklater
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0343986/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000VLYW2
First of all, if you haven't seen The Cruise, check it out (its listed above) - its about Timothy "Speed" Levitch, a New York City tourguide. Building on his legendary status from that film, here he gets to muse about 9-11 and what should be built on "ground zero".


Lords of the Gourd (2000 - 60min) Mark Lewis
PBS: www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=2825657
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1106684/
Amazon (DVD 2003 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UJBY88
From the director of Cane Toads and Rat.


The Loss of Nameless Things (2004 - 103min) Bill Rose
Official Site: www.thelossofnamelessthings.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakley_Hall_III
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0399298/
Amazon (DVD 2006 Cinequest): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000JLTSHQ
Amazon (DVD 2009 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001MYIPZK


Louder Than A Bomb (2010 - 99min) Jon Siskel, Greg Jacobs
Official Site: www.louderthanabombfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1540978/
Looks at an annual poetry slam in Chicago, where teams of teenagers compete by reading their poetry.


Louisiana Story (1948 - 78min) Robert J. Flaherty
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0040550/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008UALJ


Man Of Aran (1934 - 77min) Robert J. Flaherty
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0025456


Man On Wire (2008 - 94min) James Marsh
Official Site: www.manonwire.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_On_Wire
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1155592/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001E5FYS8
I'll steal the blurb from the DVD box: "On August 7th, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center's twin towers. After dancing for nearly an hour on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released. This extraordinary documentary incorporates Petit's personal footage to show how he overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges to achieve the artistic crime of the century." Very interesting film for sure, shows the long process of planning, which included trips across the ocean to check out the buildings as they were being constructed. The director is now working on his next film, Project Nim, about Nim Chimpsky. His previous film was Wisconsin Death Trip.


The Man Who Bought Mustique (2000 - 78min) Joseph Bullman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0264666/
Amazon (DVD 03/19/02 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005UW7X
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/man_who_bought_mustique/


The Man Who Souled The World (2007 - 87min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0924461/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ZKQN24
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Y40EPI
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0023U3LM4
About skater Steve Rocco and the precedent he set by starting his own company, inspiring others to do the same, and transforming the industry.


Mana: Beyond Belief (2004 - 92min) Peter Friedman, Roger Manley
Official Site: www.mana-the-movie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0467468/
Amazon (DVD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002SAMMJM


Man's Right To Know (2002 - 30min) Kevin Hinchey
Archive.org: www.archive.org/details/wilhelm_reich
About Wilhelm Reich. Can download free or watch online at archive.org. Also on youtube.


Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)
(2007 - 84min) Jason Kohn
Official Site: www.mandabala.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manda_Bala_(Send_a_Bullet)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0912590/
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0012OSGV8
Metacritic: www.metacritic.com/movie/manda-bala-send-a-bullet
Very special, unique, interesting film. Two different stories in Brazil are presented, with the film switching back and forth between them. One is the phenomenon of violent ransom kidnappings, which are widespread and out of control in Brazil, especially in Sao Paulo, population 20 million. In this story we hear from a victim who had her ears cut off (which happens a lot in these kidnappings). We also meet a reconstructive plastic surgeon, who has developed new techniques for makinig replacement ears, using rib cartilage. This process is explored in detail. We meet a kidnapper and we see actual footage from ransom videos. Some grisly stuff. We meet Jamal, a detective in the Sao Paulo anti-kidnapping division. He shows us his gun collection. And "Mr. M" tells about the precautions he takes. He has 3 bullet-proof cars and is taking a bullet-proof car driving course. The wealthiest in Sao Paulo stay above the crime - with helicopters. The other story is about high-level government corruption. Along with various inteviews, we see a lot of frogs, as we learn about the frog farm scandal. One story is the rich stealing from the poor, the other is the poor stealing from the rich. Lots of cool Brazilian music, providing an odd juxtaposition to the serious subject matter. The film is banned in Brazil. Super-cool - highly recommended. Noticing on 12/20/11 DVD appears to be out of print!


Manufactured Landscapes (2006 - 90min) Jennifer Baichwal
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manufactured_Landscapes
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0832903/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00000JRWS
Explores work of photographer Edward Burtynsky, mainly looking at recent work in China and Bangladesh, showing lots of scenes of industrialization.


March of the Penguins (2004 - 80min) Luc Jacquet
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_of_the_Penguins
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0428803/


Mardi Gras: Made in China (2004) David Redmon
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0436569/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0018BA708
A close inside look at the factories in China where plastic Mardi Gras beads are made.


Mario's Story (2006 - 98min) Jeff Werner, Susan Koch
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0824761/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000W1SZCM


The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell (1982 - 98min) Richard Patterson
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0251231/
Producer's Website: www.duckprods.com/projects/marxbrothers/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1559746718


Maybe Logic (2003 - 82min) Lance Bauscher
Official Site: www.maybelogic.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0398191/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EU1HQM
Covers the life of Robert Anton Wilson. Very cool. Lots of extended interviews in the special features.


Megacities (1998 - 90min) Michael Glawogger
Director's Website: www.glawogger.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0169024/
Amazon (DVD German Import PAL): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001PKZBDK
Amazon.co.uk (DVD PAL Region2 05/30/11 Artefact): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B004RACMAK
Amazon.de (DVD PAL Region0 11/17/06 Hoanzl Vertrieb): www.amazon.de/o/ASIN/B000K15FJK
A megacity is a city with a population of over 10 million. Looks at Mumbai, New York City, Moscow, Mexico City. This is the first film in Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger's Globalization Trilogy, followed by Workingman's Death (2005) and Whore's Glory (2011). As of JAN 2013 there is no US DVD. British, German and Australian imports are available.


Megacities (2012 - 172min)
Amazon (DVD 09/21/12 Acorn): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0083HXKHM
BBC TV series in 3 parts: Living in the City, Cities on the Edge, Sustaining the City. Presented by Andrew Marr. Looks at five megacities: London, Dhaka, Tokyo, Mexico City, Shanghai.


Microcosmos (1996 - 80min) Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microcosmos_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0117040/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000DZ3BS
Awesome documentary about insects using lots of extreme closeups, slow-motion, and time-lapse photography. See also Hellstrom Chronicle.


Millions: A Lottery Story (2006 - 101min) Paul La Blanc
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0808898/
Amazon (DVD 06/10/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0015I2SJ2


Mississippi Chicken (2007 - 82min) John Fiege
Official Site:www.mississippichicken.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1104094/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001PCNZI6
Latin American immigrants living in a rural Mississippi poultry factory town. Shot on Super 8mm.


Modern Warriors (2002 - 56min) Peter Spirer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0330648/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000694ZL
Consists of brief interview and/or demo clips of several dozen different mostly well-known martial arts fighters from a wide variety of styles. We don't get too much time with any one person, but lots of interesting ideas and amazing demonstrations of technique.


Monica & David (2010 - 67min) Alexandria Codina
Official Site: www.monicaanddavid.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_&_David
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1553066/
Amazon (DVD 12/13/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005CXOG3C/
Looks at a young married couple with Down syndrome.


The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories (2007 - 100min) Andrey Paounov
Official Site: www.themosquitoproblem.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mosquito_Problem_and_Other_Stories
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1043510/
As of 04/12 doesn't seem to be available on DVD.


Motherland Afghanistan (2007 - 74min) Sedika Mojadidi
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0948279/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LPS4M0


Mr. Death (2000 - 91min) Errol Morris
Subtitled: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0192335/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Death:_The_Rise_and_Fall_of_Fred_A._Leuchter,_Jr.
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009MEBK
Morris's films are always super-interesting. This one is about a self-appointed expert on methods of capital punishment.


Murder on A Sunday Morning (2001 - 111min) Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_on_a_Sunday_Morning
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0307197/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008DDJ4
A 15-year-old black boy is wrongly accused of murder in Jacksonville, Florida. He was acquitted when it was shown that his confession was beaten out of him. Award winning film. More on the case at Wikipedia here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Butler_case
(see also Paradise Lost)


My Father The Genius (2002 - 84min) Lucia Small
Official Site: www.smallangstfilms.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0315626/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MTEFQ4


My Name was Sabina Spielrein (2002 - 90min) Elisabeth Marton
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0333611/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FBHCCI


The Mysterious Origins of Man (1996 - 343min) Bill Cote
Official Site: www.bcvideo.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0323339/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000PY52GI
Special Edition 3-DVD set from UFO TV includes 3 films - The Mysterious Origins of Man, The Mysterious Origins of Man Part 2, The Mysterious Origins of Jurassic Art, plus 4 hours of interviews with Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, Michael Cremo, Dr. Richard Thompson, David Childress, Richard Milton.


Nanook of the North (1922 - 79min) (black & white, silent) Robert J. Flaherty
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0013427/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanook_of_the_North
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305257442
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/574
Considered the first feature-length documentary film. Fascinating footage of an Eskimo family living happily in very harsh conditions.


The Natural History of the Chicken (2000 - 55min) Mark Lewis
PBS: www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=1428832
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0257954
Amazon (DVD 2003 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000TPAR4
Lots of odd stories about chickens (and people). The strangest one has to be the headless rooster. This is a true story from 1945. A farmer chops off a chicken's head (Mike the rooster) and it doesn't die. So they fed him by hand through his neck and kept him on the farm for awhile. Later they put him in a travelling show. He lived for 18 months, apparently with brainstem mostly intact. Here's his Wikipedia article: Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_the_Headless_Chicken
From the director of Cane Toads and Rat.


The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific (1983 - 59min) Sanford Low
Director's Website: www.samlow.com
Available From: www.der.org/films/navigators.html


Needle Through Brick (2008 - 52min) Patrick Daly
Subtitled: The Vanishing Art of Traditional Kung Fu
Official Site: www.needlethroughbrick.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1313048
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0033SHEA


New York: A Documentary Film (1999 - 1020min) Ric Burns
PBS: www.pbs.org/wnet/amex/newyork/
PBS (Episode 8): www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/newyork/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0220924
Amazon (8 DVD set): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BITUF2
PBS American Experience TV series directed by Ric Burns (brother of Ken Burns). Covers the 400-year history of New York City in 7 2-hour episodes plus an 8th 3-hour episode, added later (after 9/11), documenting the history and significance of the World Trade Center Towers. Fascinating from start to finish. Could have been much longer, especially episode 7, which covers 1945-1999 in just 2 hours. Highly recommended.
Episode 1: The Country and the City: 1609-1825
Episode 2: Order and Disorder: 1825-1865
Episode 3: Sunshine and Shadow: 1865-1898
Episode 4: The Power and the People: 1898-1918
Episode 5: Cosmopolis: 1919-1931
Episode 6: The City of Tomorrow: 1929-1941
Episode 7: The City and the World: 1945-1999
Episode 8: The Center of the World: 1946-2003


Nostalgia for the Light (2010 - 90min) Patricio Guzman
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostalgia_for_the_Light
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1556190/
Metacritic:www.metacritic.com/movie/nostalgia-for-the-light
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005C5PV2K
Award-winning film from the director of The Battle of Chile juxtaposes the story of astronomers searching the skies against people searching through the Atacama desert for the remains of their disappeared relatives. There are many telescopes on mountaintops in Chile because of the thin dry air, which also causes human remains to be preserved to some extent. Interesting, philosophical, political. Recommended.


Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (2008 - 63min) Jay Delaney
Official Site: www.notyourtypicalbigfootmovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1185384/
Amazon (DVD 09/29/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002IREXBU


OC87 (2010 - 100min) Bud Clayman, Glenn Holsten, Scott Johnston
Subtitled: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asberger's Movie
Official Site: www.oc87.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1550557/
Amazon (DVD-R 2-disc 12/04/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009LRQUSO


The Odds of Recovery (2002 - 65min) Su Friedrich
Subtitled: The Films of Su Friedrich: Volume 5
Director's Website: www.suefriedrich.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0818867/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MRNWP6


Of Time and the City (2008 - 74min) Terence Davies
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1232790/


Off the Chain (2004 - 60min) Bobby J. Brown
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0472478/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009UVCKS
About pit bull terriers.


Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa (2007 - 64min) Jeremy Stulberg, Randy Stulberg
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0920467/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off_the_Grid
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00189CZMI


Official Rejection (2009) Paul Osborne
Official Site: www.officialrejectiondocumentary.com


Okie Noodling (2001 - 56min) Bradley Beesley
Official Site: www.okienoodling.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okie_Noodling
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0294805/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000PKG6GC
This very special and unique film documents the practice of "noodling", which is catching large catfish with your bare hands. Bradley travelled around Oklahoma and hung out with some serious noodlers. He tries his hand at it as well in the film. Since these guys had very little recognition for their sport, Bradley later started the annual Okie Noodling Tournament, in Paul's Valley, Oklahoma. This happens in July at Bob's Pig Shop. More info on that is on the official site above. (See also from Beesley - Okie Noodling II, The Creek Runs Red, Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo)


Okie Noodling II (2008 - 68min) Bradley Beesley
Official Site: www.okienoodling.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1095419/
PBS wanted more, so this is a followup to Okie Noodling.


Only When I Dance (2009 - 78min) Beadie Finzi
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1393744/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0037Z2JG8
Follows a couple of talented young ballet students from the slums of Rio de Janiero as they attempt to move up in the dance world.


The Order of Myths (2008 - 77min) Margaret Brown
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1157694/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UE497K
Looks at the segregated Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile, Alabama. Things may not be as black and white as expected in this complicated story.


Osage Tribal Murders (2010 - 83min) Sherwood Ball
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1954714/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0046LUACM
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osage_Indian_murders


Paperback Dreams (2008 - 57min) Alex Beckstead
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paperback_Dreams
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1337679/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001JILWJA
Looks at the struggles of independent bookstores, focussing on two stores in San Francisco.


Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 - 150min) Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Distributor's Website: www.docurama.com/docurama/paradise-lost-the-child-murders-at-robin-hood-hills/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0117293/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Lost:_The_Child_Murders_at_Robin_Hood_Hills
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AYEIY0
Amazon (Collectors Edition - both films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CDEGWM
A real modern day "witch trial" in the USA! This film follows closely, from the beginning, the case of the "West Memphis Three", three teenagers in West Memphis, Arkansas accused of murdering three 8-year-old boys. Actually, this film covers the first year, from the murders to the trials and sentencing of the accused. Very well-made award-winning film, produced for HBO. Includes lots of footage from the trials. The film makes clear that there is no evidence of any kind linking any of the accused to the crime. The boys seem to have been convicted due to the belief in the community that the victims were killed as part of a "satanic ritual". These guys wear black and listen to Metallica, or at least one of them does, so they must be in a Satanic cult, so it had to be them, case closed, lock 'em up. After watching this film you will know the convicted are innocent and there is some suspicion pointed at John Mark Byers. A sequel (see below) was made in 2001. Big news - August 19, 2011, the boys were released after entering "Alford pleas". A third film will be released in 2012. (See also Metallica - Some Kind of Monster and Brother's Keeper by the same directors).
See this Wikipedia article for lots more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Memphis_3
And these sites for more extensive and up to date info:
www.wm3.org Concerned with freeing the innocent accused.
www.jivepuppi.com Concerned with solving the case.
www.callahan.8k.com Massive document archive.
This is a very interesting document - lengthy transcript of 2009 deposition of Terry Hobbs concerning his defamation lawsuit against Natalie Maines Pasdar: www.callahan.8k.com/t_hobbs_depo1.html
Check this out, I think these guys have solved the case: www.wm3blackboard.com/forum/index.php?topic=2386.0


Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2001 - 130min) Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Distributor's Website:
www.docurama.com/docurama/paradise-lost-2-revelations/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0239894/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Lost_2:_Revelations
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005MKOU
Sequel to Paradise Lost. Also made for HBO and just as engrossing as the first film. New interviews with the accused show that they have grown up quite a bit during the time of their incarceration. And largely due to the original film a large nationwide support network has developed, which includes many celebrities (Johny Depp, Dixie Chicks, Henry Rollins, Metallica, many more). This one spends a lot of time looking at John Mark Byers, stepfather of one of the victims, who sure seems like he would be the prime suspect. But there are actually many other possible suspects not mentioned in the films. Since the time of this film, it has become clear that the prime suspect is Terry Wayne Hobbs, stepfather of another of the victims. In 2007 DNA testing showed that a hair found in the bindings of one of the victims could be a match for him. In 2009, Hobbs sued Natalie Maines Pasdar of the Dixie Chicks for defamation. Her lawyers dug up quite a bit on Hobbs, see the deposition transcript (linked above). That case was dismissed and Hobbs was ordered to pay $17,590 in court costs. On August 19, 2011, the Memphis Three were released from prison after entering "Alford pleas". For more info, check out the links in the listing for the first film, above. There are also lots of interesting Youtube videos on this.


Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2012) Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Official Site: paradiselost3themovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2028530/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Lost_3:_Purgatory
Won Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2012.


Paragraph 175 (2000 - 81min) Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0236576/
Director's Website: www.tellingpictures.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005YUP1
The story of Nazi persecution of homosexuals during WW2.


The Parking Lot Movie (2010 - 71min) Meghan Eckman
Official Site: www.theparkinglotmovie.com/
PBS: www.pbs.org/independentlens/parking-lot-movie/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1504300/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Parkig_Lot_Movie
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_parking_lot_movie/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004G8WS5W
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004HCN2AC
Looks at a parking lot in college-town Charlottesville, Virginia, or moreso at the interesting people who work there and their relationship to the job. Lots of philosophical social commentary. Very special film - very fun and entertaining, very interesting, highly recommended.


Pele Forever (2004 - 122min) Anibal Massaini Neto
Original Title: Pele Eterno
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0420066/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ES401S
In Portuguese with subtitles in English, German, French, Greek, Italian, and Hebrew.


The Philosopher Kings (2009 - 70min) Patrick Shen
Official Site: www.philosopherkingsmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1219832/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Philosopher_Kings_(film)
Looks at janitors who work at universities. have not yet seen - looking forward to getting this (02/05/13).


Photographic Memory (2011 - 87min) Ross McElwee
Official Site: www.photographicmemorythemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2055711/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photographic_Memory_(film)
Amazon (DVD 02/12/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A3GFOIO


Phunny Business: A Black Comedy (2012 - 81min) John Davies
Official Site: www.phunnybusinessmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1817733/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008YYSCQI
Looks at Chicago's All Jokes Aside, which was the preeminent Black Comedy showcase club in America during the 1990's.


Phyllis and Harold (2008 - 85min) Cindy Kleine
Official Site: www.phyllisandharold.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1382323/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003C0NMDM


The Plutonium Circus (1995 - 73min) George Ratliff
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0114147/
Amazon (VHS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00000JW9Y
Documentary on PANTEX nuclear weapons plant. Actually more about various interesting people in Amarillo, Texas. Very cool. Never made it to DVD!?! VHS is out of print and hard to find. Can probably find on Youtube or somewhere to watch online.


Prodigal Sons (2008 - 86min) Kimberly Reed
Official Site: www.prodigalsonsfilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prodigal_Sons_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1295068/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00329PYHA


Project Nim (2011 - 93min) James Marsh
Official Site: www.project-nim.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nim_Chimpsky
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1814836/
Amazon (DVD 02/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006DBY6GE
Metacritic: www.metacritic.com/movie/project-nim
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/project_nim/
Review at DVDTalk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/50937/project-nim/
Review by Chris Norris at Film Comment: www.filmcomment.com/article/project-nim
Amazon (Book - paperback): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0553382772
Amazon (Book - hardback): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0553803832
This film is based on the book Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human by Elizabeth Hess (see Amazon links above), which tells the story of Nim Chimpsky, the famous chimpanzee who was chosen for an experiment to see whether a chimp would learn language (sign language) as a human baby would, if it was raised by humans as a human baby. (I read the book, and recommend it). The story is complex, involving many humans, and we follow Nim through his whole life, long after the experiment is over. The director's previous film was Man on Wire, which won Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2009. (And this film certainly should have won the Academy Award in 2012). I was lucky enough to see the film at the OKC Art Museum on 09/03/11. Saw again at University of Oklahoma 11/18/11. Released in theatres July, 2011, showed on HBO fall 2011, DVD released FEB 7, 2012. DVD features: Bob's Journey - about Bob Ingersol (11mins), Making Nim (30min), director's commentary, theatrical trailer, English and Spanish subitles. Incredible film, very moving, lots to think about - most highly recommended.


Protagonist (2006 - 90min) Jessica Yu
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0905361/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protagonist_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001512SLU
Very interesting - the extreme lives of four guys are compared to Greek tragedy. A martial arts student, a German terrorist, a bank robber, an ex-gay evangelist. Recommended.


Proteus (2004 - 60min) David Lebrun
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0391407/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proteus_(2004_film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001B2U1B4
Director's Website: www.nightfirefilms.org/proteus_home.html
About radiolarians and their discoverer, nineteenth century biologist Ernst Haeckel. Radiolarians are primitive one-celled animals living in the oceans. They create elaborate silica exoskeletons which do not degrade in sea water, which means there are lots of ancient skeletons on the bottom of the sea. Haeckel was an artist as well as a scientist and painstakingly drew thousands of these radiolaria. DVD includes a very interesting 45-minute making-of feature, with the director explaining the 22-year making of this film.


Public Speaking (2011 - 82min) Martin Scorsese
HBO: www.hbo.com/documentaries/public-speaking
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Speaking_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1734477/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004MQ6W7S
HBO film about Fran Lebowitz. Funny and entertaining.


Pulling John (2009 - 72min) Vassiliki Khonsari, Sevan Matossian
Official Site: www.pullingjohn.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1289451/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0036UXG2U
Looks at the world of championship arm wrestling. Follows 40-year-old John Brzenk, the undefeated world champion for 25 years. Also looks at two of his close rivals, Alexey Voevoda and Travis Bagent. Interesting film.


Pumping Iron (1976 - 85min) George Butler, Robert Fiore
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumping_Iron
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0076578/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000C3I6U
Close look at Arnold Schwarzenegger - the golden boy of the golden age of bodybuiding - as he prepares to win his 6th world title in 1975. Also features other top bodybuilders of the time - Mike Katz, Ken Waller, Lou Ferrigno, Franco Columbo, Ed Corney, Robbie Robinson, Frank Zane, Danny Padilla, Serge Nubret. Well-done film, very entertaining.


Pumping Iron II: The Women (1985 - 107min) George Butler
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumping_Iron_II:_The_Women
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0089852/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008K77A
Mainly looks at Bev Francis and Rachel McLish. Have not yet seen. DVD is out of print and goes for high dollar.


The Queen of Versailles (2012 - 100min) Lauren Greenfield
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Queen_of_Versailles
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2125666/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_queen_of_versailles/
Amazon (DVD 11/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008PZ69SE/
Amazon (BluRay 11/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0097RU2LO/
Wow! This is one of the most incredible films I have seen. David Siegel became a billionaire in the time-share business. He and his wife Jackie and their 8 children live in a 26,000 square foot mansion in Florida. Not content with this, they start to build a 90,000 sqft house, the largest in America, loosely modelled after the palace of Versailles. Then the economy crashes and they have to stop work on the house, let go of most of their servants, and start to live on less. The children have always flown on private jets, resulting in my favorite line from the film, when they have to fly on a commercial plane: "Mommy, what are all these people doing on our plane?" This is a tale of extreme excess. It could be quite disgusting, but this is a very well-done and entertaining film. Most highly recommended.


Questions for Crazy Horse (2010 - 81min) Oliver Tuthill
Official Site: www.questionsforcrazyhorse.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1679270/
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004X9LNAU


Rabbit Fever (2010 - 85min) Amy Do
Official Site: www.rabbitfever.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_Fever_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1467041/
Looks at the National American Rabbit Convention of the American Rabbit Breeders Association.


Racing Dreams (2010 - 93min) Marshall Curry
Official Site: www.racingdreamsfilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racing_Dreams
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1152840/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003VNJIW4 Interesting and engaging film follows 3 kids (2 boys, 1 girl, ages 11,12,13) as they compete in go-kart racing, which is a step on the way to NASCAR racing.


Radiant City (2006 - 93min) Gary Burns, Jim Brown
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiant_City
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0832937/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001139ZJC Looks at modern suburbia.


Random Lunacy (2007 - 60min) Stephanie Silber, Victor Zimet
Subtitle: Videos From the Road Less Travelled
Official Site: www.poppaneutrino.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppa_Neutrino
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1362297/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002L6HAL8/ Looks at the life of William David Pearlman (1933-2011), who called himself Poppa Neutrino. He was married several times and had 4 children and several step-children and adopted children. He travelled with his family (The Travelling Neutrinos), sometimes as a band of musicians, sometimes working in a Mexican circus, sometimes living on rafts built from recycled materials. He did not believe in paying rent or working a regular job. Amazing story. Highly recommended. There is a book about him: The Happiest Man in the World by Alec Wilkinson. See also Surfwise.


Rat (1997 - 56min) Mark Lewis
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0124092/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002XL2R0 Documentary about rats in NYC. Fun and interesting. Lewis also made the excellent Cane Toads.


The Reality of the Virtual (2004 - 71min) Ben Wright
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Reality_of_the_Virtual
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavoj_Zizek
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0419142/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000O76TXG
Documents a lecture by the philosopher Slavoj Zizek. See also Zizek!.


Regeneration (2010 - 80min) Phil Montgomery
Official Site: www.regeneration-themovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regeneration_(2010_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1580346/
Amazon (DVD 08/28/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0087ORRSE/
Examines apparent apathy and cynicism in current generation of young people. Very interesting. Includes interviews with Kalle Lasn, Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Talib Kweli, Howard Zinn, members of STS9 and others. Title also sometimes spelled as #Regeneration.


Religulous (2008 - 101min) Larry Charles
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religulous
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0815241/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001MFNB5I
Even if you can't stand the smart-ass, rude, racist Bill Maher, this is still very funny and interesting. From the director of Borat.


Requiem for Detroit? (2010 - 75min) Julien Temple
BBC: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rkm3y
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1572190/
Wikipedia - Julien Temple: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julien_Temple
Very interesting look at Detroit done for BBC TV. Detroit is the first major American city to largely collapse into ruins. Lots of footage of the current state of the city. But probaby there is even more archival footage showing the history of the city, which includes the history of automobile manufacturing and lots of racial tension. A lot is packed into this film. There is some discussion of the new movements to reclaim the land for urban farming, etc. John Sinclair (featured in the documentary 20 to Life) is one of the guides showing us around the ruins. Hopefully this will be available on DVD someday. There are places online that you can find to watch this. (and there is a DIVX torrent around). Also there are a number of books on this subject. (Reimagining Detroit - John Gallagher, Detroit Disassembled - Andrew Moore, Lost Detroit). Definitely one of the most interesting films I have seen. Check this out. See also Detropia. And check out this website: www.100abandonedhouses.com/


The Return of Navajo Boy (2000 - 52min) Jeff Spitz
Official Site: www.navajoboy.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Return_of_Navajo_Boy


Revealing Hate (2008 - 56min) Mariah Wilson
Official Site: www.revealinghate.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1340163/
See also Blood in the Face.


Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping (2002 - 60min) Dietmar Post, Lucia Palacios
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0790740/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverend_Billy_and_the_Church_of_Stop_Shopping_(documentary_film)
Amazon: (Go Kart Films 2006) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GDIBS4
Amazon: (New Video Group 2008) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00197PP1C
Reverend Billy's Official Site: revbilly.com
About the anti-comsumerism activist Reverend Billy (Bill Talen), and his Church of Stop Shopping. This German film may be a bit better than the later What Would Jesus Buy?, also about Reverend Billy.


Riding Giants (2004 - 104min) Stacy Peralta
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riding_Giants
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0389326/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006D3HDS


Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey (1987, 1996 - 331min) Lorne Blair, Lawrence Blair
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_of_Fire:_An_Indonesian_Odyssey_(Film)
Amazon (DVD Mystic Fire OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001I54S4
Five films on 2 DVDs. Disc 1 - Spice Island Saga, Dance of the Warriors, East of Krakatoa, Disc 2 - Dream Wanderers of Borneo, Beyond the Ring of Fire. The first 4 are each 55 minutes, written by Lawrence Blair and directed by Lorne Blair in 1987. Produced by Lorne and Lawrence Blair together with WBGH, Boston. The last film is 56 minutes, written by Lawrence Blair and directed by David Fanning in 1996. Released on DVD in 2003 by Mystic Fire. (Not to be confused with various documentaries and feature films of the same name). Totally amazing adventurous explorations into some of the last really wild places on the planet. The focus is on the people who live there, some of the last indigenous peoples untouched by "civilization". The fourth film could be seen as the basis for Avatar. Very special and highly recommended. DVD released in 2007, seems to be out of print in 2010.


Rio Breaks (2009 - 85min) Justin Mitchell
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1269704/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003ODKZW8


Rocks With Wings (2001 - 113min) Rick Derby
Official Site: rockswithwings.net
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0339591/
Lady Chieftans at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Chieftans
Tells the story of the Lady Chieftans, legendary Native-American girls high school basketball team from Shiprock, New Mexico, and their African-American coach. Very cool. Highly recommended. DVD has been unavailable until recently - see official site above. Probably these are DVD-R copies from the director. Probably still waiting for a distributor to pick this up. Was once on a Spiritual Cinema Circle DVD (2005, VOL 8).


Running on the Sun (2000 - 100min) Mel Stuart
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0236702/


Running the Sahara (2008 - 102min) James Moll
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0481222/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002J6ZJKE


Salesman (1968 - 85min) Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
Director's Website: www.mayslesfilms.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salesman_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0064921/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005KHJY
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/663
Classic documentary about door-to-door salesmen in 1960's America. These guys are mainly selling bibles and encyclopedias.


The Saltmen of Tibet (1997 - 110min) Ulrike Koch
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0120056/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005Y728


The Same River Twice (2003 - 78min) Robb Moss
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0342956/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000742G2Y


Scrapped (2006 - 99min) Wes Thomsen
Official Site: www.scrappedmovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0945590/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000X73N90
Looks at the hobby of scrapbooking.


Scrapper (2011 - 81min) Stephan Wassmann, Oliver Hermitant
Official Site: www.scrapperfilm.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrapper_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1792613/
Looks at people who salvage scrap metal from a live-fire military weapons testing range in California.


Scrappers (2010 - 90min) Brian Ashby, Ben Kolak, Courtney Prokopas
Official Site: www.scrappersmovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1303794/
Looks at a couple of guys finding and selling scrap metals in Chicago.


Scrappers (2010 - 82min) James J Kimble, Thomas R. Rondinella
Subtitle: How the Heartland Won WWII
Can Purchase Here: www.omahahistory.org/cart/videos.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1262954/


Selling God (2009 - 85min) Carl Christman
Official Site: www.breakingglasspictures.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1535105/
Review: www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/sellinggod.php
Amazon (DVD 04/26/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004MA1K1C


Senna (2011 - 106min) Asif Kapadia
Official Site: www.sennamovie.co.uk
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senna_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1424432/
Amazon (DVD 03/06/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006JD48NM


Serving Life (2011 - 85min) Linda R. Cohen
Official Site: www.sennamovie.co.uk
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1699762/
Amazon (DVD 03/06/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0063HO5C8
Looks at inmates volunteering to staff a hospice in a maximum security prison in Loiusiana. Narrated by Forest Whitaker.


Seven Up! (1964) Paul Almond
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_Series/a>
IMDB:
www.imdb.com/title/tt0058578/
First in the "Up Series", followed by Seven Plus 7, 21 Up, 28 Up, 35 Up, 42 Up, 49 Up and 56 Up. These classic documentaries follow a group of fourteen British children, starting in 1964, when they were 7 years old, revisiting them every 7 years. Michael Apted was a researcher on the first film, and took over as director on the following films. I have not yet seen these, hopefully will start on them soon.

The rest of the Up Series:

7 Plus Seven (1970) Michael Apted
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0066356/
Second of the Up series.

21 Up (1977) Michael Apted
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0075610/
Third in the Up series.

28 Up (1984) Michael Apted
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0088650/
Fourth in the Up series.

35 Up (1991) Michael Apted
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0101254/
Fifth in the Up series.

42 Up (1998) Michael Apted
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0164312/
Sixth in the Up series.

49 Up (2005) Michael Apted
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0473434/
Seventh in the Up series.

56 Up (2012) Michael Apted
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2147134/
Eighth in the Up series.


Shaolin Ulysses: Kung Fu Monks in America (2003 - 56min) Martha Burr, Mei-Juin Chen
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0435385/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002235H6


Sherman's March (1986) Ross McElwee
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shermans_March_(1986_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0091943/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001ADAS8
Humorous autobiographical documentary about southern women.


Ship of Miracles (2011 - 52min) R.J. Mchatton
Official Site: www.shipofmiracles.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1880325/


Show Cats (2006 - 60min) Mark Lewis
PBS: www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=2249106
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0800365/
Amazon (DVD 2008 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F8OIUA
This is an episode of the PBS TV show, Standard of Perfection. Looks behind the scenes at the International Cat Show in Houston, Texas. Spends a lot of time with several owners of show cats in their homes. From the director of Cane Toads, Rat, Natural History of the Chicken. I like cats and I really like the film Cane Toads, but somehow this didn't seem as special as I was expecting.


SICK (1997 - 89min) Kirby Dick
Subtitled: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist
Amazon (DVD 09/23/03): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AKY42
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0120126/
Director's Website: www.kirbydick.com
Wikipedia (SICK): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SICK:_The_Life_&_Death_of_Bob_Flanagan,_Supermasochist
Wikipedia (Bob Flanagan): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Flanagan
One of my top favorites. Bob suffered from CS (cystic fibrosis), which kills most of its victims by their 20's. He lived into his 40's, probably due to how he approached his life. To deal with the pain of the disease, he immersed himself into S&M, marrying a dominatrix. The film can be very painful to watch, but is so interesting and inspirational that you will want to keep watching. Quite different. Highly recommended, but definitely not for everyone.


Signs Out Of Time (2003 - 59min) Donna Read
Subtitled: The Story of Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas
Official Site: www.gimbutas.org
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00199PPDI
Gimbutas put forth the theory that there was a long period in pre-historic Europe with no kings, no wars, no weapons. Some important ideas.


Skid Row (2007 - 95min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0795381/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001152TLG
Pras Michel of the Fugees goes undercover in on Skid Row in LA for 9 days to see what the world of the homeless is like.


So Much So Fast (2006 - 87min) Steven Ascher, Jeanne Jordan
Official Site: www.somuchsofast.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_Much_So_Fast
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0492488/
Amazon (DVD 09/30/08 Passion River): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011G8ELY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/so_much_so_fast/
Follows Stephen Heywood and his family as he progresses into ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Stephen is determined to keep living his life, using whatever technology is available, assisted by his brother Jamie, who becomes obsessed with finding a cure, and starts a foundation to carry out research. Great film, highly recommended.


So Wrong They're Right (1995 - 92min) Russ Forster
Official Site: www.othercinemadvd.com/swtr.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0114483/
Amazon (DVD 08/30/05 Other Cinema OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009ZE95I
Looks at people who collect 8-track tapes. Very fun and interesting.


Somewhere Between (2011 - 88min) Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Official Site: www.somewherebetweenmovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1581845/
Amazon (DVD 02/05/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009MBSWQW
Looks at four teenage girls living in the US, all adopted from China.


Soul in the Hole (1997 - 97min) Danielle Gardner
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0122728/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305310467
Looks at New York street basketball.


The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy (2009 - 87min) Peter Liechti
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1439573/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004XEEM9O


Sputnik Mania (2007 - 87min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0018GRE8G
From the History Channel. Very interesting film looks mainly at American reaction to launching of Soviet Sputnik, the first object to put into Earth orbit. Lots of archival footage. Bonus disc has an hours worth of old films.


Standing with Stones (2008 - 136min) Michael Bott
Subtitle: A Journey Through Megalithic Britain
Official Site: standingwithstones.net
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2153959/
Amazon (DVD 05/19/09 Disinformation): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001SGEUBK/
Host Rupert Soskin takes us around to look at over 100 of the thousands of ancient stone monuments in Britain.


Starbucking (2006 - 73min) Bill Tangeman
Official Site: www.starbuckingmovie.com
Winter's Site: www.starbuckseverywhere.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0956358/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NA1W7W
A guy who changed his name to Winter has been travelling around since 1997 working on his goal of visiting every Starbucks in the world. I wasn't expecting much from this, so I was surprised to find it fun and interesting. According to Winter's website, as of 12/09, he has visited over 99.7 percent of the Starbuck's stores in North America and Canada (8528 with 17 remaining).


The Staircase (2004 - 384min) Jean Xavier de Lestrade
French Title: Soupcons; AKA: Death on the Staircase
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Staircase
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0388644/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005TZFYWU


Step Into Liquid (2003 - 88min) Dana Brown
Official Site: www.stepintoliquid.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Step_into_Liquid
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0308508/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001FGBUC


The Stone Reader (2002 - 127min) Mark Moskowitz
Official Site: www.stonereader.net/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow_Mossman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0324080/
Amazon (DVD 02/17/04 2-disc New Yorker): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00012YIE6
Amazon (DVD JetFilms): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000D9PFQ
Amazon (DVD 3-disc Special Limited Edition JetFilms): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000I3Z0VI


Stories We Tell (2012 - 108min) Sarah Polley
Official Site: www.storieswetellmovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stories_We_Tell
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2366450/
Amazon (DVD 09/03/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DEKKEPO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/stories_we_tell/
Actress/director Sarah Polley explores her family's past with interviews and home movie footage. Some of the home movie footage uses actors. She is also exploring how people tell stories and how the same story may be told differently by different people.


Stranded (2007 - 126min) Gonzalo Arijon
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stranded:_I've_Come_from_a_Plane_that_Crashed_into_the_Mountains
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1157720/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001P9G3F6
About the 1972 ordeal of the Uruguayan rugby team, whose plane crashed on a remote glacier. 16 of the 45 survived the 72 days. In Spanish, DVD (released April 2009) has optional English subtitles.


Street Fighting Man (2013) Andrew James
Official Site: www.streetfightingmanthemovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1659217/
About Detroit. See also Requeim for Detroit?, Detropia.


Streetwise (1984 - 91min) Martin Bell
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streetwise_(1984_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0088196/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JM83
Well-respected film looks at street kids in Seattle. Recommended.


Strut! (2001 - 68min) Max L. Raab
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0310182/
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000K3EG8E
Looks at Philadelphia's Mummer's Parade, a New Year's Day tradition..


Stupidity (2003 - 60min) Albert Neremberg
Director's Website: www.elevatorfilms.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000G1QU66
Probably wasn't that hard of a film to make (stupidity is all around). Has some interesting (if obvious) insights from various commentators, but not a film that will be winning awards. I watched it, it was fun.


Summer Camp! (2007 - 91min) Bradley Beesley, Sarah Price
Official Site: www.summercampmovie.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0014FAIN4
Can Purchase Here: www.cinematicapparel.com


Sunset Story (2003 - 73min) Laura Gabbert
Official Site: sunsetstory.com
PBS: www.pbs.org/independentlens/sunsetstory/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0368310/
Amazon (DVD 04/12/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007M01N2


Surfwise (2007 - 93min) Doug Pray
Official Site: www.surfwisefilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surfwise
Director's website: www.dougpray.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/surfwise/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0479547/
Doc Paskowitz's Website: www.alohadoc.com
Paskowitz Surfcamp: www.paskowitz.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00180R040
I was very happy to discover a new one from Doug Pray (Infamy, Scratch, Hype, Big Rig). I knew this was going to be special, but I just sat there going "Wow" over and over as this incredible and complex story unfolded. One of the most interesting films ever. Dorian Paskowitz went to Stanford and became a doctor. He was also a surfer back when that was a new thing. At some point he had been married twice and was disillusioned with his life. He found a new wife (by systematically "testing" a number of women), had 8 sons and a daughter, and travelled around with the whole family for over 20 years - living in a camper. The kids never went to school and all became accomplished surfers before they eventually left the camper and started their own lives. Mainly a pretty happy and amazing story, but the film does look at "the dark side" of the family. When they split up, they pretty much stayed apart for many years, until the reunion, documented at the end of the film. Dorian is 84 at the time of the filming. Features present-day interviews with the whole family, lots of earlier footage, and lots of surfing. You want to see this one!


Sweetgrass (2009 - 104min) Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Official Site: www.sweetgrassthemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweetgrass_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1517252/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003FO80MI
Follows a group of shepherders as they take their herd up into the mountains of Montana for summer pasture. This was the last year that this ranch was in operation, ending its over 100-year tradition. There is no narration, which is one reason this might not be for everyone. Beautiful and interesting film.


Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (2009 - 90min) Bradley Beesley
Official Site: www.sweetheartsoftheprisonrodeo.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1095414/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0043MMFN6
Goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls as they prepare for the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo. Shown on HBO Cinemax SEP 2009, DVD released 10/26/10. From the director of Okie Noodling.


Swimming to Cambodia (1987 - 85min) Jonathan Demme
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swimming_to_Cambodia
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0094089/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000068QP1/
Spalding Gray sits behind a desk in an auditorium and gives this monologue, mainly recounting his experiences in Asia while he had a small part in the film The Kiling Fields. Also gives some background pertaining to the events in the films, such as the bombing of Cambodia, Pol Pot, and the Khmer Rouge. He is a good storyteller. (DVD appears to be out of print).


Synthetic Pleasures (1996 - 83min) Iara Lee
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0114597/


Tabloid (2010 - 87min) Errol Morris
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabloid_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1704619/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HP2J7A
Wikipedia (Mormon "Sex in Chains" Case): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_sex_in_chains_case
Rotten Tomatoes: /www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tabloid_2010
New York Times (Review): www.nytimes.com/2011/07/15/movies/tabloid-errol-morriss-take-on-manacled-mormon-review.html
New York Times (Joyce McKinney Protests Film): www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/movies/joyce-mckinney-protests-errol-morriss-tabloid.html
Criterion Discussion Forum: criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=362934
Review by Amy Taubin at FilmComment: www.filmcomment.com/article/tabloid
Newest from Errol Morris, the king of true life is stranger than fiction. Here, he looks at the "Mormon sex-in-chains" case, which was heavily covered by British tabloids in 1977, when it ocurred. Incredible story, very entertaining. Check it out.


Tales of the Rat Fink (2006 - 76min) Ron Mann
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0491698/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000H6SY3M
All about Big Daddy Roth.


Tesla: Master of Lightning (2000 - 90min) Robert Uth
PBS: www.pbs.org/tesla
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0272884/
Amazon (DVD 2007 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000VWZ0LG


Thicker Than Water (2000 - 45min) Jack Johnson, Chris Malloy, Emmet Malloy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0432149/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000UX52K
Surfing...


The Thin Blue Line (1988 - 103min) Errol Morris
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thin_Blue_Line_(documentary)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0096257/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00094AS72
This film helped to free Randall Dale Adams from prison in Texas, where he was wrongly accused of killing a police officer. Excellent as expected from Errol Morris.


This is Nowhere (2002 - 87min) Doug Hawes-Davis, John Lilburn
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EBGEZ0
Looks at the subculture of older Americans who travel around the US in RVs and like to stay in Wal*Mart parking lots.


Thrilla in Manila (2008 - 110min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00259HB5Q
HBO special Covers the Muhammed Ali vs. Joe Frazier fight of October 1, 1975.


This Way of Life (2009 - 84min) Thomas Burstyn
Official Site: www.thiswayoflifemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1480692/


The Times of Harvey Milk (1984 - 90min) Rob Epstein
Official Site: www.thetimesofharveymilk.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_of_Harvey_Milk
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0088275/
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001Y4LDW
Amazon (DVD Criterion 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004GFGUDQ
Amazon (BluRay Criterion 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004GFGUDG
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/27549
Details Harvey Milk's political carreer as the first openly gay elected official in the US (San Francisco city council and City Supervisor) and his assassination. Issued as 2-disc DVD set in 2004. Was out of print for a while and is reissued by Criterion in 2011. See also the feature film Milk.


Timothy Leary's Dead (1997 - 80min) Paul Davids
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0117917/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00007KK38
Follows Leary's life up to the end. At first I was a bit confused at the ending and later even more confused and upset as to why they did this. It comes across as a pretty good serious documentary up until the end. They talk about Leary wanting to have his head frozen, and then show his head being sawed off. This was faked (as shown later, during the closing credits). Obviously Leary (master prankster) was in on that, so really its just a little prank. Really had me going there for awhile (can they DO that in a documentary!?!?). Aside from that oddity (which is supposed to be fun), a very interesting film about a very interesting man. Looks to be out of print. (And mine is missing! Who has it?)


Timothy Leary's Last Trip (1996 - 56min) A. J. Catoline, O. B. Babbs
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0164203/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000A02TQ


Titicut Follies (1967 - 84min, B&W) Frederick Wiseman
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titicut_Follies
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0062374/
Director's Website: www.zipporah.com
Classic film depicting conditions in a Massachusetts institution for the criminally insane. Withdrawn from circulation (banned) for many years due to privacy issues.


To Age or Not to Age (2010) Robert Kane Pappas
Official Site: www.toageornottoage.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1690536/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Y2BUXM
About new discoveries in life extension. From the director of Orwell Rolls in His Grave.


Tokyo Olympiad (1965 - 170min) Kon Ichikawa
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Olympiad
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/709
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0059817/
Amazon (DVD 2002 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006673O/
Currently out of print (09/12).


Tongues Untied (1989 - 55min) Marlon Riggs
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongues_Untied
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0103099/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00114XLZA
Addresses racism and homophobia experienced by gay black men.


The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2009 - 84min) LeAnne Pooley
Official Site: www.topptwins.co.nz
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topp_Twins
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1338687/
Amazon (DVD 11/08/11 Disinformaton): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005GP7F9I


Touching the Void (2003 - 106min) Kevin MacDonald
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touching_the_Void_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0379557/
Amazon (DVD 06/15/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00020X94W


The Tradesmen (2011 - 88min) Richard Yeagley
Subtitled: Making an Art of Work
Official Site: thetradesmendocumentary.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1850451/
Review at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/41065/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005EIJN4W


Train on the Brain (2008 - 50min) Alison Murray
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0018SO3CY
about train-hopping


Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (1995 - 94min) Peter Kuran
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0114728/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GFRI72
Thorough history of development and testing of atomic bombs. Lots of restored declassified archival footage. Very good film - highly recommended.


Truman Capote: The Tiny Terror (2005 - 43min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009HMTFS
A&E Biography Series. Tons of archival footage covering his whole life.


The Typewriter (In the 21st Century) (2012 - 58min) Christopher Lockett
Official Site: typewritermovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2218080/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CG0YMIS/


Tyson (2009 - 90min) James Toback
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyson_(2008_film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UV4XBA
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1032821/


UltraMarathon Man (2009 - 115min) JB Benna
Subtitled: 50 Marathons, 50 States, 50 Days
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1043753/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001LRTTCG
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Karnazes
Dean's Website: www.ultramarathonman.com
Follows Dean Karnazes as he runs 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days in 2006.


Undefeated (2012 - 113min) Dan Lindsay, TJ Martin
Official Site: www.undefeatedmovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undefeated_(2011_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1860355/
Amazon (DVD 02/19/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009YQJ2XW
Very powerful well-made film. Follows a high school football team, the Manassas Tigers, in Memphis, Tennessee as they are led through an unprecedented winning season by volunteer coach Bill Courtney. Highly recommended, even if you have no interest in football. Won 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. DVD includes commentary track with directors, English and Spanish subtitles, Deleted Scenes (14min), The Making of Undefeated (8:30), Trailer (in black and white).


Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2005 - 213min) Ken Burns
PBS: www.pbs.org/unforgiveableblackness/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unforgiveable_Blackness
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0413615/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BITURA
Disc 1 is part one of film (Rise - 111min) and special features. Disc 2 is part 2 of film (Fall - 102min).


Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years After Willowbrook (1996 - 57min) Jack Fisher
Official Site: www.unforgottendvd.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willowbrook_State_School
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0118042/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00375LBK8
Concerning the Willowbrook Institution on Staten Island, closed in 1987 after much controversy over the conditions under which mentally handicapped patients were kept. See also Cropsey.


Up for Grabs (2004 - 88min) Michael Wranovics
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_for_Grabs_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0420356/
Comedic docu about the fight over custody of a baseball. Does not show up at Amazon, official site is gone. Netflix has this.


Venus and Serena (2012 - 99min) Maiken Baird, Michelle Major
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_and_Serena_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2376024/
Amazon (DVD 07/02/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CBFB8MG
Amazon (BluRay 07/02/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CBFB8US
An inside look at the lives and careers of tennis superstars Venus Williams and Serena Williams. Very interesting film.


Vernon, Florida (1981 - 55min) Errol Morris
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon,_Florida_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0083281/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00094AS5Y
Master documentary filmmaker Morris visits a small town in Florida and meets quite a few interesting eccentric characters. Amazing, as expected of anything he does.


Voices in the Tunnels: In Search of the Mole People (2000 - 56min) Vic David, Kenny Chery
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1194175/
Official Site: www.molepeoplemovie.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013S7NI0
Have not yet seen. See also Dark Days.


Waiting for Armageddon (2009 - 74min) Kate Davis, Franco Sacchi, David Heilbroner
Official Site: www.waitingforarmageddon.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1372746/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0031SZERM
Looks at American evangelical Christians who are waiting for the rapture. Examines the intersection of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in the city of Jerusalem, where the Muslim's dome of the rock must be removed so the Jewish temple can be rebuilt as one of the final signs to kick off the end times. These Christians do not want peace, they eagerly await the final battle. Also shows how this branch of Christianity has very powerful political influence in America. Very interesting and important film. See also Friends of God, With God on Our Side, Jesus Camp, Religulous.


Warrior of Light (2001 - 91min) Monika Treut
Original German Title: Kriegerin des Lichts
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0311412/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OIOPOK


Waste Land (2010 - 99min) Lucy Walker
Official Site: www.wastelandmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste_Land_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1268204/
Amazon (DVD 03/29/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004CJQVQC
Follows artist Vik Muniz as he creates art with the help of workers from Jardim Gramacho, the largest landfill in the world, outside of Rio de Janiero. The workers are pickers, who pick recyclable materials out of fresh garbage. Muniz takes photos of some pickers, blows them up and uses garbage to create a larger portrait, which is then photographed. The art is used to raise money to help the pickers improve their living conditions. The film spends a lot of time at the landfill with the pickers. Very interesting. Recommended.


W.C. Fields Straight Up (1986 - 93min) Joseph Adamson
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0251468/
Producer's Website: www.duckprods.com/projects/wcfields/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1559746777
Covers his whole career, many clips from films. Lots of info from WC's grandson who is also his historian/biographer.
We Love You (2009) Jonathan Kalafer
Official Site: www.weloveyoufilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1377816/
About the Rainbow Gatherings.


We Were Here (2011 - 90min) David Weissman, Bill Weber
Official Site: www.wewereherefilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Were_Here_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1787837/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QVRVW2/
Looks at the early years of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. Excellent film, very well done.


The West (1996 - 707min) Stephen Ives
PBS: www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_West_(documentary)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0115418/
Amazon (DVD 5-disc 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BITUFC/
A history of the American west in 8 90-minute episodes (over 12 hours). Often called a Ken Burns film, he is the executive producer, not the director. Mainly covers the period from 1800 to 1915.


West of Memphis (2012 - 147min) Amy Berg
Official Site: www.westofmemphisfilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_of_Memphis
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2130321/
Amazon (DVD 08/06/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AIBZKFG/
Amazon (Bluray 08/06/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AIBZKNS/
The story of the "West Memphis Three", three young boys wrongly accused of murdering three younger boys in 1993, who spent 18 years in prison before being released on Alford pleas in 2011. This film is co-produced by Damien Echols and his wife Lorri Davis. Clearly points the finger at Terry Hobbs as the prime suspect, still free. See also Paradise Lost and its 2 sequels (listed above). Highly recommended.


What Would Jesus Buy (2007 - 91min) Rob VanAlkemade
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0939681/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Would_Jesus_Buy?
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013K2ZDQ
Reverend Billy's Official Site: revbilly.com
See also Reverend Billy (above).


When Standup Stood Out (2003 - 78min) Fran Solomita
Official Site: www.standupmovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Standup_Stood_Out
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0790823/
Amazon (DVD 07/27/06 Image/ThinkFilm): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F48D7I/
Looks at the explosion of standup comedy in Boston in the 70's and 80's.


When the Moors Ruled in Europe (2005 - 100min) Timothy Copestake
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Moors_Ruled_in_Europe
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2162745/
Amazon (DVD 06/10/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013XS87U
Presented by British historian Bettany Hughes.


The White Diamond (2004 - 88min) Werner Herzog
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0435776/


White Light/Black Rain (2007 - 85min) Steve Okazaki
Subtitled: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Light_Black_Rain
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0911010/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000RL6G8M
Interviews 14 Japanese survivors and 4 American military personnel. Everyone should watch this. You might want to watch it alone.


Wide Awake (2006 - 79min) Alan Berliner
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0492502/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000N8UXTC
The filmmaker explores insomnia and creativity.


Wild China (2008 - 300min)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_China
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0884762/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0016I0AH8
BBC, 6 50-minute episodes on 2 discs.


The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2004 - 83min) Judy Irving
Official Site: www.wildparrotsfilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wild_Parrots_of_Telegraph_Hill
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0424565/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BB1534
Amazon (2-disc Special Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DXS4GA


The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009 - 86min) Julien Nitzberg
Official Site: www.wildandwonderfulwhites.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1396227/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003VWC4BW
Slant Magazine Interview (very interesting): www.slantmagazine.com/film/feature/interview-julien-nitzberg/227
Slant Magazine Review: www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/the-wild-and-wonderful-whites-of-west-virginia/4199
I would recommend first seeing Dancing Outlaw, the documentary about Jesco White, which might help to prepare you for this one. I actually had to take a break halfway through this - it is intense. Where Dancing Outlaw could be seen as charming, this one is scary. You might have some wild and crazy redneck neighbors, but you haven't seen a family this wild. Lots of special features including some footage of Jesco from before Dancing Outlaw. Julien also made the 1993 film, The Wild World of Hasil Adkins, which also looks at Boone County (listed below in the music section).


William Gibson - No Maps For These Territories (2000 - 88min) Mark Neale
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0269629/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Maps_for_These_Territories
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gibson
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000D0YT5
Official Site:www.momaps.com
A long and interesting conversation with sci-fi writer William Gibson ("father of cyberpunk", author of Neuromancer).


William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009 - 85min) Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler
Official Site: disturbingtheuniverse.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kunstler:_Disturbing_the_Universe
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kunstler
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1074194/
Amazon (DVD 04/27/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002ZTQV98
Excellent and thorough film covers the life of high-profile civil-rights attorney William Kunstler. Made by his two youngest daughters. Includes close looks at all of his biggest cases - Chicago Seven, Attica prison riots, Wounded Knee, etc.


William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010 - 87min) Yony Leyser
Official Site:www.williamsburroughsthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1466072/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004BJLFUK
Lots of interviews, lots of archival footage.


Winged Migration (2001 - 89min) Jacques Perrin
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0301727/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BI5KUQ


Winnebago Man (2010 - 85min) Ben Steinbauer
Official Site: winnebagoman.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1396557/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnebago_Man
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0041518C4


Wisconsin Death Trip (2000 - 76min) James Marsh
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0210389/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000BWVL3


Workingman's Death (2005 - 122min) Michael Glowogger
Official Site: www.workingmansdeath.at
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workingman's_Death
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0478331/
Amazon (DVD 09/02/08 Alive Mind): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001B18752
The second in Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger's Globalization Trilogy, after Megacities (1998) and before Whore's Glory (2011). In four parts: Heroes looks at coal mining in the Ukraine, Ghosts looks at sulfur mining on a volcano in Indonesia, Lions looks at an open-air butcher market in Nigeria, and Brothers looks at scrapping ships in Pakistan.


The World of Buckminster Fuller (1971 - 85min) Robert Snyder
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0243666/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UUBR9C
DVD Available From: www.mastersmasterworks.com
DVD Available From: www.microcinemadvd.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckminster_Fuller
Released on DVD MAY 2010. Excellent film about the genius saint, Buckminster Fuller.


The World Within: C.G Jung in His Own Words (1990 - 62min) Suzanne Wagner
C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles: www.junginla.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0332830/
Amazon (DVD 2008 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001GOEY9M
DVD has extra interview footage: Sir Laurens Van Der Post (20min), Gerhard Adler (30min), Lilianne Frey-Rohn (27min).


Zizek! (2005 - 71min) Astra Taylor
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zizek!
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavoj_Zizek
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0478338/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FII32Y See also The Reality of the Virtual and The Pervert's Guide to Cinema.



NonVerbal Films


These films are more art films than they are documentaries, but they are composed of "real" images.

Here is a website dedicated to NonVerbal films: SpiritofBaraka.com


Anima Mundi (1991 - 30min) Godfrey Reggio
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anima_Mundi_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0101349/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6304718799
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/anima_mundi/
After being out of print for many years, this is included as a special feature in the Criterion release of the Qatsi Trilogy (DEC 2012).


Baraka (1993 - 96min) Ron Fricke
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baraka_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0103767/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005M91K
Amazon: (2-disc special edition 2008) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CDLAT4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/baraka/
A Fan Site: www.spiritofbaraka.com
No dialog, but perhaps a message in this collection of sights from the natural and the civilized worlds. Sequel, Samsara, released in 2011.


Bodysong (2003 - 77min) Simon Pummell
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodysong
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0349154/
Amazon (DVD 07/12/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009CTUXW
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bodysong/


Chronos (1985 - 43min) Ron Fricke
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0104029/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6304718764
Amazon (BluRay 09/04/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0089PZC1U
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronos/
(Not to be confused with Cronos, a feature film by Guillermo del Toro) Nonverbal IMAX film using custom-built time-lapse cameras. Precursor to Baraka.


Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance (1982 - 86min) Godfrey Reggio
Official Site: www.koyaanisqatsi.org
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/28034
Criterion (Qatsi Trilogy Box Set): www.criterion.com/boxsets/934
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0085809/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koyaanisqatsi
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000068OCT
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/koyaanisqatsi_life_out_of_balance/
First of a trilogy, followed by Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi.


Leviathan (2012 - 87min) Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2332522/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leviathan_(2012_film)
Amazon (DVD 10/22/13 Cinema Guild): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BFGRB1Y
Amazon (Bluray 10/22/13 Cinema Guild): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BFGRZNI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/leviathan_2012/


Naqoyqatsi - Life as War (2002 - 89min) Godfrey Reggio
Official Site: www.koyaanisqatsi.org
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/28418
Criterion (Qatsi Trilogy Box Set): www.criterion.com/boxsets/934
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0145937
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naqoyqatsi
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JLIA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/naqoyqatsi/
Third in the trilogy, after Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi.


Powaqqatsi - Life in Transformation - (1988) Godfrey Reggio
Official Site: www.koyaanisqatsi.org
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/28033
Criterion (Qatsi Trilogy Box Set): www.criterion.com/boxsets/934
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0095895/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powaqqatsi
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000068OCT
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/powaqqatsi/
Second in the trilogy, after Koyaanisqatsi and before Nagoyqatsi.


Samsara - (2011 - 99min) Ron Fricke
Official Site: www.barakasamsara.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0770802/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsara_(2011_film)
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 01/08/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008N9AASC
Amazon (BluRay 01/08/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008N9AAQ4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/samsara/
"Sequel" to Baraka. Shot in 70mm. Filmed over 5 years in 25 different countries.



Dance


Ballerina (2006 - 77min) Bertrand Norman
Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballerina_(2006_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0898897/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0025Z4Q4E


Dancemaker (1998 - 98min) Matthew Diamond
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancemaker
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0175550/
Amazon (DVD 02/29/00 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767023447


The Dancer (1994 - 96min) Donya Feuer
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007TKORI
Looks at ballet student Katja Bjorner during intensive study at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. Also looks a bit a ballet shoes - including the making of them.


Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (2001 - 100min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AZT67
In French with English subtitles.


First Position (2011 - 95min) Bess Kargman
Official site: www.balletdocumentary.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Position
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2008513/
Amazon (DVD 10/30/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008LC8RKE/
Follows seven young ballet dancers (3 boys, 4 girls) from around the world as they prepare to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix. Excellent film.


The Freshest Kids - A History of the B-Boy (2002) Israel (director)
Official site: www.thefreshestkids.com
Interview with Director: www.evilmonito.com/013/kids/freshest.html
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006IUIP (totally stacked with 5-star reviews)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0361638/
Super-cool film covers the history of breakdancing and features tons of dance footage and interviews. I watched this film with amazement. The DVD is PHAT with extras.


Margot (2005 - 163min) Tony Palmer
Official site: www.thefreshestkids.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FII2CA
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1252636/
About British ballerina Margot Fonteyn.


Nureyev: Dancing Through Darkness (1997 - 51min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002VGTZM
Covers last years of the life of Rudolf Nureyev, after being diagnosed with AIDs.


Pina (2011 - 106min) Wim Wenders
Official Site: www.pina-film.de
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pina_(film)
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/28404
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1440266/
Review at New York Times: movies.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/movies/pina-a-documentary-by-wim-wenders-review.html
Review at Wired Magazine: www.wired.com/underwire/2012/01/pina-wim-wenders-3-d/
Explores the work of dancer/choreographer Pina Bausch. She passed away as filming began. Wenders cancelled the project and the dancers convinced him to finish the film. Consists almost entirely of excerpts from dance pieces peformed by Pina's troupe, along with some interviews with the dancers. Filmed in 3D. Criterion will release this in 3D on DVD and Bluray 01/22/13.


Planet B-Boy (2008 - 95min) Benson Lee
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0770796/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CD6LK2
Documents B-Boying (break-dancing) around the world, while looking at crews in various countries preparing for an international competition. Lots of spectacular stuff. (see also The Freshest Kids)


Rize (2004 - 86min) David LaChapelle
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ARFPOO
Crumpin' and Clownin' in LA. Super-cool. Also check out Favela Rising (for another inspiring film about helping kids keep out of gangs with music and dance), Bloods and Crips: Made in America (for another look at South Central LA), and The Freshest Kids (for a comprehensive look at break dancing).


Stepping: The Documentary (2008 - 75min) Marshall Blackwell, Norman Whiteburn
Review - BlackGrooves.org: blackgrooves.org/?p=684
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0014Z4OKC


Talking Feet (1987 - 87min) Mike Seeger
Subtitled: Solo Southern Dance: Flatfoot, Buck and Tap
Detailed Info: www.folkstreams.net/film,121
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OCY7O4
Demonstrations of various types of traditional Southern dancing, such as tapdancing, buckdancing, flatfoot, hoedown, mostly accompanied by traditional finger-picked string music, such as banjos and guitars. And there's a washtub bass in here! Filmed in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky. Lots of amazing footage. Last in the lineup is D-Ray White, who you should know as Jesco's father. (Check out Jesco: The Dancing Outlaw!) This is a treasure.


Twist (1992 - 78min) Ron Mann
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000067IY8
Myspace: www.myspace.com/ronmann
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0105667/
Official Site: www.sphinxproductions.com/films/twist/
Wow - this was a cool find! The story of the Twist - yes, the "dance craze" of the early sixties. And so as well the story of rock and roll and of how America and the world went from the fifties to the sixties, "from square to aware". This is not only a really fun film, but perhaps full of profound insights. Before the twist, couples danced holding onto each other, followed well-defined steps, and did not move their hips. The Twist introduced moving the hips, dancing free-style (although there is a simple form to the twist), and dancing apart (or even alone or in groups). There is a clip of Marshall McLuhan on TV, explaining that the Twist is cold, not hot, and uses the whole body, making it less sexual than earlier dances. Ron learns that the song the dance was based on was not originally done by Chubby Checker, so he finds the original artist, Hank Ballard, and interviews him. Lots of other interviews, including American Bandstand dancers explaining how they copied dances from black people and would never admit it at the time. I watched this 3 times in 3 nights. A top favorite. Ron Mann also made the excellent Grass and Know Your Mushrooms. I rewatched this 11/23/13 - still finding it to be mind-blowing. Totally loaded with clips from old TV shows and films. An important cultural history. Highly recommended.



Education


A Touch of Greatness (2004 - 53min) Robert Downey Sr.
PBS:
www.pbs.org/indepndentlens/touchofgreatness/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0285324/
Amazon (DVD 03/22/05 First Run Fetures): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006Z2NL8
Wikipedia - Albert Cullum: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Cullum


Accidental Hero: Room 408 (2001 - 56min) Terri DeBono, Steve Rosen
PBS: www.pbs.org/accidentalhero/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0318271/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000O5B4AQ


American Teacher (2011 - 81min) Vanessa Roth, Brian McGinn
Official Site: www.americanteachermovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1848826/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00668IEZ8


Brooklyn Castle (2012 - 101min) Katie Dellamaggiore
Official Site: www.brooklyncastle.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Castle
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1800266/


Bully (2011 - 98min) Lee Hirsch
Official Site: www.bullyproject.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bully_(2011_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1682181/
Amazon (DVD 02/12/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A4TMLKE
Looks at the problem of bullying in US public schools. Looks at several specific cases, including a couple of kids who killed themselves. Excellent film. Powerful, disturbing, highly recommended.


The Cartel (2009 - 90min) Bob Bowdon
Official Site: www.thecartelmovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cartel
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1433001/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0048ASB0O


Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk (2005 - 120min)
Official Site: www.decliningbydegrees.org/
Amazon (DVD 09/06/05 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ALM40S


Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008 - 97min) Nathan Frankowski
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expelled:_No_Intelligence_Allowed
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1091617/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BYLFFS
Critical Website: www.expelledexposed.com
Ben Stein investigates cases of scientists being ostracized for having a belief in Intelligent Design.


The First Year (2001 - 80min) Davis Guggenheim
PBS: www.pbs.org/firstyear/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0295260/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001HAIEA


Flock of Dodos (2007 - 84min) Randy Olson
Subtitled: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus
Official Site: www.flockofdodosthemovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flock_of_Dodos
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0800334/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000PATZKQ


Hard Times at Douglas High (2008 - 113min) Alan Raymond, Susan Raymond
Subtitled: A No Child Left Behind Report Card
HBO: www.hbo.com/documentaries/hard-times-at-douglass-high-no-child-left-behind/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001AY6QJY


High School (1968 - 75min) Fred Wiseman
Official Site: www.zipporah.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_School_(1968_film)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Wiseman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0064429/


High School Boot Camp (2000 - 100min) Charles Braverman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0354628/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0003JAO9A


I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School (1993 - 90min) Susan Raymond
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_a_Promise:_The_Children_of_Stanton_Elementary_School
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0107177/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000742G2O
Looks at an inner city school in Philadephia. Won Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1993.


The Lottery (2008 - 80min) Madeleine Sackler
Official Site: www.thelotteryfilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lottery_(2010_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1515935/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003XSTS3W


Misunderstood Minds (2002 - 90min) Michael Kirk
Subtitled: Searching for Success in School
PBS: www.pbs.org/wbgh/misunderstoodminds/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0915746/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001WTUIA


Nursery University (2008 - 85min) Marc H. Simon, Matthew Makar
Official Site: www.nurseryuniversitythemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1213832/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001P8M9FU


Race to Nowhere (2010 - 85min) Vicki Abeles
Official Site: www.racetonowhere.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1437364/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_to_Nowhere
Looks at underlying problems with America's public education system.


The Revisionaries (2012 - 92min) Scott Thurman
Official Site: www.therevisionariesmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2091398/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Revisionaries


The Rubber Room (2010 - 72min) Jeremy Garrett
Official Site: www.rubberroommovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1682999/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rubber-Room/95193577716
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reassignment_centers
Should be very interesting. Its about a mysterious room in NYC where schoolteachers involved in disputes are told to report. Sometimes they go there every day for years not knowing why they are there or when anything will be resolved. I have read that, probably as a result of this film, NYC has closed the "rubber room". I listed this here in 2009, after hearing about it on NPR. Has been a long wait. As of June, 2012, still not released. Apparently, since the rubber room has been closed, the filmmakers are working on a postscript.


Waiting for "Superman" (2010 - 111min) Davis Guggenheim
Official Site: www.waitingforsuperman.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_Superman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1566648/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Q6D28C
Critical Website: www.notwaitingforsuperman.org


Whatever It Takes (2009 - 54min) Christopher C.C. Wong
Official Site: www.whateverittakesdoc.com
PBS: www.pbs.org/independentlens/whatever-it-takes/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0478056/
Follows Edward Tom in his first year as principal of the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics.


Where Do the Children Play (2008 - 60min) Christopher Cook
Official Site: sites.google.com/site/wheredothechildrenplayproject/
University of Michigan: www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do?id=360473
Michigan Television: michigantelevision.org/childrenplay/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0981652700
Looks at the importance of play in the lives of developing children and how kids have increasingly less access to outdoor play areas such as woods, fields, vacant lots, parks, etc.


Whiz Kids (2009 - 82min) Tom Shepard
Offical Site: www.whizkidsmovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1303821/



Circus/Magic/Tattoo/Piercing


American Carny (2007 - 99min) Nick Basile
Official Site:
www.americancarny.com
Todd Robbins: www.toddrobbins.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0429572
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000WZAE68


Bizarre Rituals - Dances Sacred and Profane (1985) Dan Jury, Mark Jury
Can Order DVD Here: www.fakir.org
Fakir's Home Page: www.bodyplay.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0087117
Documentary on Mardi Gras, tattoos, piercings, and mainly Fakir Musafar and the Sun Dance ritual. Its actually about Charles Gatewood and his work on those subjects. Rereleased on DVD in 2004 (as Dances Sacred and Profane Redux) after being out of print for many years. Very special. Fakir is the main man on piercing, body modification, etc. Check him out in the Re/Search book Modern Primitives. Recommended.


Body Art (2000 - 50min) Kevin Bachar
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0454790
Amazon (DVD 2002): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005Y71T
Excellent film, made for TLC (The Learning Channel).


Circo (2011 - 75min) Aaron Schock
Official Site: www.circomexico.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1541666/
Amazon (DVD 09/20/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00551QQD4
About a small family circus in Mexico.


Circus (2010 - 360min) Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff
Official Site: www.pbs.org/circus/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Apple_Circus
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1609531/
Amazon (DVD 3-disc 10/09/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003V6L8U6
A six-hour look at the Big Apple Circus.


Circus Rosaire (2007 - 93min) Robyn Bliley
Official Site: www.circusrosairemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1000702/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002X86B78


Deceptive Practice (2012 - 88min) Molly Bernstein
Subtitled: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Official Site: www.rickyjaymovie.com
Ricky Jay's Official Site: www.rickyjay.com
Ricky Jay at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Jay
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2654360/
Amazon (DVD 11/05/13 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EO2I6O2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/deceptive_practice_the_mysteries_and_mentors_of_ricky_jay/
About stage magician and actor Ricky Jay. Expert at sleight of hand, card tricks and card throwing. Has appeared in about twenty films, including Boogie Nights and Magnolia. Very interesting. Will make you make to get out a deck of cards. Recommended.


Duffy's Irish Circus (2006 - 47min) Gabriel Leif Bellman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1429036/
Amazon (DVD-R): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000JYW69K


Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World (2011 - 75min) Emiko Omori
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1625092/
Amazon (DVD 09/20/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004YDSNIU


Flesh & Blood (2008 - 83min) Larry Silverman
Official Site: www.fleshandbloodmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1297273/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001ESEJUE
About American body modification artist Steve Haworth.


Freaky Circus Guy (2005 - 60min) Jane Burek
Official Site: www.sideshowmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0838261/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EME3BG


Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic (1998 - 160min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0247385
Amazon (DVD 2003): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008975I


Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic - Part 2 (1998 - 178min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0247385/
Amazon (DVD 2003): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000CGDQ7
6 parts: 1. The Blackstones - 43min, 2. The Maskelyne Dynesty - 43min, 3. The Royal Dynesty 23min, 4. Daj Vernon - 23min, 5. Women Conjurers - 23min, 6. Mentalism - 23min.


Here's Looking at You: A Celebration of Body Art (2005 - 60min)
PBS: www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=3963845
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0454790/
Amazon (DVD 2002): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BKDO7U
For PBS.


Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry (2008 - 74min) Erich Weiss
Subtitled: The Life of Norman K. Collins
Official Site: www.horismokumoive.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1185598/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002H083UK
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Jerry
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hori_smoku_sailor_jerry/
Collins, who passed away in 1973, is widely considered to be the greatest tattoo artist of all time. Interesting film.


Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery (2005 - 100min) Michael Meadows
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0487912/
Amazon (DVD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002OLT71G
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Houdini
Made for A&E's The History Channel.


The Jim Rose Circus Show (1993 - 35min) Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0145857/
Amazon (DVD 2003): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009V2KC
(was originally titled The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow when released on VHS in 1993)


Jim Rose Twisted Tour: The Complete Series (2006 - 300min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0421375/
Amazon (DVD 2003): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CFX7BW


The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003 - 90min) Ann Marie Fleming
Official Site: www.longtacksam.com
National Film Board of Canada (can purchase DVD here): www.nfb.ca
Director's Website: www.sleepydogfilms.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Tack_Sam
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0379360/


Make Believe (2011 - 91min) J. Clay Tweel
Official Site: www.makebelievefilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1538833/
Amazon (11/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0094GMQEY


The Mark of Cain (2000 - 73min) Alix Lambert
Subtitled: On Russian Criminal Tattoos
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mark_of_Cain_(2000_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0288114/
Amazon (DVD 03/25/2008 Microcinema): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011UBDV8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1193023-1193023-mark_of_cain/
Director's Website: www.pinkghettoproductions.com
Review at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/2864/
Interview with Director at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/interviews/1168/
Article at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/features/1829/
Interview at Creosote Journal: creosotejournal.com/2011/08/i-would-talk-with-anyone/
Archive.org: (can watch online here) www.archive.org/details/AlixLambertsTheMarkOfCain
Wow, I just watched this (11/10/11) - incredible and amazing film. About Russian prison tattoos. Served as a reference for Cronenberg's Eastern Promises. This is definitely one of the most interesting films about tattoos you will ever see. And as well it is probably as deep of a look at Russian prisons as there is on film. Totally amazing, highly recommended.


Modern Tribalism (2001 - 76min) Mimi George, Rick Kent
Official Site: www.lowfifilmworks.com/production.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0378372/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006IUL8


Modify (2005 - 85min) Greg Jacobson, Jason Gary
Official Site: www.modifythemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0455980/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000R3SFGQ
BMEzine Encyclopedia: www.bmezine.com/index.php/MODIFY
Very interesting. Extensive look at the body modification subculture. Covers all kinds of body modifications - tattoos, piercings, brandings, implants, etc. Some parts might be hard for some people to watch. I had to cover my eyes a couple of times. Very well-done, very cool film.


The New Sideshow (2002 - 49min) Tim Miller
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0820480/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000A0DUP


Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour (2000 - 150min) Hugo Smith, Mick Grogan
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn_&_Teller's_Magic_and_Mystery_Tour
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0398512/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A59POW
Penn and Teller journey around to learn more about some of their favorite magic tricks in this Canadian TV mini-series. Three 50-minute episodes, one in China, one in Egypt, and one in India. Made in 2000, first aired on CBC-TV in 2003, DVD released in 2005.


Sideshow: Alive on the Inside (2002 - 104min) Lynn Dougherty
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1934391/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000A0DUN


Tattoo Nation (2013 - 86min) Eric Schwartz
Official Site: www.tattoonation.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2207870/
Amazon (11/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CKXH3P0/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tattoo_nation_2012/


Women in Boxes (2008 - 82min) Phil Noyes, Harry Pallenberg
Official Site: www.womeninboxes.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1268991/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002PJ4S84
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magician's_assistant
have not yet seen



Computers/Robots/Internet/Media/Television/DigitalCopyright


The Ad and the Ego (1997 - 57min) Harold Boihem
Official Site:
www.theadandtheego.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0115463/
Study Guide (34 page PDF): www.robwilliamsmedia.com/downloads/robwilliams_adego.pdf
Review/Summary: hope.journ.wwu.edu.tpilgrim/j190/Ad.ego.vidsum.html
Explores the impact of advertising through analysis of thousands of clips from TV commercials. The DVD is $150 for libraries, and $295 for universities. No option for home use. Might have to convince a local library to order it. Or google around and you might some places on the web where you can watch it online.


BBS: The Documentary (2005 - 262min) Jason Scott Sadofsky
Official Site: www.bbsdocumentary.com
Wired Review: www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2005/06/67776
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0460402/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009NN6EA
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBS:_The_Documentary
A very thorough exploration of the history and culture of the BBS (Bulletin Board System), which is how computers communicated "online" before the Internet. One slow computer calls another one over the slow phone line with a slow modem. I spent a lot of time on BBS's before the web took off. This amazing film totally captures the BBS experience, which I had long forgotten. The director did a lot of travelling to interview many dozens of the main players in every aspect of the BBS scene. This is a labor of love. I was way into BBS's back in the day, but not as much as these people. This would have been amazing to see even back then, to learn about who was behind everything. If you were into computers back then (1980's, 1990's) or if you have an interest in the history of computers or the Internet, this will be a great treat. Totally worth buying for $30 from the official site. You can probably find most of this online to watch for free but the DVD set is nice. This is a low-budget film, but very well-done - its about the information, which is presented in the form of interviews. Tons of interviews. 8 episodes on 3 discs. Most episodes are 40 or 45 minutes, a couple are 20 minutes, and each one can be considered a separate film. The DVD includes English subtitles and director's commentary on all the episodes. There are also many extra features, mainly additional interview footage.
The 8 episodes:
1. Baud - The Beginnings of the BBS (40min)
2. SYSOPS (System Operators) and Their Users (45min)
3. Make it Pay - The BBS Industry (47min) - (pretty much every creator of BBS software is interviewed)
4. FidoNet (44min) - (the primitive pre-Internet pre-email mail message distribution system)
5. Artscenes (43min) - (ANSI art - many artists are interviewed, including members of iCE, ACiD and RoC. We see a lot of art - this is amazing!)
6. HPAC - Hacking, Phreaking, Anarchy, Cracking: The Underground BBS (39min)
7. No Carrier (22min) - (the end of the BBS as the Internet takes over)
8. Compression (21min) - (the PKWARE/SEA legal battle of the late 1980's).
Even having been there, and even though its what the film is about, it is hard to keep in mind watching this that most of this took place BEFORE the Internet and mostly before Windows. Many people would find this quite boring - a bunch of computer nerds talking about obsolete technology. But if this is sounding interesting to you, check it out - it is amazing.


Catfish (2010 - 87min) Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
Official Site: www.iamrogue.com/catfish
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catfish_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1584016/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Q6D1YW
(see also Talhotblond).


The Century of the Self (2002 - 240min) Adam Curtis
BBC: www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/features/century-of-the-self.shtml
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Century_of_the_Self
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0432232/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002KECK1Q/
BBC TV 4-part series. Explores the history of public relations and its use in media.


Citizen Hearst (2012 - 84min) Leslie Iwerks
Official Site: www.citizenhearst.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2388795/
Amazon (DVD 05/07/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BGLQHUO
Thorough history of the Hearst media empire. DVD includes a 45-minute TV episode about the Hearst Castle. Also includes deleted scenes, including an 18-minute tour of the art displayed at the Hearst headquarters building.


Connected (2011 - 85min) Tiffany Shlain
Subtitled: An Autobiography About Love, Death, & Technology
Official Site: connectedthefilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1727491/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connected:_An_Autobiography_About_Love,_Death,_&_Technology
Wikipedia - Tiffany Shlain: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiffany_Shlain
Amazon (DVD 03/12/13 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AALVHQU
I like this.


Copyright Criminals (2009 - 53min) Benjamin Franzen
Official Site: www.copyrightcriminals.com
PBS: www.pbs.org/independentlens/copyright-criminals/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1503770/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Criminals
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002WPPS5S
Looks at issues involved with sampling. Special features on DVD include extended interviews with Clyde Stubblefield (25min), Chuck D (35min), and De La Soul (27min). Also 4 short features on the subject of Fair Use produced by the Center for Social Media. Very interesting and recommended. There is also a "Funky Drummer Box Set Edition" which includes a second DVD and an LP.


Essential Robots Collection ( - min)
Amazon (DVD 07/31/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002TC2GQI
This is a collection on one disc of 4 TV programs that have appeared on the Discovery Channel. Each of these is an episode from a series. I have not watched the last one, but found the other 3 to be quite interesting and an excellent overview of where robots are at and where they are going, even though dated.
1. 2057: The City (2007 - 43min)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2057_(TV_series)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0977682/
2. Nextworld: Future Intelligence (2008 - 41min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1275286/
3. Extreme Machines: Incredible Robots (52min)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_Machines
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1275286/
4. Junkyard Megawars: At the Movies (90min)


Good Copy, Bad Copy (2007 - 59min) Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, Henrik Moltke
Official Site: goodcopybadcopy.net
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Copy_Bad_Copy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1782451/
"About the current state of copyright and culture". Excellent film - tons of ideas packed in here and well-presented. Girl Talk, sampling, Bridgeport v. Dimension, de minimus, DangerMouse - the Grey Album, Don Glickman (MPAA), Russian DVD piraters, Pirate Bay, Pirate Party, copyright compensation, Nigerian film industry (largest in the world, pioneers in digital filmmaking and direct to video releasing, no copyright laws), downloading, Napster, global license, Brazilian Tecno Braga scene. Can watch online or download DIVX torrent through the official site above. Hopefully a DVD will become available later. See also Rip! A Remix Manifesto, Steal This Film.


Hackers (1984 - 26min) Fabrice Florin
Subtitled: Wizards of the Electronic Age
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1191116/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackers_Wizards_of_the_Electronic_Age
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009RS0EM
See also Triumph of the Nerds.


Hackers are People Too (2008 - 43min) Ashely Schwartau
Official Site: www.hackersarepeopletoo.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1279942/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackers_Are_People_Too
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0962870080


Hackitat (2012)
Subtitle: A Film About Political Hacking World Wide
Official Site: www.hackitat.com
raising funding as of 09/12.


Internet Rising (2011 - 53min) Andrew Kenneth Martin
Official Site: www.internetrising.net
Archive.org: www.archive.org/details/InternetRisingDocumentaryFilm
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2137990/
A "digi-doc", consisting of lots of web-cam interviews with people involved in the ongoing development of the Internet. Very interesting. can watch at official site or youtube. can download in MP4 format at archive.org. would be nice if a DVD was available or at least an image file so DVD could be downloaded.


Macheads (2009 - 54min) Kobi Shely
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1379667/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0025VLHD6


Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media (1993 - 167min) Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick
Chomsky Archives: www.zmag.org/chomsky/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005Y726/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0104810/
About Noam Chomsky. He is a professor of linguistics at M.I.T. and is known as the father of modern linguistics. He has also been an outspoken political activist for several decades. This film is both a general introduction to Chomsky and a detailed look at some of his ideas about the media and democracy.


McLuhan's Wake (2002 - 94min) Kevin McMahon
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0391328/
DVDTalk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/26670/mcluhans-wake/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000K7VIKY
McLuhan at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan
McLuhan's Official Site: www.marshallmcluhan.com
Basic overview of the life and ideas of Marshall McLuhan. Perhaps not the best film you could imagine, but strangely enough, this seems to be about all there is on McLuhan, one of the most important minds of the second half of the 20th century. And since he is so interesting, this is automatically a very interesting film.


Me@theZoo (2012 - 90min) Chris Moukarbel, Valerie Veatch
Official Site: meatthezoo.tv
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1795622/
About Chris Crocker, a well-known Youtube video blogger. The title of the film is the title of the first video ever uploaded to Youtube (which was by one of the founders). HBO bought early 2012, will probably show on HBO this year before DVD comes out.


Militainment, Inc. - Militarism and Pop Culture (2007 - 124min) Roger Stahl
Filmmaker's Website: www.rogerstahl.info
Producer's Website: Media Education Foundation: www.mediaed.org
Excellent look at media and war. Highly recommended. Based on book of same name. Put out by MEF, who for some reason keeps most of their excellent stuff out of reach to everyone, unless you can afford to spend hundreds of dollars. This one can be purchased "for home use" for $79.95, (regular price is $225), its hard enough for most people to pay $20 for each DVD they want to own or watch. No Netflix, no Amazon (but there is a torrent around).


Nerds 2.0.1 (1998 - 180min) Stephen Segaler
Subtitled: A Brief History of the Internet
Official Site: www.pbs.org/opb/nerds2.0.1/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerds_2.0.1
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0207264/
Amazon (VHS 3-tape): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305128235/
Sequel to Triumph of the Nerds, also hosted by Robert Cringley. As of 2012, has not been relased on DVD. Above Amazon link is for VHS. have not seen.


The Net: The Unabomber, LSD and the Internet (2003 - 115min) Lutz Dammbeck
German Title: Das Netz
Official Site (in German): www.t-h-e-n-e-t.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_Netz
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0434231/
Otherzine Review: www.othercinema.com/otherzine/?issueid=14&article_id=22
Otherzine Interview with Director: www.othercinema.com/otherzine/?issueid=14&article_id=21
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EMGIWI
Very interesting. German film with English subtitles. Explores the development of computers and the Internet along with the story of Ted Kaczynski, the "Unabomber", who happened to be a test subject in early LSD experiments. Interviews with John Brockman, Stewart Brand, Robert Taylor, Norbert Weiner, David Gelernter. Special features on the DVD include additional interview time with Stewart Brand and John Brockman, and a very interesting interview with Paul Garrin, who is not otherwise in the film. Highly recommended.


Orwell Rolls in His Grave (2003 - 103min) Robert Kane Pappas
Official Site: www.orwellrollsinhisgrave.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0410407/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orwell_Rolls_in_His_Grave
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0008237AA/
Reissued DVD has shorter runtime (84min) but includes extra footage.


OutFoxed (2004 - 78min) Robert Greenwald
Subtitled: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Official Site: www.outfoxed.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0418038/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outfoxed
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002HDXTQ
Amazon (Special Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017LIDVO
The Fox Attacks Special Edition was released in 2008 and includes over an hour of additional material. Check out the Newshounds (www.newshounds.us), the group featured in the film who watch Fox News everyday to keep track of what they are up to.


Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011 - 90min) Andrew Rossi
Official Site: www.pageonemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1787777/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Page_One:_Inside_the_New_York_Times
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005D0RD98
Spends a year looking at the New York Times (2009-2010) as the newspaper industry is faced with new challenges in the digital age. Spends a lot of time with reporter David Carr.


Plug & Pray (2010 - 91min) Jens Schanze
Official Site: www.plugandpray-film.com/en/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plug_&_Pray
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1692889/
Amazon.de (DVD 05/27/11 PAL Region 2): www.amazon.de/o/ASIN/B004NCY47G
Looks at the promise, problems and ethics of robotics and artificial intelligence. Talks to some of the top scientists in the world, mainly Ray Kurweil and Joseph Weizenbaum, whose contrasting views are explored. I first ordered this from amazon.de in Germany (since it was cheaper), and found that that version does not have English subtitles (it is PAL and region 2). Then I ordered it from the official site - that version does have English subtitles (it is region 0, and PAL). This is a German film, the languages spoken are German, English, Japanese, and Italian.


The Power of Nightmares (2004 - 180min) Adam Curtis
Subtitled: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Power_of_Nightmares
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0430484/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002M3ZLX4/
BBC TV 3-part series.


Programming the Nation (2009 - 105min) Jeff Warrick
Official Site: www.programmingthenation.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programming_the_Nation
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1023345/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0982571771
Explores subliminal programming in American mass media.


Revolution OS (2002 - 86min) J.T.S. Moore
Official Site: www.revolution-os.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolution_os
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0308808/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000A9GLO
About GNU, Linux, open-source and free software.


Rip! A Remix Manifesto (2009 - 88min) Brett Gaylor
Official site: www.ripremix.com
(You can download the film here for any price you want to pay)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RiP!:_A_Remix_Manifesto
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1397511/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001WB6MNK
Copyright vs. copyleft. Explores intellectual property rights, copyright law, public domain, music sampling, remixing, mash-ups, baile funk, Walt Disney. Features Girl Talk, Lawrence Lessig, Gilberto Gil, Cory Doctorow, Dan O'Neil, Negativland. DON'T MISS the Stephen Colbert video at the end of the credits. Very fun and interesting film, fast-paced and packed full with tons of cool stuff. Highly recommended for sure. See also Good Copy, Bad Copy.


The Singularity is Near (2010 - 79min) Anthony Waller
Subtitled: A True Story About the Future
Official Site: www.singularity.com/themovie/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1049412/
Wikipedia (Ray Kurzweil): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Kurzweil
KurzweilAI.net: www.kurzweilAI.net/
Based on Raymond Kurtzweil's book of the same name. He is one of the producers and a co-director of this film. Part drama, part documentary. The DVD was released at the beginning of September, 2012. There is a 2-disc edition which contains another 3 hours of extended interviews. The film is mind-blowing, and does a good job of presenting many issues that we may be dealing with soon. I tend to have a darker view of the future and of technology itself, but it is good to see Ray's positive views. There is a lot of criticism of Ray and his ideas (not in the film) and this is some heavy stuff to think about - life extension/immortality, computers smarter than humans, nanotechnology, legal rights of AI, accelerating pace of information and technology, etc. To start getting a handle on all this I would recommend check out the Wikipedia article on Ray (linked above). And I very highly recommend this film. See also Transcendent Man, Technocalyps, and How to Live Forever.
Contents of Disc 2: (Extended Interveiws)
Prof. Marvin Minsky, BA, PhD - 24min
Aubrey De Grey - 35min
Richard A. Clarke - 20min
K. Eric Drexler - 18min
Prof Alan M. Dershowitz - 15min
Robert A. Freitas Jr JD - 30min
Martine Rothblatt PhD, JD - 29min


Sonic Outlaws (1995 - 87min) Craig Baldwin
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0114500/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007LBLYQ
Mainly looks at the case of Negativland and U2. Also expores issues of digital copyright in general. See also Rip! A Remix Manifesto, Good Copy, Bad Copy.


Starsuckers (2009 - 103min) Chris Atkins
Subtitled: An Expose of a Culture Obsessed by Celebrity
Official Site: www.starsuckers.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starsuckers
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1510934/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0037Z95YW
As of 01/2012, this is available as a British PAL DVD.


Startup.com (2001 - 107min) Chris Hegedus, Jehane Noujaim
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Startup.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0256408/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005N5QV


Steal This Film Part One (2006 - 32min) The League of Noble Peers
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1422757/
Steal This Film II (2007 - 44min) The League of Noble Peers
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1422758/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steal_This_Film
Official Site: www.stealthisfilm.com
Very interesting films. The first one mainly discusses the 2006 raid on Pirate Bay's servers in Sweden. The second one covers digital copyright issues more broadly and interviews a wide range of people, even getting into the history of the printing press. You can download ISO files from the official site at no charge to burn your own DVDs. Language is mainly English, some English subtitles are included where needed. According to the official site, their next project will be called The Oil of the 21st Century (but its been awhile). Highly recommended.


Steve Jobs: Consciously Genius (2011 - 43min) Jason Boritz
Official Site: www.weinerworld.com/steve-jobs-consciously-genius.html
Amazon (DVD 05/22/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007EQQPDY
The DVD cover says "Unauthorized Documentary". Official site and Amazon say 70 minutes, no runtime given on cover. There is 1 title with 1 chapter on the disc and it is 42 minutes and 42 seconds long. Low-budget but good basic concise bio covering Jobs' life from birth to death.


Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (2012 - 72min) Paul Sen
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2104994/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008NA3HZY/
This is the full interview with Robert Cringely that was done for Triumph of the Nerds in 1995. The DVD includes as an extra feature a 69-minute 2005 interview with senior Mac programmer Andy Hertzfeld, now with Google.


Talhotblond (2009 - 75min) Barbara Schroeder
Official Site: www.talhotblond.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talhotblond
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1370889/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0036K9CVO
Very interesting story of a murder which came about as a result of chatting in cyberspace. Amazing film, has some surprises. (see also Catfish).


Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013 - 79min) Cullen Hoback
Official Site: www.tacma.net
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2084953/
Looks at Intenet privacy.


TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard (2013 - 82min) Simon Klose
Official Site: www.tpbafk.tv
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TPB-AFK
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2608732/
Follows the three main guys behind the Pirate Bay, Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, from 2008 up until 2012, mainly looking at their trial over copyright violations. Since this film looks at the subjects "in real life", the term "away from keyboard" is used, which is preferred over "in real life", since they believe that "the Internet is real." Very interesting film. This is a very important case in the battle over digital copyright. Lots to think about. And we get a look inside the Pionen White Mountains Data Centre in Stockholm, which looks like a scene from a James Bond movie. As of the release date, Gottfrid is in jail, the other 2 are wanted, and the Pirate Bay website is up and running. Released 02/08/13 as a paid download on the official site and on youtube and as freely available officially released torrents in many formats, with DVD available later. Largely in Swedish, but includes English subtitles. See also Steal This Film (above).


Technocalyps (2006 - 156min) Frank Theys
Official Site: www.technocalyps.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0899298/
Amazon (3rd party - PAL REG2): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002W5HZMC
"Three-part series on the notion of transhumanism". Very interesting, but to me its more scary than hopeful. Looks at cutting edge technology in genetics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, robots, etc. Part I - Transhuman, Part II - Preparing for the Singularity, Part III - The Digital Messiah. Dutch PAL region 2 DVD can be ordered from official site, amazon.com or amazon.de. See also Transcendent Man and The Singularity is Near.


Transcendent Man (2009 - 84min) Barry Ptolemy
Official Site: www.transcendentman.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcendent_Man_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1117394/
Amazon (DVD 05/24/2011 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004MYOWYU
Thorough look at the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil. Very interesting. See also The Singularity is Near and Technocalyps.


Triumph of the Nerds (1996 - 165min) Paul Sen
Subtitled: An Irreverent History of the PC Industry
Official Site: www.pbs.org/nerds/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_of_the_Nerds
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0115398/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006FXQO


TV Junkie (2006 - 107min) Michael Cain, Matt Radecki
HBO: www.hbo.com/addiction/thefilm/related/671_tvjunkie.html
IMDB:
www.imdb.com/title/tt/0492494/
Amazon (DVD Australian Region4): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002A6LKVU


Videocracy (2009 - 81min) Erik Gandini
Official Site: www.atmo.se/film-and-tv/videocracy/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1500516/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Videocracy_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003TTKHIO
Looks at president Silvio Berlesconi's tight control of the Italian media, apparently partly accomplished by providing lots of topless women on TV.


The War You Don't See (2010 - 97min) John Pilger
Director's Website: www.johnpilger.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_You_Don't_See
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1809387/


We Live in Public (2009 - 90min) Ondi Timoner
Official Site: www.weliveinpublicthemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Live_in_Public
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0498329/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00337U9O4
Amazon (2-disc edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003VSL58O
Looks at Internet pioneer Josh Harris and some of his experiments. Very interesting.


We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (2013 - 131min) Alex Gibney
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Steal_Secrets:_The_Story_of_Wikileaks
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1824254/
Amazon (DVD 09/10/13 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DENQEE6/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/we_steal_secrets_the_story_of_wikileaks_2013/


Welcome to Macintosh (2008 - 73min) Robert Baca, Joshua Rizzo
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_to_Macintosh_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1247703/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001KWT5XU
Official Site: www.welcometomacintosh.com
A fun look at the history of Apple Computers.


WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (2004 - 98min) Danny Schechter
Official Site: www.wmdthefilm.com
Director's Website: www.newsdissector.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0402577/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00074DXFS
A look at how the media covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Danny Schechter is "the news dissector", he has been a journalist and a critic of journalism for decades. Excellent film. See also Militainment for more on this and Plunder, Schecter's latest film.



Music

Mainly just some selected stuff of interest to me that I have come across. (There's tons of music DVDs and I won't be attempting to list them all). 196 films listed in this section as of 05/30/13.


20 Feet from Stardom (2013 - 90min) Morgan Neville
Official Site:
www.twentyfeetfromstardom.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20_Feet_from_Stardom
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2396566/
Amazon (DVD 01/14/14 Starz/Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E1LR284/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/20_feet_from_stardom/
Looks at background singers in Rock and Roll and R&B music.


5 Sides of a Coin (2003 - 70min) Paul Kell
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0464783/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009KA8BC
Explores the five aspects of Hip Hop culture: "Writing, Breakin', Emcee, Deejay, Beatboxin'". (also known as graffiti, breakdancing, rapping, turntablism, and making noises with your mouth). Pretty good film, lots of people in it.


A Band Called Death (2012 - 96min) Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino
Official Site: abandcalleddeath.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Band_Called_Death
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0206713/
Amazon (DVD 08/13/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CPTUMO8
AMAZING.


Agile, Mobile, Hostile (2010 - 86min) Tricia Todd, Eric Matthies
Subtitled: A Year With Andre Williams
Official Site: www.agilemobilehostile.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1185588/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003D7L7QI
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andre_Williams


Ain't in it for My Health: A film About Levon Helm (2010 - 83min) Jacob Hatley
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1362518/


AKA Doc Pomus (2012 - 98min) William Hechter, Peter Miller
Official Site: akadocpomus.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2300769/


All the Labor (2013 - 97min) Doug Hawes-Davis
Official Site: www.highplainsfulms.org/hpf/films/all_the_labor
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2707088/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gourds
About Austin-based band The Gourds.


American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 - VOL 1 (2003 - 76min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AYL2M
American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 - VOL 2 (2003 - 70min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AYL2N
American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969 - VOL 3 (2003 - 66min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002KP54E
American Folk Blues Festival The British Tours 1963-1966 (2007)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OPP7LS
Lots of rare footage of bluesmen from the sixties, recorded live in a TV studio in Germany. This was filmed during the annual European tour called the American Folk Blues Festival. Each disc is a collection of songs by various artists taken from various years. Lots of very special stuff. For me, the most special treasure is the extra track on VOL 2 - Magic Sam - about 6 minutes - a brief interview, followed by 2 short songs.


American Hardcore (2006 - 100min) Paul Rachman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0419434/
Metacritic: www.metacritic.com/film/titles/americanhardcore
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Hardcore_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LPR6FQ
Thorough look at the American hardcore punk rock scene from 1980-1986. Tons of interview segments with band members intercut with brief performance segments. Lots on Bad Brains. Very cool film. Lots of special features on DVD.


Antone's: Home of the Blues (2004 - 90min) Dan Karlok
Official Site: www.antones-homeoftheblues.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0409700/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EWBOCC
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford_Antone
Clifford's Official Site: www.cliffordantone.com/
Antone's Official Site: www.antones.net/
About Antone's, the legendary blues club in Austin, Texas, and its owner, Clifford Antone, who passed away in 2006, after this film was made. Antone's is known as "The Home of the Blues". This film features quite a few top blues musicians, including BB King, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Hubert Sumlin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sue Foley, Pinetop Perkins, Jimmie Vaughn, Kim Wilson, Eddie Taylor, Jimmie Rogers. Special features include brief but awesome interviews with Hubert Sumlin (9min) and Pinetop Perkins (11min).


Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2007 - 90min) Sacha Gervasi
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0419434/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002DLB1IO
Like maybe if Spinal Tap was a documentary, rather than a mockumentary, or...rockumentary, if you will ...


Are We Not Men? (2014) Tony Pemberton
Director's Webpage: www.montclair.edu/profilepages/view_profile.php?username=pembertona
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2089617/
Official docu about DEVO. Very little info available as of December 2013, but due to come out in 2014.


The Art of Rap: Something From Nothing (2012 - 106min) Ice-T, Andy Baybutt
Official Site: www.theartofrap.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_Rap
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2062996/
FilmThreat Review: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/45437/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0089BSLYO


Athens, GA - Inside Out (1987 - 80min) Tony Gayton
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0092591/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000C0FGW
Looks at the legendary alternative musical scene in Athens, Georgia in the 80's. Features the B-52's, Flat Duo Jets, Love Tractor, Pylon, R.E.M and lots more. Very special. A treasure for me just for the Love Tractor.


The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2011 - 70min) Marie Losier
Official Site: www.balladofgenesisandladyjaye.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1821635/
Amazon (DVD 10/30/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008XNV52S


The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (2000 - 112min) Aiyana Elliot
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0236008/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramblin'_Jack_Elliot
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005AAAI
Ramblin' Jack Elliot's daughter made this film about him. As well as looking at his life, she attempts to find out why he was not a better father.


Be Here to Love Me (2004 - 99min) Margaret Brown
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0423853/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_Here_to_Love_Me:_A_Film_About_Townes_Van_Zandt
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CNF80W
A thorough look at legendary singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Well-made film.


The Beatles Anthology (1995 - 600min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0111893/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles_Anthology
Amazon (DVD 2003 5-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008GKEG


Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011 - 98min) Michael Rapaport
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1613023/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beats,_Rhymes_&_Life:_The_Travels_of_a_Tribe_Called_Quest
Amazon (DVD 10/18/11 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004Z29WWG
Amazon (BD 10/18/11 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004Z29WX0


Before the Music Dies (2006 - 93min) Andrew Shapter
Official Site: www.roadwingsentertainment.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0760307/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Before_the_Music_Dies
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0970369207
Amazon (DVD 12/12/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KGGP8U
Excellent film criticising the American music business. Recommended. The DVD I have (there may be several editions) includes a good amount of extended interviews and a live video of Doyle Bramhall II. (Note - there are several listings for the DVD at Amazon, all appearing to be out of print, and some at high prices. As of 06/12, the DVD appears to be available from the official site for $17).


Benda Bilili! (2010 - 85min) Renaud Barret, Florent de la Tullaye
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1625857/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benda_Bilili!
Amazon (DVD 04/03/12 National Geographic): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006US3ULW


Beware of Mr. Baker (2012 - 92min) Jay Bulger
Official Site: www.bewareofmrbaker.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1931388/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger_Baker
Amazon (DVD 05/14/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BCMT0AQ
Review: www.variety.com/review/VE1117947335/
Review: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/64189/
About Ginger Baker, best known as drummer of 60's supergoup Cream. This is a mindblowing awesome film, covering an amazing life. You want to see this if you are interested in Ginger Baker, drumming, rock and roll, jazz, Africa, or cool documentaries. Highly recommended. See also the 1971 film Ginger Baker in Africa.


Biggie & Tupac (2002 - 108min) Nick Broomfield
Subtitled: The Story Behind the Murder of Rap's Biggest Superstar
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0303356/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007TKG80


Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah (2011 - 74min) Kevin Triplett
Official Site: www.blazefoleymovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1414820/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaze_Foley
(listed at Netflix as Inside Blaze Foley)


Brick and Mortar and Love (2012 - 70min) C. Scott Shuffitt
Official Site: brickandmortarandlove.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2096401/
Amazon (DVD 08/06/13 MVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BLXAURI/
Looks at independent record store Ear X-tacy in Louisville, Kentucky. See also (u>Last Shop Standing and I Need That Record.


Business as Usual: The Exploitation of Hip Hop (2011 - 61min) Jeff Dillard, Frank Pinnock
Official Site: www.businessasusualhiphop.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1613027/
Amazon (DVD 12/11/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009H3LPF0


The Clash: Westway to the World (2000 - 80min) Don Letts
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0321711/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clash:_Westway_to_the_World
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000063UQN


Clockwork Orange County (2011 - 74min) Jonathan W.C. Mills
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1334570/
Amazon (DVD-R): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0081L6NH4
Looks at a club called the Cuckoo's Nest in Costa Mesa, CA, which was key in the punk rock scene from 1979-1982. Lots of interviews and lots of live footage of bands at the club.


The Concert for Bangladesh (1972 - 103min) Saul Swimmer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0158560/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Concert_for_Bangladesh_(film)
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2005 Rhino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AYQJ3I


Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust (2013 - 91min) Matt Weston
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2476090/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_Psychos
Amazon (DVD 11/05/13 MVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ERH12V8
About Australian punk-rock band Cosmic Psychos. I had not heard of them before seeing this film, but they are sometimes considered the godfathers of grunge. Very interesting film, covers their whole career.


Crossfire Hurricane (2012 - 111min) Brett Morgen
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossfire_Hurricane
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2370140/
Amazon (DVD 05/21/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BQTLVWK
Mixes present-day audio interviews with members of the Rolling Stones with archival footage. To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the band. The director says he realized he could not cover 50 years in less than 2 hours so he decided to tell a story. The story he covers here is how the Rolling Stones were cast as the bad guys. The Beatles had taken the white hat, so the black hat was available. And after the media painted them black, they just fell into it. Excellent and very interesting film, recommended for fans of the Rolling Stones, sociologists, and rock and roll musicologists.


The Decline of Western Civilization (1981 - 100min) Penelope Spheeris
Official Site: www.declinemovies.com
Interview with Spheeris from Onion AV Club: www.theavclub.com/feature/index.php?issue=3509&f=1
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0082252/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decline_of_Western_Civilization
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JMVN
Very interesting classic documentary on punk rock in L.A. Long out of print on VHS - supposedly to be released on DVD soon. I first saw this in Dale Hall at the University of Oklahoma, probably right after it came out - it was quite an event, largely attended, and there were many interesting-looking youngsters there from parts far and near. I mean like from other states. This was a major deal! (way before Internet, DVDs, etc) Have been greatly anticipating DVD release of these films for a long time.

The Decline of Western Civilization: Part II - The Metal Years (1988 - 93min) Penelope Spheeris
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0094980/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decline_of_Western_Civilization_II

The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III (1998 - 86min) Penelope Spheeris
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0138393/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decline_of_Western_Civilization_III


Deconstructing Dad (2010 - 98min) Stanley Warnow
Subtitled: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott
Official Site: scottdoc.com
Raymond Scott's Official Site: www.raymondscott.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Scott
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1567766/


Deep Blues (1991 - 91min) Robert Mugge
Subtitled: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads
Director's Website: www.robertmugge.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0101697/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009VU35
Classic film about delta blues, or more accurately for the most part, North Mississippi Hill Country Blues. Robert Palmer (author of the book Deep Blues) guides us along as we see performances by R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, Big Jack Johnson, Jack Owens and Bud Spires, Booker T. Laury, and Lonnie Pitchford. These are some of the top saints of the blues, largely overlooked, especially before the Fat Possum record label brought Burnside and Kimbrough to the attention of the world at large. See also my pages on R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Jessie Mae Hemphill.


The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005 - 110min) Jeff Feuerzeig
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil_and_Daniel_Johnston
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0436231/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GNOSGS


Devil Got My Woman (1966 - 60min) Alan Lomax
Subtitled: Blues at Newport 1966
Amazon (DVD 2002 Rounder): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000067NPL


The Devil's Box (2011 - 93min) Jason Hammond
Official Site: www.devilsboxmovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1687904/
Looks at the history of fiddling in America. DVD is 3-disc set.


Devo: The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (1993 - 68min)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devo
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0449880/
Amazon (DVD 2003 Rhino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000089QCI
This is a collection of Devo's music videos. Super cool. Apears to be out of print. We should see a new documentary about Devo soon (2012).


DIG! (2004 - 107min) Ondi Timoner
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0388888/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIG!
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007IO740
Contrasts the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre and their frontmen, Courtney Taylor and Anton Newcombe.


Dion - Heroes: Giants of Early Guitar Rock (2008 - 42min)
Amazon (CD/DVD 2-disc 09/30/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DXF9N6/
This video accompanies Dion's CD of the same name, on which he covers 15 classic early rock and roll songs. Dion talks a bit about each artist and he his buddy Bob "Crow" Richardson demonstrate some of the guitar techniques.


Doyle Bramhall II - Live from the Great Wall of China (2004 - 58min) Phil Chilvers
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1269691/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Y7U964
Review: www.concertdvdreviews.com/Reviews/Bramhall_China.htm
Cool set, less than an hour, intercut with interview footage. Includes 49 minutes of extra interviews and performances. Looks like this is out of print. Netflix has it.


Drums and Djembes of Burkina Faso (2003 - 26min) Patrick Kersale
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00019PCVC
The African nation of Burkina Faso was formerly called Upper Volta. The film is just 26 minutes long, but the "Clips" section has an additional 43 minutes, which are actually the extended scenes that most of the film was taken from. The four scenes on the 3rd menu screen of the clips section features two complete performances from each of two djembe troupes - and this is really some amazing footage.


Echotone (2010 - 90min) Nathan Christ
Official Site: www.echotonefilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1532946/
About Austin, Texas music culture. Looks at challenges faced by musicians in a city pushing ahead with development which sometimes is not so compatible with the way things used to be. The supposed "live music capital of the world" seems to be lacking in infrastructure such as music venues and other support for musicians. (see also The Unforseen, which deals with development issues in Austin). I was a bit surprised that (with one exception) all of the bands in the film are "alternative"/"indie"/"college rock" bands, with no representation of the roots music that Austin is known for. At least we get some time with Black Joe Lewis including some live footage with the Honeybears (including some dancers). He makes the comment - "there's no roots bands anymore, its all indie rock now". We see him on his day job delivering fish. I saw Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears when they played the Norman Music Festival in 2011 and they blew the roof off the town. (Changed my life!) I went out and got his CDs the next day. Have not been moved to do that for a long time. So to me this film was worth it just for the time with him. But lots of other bands and ideas in this film. And I think the producers are planning to turn this into a series, looking at the same issues in some other cities. The "DVD" has been available from the official site since SEP 2011, but this turns out to be a DVD-R - hopefully will be released on DVD. I had trouble ordering the DVD from the official site (I think my computer is just too old) and trouble ordering from indiepixfilms.com (I think they forgot my order) so I called Waterloo Records in Austin and got it from them. Which had an extra bonus - the guy on the phone there told me that the current ruler of the Austin scene (not mentioned in the film) is Gary Clark, Jr. His Wikipedia article does say that he is considered by some to be the leader of the Austin music scene. (also called "the Savior of the Blues" and "the next Stevie Ray Vaughn"). Check him out - his major label debut will be on Warner Brothers in 2012. So this is a good film, and I recommend it, but just don't expect it to cover the traditional roots-rock Austin scene, which is a subject worthy of any number of full-length films. (see above Antone's: Home of the Blues for a start on that).


Elvis: Return to Tupelo (2008 - 90min) Michael Rose
Official Site: www.returntotupelo.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1274720/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002K2KMM2
Excellent film covers Elvis' life up until his first year or so of fame, when he made a return visit to his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi.


End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2005 - 110min) Jim Fields, Michael Gamaglia
Official Site: www.endofthecentury.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_of_the_Century:_The_Story_of_the_Ramones
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0368711/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000642JG8
Review (Filmthreat): www.filmthreat.com/reviews/6608/
Excellent and thorough documentary on one of the greatest bands ever. I first saw this at the OKC Museum of Art - big crowd, fun time. Totally cool film, highly recommended. See also Ramones Raw (below), and my Ramones page.


Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J (2005 - 97min) Steven Schible
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Me_and_Mr._Johnson
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt04398061/
Amazon (CD + DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000660UN0
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006BGX2C


Escaped Maniacs - Iggy and the Stooges (2008 - 334min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1266658/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017LZ28Q
2-disc set includes a live show in Belgium with reunited Stooges and interviews with Iggy (1hr), Ron Asheton (20min), and Scott Asheton (20min), AND an hour-long documentary about Iggy Pop. Super-special. If you are a fan, you want this! See also my Iggy Pop page.


Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011 - 107min) Lev Anderson, Chris Metzler
Official Site: www.fishbonedocumentary.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0840358/
Metacritic: www.metacritic.com/movie/everyday-sunshine-the-story-of-fishbone
Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/22886/
Amazon (DVD 02/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QXT4S4
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishbone
Fishbone's Official Site: www.fishbone.net
Excellent film. I got to see Fishbone once - in Norman OK, at Rome 90, probably late 80's - a VERY intense and unforgetable show.


Favela On Blast (2008 - 80min) Leandro HBL, Wesley Pentz
Official Site: www.favelaonblast.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1353167/
Not quite out yet as of 10/10. Should be super-cool. About baile funk, from the favelas of Brazil. Also called funk carioca or favela funk. Check out this Wikipedia article about the music: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funk_carioca


Filmage (2014 - 90min) Deedle Lacour, Matt Riggle
Subtitle: The Story of Descendants/All
Official Site: www.filmagemovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2417154/
aiming for mid-2014 release


The Filth and the Fury (2000 - 108min) Julien Temple
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0236216/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Filth_and_the_Fury


Footsteps in Africa: A Nomadic Journey (2007 - 67min) Kathi von Koerber
Official Site: www.footstepsafrica.com
Interview with Director: www.realitysandwich.com/footsteps_interview


For The Sake of The Song Bruce Bryant
Official Site: www.andersonfairthemovie.com
About legendary Houston music club Anderson Fair.


Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (2005 - 71min) Kevin Fitzgerald
Official Site: www.freestylethemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freestyle:_The_ Art_of_Rhyme
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0262424/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007Q6S44


From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale (2006 - 56min) Henry Chalfant
Director's Website: henrychalfant.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1169817/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DPC4KA


Fugazi: Instrument (2001 - 115min)
Subtitled: Ten Years with the Band Fugazi
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005R5G4


Genghis Blues (1999 - 88min) Roko Belic
Official Site: www.genghisblues.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0187859/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004YKS6
Its about blind bluesman Paul Pena and his journey into Tuvan throatsinging. Very unusual. Really very interesting.


Ghost on the Highway (2006 - 96min) Kurt Voss
Subtitled: A Portrait of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and the Gun Club
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1082834
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gun_Club
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Lee_Pierce
Amazon (DVD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UB3IC0
Biography of Jeffrey Lee Pierce, singer/guitarist of The Gun Club. The film contains no Gun Club music.


Ghostride the Whip (2008 - 86min) DJ Vlad
Subtitled: The Hyphy Movement
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1213582
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostride_the_Whip
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017VG60O
Explores San Francisco bay area Hip-Hop culture. Lots of Mac Dre. The title refers to the act of climbing outside of the drivers seat of a car while it is coasting down the street and walking along side it, or maybe dancing around or getting up on the hood or the roof. Yes, some wild stuff here.


Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns (2003 - 102min) AJ Schnack
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigantic_(A_Tale_of_Two_Johns)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Might_Be_Giants
This Might Be A Wiki: tmbw.net
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0304081/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000E32YJ
Very fun film about the amazing duo They Might Be Giants - John Flansburgh and John Linnel. Very inspiring, highly recommended.


Gimme Shelter (1970 - 91min) Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimme_Shelter_(1970_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0065780/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004YZFR
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/637
Classic film follows the Rolling Stones on the end of their 1969 US tour which winds up with Altamont, where the film captures the violence that signalled the end of the "Peace and Love 60's". See also Crossfire Hurricane.


Ginger Baker in Africa (1971 - 54min) Tony Palmer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1518508/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger_Baker
Amazon (DVD 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000H7JCC8
Documents Ginger Baker's 1971 journey to Nigeria to set up a recording studio. Lots of mind-blowing footage of African musicians.


Girls Rock! (2008 - 89min) Shane King, Arne Johnson
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CCIS36
About an annual week-long rock and roll summer camp for 100 girls ages 8-18.


The Gits (2008 - 80min) Kerri O'Kane
Official Site: www.thegitsmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0463028/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001A2B3W6


Glastonbury Fayre (1972 - 87min) Nicolas Roeg
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glastonbury_Fayre
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0810001/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009FHL9Y
I think this is the only documentary by Nicolas Roeg, who has had a long career in movie-making (Performance, Walkabout, The Man Who Fell to Earth). Looks at the Glastonbury Festival in 1971, which was its second year.


Googoosh: Iran's Daughter (2000 - 158min) Farhad Zamani
Googoosh was Iran's most popular pop singer. She began performing at age 4 with her father, doing acrobatic tricks. She sang in 5 or 6 languages and appeared in many feature films. After the Islamic revolution of 1979, she was no longer allowed to perform. Instead of leaving the country to continue her career, she remained in Iran and has been silent ever since. Some oddities in the filmmaking style but very interesting content. Lots of interviews, but Googoosh does not appear except in older footage. Could also file this one under political - lots of info on the culture, history and politics of Iran. I found this at Netflix.


Groupies (1970 - 92min) Ron Dorfman, Peter Nevard
AKA Groupies: The Movie (2006 DVD)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0179205/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EWBO5Y
I'm not going to recommend this too highly. Includes a bit of Cynthia Plaster Caster, who is better covered in the documentary of the same name (listed on my Sex Films page). Includes live musical performances by Ten Years After, Spooky Tooth, Dry Creek Road, Joe Cocker and the Grease Band, and Terry Reid with Keith Webb and Peter Shelly.


Gypsy Caravan: When the Road Bends (2006 - 111min) Jasmine Dellal
Official Site: www.gypsycaravanmovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0412796/
Amazon (DVD 09/26/08 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017UOU30


Haack: The King of Techno (2004 - 70min) Philip Anagnos
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0306836/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Haack
Amazon (DVD 2005): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007L86HG
Came across a used copy of this, looked interesting, picked it up - wow - what a cool surprise. I had never heard of Bruce Haack, he is a bit obscure. He was making electronic music (and his own instruments) back in the 60's and 70's, including lots of music for children. He was influential on some the people who knew about him, such as Beck and Money Mark (keyboards for the Beastie Boys). He passed away in 1986. Very well-done film includes lots of archival footage (including appearance on Mister Rogers) and lots of interviews. Fun, interesting, recommended.


Half Japanese - The Band That Would Be King (1993 - 90min) Jeff Feuerzeig
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0107071/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003IPFA
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half_Japanese
I used to hear the name, I think Mooneyham played them on the radio here a long time ago (back when there was still music on KGOU), but I never checked into them. Someone recently turned me onto this film (thanks KH). Very special. Jadd Fair, (along with his brother and his band) is certainly one of the most important, influential, and unknown members of the American independent music scene. They wanted to write songs and play rock and roll, so they just did. They wanted to make records so they just did. Very inspiring, very fun. Super special!


The Hand of Fatima (2009 - 75min) Augusta Palmer
Official Site: www.thehandoffatima.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0882775/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HE8HPO
About late rock critic Robert Palmer and his friendship with the Master Musicians of Jajouka. The director is Palmer's daughter. DVD releases SEP 2011.


Hank Williams - Honky Tonk Blues (2004 - 82min) Morgan Neville
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0415490/


The Heart is a Drum Machine (2009 - 73min) Christopher Pomerenke
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1198130/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0031DRVRI
Some parts are a little fluffy, like the numerous brief clips of musicians and actors answering the question What is Music, but some segments focus on some very interesting people. The high point for me was near the end, where we meet Professor Milford Graves. We need a full-length film just on him. And I loved the old Saturday Night Live skit they dug up, where Steve Martin, playing a character from the future, reveals that we finally got a response from the Voyager space probes, a 4-word message - "Send more Chuck Berry". Tons to think about. Check it out.


Heartworn Highways (1975 - 92min) James Szalapski
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0405963/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartworn_Highways
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009KP12
Looks at the founders of the outlaw country movement in 1975/1976, including Larry Jon Wilson, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Gamble Rogers, Steve Young, Charlie Daniels. This is a very magical film, very unpretentious, capturing these guys on the road, in the studio, jamming on the porch, etc. Highly recommended, especially if you like any of these guys. Many rave reviews at Amazon. Highlights for me were Larry Jon Wilson in the studio recording Ohoopi River Bottomland, Rodney Crowell singing Bluebird Wine accompanied by some buddies on acoustic guitar, Steve Young singing Alabama Highways. DVD appears to be out of print (10/2011).


VH1's Heavy - The Story of Metal
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0840405/
Excellent. Made for VH-1.


Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007 - 84min) Suroosh Alvi, Eddie Moretti
Official Site: www.heavymetalinbaghdad.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1092007/


Henry Rollins Show - Season One (2006 - 600min)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Henry_Rollins_Show
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OCY7K8
3 discs (for the price of one), 10 hours. Not everyone will like everything, but definitely includes some special stuff. (Such as...an interview with Peaches, a performance by Slayer...) Complete contents listed in the Wikipedia article.


High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music (2006 - 64min) Gary Bredow
Official Site: www.hightechsoul.com/
Distributor's Website: www.plexifilm.com/title.php?id=27
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0877337/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GCFYOY
Looks at the birth of techo in Detroit. Focusses on Jaun Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson (the "Originator", the "Innovator", and the "Elevator"). Also discusses history and culture of Detroit. Interesting film. DVD has subtitles in English and German, and 17 minutes of extra interviews. (see also Requiem for Detroit?)


Hip Hop Beyond Beats and Rhyme (2006 - 60min)
Producer's Website: Media Educaton Foundation: www.mediaed.org
Explores sexism, misogeny, homophobia, homoeroticism in Hip Hop. Put out by MEF, who for some reason keeps most of their excellent stuff out of reach to everyone, unless you can afford to spends hundreds of dollars. This one can be purchased "for home use" for $19.95, (regular price $300). (Also, there's a torrent around).


Hit So Hard (2011 - 103min) P. David Ebersole
Official Site: www.pattydoc.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hit_So_Hard
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1796503/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007P9HWWS
About Patty Schemel, drummer of Courtney Love's band Hole.


The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose (2007 - 87min) Paul Lovelace, Sam Wainwright Douglas
Official Site: www.boundtolose.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Modal_Rounders
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0495120/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001D5F380


Hoodoo Gurus - Tunnel Vision (2005 - 200min)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoodoo_Gurus
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000IJ7ALU
Disc 1 is a 2-hour collection of videos, disc 2 is an 80-minute documentary called Be My Guru, which covers their history from before they began in the early 80's up until 2004. (They put out a new record in 2010 called Purity of Essence). If you like the Gurus, this is a very cool set. Focusses a lot on the songwriting of Dave Faulkner.


The Howlin' Wolf Story (2003 - 87min) Don McGlynn
Subtitled: The Secret History of Rock & Roll
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Howlin'_Wolf_Story_-_The_Secret_History_of_Rock_&_Roll
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0465500/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000DJZ81
HowlinWolf.com: www.howlinwolf.com/dvd/dvd.htm


Hype! (1996 - 84min) Doug Pray
Director's website: www.dougpray.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype!
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0116589/
Amazon (DVD 12/21/04 Republic OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000654YK6
Interview with Doug Pray: www.filmbuffonline.com/Features/Hype/DougPray'sHype.htm
About the Seattle grunge scene. Like pretty much ALL about it. Excellent film, the first from Doug Pray. (See also Scratch, Infamy, Big Rig, Surfwise).


I Need That Record (2008 - 77min) Brendan Toller
Subtitled: The Death (Or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1274725/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003ENHBOS
About independent record stores. Excellent and recommended.


I Want to Destroy America - The Atomic Music of Hisao Shinigawa (2006 - 66min) Peter I. Chang
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1338616/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001659HDY
Born in Japan 10 months after the atomic bombs were dropped, Hisao Shinigawa has been trying to make it as folk singer in the US for a long time. Interesting, odd, unique story.


I'm Not There (2007 - 135min) Todd Haynes
Official Site: www.imnotthere-movie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0368794/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I'm_Not_There
Wikipedia (soundtrack): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I'm_Not_There_(soundtrack)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013D8L7C
Very ambitious, well-respected, critically acclaimed film is a great treat for Dylan fans but may be a bit confusing for outsiders. Features six different actors playing semi-fictionalized Dylan in different periods of his career. The Wikipedia article is loaded with info about the film. And there is a separate Wikipedia article just for the soundtrack, which is also a treasure trove.


I'm Now: The Story of Mudhoney (2012 - 100min) Ryan Short, Adam Pease
Official Site: www.mudhoneymovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2492562/
Amazon (DVD 02/19/13 King of Hearts): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AMHFN3U/


In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey (2012 - 58min) James Cullingham
Official Site: www.johnfaheyfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2213938/
Amazon (DVD 11/12/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EOVF1EQ/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Fahey


Intangible Asset No. 82 (2008 - 90min) Emma Franz
Official Site: www.intangibleasset82.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1329371/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002SG9NAK
Australian jazz drummer Simon Barker goes on a journey to meet South Korean shaman and grandmaster musician Kim Seok-Chul. Along the way, his guide takes him to meet several other amazing Korean musicians and singers. Lots of traditional Korean music is featured as well as collaborations with Simon on drumset. We meet a shaman singer who lived by a waterfall for 7 years, singing and shouting into the waterfall for 18 hours every day. When Simon finally reaches Kim Seok-Chul, he has but days to live. Some amazing footage of his drumming was captured in his last days. This is a special and magical film, highly recommended, especially if interested in drumming, music or shamanism.


It Might Get Loud (2008 - 98min) Davis Guggenheim
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1229360/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002WNC5BU
Jack White (the White Stripes), The Edge (U2), and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) get together to talk about playing guitar. Features each of them playing music and also jamming together.


Its A Long Way... (2010 - 44min) Julie van Schooten, Kenneth van Schooten
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1789807/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004D0AMQU
Southern Culture on the Skids, Andre Williams, Supersuckers, Nashville Pussy, Dirtbombs, talking about how hard it is to make it in the music business.


Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (2012 - 89min) Jesse Vile
Official Site: www.jasonbeckermovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2120779/
Amazon (DVD 12/18/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009CSVQ7C
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Becker


Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960 - 84min) Bert Stern
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazz_on_a_Summer's_Day
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0052942/
Amazon (DVD 03/14/00 New Yorker): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003OSU4
Amazon (DVD 01/01/09 Indie Europe/Zoom): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005NX0L
Covers the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.


Jeff Beck: Performing This Week - Live at Ronnie Scott's (2009 - 100min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NP8PQM
Excellent recording of a live show in 2007. Includes some interviews.


Jimi Hendrix (1973 - 102min) Joe Boyd, John Head, Gary Weis
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Hendrix_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0070242/
Amazon (DVD 06/28/05 Deluxe Edition Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009E3234/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jimi_hendrix/
This stood as the definitive documentary on Hendrix for 40 years, from 1973 until 2013, when Hear My Train A Comin' was released (see below). Lots of performance footage, lots of interviews with friends, family and peers. The DVD includes an extra hour of unused interview footage, titled From the Ukelele to the Strat.


Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' (2013 - 117min) Bob Smeaton
AKA: American Masters: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'
PBS: pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/jimi-hendrix/film-jimi-hendrix-hear-my-train-a-comin/2660/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt3181314/
Amazon (DVD 11/05/13 Sony Legacy): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F031WB8/
Amazon (Bluray 11/05/13 Sony Legacy): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F031XPS/
Premiered on PBS TV as part of the American Masters series NOV 5, 2013, the same day the DVD was released. Probably replaces the 1973 film, Jimi Hendrix, as the definitive Hendrix documentary, but you want to see them both. The DVD includes over an hour of extra features, live performance footage from: Miami Pop Festival, New York Pop Festival, Love & Peace Festival, and Top of the Pops.


Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (2007 - 124min) Julien Temple
Official Site: www.joestrummerthemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Strummer:_The_Future_Is_Unwritten
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Strummer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0800099/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017WI5W0
Excellent award-winning film about Joe Strummer, lead singer of The Clash, who died in 2002.


John Lee Hooker: Come and See About Me (2004 - 87min) Bob Sarles
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0411538/
Amazon (DVD 06/01/04 Eagle Rock): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001XAMH2


Juke (1997 - 27min)


Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution (2008 - 180min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1289806/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BTOE0Q
Super-interesting film about the German electronic band Kraftwerk, led by Ralf Hutter and Florian Schnieder. The first hour establishes some perspective by giving an overview of early serious electronic music and then detailing the "Krautrock" scene (Popol Vuh, Can, Amon Duol, Tangerine Dream, etc). The next 2 hours cover the history of Kraftwerk, looking at their first 7 records one at a time - Kraftwerk (1970), Kraftwerk 2 (1971), Ralf and Florian (1973), Autobahn (1974), Radioactivity (1975), Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981). Lots of interviews with musicologists and musicians. Although this is all about Ralf and Florian, they are not interviewed, but we hear a lot from Karl Bartos. Lots to think about here. Highly recommended. (see also Moog, Ohm, Modulations).


Kurt and Courtney (1998 - 95min) Nick Broomfield
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0138563/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00000JRWS
Director's Website: www.nickbroomfield.com
Uncut article: www.interlog.com/~jenj/Uncut9807.html
Uncut review: www.interlog.com/~jenj/Uncut9807r.html
Controversial and very interesting documentary about the death of Kurt Cobain. Of course, Broomfield is always controversial (and interesting). And yes, Courtney is the main suspect in this one.


Last Days Here (2011 - 92min) Dan Argott, Demian Fenton
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Days_Here
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1723126/
Amazon (DVD 07/31/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007QDUOP4
Looks at Bobby Liebling, singer of metal band Pentagram.


Last of the Mississippi Jukes (2003 - 86min) Robert Mugge
Director's Website: www.robertmugge.com
Director's Notes on the Film: www.robertmugge.com/jukes_notes.htm
Starts off at Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero club in Clarksdale and talks a bit about juke joints in general. Most of the film tells the story of the Subway Lounge, which is in the basement of the Summers Hotel building in Jackson , Mississippi. This is one of the last remaining juke joints and was almost lost when the city decided the building needed to be demolished. This led to an effort to renovate the building. Lots of blues music in this film. Recommended to all blues music fans.


Last Shop Standing (2011 - 70min) Pip Piper
Subtitled: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Rcord Shop
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2614428/
Amazon (DVD 08/06/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BCJ0VJS/
See also Brick and Mortar and Love, I Need That Record, Vinyl


Latcho Drom (1994 - 103min) Tony Gatlif
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latcho_Drom
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0107376/
Review Edwin Jahiel: www.edwinjahiel.com/latcho.htm
Amazon (VHS 1998 New Yorker): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6304263198
Amazon (DVD 2006 Australia PAL Region 4 Madman): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KKNZ7U
This is a documentary about Gypsies making music. There is no dialog and no story line. Just lots of Gypsies in different countries singing and making music on all kinds of instruments. Very magical. Released on VHS in 1996. Still hasn't made it to domestic (North American) DVD. There have been DVD releases in France (Region 2, PAL, 2001, out of print), Japan (NTSC, Region 2, 2002, Japanese subtitles) and Australia (PAL, Region 4, 2006). Most newer DVD players with play PAL DVDs and most newer DVD players can have their region code limitations removed. Since there is no dialog in the film, the language doesn't matter, so it could be worth getting the Japanese DVD or whatever version you can find.


Lemmy (2010 - 116min) Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski
Subtitle: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son of a Bitch (it says this on the DVD box, but not in the film)
Official Site: www.lemmymovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemmy_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1236472/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004FGA2NK
About Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. Wow - this is one of the most awesome films about rock and roll ever, for sure. Totally amazing. DVD is 2 discs with over 3 hours of extras, including lots of live footage and more interviews. Get this! And make sure the volume is cranked up for the closing credits.


Leo Kottke: Home and Away Revisited (1988 - 106min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0785019/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EBGEF0
Leo's Home Page: www.leokottke.com
Leo at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Kottke
Leo Kottke is one of the most amazing guitar players ever. He plays acoustic six and twelve-string guitars, with all five fingers. For years he used picks on all his fingers. Later, after some hand problems, he relearned to play without using picks. This docu is mainly lots of live performances and some interview segments.


Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007 - 86min) John Paulson
Official Site: www.lespaulfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0882111/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000QGE856


Let Me Be Your Band (2003 - 76min) Derek Emerson
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0373995/
have not seen, have not been able to track it down. about a favorite subject - one man bands.


Let's Get Lost (1988 - 120min) Bruce Weber
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let's_Get_Lost_(1988_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0095515/
Amazon (DVD 12/03/13 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EDR5MTK/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chet_baker_lets_get_lost/
About jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.


Let's Rock Again (2004 - 68min) Dick Rude
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let's_Rock_Again
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0415935/
Amazon (DVD 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F4TMH8
Spends time with Joe Strummer in the last 18 months before he died in 2002. Lots of performance footage of his band, the Mescaleros, some old Clash footage and lots of interesting discussion with Strummer.


The Life and Music of Robert Johnson (1997 - 77min) Peter Meyer
Subtitled: Can't You Hear the Wind Howl?
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009VU36
Hosted by Danny Glover.


Lightnin' Hopkins: Rare Performances 1960-1979 (1993 - 70min)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightnin_Hopkins
Amazon (DVD 2002): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000067NPO


Living in the Material World (2011 - 208min) Martin Scorsese
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Harrison:_Living_in_the_Material_World
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1113829/
Amazon (05/01/12 DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007JWKLMO
Amazon (05/01/12 BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007JWKLM6
Scorsese's awesome 3 1/2 hour film about George Harrison.


Louie Bluie (1985 - 60min) Terry Zwigoff
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0089507/
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/27509
Amazon (DVD 2010 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003N2CVQS
Zwigoff's first film (followed by Crumb), about Howard Armstrong, an amazing 75-year old bluesman who seems younger than most 30-year-olds. Was out of print on VHS for many years, finally issued on DVD by Criterion in August of 2010.


M for Mississippi (2008 - 60min) Jeff Konkel, Roger Stolle
Subtitled: A Road Trip Through the Birthplace of the Blues
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001JIR3KC
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1339119/


Madonna: I'm Going to Tell You a Secret (2005 - 127min) Jonas Akerlund
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I'm_Going_to_Tell_You_a_Secret
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0451180/
Amazon (CD/DVD 06/20/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FA57RG/
Filmed during Madonna's 2004 Re-Invention World Tour.


Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991 - 122min) Alex Keshishian
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_or_Dare_(documentary)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0102370/
Amazon (DVD 04/03/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0075564A8/
Filmed during Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour.


Marley (2012 - 145min) Kevin MacDonald
Official Site: www.magpictures.com/marley
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marley_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1183919/
Amazon (DVD 08/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007PVHANM/
Amazon (BluRay 08/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007PVHAN2/


Metallica - Some Kind of Monster (2004 - 141min) Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Official Site: www.somekindofmonster.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0387412/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006IIKS0
Same directors later made Paradise Lost.


Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue (2004 - 87min) Murray Lerner
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0427541/
Amazon (DVD 11/16/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00069FKN2
Very interesting.


Modulations: Cinema for the Ear (1998 - 74min) Iara Lee
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0139468/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000844LI
Good overview of the history of electronic pop music.


Monterey Pop (1968 - 78min) D. A. Pennebaker
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monterey_Pop
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/720
Criterion (Complete Festival - 3 disc): www.criterion.com/boxsets/326
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0064689/
Amazon (DVD Criterion 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E5LEWE
Amazon (DVD 3-disc Criterion 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006JU7P


Moog (2004 - 72min) Hans Fjellestad
Official Site: www.plexifilm.com/moog.html
Robert Moog's Company: www.moogmusic.com
Wikipedia - Robert Moog: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Moog
Wikipedia - Moog Film: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moog_(film)
Wikipedia - Moog Synthesizer: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moog_synthesizer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0378378/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00095L94W
About Robert Moog (1934-2005), inventor of the Moog synthesizer. This was made just a year or so before Moog's death, and features him looking back on his life and talking with lots of the musicians who used Moog synthesizers. I had the LP of Switched-On Bach when I was a kid. Quite a sensation at the time. (Walter/Wendy Carlos is not in the film). The Moog synthesizer, like the LP, was analog technology, back before we had computers and DVDs. Highly recommended.


Muscle Shoals (2013 - 111min) Greg "Freddy" Camalier
Official Site: www.muscleshoalsthemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle_Shoals_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2492916/
Amazon (DVD 02/25/14 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H3JHH6Q
Amazon (Bluray 02/25/14 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H3JHE0K
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/muscle_shoals_2013/
The story of Fame Studios, Rick Hall, The Swampers, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Very thorough, very interesting, well-made film. Highly recommended.


Music from the Big House (2010 - 88min) Bruce McDonald
Official Site: www.musicfromthebighouse.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1742081/
Amazon (DVD 01/08/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009DQ6SO4
Blues singer Rita Chiarelli travels to Angola prison in Louisiana and performs with several groups of inmate musicians.


My Blue Star: The Life and Hunchin' Times of Hasil "Haze" Adkins (2007 - 75min) Ron Smith
Official Site: www.myspace.com/hasiladkinsmybluestar
Someone told me about this and I was very excited to look into it. So far (MAY 2011) I have not been able to find any info except that there is a Myspace page (Yikes!) which announces that the DVD will be released in 2008. So no telling what's up with this.


Negativland: Our Favorite Things (2007 - 78min)
Official Site: www.negativland.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negativland
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000TZN7LK
This is a collection of music videos from Negativland, an experimental alternative band. Negativland uses a lot of technology and a lot of found sounds and they do a lot of mash-ups - remixing stuff from all over the place. They have been sued a couple of times over copyright issues and they are on the forefront of new ways of looking at copyright in the digital age. I had heard of Negativland for many years but didn't really know anything about them until I saw Rip! A Remix Manifesto (highly recommended). There are 21 videos collected here. The bonus features (an additional hour of videos) may not be all that great. Check out the BIO which is accessed through the Bonus Menu, just some text screens, but gives a thorough history of the band (also see the Wikipedia article). A lot of this may be a bit "challenging" for many people. I was totally amazed at most of this. For some reason I find the subject of Coke and Pepsi very interesting so it was a great treat to find that seven of these videos are about Coke and/or Pepsi. This is a very special and fun treasure of coolness. See also Sonic Outlaws, Rip! A Remix Manifesto, Good Copy, Bad Copy.


Neil Young Journeys (2011 - 87min) Jonathan Demme
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Young_Journeys
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2043931/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008OHVSQO
Third Neil Young film from Jonathan Demme, following Trunk and Heart of Gold.


New Orleans Music in Exile (2006 - 115min) Robert Mugge
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000RIWATO
Director's Website: www.robertmugge.com


New York Doll (2005 - 78min) Greg Whiteley
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0436629/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E97HUS
About the influential glam rock band, The New York Dolls, focussing on bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane, who later recovered from drugs and drinking and became a Mormon.


Nick Drake: Under Review (2007 - 90min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000TV4PZG
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Drake
A Review: rarerarefind.blogspot.com/2008/05/nick-drake-under-review.html


A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2000 - 48min) Jeroen Berkvens
Official site: www.nickdrakefilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0264013/
A Review: rarerarefind.blogspot.com/2008/05/skin-too-few.html
Shown on BBC TV. This is available on DVD as part of the 2007 re-release of the Fruit Tree CD Box Set. Can be found to watch online.


A Stranger Among Us: Searching for Nick Drake (1999 - 39min) Tim Clements
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0436629/
Made for BBC TV.


The Night James Brown Saved Boston (2008 - 74min) David Leaf
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001L2ZSJY
James Brown was scheduled to play a show in Boston on April 5, 1968, the night after Martin Luther King was killed. Most major American cities were up in flames and the mayor was considering cancelling the show. It was decided to let the show go on and to televise it. This film tells the story of that show and puts it in the perspective of the riots. Boston was quiet for the evening. The TV station replayed the 2-hour show to make it a 4-hour broadcast. There is lots of archival news footage of the fires and riots in other cities. Brown was summoned to Washington DC the next day to help calm that city. Although James was not a pacifist, he thought it was wrong that people would associate violence with someone who stood for non-violence. There is some footage from the show, which has also been released in its entirety on a separate DVD - Live at the Boston Garden: 1968. There is a very tricky moment when people rush the stage and James asks the police to back off. The film also shows how James became an influential leader in the Black community in following years.


North Mississippi Allstars: Keep On Marchin' (2007 - 113min)
Official Site: www.nmallstars.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Mississippi_Allstars
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Q9OD62
A 2-hour set (19 songs) recorded November 11, 2005 in Burlington, Vermont. Includes a 10-minute interview with the band. Super cool.


Note by Note (2007 - 81min) Ben Niles
Subtitled: The Making of Steinway L1037
Official Site: www.notebynotethemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1149400/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Note_by_Note:_The_Making_of_Steinway_1037
Amazon (DVD 09/15/09 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001P8M9FK
Review - Monsters and Critics: www.monstersandcritics.com/movies/reviews/article_1374232.php/


NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell (2007 - 87min) Henry Corra
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1080761/
This is an episode of VH1 Rock Docs. Not issued on DVD.


N.Y.H.C. (1999 - 87min) Frank Pavich
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0296774/


OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music (2005 - 150min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E6EK4C
This is kind of a collection of experimental music videos with a few interviews. It is a companion to a 3-disc CD set of the same name. When they say "early gurus of electronic music" they don't mean Kraftwerk. Selections from John Cage, Morton Subotnik, Paul Lansky, Milton Babbit, John Chowning, Robert Ashely, Alvin Lucier, Laurie Spiegel, David Behrman, Holger Czukay, Jena-Claude Risset, Robert Moog, and others. Probably mainly of interest to people who are really into this type of music (early experimental electronic music). Some more accessible films in this area would be Modulations, Moog, and Theremin.


Oil City Confidential - The Dr. Feelgood Story (2010 - 104min) Julien Temple
Official site: www.oilcityconfidential.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OilCityConfidential
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1379092/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003RU0XCK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/oil_city_confidential/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Feelgood
See my Fortune Tellers page. They totally hipped me to this band and to this genre of super-cool rock and roll music, the real stuff. There is another Dr. Feelgood DVD called Going Back Home, which is a live performance from 1975. OK - looking at the Facebook page on 06/04/11, I'm finding comments that they have decided not to do a North American DVD release. So if you want to see it you will have to get the PAL version from the UK (which is what is being sold by 3rd party sellers at Amazon). Most newer DVD players will play PAL DVDs (NTSC is the North American format). There may also be region code issues, which can be gotten around also (most DVD players can be reprogrammed to be region-free - just google your brand and model of DVD player along with "region code"). Now after seeing this film a couple of times, I'm going to say that this is one of the most awesome rock and roll films ever made (along with End of the Century). This is one of the coolest bands ever and this is their whole story. All of the members are featured, but we get to spend most of the time with guitarist Wilko Johnson, who is quite an interesting character. If you are into rock'n'roll and R&B, check this out.


The Old Grey Whistle Test - VOL 1 (2003 - 197min)
Official Site: www.warnervideo.com/ogwt1/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009RDHK
The Old Grey Whistle Test - VOL 2 (2006 - 146min)
Official Site: www.warnervideo.com/ogwt2/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CBG5Q0
The Old Grey Whistle Test - VOL 3 (2006 - 129min)
Official Site: www.warnervideo.com/ogwt3/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GETUDS
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Old_Grey_Whistle_Test
Tons of single-song appearances on BBC TV show from 1971-1987. These DVDs are now out of print. And apparently the British PAL versions (also out of print) include some performances that were left off of the American releases. Loaded with treasure - lots of interesting stuff on these. Hopefully someday more can be released - I assume each of these performers had a whole episode full of music and interviews, plus there were many episodes not covered on these DVDs. Song lists are on the Warner Video site linked above. As of 05/10, Netflix still has these and used ones are on Amazon.


Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008) Steven Sebring
Official site: www.dreamoflifethemovie.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001FACHBO
A bit arty, as you might imagine, and very inspiring.


People Who Do Noise (2008 - 81min) Adam Cornelius
Official Site: www.peoplewhodonoise.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1340677/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001MVB77Q
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noise_music
Wow - this was one of the most interesting music documentaries I have seen - largely because I did not know anything about this genre of music. Now that doesn't mean I liked the music - it was actually hard to take, and I don't plan to explore much furthur in this area. It is noise - no rhythmic or melodic elements. But its cool to see that it exists and very interesting to have all these people explaining why they do this. I could imagine watching this just for the interview dialog - skipping over the music segments - but that wouldn't be fair. I could also see myself getting to like some of this stuff. Lots of very interesting ideas and insights. And I have to admit that although on one hand, I approached this with full respect, on the other hand I would suggest that you could watch this with comedic interest - it could almost be an episode of Portlandia. (In fact the film is set in Portland and all of the 15 or 20 noise artists in the film are in Portland - lotta noise up there). Here is a quote from Soup Purse: "Its like Bladerunner music, its like what you could expect....There is a nihilist stream in people who make this music. But for me, there's no waking people up and causing the revolution. It's fucked. And I'm fully comfortable with how fucked it is. And we might as well just party."


Pete Seeger - The Power of Song (2007 - 93min) Jim Brown
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1003116/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0018PH3OC


Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune (2011 - 97min) Kenneth Bowser
Official Site: www.philochsthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1597089/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Ochs:_There_but_for_Fortune
Amazon (DVD 07/19/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004VN7RN0


Pianomania (2009 - 93min) Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck
Official Site: www.pianomania.co.uk
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1331115/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pianomania
Amazon (DVD 02/14/12 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006A9XTOE
Looks at Stefan Knupfer, a virtuoso piano tuner.


The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story (2003 - 50min) John Edgington
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0368147/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Floyd_and_Syd_Barrett_Story
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd_Barrett
Nice film about Syd Barrett and the early days of Pink Floyd. There are many listings for this on Amazon, showing various covers, various manufacturers, etc. The is also a 2-disc version with lots of extended interviews. Amazon and IMDB show the runtime as 70min. The film is 50min and there are 5 extra features totalling 20 minutes - extended interviews with Roger Waters and Dave Gilmour, Robyn Hitchcock performing It Is Obvious and Dominoes and Grahan Coxen performing Love You.


Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (2003 - 49min) Matthew Longfellow
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0398868/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AOV85
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classic_Albums:_Pink_Floyd_-_The_Making_of_The_Dark_Side_of_the_Moon
This is from the Classic Albums, The Making Of series, although the film does not identify itself as such. Lots of interviews, mainly with the guys in the band. DVD includes 20 or 30 minutes of additional interviews. Well-reviewed at Amazon.com.


Player Hating: A Love Story (2010 - 95min) Maggie Hadleigh-West
Official Site: www.playerhatingmovie.com/
IndiePix: www.indiepixfilms.com/film/5223
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1651933/


Produced by George Martin (2012 - 86min) Francis Hanly
Official Site: www.eaglerockent.com/product/EV305259/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008GFI418
Profile of producer George Martin, covering his whole life. Lots of interviews. 52 minutes of additional interviews in the special features. Subtitles in English, Spanish and French. This is also the title of a 6-disc set of CDs released in 2001.


The Punk Singer (2013 - 80min) Sini Anderson
Official Site: www.thepunksinger.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Punk_Singer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1785612/
Amazon (DVD 03/25/14 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GS0927I/
About Kathleen Hanna, who started the band Bikini Kill and was a key figure in the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990's.


Protesting the Dixie Chicks (2006 - 59min) Christopher Fleeger
Official Site: www.protestingthedixechicks.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0929274/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KQF9QE
See also Shut Up and Sing.


Raga Unveiled: India's Voice (2009 - 260min) Gita Desai
Subtitled: The History and Essence of North Indian Classical Music
Official site: www.ragaunveiled.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0029N1OWE
About Indian raga music. 4 hours and 20 minutes on 2 discs. Have not yet seen. I expect this to be awesome. From the makers of Yoga Unveiled.


Raisin' Cain: A History of Cain's Ballroom Tate Wittenberg
Official site: raisincainmovie.com
Upcoming film about the history of the legendary music venue, Cain's Ballroom, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Ramones Raw (2004) John Caffiero
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002NY7UO
Ramones authorized film, featuring lots of live footage. Over 5 hours of stuff. Very raw, as opposed to the more proper documentary, End of the Century (see above).


Reformat the Planet (2007 - 72min) Paul Owens
Official Site: 2playerproductions.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1183662/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0041ONFKI
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blip_Festival
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiptune
About chiptune music (also called chip music), electronic music created with old video game hardware.


Rhyme & Punishment (2009 - 99min) Peter Spirer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1311713/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004F4HWP8
Looks at hiphop artists who have been in prison. Chapter titles: The First Day, Marketing a Convict, Guns & Hip Hop, Proision Industrial Complex, Prison Food, Race Relations, Recording From Prison, Calls, Letters, Visitors, Knuckleheads, Parole Day. Very interesting.


Rhyme & Reason (1997 - 94min) Peter Spirer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0120014/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhyme_&_Reason_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000056N85
About rap music and hip-hop culture.


Richard Johnston: Hill Country Troubador (2006 - 57min) Max Shores
Official Site: www.maxshores.com/johnston/
Richard's Site:www.richardjohnston.com
Very cool film about Richard Johnston, who plays Mississippi Hill Country blues as a one-man band, playing drums with his feet while singing and playing guitar. Mainly plays on the street in Memphis. The film covers the background of hill country blues - Mississippi Fred McDowell, Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside, etc. See also You See Me Laughin', Deep Blues.


Robyn Hitchck: Sex, Food, Death...and Insects (2008 - 59min) John Edgington
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0997091/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Y4ON6O
Spends some time with Hitchcock in 2006 as he works on some new stuff with Peter Buck, John Paul Jones and others. Lots of interesting comments from Hitchcock, who has released over 20 records, starting with the legendary Soft Boys in the late 70's.


Rock And Roll Heart (1998 - 73min) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305037248
A thorough look at Lou Reed's musical career. As of 09/09 out of print, can find used on Amazon, otherwise hard to find.


Rock My Religion (1984 - 55min) Dan Graham
Experimental, low-budget, art film. Presents some interesting ideas about rock and roll music as religion. Hard to find, I don't think this ever made it to DVD. You can find places on the web to watch this online or download it. Try this: blog.lovehowlmuse.com/2009/05/17/dan-graham-rock-my-religion/


Rock School (2005 - 93min) Dan Argott
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_School_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0436727/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A50431
Paul Green's School of Rock: www.schoolofrock.com
Looks at Paul Green's School of Rock in Philadelphia (which has since become a national chain). Sort of the real-life version of School of Rock. Very fun. Some younger and less talented kids work on Black Sabbath. The more advanced ones work on Frank Zappa tunes and get to go to the Frank Zappa festival in Germany. Very fun film.


Roots of Rhythm (1994 - 150min) Eugene Rosow, Howard Dratch, Les Blank
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005ABEP
Originally produced in 1989 with the name Routes of Rhythm and shown on PBS.


Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2007 - 240min) Peter Bogdanovich
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runnin'_Down_a_Dream_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0965382/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001FWRZ0U
The 2-disc DVD set includes just the 4-hour documentary, the 4-disc set adds a disc of live performance (30th Anniversary Concert) and a CD soundtrack.


The Sacred Triangle (2010 - 107min)
Subtitle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973
Amazon (CD/DVD 08/06/13 Chrome Dreams): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D9W7ZVI
Amazon.co.uk (DVD 10/18/10 Sexy Intellectual): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B003Z8ZC7K
Review: www.punkvinyl.com/2010/11/10/the-sacred-triangle-bowie-iggy-lou-1971-1973/
Looks at the relationships between Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and David Bowie in the years 1971-1973. Low-budget production but very interesting. This was released in the US as a companion disc to a CD of audio interviews with Iggy Pop. The 2-disc set is called "The Document" and this film is referred to as "The Documentary DVD". The actual title does not appear anywhere on the packaging, but is indicated at the beginning of the film.


Scratch (2001 - 92min) Doug Pray
Director's website: www.dougpray.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scratch_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0143861/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006AL1G
About turntablists. Super-cool, as expected from Doug Pray. (See also Hype!, Infamy, Big Rig, Surfwise).


The Search for Robert Johnson (1992 - 72min) Chris Hunt
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Search_for_Robert_Johnson
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0272834/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000050IKX
Narrated by John Hammond.


Searching for Sugar Man (2012 - 86min) Malik Bendjelloul
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Searching_for_Sugar_Man
Rodriguez Official Site: www.sugarman.org/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2125608/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/searching_for_sugar_man/
Amazon (DVD 01/22/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008JFUTT0
Amazon (BluRay 01/22/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008JFUTUY
Wow. This is a really amazing story and a very well made film. You might not want to read too much about it before watching, since its kind of a detective story. Highly recommended. Check it out. Note solid 5-star rating at amazon. Won 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary. DVD has trailer, English and French subtitles, no other features.


The Secret Disco Revolution (2012 - 85min) Jamie Kastner
Official Site: www.secretdiscorevolution.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2011271/
Amazon (DVD 09/03/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DCRE30G


Shut Up and Sing (2006 - 91min) Barbara Kopple
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixie_Chicks:_Shut_Up_and_Sing
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0811136/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KX0IN6
Follows the controversy that erupted after Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks stated at a concert on London that they were against the war and were ashamed that the president was from Texas.


Song of the Dunes (2009 - 85min) Paula Fouce, William Hougse
Official Site: www.songofthedunes.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1467081/
Looks at some tribes of musicians and snake-charmers who have been trapped in India's caste system, still in effect after being illegal for decades. have not yet seen


Sound City (2013 - 108min) Dave Grohl
Official Site: www.soundcitymovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_City_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2306745/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2YH7D6
Amazon (BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2YH7BS
About the legendary recording studio in LA, which closed in 2011 after operating for over 40 years. It featured a Neve console, which Dave Grohl bought for his own studio. He brings together many musicians who recorded records there. Note solid 5-star rating at Amazon.


Sound of the Soul (2005 - 68min) Stephen Olsson
Subtitled: The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music
Official Site: www.cemproductions.org/sound.shtml
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1054511/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001FQRINK


Speaking in Strings (1999 - 73min) Paola di Florio
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speaking_in_Strings
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0181835/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0005J75T
About violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.


Still Bill (2009 - 76min) Damani Baker, Alex Vlack
Official Site: www.stillbillthemovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Withers
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1333117/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0042EJDJY
Super special film about Bill Withers.


Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth (2004 - 40min) Philip Di Fiore
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0443657/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000TV4QXM


Such Hawks Such Hounds (2008 - 84min) Jessica Hundley, John Srebalus
Subtitle: Scenes from the American Hard Rock Underground
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1377796/
Amazon (DVD-R 02/19/09 Long Song Pictures): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001TK2A44/


Sunshine Superman: The Journey of Donovan (2008 - 180min) Hannes Rossacher
Official Site: www.sunshinesupermanthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1691878/
DVDTalk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/35052/sunshine-superman/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005QKAZ
Donovan spends three hours telling his entire musical history, interspersed with lots of archival clips. A second disc includes a couple more hours. If you like Donovan (which I do), you will like this.


Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1995 - 83min) Steven M. Martin
Wikipedia (Theremin): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0108323/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005BKZO


They Came to Play (2008 - 91min) Alex Rotaru
Official Site: www.theycametoplay.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1365654/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003X3BYHY


Thoth (2002 - 40min) Sarah Kernochan
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoth_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CCW2VG
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0299178/
About the amazing street musician and performance artist S.K. Thoth. Very special - check it out. DVD was once available separately, is now packaged together as an extra feature with the DVD for Marjoe, an earlier film from the same director.


Thunder Soul (2010 - 83min) Mark Landsman
Official Site: www.thundersoulmovie.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0066PUDZ0
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1611180/


Times Ain't Like They Used to Be (1985 - 69min)
Subtitle: Early American Rural & Popular Music - From Rare Original Film Masters (1928-35)
Official Site: www.yazoorecords.com/512.htm
Amazon (DVD 04/11/00 Yazoo): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305831327/


To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with J.J. Cale (2005 - 90min) Jorg Bundschuh
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0452029/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FBHCBY
German film released on DVD by Time/Life. DVD includes over an hour of extras. Indepth coverage of the legendary mysterious master of laid-back, "cool" electric guitar. Note the solid 5-star reviews at Amazon. This is a treasure.


Tom Dowd & the Language of Music (2003 - 89min) Mark Moormann
Official Site: www.thelanguageofmusic.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Dowd_and_the_Language_of_Music
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0343107/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00011ZBOS/
About the legendary producer.


Totally Wired (2009 - 79min) Niamh Guckian
Official Blog: totallywired.tumblr.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002IKLV3A
About a synthesizer store in Berlin - Schneiders Buero.


Touch the Sound - A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie (2004 - 99min) Thomas Riedelsheimer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0424509/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F0UUSM
About the deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie. We'll give it an A for amazing.


Towncraft (2007 - 104min) Richard Matson
Official Site: www.towncraftmovie.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Q6GX1I
Documents the independent punk rock scene in Little Rock, Arkansas over the last 20 years. This scene, which arose in the late 80's was comprised entirely of youngsters 14-18 years old, who made their own music, records, shows, zines, everything. Definitive example of DIY (Do It Yourself). The DVD package includes 3 discs - The DVD, and 2 CDs of music, plus a 60-page book.


Twenty Feet From Stardom (2013 - 90min) Morgan Neville
Official Site: twentyfeetfromstardom.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty_Feet_From_Stardom
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2396566/
About backup singers.


Until the Light Takes Us (2009 - 93min) Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell
Official Site: www.blackmetalmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Until_The_Light_Takes_Us
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1014809/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003R9K08S
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003V6L92I
Amazon (BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003R9K08I
All about Norwegian black metal. Very interesting.


Urgh! A Music War (1981 - 116min) Derek Burbidge
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0138902/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002WJHBEU
Live performances of some 80's bands. Not as interesting as I had hoped, but has some cool stuff.


Vinyl (2000 - 110min) Alan Zweig
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinyl_(2000_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0120454/
Interview: fleamarketfunk.com/2013/06/17/reel-talk-with-alan-zweig/
Explores the world of record collectors, mainly looking at why people do this. Interesting film, especially for record lovers. Looks like this has not yet made it to DVD. VHS is out of print and rare. Can find places to watch online (youtube and maybe a torrent).


Wasted Orient (2007 - 92min) Kevin Fritz
Official Site: www.wastedorient.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1056142/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UDZNS6
A close look (maybe too close) at a punk-rock band called Joyside in Beijing, China.


Wattstax (1973 - 103min) Mel Stuart
Official Site: www.wattstax.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wattstax
PBS: www.pbs.org/pov/wattstax/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0070902/
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000294U6E
Classic film looks at the Wattstax music festival, held at the Los Angeles Coliseum on August 20, 1972. Organized by the Stax record label to commemorate the 1965 Watts riots. Sometimes called the Black Woodstock. Ticket price was one dollar. Performers include The Staples Singers, The Barkays, Albert King, Johnny Taylor, Rufus Thomas, and Isaac Hayes. Rather than a straight concert movie, the film spends most of its time with interviews and other footage exploring the the black experience in America. Includes several segments with Richard Pryor. Full of TREASURE. Check this out.


We Call it Skweee (2009 - 60min) Iacopo Patierno, David Giese
Official Site: www.wecallitskwee.com


We Juke Up In Here! (2012 - 60min) Jeff Konkel, Roger Stolle
Official Site: www.wejukeupinhere.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2112332/
Amazon (DVD/CD 2-disc 05/15/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007JQY9G4


Wesley Willis - The Daddy of Rock'N'Roll (2003 - 110min) Daniel Bitton
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008R9LC
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_Willis
A newer film, Wesley Willis's Joyrides, comes out soon (see below). Wesley's song, "Rock and Roll McDonalds" was used in Supersize Me


Wesley Willis's Joy Rides (2009) Chris Bagley, Kimberly Shively
Official site: www.wesleywillissjoyrides.com
Art of Wesley Willis: www.artofwesleywillis.com


When You're Strange (2009 - 85min) Tom Dicilio
Official site: www.whenyourestrangemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_You're_Strange
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1333667/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003H5WF3U
Excellent docu on the Doors. Includes lots of interesting archival video.


Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everyone Talkin' About Him)? (2006 - 116min) John Scheinfeld
Official site: www.whoisharrynilsson.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0410907/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003VZNAUS


Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008 - 71min) Matt Wolf
www.arthurrussellmovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Combination:_A_Portrait_of_Arthur_Russell
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1168662/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001ENEWMY/
Excellent film covers the life of avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, disco producer Arthur Russell.


The Wild World of Hasil Adkins (1993 - 29min) Julien Nitzberg
DVD Available from: www.appalshop.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0410907/
A look at "the Father of Psychobilly". Hasil Adkins made rockabilly records in the 50's, Fat Possum recorded him in 1998 (What Was I Thinking?), he passed away in 2005. This film was shot where Hasil lived, in Boone County, West Virginia, also home to Jesco and the White Family (see Dancing Outlaw and The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia). We get to see Hasil performing in a local bar run by Mamie White (Jesco's sister). As depicted and explained in the film, Hasil was a "one-man-band". He sang and played guitar (and harmonica) while playing a drumset with his feet. He would normally just use the bass drum and hi-hat pedals. He has inspired quite a few modern rock and rollers, who mostly have modified this concept a bit, usually using a pedal on the snare drum (so as to get a full beat, bass and snare - BOOM BOOM POP). I got to see Hasil play in 1999, at the 66 Bowl in OKC. They said he got off the plane asking for vodka and gravy. Check my Hasil Adkins page.


Woodstock (1970 - 184min) Michael Wadleigh
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstock_(film)
Amazon (Director's Cut DVD 1997): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0790729350
Amazon (Director's Cut DVD 2-disc 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NXDSLQ
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0066580/


Woody & His Guitar (2005 - 172min)


The Wrecking Crew (2008 - 95min) Danny Tedesco
Official site: www.wreckingcrewfilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wrecking_Crew_(2008_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1185418/
About the group of mostly uncredited LA session musicians who played on dozens of hit rock and pop songs from the 60's and 70's. Shown at festivals in 2008. Still no DVD!?! Hoping for DVD release in 2013.


Wu (2008 - 79min) Gerald K. Barclay
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DHXT7K
The story of the Wu Tang Clan.


X: The Unheard Music (1986 - 84min) W. T. Morgan
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006L0LM0


You See Me Laughin' (2002 - 77min) Mandy Stein
Subtitled: The Last of the Hill Country Bluesmen
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007R8FOE
Fat Possum Records: www.fatpossum.com
Looks at some of the major guys on the Fat Possum label, including R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, and Cedell Davis. Matthew Johnson's Fat Possum label started recording these guys just in time to get them some attention before their days were done. Kimbrough and Burnside have passed on, but not without making a stack of ultra-cool records first. These guys are not exactly Delta blues, but Northern Mississippi hill country, like Mississippi Fred McDowell. A lot of the footage seen here was shot by Bradley Beasley (see Okie Noodling, The Creek Runs red) for his first feature documentary film, Hill Stomp Hollar, which showed a few times on TV before Fat Possum bought the rights to it and used much of it to make their own film. It would be cool if we got to see that one, but this is a cool film anyway, how could it not be, with these guys? For a while there you could just buy anything on Fat Possum and trust that you were getting a record you would be happy with. If you're into R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, or if you don't know about them, you want to see this film.


You're Gonna Miss Me: A Film About Roky Erikson (2005 - 94min) Kevin McAlester
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0791268/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You're_Gonna_Miss_Me
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roky_Erikson
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000P0J060


Environment


Lots of films pertaining to the environment can be found here: www.greenplanetfilms.org


The 11th Hour (2007 - 95min) Nadia Conners, Leila Conners Peterson
Official Site: 11thhourfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0492931/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Hour_(documentary)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005JPXA
Leonardo DiCaprio presents the global warming issue. This film is scary but also hopeful, as it explores possible solutions. Some interesting special features including an interview with Paul Stamets.


A Crude Awakening (2006 - 85min) Basil Gelpe, Ray McCormack, Reto Caduff
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0776794/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000PY52IG


A Different Path (2010 - 80min) Montieth McCollum
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1611806/
Official Site: www.thirtymilesfromanywhere.com
Review: www.sxsw.com/node/4408
Looks at some aspects of urban design, specifically sidewalks and transportation. This sounds intriguing, but as of OCT 2012 there is no indication of this being available. At some point the official site disappeared. It did show at some festivals, and the director previously did Hybrid, so maybe it will come out someday.


A Fierce Green Fire (2012 - 101min) Mark Kitchell
Official Site: www.afiercegreenfire.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1539489/
Amazon (DVD 10/01/13 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DGYF4RG/


Addicted to Plastic (2008 - 85min) Ian Connacher
Director's website: www.crypticmoth.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001U0D7A4/
Very interesting look at plastic. What it is, health issues, pollution of the oceans, alternatives. Serious stuff - recommended.


The Age of Stupid (2009 - 92min) Franny Armstrong
Official Site: www.ageofstupid.net
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Age_of_Stupid
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1300563/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003JYOFB4
DVD is double-disc with many extras.


An Inconvenient Tooth (2012 - 170min) Guy Wagner
Official Site: www.aninconvenienttooth.org/
About water floridation. (I think there is a TV with the same name, about dentists).


An Inconsistent Truth (2012 - 89min) Shayne Edwards
Official Site: www.aninconsistenttruth.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Inconsistent_Truth
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1806777/
A response to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.


An Inconvenient Truth (2006 - 96min) Davis Guggenheim
Official Site: www.climatecrisis.net/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Inconvenient_Truth
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0497116/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ICL3KG
Al Gore gives his presentation on global warming. Noted on 12/14/12 that the DVD is $4.00 at amazon.com and that there are over 1,000 reviews there.


Bananas!* (2009 - 87min) Fredrik Gertten
Official Site: www.bananasthemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bananas!*
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1452291/
Amazon (DVD 05/10/2011 Oscilloscope): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Z6YMFK
Covers the lawsuit against Dole involving the use of the banned pesticide DBCP (dibromochloropropane, also called Nemagon, Fumagon and various other trade names). The chemical is sprayed on bananas fields and causes sterility in workers exposed to it.


Bhopali (2011 - 89min) Max Carlson
Official Site: www.bhopalithemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1710260/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster


Beyond the Light Switch (2010 - 114) Ed Moore
Subtitle: What Will the Future of Energy Look Like?
Official Site: www.beyondthelightswitch.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0057FGD18
2-disc set, from Detroit Public Television.


Bidder 70 (2012 - 73min) Beth Gage, George Gage
Official Site: www.gageandgageproductions.com/bidder70
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2085759/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CEJ1JB4
Wikipedia (Tim DeChristopher): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_DeChristopher
Tim's Official Site: www.bidder70.org/


Blind Spot (2008 - 86min) Adolfo Doring
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1285158/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002042LK6


Blood of the Amazon (2010)
Official Site: www.bloodoftheamazon.com


Blue Vinyl (2002 - 98min) Daniel B. Gold, Judith Helfand
Official Site: www.bluevinyl.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0303307/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006212H2


Born to Be Wild (2011 - 40min) David Lickley
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Born_to_Be_Wild_3D
Official Site: www.imax.com/borntobewild/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1680059/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004EPZ0AW


Burning the Future: Coal in America (2008 - 89min) David Novak
Official Site: www.burningthefuture.org/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_the_Future:_Coal_in_America
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1065120/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001W63DZA/


Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction (2010 - 80min) Monte Thompson
Official Site: www.calloflife.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1002965/
DVD: www.videoproject.com/calloflife.html
DVD includes 60min and 80min versions.


Carbon Nation (2010 - 86min) Peter Byck
Official Site: www.carbonnationmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1482991/


The Chances of the World Changing (2006 - 99min) Eric Daniel Metzgar
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chances_of_the_World_Changing
PBS: www.pbs.org/pov/chancesoftheworld/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0814047/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000S0GYNY
Very sad. Looks at a guy who has dedicated himself to preserving various species of turtles. Can't quite keep it going, and has to find homes for hundreds of turtles, many endangered. There is a whole subculture of people trying to preserve endangered species until a time when people might be sane enough to restore the habitats that have been destroyed.


Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon (2006 - 72min) Peter Richardson
Official Site: www.clearcutmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_Cut:_The_Story_of_Philomath,_Oregon
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0492947/


Cool It (2010 - 98min) Ondi Timoner
Official Site: www.coolit-themovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cool_It_(film)
Bjorn Lomborg at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bjorn_Lomborg
Bjorn Lomborg's Website: www.lomborg.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1694015/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004IN75D0
A thorough look at the ideas of Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming. Lomborg believes that man-made global warming is a very real problem, but that everything so far proposed by governments and politicians has been ineffective and a waste of large amounts of money. He proposes radically different options and seeks to find the least expensive ways to get the most effect. He exposes the corruption, misinformation, politicalization, and fear-mongering in the global warming arena. Very interesting and important film. Highly recommended.


The Creek Runs Red (2005) Bradley Beasley, James Payne, Julianna Brannum
Official Site: www.thecreekrunsred.com
PBS: www.pbs.org/independentlens/creekrunsred
Can Purchase Here: www.cinematicapparel.com
Interview with Julianna Brannum: stillinmotion.typepad.com/still_in_motion/2007/12/interview-julia.html
About Picher, Oklahoma, one of the largest superfund cleanup sites, and the people who live there. Showed on PBS Independent Lens in November, 2007. See also Tar Creek, below.


Crude (2009 - 104min) Joe Berlinger
Official Site: www.crudethemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1326204/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002N7W3IA
Examines the "Amazon Chernobyl", Exxon's dumping of billions of gallons of toxic oil waste into the Amazon river.


Crude Impact (2006 - 97min) James Jandak Wood
Official Site: www.crudeimpact.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0932519/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001N4K6KQ


Dark Circle (1983 - 82min) Judy Irving, Chris Beaver
Dircetor's Website: www.pelicanmedia.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0162269/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KJU1IW
Important film about the nuclear industry. Follows the trail of plutonium from Rocky Flats to Diablo Canyon to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Deep Green (2010 - 102min) Matt Briggs
Official Site: www.deepgreenmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1521752/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00419435Y


The Disappearing Male (2008 - 60min) Marc de Guerre
Official Site: tvfinternational.com/programme/27/the-disappearing-male-
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt/1339589/
Amazon (DVD PAL): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007RNSM80
Looks at the effect of widely-used "hormone-mimicking" or "endocrine-disrupting" chemicals on human health and reproductive ability.


Dive! (2010 - 40min) Jeremy Seifert
Official Site: www.divethefilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1490637/
About food waste and dumpster diving. Mainly looks at food waste in the Los Angeles area by stores such as Trader Joe's and efforts to divert this food to food banks.


Dreamland (2010 - 89min)
Official Site: www.dreamland.is
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamland_(2009_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1590014/


The Economics of Happiness (2011 - 67min) Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steve Gorelick, John Page
Official Site: www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1687905/


The Electricity Fairy (2010 - 52min) Tom Hansell
Official Site: www.electricityfairy.org


The End of Suburbia (2004 - 78min) Gregory Greene
Subtitled: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
Official Site: www.endofsuburbia.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0446320/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_of_Suburbia
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000VXUVSA


END:CIV Resist or Die (2011 - 75min) Franklin Lopez
Official Site: www.endciv.com
Director's Website: www.submedia.tv
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1830585/
Interview with Director: theartofdismantling.blogspot.com/p/interview-with-franklin-lopez.html
Derrick Jensen at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derrick_Jensen
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00481KM1O
Based on ideas from Derrick Jensen's book Endgame.


Energy Crossroads (2010 - 55min) Christophe Fauchere
Official Site: www.energyxroads.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1480192/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000SNWA2A


Escape From Suburbia (2007 - 95min) Gregory Greene
Subtitled: Beyond the American Dream
Official Site: www.escapefromsuburbia.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1530487/
Sequel to The End of Suburbia (see above).


First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture (2009 - 87min) David Sheen
Director's Website: www.davidsheen.com/firstearth
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1380891/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1604861991
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0037YHN0Q
About houses made of earth, which are shown to be the most appropriate house-building material for all places and situations. The director's next film will be about how people should live in communities. Includes subtitles in nine languages (English, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Hebrew, Slovak, Polish, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese). See also Garbage Warrior (below). Very interesting and important film.


Full Signal (2010 - 62min) Talal Jabari
Official Site: www.fullsignalmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1525362/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00427VBVO
More info/resources on EMF: www.lessemf.com/
Looks at the issue of cell phone towers. Very interesting and important film. Although an excellent presentation, focussing on the subject of cell phone towers, left me with many questions regarding the general technolgy of what kinds of waves are being transmitted all around us. See also Public Exposure.


Garbage Warrior (2006 - 88min) Oliver Hodge
Official Site: www.garbagewarrior.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1104694/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CB96LK
About Mike Reynolds, who has been building "Earthships" in New Mexico for decades. Earthships are self-contained human houses, sometimes built with waste materials, which need no water, sewer, gas, or electric lines. Rainwater is caught on the roof and stored under the house. Passive solar design keeps building warm in winter and cool in summer. At some point the state started to harass him due to non-conformance with building codes. He fought for awhile, then gave up and went to help tsunami victims in Indonesia, teaching them how to build houses with coke bottles and mud. Then went to help with Katrina. Then went back to fighting legal battle in New Mexico, finally succeeding in getting law passed to allow state to issue permits for experimental buildings. Very inspiring. Although many of his houses are shown and explained, this is not really a how-to-build video. There are lots of books available with details on how to build Earthships. Just search Amazon for Earthship or Mike Reynolds. An important film for the future evolution of civilization. Highly recommended. See also First Earth (above).


Gas Hole (2011 - 101min) Scott Roberts, Jeremy Wagener
Official Site: www.gasholethemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gashole
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1333998/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004L51CZM


Gimme Green (2006 - 27min) Isaac Brown, Eric Flagg
Official Site: www.gimmegreen.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1015986/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000V28E14
From the DVD cover: "Lawns are undeniably an American Symbol. But what do they really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity? Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets, and our outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation's largest irrigated crop - the lawn." (sold as DVD-R) As a member of the lawncare and landscaping industry (and a human who cares about the planet) I found this very interesting and entertaining. Lots of information is packed into this little film.


Go Further (2003 - 80min) Ron Mann
Official Site: www.sphinxproductions.com/films/gofurther/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0366522/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Further
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007XT7OA


The Great Squeeze (2009 - 67min) Christophe Fauchere
Subtitle: Surviving the Human Project
Official Site: www.thegreatsqueeze.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1478848/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007XT7OA/


The Great Global Warming Swindle (2007 - 120min) Martin Durkin
Official Site: www.greatglobalwarmingswindle.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Global_Warming_Swindle
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1020027/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001C17EVE
There's two sides to this story. The "deniers" are not saying that there is no climate change. They are saying that there may be global cooling, there may be global warming, there may all kinds of climate change, maybe quite catastrophic, but that it is not due to man-made CO2 emmissions (or at least that that has not been proven). There has always been climate change, there just has never before been a huge population which is totally dependent upon industrial agriculture and other structures which can be greatly affected by climate change. The sun is the major force behind climate change, as measured by sunspot activity. In my opinion humans are destroying the planet as quickly as possible in every way we can, and this needs to change. But the man-made CO2 global-warming cap-and-trade scheme that Al Gore has convinced so many to embrace is not what it seems and will do nothing to help us. This film may have some flaws, but so do the arguments on the other side. Probably you can find most or all of this film available to watch online for free. The Wikipedia article on this film is extensive.


Greedy Lying Bastards (2012 - 90min) Craig Scott Rosebraugh
Official Site: www.greedylyingbastards.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greedy_Lying_Bastards
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2069784/
Released in theaters 03/08/13.


Hauling (2010 - 95min) Sean Walsh
Official Site: www.haulingdoc.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hauling_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1531677/
Looks at a man named Claudines, who makes his living recycling in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Haynesville (2009 - 74min) Gregory Kallenberg
Official Site: www.haynesvillemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1523293/


H2Oil (2009 - 76min) Shannon Walsh
Official Site: www.h2oildoc.com
Official Site: www.toxicfuels.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1337497/


Helen's War (2006 - 84min) Anna Broinowski
Helen Caldicott's Official Site: www.helencaldicott.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0435005/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000I2QKQP4
Helen Caldicott has been one of the top nuclear activists on the planet for over 40 years.


Home (2009 - 118min) Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Official Site: www.homethemovie.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1014762/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0026OE2NY
Consists entirely of aerial footage of the Earth. Tells the story of how life evolved, how life works and how humans are affecting the planet. Narrated by Glenn Close.


Houston We Have A Problem (2009 - 82min) Nicole Torre
Official Site: www.houstonwehaveaproblemfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1400398/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004O63TW2


If A Tree Falls (2011 - 85min) Marshall Curry
Subtitled: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Official Site: www.ifatreefalls.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1787725/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0053YS9XI
This might be more accurately placed in the political category, but we'll leave it here.


Into Eternity (2010 - 75min) Michael Madsen
Official Site: www.intoeternitythemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_Eternity_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1194612/
Amazon (DVD UK REG 2 PAL): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004M7MJHE
Looks at the construction of an underground nuclear waste disposal facility in Finland.


The Island President (2010 - 75min)
Official Site: theislandpresident.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Island_President
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1990352/


The Last Days of Shishmaref (2008 - 93min) Jan Louter
Official Site: www.thelastdaysofshishmaref.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1329384/


The Last Mountain (2011 - 95min) Bill Haney
Official Site: www.thelastmountainmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1787816/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0055V6EX6


Libby, Montana (2004 - 116min) Drury Gunn Carr, Doug Hawes-Davis
PBS: www.pbs.org/pov/libbymontana/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libby,_Montana_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0433408/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000RG1HHW
Libby, Montana is the site for a large vermiculite mine run by the W.R. Grace Company. The mining process stirs up a very toxic form of asbestos dust which has affected all of the over 2000 residents. Shown on PBS in 2007.


Lord of the Ants (2008 - 54min) David Dugan
PBS: www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/eowilson/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._O._Wilson
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0019N5A98
Looks at the life of biologist E.O. Wilson. This is an episode of the PBS TV show, Nova.


Metanoia - A New Vision of Nature (2007 - 64min) Simon G. Powell
Director's Site: www.psychoactive-media.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0023W64TE
Wow - this was a mind-blowing experience to watch. Highly recommended. The film totally explains the obvious missing point of view in the debate about evolution between science and religion. Puts forth the idea that orthodox science and religion both miss the concept of natural intelligence. Science sees evolution (including life itself) as random chance, while religion puts the intelligence outside of nature. Suggests replacing "survival of the fittest" with "survival of what makes sense". Uses the example of computer generated evolution to show that the intelligence in the process of evolution depends on the intelligence in the software and the hardware. Although a low-budget, do-it-yourself film, this is very well made and contains some state-of-the-art animation. Can order from Amazon, I ordered it from home site, it was about $21 and showed up in the mail from Switzerland in about a week. (Supplied as a DVD-R).


Mine Your Own Business (2006 - 66min) Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney
Subtitled: The Dark Side of Environmentalism
Official Site: www.mineyourownbusiness.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mine_Your_Own_Business
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1054497/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0019A35G6


Mobilize: A Film About Cellphone Radiation (2013 - 90min) Kevin Kunze
Official Site: www.mobilizemovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disconnect_(2013_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2070647/
Explores possible health effects from cellphone radiation, including brain tumors and infertility. (Original working title was Disconnect). See also Full Signal.


Mother (2012 - 60min) Christophe Fauchere
Subtitle: Caring for 7 Billion
Official Site: www.motherthefilm.com
Addresses population growth.


Mountain Top Removal (2007 - 74min) Michael Cusack O'Connell
Official Site: www.hawriverfilms.com/id11.html
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Top_Removal_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1100902/


The Natural State of America (2011 - 76min) Terrell Case, Timothy Lucas Wistrand, Matthew Corey Gattin
Official Site: www.naturalstateofamerica.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1748239/


No Impact Man (2009 - 93min) Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein
Official Site: www.noimpactdoc.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1280011/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002RX8G5E


Not Evil Just Wrong (2009 - 90min) Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney
Subtitled: The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria
Official Site: www.noteviljustwrong.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_Evil_Just_Wrong
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1493038/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003FNQ0I0
Mother Jones: motherjones.com/politics/2009/11/tea-partiers-next-target-climate-bill


Oil, Smoke and Mirrors (2007 - 50min) Ronan Doyle
Official Site: www.oilsmokeandmirrors.net
Google Video: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8677389869548020370
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017W6HO8


Passive House: A Building Revolution (2013)
Official Site: www.passivehouserevolution.org


Petroapocalypse Now? (2008 - 48min) Andrew Evans
Official Site: www.petroapocalypsenow.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1322970/


Petropolis (2010 - 45min) Peter Mettler
Subtitled: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
Official Site: www.petropolis-film.com
Official Site: www.toxicfuels.com


The Planet (2006 - 110min) Johan Soderberg, Michael Stenberg, Linus Torell
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Planet
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0950758/


Plastic Planet (2010 - 95min) Werner Boot
Official Site: www.firstrunfeatures.com/plasticplanet/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1292648/
Amazon (DVD 04/12/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004IY3G32


Public Exposure: DNA, Democracy and the Wireless Revolution (2000 - 58min) James Heddle
Official Site: www.wirelessimpacts.org/
Can Also Order Here: www.eon3.net/
Google Video (Part 1): video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6518153738782954894
Google Video (Part 2): video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5215387335182409069
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0802602266


Revenge of the Electric Car (2011 - 90min) Chris Paine
Official Site: www.revengeoftheelectriccar.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revenge_of_the_Electric_Car
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1413496/
Amazon (DVD 01/24/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005TZFZK6
Sequel to Who Killed the Electric Car? (see below) This is a very interesting, very well-made film. Follows 4 different entrepreneurs in the world of electric cars: Bob Lutz of General Motors (he has been the force behind the Volt), Elon Musk (founder of Tesla Motors), Carlos Ghosn of Nissan (relentlessly pushing the Leaf), and Greg Abbot (an independent car converter in California, who goes by "Gadget"). The film covers the years 2007 through 2010. Each of these guys have very interesting stories as they go from moving forward with great ideas and lots of optimism and promising successes, and then into great difficulties and then eventually succeeding with their visions. This documents what will be a very important chapter in history, as electric cars finally begin to be developed. Very inspiring and hopeful. Highly recommended.


Semper Fi: Always Faithful (2011 - 75min) Rachel Libert, Tony Hardmon
Official Site: semperfialwaysfaithful.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semper_Fi:_Always_Faithful
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1863372/
Amazon (DVD 10/09/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008IGP8ZA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/semper_fi_always_faithful/
About water contamination at Camp Lejune (US Marine base in North Carolina).


The Soil Solution (2012 - 53min) Jill Cloutier, Carol Hirashima
Official Site: sustainableworldmedia.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2322633/


Song of the Canary (1978 - 58min) Josh Hanig
Distributor (VHS): www.newday.com/films/Song_of_the_Canary.html
Info on the filmmaker: www.newday.com/filmmakers/Josh_Hanig.html
Looks at workplace exposure to DBCP (see also Bananas!*) and at conditions in textile factories in the American south. Needs to be issued on DVD.


Soundtracker (2010 - 82min) Nicholas Sherman
Official Site: www.soundtrackerthemovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1432989/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003QU1J4W/
About "acoustic ecologist" Gordon Hempton.


Submission (2010 - 87min) Stefan Jarl
Subtitle: In Defence of the Unborn
Swedish Title: Underkastelsen
Official Site: www.underkastelsen.se
Director's Website: www.stefanjarl.se
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1732756/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submission_(2010_film)
Explores the effects on humans of the hundreds of chemicals that we are all exposed to on a daily basis. An international version with English narration has been produced, so hopefully this will be available on DVD before too long.
From the director's website:
"April 20, 2010 SUBMISSION - In Defence of the Unborn
A documentary by Stefan Jarl featuring Eva Rose and 23 professors.
Thirty years ago I began shooting a documentary, which came to be called Natures Revenge (Naturens Hamnd). It was about how humans manipulate nature and how nature strikes back. Since that day I have been continuously collecting material for a new film on the same theme; however, much more than a Natures Revenge, part 2. Submission is a documentary about the chemical society, the society we have been building since the Second World War. Back then, humans used 1 million tons of chemicals per year; the figure today is 500 million tons. The chemical industry is the fastest-growing industry in the world. The film is about the 100,000 chemicals we use every day, what they're used for and what they do to us and our health. And I don't mean food additives. I'm talking about chemicals we are exposed to in our daily environments: softeners (phthalates), flame retardants (PBDE), surfactants (PFOS, PFOA) and so on. Professor Ake Bergman at Stockholm University is my guide throughout the film, analysing the chemicals in my blood and explaining what they are. It turns out I'm carrying several hundred foreign chemicals. I can't hide my shock. After discovering the huge number of chemicals in my blood, I turn to my friend Eva Rose and ask if she would like to test her blood as well. Shes 35 years younger than me; surely she couldn't have picked up as many chemicals as I have? Eva is pregnant at the time and has her baby while the film is being made. Consulting a wide range of scientists from the United States, the UK, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Denmark and Sweden, I seek answers: What problems can these chemicals cause? These are some of the worlds foremost experts, and they explain what we currently know about effects and risks, the cocktail effect, hormone disruptors and the vulnerability of unborn children. As I considered the format for my film, I thought of Claude Lanzmann's documentary Shoah, which is based solely on interviews. I decided to put my faith in the close-up, the candid testimony of the human face. Rather than travelling to developing nations and bringing home terrifying images, I chose a different path. But why the title, Submission? Over the years I have grown to realise how willing we humans are to submit to others terms. Its a holdover from our earliest childhood. And commercial interests in society are quick to make use of it. This interests me from a philosophical viewpoint. Just as Natures Revenge showed that Mother Nature doesnt take kindly to manipulation and strikes back at us, I now understand that humankind is prepared to submit to whatever consequences our manipulations of nature throw our way. The American musician Adam Wiltzie from the band Stars of the Lid made the music. He calls the film a horror movie for the 21st century. I am aware that this popular science essay film asks a lot of the audience, but Like most of my other documentaries, Submission is, at the core, about what kind of society we want to live in. This is the most important film I've ever made. Ever. Stefan Jarl"


Surviving Japan (2012 - 90min) Chris Noland
Official Site: survivingjapanmovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surviving_Japan
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2262171


Surviving Progress (2011 - 86min) Matthieu Roy, Harold Crooks
Official Site: www.survivingprogress.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1462014/


Taken for a Ride (1996 - 55min) Jim Klein
Official Site: www.newday.com/films/Taken_for_a_Ride.html
PBS: www.pbs.org/pov/takenforaride/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taken_for_a_Ride_(film)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_streetcar_conspiracy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0236785/
About the "Great American Streetcar Scandal", also known as the "General Motors Streetcar Conspiracy". See extensive Wikipedia article linked above.


Tar Creek (2009 - 95min) Matt Myers
Official Site: www.tarcreekfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1478433/
Tar Creek, in Picher, Oklahoma is one of the largest superfund cleanup sites, still not cleaned up. See also The Creek Runs Red, above.


They Killed Sister Dorothy (2008 - 94min) Daniel Junge, Henry Ansbacher
Official Site: www.theykilledsisterdorothy.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Killed_Sister_Dorothy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1183701/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002HOP43U


Trashed (2007 - 77min) Bill Kirkos
Official Site: www.trashedmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1270490
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000TRH4CQ
DVD-R. Very interesting. Interviews lots of people on many aspects of the issue of waste management. Highly recommended.


Tree-Sit: The Art of Resistance (2005 - 100min) James Ficklin
Official Site: www.earthfilms.org
Very intense and interesting film about a scene that most people have never even heard of. There is quite a subculture of folks trying to save what little we have left of old-growth forest. Very moving film, everyone needs to see. (original version on VHS was 120min, released maybe 2001, current version is supplied as a DVD-R)


Unacceptable Levels (2013 - 76min) Edward Brown
Official Site: www.unacceptablelevels.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unacceptable_Levels
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2273669/


The Unforseen (2007 - 93min) Laura Dunn
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BDZR2Q
Explores issues of suburban development. Focuses on Austin, Texas.


Visions of Utopia - Part One (2002 - 94min) Geoph Kozeny
Visions of Utopia - Part Two (2009 - 124min) Geoph Kozeny
Subtitled: Experiments in Sustainable Culture
Official Site: Fellowship for Intentional Community: fic.ic.org/video
Available for $30 each or both for $50 from above site. Explains and profiles intentional communities. Have not yet seen. (no Amazon or Netflix).


What A Way To Go: Life At The End of Empire (2007 - 123min) Timothy S. Bennett
Official Site: www.whatawaytogomovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_a_Way_to_Go:_Life_at_the_End_of_Empire
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1413259/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0012YB9HG
Highly recommended. Includes interviews with Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen, Ran Prieur.


Where Did The Horny Toad Go? (2012 - 74min) Stefanie Leland
Official Site: www.jarofgrasshoppers.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2099791/
Wikipedia - Horned Lizard: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horned_lizard
Wikipedia - Texas Horned Lizard: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Horned_Lizard
Looking forward to this one. I played with horny toads (Texas Horned Lizards) as a kid in Oklahoma all the time (in the '60's and '70's). The babies were especially cute. Have not seen one for decades. I bought a book a few years ago called Landscaping For Wildlife (Jeremey D. Garret - University of Oklahoma Press 2003). It has a page on the horny toad. It says that they have been threatened mainly by the loss of their food source - red ants - due to pesticides. It is now illegal to kill or capture them in Oklahoma, Texas or New Mexico, where they are classified as a "species of concern".


Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006 - 93min) Chris Paine
Official Site: www.whokilledtheelectriccar.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Killed_the_Electric_Car?
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0489037/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000I5Y8FU
There have been electric cars since there have been cars. Many successful designs have been demonstrated. Why is it taking so long to see electric cars on the road? Many angles are investigated in this excellent film. Recommended. Followed by sequel in 2011 - Revenge of the Electric Car.


Windfall (2010 - 83min) Laura Israel
Official Site: www.windfallthemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windfall_(2010_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1581829/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0077QPPGO
Looks at the downside of wind turbines. An anti-wind website: www.wind-watch.org


You've Been Trumped (2011 - 100min) Anthony Baxter
Official Site: www.youvebeentrumped.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You've_Been_Trumped
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1943873/
Amazon (DVD 03/12/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A6Y9EZW


Environment: Bees


An Introduction to Keeping Bees (2010 - 72min)
Official Site:
www.secondsightproductions.co.uk/countryside/country-life/an-introduction-to-keeping-bees
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0968506461


Backyard Hive DVD (2011 - 85min) Corwin Bell
Subtitled: Alternative Beekeeping Using Top Bar Hive and the Bee Guardian Methods Official Site: www.backyardhive.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0058OVSW2


Bees: Tales From the Hive (2000 - 54min) Wolfgang Thaler, Herbert Habersack
PBS: www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bees/
Amazon (DVD 04/24/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MZGN4K
PBS NOVA episode, originally broadcast JAN 4, 2000. This was made before Colony Collapse Disorder appeared (2006), so it does not address that.


City of Bees: A Children's Guide to Bees (30min) Laila Hodell
Amazon (DVD 08/21/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000V1Z0OO


Colony: The Endangered World of Bees (2009 - 88min) Carter Gunn, Ross McDonnell
Official Site: www.colonymovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1480655/
Amazon (DVD 03/29/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004CJQVN0
Looks at CCD - Colony Collapse Disorder. Recommended.


The Last Beekeeper (2009 - 66min) Jeremy Simmons
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1415238/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_last_beekeeper/
Looks at 3 commercial beekeepers in South Carolina, Montana and Washington. As of 10/12 does not seem to be on DVD. Netflix has listed for Saved Queue. I think this can be watched online such as at youtube.


More Than Honey (2012 - 95min) Markus Imhoof
Official Site: www.morethanhoneyfilm.com
KinoLorber: www.kinolorber.com/film.php?id=1380
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2263058/


Nicotine Bees (2010 - 54min) Kevin Hansen
Official Site: www.pierreterre.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1518227/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002R8AU4Y/
Another one on current problems with bees. Have not yet seen.


Organic Beekeeping 101 Paul Martin
Official Site: organicbeekeeping101.com
Randy Sue's website: www.thanknature.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004BORPGI
Featuring beekeeper Randy Sue Collins.


Queen of the Sun (2011 - 83min) Taggart Siegel
Subtitle: What are the Bees Telling Us?
Official Site: www.queenofthesun.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_of_the_Sun
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1645852/
Amazon (DVD 01/24/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005ZMBDJK
All about bees and the current problems with them. This is a totally amazing film. Covers a lot in 83 minutes. There are several good films on the same subject, but this one has to be the best, and one of the best documentaries ever on any subject. The director also made The Real Dirt on Farmer John, which is also highly recommended. Lots of very interesting interviews with beekeepers all over the world. Lots of very colorful shots of flowers and bees. Important film. Good for kids. Highest recommendation.


Silence of the Bees (2007 - 51min) Doug Shultz
PBS: www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/silence-of-the-bees/introduction/38/
Amazon (DVD 05/20/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017M9ZJM
PBS Nature episode, originally broadcast OCT 28, 2007. DVD includes an additional film: Parrots in the Land of Oz


Vanishing of the Bees (2009 - 87min) George Langworthy, Maryam Henein
Official Site: www.vanishingbees.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanishing_of_the_Bees
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1521877/
Amazon (DVD 06/14/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004SO26RE
Looks at CCD - Colony Collapse Disorder. Narrated by Ellen Page. Recommended.


Environment: Water / Oceans


A Life Among Whales (2005 - 57min) Bill Haney
Amazon:
www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0029KUHWA/
Looks at whale biologist Dr. Roger Payne and issues with whales.


About Water: People and Yellow Cans (2007 - 83min) Udo Maurer
German Title: Uber Wasser: Menschen und Gelbe Kanister
Lotus Film: www.lotus-film.at/film/39/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0902349/
Amazon.de (DVD German PAL): www.amazon.de/o/ASIN/B001L5LY5I/
DVD has English subtitles.


The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry? (2008 - min) Jim Thebaut
AKA: Running Dry in the American Southwest
Official Site: www.runningdry.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1227383/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001KNRMPW/


At the Edge of the World (2008 - 90min) Dan Stone
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1286499/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0048LVDIK
Looks at the Sea Shepard campaign against Japanese whaling ships.


The Big Fix (2011 - 89min) Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell
Official Site: www.thebigfixmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1939753/
Looks at the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its continuing effects.


Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez (2008 - 99min) Robert Cornellier
Official Site: www.blackwavethefilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1329316/


Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2009 - 90min) Sam Bozzo
Official Site: www.bluegold-worldwaterwars.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Gold:_World_Water_Wars
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1137439/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001MWGZ6S/


The Cove (2009 - 92min) Louie Psihoyos
Official Site: www.thecovemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cove_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1313104/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002PLMJ74/
Won 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.


The End of the Line (2008 - 85min) Rupert Murray
Official Site: www.endoftheline.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_of_the_Line_(2009_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1176727/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002RB56W2/
Looks at the problem of over-fishing in the oceans.


Flow - For Love of Water (2007 - 84min) Irena Salina
Official Site: www.flowthefilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow:_For_the_Love_of_Water
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001EUSYHQ/


FrackNation (2013 - 76min) Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney
Official Site: www.fracknation.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fracknation
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2609156/
A response to Gasland.


Gasland (2010 - 107min) Josh Fox
Official Site: www.gaslandthemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasland
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1558250/
Amazon (DVD 12/14/10 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0042EJD8A/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gasland/
Looks at the process of "fracking" (hydraulic fracturing), used in natural gas drilling, which can result in drinking water being contaminated to the point of being flamable. This is a very well-made, thorough and moving film. Highly recommended.


Gasland - Part II (2013 - 125min) Josh Fox
Official Site: www.gaslandthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2795078/
Amazon (DVD 01/14/14 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FGVS0DM/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/771356005/


Last Call at the Oasis (2011 - 105min) Jessica Yu
Official Site: www.lastcallattheoasis.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2043900/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008LW2520/
Inspired bythe book, The Ripple Effect by Alex Prudhomme.


Minds in the Water (2011 - 90min) Justin Krumb
Official Site: www.mindsinthewwater.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1852028/


Oceans (2009 - 104min) Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0765128/
Amazon (DVD 2010 Disney): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003QF1N7K/


Patagonia Rising (2010 - 85min) Brian Lilla
Official Site: www.patagoniarising.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1820592/


Poisoned Waters (2009 - 120min) Rick Young
PBS: www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poisonedwaters/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1389978/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0026HB2V6/
PBS/Frontline.


Running Dry (2005 - 81min) Jim Thebaut
Official Site: www.runningdry.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0458466/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002L0JKLC/
Looks at the water crisis all over the world.


Sharkwater (2007 - 89min) Rob Stewart
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharkwater
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0856008/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013D8LHW/
From some reason I wasn't excited about watching this, thinking it wouldn't be all that interesting. But this turns out to be a really great film. The director has been passionately interested in sharks since he was a little kid and started swimming with them as a kid. He became a diver, an underwater photographer and a biologist, which positions him as one of the top experts on sharks. The film starts off with lots of very nice colorful underwater scenes. He explains that sharks are actually not so dangerous to humans and are usually afraid of humans. Then he goes on to show that sharks are unprotected and are being quickly fished to extinction mainly for their fins, which are used in sharkfin soup. As the top-level predators in the ocean, sharks are greatly responsible for maintaining the balance of the oceanic ecosystem, and have guided evolution in the ocean. Also points out that the ocean makes most of our oxygen. He teams up with Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherds to try to enforce fishing laws in South America. There he discovers that the Taiwanese mafia runs a huge secret sharkfin operation out of Costa Rica. This is a very interesting film and a labor of love. This film will certainly change anyone's perceptions about sharks as dangerous useless creatures. Highly recommended.


Sushi: The Global Catch (2011 - 75min) Mark Hall
Official Site: www.sushitheglobalcatch.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1834234/


Tapped (2009 - 76min) Stephanie Soechtig
Official Site: www.tappedthemovie.com
About the bottled water industry. See also Addicted to Plastic.


Truthland (2012 - 34min)
Official Site: www.truthlandmovie.com
Another response to Gasland. Produced by the Independent Petroleum Association of America. See also Fracknation.


Water - The Great Mystery (2008 - 87min) Julia Perkul, Anastaysia Popova
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001EJ1WQW/
Review: skepticdetective.wordpress.com/tag/water-the-great-mystery/
Looks at the work of Masaru Emoto and others. Emoto was in What the Bleep and puts forth the idea that thoughts directed at water will affect how the crystals are shaped when that water is frozen. I'm a bit skeptical on this - see the link to the review above. But - who knows?


Whales: An Unforgettable Journey (1997 - 60min) David Clark, Al Goodings, Roger Payne
Official Site: www.whalesfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0120496/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305222509/


The Whale Warrior: Pirate for the Sea (2008 - 100min) Ron Colby
Official Site: www.pirateforthesea.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Watson
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1308738/
Amazon (DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002V19MAU/
About Paul Watson.


Whale Wars (2008 - 2011)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whale_Wars
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1195419/
Reality TV show on the Discovery Channel's Animal Planet covering Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherds as they fight to protect whales from illegal killing.


Food and Health - Gardening, Farming, Permaculture, Herbs


A River Of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms (2009 - 92min) Don McCorkell
Official site:
www.ariverofwaste.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002CA68GG


American Meat (2010) Graham Meriwether
Official site: www.americanmeatfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1482980/


Back to Eden (2011 - 103min) Dana Richardson, Sara Zentz
Official site: www.backtoedenfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2051824/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QAZQ66/
Very important, mind-blowing, world-changing film. In a nutshell, this is about "wood-chip gardening". This film tells the story of Paul Gautschi, who has developed this technique of extreme mulching to the extent that he has great yields of healthy food crops using no irrigation, no fertilization, no pest control. He says that this technique will work anywhere and even in drought conditions. He is a Christian and there are a lot of Bible verses included in the film, but as the filmmakers explain, they handled this aspect of his story in a way that should not be offensive to anyone who is not religious. These ideas can be applied at any scale, including large farms. Highest recommendation.


The Botany of Desire (2009 - 116min) Michael W. Schwarz
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1421383/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botany_of_Desire
Amazon (DVD 2009 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002GXG59Y
Amazon (BluRay 2009 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002KLPAYS
The "movie version" of Michael Pollan's best-selling book of the same name. Michael travels around to explain the natural history of apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes, the four plants covered in the book. He explores the idea that these (and other) plants may be manipulating humans as much as the humans are manipulating the plants, each for their own purposes.


Broken Limbs (2004 - 57min) Jamie Howell, Guy Evans
Subtitled: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer
Official Site: www.brokenlimbs.org
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003AOD36G/
About small farms and sustainable agriculture. have not yet seen


Dirt! The Movie (2009 - 80min) Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow
Official Site: www.dirtthemovie.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirt!_The_Movie
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1243971/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00366E1AK
Super-duper, very cool, very important film. This is a big subject for me, as I dig in the dirt every day. I probably would have enjoyed this even if it was a low-budget production. But this is a very well-made film and should be interesting to almost anyone.


Earthlings (2005 - 95min) Shaun Monson
Official Site: www.earthlings.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthlings_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0358456/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000QX0LE6/


Edible City (2012 - 70min) Andrew Hasse, Carl Grether
Official Site: ediblecitythemovie.com
Can watch for free at official site or purchase DVD by donation.


Farmageddon (2011 - 86min) Kristin Canty
Subtitled: The Unseen War on American Family Farms
Official Site: www.farmageddonmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1609113/
Amazon (DVD 2012): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00744WZ8U/


Fat Head (2008 - 104min) Tom Naughton
Official site: fatheadmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_Head
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1333994/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NRY6R2
This film counters arguments about obesity and fast food made in Morgan Spurlock's film, Supersize Me. Very interesting. Now I don't feel so scared eating butter.


Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead (2010 - 97min) Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr
Official site: fatsickandnearlydead.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1227378/
Amazon (DVD 10/01/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004O63TX6
At 100 pounds overweight, Joe Cross goes on a juice-fasting road trip to learn how to heal. Tons of five-star reviews at Amazon.


Fed Up! (2006 - 58min) Angelo Sacerdote
Official site: wholesomegoodness.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1262033/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CNGC6G


Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution (2008 - 112min) Jean-Paul Jaud
French Title: Nos Enfants Nous Accuserant, AKA: That Should Not Be: Our Children Will Accuse Us
Official Site (in French): www.nosenfantsnousaccuserant-lefilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_Should_Not_Be:_Our_Children_Will_Accuse_Us
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1319645/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002LC3M32


Food, Inc. (2009 - 93min) Robert Kenner
Official Site: foodincmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food,_Inc.
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0027BOL4G/


Food Matters (2008 - 80min) James Colquhoun, Laurentine ten Bosch
Official Site: www.foodmatters.tv
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001B3XVAW/


Food Patriots (2013)
Official Site: groundswellfilms.org/food-patriots


Forks Over Knives (2011 - 96min) Lee Fulkerson
Official Site: www.forksoverknives.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1567233/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0053ZHZI2/
Very well-made film presents the case for a plant-based diet. Looks at animal foods as the cause of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other conditions. Features Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Highly recommended.


Fridays at the Farm (2006 - 19min) Richard Power Hoffman
Official Site: coyopa.com


The Future of Food (2004 - 88min) Deborah Koons Garcia
Official Site: www.thefutureoffood.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Future_of_Food
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0427276/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000V5IOWK/
Very important film. Highly recommended.


The Garden (2009 - 80min) Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Official Site: www.thegardenmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Garden_(2008_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1252486/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002ASVYO6/


Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers Les Blank (1980 - 51min)
Director's website: www.lesblank.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garlic_Is_as_Good_as_Ten_Mothers
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0080776/
Rich and warm, as Les Blank's films always are, with lots of food and music. If you like garlic, you will like this film. Title comes from old saying "garlic is as good as ten mothers for keeping the girls away". Blank's stuff is hard to find, you may need to order it from him directly. Last I checked, he was selling burned DVD-R's, even though his website says DVDs (But that's OK, just so you know. Buy all the movies you can from Les!)


Genetic Chile (2010 - 60min) Chris Dudley
Official Site: www.genetic-chile.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1657888/
Amazon (DVD 07/24/12 Cinema Libre): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007ZC31IY/


Genetic Roulette (2012 - 85min) Jeffrey M. Smith
Subtitle: The Gamble of Our Lives
Official Site: www.geneticroulettethemovie.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0096DP4CG/


Got the Facts on Milk? The Milk Documentary (2011 - 88min) Shira Lane
Official Site: www.milkdocumentary.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1065086/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005GX3HJM/


The Greenhorns (2011 - 50min) Severine Von Tscharner Fleming
Official Site: www.thegreenhorns.net
Distributor: www.collectiveeye.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1776996/


Greens Can Save Your Life Victoria Boutenko


Hungry for Change (2012 - 89min)
Official Site: www.hungryforchange.tv
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2323551/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008MIYKR6/


Hybrid (2000 - 92min) Monteith McCollum
Official Site: www.pbs.org/pov/hybrid/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0267563/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ARXG5O
About Milford Beeghly, a guy who spent his life working on corn. Maybe more of an art film than the usual documentary style.


In Organic We Trust (2012 - 82min) Kip Pastor
Official Site: www.inorganicwetrust.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1599315/
Amazon (DVD 06/11/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BSYSKWM/


Ingredients (2009 - 73min) Robert Bates
Official Site: www.ingredientsfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1352720/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004CJQVI0/
"A seasonal exploration of the local food movement".


Juliette of the Herbs (1998) Tish Streeten
Official Site: JulietteoftheHerbs.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BX10T0/
Juliette passed away on May 28, 2009, at the age of 96.


Killer At Large (2009 - 105min) Steven Greenstreet
Subtitled: Why Obesity is America's Greatest Threat
Official site: www.killeratlarge.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NLAVL8/
Interesting film with lots of information. Interviews some experts on food and health. Footage of young girl having liposuction was not easy to watch. DVD includes 48 minute abridged educational version.


King Corn (2007 - 90min) Aaron Woolf
Official site: www.kingcorn.net
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Corn_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1112115/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001EP8EOY/
A couple of guys decide to grow some corn and follow it through the production cycle.


May I Be Frank? (2010 - 90min) Gregg Marks, Ryland Engelhart, Cary Mosier, Connor Gaffney
Official site: www.mayibefrankmovie.com
Frank Ferrante's Website: www.mayibefrankferrante.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1474792/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007AIVQIA/


Milk in the Land: Ballad of an American Drink (2008 - 75min) Monteith McColuum, Ariana Gerstein
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1090235/
Icarus (performance rights DVD $348): icarusfilms.com/new2008/milk.html
have not yet seen. doesn't seem to be on DVD yet (10/12).


Million Calorie March (2008 - 98min) Gary Marino, Jimmy Jay Friedan
Official site: www.millioncaloriemarch.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Million_Calorie_March:_The_Movie
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1565961/


My Father's Garden (1995 - 56min) Miranda Smith
Official Site: www.mirandaproductions.com/garden/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0245304/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00144N8LO/


Numen: The Healing Power of Plants (2013 - 75min) Terence Youk
Official Site: www.numenfilm.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1509181/


One Man, One Cow, One Planet (56min - 2008) Thomas Burstyn, Barbara Burstyn
Official site: www.onemanonecow.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1201582/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001F51MEM/
Looks at Peter Proctor, guru of Biodynamic agriculture, and his efforts to educate farmers on how to restore soil health. He is from New Zealand, but now lives in India, where he does most of his work. Very inspiring.


Our Daily Bread (2005 - 92min) Nikolaus Geyrhalter
German Title: Unser Taglich Brot
Official Site: www.ourdailybread.at
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Daily_Bread_(2005_film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001N3R8WG/
Scenes of industrial food production, filmed in fields, farms, factories, slaughterhouses, greenhouses, labs, etc. No dialog.


Planeat (2010 - 87min) Shelley Lee Davies, Or Shlomi
Official Site: www.planeat.tv
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1467030/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007XF0XH0/
Features Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (also featured in Forks Over Knives.


Processed People (2009 - 40min)
Official Site: www.processedpeople.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001O49STU/
DVD includes over 2 hours of extended interviews.


The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005 - 82min) Taggart Siegel
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_Dirt_on_Farmer_John
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0439774/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000WTVZ3U/
Super-cool. Very interesting story. Highly recommended.


Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (2009 - 88min)
Official Site: www.rawfor30days.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1587696/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BKLCCS/


Soul Food Junkies (2012 - 63min) Byron Hurt
Director's Website: www.bhurt.com/
PBS: www.pbs.org/independentlens/soul-food-junkies/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2633778/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B1E6CLU/


Supersize Me (2004 - 96min) Morgan Spurlock
Official Site: www.supersizeme.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersize_Me
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002OXVBO/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0390521/
Morgan eats 3 meals a day at McDonalds for 30 days! Very entertaining film explores the obesity epidemic in America, school lunch programs, and corporate responsibility. A deleted scene included on the DVD reveals that his 30 days at McDonalds generated 13 bags of garbage and that the amount of garbage generated by the 30,000 McDonalds each day is enough to fill the Empire State building - every day! I love this film and have watched in many times, but I recommend also watching Fathead (see above), which presents another side.


Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World (2004 - 90min) Cori Brackett, J.T. Waldron
Official Site: www.soundandfury.tv
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0454639/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BQ5IWS/
About aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal). It is poison - don't drink diet sodas! (See my aspartame page)


To Your Health (2011 - 52min) Jesse Pomeroy
Official Site: www.goingveg.net
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1846798/
Amazon:
www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005H3GY6E/


Under Our Skin (2008 - 104min) Andy Abrahams Wilson
Official Site: www.underourskin.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under_Our_Skin
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1202579/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0032JRA36/
About Lyme disease.


Vegucated (2010 - 76min) Marisa Miller Wolfson
Official site: www.getvegucated.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegucated
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1814930/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006ZAPSJW/


The Weight of the Nation (2012 - 400min) Kevin Kindle
Official Site: theweightofthenation.hbo.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2220150/
Amazon (DVD 3-disc HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0081TYVFM/


What's On Your Plate (2009) Catherine Gund
Official Site: www.whatsonyourplateproject.org
Kids, food, and politics.


The World According to Monsanto (2008 - 108min) Marie-Monique Robin
French title: Le Monde Selon Monsanto
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_According_to_Monsanto
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1189345/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0028N3TW8/
I think this can be found all over the web to watch free.


Healthcare in the USA


Doctored (2012 - 100min) Bobby Sheehan
Subtitled: The Film the AMA Does Not Want You to See
Official Site:
www.doctoredthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2250432/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BOZQ54K


Escape Fire (2012 - 104min) Susan Fromke, Matthew Heinemann
Subtitled: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
Official Site: www.escapefiremovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2093109/
Amazon (DVD 02/26/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AJLHU80
Review: www.aisleseat.com/escapefire.htm
Excellent film proposes the radical idea that perhaps we should pay some attention to disease prevention. In other words "health care" rather than "disease care". This is a very well-done and very important film, one of those that ideally "everyone should see". Andrew Weill is heavily featured.


Head Games (2012 - 95min) Steve James
Official Site: headgamesthefilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_Games_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2239400/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A8OIFXC
About sports concussions.


Money and Medicine (2012 - 85min) Roger Weisberg
Official Site: www.pppdocs.com/moneyandmedicine.html
PBS: www.pbs.org/programs/money-medicine
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2265441/
Amazon (DVD 12/04/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008TYGCWY/


Money-Driven Medicine (2009 - 86min) Andrew Fredericks
Official Site: www.moneydrivenmedicine.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money-Driven_Medicine
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1318520/
Amazon (DVD 08/12/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002LAS7O8/
Can order from official site above.


Sick Around America (2009 - 60min) T.R. Reid
PBS: www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundamerica/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1406439/
Amazon (DVD 06/09/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UW59L2/
PBS TV Frontline episode.


Sicko (2007 - 123min) Michael Moore
Official Site: www.sickothemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicko
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0386032/
Amazon (DVD 11/06/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UNYJXQ/
About health care in America.


Vitality (2012 - 96min) Pedram Shojai
Official Site: well.org/vitality
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2539588/
Amazon (DVD 10/29/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EQ30QJ2/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/vitality/


The Waiting Room (2012 - 81min) Peter Nicks
Official Site: www.whatruwaitingfor.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Waiting_Room_(2012_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1618399/
Amazon (DVD 10/22/12 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DT55O1I/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_waiting_room_2012/
Looks at America's healthcare system from the point of view of the crowded waiting room at the ER department of Oakland's Highland Hospital. This is a public hospital, and the ER is the only access to healthcare for the uninsured. Excellent film, very well done. Lots of scenes with patients, doctors and staff, including some intense trauma scenes in the emergency room. Highly recommended.



Cancer / Alternative Healing / Medicine


A Day in the Budwig Diet (2010 - 50min) Ursula Escher
Official site:
www.budwigdvds.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johanna_Budwig
Amazon (DVD - English): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003IP3F06/
More info: www.cancertutor.com/Cancer/Budwig.html
More info: www.budwigcenter.com


The Beautiful Truth (2008 - 92min) Steve Kroschel
Official site: www.thebeautifultruthmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1288553/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001J66JQ8/
About the Gerson therapy, which consists of eating fresh raw organic foods and juices, along with coffee enemas (which are supposed to help detoxify liver). The film spends a lot of time on mercury fillings, flouridation, MSG, aspartame. Interviews with many doctors and patients, and with Charlotte Gerson, Max Gerson's daughter. Same filmmaker has two other films about the Gerson therapy. See below - Dying to Have Known, and The Gerson Miracle. All three are very interesting.


Breast Cancer: The Path of Wellness and Healing (2009 - 317min) Nina Montee Karp
Official site: www.breastcancerdvd.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1545980/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002P9NOI4/
Have not yet seen. Not sure to what extent this one supports alternative approaches.


Burzynski: The Movie (2010 - 108min) Eric Merola
Official Site: www.burzynskimovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislaw_Burzynski
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1632703/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003X3CF68/
Very intersting film. This is the story of Dr. Stanislaw Burnzinkski, who has discovered a well-documented and proven cure for many difficult types of cancer. He has been harrassed by the FDA and other government agencies for decades. His cure involves antineoplastons, proteins which he discovered were abundant in healthy people but lacking in the blood of people with cancer. One thing that is missing in this film is any discussion of how and why these chemicals are produced in healthy people and why they are not produced in cancer patients. Burzinski's approach is simply to administer the antineoplastons to cancer patients.


Cancer: The Forbidden Cures (2009 - 93min) Massimo Mazzucco
Official Site: www.usfilms.ea29.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003S02QII/
Very good presentation. Important and interesting film. Highly recommended. Chapter titles: 1. Part One: Official Medicine 2. The Official Theory 3. The Holy Trinity (chemotherapy, surgery, radiation) 4. The War of Doctors (allopaths against empiricals) 5. Big Pharma 6. Part Two: Natural Medicine 7. Essiac (Rene Caisse) 8. Hoxsey 9. Gerson 10. Hamer 11. Laetrile 12. Shark Cartilage 13. Mistletoe (Iscador) 14. Other Historical Cases 15. Simincini (uses sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to defeat candida albicans fungus).


Cancer and Diet (36min) Cosmos Corbin
Subtitled: Using Food to Eliminate Cancer and Promote Recovery
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002L17GKS/
have not seen.


Cancer Doesn't Scare Me Anymore
Official site: www.drday.com
Dr. Lorraine Day claims to have cured herself of cancer. Recommends diet and other alternative means. She also brings a strong Christian angle into the mix.


Cancer is Curable Now (2011 - 114min) Marcus Freudenmann
Official Site: www.canceriscurablenow.tv
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1941476/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0987086901/
Very good. highly recommended.


Cancer, Nutrition and Healing - A Personal Odyssey (2005 - 85min) Jerry Brunetti
Acres USA: www.acresusa.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E425MA/
Cancer survivor explains basic info on cancer, conventional treatments, and details his personal program of raw foods, juices, and supplements. Very good.


Crazy Sexy Cancer (2007 - 90min) Kris Carr
Official site: kriscarr.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0960749/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Sexy_Cancer
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000YV1KVI/
Young woman living in New York City is diagnosed with rare incurable cancer in 2003. Decides to make a documentary film detailing her experiences with cancer and with conventional and alternative treatments. Excellent film, highly recommended. DVD has some good special features. Kris also has a book of the same name. (And I think she is doing fine 10 years later).


Cut Poison Burn (2011 - 88min) Wayne Chesler
Subtitle: In the War on Cancer, the Disease is Only Half the Battle
Official Site: cutpoisonburn.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1674260/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0073IZS3G


Dying to Have Known (2006 - 80min) Steve Kroschel
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1782426/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001J66JQI/
About the Gerson Therapy.


Essiac and Cancer (1977 - 28min) John R. Newton
Can watch on youtube. Lots of footage from this is seen in Cancer: The Forbidden Cures (above).


Everything Bad is Good (2009 - 60min) Len Richmond
Subtitled: Healing Yourself in a World of Medicine Gone Mad
Official Site: www.lenrichmondfilms.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1469282/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002D3U4OO/


Fight for Your Life (2003 - 120min) David Hoffman
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001LQL56/
Dr. Siegel's website: www.berniesiegelmd.com
Dr. Bernie Siegel presents stories of four cancer survivors.


The Gerson Miracle (2004 - 91min) Steve Kroschel
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0465472/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001J66JQS/
Tells the story of Max Gerson and gives details of the therapy.


The Gerson Therapy: Healing "Incurable Illness"
VOL 1: Overview and Patient Testimonials
VOL 2: The Gerson Therapy at Home
VOL 3: Gerson Therapy Food Preparation
Gerson Institute: www.gerson.org/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0032D3HPC/
3- disc set from the Gerson Institute. I have not yet seen these. They are low-budget productions from the 1980's, perhaps on VHS at one time and converted to DVD. Charlotte Gerson presents the information. There are 3 other films listed here on the Gerson therapy and there are books which may be useful as well.


Healing Cancer From the Inside Out (2008 - 127min) Mike Anderson
Director's website: www.ravediet.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1646206/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00132XZFQ/
This is mind-blowing awesome. A very well done film. Takes a comprehensive look at cancer, what causes it and how to heal it. And lots of information on the history of cancer and modern medicine. Suggests that cancer can be caused by diet and healed by diet. Recommends plant-based diet. Suggests that animal protein is the major factor in cancer. This is a serious presentation of plain common sense and yet it is an extremely radical film. In OCT 2012 I finally got around to seeing this. I also rewatched Cancer is Curable Now and Cancer:Forbidden Cures. Both are excellent and recommended but this is the one film on cancer that I would recommend above any other. Netflix has this. Second edition is the same but with added subtitles in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and English.


Hoxsey - How Healing Becomes a Crime (1987 - 83min) Ken Ausubel
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006H3194/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0175753/
This may be the same film as:
Hoxsey - The Quack (?) Who Cured Cancer
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000G55MPE/
Interesting story of an alternative healer who cured cancer. Netflix has this.


Living Downstream (2010 - 85min) Chanda Chevannes
Official Site: www.livingdownstream.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_Downstream
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1555056/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CPQ81HQ/
Sandra Steingraber's website: steingraber.com
Looks at ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber and her efforts to bring attention to the health effects of allowing toxic chemicals into the environment. Based on her book of the same name.


The Living Matrix (2009 - 83min) Greg Baker, Harry Massey
Subtitled: A Film on the New Science of Healing
Official Site: www.thelivingmatrixmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1499960/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002GZFG4W/
Features Lynne McTaggart, Peter Fraser, Bruce Lipton, Eric Pearl, Edgar Mitchell, James Oschman, Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Rollin McCraty, Rupert Sheldrake, Arielle Essex, Dean Radin, Herman Koning, Folker Meissner, Dietmar Cimbal, Howard Martin, Deborah Rozman, Fritz-Albert Popp, Adam Dreamhealer. New Biology, quantum biology, bodyfield, epigenetics, bioenergy, bioinformation, etc... Very interesting, inspirational, highly recommended.


The New Medicine (2006 - 114min) Muffie Meyer
Official Site: www.thenewmedicine.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0837123/
Amazon (DVD 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EULK2I/
This is from much more of a mainstream point of view than I was expecting.


One More Girl (2012)
Official Site: www.onemoregirlfilm.com
Gardasil Info: www.truthaboutgardasil.org
Looks at the other side of Merck's campaign for Gardasil HPV vaccine.


Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011 - 97min) Lea Pool
Official Site: www.nfb.ca/playlist/pink_ribbons_inc/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2035599/
Amazon (DVD 09/25/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00768M7XC/
Looks at breast cancer industry, particularly at the money-raising efforts of the pink ribbon campaign, which may be more about money than about healing. Points out that the big business interests behind cancer are more interested in maintaining expensive therapies and drugs than in actually researching how to prevent and cure cancer.


Rethinking Cancer (2009 - 56min) Richard Wormser
Official Site: www.rethinkingcancer.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1513878/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003O9LLVG/


Serpent and the Sun (2009 - 92min) Shaahin Cheyene
Subtitled: Tales of an Aztec Apprentice
Official Site: www.serpentandthesun.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1059316/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002QWRSU0/


The Science and Politics of Cancer: A Discourse by G. Edward Griffin (75min)
Official Site: www.realityzone.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00118XHPK/


Vaccine Nation (2008 - 140min) Gary Null
Official Site: www.vaccinenation.net
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1214118/
Wikipedia (Gary Null): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Null
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001RFYFCQ/


World Without Cancer: The Story of Laetrile (1974 - 58min) G. Edward Griffin
Official Site: www.realityzone.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F7QY6W/
Based on Griffin's book of the same name. Amygdalin is sometimes called Vitamin B17 or Laetrile.



Food / Beverages / Restaurants


A Matter of Taste (2011 - 69min) Sally Rowe
Subtitled: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt
Official Site:
www.amouthfullthefilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1746136/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Matter_of_Taste
Amazon (DVD 06/09/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007IK1RT8
Follows chef Paul Liebrandt from 2001 - 2009.


All In This Tea (2007 - 70min) Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht
Official Site: www.allinthistea.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1015968/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_in_This_Tea
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001ORQSMC


Barbecue: A Texas Love Story (2004 - 46min) Chris Elley
Official Site: www.bbqfilm.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0403867/
Review at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/5727/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GPP3HO


Beer Wars (2009 - 89min) Anat Baron
Official site: www.beerwarsmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_Wars
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1326194/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002Q7T79K
Very fun and interesting film looks at the beer industry in America. Anheiser-Busch has about half of the market, Miller and Coors have significant smaller chunks. The film is mainly looking at the growth of small independent brewers, who have a hard time getting shelf space in stores, and now have to contend with the big three introducing products to compete with them.


Black Coffee (2005 - 174min) Irene Angelico
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0963976/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Coffee_(2005_film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001AEF636
Interesting and very thorough look at the history, politics and economics of coffee. Made for Canadian TV. DVD is 3-disc set. Each disc is a 58-minute episode. I learned a lot in each episode and was quite surprised at how much there is know about coffee (this could have been much longer). Highly recommended. (See also Black Gold)
Episode 1 - The Irresistible Bean
Looks at the history of coffee. Narration begins "In this hour we see how coffee spreads from the ancient world, becoming the dark medium through which social, sexual, economic and political life evolves, fostering much of what is good and bad about our civilization." States that people drink over 500 billion cups of coffee a year. Coffee is originally from Ethiopia, where it still grows wild. Coffee made its way to the Arab world, and then to Europe, becoming very popular in Vienna, France, Italy, Holland, Germany and England in the 1600's. The first coffee house in Europe opened in London in 1652. By 1700 there were over 2000 coffee houses in London. Some interview clips with Mark Pendergrast, author of Uncommon Grounds, and Bennett Weinberg, author of The World of Caffeine.
Episode 2 - Gold in Your Cup
Looks at the history of the coffee trade, mainly at Ameirca as a consumer and at the various South and Central American countries where coffee is produced. Forests were cut down in Brazil long ago and over a million slaves were imported from Africa to work the coffee plantations. The Boston Tea Party caused Americans to switch from tea to coffee. Looks at the beginnings of Folger, Maxwell House and other brands, who grew the worst coffee (robusta beans) in the worst ways and processed and packaged it in the worst ways (and still do). All coffee in cans must be "pre-staled" so it won't explode (that's why you see the little pressure valves on bags of high-quality coffee).
Episode 3 - The Perfect Cup
Looks at the beginings of coffee houses in the US during the Vietnam War, when people used these places to socialize and communicate and how the interest in where the coffee came from led to the demand for better coffee. Some fun and interesting clips from old TV ads show how Americans were convinced to drink the stale, bitter, over-brewed coffee that most Americans still drink. As people began to see that coffee could be an enjoyable drink, the specialty coffee industry gave rise to the Free Trade movement as well as organic and shade-grown coffee. This episode looks a lot at the Starbucks chain.


Black Gold (2006 - 78min) Marc Francis, Nick Francis
Official Site: www.blackgoldmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Gold_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0492447/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011Z1SIQ
About the international coffee trade.


The Cola Conquest (1998 - 153min) Irene Lilienheim Angelico
Official Site: www.dliproductions.ca/thecolaconquest/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0294464/
Review at DVD Beaver: www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdreview2/colaconquest.htm
Review at DVDTalk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/10159/cola-conquest-the/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UCKMGA
Explores the history of the Coca Cola company in 3 50-minute episodes. The director's next project was Black Coffee (see above).


Cooking from A to Zest (2010 - 493min) Jon Manning
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1632484/
Amazon (DVD 4-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003F3B4HC
Comprehensive basic cooking lessons with Kierstin Buchner.


Eat This New York (2004 - 78min) Andrew Rossi, Kate Novak
Official Site: www.eatthisnewyork.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0376588/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002NRQSY/
Close look at the restaraunt business in New York City. Follows a couple of guys as they start a small restaurant. Talks to lots of key people in the New York City restaurant scene. Special features on the DVD are a trailer (1:46) and 2 hours worth of extended interviews, with Sirio Maccioni (10:16), Keith McNally (10:58), Daniel Boulud (22:11), Tim and Nina Zagat (12:40), Drew Nieporent (22:08), Danny Meyer (20:05), and Rocco Dispirito (20:48).


El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (2011 - 113min) Gereon Wetzel
Official Site: www.elbullimovie.com
Official Site (Alive Mind): elbulli.alivemindcinema.com
Official Site (German): www.elbulli-themovie.de
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1696535/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Bulli
Amazon (DVD 03/27/12 AliveMind): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006P5KECI
Looks at the development of new dishes for El Bulli, Spanish chef Ferran Adria's avante-garde restaurant, considered the best in the world. Before its closing, in 2010, El Bulli was open for six months each year, taking reservations one day only for the following season. Each night would accomodate fifty guests, who will spend three hours on a meal consisting of up to 30 small dishes. The restaurant is closed for half of the year so that Ferran can develop a new menu. At first Ferran and three of his top chefs relocate to Barcelona, to his private food lab, to do some research. Development continues as they move back to El Bulli and start training the staff for the season. There is no drama in this film. These are some serious people. May seem a bit slow, but picks up the intensity a bit as more people are involved. Closes with spectacular color photos of the amazing culinary creations seen in development. German film, in Spanish, with English subtitles.


El Bulli: Historia de un Sueno 1963-2009 (2010 - 709min) David Pujol
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1961289/
Amazon (DVD 4-disc PAL): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004W8A984
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Bulli
A thorough look at the El Bulli restaurant in Spain. A 2.5 hour version has been shown in theatres. This DVD set is 10 55-minute episodes on 4 discs.


How Beer Saved the World (2011 - 60min)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Beer_Saved_the_World
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1832368/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HIU9GU
Made for Discovery Channel.


I Like Killing Flies (2004 - 79min) Matt Mahurin
Official site: ilikekillingflies.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Like_Killing_Flies
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0390109/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000S0GYOI
Shopsin's Official site: www.shopsins.com
Entertaining and well-made documentary about Kenny Shopsin and his New York City restaurant, Shopsin's, which has over 900 items on the menu, all made to order from scratch. A must-see food movie, there's a lot of food in this, but it is more about Shopsin himself. The film luckily catches (in 2002) the last days of the legendary original location (for over 30 years), which had to move due to losing lease. Follows the process of moving and opening up the new location, just a few blocks away. Lots of philosophy, lots of kitchen scenes, interviews with family (his wife and five kids all work there), interviews with customers. Shopsin is a sharp and outspoken character, who isn't necessarily serving whoever shows up. Definitely could be the inspiration for the Seinfeld "soup nazi" character. Highly recommended. (One of my top 3 food movies, along with the feature films Big Night and Tampopo.) Also, he has a book, published in 2008, Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin (Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0307264939/)


Inventing Cuisine: Alain Passard (2010 - 62min) Sophie Bensadoun
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003INBNSE


Inventing Cuisine: Pascal Bardot


Inventing Cuisine: Michel Bras


Inventing Cuisine: Michel Troisgros


Inventing Cuisine: Michel Gurard


Inventing Cuisine: Pierre Gagnaire


Inventing Cuisine: Olivier Roellinger


Inventing Cuisine: Gerald Passedat


Inventing Cuisine: Nadia Santini


Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011 - 82min) David Gelb
Official Site: www.jiromovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiro_Dreams_of_Sushi
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1772925
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jiro_dreams_of_sushi/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007UW9WOQ
Amazon (BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007UW9VWO
About master sushi chef Jiro Ono. Awesome film, a great work of art. Most highly recommended.


Kings of Pastry (2009 - 84min) Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Official Site: www.kingsofpastry.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1558972
Amazon (DVD 02/22/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004CSBW7G
Amazing.


Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven (2007 - 74min) Andrew Rossi
Official Site: www.atableinheaven.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1101046
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HE8D2G


The Lord of Darjeeling (2006 - 56min) Xavier de Lauzanne
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/817596605X
So far I can only find this available as included with the book The Rajah of Darjeeling Organic Tea, $75.00 from Amazon.com, see link above.


The Meaning of Tea (2008 - 74min) Scott Hoyt
Official Site: www.themeaningoftea.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1285167/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0616204414


The Mind of a Chef
PBS: www.pbs.org/food/shows/the-mind-of-a-chef/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mind_of_a_Chef
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2510616/
Amazon (Season 1) (03/12/13 2-disc PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AK51NYW/
Amazon (Season 2) (12/03/13 2-disc PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F1BFLMA/
PBS TV series. In Season 1, Anthony Bourdain explores chef David Chang in 16 30-minute episodes. In Season 2, Bourdain explores chefs Sean Brock and April Bloomfield (8 episodes each).


The Renaissance of Tea (49min) F. Lit Yu
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AQFTO6


The Restaurateur (2010 - 57min) Roger Sherman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1778357/
DVDTalk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews//47252/restaurateur-the/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004GFELAA


Somm (2013 - 94min) Jason Wise
Official Site: www.somm-film.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2204371
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/somm/
Amazon (DVD 09/03/13 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D7HBV10
Follows four young men working towards earning the title of Master Sommelier.


Spinning Plates (2012 - 93min) Joseph Levy
Official Site: www.spinningplatesmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2014351
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spinning_plates/
Amazon (DVD 02/11/14 Inception Media Group): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GMH49VQ/


Step Up to the Plate (2012 - 86min) Paul Lacoste
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2141717/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/entre_les_bras/
Amazon (DVD 03/26/13 Cinema Guild): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2A1YWU/
Looks at chef Michel Bras and the process of handing down his Michelin 3-star restaurant to his son, Sebastien Bras.


Three Stars (2010 - 94min) Lutz Hachmeister
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1764282/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/three_stars/
Amazon (DVD 01/15/13 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009OHY64Q/
Looks at 9 different Michelin 3-star chefs.



Political, War


A thorough filmography on the Vietnam War: www.wellesley.edu/Polisci/wj/Vietnam/vietfilms.html


A Film Unfinished (2010 - 88min) Yael Hersonski
Official Site: www.afilmunfinished.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1568923/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004EI2NWM


A Grin Without A Cat (1977 - 240min/original, 180min/1993) Chris Marker
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Grin_Without_a_Cat
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0076042/
Icarus Films: www.icarusfilms.com/new2001/grin.html
Review at DVDTalk: www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s2891grin.html
Review at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/2824/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001WYHKQK


A Time for Burning (1966 - 58min) Bill Jersey, Barbara Connell
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0062372/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BB153Y


Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story (2006 - 81min) Patty Kim, Chris Sheridan
Official Site: www.abductionfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0495060/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abduction:_The_Megumi_Yokota_Story
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DAVUOG/
North Korea has been kidnapping Japanese children.


About Baghdad (2004 - 90min) Sinan Antoon
Official Site: www.aboutbaghdad.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/About_Baghdad
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0450958/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009K3I9G/


The Act of Killing (2012 - 115min/159min) Joshua Oppenheimer
Official Site: actofkilling.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Act_of_Killing
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2375605/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EUEWQ4A/


The Agronomist (2003 - 91min) Jonathan Demme
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007XBLK8/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0377031/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Agronomist
Tells the story of Haitian national hero, journalist, and freedom fighter Jean Dominique. As the owner of Haiti's only free radio station, Dominique spent a lot of time in exile in NYC, where Demme filmed him during the 80's and 90's. He was assassinated in 2000. Excellent, as we would expect from this master filmmaker.


Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq (2007 - 66min) Jon Alpert, Ellen Goosenberg Kent
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0033877/
Amazon (DVD 10/23/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UPGQIA/


American Jihadist (2010 - 68min) Mark Claywell
Official Site: www.americanjihadist.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1508011/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004MA1K0I/


The American Ruling Class (2005 - 89min) John Kirby
Official Site: www.theamericanrulingclass.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_Ruling_Class
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0455906/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001HM2CE2/
A "dramatic documentary musical" (don't worry there's only 3 or 4 musical numbers and they're not that bad). Lewis Lapham takes a couple of fictional Yale graduates around to meet various people as they decide whether they want to try to join the ruling class or work to change the world. Lots of food for thought. Many interesting people are in this film. I was most happy and surprised to see Barbara Ehrenreich (author of Nickel and Dimed) and Peter Seeger, who appears at the end of the film. We also meet with a lot of members of the Council on Foreign Relations.


An Anarchist's Story (2006 - 78min) Mark Littlewood
Official Site: www.spanishcivilwarfilm.com/
Revieiw Infoshop News: news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20091118164203665
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethel_MacDonald
Tells the story of Ethel MacDonald, Scottish anarchist activist, and her part in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1937).


The Anderson Platoon (1966 - 60min) (Black and White) Peter Schoendorffer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0062244/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Anderson_Platoon
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001L4L96I
Award-winning French documentary about a platoon of 33 Americans early in the Viet Nam war. Intense and very real footage from the frontline.


Apocalypse Africa: Made in America (2008 - 72min) Del Walters
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DB6J46


Argentina: Hope in Hard Times (2004 - 74min) Mark Dworkin, Melissa Young
have not seen. very hard to find.


Aristide and the Endless Revolution (2005 - 82min) Nicolas Rossier
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0490079/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FI8MFM


Armadillo (2010 - 105min) Janus Metz Pederson
Official Site: www.armadillothemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1640680/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005E09TGW


The Battle of Chile (1975,1976,1979 - 262min) Patricio Guzman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0078831/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Battle_of_Chile
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002EOVWVQ
Available as a 4-disc set:
Disc 1 - The Battle of Chile Part 1 - The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie - 1975 - 96min
Disc 2 - The Battle of Chile Part 2 - The Coup d'Etat - 1976 - 88min
Disc 3 - The Battle of Chile Part 3 - The Power of the People - 1979 - 79min
Disc 4 - Chile, Obstinate Memory - 1997 - 58min


Better This World (2011 - 98min) Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega
Official Site: www.betterthisworld.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1460739/


Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas (2008 - 104min) Michael Fox, Silvia Leindecker
Official Site: www.beyondelections.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1347307/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001EDGKYC


The Big One (1998 - 95min) Michael Moore
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_One_(film)
Official Site: www.dogeatdogfilms.com/tbo.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0124295/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008L3TE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/big_one/
Humorous yet serious documentary about corporate downsizing in America. From the director of Roger and Me, based on the book Downsize This!


Bhutto (2010 - 111min) Duane Baughman, Johnny O'Hara
Official Site: www.bhuttothefilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benazir_Bhutto
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1524095/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004NPQB3S


Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (2002 - 87min) Andre Heller
German Title: Im toten Winkel
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Im_toten_Winkel
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0311320/


Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I (2006 - 112min) Marty Callaghan
Official Site: www.bloodandoil.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0828364/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000HEWH3C


Bowling for Columbine (2002 - 119min) Michael Moore
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008DDVV
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowling_for_Columbine
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0310793/
Official site: BowlingForColumbine.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bowling_for_columbine/
Michael Moore's Home Page: www.michaelmoore.com
Though I'm not as much of a Michael Moore fan as I once was, I still recommend this as a really cool film about guns and fear in America. Won Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2002. The title comes from the fact that the two students who did the shooting at Columbine supposedly went to their bowling class earlier that morning. The 2-hour film covers a lot of territory and the Columbine shootings are really just a jumping off point. There is actually quite a bit to the Columbine story which is not covered in this film. (For more info on Columbine, see signofthetimes.yuku.com - CRTF Forum). As in Moore's previous docu's (Roger and Me, The Big One), serious subject matter is presented in a humorous and entertaining way. Though things get a bit heavy with the security cam footage from the shooting and with the story of a 6-year-old shooting another 6-year-old in Flint, Michigan. Tons of cool stuff is woven into the film, including a hilarious bit from Chris Rock ("We don't need no gun control, we need BULLET control!") and an interesting interview with Marilyn Manson. I thought he was a bit unfair in his treatment of James Nichols (who in fact sued Moore over this). I doubt that Moore has looked deeply into the story of the OKC bombing (check this out). Lots of very interesting insights about the culture of fear in America. He interviews Barry Glassner, author of Culture of Fear.


Broken Rainbow (1985 - 70min) Victoria Mudd
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0088857/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_Rainbow_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FBFZ18
About the government-enforced relocation of Navaho from their land in Arizona, starting in the 1970's. Won Academy Award for Best Documentary.


Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country (2009 - 84min) Anders Ostergaard
Official Site: www.burmavjmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1333634/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma_VJ
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002BWP3WU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/burma-vj/
Details the September 2007 uprising against the Burmese military regime. Some dramtic re-enactments are used. Mainly we see video footage that has been smuggled out of the country by activists who risk imprisonment for being caught with a camera. Very intense, rivetting film, highly recommended.


Bush Family Fortunes (2004 - 62min) Steve Grandison
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0435612/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002T7YWQ
Greg Palast investigates George W. Bush.


Bush's Brain (2004 - 80min) Jaques Vroom
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush's_Brain
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000B5XP2E
About Karl Rove.


The Canary Effect (2006 - 65min) Robin Davey, Yellow Thunder Woman
Official Site: www.thecanaryeffectmovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Canary_Effect
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0798826/
Amazon (DVD-R 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0039NNFWK


Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010 - 118min) Alex Gibney
Official Site: www.casinojackmovie.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003L20IGU
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1540814/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Jack_and_the_United_States_of_Money
About Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the corruption of the U.S. government. Not to be confused with the 2010 feature film Casino Jack on the same subject.


China: A Century of Revolution (2000 - 360min) Sue Williams
Amazon (3-DVD set 2007 Zeitgeist): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Q7ZOLC/
Director's Website: www.ambrica.com
This is actually 3 different films:
DISC 1: China in Revolution: 1911-1949 (1989)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0293034/
DISC 2: The Mao Years: 1949-1976 (1994)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0293392/
DISC 3: Born Under the Red Flag: 1976-1997 (1997)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0118850/
Also from the same director: China in the Red, Young and Restless in China


China: The Rebirth of an Empire (2010 - 86min) Jeremy Veverka, Jesse Veverka
Official Site: www.chinarebirth.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1521721/


The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns (1990 - 680min) Ken Burns
Official Site: www.pbs.org/civilwar/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Civil_War_(TV_Series)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0098769/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BITUE8


Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010 - 117min) Alex Gibney
Official Site: www.client9themovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Client_9
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1638362/


Collapse (2010 - 81min) Chris Smith
Official Site: www.collapsemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collapse_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003CJXJ8Q
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1503769/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10011949-collapse/
Not sure what to think about this one. Good to be a bit skeptical of the "conspiracy guys". Sometimes they have the real story, sometimes they may be spinning something for a reason that is not easy to see. I don't totally trust ex-LA-cop Ruppert. Good, even treatment here - the filmmaker just sits down with Ruppert and lets him talk. Ruppert says he can see a collapse coming and that is currently his main preoccupation. (Chris Smith also did American Movie and The Yes Men).


Cointelpro 101 (2010 - 56min)
Official Site: www.freedomarchives.org/Cointelpro.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1753602/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004NTDF42


Constantine's Sword (2007 - 96min) Oren Jacoby
Official Site: constantinessword.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0902270/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine's_Sword_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00181XY6M


Control Room (2004 - 86min) Jehane Noujaim
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002X8U4I
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0391024/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_Room_(film)
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/control_room/
Looks at Al Jazeera (newly started middle-eastern TV network) right at the beginning of the Iraq war (2003). Very cool film. Highly recommended.


Countdown to Zero (2010 - 89min) Lucy Walker
Official Site: www.takepart.com/countdowntozero
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1572769/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countdown_to_Zero
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00406UK82
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/countdown_to_zero/


Crossing the Line (2006 - 91min) Daniel Gordon, Nicholas Bonner
Official Site: www.takepart.com/countdowntozero
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossing_the_Line_(2006_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0473181/
Amazon (DVD 01/08/08 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000XJD3HU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10007908-crossing_the_line/


Darfur Now (2007 - 98min) Ted Braun
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darfur_Now
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0988102/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0015XHR6G


Declassified: Human Experimentation (1999 - 45min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0019KAQ68
This is an episode of the TV show History Undercover from the History Channel. Barely touches this vast subject, but does go into some detail on a few examples. Looks at plutonium injections given to hospital patients in the 40's, 200,000 soldiers exposed to radiation in tests done throughout the 50's, and simulated biological attacks by the army, including San Francisco, Minneapolis and the New York subway system. Minneapolis was sprayed with an assumed harmless chemical to track its movement through the air. The unique chemical zinc-cadmium-sulfide (unknown in nature) was sprayed from trucks and rooftops from 8am until midnight for 3 months in 1952. An elementary school was a specific target. I think all of these particular incidents have been publicized (they're "declassified"). There is even a clip of president Clinton publicly apologizing.


Dirty Wars (2013 - 87min) Richard Rowley
Official Site: dirtywars.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Wars
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2532528/
Amazon (DVD 10/15/13 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DPUB5LK
Based on the book, Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield, by investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill. The film follows Scahill through several countries as he gradually learns about the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), a US military group who carry out secret missions. Excellent film.


Disarm (2005 - 67min) Brian Liu, Mary Wareham
Official Site: www.disarmfilm.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disarm_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0863013/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NHZ248


Doctors of the Dark Side (2011 - 73min) Martha Davis
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2006722/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2TU38C
Looks at the role of doctors and psychologists in the torture of post-911 American military detainees. (see also Ghosts of Abu Graib, Standard Operating Procedure and Taxi to the Dark Side).


Dreams From My Real Father (2012 - 95min) Joel Gilbert
Subtitled: A Story of Reds and Deception
Official Site: www.obamasrealfather.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreams_from_My_Real_Father
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2379807/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007XW07CO
This is the controversial "documentary" that purports to tell the real origins of president Barack Obama. Now there is probably a lot of truth in this film and probably it well demonstrates the main point, which is that Obama's actual birth father is the communist writer and activist Frank Marshall Davis. But there are some problems with the film. The first problem is the general angle of the film - the communists are taking over. Even if Obama has some socialist background, this doesn't mean that there is a communist takeover of the country. In other words the film kind of plays into the fears of many patriotic Republicans to show how evil Obama and the democrats are. It would be a better film if it were more impartial. Another problem is the background of the director. Two of his previous films are Elvis is Alive! and Paul McCartney is Really Dead. These are both marketed as humorous mockumentaries, but still... Another problem is that the film is set up as a story narrated by Barack Obama. Of course the narrator is an actor so every word is made up. A disclaimer at the beginning of the film states that it is based on actual facts, photos, videos, etc as well as speculation to fill in the story. So it might be hard to tell which statements are facts and which are speculation. And there is no documentation provided as to the sources of anything in the film. With these issues in mind, the film is still quite interesting and revealing. I would say that it at least solves the mystery of why there was so much fuss about Obama's birth certificate. And it may be seen as politically important, as the Republicans are supposedly mailing out up to 3 million copies of this DVD to voters in swing states. Probably there are places online where this can be watched.


The Empire in Africa (2006 - 87min) Philippe Diaz
Official Site:www.theempireinafrica.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0495103/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MX7UXK


En Route to Baghdad (2005 - 56min) Simone Duarte
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0455943/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F6HIRC/
About Sergio Vieiro De Mello.


The End of America (2008 - 74min) Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg
Official Site:www.endofamericamovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1294790/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001IX4CC0
Naomi Wolf's website:naomiwolf.org
Naomi Wolf parallels the loss of liberty in other countries that slid into fascism with what is happening in America. 2-disc DVD includes over 2 hours of extra interviews.


The End of Poverty? (2010 - 104min) Philippe Diaz
Official Site:www.theendofpoverty.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0903943/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0036WK57C
Excellent film. Makes the case that the massive poverty experienced by third world nations is caused by the theft of their resources by the developed nations. Traces globablization back to 1492, when Spain and Portugal began to exploit the new world. Explains how colonization, military conquest and slavery have been used to build and maintain the system of capitalism. Interviews with historians, economists, and sociologists. Highly recommended.


The Fog of War (2004 - 95min) Errol Morris
Subtitled: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fog_of_War
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0317910/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001L3LUE
Morris interviews Robert McNamara about the Vietnam War. Won Academy Award in 2003 for best documentary feature.


The Forgotten Bomb (2012 - 94min) Stuart Overbey
Subtitled: The True Story of Nuclear Weapons
Official Site: www.forgottenbomb.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1669815/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0062Z0PN4


The Fourth World War (2003 - 78min) Rick Rowley
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0439574/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006SFVQO


Freedom's Fury (2006 - 90min) Colin K. Gray, Megan Raney
Official Site: www.freedomsfury.net
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom's_Fury
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0322332/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DAVTQK
About 1956 Summer Olympics water polo match between Hungary and the USSR and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.


Gerrymandering (2010 - 81min) Jeff Reichert
Official Site: www.gerrymanderingmovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymandering_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1241319/
Amazon (DVD 10/23/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008OW1RY4


Ghosts of Abu Graib (2007 - 78min) Rory Kennedy
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghosts_of_Abu_Graib
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0912585/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NY0YK4
Looks at the 2004 Abu Graib torture and prisoner abuse scandal. (see also Standard Operating Procedure and Taxi to the Dark Side).


Gitmo - The New Rules of War (2005 - 76min) Erik Gandini, Tarik Saleh
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0481348/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MKXF1Y


The Goebbels Experiment (2004 - 107min) Lutz Hachmeister, Michael Kloft
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0458375/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EULK1O


The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It (2000 - 57min) Judith Ehrlich, Rick Tejada-Flores
Official Site: www.pbs.org/itvs/thegoodwar
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0314116/
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004G7X5UK


Hearts and Minds (1974 - 112min) Peter Davis
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearts_and_Minds_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0071604/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006673L
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/711-hearts-and-minds


Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (2001 - 63min) Gerard Ungerman, Audrey Brohy
Official Site: www.hiddenwars.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0283384/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008OOTA
All about the first gulf war, including how the US tricked Saddam into starting it.


Homo Sapiens 1900 (1998 - 88min) Peter Cohen
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_Sapiens_1900
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0176825/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002J4ZOQ
Looks at the history of eugenics.


Hot Coffee (2011 - 88min) Susan Saladoff
Official Site: hotcoffeethemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_Coffee_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1445203/
Amazon (DVD 11/01/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00595W3MO
Looks at issues of "tort reform" using the McDonalds coffee case as one of several examples. An interesting clip of G.W. Bush appears at 24:36 with this quote: "In my line of work you gotta keep repeating things over and over and over again. For the truth to sink in. To kinda catapult the propaganda."


Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2010 - 124min) Brigitte Berman
Official site: www.hughhefnerplayboyactivistrebel.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1503776/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Hefner:_Playboy,_Activist_and_Rebel
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0043K8LW2
Excellent indepth film looks at Hefner's whole life. It was surprising to me how much of a political activist he has been, especially on civil rights. He was publicly opposing racial discrimination in the '50's and '60's. He also fought for freedom of speech and against archaic sex laws. Covers the history of Playboy magazine and how Hefner used it as a tool to help change society. Looks at Playboy clubs. Lots of music. Spends a bit more time on the "playboy" aspect of his life towards the end of the film. Very interesting. Highly recommended.


In the Year of the Pig (1969 - 103min) Emille de Antonio
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0064482/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Year_of_the_Pig
Amazon (DVD 09/20/05 Homevision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A88ES2
Amazon (DVD 07/08/08 4-disc Homevision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001675YPM/
Highly regarded, classic and controversial film produced during the height of the Vietnam War. Seeks to understand the origins of the war. Mainly consisting of news footage and interviews. This film is included in the 4-disc DVD set Emile de Antonio: Films of the Radical Saint, as well as being available on DVD separately.


Incident at Oglala - The Leonard Peltier Story (1992 - 89min) Michael Apted
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0104504/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incident_at_Oglala
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001FVDI2


Indoctrinate U (2007 - 89min) Evan Coyne Maloney
Official Site: www.indoctrinate-u.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1137970/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indoctrinate_U
Amazon (DVD-R 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017OGOIA


Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006 - 75min) Robert Greenwald
Official Site: www.iraqforsale.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0815181/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000HWXOT0


Iraq in Fragments (2005 - 94min) James Longley
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0492466/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000R4SKEM


Italian Fascism in Color (2007 - 100min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000RXZIQQ


Janeane from Des Moines (2012 - 78min) Grace Lee
Official Site: www.janeanefromdesmoines.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2379438/


Kimjongilia (2009 - 75min) N.C. Heikin
Official Site: www.kimjongiliathemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1180311/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003VZNAV2


Khodorkovsky (2011 - 111min) Cyril Tuschi
Official Site: www.khodorkovsky-movie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1733525/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Khodorkovsky
Article: www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/07/mikhail-khodorkovsky-film-stolen-berlin


Koch Brothers Exposed (2012 - 55min) Robert Greenwald
Official Site: www.kochbrothersexposed.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2347411/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007K7IC92


Larry Flynt - The Right to Be Left Alone (2007 - 74min) Joan Brooker-Marks
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1127888/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001AYSFXY
Highly recommended. Wide-ranging film covers Flynt's life, mainly spent fighting for first amendment rights in American courts and publishing Hustler magazine. There is really a lot packed into this film. I had seen The People vs. Larry Flynt a couple of times, so I knew that Flynt was an interesting character and that he had fought some major court battles, but I did not realize the extent to which he has been a tireless freedom fighter. Amazing character, very interesting film.


Lessons of Darkness (1992 - 54min) Werner Herzog
German Title: Lektionen in Finsternis
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0104706/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000059PPP
Looks at the aftermath of the first Gulf War. Lots of images of the burning Kuwaiti oilfields set to classical music. Sparsely narrated by Werner in English (or you can select German). 1995 2-disc DVD release is packaged with additional DVD of Herzog's 1971 film Fata Morgana.


The Light Bulb Conspiracy (2010 - 53min) Cosima Dannoritzer
Also Known As: Pyramids of Waste
Subtitled: The Untold Story of Planned Obsolescence
Official Site: www.facebook.com/TheLightBulbConspiracy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1825163/
not yet on DVD (06/11) but can be watched online at many sites.


Lumumba (2000 - 115min) Raoul Peck
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006LPHK
This is actually not a documentary (so I might move it to my feature films page), but the special edition DVD does include excerpts from the documentary on Lumumba by the same director (Lumumba, Death of a Prophet).


The Mafia Principle of Global Hegemony - Noam Chomsky (2010 - 140min)
Subtitled: The Middle East, Empire and Activism
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/160486303X/


Milhouse: A White Comedy (1971 - 92min) Emile de Antonio
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milhouse_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0067431/
Amazon (DVD 07/08/08 4-disc Homevision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001675YPM/
An irreverent portrait of president Richard M. Nixon. This film is included in the 4-disc DVD set Emile de Antonio: Films of the Radical Saint.


The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009 - 94min) Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
Subtitled: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1319726/
Amazon (DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00329PYGQ/


Motherland Afghanistan (2007 - 74min) Sedika Mojadidi
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0948279/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LPS4M0/


Mr. Hoover and I (1989 - 86min) Emile de Antonio
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0197704/
Amazon (DVD 07/08/08 4-disc Homevision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001675YPM/
The last film from Antonio de Emile, and his most personal. Looks at his own life and the life of Edgar J. Hoover, who maintained a large file on Antonio. This film is included in the 4-disc DVD set Emile de Antonio: Films of the Radical Saint.


Mugabe and the White African (2009 - 94min) Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugabe_and_the_White_African
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1437235/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00443TULY/


The Murder of JFK: A Revisionist History (1999 - 140min) Matthew White
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0219939/
Amazon (DVD 02/28/06 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BT96PK/


My Country, My Country (2005 - 90min) Laura Poitras
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0810983/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Country,_My_Country
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LP5D2E/


No End in Sight (2007 - 102min) Charles Ferguson
Subtitled: Iraq's Descent Into Chaos
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0912593/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000U6YJMO/
Thorough look at the results of the Iraq invasion.


Not For Ourselves Alone (1999 - 210min) Ken Burns, Paul Barnes
Subtitled: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Canton and Susun B. Anthony
Official Site: www.pbs.org/stantonanthony/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0220253/
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BITUIO/


Nullification: The Rightful Remedy (2012 - 72min) Jason Rink
Official Site: nullificationmovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2144144/
Amazon (DVD 2012): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008BVYV4G/


The Oath (2010 - 96min) Laura Poitras
Official Site: www.theoathmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oath_(2010_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1522857/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003PTP5H6/


The Oil Factor (2004 - 93min) Gerard Ungerman, Audrey Brohy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0435710/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000YFHTV4/


Our Brand is Crisis (2005 - 87min) Rachel Boyton
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0492714/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GDIBSO


The Panama Deception (1992 - 91min) Barbara Trent
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Panama_Deception
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0105089/
Amazon (DVD 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KJU1K0
Examines the 1989 invasion of Panama by the US. Won Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1992.


Patriocracy (2011 - 90min) Brian Malone
Official Site: www.patriocracymovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1916719/
Amazon (DVD 07/17/12 Cinema Libre): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007YHULGA


Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space (2010 - 85min) Denis Delestrac
Official Site: www.pax-americana.com/
Director's Website: www.delestrac.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax_Americana_and_the_Weaponization_of_Space
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1553156/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003XMKUGQ/
A thorough look at the militarization of space. Very interesting. Important. Highly recommended.


Point of Order! (1964 - 97min) Emile de Antonio
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_of_Order_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0058481/
Amazon (DVD 11/15/05 New Yorker OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A59PO2/
Looks at the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954.


Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013 - 92min) Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pussy_Riot:_A_Punk_Prayer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2481238/
Amazon (DVD 02/11/14 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GHH9HAO/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pussy_riot_a_punk_prayer/


Putin's Kiss (2012 - 85min) Lise Berk Pedersen
Official Site: www.putinskissmovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putin's_Kiss
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2094920/


Questions for Crazy Horse (2010 - 81min) O.W.Tuthill
Official Site: www.questionsforcrazyhorse.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1679270/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004X9LNAU/


Red, White, Black and Blue (2006 - 86min) Tom Putnam
Official Site: www.alaskainvasion.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0469169/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001AZI1WS/
Looks at the bloody battle for the island of Attu (off of Alaska), invaded by Japan during World War II.


The Reichsorchester: The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich (2007 - 90min) Enrique Sanchez Lansch
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1205076/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0012K53UO/


Remnants of a War (2010 - 75min) Jawad Metni
Official Site: www.remnantsfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1326850/
Looks at deminers clearing unexploded cluster bombs leftover from 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.


Restrepo (2010 - 93min) Sebastion Junger, Tim Hetherington
Official Site: www.restrepothemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1559549/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0042KZJIC/
A close look at a platoon of US soldiers fighting in the very dangerous Korengal Valley of Afghanistan over a one-year period.


Rethink Afghanistan (2009 - 75min) Robert Greenwald
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1572167/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002LFPBJM/


RFK Must Die (2007 - 140min) Shane O'Sullivan
Subtitle: The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy
Official Site: www.rfkmustdie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RFK_Must_Die
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1047517/
Amazon (DVD 11/20/07 Dokument Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UX6TH0/


The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2009 - 77min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002EIJ9DU/
In this lecture/interview, Naomi Klein explains the ideas and research behind her book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.


The Road to Guantanamo (2006 - 95min) Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0468094/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000HOL67U/


Roger and Me (1989 - 91min) Michael Moore
Official Site: www.dogeatdogfilms.com/rogerme.html
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009YXAS/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0098213/
Awesome documentary about Flint, Michigan - very funny and very sad. Moore's first film. I liked him a lot back then, don't always trust him so much anymore, but still have to admit this is an amazing and very entertaining film.


Rush to War (2004 - 86min) Robert Taicher
Official Site: www.rushtowar.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0450494/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000S1KUNS/


Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara? (2001 - 60min) Erik Gandini, Tarik Saleh
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0282934/


Sergio (2010 - 94min) Greg Barker
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1333656/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003MAKE24/
About Sergio Vieiro De Mello.


Severe Clear (2009 - 93min) Kristian Fraga
Official Site: www.severeclearthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0494826/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00414HYHI/


Shadow Company (2006 - 86min) Nick Bicanic, Jason Bourque
Official Site: www.shadowcompanythemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0762133/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_company
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000J55YLQ/
Looks at the world of mercenary soldiers.


The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez (2006 - 89min) Heidi Specogna
Official Site: www.theshortlife-film.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0492484/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000TLONE4/
Jose was the first US soldier killed in the Iraq war. Jose had made his way to the US to escape the hopelessness of his life in Guatamala and joined the army to help pay for college. See also When the Mountains Tremble for some background on Guatemala.


Sir! No Sir! (2005 - 84min) David Zeiger
Subtitled: The Suppressed Story of the GI Movement to End the War in Vietnam
Official site: www.sirnosir.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir!_No_Sir!
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0469589/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000IB0DE4
Excellent documentary about the Viet-Nam war protest movement WITHIN the US military. A very interesting and little-known story. Lots of important archival footage. Highly recommended. For more detail on this, see the book, Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War by David Cortwright and Howard Zinn. (Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1931859272). And there is an excellent article online here: www.isreview.org/issues/09/soldiers_revolt.shtml


...So Goes the Nation (2006 - 90min) Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
Official Site: www.sogoesthenationmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...So_Goes_the_Nation
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0432337/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000K2V7EQ


Seoul Train (2005 - 54min) Jim Butterworth, Aaron Lubarsky, Lisa Sleeth
Official Site: www.seoultrain.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seoul_Train
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0402492/
A close look at the problem of North Koreans trying to cross the Chinese border to escape starvation and to find freedom. The Chinese policy is to arrest the refugees and return them, where they will be severely punished or killed. A lot is packed into this short film, including footage of refugees and activists in the underground railroad, which attempts to help refugees find their way across the Chinese border, across China, and into Mongolia. The DVD I rented from Netflix had no special features, other than a chapter menu, which had an Independent Lens logo on it, and no subtitles. The credits indicate that a DVD purchased at the official site has 2 1/2 hours of extra material and subtitles in 16 languages. Excellent film. Recommended.


Soldiers of Conscience (2007 - 86min) Catherine Ryan, Gary Weimberg
Official Site: www.soldiers_themovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1217603/


The Soprano State - Part One (2010) Bob Ingle, Sandy McClure
Subtitled: New Jersey's Culture of Corruption
Official Site: www.thesopranostate.com


South of the Border (2010 - 78min) Oliver Stone
Official Site: www.southoftheborderdoc.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1337137/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003XKNGLY
Stone has a look at the revolution taking place in the 21st century across South America as one country after another has democratically elected a reformist president and worked to shake off US and IMF domination. The US media continues to paint these new leaders as evil communist dictators (who might even need to be overthrown). Stone talks to Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula De Silva (Brazil), Christina and Nestor Kirchner (Argentina), Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raul Castor (Cuba). Recommended.


Standard Operating Procedure (2008 - 116min) Errol Morris
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Operating_Procedure_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0896866/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DPHDA6
Abu Graib, etc. (see also Taxi to the Dark Side and Ghosts of Abu Graib).


State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism (2005 - 94min) Pamela Yates
Director's Website: skylightpictures.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0485046/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Fear:_The_Truth_about_Terrorism
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1574481428
Looks at the "war on terror" between the Peruvian Miilitary and the Shining Path, which eventually left 70,000 people dead.


Strange Culture (2006 - 75min) Lynn Hershman Leeson
Official Site: www.strangeculture.net
Otherzine Review: www.othercinema.com/otherzine/?issueid=17&article_id=44
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Culture
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0924151/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ZDQI9Y


Street Fight (2005 - 81min) Marshall Curry
Official Site: www.streetfightfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0457496/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002SAMMLU
See also Brick City.


Superpower (2008 - 119min) Barbara-Anne Steegmuller
Official Site: www.superpowerthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1311717/
Amazon (DVD 01/29/13 Cinema Libre): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A0O44BM


Taking Liberties (2007 - 101min) Chris Atkins
Official Site: www.noliberties.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taking_Liberties_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0977667/
Amazon (DVD - British PAL Region 2): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000S6UZRO
Amazon.co.uk (DVD - British PAL Region 2): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B000S6UZRO
Covers erosion of civil liberties and increasing surveilance in the UK under Tony Blair's government.


Taxi To the Dark Side (2007 - 106min) Alex Gibney
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxi_to_the_Dark_Side
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0854678/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BEK8FQ
Abu Graib, etc. (see also Standard Operating Procedure and Ghosts of Abu Graib). Won 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary.


They Call it Mayanmar: Lifting the Curtain (2012 - 84min) Robert H. Lieberman
Official Site: www.theycallitmayanmar.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1859621/
Amazon (DVD 11/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008NNYA16


This Divided State (2004 - 88min) Steven Greenstreet
Official Site: www.thisdividedstate.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0379593/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A7BQVU
Quite a storm erupts when Michael Moore is invited to speak at Utah Valley State College.


The Tillman Story (2010 - 94min) Amir Bar-Lev
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1568334/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Tillman
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004C39E3K


The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002 - 80min) Alex Gibney, Eugene Jarecki
Official Site: www.thetrialsofhenrykissinger.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0326306/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009V7S0


The Triumph of the Will (1935 - 120min) Leni Riefenstahl
German Title: Triumph des Willens
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0025913/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_of_the_Will
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E41MRC
Masterpiece propaganda film documents Sixth Nazi Party Congress at Nuremberg in 1934. Commissioned and executive-produced by Adolph Hitler.


Trudell (2005 - 78min) Heather Rae
Official Site: www.trudellthemovie.com/
Distributor: www.passionriver.com/titles.php?id=91
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trudell
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0395796/
Amazon (DVD 2007 Passion River): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LV6OBM
About Native American activist John Trudell. There is also a Red Envelope (Netfilx) DVD with a 54 minute version of the film, as shown on PBS Independent Lens (no special features).


Unconstitutional (2004 - 66min) Nonny de la Pena
Subtitled: The War on Our Civil Liberties
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconstitutional:_The_War_on_Our_Civil_Liberties
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0427989/


Uncovered (2004 - 87min) Robert Greenwald
Subtitled: The War on Iraq
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncovered:_The_War_on_Iraq
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0420286/
This is an extended version of Robert Greenwald's 2003 film, Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War (which is 56 minutes long). Mainly covers the selling of the war.


Underground (1976 - 87min) Emile de Antonio, Haskell Wexler, Mary Lampson
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_(1976_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0075367/
Amazon (DVD 07/08/08 4-disc Homevision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001675YPM/
Looks at the Weather Undrground. This film is included in the 4-disc DVD set Emile de Antonio: Films of the Radical Saint. See also The Weather Underground (below).


The Unknown Known (2013 - 105min) Errol Morris
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Unknown_Known
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2390962/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_unknown_known/
About Donald Rumsfeld.


Until When (2004 - 90min) Dahna Abourahme
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0466589/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CQNIYM/


The US vs. John Lennon (2006 - 99min) David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_U.S._vs._John_Lennon
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0478049/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LP5CX4


Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War (1980 - 600min)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam:_The_Ten_Thousand_Day_War
Amazon (DVD 4-disc 04/02/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ARWXJ54
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0174323/
Written by Associated Press reporter (later CNN) Peter Arnett. Narrated by Richard Basehart. Originally produced by CBC for Canadian TV. Time-Life reissued this on DVD in 2013.


Vietnam War with Walter Cronkite (1985 - 720min)
Amazon (DVD 3-disc 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009KU95
12 hours worth of CBS news reporting on the war.


Vulcans, Victors & Cuba (69min) Christopher Purcell
Looks at the development of Britain's V-Force, the bombers which provided nuclear deterrent until that task was handed over to submarines in 1969. Starts out coving the developent of 3 bombers, the Vickers Valiant, the Avro Vulcan, and the Handley-Page Victor. Britain followed the US and the USSR into the H-bomb club in 1958. Covers the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, including the role that would have been played by Britain's bombers (dropping a bunch of h-bombs on Russian cities).


Waco: A New Revelation (1999 - 110min) Jason Van Vleet
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0259731/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waco:_A_New_Revelation
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000096IAZ
Based on further research into some of the findings of Waco: The Rules of Engagement (below). Does not seem to be available on DVD. Official site (getwaco.com) disappeared.


Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997 - 136min) William Gazecki
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0120472/
Official Site: www.waco93.com
Director's Website: www.williamgazecki.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waco:_The_Rules_of_Engagement
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000DIJOO
Thorough and disturbing look at the Waco seige. As of FEB 2010, the DVD is out of print and hard to find. Recommended. (Netflix has this).


Waiting for Fidel (1974 - 58min) Micheal Rubbo
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_Fidel
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0196195/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002XL1P8
Said to be the inspriation for Michael Moore's Roger and Me. Against standard convention, the filmmaker puts himself into the film as one of the three main characters, along with Newfoundland media mogul Geoff Stirling and former premier of Newfoundland Joey Smallwood. The film mostly consists of interesting and vigorous discussions between Smallwood, a socialist, Stirling, a wealthy capitalist, and the filmmaker as they await an interview with Fidel Castro, which never happens. They are given a very nice place to stay in Cuba and are taken around to see various sites, such as factories and schools. This is a classic film, produced by the Film Board of Canada. The 2004 Facets DVD includes interviews with Stirling and Rubbo 30 years later. Interesting and recommended.


Wal-Mart - the High Cost of Low Price (2005 - 97min) Robert Greenwald
Official Site: www.walmartmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal-Mart:_The_High_Cost_of_Low_Price
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0473107/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BTH4K4


The War at Home (1979 - 100min) Glenn Silber, Barry Alexander Brown
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0080118/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000DI87X


War Feels Like War (2004 - 59min) Esteban Uyarra
PBS: www.pbs.org/pov/warfeelslikewar/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Feels_Like_War
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0425636/
not on DVD as of 07/11, have not yet seen


War Made Easy (2007 - 73min) Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp
Subtitled: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1015246/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00118SUHU
Narrated by Sean Penn.


Watermarks (2004 - 77min) Yaron Zilberman
Subtitled: The Jewish Swimming Champions Who Defied Hitler
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0405461/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BFH2D2


The Weather Underground (2003 - 92min) Sam Green II, Bill Siegel
Official Site: www.theweatherunderground.info
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weather_Underground
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0343168/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001LYFKO


What's the Matter with Kansas? (2009 - 90min) Joe Winston
Director's Website: www.whatsthematterwithkansas.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1323977/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What's_the_Matter_with_Kansas?
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0048LVDH6
Based on the 2004 book What's the Matter wtih Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank.


When the Mountains Tremble (1983 - 83min) Newton Thomas Sigel, Pamela Yates
Director's Website: skylightpictures.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0421089/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Mountains_Tremble
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002HOD7W
Guatemala.


Why We Fight (2005 - 98min) Eugene Jarecki
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/whywefight/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0436971/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FBH3W2
Excellent film, highly recommended.


Win In China (2011) Ole Schell
Official Site: www.wininchinamovie.com


Winter Soldier (1972 - 96min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0204058/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F3AILI
A group of over 100 young Vietnam war vets gathered at a hotel in Detroit in January of 1971 to testify about the atrocities they had seen and committed in the war. 18 filmmakers collaborated to make the film, which is mainly black and white footage of the men telling their stories. A classic.


With All Deliberate Speed (2004 - 111min) Peter Gilbert
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0408338/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006GQKGB
Explores Brown vs. Board of Education, 1954 US Supreme Court case which ordered public schools to integrate "with all deliberate speed", (which meant take all the time you need). I attended public junior high and high school in Biloxi, Mississippi around 1970-1974. At that time they were just beginning to integrate (with some nudging from the courts). They accomplshed this by bussing all the military dependent kids from Keesler AFB to the all-black high school, effectively keeping their own kids segregated well into the 1970's. See also Eyes on the Prize (above).


With God on Our Side (2004 - 101min)
Subtitled: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0431468/


The Yes Men (2003 - 83min) Chris Smith, Dan Ollman, Sarah Price
Official Site: www.theyesmen.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0379593/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006N2DSI
Very funny.


The Yes Men Fix the World (2008 - 87min) Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno
Official Site: www.theyesmen.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1352852/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002ZTVQEI
Sequel to The Yes Men.


Zapatista (1998 - 56min) Benjamin Eichert, Rick Rowley, Staale Sandberg
Official Site: www.bignoisefilms.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0287813/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009JE6DO



Economy/Money/Banking


The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (2008 - 240min) Adrian Pennink
Official Site:
www.pbs.org/wnet/ascentofmoney/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascent_of_Money:_A_Financial_History_of_the_World
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1358383/
Amazon (DVD - 2009 - 4hrs): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002DKGWXO
Amazon (DVD - 2009 - 2hrs): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001Q7JM2S
Niall Ferguson presents the ideas from his book of the same name. Note that there is a 2-hour abbreviated version called The Ascent of Money: Boom or Bust.


Bailout (2012) Sean Patrick Fahey
Official Site: usabailout.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1928331/


Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 - 127min) Michael Moore
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1232207/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism:_A_Love_Story
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0030Y11XS
Moore makes a case against capitalism and for democracy. Lots of food for thought.


Chasing Madoff (2011 - 91min) Jeff Prosserman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1636849/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chasing_Madoff
Amazon (DVD 04/03/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006Z7Z3WM


Commanding Heights (2002 - 360min)
Subtitled: The Battle for the World Economy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0319210/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commanding_Heights:_The_Battle_for_the_World_Economy
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006HAZF
6-hour PBS documentary on macroeconomics based on David Yergin's book of the same name.


The Corporation (2004 - 145min) Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Joel Bakan
Official site: TheCorporation.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Corporation
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0379225/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007DBJM8
Very important and interesting film. What are corporations, how did they get to be so large, powerful and destructive, and what should be done about them? The DVD includes an extra disc with over 5 hours of additional interview footage. Highly recommended.


Debtocracy (2011 - 75min) Aris Hatzistefanou, Katerina Kitidi
Official Site: www.debtocracy.gr/indexen.html
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debtocracy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1890383/


Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005 - 109min) Alex Gibney
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron:_The_Smartest_Guys_in_the_Room
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1016268/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000C3L2IO


Fiat Empire (2006 - 60min) James Jaeger
Subitled: Why the Federal Reserve Violates the US Constitution
Official Site: www.fiatempire.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2040348/
Features Ted Baehr, G. Edward Griffin, Ron Paul, Edwin Vieira.


Four Horsemen (2012 - 97min) Ross Ashcroft
Official Site: www.fourhorsemenfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1671513/


The Flaw (2010 - 82min) David Sington
Official Site: www.theflawmovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1787810/
Amazon (DVD 2012): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0054DPLQQ/
Investigates cause of 2007 economic crash.


Heist (2011 - 75min) Donald Goldmacher, Frances Causey
Subtitled: Who Stole the American Dream?
Official Site: heist-themovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heist:_Who_Stole_the_American_Dream?
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1966464/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00914YLAG


In Debt We Trust (2006 - 98min) Danny Schecter
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0829429/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NDFLWG


Inside Job (2010 - 120min) Charles Ferguson
Official Site: www.insidejob.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inside_Job_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1645089/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0041KKYBA
Investigates the world financial crisis, resulting in collapse of the econmy in 2008. Won 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Released on DVD March 08, 2011.


I.O.U.S.A. (2008 - 80min) Patrick Creadon
Official Site: www.iousathemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I.O.U.S.A.
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0963807
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001P9G3HE


Life + Debt (2001 - 86min) Stephanie Black
Official Site: www.lifeanddebt.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_and_Debt
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0284262
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008NNPK
Shows how Jamaica was crippled by 25 years of "help" from the IMF and World Bank. Excellent and recommended.


Maxed Out (2006 - 87min) James Scurlock
Subtitled: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders
Official Site: www.maxedoutmovie.com
Official Fan Site: www.maxedoutbuzz.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxed_Out
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0762117
Amazon (DVD 06/05/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OU081M


Money As Debt (2006 - 47min) Paul Grignon
(revised in 2009 and packaged as a 2-disc set with Money as Debt II)
Official site: www.moneyasdebt.net
Filmmakers Website: www.paulgrignon.com
Can order from: www.themoneymasters.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_as_Debt
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1828247
Animated. Explains a lot about money, banking, and current economic problems. Recommended to watch The Money Masters (below) first.


Money As Debt II: Promises Unleashed (2009 - 77min) Paul Grignon
(packaged as a 2-disc set with Money as Debt, revised edition)
Official site: www.moneyasdebt.net
Filmmakers Website: www.paulgrignon.com
Can order from: www.themoneymasters.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1828248
Animated. Explains a lot about money, banking, and current economic problems. Recommended to watch The Money Masters (below) first.


Money As Debt III: Evolution Beyond Money (2011 - 138min) Paul Grignon
Official site: www.moneyasdebt.net
Filmmakers Website: www.paulgrignon.com
Can order from: www.themoneymasters.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1478462
Animated. This film is 138 minutes in 4 parts on 2 discs. Also included are 2 short features The Essence of Money (7:30) and Introduction to Digital Coin (8:30). Recommended to watch The Money Masters (below) first. Here is the text from the back of the DVD cover:
This third and final movie in the Money as Debt trilogy presents a comprehensive picture of how "money" could work in the future. It is a blueprint full of surprising specifics for creating a whole new system applied with technologies that exist right now. Money as Debt III demonstrates in simple terms why our primitive concept of money as a "single uniform commodity" is the ROOT cause of money system dysfunction. There is now, and there has long been, an alternative way to do "money". Money as Debt III, Evolution Beyond Money illustrates in extensive and entertaining detail, how a fundamental change in our long-held concept of money, paired with recent breakthroughs in technolgy opens the door to a self-generating, self-balancing and sustainable global "money" backed by REAL VALUE and OPEN to ALL."


The Money Fix (2009 - 79min) Alan Rosenblith
Official site: www.themoneyfix.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1341749/


The Money Masters (1996 - 210min) William T. Still
Subtitled: How International Bankers Gained Control of America
Official site: www.themoneymasters.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Money_Masters
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1954955/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0018IPKCG/
If you really want to know the whole indepth true story about money and banking, here it is - three and a half hours worth. Explains the background of current and past economic problems. Highly recommended. See also Money as Debt, Money As Debt II, Money as Debt III and The Secret of Oz.


Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream (2012 - 70min) Alex Gibney
Official Site: www.itvs.org/films/park-avenue

IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2460426/


Plunder: The Crime of Our Time (2009 - 101min) Danny Schecter
Official Site: www.plunderthecrimeofourtime.com
Director's Website: www.newsdissector.com
Danny Schechter at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Schechter
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1861401/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0033HKDZE/
Explains the collapse of the US economy as a set of criminal actions, chiefly three interlocking processes - tons of bad mortgage loans in the real estate arena, the repackaging and reselling of this debt by banks, and hedge funds.


The Price of Sugar (2007 - 90min) Bill Haney
Official Site: www.thepriceofsugar.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Price_of_Sugar
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1045874/


The Secret of Oz (2009 - 117min) William T. Still
Subtitled: Solutions for a Broken Economy
Official site: www.secretofoz.com
Official site: www.themoneymasters.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1478462/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002WLS890/
Highly recommended. Note the 5-star rating at Amazon. This would be my top recommendation to get an understanding of the problems with our economy today. Could be seen as an updated version of the much longer The Money Masters, updated with new information, shorted to 2hrs and set in the context of explaining the symbology of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The main points here are that governments can and should issue their own money, which would be debt-free, as opposed to letting private banks issue money (such as the system in the US, where the money is lent to the govenment at interest from the private Federal Reserve bank), and that banks should be fully leveraged (they should only be able to lend as much money as they have instead of the current system which allows them to loan ten times the amount of deposits). Covers a lot of the history of banking and money, especially in the US. Includes info on the Bank of North Dakota, and the situation in Iceland. Was originally 101 minutes, appears to have been revised in 2011 and is now 117 minutes long. See also The Money Masters, Money as Debt, Money As Debt II and Money as Debt III.


Symbionomics Alan Rosenblith
Official Site: www.symbionomics.com/
Still in development as of 10/12. From the director of The Money Fix.


The Take (2004 - 87min)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Take_(2004_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0426596/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CCD1X4


The Untouchables (2013)
PBS: www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/untouchables/
PBS Frontline episode first broadcast JAN 22, 2013.


Waging A Living (2005 - 85min) Roger Weisberg
PBS: www.pbs.org/pov/wagingaliving/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waging_a_Living
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0455834/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GG4Y0K


We're Not Broke (2012) Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes
Official Site: www.werenotbrokemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2124998/


Where is the World Going, Mr. Stiglitz? (2007 - 380min) Jacques Sarasin
Official Site: stiglitzfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1381134/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NJL4R6
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Stiglitz
Nobel Prize winning economist explains the world economy and globalization. Over 6 hours, on 2 DVDs.



Vote Fraud in the USA


American Blackout (2005 - 86min) Ian Inaba
Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Blackout
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0492443/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GYHRHE
Looks at the political career of Cynthia McKinney and at irregularities in 2000 and 2004 US presidential elections.


The Big Fix 2000: Who Runs the Show? (2004 - 58min) Daniel Hopsicker
Director's Website: www.madcowprod.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001I5560
From Hopsicker's Conspiracy Secret History series. Looks like UFOTV has bought the distribution rights to his films. This looks at Diebold.


Counting on Democracy (2001 - 60min) Danny Schechter
Subtitled: The 2000 Electoral Fiasco in Florida
Distributor's Website: www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/cod.html
Director's Website: www.newsdissector.com
Note: This appears to be the same film as Recount Democracy (see below).


Electile Dysfunction (2008 - 88min) Joe Barber, Mary Patel
Subtitled: Inside the Business of American Campaigns
Official Site:www.cinemalibrestudio.com/ED/film.php
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001FQHQ82
Focusses on 2006 US Senate race between Democrat Bob Casey Jr. and Republican Rick Santorum.


Electile Dysfunction (2005 - 58min) Penny Little
Official Site:www.electile-dysfunction.com
Focusses on irregularities in Ohio and Florida in 2004 presidential election.


Hacking Democracy (2006 - 82min) Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels
Official Site: www.hackingdemocracy.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacking_Democracy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0808532/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MKXF28
Bev Harris' website: BlackBoxVoting.org (includes lots of online video clips)
Black Box Voting Book by Bev Harris - Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0963416308


Murder, Spies, and Voting Lies (2008 - 68min) Patty Sharaf
Subtitled: The Clint Curtis Story
Official Site: www.votinglies.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1341751/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001FCLQ78/


Recount Democracy (2002 - 71min) Danny Schechter
Director's Website: www.newsdissector.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0019WY6U8/
Note: This appears to be the same film as Counting on Democracy (see above). Covers 2000 election problems in Florida.


Stealing America: Vote By Vote (2007 - 90min) Dorothy Fadiman
Official Site: www.stealingamericathemovie.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1279111/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000K6BQL6/
Can view at official site.


Uncounted (2008 - 81min) David Earnhardt
Subtitled: The New Math of American Presidential Elections
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1279117/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0019M8OFG/


Unprecedented (2004 - 90min) Richard R. Perez, Joan Sekler
Subtitled: The 2000 Presidential Election
Official Site: www.unprecedented.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unprecedented:_The_2000_Presidential_Election
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0346091/


Votescam: The Stealing of America's Elections (60min)
Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oA4nDuuBOg
Votescam.org, home of the classic book, Votescam: The Stealing of America, by James and Kenneth Collier.
Amazon (Book): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0963416308
Wikipedia (Book): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Votescam
This is an interview with James Collier from a 1996 episode of the cable TV show Liberty News Network with Walter Reddy and Jill St. James. The VHS was once available from Votescam.org and has been out of print for awhile. Can watch at Youtube link above.


We Will Not Be Silenced Gigi Gaston
Official Site: www.wewillnotbesilenced2008.com
Upcoming film concerning vote fraud in the 2008 Democratic primary election.



Civil Rights in the USA


4 Little Girls (1997 - 102min) Spike Lee
IMDB:
www.imdb.com/title/tt0118540/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000053V7G


The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011 - 96min) Goran Olsson
Official Site: www.blackpowermixtape.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1592527/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005NHZAHS


Brother Minister (1994 - 115min) Jack Baxter
Subtitled: The Assassination of Malcolm X
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0109339/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A2HA6U
seems to be out of print


Brother Outsider (2003 - 83min) Nancy D. Kates, Bennett Singer
Subtitled: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Official Site: rustin.org
PBS: www.pbs.org/pov/brotheroutsider/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0337902/
Amazon (DVD 07/06/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003LR5BBC
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayard_Rustin
One of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement, largely forgotten and unknown, perhaps because he was openly gay.


Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 (1987 - 360min) Henry Hampton
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyes_on_the_Prize
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0092999/
PBS: www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/eyesontheprize/
Amazon (DVD 3-disc 04/06/2010 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0031WNYHK
Producer's Website: www.blacksidemedia.com
Thorough look at civil rights movement in the US. Lots of crucial and shocking archival footage and more recent interviews with key people. This is part 1, consisting of 6 one-hour episodes, first broadcast on PBS in 1987. Super-classic, important film, highly recommended. This is the essential document on the subject. Narrated by Julian Bond. The whole series has been out of print much of the time since its release, supposedly due to rights clearance issues. Part 1 was finally issued on DVD in April, 2010 (see above Amazon link). The entire series has been available on DVD for educational use from PBS for $400 since 2006. Title for entire series (parts 1 and 2) is Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985. Part 2 is listed below.


Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads 1965-1985 (1990 - 480min) Henry Hampton
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyes_on_the_Prize
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0092999/
Part 2, consisting of 8 one-hour episodes, first broadcast on PBS in 1990.


Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012 - 102min) Shola Lynch
Official Site: freeangelafilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2350432/
Amazon (DVD 08/20/13 Lions Gate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D3LA7HA/


Freedom Riders (2010 - 120min) Stanley Nelson
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1558952/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004AR4VRW


Gideon's Army (2013 - 96min) Dawn Porter
Official Site: www.gideonsarmythefilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2179053/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gideons_army_2013/


In Prison My Whole Life (2007 - 90min) Marc Evans
Official Site: www.inprisonmywholelife.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Prison_My_Whole_Life
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0866436/
not yet on DVD as of 10/2010 (except UK PAL version). See also Justice on Trial (above) and Mumia: Case for a Reasonable Doubt? (below).


Justice on Trial - The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal (2010) Kouross Esmaeli
Official Site: www.bignoisefilms.org
not yet on DVD as of 10/2010. See also Mumia: A Case for a Reasonable Doubt? (below).


Mumia: A Case for a Reasonable Doubt? (1996 - 74min) John Edgington
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumia_Abu_Jamal:_A_Case_for_a_Reasonable_Doubt?
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0119728/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0016OKR48/
See also Justice on Trial (above).


Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary (2012 - 120min) Stephen Vittoria
Official Site: www.mumia-themovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2900456/
Amazon (DVD 06/11/13 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BT0NBKW/


Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story (2000 - 58min) Eric Paul Fournier
PBS: www.pbs.org/pov/ofcivilwrongsandrights/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0254611/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KJU1IC/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Korematsu


Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000 - 84min) Barak Goodman, Daniel Anker
Official Site: www.pbs.org/wbgh/amex/scottsboro/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottsboro:_An_American_Tragedy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0240885/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E0OBCO/
Covers the 1931 Alabama case credited with starting the American civil rights movement. Two white women accused nine black teenagers of raping them on a train. They all went to prison, eventually being released.


Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009 - 82min) Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Official Site: www.soundtrackforarevolutionfilm.com/
PBS: www.pbs.org/wbgh/americanexperience/films/soundtrack/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soundtrack_for_a_Revolution
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1358885/
DVD Talk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/44279/soundtrack-for-a-revolution/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003LUCW7A/


Spies of Mississippi (2014 - 60min) Dawn Porter
Official Site: www.spiesofmississippithefilm.com/
PBS: www.pbs.org/independentlens/spies-of-mississippi
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2691786/
Amazon (DVD 02/11/14 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GMM19M8/


The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005 - 70min) Keith Beauchamp
Official site: www.emmetttillstory.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0475420/
Amazon (DVD 02/28/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000DZ95MQ


Up From Slavery (2011 - 315min) Kevin R. Hershberger
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1935942/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0058KHGX6/



Israel/Palestine


39 films listed as of 03/29/13


Wikipedia has a list of documentaries on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categrory:Documentary_films_about_the_Israeli-Palestinian_conflict

CAMERA.org provides some detailed lists of documentaries on the subject of Israel: www.camera.org/index.asp?x_content=54


5 Broken Cameras (2011 - 94min) Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Official Site: www.kinolorber.com/5brokencameras/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Broken_Cameras
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2125423/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009NI2XVO


5 Days (2005 - 94min) Yoav Shamir
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0491882/
not yet on DVD?


The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs (1998 - 300min) Dai Richards, David Ash
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0204782/
Amazon (DVD 11/21/00 2-disc PBS OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004TX2W
Review: www.camera.org/index.asp?x_content=46&x_review=20
WGBH/BBC production. Out of print. Netflix has this (03/13). Might find to watch online.


9 Star Hotel (2007 - 78min) Ido Haar
Original Hebrew Title: Malon 9 Kochavim
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1002540/
Amazon (DVD 02/05/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Z27H68
Looks at a couple of Palestinian men who cross the border into Israel every day to look for work.


American Radical (2010 - 89min) David Ridgen, Nicolas Rossier
Subtitled: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein
Official Site: www.americanradicalthefilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Radical:_The_Trials_of_Norman_Finklestein
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1475191/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0038GQRLO


Blood and Tears: The Arab Israeli Conflict (2007 - 74min) Isadore Rosmarin
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000P29GJY


Blues by the Beach (2004 - 77min) Joshua Faudem
Official Site: www.bluesbythebeachfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0783677/
Amazon (2-disc DVD-R): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001OW5MHE


Budrus (2009 - 80min) Julia Bacha
Official Site: www.justvision.org/budrus
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budrus_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1542411/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004J169PQ


Checkpoint (2003 - 80min) Yoav Shamir
Hebrew Title: Machsommim
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checkpoint_(2003_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0391857/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00075K82I


The Color of Olives (2006 - 97min) Carolina Rivas
Official Site: www.thecolorofolives.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Color_of_Olives
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0829124
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000K0YG8W


Death in Gaza (2004 - 80min) James Miller
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0412631/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BBOU90


Demafation (2009 - 91min) Yoav Shamir
Hebrew Title: Hashmatsa
Official Site: www.defamation-thefilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defamation_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0037BBKOY
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1377278


Diameter of the Bomb (2005 - 82min) Steven Silver, Andrew Quigley
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0441754
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Y11B9Y


Encounter Point (2006 - 85min) Ronit Avni, Julia Bacha
Official Site: www.encounterpoint.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encounter_Point
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0783517
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000R4SKEW


Flipping Out (2008 - 84min) Yoav Shamir
National Film Board of Canada: films.nfb.ca/flipping-out/ Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipping_Out_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1213858
Explores the phenomena of Israeli ex-soldiers, who, having completed their compulsory 3-year military service, move to India and dive into heavy drug use, with some developing mental problems. As of 06/2010, I don't think this has made it to DVD. Has been shown on Sundance Channel and BBC. From the director of Checkpoint and Defamation.


The Forsaken Promise (2007 - 120min)
Official Site: www.hatikvah.co.uk/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1094174
Amazon (DVD 03/22/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OQDRJG/
In 2 1-hour parts. DVD also includes 45-minute abridged version.


The Gatekeepers (2012 - 101min) Dror Moreh
Official Site: www.thegatekeepersfilm.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gatekeepers_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2309788
Amazon (DVD 07/09/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AZMFM3I
Amazon (BluRay 07/09/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AZMFM9C
The history of Israel's secret internal security service, the Shin Bet, as recounted by six of its former heads. Very interesting. Highly recommended for anyone interested in understanding Israel and the middle east. Interviews are in Hebrew with English subtitles.


Gaza Strip (2002 - 74min) James Longley
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0329112
Wikipedia (film): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_Strip_(film)
Wikipedia (Second Intifada): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Intifada
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008O35S
Interview: blogcritics.org/video/article/interview-james-longley-gaza-strip/
Documents events taking place in 2001 in Gaza Strip during Second Intifada. Spends a lot of time with kids. Shows effects of poison gas attacks. Recommended. out of print - Netflix has this


The Great Book Robbery
Official Site: www.thegreatbookrobbery.org
This film will tell the story of the theft of 60,000 books from Palestinians in 1948 as part of the new state of Israel's attempt to erase Palestinian culture. in development as of 11/2010


Heritage: Civilization and the Jews (1984 - 540min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0205623
Amazon (DVD 4-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006IUI4
In 9 one-hour parts. Narrated by former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban.


In Search of Peace: Part 1: 1948-1967 (2001 - 112min) Richard Trank
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0230325
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AOV6P
(as of 2013, there is no part 2). Narrated by Michael Douglas.


Israel: A Nation is Born (1992 - 360min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0193678
Amazon (DVD 3-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008UAMZ
Amazon (DVD 3-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1576180549
In 6 one-hour parts. Narrated by former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban.


Israel: Birth of a Nation (1996 - 100min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0255264
Amazon (DVD 09/27/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AABL58
A&E History Channel.


Israel vs. Israel (2010 - 58min) Terje Carlsson
Official Site: www.israelvsisrael.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_vs_Israel
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1753960
About Jewish peace activists in Israel.


Israel's War History (120min) Sharon Schaveet
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002EQA102/


Jenin, Jenin (2002 - 54min) Mohamed Bakri
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenin,_Jenin
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0363720
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003K7C6UC/


Occupation 101 (2007 - 90min) Sufyan Omeish, Abdallah Omeish
Official Site: www.occupation101.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0807956
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupation_101
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0012OTLIA/


Occupied Minds (2005 - 58min) Jamal Dajani, David Michaelis
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0794321
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FA5ESS/


One Day in September (1999 - 94min) Kevin Macdonald
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Day_in_September
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0230591
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BNXD6E/
Covers the incident at the 1972 Munich Olympics where 8 Palestinians took 11 Israeli atheletes hostage. Won Academy Award for best documentary in 1999.


Palestine Blues (2005 - 72min) Nida Sinnokrot
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1557825
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DRF83I/


Palestine is Still the Issue (2002 - 53min) John Pilger
Official Site: www.johnpilger.com/videos/palestine-is-still-the-issue
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestine_is_Still_the_Issue
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0383551
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004GYKNEO/


Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (2004 - 80min) Sut Jhally, Bathsheba Ratzkoff
Subtitled: US Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Official Site: www.mediaed.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0428959
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OWHFG6/


Promises (2001 - 106min) Carlos Bolado, Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0282864
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00031TXGI


Rachel (2009 - 100min) Simone Bitton
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1396222
About Rachel Corrie, 23-year-old American activist run over by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza.


Roadmap to Apartheid (2011 - 95min) Eron Davidson, Ana Nogueira
Official Site: www.roadmaptoapartheid.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2124900


Six Days in June (2007 - 100min) Ilan Ziv
Subtitled: The War That Redfined the Middle East
Official Site: www.sixdaysmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1033631/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000RPCJPC


Suicide Killers (2006 - 81min) Pierre Rehov
Official Site: www.suicidekillers.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0830968/
Amazon (DVD 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NVHWIE
Amazon (DVD-R): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00375LBJY


To Die in Jerusalem (2007 - 76min) Hilda Medalia
Official Site: www.todieinjerusalem.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Die_in_Jerusalem
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0906091/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00119XVN2
A close look at a suicide bombing involving a 17-year-old female Palestinian bomber and a 17-year-old female Israeli victim.


To Shoot an Elephant (2009 - 112min) Alberto Arce, Mohammed Rujallah
Official Site: www.toshootanelephant.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Shoot_an_Elephant
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1621032/
Looks at Operation Cast Lead, Israel's attack on Gaza in DEC 2008/JAN 2009. Can purchase DVD or download free DIVX version at official site.


Until When (2004 - 76min) Dahna Abourahme
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0466589/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CQNIYM


Wall (2004 - 97min) Simone Bitton
Official Site: www.wallthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0413018/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AYQO6A
Documents the giant concrete wall (I think still being erected) that separates Palestinian territories from Israel. Most people don't even know about this huge wall, which is just one reason why everyone needs to see this amazing, powerful, award-winning film. Highly recommended.
Read about the wall at this lengthy Wikipedia article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli_West_Bank_barrier


Waltz With Bashir (2008 - 90min) Ari Folman
Official Site: www.waltzwithbashir.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waltz_With_Bashir
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1185616/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001KVZ6AM
The director visits with former Israeli army colleagues to try to revive his lost memories of the Sabra and Shatila massacre during the 1982 Lebanon war. Unusual new style for a documentary, uses lots of animation. Well-repected film - won many awards. Highly recommended.



Immigration in the US


The 800 Mile Wall (2010 - 90min) John Carlos Frey
Official Site:
www.800milewall.org


Cochise County USA (2005 - 69min) Mercedes Maharis
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0814055/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F8DV6C


Crossing Arizona (2006 - 75min) Joseph Mathew, Dan DeVivo
Official Site: www.crossingaz.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0492453/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001N0LE1K


Farmingville (2004 - 78min) Catherine Tambini, Carlos Sandoval III
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0388935/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002V7NY8
Looks at the issue of illegal immigrants in Farmingville, New York.


H-2 Worker (1990 - 70min) Stephanie Black
Official Site: www.lifeanddebt.org/h2worker
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-2_Worker
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0123097
Amazon (04/28/09 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001N4K6L0


The Least of These (2009 - 62min) Clark Lyda, Jesse Lyda
Official Site: www.theleastofthese-film.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1326807/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002JFMXQ8
Looks at a privately run detention center for families in Texas.


Mojados: Through the Night (2004 - 65min) Tommy Davis
Official Site: www.mojadosmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0400647/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mojados:_through_the_night
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009GX1QA
Follows four Mexican men as they make their journey across the Texas border into America.


The Other Side of Immigration (2009 - 55min) Roy Germano
Official Site: www.theothersideofimmigration.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1397086/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003X3BYJM


Sentenced Home (2006 - 76min) David Grabias, Nicole Newnham
IndiePix: www.indiepixfilms.com/film/2933
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0808461/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0018Q7JYU


Wetback (2004 - 91min) Arturo Perez Torres
Subtitled: The Undocumented Documentary
Official Site: www.opencityworks.com/wetback/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetback:_The_Undocumented_Documentary
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0447544/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KF0DKM
A thorough look at the issue of immigration through the southern US border, including Central American immigrants travelling through Mexico.


Which Way Home (2009 - 90min) Rebecca Cammisa
Official Site: www.whichwayhome.net
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Which_Way_Home
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0489342/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0042EJDGM
Looks at children immigrating to the US from south of the border by hopping trains. DVD released JAN 25, 2011.



Hurricane Katrina


A Bridge Life: Finding Our Way Home (2009 - 57min) Joshua Grossberg
Official Site:
www.abridgelife.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1413773/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003VE9WZG


The Axe In The Attic (2007 - 110min) Ed Pincus, Lucia Small
Official site: www.theaxeintheattic.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1219676/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NHZ22K


Big Easy to Big Empty (2006 - 30min) Greg Palast
Subtitled: The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans
Director's Website: www.gregpalast.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1240902/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000PAAIQ6
Some alternate views on hurricane Katrina from investigative journalist Greg Palast.


The Big Uneasy (2010 - 98min) Harry Shearer
Official Site: www.thebiguneasy.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1702441/


Burn on the Bayou (2008 - 56min) Matt Leonard
Official Site: www.burnonthebayou.com
Burners Without Borders: www.burnswithoutborders.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1256497/


The Church on Dauphine Street (2009 - 83min) Anne Hendreen, Rustin Thompson
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001S2Q5YO


Dark Water Rising (2006 - 73min) Mike Shiley
Official Site: www.darkwaterrising.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0876103/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GH3JWI
About efforts to rescue pets left behind in Katrina. This is more of an "indy" project than the related film Mine (see below), and mainly looks at some of the various rescue groups. Spends a lot of time with the "renegade" Winn-Dixie group, who banded together outside of the bureaucracy of the more official groups. Some wild characters there, including a guy who we could call the "gonzo dog whisperer". Lots of pit bulls. Very interesting film.


Desert Bayou (2007 - 71min) Alex Lemay
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0899238/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00118S6EC


Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008 - 67min) Dawn Logsdon, Lolis Eric Elie
Official Site: www.tremedoc.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faubourg_Treme:_The_Untold_Story_of_Black_New_Orleans
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1202562/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002OHE1OS


Hurricane Katrina Five Years Later (2010 - 99min) Alfonzo Walker, Jr.
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003OUXHIA


Hurricane on the Bayou (2006 - 42min) Greg MacGillivray
Official Site: www.hurricaneonthebayou.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0868265/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_on_the_Bayou
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000O78632
Made for IMAX theatres. Narrated by Merl Streep, Tab Benoit, Allen Toussaint. Features music by Tab Benoit, Chubby Carrier, Allen Toussaint, Martha Wright.


Hurricane Strip (2007 - 85min) Michael J. Butler, Brian Daniel Boyd
Distributor's Website: www.singahe.com/hurricanestrip.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1198589/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000WGD874
have not yet seen


If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise (2010 - 240min) Spike Lee
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1587373/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_God_Is_Willing_and_Da_Creek_Don't_Rise
Amazon (DVD 04/19/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004JA99XG
Amazon (BluRay 04/19/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Y5HWPO
Followup to When the Levees Broke. Made for HBO, first shown on TV AUG 23/24, 2010 in 2 2-hr episodes. to it)


Independent America: Rising From Ruins (2009 - 70min) Hanson Hosien
Official Site: www.risingfromruins.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1436558/


Inside Hurricane Katrina (2005 - 94min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000C3L270
For National Geographic TV.


Kamp Katrina (2007 - 74min) David Redmon, Ashely Sabin
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1553678/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001WB6NH0


Katrina Cop in the Superdome (2010 - 82min) Paul Lisy
Official Site: www.katrinacop.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/katrinacop/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1680720
have not yet seen, not yet on DVD as of 12/2010 (still not as of 12/2011)


Katrina Diary (2006 - 80min) J. Justin Pearce
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0835484/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FFL090


Katrina's Children (2008 - 83min) Laura Belsey
Official Site: www.katrinaschildren.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1243938/


Land of Opportunity (2010 - 96min) Louisa Dantas
Official Site: www.landofopportunityfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1658811/


Left Behind Without A Choice (2007 - 80min) Kim Walsh Borgan
Official Site: www.leftbehindkatrinamovie.com
Another film about pet rescue efforts. have not yet seen


Mine (2009 - 80min) Geralyn Pezanoski
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1326247/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002NRNZTG
Very interesting film about the efforts to rescue pets left behind in Katrina. Lots of issues are expored here. Mainly focusses on five or six specific cases where dogs were found, and in most of these cases the new owners did not want to return them. Recommended. See also Dark Water Rising.


Mission to Mississippi (2007 - 46min) Lewis Stiefel
Distributor's Website: www.singahe.com/mitomi.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1543508/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002JXNQWA


Mississippi Son (2008 - 93min) Don Wilson
Official Site: www.mississippison.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1047837/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0019CO216
Though the hurricane missed New Orleans (that city was devastated by the breach of the levee after the hurricane had moved through) and made a direct hit on the coast of Mississippi, almost all the media attention was on New Orleans. This film documents the devastation to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi - Bay Saint Louis, Pass Christian, Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, Ocean Springs. Much of this area experienced water over 30 feet high. Talks to a lot of musicians and artists. Points out the lack of help from the government. As a nice touch, all of the soundtrack music is by gulf coast musicians.


National Geographic - Inside Hurricane Katrina (2005 - 92min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000C3L270


Nova - Hurricane Katrina: The Storm That Drowned a City (2006 - 56min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0206501/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BKDNYO


Prisoners of Katrina (2006 - 59min) Nick Read
This is an episode of the BBC TV series This World, investigating the story of 7000 inmates left to die in Orleans Parish Prison during Hurricane Katrina. Can watch free online (check Google video). There is a book of the same name.


Race (2010 - 59min) Katherine Cecil
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1568874/


Saints Rising (2010 - 45min) Hailima Yates
Official Site: www.anonamissproductions.com/saints_rising.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1597128/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003KK5APW


Trouble the Water (2008 - 96min) Tia Lessin, Carl Deal
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1149405/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trouble_the_Water
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0027EU252


Wade in the Water Children (2007 - 75min) Elizabeth Wood, Gabriel Nussbaum
Official Site: www.wadeinthewaterdoc.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1123411/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00346I95A


When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006 - 256min) Spike Lee
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0783612/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000J10F14
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Levees_Broke
Spike Lee's epic film is the essential document of this massive tragedy. He got right down there and captured a lot of this pretty quickly. Very powerful and important film. I watched this when it first came out on DVD, and rewatched in 2010. Awesome and highly recommended. The main film is in four "Acts" of about an hour each. And then there is a fifth part, about 2 hours long, shot a bit later that consists only of interviews. This is a 3-disc set. The first 4 parts include director's commentary and Spanish and French subtitles. Check this out! Spike followed this up in 2010 with If God is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise.



Art / Architecture / Design

Art is not a major subject for me, but these are some really cool films I have found.


Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012 - 91min) Alison Klayman
Official Site:
aiweiweineversorry.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ai_Weiwei:_Never_Sorry
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1845773/
Amazon (DVD 12/04/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009B8YZ8U
Amazon (BluRay 12/04/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009B8YZ8A
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ai_wei_wei_never_sorry_2012/


Allen Jones - Women and Men (2007 - 58min) Jake Auerbach
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1146154/
Amazon (UK): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B000XJLQOW
Wikipedia (Allen Jones): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Jones_(sculptor)
Wikipedia (Jake Auerbach): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jake_Auerbach
Extensive look at the work of Allen Jones, controversial due to depictions of women as objects (such as tables, chairs, coatracks). He explains many ideas, including his techniques as an artist. Very interesting. Hard to find. PAL region 0 DVD is available from Amazon UK (above link) and sometimes eBay. (might find some places to watch online).


Andy Warhol (1988 - 76min) Kim Evans, Lana Jokel
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004STTW
Excellent documentary.


Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006 - 240min) Ric Burns
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GEIREQ
This 4-hour PBS program is a thorough coverage of Warhol's life and work.


Antonio Gaudi (1984 - 72min) Hiroshi Teshigahara
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Gaudi
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Gaudi_(film)
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/2104
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0086907/
Amazon (Criterion 2-disc 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011U3OAG


The Architecture of Doom (1989 - 119min) Peter Cohen
German Title: Undergangens Arkitektur
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0098559/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architecture_of_Doom
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003XALS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/architecture_of_doom/
All about Hitler and art. Covers Nazi censorship of art, theft of art in Europe during the war, Hitler's plans for massive art galleries. Amazing film, highly recommended. See also The Rape of Europa (below).


Art & Copy (2009 - 88min) Doug Pray
Subtitled: Inside Advertising's Creative Revolution
Official Site: www.artandcopyfilm.com
PBS: www.pbs.org/independentlens/art-and-copy/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_&_Copy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1333631/
Amazon (DVD 05/04/10 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003AWEZ74
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1216754-art_and_copy/
Another awesome film from Doug Pray. This one is about advertising design artists and covers some major ad campaigns such as "Got Milk?", "Just Do It", "Where's the Beef", "I Want My MTV". Explores the impact of advertising on society a little bit. (see also from Doug Pray - Surfwise, Big Rig, Infamy, Scratch, Hype).


The Art of the Steal (2009 - 101min) Don Argott
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_the_Steal_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1326733/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003JHXS1E
Looks at the controversial move of the Barnes collection of art to downtown Philadelphia.


Artmind - The Healing Power of Sacred Art with Alex Grey - (2004 - 79min) Jay Weidner
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002HDH1K
Alex Grey's website: www.alexgrey.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Grey
See also COSM (below).


Beautiful Losers (2008 - 90min) Aaron Rose
Official Site: www.beautifullosers.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beautiful_Losers_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0430916/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002PX446G


Beauty is Embarrassing: The Wayne White Story (2012 - 88min) Neil Berkeley
Official Site: www.beautyisembarrassing.com
PBS: www.pbs.org/independentlens/beauty-is-embarrassing/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2040281/
Wikipedia (Wayne White): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_White_(artist)
Wayne White's Official Site: waynewhiteart.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009MBSWBW
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beauty_is_embarrassing/
Wayne worked on Peewee's Playhouse and various other TV and music video stuff before deciding he didn't like working in Hollywood. He went back to painting and became known for his "word paintings", where he painted words over the top of thrift-store landscape paintings. This is a very fun and interesting film covering his life, family, and ideas about art.


Between the Folds (2008 - 56min) Vanessa Gould
Official Site: www.greenfusefilms.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1253565/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002MWRMO0
Looks at the cutting edge of the ancient Japanese art of paper folding (origami). You wouldn't believe what some people can do with a piece of paper. This film will not be what you are expecting. Totally amazing and highly recommended.


COSM: The Movie - Alex Grey Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (2006 - 80min) Nick Krasnic
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ICL3K6
Alex Grey's website: www.alexgrey.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Grey
See also Artmind (above).


Crumb (1995 - 119min) Terry Zwigoff
Official Site: www.spe.sony.com/classics/crumb/crumb.html
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crumb_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0109508/
Metacritic: www.metacritic.com/video/titles/crumb
Amazon: (DVD 08/10/10 Criterion Collection) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003N2CVPE
Amazon: (DVD 04/25/06 Sony Special Edition) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ELL1RG
Amazon: (DVD 03/09/99 Sony Original DVD Release) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767821505
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/2104
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/crumb/
Rich documentary about counter-culture comic artist Robert Crumb. This wide-ranging biography covers his whole life, including bizarre upbringing. His two interesting brothers are featured as part of the story. Includes tons of his art. One of the coolest and most interesting documentaries ever, for sure. Zwigoff's first docu (1985) was Louie Bluie. He later made the feature films Ghostworld and Art School Confidential. There are 3 editions of the Crumb DVD available - the original release from 1999 (with white cover), the "Special Edition", released in 2006 (with red cover), and the Criterion Edition, released AUG 2010. The special edition does not say special edition on the DVD cover. I am assuming that what is different about it is the Special Features listed on the cover - digitally remastered, commentary by Zwigoff and Roger Ebert, and a preview from Art School Confidential (plus the newer "special edition" is $13 cheaper). The Criterion Edition adds some more features, including a new commentary by Zwigoff. You want to see this film!


Cutie and the Boxer (2013 - 82min) Zachary Heinzerling
Official Site: www.cutieandtheboxer.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutie_and_the_Boxer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2355540/
Amazon (DVD 02/04/14 Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GDQ0QWC/
Amazon (Bluray 02/04/14 Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GFSJORG/


Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes (2011 - 90min) M. Slinger
Official Site: www.degenerateartfilm.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degenerate_Art_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2123927/
Amazon (DVD 2012): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009Q8E67U
See also: Operation Pipeworks.


Eames: The Architect and the Painter (2011 - 83min) Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eames:_The_Architect_and_the_Painter
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1972646/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005LVO6QC
See also: The Films of Charles and Ray Eames.


El Cerrito (2006 - 60min) Juan Andres Bello
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt/1954413/
Amazon (DVD 04/23/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BXHDZTM


Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 - 87min) Banksy
Official Site: www.banksyfilm.com
Wikipedia (film): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exit_Through_the_Gift_Shop
Wikipedia (Banksy): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksy
Wikipedia (Thierry Guetta): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thierry_Guetta
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1587707/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00470MG06
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/exit_through_the_gift_shop/
Banksy makes a documentary about a guy who is making a documentary about street art. After Banksy suggests he should become a street artist himself, suddenly he produces a huge amount of art and has a show in LA. There is speculation that the film is a put-on, and that the art attributed to Mr. Brainwash is actually made by Bansky and Sheppard Fairey, who is also featured in the film. It's fun.


F For Fake (1973 - 87min) Orson Welles
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F_for_Fake
Criterion:www.criterion.com/films/908
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt09072962/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 04/26/05 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007M2234
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/f-for-fake/


The Fantastic World of M.C. Escher (1980 - 50min) Michelle Emmer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0133759/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EDWLQY
Thorough look at Escher's artwork. Physicist/mathemetician Prof. Roger Penrose talks about impossible objects. Mathemetician Prof. H.S.M. Coxeter explains some hyperbolic geometry and a bit about tetrahedrons and octohedrons. There are a couple of interesting lengthy reviews of this at the above Amazon link.


Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2012 - 98min) Brad Bernstein
Official Site: www.faroutthemovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_Out_Isn't_Far_Enough:_The_Tomi_Ungerer_Story
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1974254/
Amazon (DVD 10/22/13 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E9B9P34/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/far_out_isnt_far_enough_the_tomi_ungerer_story/
Ungerer's Official Site: www.tomiungerer.com/
Wikipedia (Ungerer): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomi_Ungerer
About artist/author/illustrator Tomi Ungerer, known for his children's books and for his controversial erotic adult books.


The Films of Charles and Ray Eames (6-discs 337 minutes) Charles Eames
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000952K92


Finding Lee Mullican (2008 - 75min) John Mullican
Official Site: www.findingleemullican.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1552021/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003HC9J6O
A look at the late artist's life by his son. Would like to have seen a bit more of his art (though we do see major works), which is abstract, visionary, and ahead of its time. (supplied as a DVD-R)


Frazetta: Painting with Fire (2003 - 93min) Lance Laspina
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0363621/
Amazon(DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00064ALNG
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NOQ8TY
About fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. There is a single disc DVD version and a 2-disc DVD version, which includes art galleries. The film is also included in the 2-disc DVD set of Ralph Bakshi's Fire and Ice.


The Genius of Design (242min)
Official Site: www.athenalearning.com/programs/genius-design/description-and-videos
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004H0ZH84


Gerhard Richter Painting (2011 - 97min) Corinna Belz
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1982113/
Amazon (DVD 09/25/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008BWFP18
Amazon (BluRay 09/25/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008E0O4G4
Gerhard Richter Official Site: gerhard-richter.com
Gerhard Richter at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerhard_Richter
Looks at Gerhard Richter painting in his studio.


Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks (2000 - 90min) Craig Laurence Rice
Amazon (DVD 2006 HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BNXD4G/
Amazon (DVD 2012 HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007AFBY1C/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0265218/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Parks
About African-American filmmaker, novelist, journalist, photographer, poet, musician, activist Gordon Parks.


Helmut Newton - Frames From the Edge (1989 - 95min) Andrain Maben
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005Y6ZC/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0097382/
Helmut's website:www.helmutnewton.com
"The photographer of women". The 2002 DVD is out of print and hard to find.


Helvetica (2007 - 80min) Gary Hustwit
Official Site: www.helveticafilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0847817/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helvetica_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000VWEFP8
Yes, its a movie about a typefont. In looking at the ubiquitous Helvetica font, the film explores typography, graphic design, urban visual space, etc. Interviews with many top designers. Released to coincide with 50th anniversary of the introduction of Helvetica in 1957. Very interesting film. Highly recommended. This is the first of Hustwit's "Design Trilogy" - followed by Objectified (2009) and Urbanized (2011).


Herb & Dorothy (2008 - 87min) Megumi Sasaki
Official Site: www.herbanddorothy.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_and_Dorothy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1227929/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002RB56WM


How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? (2010 - 78min) Carlos Carcas, Norberto Lopez Amado
Official Site: www.mrfostermovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1620785/
Wikipedia (Norman Foster): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Foster,_Baron_Foster_of_Thames_Bank
Looks at British architect Norman Foster.


I Build the Tower (2006 - 87min) Edward Landler, Brad Byer
Official Site: www.ibuildthetower.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1400339/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Build_the_Tower
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0802609643
Official Site of Watts Towers Art Center: www.wattstowers.org
About Sam Rodia and the Watts Towers of South Central LA. DVD can be purchased from official site. DVD includes a 40-minute interview with Buckminster Fuller. (have not yet seen - looking forward to it 02/05/13)


In a Dream (2008 - 78min) Jeremiah Zagar
Official Site: www.inadreammovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1185251/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_a_Dream_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002BNTO4M
A close look at the life and work of Philadelphia mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar, by his son. Gets way into the psychology of the artist and his family. Very interesting, with lots art, consisting of whole buildings covered inside and out with stuccoed mosaics. Recommended.


In the Realms of the Unreal: the Mystery of Henry Darger (2004 - 81min) Jessica Yu
PBS: www.pbs.org/pov/intherealms/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Realms_of_the_Unreal
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0390123/
Amazon (DVD 05/29/12 Pathfinder): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007MJH9WE
Amazon (DVD 06/21/05 Fox Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00094ARX2
DVD was out of print for awhile, but has been reissued.


Let Fury Have the Hour (2012 - 100min) Antonio D'Ambrosio
Official Site: www.letfuryhavethehour.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1943747/


The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (1994 - 30min) Les Blank
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0113734/
Les Blank's Website: www.lesblank.com
Maestro at Les Blank's Website: www.lesblank.com/more/maestro.html
The Maestro's Website: www.maestrogaxiola.com
Very special and very fun documentary about a guy who quit his job to make art - lots of art. Since he does not sell his art, he has been completely neglected by the art world. Very inspirational film. Highly recommended, especially for anyone interested in making art. DVD includes a more recent revisit with the Maestro. Oh, and its a Les Blank film!


Maria Abramovich: The Artist is Present (2012 - 106min) Matthew Akers
Official Site: marinafilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Abramovic
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2073029/
Amazon (DVD 10/16/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0087HDEGA
Tumblr: marinaabramovichmademecry.tumblr.com
Very interesting look at Marina Abramovic, sometimes called the queen of performance art. Focusses on her 2010 retrospective show at New York MOMA.


Marwencol (2010 - 83min) Jeff Malmberg
Official Site: www.marwencol.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marwencol
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1391092/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004IOPDJ2
Totally amazing from start to finish.


The Mayor of Strawberry Fields (2010 - 38min) Torre Catalano
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003KX4Q7W


The Mindscape of Alan Moore (2003 - 78min) DeZ Vylenz
Official Site: www.themindscapeofalanmoore.com
Shadowsnake Films: www.shadowsnake.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mindscape_of_Alan_Moore
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0410321/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BEGB3O
Looks at the life, work, and ideas of Alan Moore, author of the graphic novels Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Mainly consists of Moore speaking to the camera. Very interesting. DVD, released in 2008, is 2 discs with over 3 hours of extra material. Includes subtitles in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
A quote: " Quitting my day job and starting my life as a writer was a tremendous risk, it was a fool's leap, a shot in the dark. But anything of any value in our lives, whether that be a career, a work of art, or a relationship, will always start with such a leap. And in order to be able to make it you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. You have to do these things completely purely, without fear, without desire. Because those things that we do without lust of result are the purest actions we shall ever take."


My Architect: A Son's Journey (2003 - 116min) Nathaniel Kahn
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Architect
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0373175/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006Q93EM
A film about the life and work of architect Louis Kahn, by his son. Features lots of Kahn's amazing architecture.


Objectified (2009 - 75min) Gary Hustwit
Official Site: www.objectifiedfilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Objectified
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002KLALEC
Review by Roy Behrens: www.bobolinkbooks.com/BALLAST/Objectified.html
Super-interesting film, loaded with ideas and insights. Lots of top industrial designers talking about the design of manufactured objects. DVD includes about an hour of additional segments with the designers in the film. A shorter (53min) version was shown on PBS Independent Lens. This is the second of Hustwit's "design trilogy", following Helvetica (2007) and preceeding Urbanized (2011). Highly recommended.


One Bad Cat (2008 - 85min) Thomas Miller
Subtitled: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1169157/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002BEXG5O
A thorough exploration of the life and works of self-taught/folk-artist/outsider-artist Albert Wagner of Cleveland, Ohio. Very interesting film.


Operation Pipeworks: Inside the Counterculture Glass World (2004 - 70min) David Tweed
Official Site: operationpipeworks.blogspot.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/03/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MD1JAA
DVD Verdict Review: www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/operationpipeworks.php
See also: Degenerate Art.


Our City Dreams (2008 - 85min) Chiara Clemente
Official Site: www.ourcitydreams.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0968760/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001VEC88Q
Looks at five female artists in New York City - Nancy Spero, Marina Abramovic, Kiki Smith, Ghada Amer, Swoon.


Over Your Cities, Grass Will Grow (2010 - 105min) Sophie Fiennes
Official Site: www.overyourcities.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_Your_Cities_Grass_Will_Grow
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1414368/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B5EC9BI
Looks at German "industrial artist" Anselm Kiefer and the massive installation he has been working on in France since 1993.


Painters Painting (1972 - 116min) - Emile de Antonio
Subitled: The New York Art Scene 1940 - 1970
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painters_Painting
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0207645/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002ZMZBIM
Very interesting film by master documentarian Emile de Antonio is 2 hours of nonstop interviews with many top American painters and some critics.


Popaganda - The Art and Crimes of Ron English (2006 - 78min) - Pedro Carvajal
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0459180/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EBCECC
Ron English's website: www.popaganda.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_English
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/popaganda_the_art_and_crimes_of_ron_english/
Super-cool. Ron did the McDonald's art featured in Super-Size Me. This film covers that, but mainly details his work as a guerilla artist illegally putting up giant pieces of subversive art on billboards. Fun film, highly recommended.


The Quiltmakers of Gees's Bend (2004 - 57min) Celia Carey
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0831525/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LDM8NI
Alabama Public Television (can order DVD here): www.aptv.org/as/GeesBend/.
Tells the amazing story of the women of Gee's Bend, Alabama, who have been making quilts in their own style for 150 years, while living in total poverty. Since these unique quilts were discovered, they have been the subject of gallery exhibits and art books. Worth seeking out, especially if interested in quilts. You can see some of the quilts here: www.auburn.edu/academic/other/geesbend/explore/catalog/slideshow/


The Rape of Europa (2007 - 117min) Joan Allen
Official Site: www.rapeofeuropa.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rape_of_Europa
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0997088/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011ZJ5C2
Covers Nazi theft of art treasures in Europe during WW2. See also Architecture of Doom (above).


R.I.P - Rest In Pieces - A Portrait of Joe Coleman (1997 - 89min) Robert-Adrian Pejo
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0178858/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001A79P8
Artist's Website: www.joecoleman.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Coleman_(painter)
Very interesting look at a unique artist. He is a deep guy who tends to explore the dark side of things (which means this film might not be for everyone). We get a close look at Joe's paintings, which include tiny details that he paints using single hairs of paintbrushes. We hear some of his rantings. We see footage from some of his performance art. He clowns around with Jim Jarmusch and Hasil Adkins. We see some of the things he collects. We hear from Joe's ex-girlfriend and his ex-wife. (his current wife is in one of the special features, but not in the film). Super-cool film, but I repeat - not for everyone. Also, there is a segment done more recently about Joe Coleman on the Disinformation TV DVD.


Rivers and Tides (2001 - 90min) Thomas Riedelsheimer
Official Site: riversandtides.co.uk
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rivers_and_Tides
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0307385/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002JL9N6
About British artist Andy Goldsworthy.


Rothko's Rooms (2008 - 60min) David Thompson
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CK7OM4


Shelter Island (2011 - 77min) Mike Canzoniero
Official Site: www.shelterislandmovie.com/
Distributor: shelterisland.net/movies/shelter-island/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1930482/
Amazon (DVD 05/13/14): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H5NY7GI/
The story of outsider artist Harald Olson and the gas-station owner Jimmy Olinkiewicz, who started buying and displaying Harald's art.


Shut Up and Love Me (2004) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0479801/
Karen Finley's Official Site: www.karenfinley.com
Director's Website: www.greenfield-sanders.com
Interview at ArtInterviews.com www.artinterviews.com/Karen.html
Karen Finley at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Finley
DVD is available (for $42) through Karen's site above. Not available from Amazon or Netflix. No torrent around as of 09/09. May also be known as "Karen Finley Live", which is how the listing at IMDB is titled. (have not yet seen)


Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005 - 86min) Sidney Pollack
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0446784/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sketches_of_Frank_Gehry
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GFRI6I/
About the architect Frank Gehry.


Smash His Camera (2010 - 90min) Leon Gast
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1280015/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003X82D06/
About celebrity photographer Ron Galella.


Stolen (2005 - 85min) Rebecca Dreyfus
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1071832/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ION2IK/


This is Berlin, Not New York (2008 - 70min) Ethan H. Minsker
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1337554/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001URA5B6/


The Universe of Keith Haring (2008 - 90min) Christina Clausen
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1204341/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Universe_of_Keith_Haring
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002ZMZBE6/
Excellent film.


Urbanized (2011 - 85min) Gary Hustwit
Official Site: www.urbanizedfilm.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urbanized
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1701976/
Review - New York Times: movies.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/movies/gary_hustwits_urbanized_review.html
Review - Co.Design: www.fastcodesign.com/1665339/
Amazon (DVD 02/14/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005YFGJ8S/
Amazon (BD 02/14/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006J752TY/
This is the third film in Hustwit's "design trilogy", after Helvetica(2007) and Objectified(2009). All highly recommended.


What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (2005 - 80min) Steven Cantor
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Remains:_The_Life_and_Work_of_Sally_Mann
Amazon (DVD 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013UQUQE


Who Does She Think She Is? (2008 - 83min) Pamela Tanner Boll
Official Site: www.whodoesshethinksheis.net
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1124217/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Does_She_Think_She_Is?_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004O64TWM/
Looks at five female artists dealing with the problem of balancing their work with their family lives. Explores many issues, lots of other people are interviewed. Special features include brief updates with each of the main women featured in the film and with the director.


Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? (2006 - 74min) Harry Moses
Official Site: www.whodoesshethinksheis.net
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0487092/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_the#$&%_is_Jackson_Pollock?
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NVIOEY/


!Women Art Revolution (2010 - 83min) Lynn Hershman Leeson
Official Site: www.womenartrevolution.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1699720/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/!Women_Art_Revolution
Amazon (DVD 03/20/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006LL3X74/


The Woodmans (2010 - 82min) Scott Willis
Official Site: www.thewoodmansmovie.com
PBS: www.pbs.org/independentlens/woodmans/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1610516/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesca_Woodman
Amazon (DVD 06/05/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007IHH4H0/



Graffiti

I'm not going for a complete listing here - there are TONS of films about graffiti art. Just some of the really cool ones I have found....


Bomb It (2008 - 93min) Jonathan Reiss
Amazon:
www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0012XIGYQ
Looks at graffiti culture around the world.


Graffiti Verite (1995 - 45min) Bob Bryan
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0183134
Amazon (DVD 2005): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007RDR7O
Official Site: www.graffitiverite.com
Talks to 24 graffiti artists in Los Angeles. This is the first in a series of DVDs called Graffiti Verite, which explore various aspects of graffiti and hip hop culture.


Infamy (2005 - 91min) Doug Pray
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0462360
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000H5U5EO
Director's website: www.dougpray.com
Really interesting documentary about grafitti artists. Looks closely at six artists from around the US - Saber, Toomer, Jace, Claw, Earsnot, Enem - and Joe Connolly, the grafitti remover. Like all of Doug Pray's films, this one is super interesting and highly recommended. (see also Surfwise, Big Rig, Hype!, Scratch).


Inside Outside (2005 - 120min) Andreas Johnsen
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001XJNZ72


Next: A Primer on Urban Painting (2005 - 95min) Pablo Aravena
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Next:_A_Primer_on_Urban_Painting
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0495164/
Amazon (DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00366BBR6
Looks at graffiti art and culture around the world.


Piece by Piece (2005 - 78min) Nicholas Hill
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000IJ7A74
Covers grafitti artists in San Francisco. already out of print


Style Wars (1983 - 70min) Tony Silver
Official Site: www.stylewars.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0177262/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A7DVZO
Classic film documents subway graffiti scene in NYC in 70's, early 80's.



Drugs / War on Drugs / Psychedelics / Addiction

(checked all links in this section 02/05/2011) (100 films listed as of MAR 2014)


20 to Life: The Life and Times of John Sinclair (2007 - 86min)
Official Site:
www.20tolife.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1159613/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000TV4Q2I
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sinclair_(poet)
John Sinclairs's Website: www.johnsinclair.us
Cultural/political activist, poet, musician, crusader for marijuana law reform for decades, Sinclair finally decided in 2003 that "America was just too set on being America" and moved to Amsterdam. Excellent film - recommended.


2012: Time For Change Presents Vol. 1 Psychedelic Science (2010 - 178min) Joao Amorim
Official Site: www.2012timeforchange.com
Daniel Pinchbeck interviews: Sting (24min), Ralph Metzner (34min), Amanda Fielding (20min), Stanislav Grof (30min), Sasha Shulgin (20min), Kathi Von Koerber (28min), Joe Rogan (21min).


8 Murders a Day (2011 - 90min) Charlie Minn
Official Site: www.8murdersaday.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1822157/
Looks at drug-related violence in Mexico. See also Murder Capital of the World by the same director.


Addiction (2007 - 90min)
HBO: www.hbo.com/addiction
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1024640/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LC5BGK
The center of this collection is a 90-minute documentary in 9 segments, each produced by different well-known documentary filmmakers. The 4-disc DVD set includes 13 additional features, including extended interviews with experts, totalling over 5 hours.


AKA Tommy Chong (2005 - 80min) Josh Gilbert
Official Site: www.akatommychong.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0478090/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0015SYPDE
Tells the story of Tommy Chong's arrest and imprisonment for his association with a company that sold bongs on the Internet. Very interesting and well-made film.


American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2008 - 118min) Kevin Booth
Official Site: www.americandrugwar.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Drug_War:_The_Last_White_Hope
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1033467/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0015XASZ8
Cool film. Kevin followed this one up right away with How Weed Won the West. And then the sequel - see below.


American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny (2013 - 90min) Kevin Booth
Official Site: www.americandrugwar2.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2820820/
Amazon (DVD 09/25/13 Sacred Cow): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DPKQA2O
Kevin Booth's followup to American Drug War and How Weed Won the West. This one focusses a bit more on medical marijuana. Follows the case of a young boy with brain cancer and the family's efforts to access hash oil, which seems to be the only thing that helps. A lot is packed in to this film. Recommended.


The Anonymous People (2013) Greg D. Williams
Official Site: manyfaces1voice.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2571226/
About the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. DVD due out in 2014.


AYA Awakenings (2013 - 101min) Timothy Parish, Rak Razam
Official Site: www.aya-awakenings.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2951706/


Bill W. (2012 - 104min) Dan Carracino, Kevin Hanlon
Official Site: www.page124.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_W._(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2275549/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CQMADIO/
Biography of AA co-founder Bill Wilson.


Billion Dollar Crop (1996 - 55min) Barbara Ann Chobocky


Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street (1999 - 75min) Steven Okazaki
Official Site: farfilm.com/films/black-tar-heroin.html
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tar_Heroin_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0221023/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002DO6P7S/
Looks at heroin addicts in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. First shown on HBO in 1999.


Bob and the Monster (2011 - 86min) Keirda Bahruth
Official Site: bobandthemonster.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_and_the_Monster
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1226276/
Amazon (DVD 10/01/13 Shaker Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E4V0JAW/
Amazon (Bluray 10/01/13 Shaker Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E4V0IRG/
Looks at the life of Bob Forrest, singer of 80's LA punk-rock band Thelonious Monster, who became a drug and alchol counselor after battling his own addictions and seeing many friends die from drugs. Excellent film.


Breaking the Taboo (2011 - 58min) Cosmo Feilding Mellen, Fernando Grostein Andrade
Official Site: www.breakingthetaboo.info
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_the_Taboo
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1951090/
Brazilian film about failed world-wide war on drugs. Can watch online at Youtube through official site.


The City Addicted to Crystal Meth (2009 - 56min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1712046/
BBC TV show, Louis Theroux visits meth addicts in Fresno, CA.


Cocaine Cowboys (2006 - 118min) Billy Corben
Official Site: www.rakontur.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0380268/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KLQUUS


Cocaine Cowboys II - Hustlin' with the Godmother (2008 - 100min) Billy Corben
Official Site: www.rakontur.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1176726/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00180R03Q


Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded (2014 - 152min) Billy Corben
Amazon (DVD 04/08/14 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00HYRYNFK/
Amazon (Bluray 04/08/14 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00HYRYNZ0/


Detox or Die (2004 - 45min) David Graham Scott
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2108504/
Can Watch Here: www.cultureunplugged.com/play/3692/Detox-or-Die
The filmmaker undergoes Ibogaine treatment to overcome heroin addiction.


Dirty Pictures (2010 - 90min) Etienne Sauret
Official Site: www.dirtypicturesthefilm.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DirtyPicturesTheFilm
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1592855/
Amazon (DVD 11/22/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005JZBPNW
A Review: www.brooklynrail.org/2010/07/film/psychadelic-maturity
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Shulgin
About the life and work of Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin. Excellent, interesting, recommended.


Drug Wars (2005 - 186min)
Subtitled: The Rise and Fall of the World's Largest Cartels
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BQ5J36


Drug Wars - Silver or Lead Gary "Rusty" Fleming
Official Site: www.drugwarsthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1555420/


Drunk in Public (2012 - 80min) David J. Sperling
Official Site: www.defiantlove.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1419769/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00039Y774Q
Looks at an alcoholic who has been arrested over 500 times.


Ecstasy Rising (2004)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1850412/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000V26948
ABC TV Peter Jennings.


Edge: Perspectives on a Drug-free Culture (2009 - 82min) Michael Kirchner, Marc Pierschel
Official Site: blog.edgesyndicate.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1458435/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003M79EGE/
Looks at the "straight-edge" movement, which arose in the Washington DC area punk rock scene in the 1980's and involved abstinance from drugs and alcohol. DVD can be ordered from official site.


El Velador (2011 - 72min) Natalia Almada
Official Site: www.altamurafilms.com/el_velador.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1916670/


Emperor of Hemp (1999 - 59min) Jeff Jones
Official Site: www.emperorofhemp.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0264574/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009JVSKS
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007US8AC
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Herer
Jack's Website: www.jackherer.com
All about hemp/medical marijuana activist Jack Herer, author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Narrated by Peter Coyote. Excellent film.


Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within (2007 - 79min) Rod Mann, Nikos Katsaounis, Kevin Kohley
Official Site: www.entheogen.tv
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1549781/


The Exile Nation Project (2011) Charles Shaw
Subtitled: An Oral History of the War on Drugs & The American Criminal Justice System
Official Site: www.exilenation.org
I recommend reading Charles Shaw's book Exile Nation, which is being published online at www.RealitySandwich.com


Facing the Habit (2008 - 50min) Magnolia Martin
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1248127/
IndiePix: www.indiepixfilms.com/film/3323
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0018Q7JZE
Follows a heroin addict as he goes through the Ibogaine cure.


Generation RX (2008 - 81min) Kevin P. Miller
Official Site: www.generationrxfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1355568/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NCE3R0
Thorough look at the practice and history of the prescription drugging of children in America. Lots of info on Ritalin. Excellent film. Very disturbing. Highly recommended. (Note that there is an earlier A&E TV program of the same name on the same subject).


Grass (1999 - 80min) Ron Mann
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0214730/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass_(1999_film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000633SE
Narrated by Woody Harrelson. Mainly covers history of US war on marijuana.


The Green Rush (2009 - 55min) Jason S. Edwards
Official Site: www.greenrushmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1342875/


Guns and Weed: The Road to Freedom (2011 - 99min) Michael W. Dean
Official Site: www.gunsandweed.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1814723/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005QBSSI4


Hashish (2002 - 80min) Daniel Grabner
Original German title: Haschisch
Official Site: www.haschisch-film.de
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0408834/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002DRE7C
Looks at the manufacture of hashish in rural Morocco.


Hemp and the Rule of Law (2004 - 55min) Kevin Balling
Official Site: www.tinroofvideo.com
Looks at the effect of drug war laws on keeping industrial hemp production illegal in the US.


Hemp for Victory (1942 - 16min) Raymond Evans
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp_for_Victory
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0367837/
Google Video: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=117344919147932597#


Hemp Hemp Hooray (1999 - 59min) LB Johnson
Subtitled: The Growing Industrial Hemp Market
YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTZbB9dsRww
Amazon (VHS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0967411408
Amazon (UFOTV - 5-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BYMI9Q
UFOTV.COM: www.ufotv.com
This film is included in UFOTV's 5-disc set Conspiracy Behind Closed Doors. (If interested in purchasing - I found on 01/09/11 that the price is $40 at UFOTV.com vs. $70 at Amazon). Can watch online at Youtube (includes commercials).


The Hemp Revolution (1996 - 75min) Anthony Clarke
Official Site: www.thehemprevolution.com.au
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0113290/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BXNB4W
Excellent documentary covers many aspects of hemp and marijuana. Looks at hemp for use as fuel, paper, food, oil, medicine, textiles and "inspiration". Recommended. (NOTE - Amazon says 1998, the DVD cover says 1998 in 2 places, IMDB says 1995, it says 1996 onscreen at the very end of the credits, and the official site says the film was first released in theatres in 1995). The Hemp Solution (below) is updated 2010 version.


The Hemp Solution (2010 - 93min) Anthony Clarke
Official Site: www.thehemprevolution.com.au
Updated version of the excellent Hemp Revolution (see above). have not yet seen.


Hemplands (2006 - 160min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FS2WLC
Have not yet seen. DVD includes 2 films - Hemplands and The Hempire Strikes Back


Hempsters: Plant the Seed (2009 - 78min) Michael Henning
Official Site: www.hempstersthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0417750/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002Q4TKNQ


High - The True Tale of American Marijuana (2008 - 90min) John Holowach
Official Site: www.truehigh.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1313242/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001GFBO0S


High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell (1995 - 60min) Maryann DeLeo, Richard Farrell
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_on_Crack_Street
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1052003/
Amazon (DVD 04/27/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004R1Q7YQ


Hoffman's Potion - The Pioneers of LSD (2002 - 56min) Connie Littlefield
Official Site: www.alivemindmedia.com IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0439611/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0028YW3B0


The House I Live In (2012 - 110min) Eugene Jarecki
Official Site: www.thehouseilivein.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DrugWarMovie
PBS: www.pbs.org/independentlens/house-i-live-in/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_I_Live_In_(2012_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2125653/
Amazon (DVD 07/02/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CEJVNEM
This is the definitive documentary film on the subject of the failed US War on Drugs. Highly recommended. (Jarecki also did Why We Fight)


How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012 - 96min) Matthew Cooke
Official Site: www.howtomakemoneysellingdrugs.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1276962/
Amazon (DVD 01/14/14): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DT55OA4/
An indepth look at the high-stakes world of drug-dealing and drug enforcement.


How Weed Won the West (2010 - 103min) Kevin Booth
Official Site: www.howweedwonthewest.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1498784/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002NRA0GM
See also American Drug War and American Drug War 2, also by Kevin Booth.


Ibogaine: Rite of Passage (2004 - 50min) Ben De Loenen
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0431823/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0032CMH22
Google Video: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=564658062434233044


I'm Dangerous With Love (2009 - 85min) Michel Negroponte
Official Site: www.michelnegroponte.com/imdangerouswithlove.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1327928/
Interview at Reality Sandwich: www.realitysandwich.com/iboga_conversation_mugianis
Amazon (DVD 04/12/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004IY3G2I
About Iboga activist/therapist/shaman Dimitri Mugianis. Very interesting.


In Pot We Trust (2007 - 88min) Star Price
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1069233/
About efforts to legalize marijuana in the US.


Inside LSD (2009 - 50min) Pamela Caragol Wells
Official Site: channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/explorer/4094/Overview
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1540611/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004FN26CI
National Geographic Explorer TV show episode.


King of Kings (2005 - 118min) Kevin Glover
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000G1R33K
About the Fuertado brothers, major drug dealers in the 80's and 90's. have not yet seen.


Leaves of Green (2006 - 60min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006UOZKK


Let Our People Grow
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000M8N77I


LSD: Problem Child and Wonder Drug (2009 - 60min) Michael McAteer
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00292M5Q4
Documents the 2006 International LSD Symposium in Basil, Switzerland in celebration of Albert Hoffman's 100th birthday.


Magic Trip (2011 - 90min) Alex Gibney, Allison Elwood
Subtitled: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place
Official Site: www.magictripmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Trip
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1235790/
Amazon (DVD 11/01/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HI4LLO
Compiled from the massive amounts of film footage taken during the cross-country bus trip by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in 1964. Interesting and important historical document. Looks at how LSD was introduced into modern culture. Recommended. Also this scene was documented in Tom Wolfe's classic book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which is not mentioned in the film. (and I think this book is now being made into a feature film).


The Magic Weed (1995 - 48min) Martin Baker
French Title: Le cannabis: Une plante entre le bien et le mal (Cannabis: A Plant Between Good and Evil)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0932538/
Amazon (DVD 2005 UFOTV OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00070Q8G8
Interesting look at the history of hemp and cannabis around the world. Apparently made for French TV. The version on the UFOTV DVD is narrated in English.


Manifesting the Mind (2009 - 100min) Andrew Rutajit
Subtitled: Footprints of the Shaman - Part 1 of 3
Official Site: www.manifestingthemind.com


Marijuana: A Chronic History (2010 - 88min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1765903/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004SBC4Q0
History Channel TV program.


Marijuana Inc. - Inside America's Pot Industry (2009 - 44min) Trish Regan
Official Site: www.cnbc.com/id/28281668
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1417585/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002SF9YJS
Made for TV. I think you can watch this on the CNBC site (above). Can also get DVD from there.


Marijuana Nation (2008 - 50min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004FN251K
This is an episode of the National Geographic Explorer TV program.


Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health (2011 - 47min) Lindsey Ward
Official Site: www.marijuanamovie.org
Features Dr. Donald I. Abrams M.D, Dr. Donald Tashkin M.D., Dr. David Bearman M.D. can watch at youtube, etc.


The Medicine: Science and Psychedelics (2013)
Official Site: www.themedicinescienceandpsychedelics.com


Metamorphosis (2009 - 95min) Keith Aronowitz
Official Site: www.metamorphosisfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1446106/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002XNGQUK
Upcoming film about ayahuasca.


Methadonia (2005 - 88min) Michel Negroponte
Official Site: www.michelnegroponte.com/methadonia.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0485777/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FTCF3G


Money Talks (50min) Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau
Subtitled: Profits Before Patient Safety
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0832226/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FGGNB4


Mr. Untouchable (2007 - 92min) Marc Levin
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1086340/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000YDOOQE
About powerful New York druglord Nicky Barnes, known as "the Black Godfather", who was behind a lot of the heroin in NYC in the 60's and 70's.


Murder Capital of the World (2012) Charlie Minn
Official Site: www.murdercapitalfilm.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2171983/
Looks at drug-related violence in Juarez, Mexico. See also director's previous film, 8 Murders a Day.


The Naked Queen (2007 - 85min) Daryl Verville
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1412769/
Google Video: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5453256896455373998#


Neurons to Nirvana (2013 - 85min) Oliver Hockenhull
Official Site: neuronstonirvana.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2473684/
Looks at the history, science and medicinal properties of LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, ayahuasca and cannabis.


Off Label (2012 - 80min) Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri
Official Site: offlabelfilm.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2354247/


Other Worlds (2004 - 73min) Jan Kounen
Subtitled: A Journey into the Heart of Shipibo Shamanism
French Title: D'autres Mondes
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0347718/
Official Site: otherworlds.jankounen.com
French Amazon (PAL DVD 2-disc 2007): www.amazon.fr/o/ASIN/B000M2EHRS
2-disc DVD includes 5 hours of extra features. (about $25 euros, which is about $33.00, plus shipping)


Oxyana (2012 - 78min) Sean Dunne
Official Site: oxyana.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2473486/
Looks at prescription painkiller Oxycontin addiction in Oceana, West Virginia.


Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (2008 - 90min) Peter von Puttkamer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0822803/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003D3Y6D8
Wikipedia - Richard Evans Schultes: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Evans_Schultes
Wikipedia - Wade Davis: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wade_Davis
From the History Channel. Looks at the life and work of ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes. Hosted by Wade Davis, his longtime student, who also kind of retraces his journey of discoveries. This is also a pretty thorough look at the history of the modern scientific discovery of psychedelics. Shultes first studied peyote, sometimes together with Weston La Barre, and the film spends a lot of time on the modern history of peyote (James Mooney, Quanah Parker, the Native American Church). Then he studied magic mushrooms (psilocybin), sometimes with Robert Gordon Wasson. And then ololiuqui (morning glory seeds, which contain a chemical very similar to LSD - ergine or LSA), just before Albert Hoffman discovered LSD in the lab. For a while his job was to find out where the deadly poison curare came from, so he spent a lot of time with the Cofan tribe. During WWII he was assigned to find latex-bearing trees in South America. He spent some of that time researching ayahuasca. Along the way we hear from Martin Lee (author of Acid Dreams), Bob Weir, Andrew Weil, John Halpern, Jonathan Ott, Albert Hoffman (at age 100), Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Ken Kesey. Points out that after decades of prohibition, there is starting to be renewed scientific interest in researching psychedelics as modern medicine. Excellent presentation. Recommended. (I did spot a little error - the narration says that Schultes was cured of his beri-beri by a shot of vitamin B-12 - this would actually be vitamin B-1 or thiamine).


Plan Columbia: Cashing In On the Drug War Failure (2003 - 57min) Gerard Ungerman, Audrey Brohy
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00074DXF8


Pleasure Unwoven: (2010 - 70min) Kevin McCauley
Subtitled: An Explanation of the Brain Disease of Addiction
Official Site: www.instituteforaddictionstudy.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003AC98V2


The Pharmacratic Inquisition (2007 - 111min) Andrew Rutajit, Jan Irwin
Subitled: Astro-Theology and Shamanism
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0015YKXHK
Official Site: www.pharmacratic-inquisition.com
Can watch entire film free or order from official site above. Explores work of John Allegro, who studied the Amanita Muscaria mushroom and its relation to early Christianity. Allegro was one of the original translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the author of The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross. See also Manifesting the Mind (above).


Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery (2007 - 52min) Nicholas Wilson
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Emery
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1111821/


The Principle of Pot (2010 - 258min) Paul McKeever
Director's Website: www.paulmckeever.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Emery
Cannabis Culture: www.cannabisculture.com/v2/node/25371
Indepth 4-hour 2-part documentary about cannabis activist Marc Emery.


Prohibition (2011 - 360min) Ken Burns, Lynn Novak
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohibition_(miniseries)
PBS: www.pbs.org/kenburns/prohibition/
Ken Burns' website: www.florentinefilms.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1950799/
Amazon (DVD 3-disc 10/04/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004NJC0R0
PBS TV series first aired OCT 2011, about the 18th ammendment (making alchohol illegal) and the era in which it had effect.


Run From the Cure: The Rick Simpson Story (2008 - 58min) Christian Laurette
Official Site: www.phoenixtears.ca
Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0psJhQHk_GI
The story of a guy in Canada who helps people cure cancer by using cannabis oil.


The Sacred Science (2011 - 77min) Nick Polizzi
Official Site: www.thesacredscience.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1956671/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009ABQSGU


The Shaman and Ayahuasca (2010 - 73min) Michael Wiese
Subtitled: Journeys to Sacred Realms
Director's Website: www.mwp.com


Shamans of the Amazon (2008 - 52min) Dean Jefferys
Official Site: www.shamansoftheamazon.com
Amazon (DVD 3-disc 2008 UFOTV): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0012OX79E


Sick Birds Die Easy (2013 - 86min) Nicholas Fackler
Official Site: sickbirdsdieeasy.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2211654/
Amazon (DVD 02/18/14 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GO55RAI/
Review at FilmThreat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/75153/
Review at RealitySandwich: www.realitysandwich.com/217415/
Review at IbogaLife: www.ibogalife.com/sick-birds-die-easy.html
Checking out iboga in Africa.


Sister Helen (2002 - 90min) Rebecca Cammisa, Rob Fruchtman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0303394/
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00061QJKI
About a tough nun who runs a rehab house in NYC.


The Spirit Molecule (2010 - 75min) Mitch Shultz
Official Site: www.thespiritmolecule.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1340425/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004DME5NY
Super-cool film. Thorough exploration of an important subject - DMT and its effects on human consciousness. Based on research of Rick Strassman, author of DMT - The Spirit Molecule (www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0892819278). Many interviews with psychedelic researchers. Highly recommended.


Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja (2011 - 101min) Billy Corben, Alfred Spellman
Official Site: www.squaregroupermovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1466067/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004L9GLPE
Looks at the pot smuggling scene in Florida in the 1960's and 1970's. Indepth looks at three different smuggling operations - the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church (this segment is very interesting), the Black Tuna Gang, and Everglades City. (from the director of Cocaine Cowboys).


Stepping Into The Fire (2011 - 84min) Rob Velez, Ross Evison
Official Site: www.steppingintothefire.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/steppingintothefire
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1754537/
about ayahuasca. as of 04/2012, not yet on DVD


Stoned in Suburbia (2005 - 43min) Christopher Martin
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0841040/
Google Video: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1525840262709944892#
Interviews with cannabis users in the UK.


The Substance: Albert Hoffman's LSD (2011 - 90min) Martin Witz
Official Site: www.thesubstance-themovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2075352
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Substance:_Albert_Hoffman's_LSD


Super High Me (2007 - 89min) Michael Blieden
Official Site: www.superhighmemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1111833/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_High_Me
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017INRFY
Comedian Doug Benson smokes pot every day for 30 days. Its funny.


Totally Baked (2007 - 82min) Lee Abbot
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000W04S1U
Official Site: www.totallybakedmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0479181/
I rented this thinking it was a sequel to the stupid-funny Half-Baked. But it turned out to be a fun "pot-umentary". Only partly a documentary, features lots of comedians, mixes bits of standup routines, vignettes, a loose "plot", with lots of marijuana factoids sprinkled throughout. Its funny.


The True History of Marijuana (2011 - 80min) Massimo Mazzucco
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0054SNNWK/
Official Site: www.usfilms.ea29.com


The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007 - 104min) Brett Harvey
Official Site: www.theunionmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1039647/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Union:_The_Business_Behind_Getting_High
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0025XUTKQ
Thorough look at marijuana use, focussing on growing operations in British Columbia. Very interesting. Recommended.


Vine of the Soul: Encounters with Ayahuasca (2010 - 52min) Richard Meech
Official Site: www.vineofthesoul.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vineofthesoul
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1562910/


Waiting to Inhale: Marijuana, Medicine and the Law (2005 - 74min) Jed Riffe
Official Site: www.waitingtoinhale.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0899179/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KNB9R0


What If Cannabis Cured Cancer? (2010 - 49min) Len Richmond
Official Site: www.lenrichmondfilms.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1638943/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003SSBSQQ
Review at Cannabis Culture: www.cannabisculture.com/v2/content/2011/01/27/Chemo-or-Cannabis-How-Would-You-Treat-Your-Cancer
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/What-if-Cannabis-Cured-Cancer-Official-Site/125858817470315
See also: www.projectcbd.org
See also: www.kurogroves.com
Very well-made new film, narrated by Peter Coyote. Looks at the healing properties of cannabis. Lots of new research, although points out that cannabis research is in its infancy since it has been banned for so long. Goes into the endocannabinoid systems in humans and some of the types of cannabinoids in cannabis. Lots of interviews, some nice graphics. Would be nice if everyone in congress and the justice department could see this. Even though this has to chronicle the sad history of government repression it is actually kind of hopeful since it also shows the progress being made in saner directions. Very inspirational to see so many great documentaries continuing to come out on this. Highly recommended.


Why Don't They Just Quit? (2007 - 90min) Bob Saraduke
Subtitled: DVD Roundtable Discussion - What Families and Friends Need to Know About Addiction and Recovery
Official Site: www.whydonttheyjustquit.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017X1WGK


Yarindin: Healing the Warriors (2012?) Mark Schwartz
Indiegogo: www.indiegogo.com/p/111875/
Official Site: www.yarindin.com/



Burning Man Festival

www.burningman.com        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_Man

Lots of interesting aspects to Burning Man, but I definitely have no plans to attend.


Beyond Belief: Honeymoon at Burning Man (2009 - 105min) Aurora Matahari Raiment, Geoffrey Bennett Ulrich
Official Site: www.honeymoonatburningman.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0435611/


Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock (2004 - 105min) Damon Brown
Official Site: www.beyondblackrock.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0435611/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GDI23I
Covers 2003 Burning Man. This is the first film on Burning Man I watched, and stil the best I've seen so far. Pretty good film, covers history and main characters. Focusses on art projects, which is largely what the festival is about.


Burning Man: The Burning Sensation (2001 - 75min) Alex Nohe
IMDB:
www.imdb.com/title/tt0245806/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002L6HALS
Mainly covers 1999 Burning Man.


The Burning Man Festival Joe Winston
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000XJO0OU


Burning Man: Just Add Couches Joe Winston
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000XJO0OU
This is included as an extra on the DVD for The Burning Man Festival.


Burning Man: Voyage in Utopia (2008 - 90min) Laurent Le Gall
French filmmaker has been travelling to Burning Man for 10 years.


Burning Man: Where's the Fire? (2000) Fernando Joel Valezquez
Covers 1997 Burning Man.


Confessions of a Burning Man (2003 - 83min) Paul Barnett, Unsu Lee
Distributor: www.windlinefilms.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0357567/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0031LSNGI


Dust Devils (2003 - 83min)
Irish film covers 2001, 2002, 2003 festivals.


Folding Time and Space 2 at Buring Man
Official Site: www.panmagic.com
Collection of short films mainly from 2003, 2004 Burning Man.


Gifting It (2002 - 74min) Renea Roberts
Subtitled: A Burning Embrace of Gift Economy
Official Site: www.giftingit.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0445013/
Looks at the concept of "the gift economy" as practiced widely at the Burning Man festivals. Shot during 2000 and 2001 festivals. A nice film.


Journey to the Flames - 8 Years of Burning Man (2006 - 90min) Doug Jacobson
Official Site: www.journeytotheflames.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0341287
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000K15G2G
A pretty good look around at Burning Man over several years. Did not so much enjoy the segments with the filmmaker and his friends, but I guess its good to have the personal touch. Lots of crazy people out there. DVD reissued as Journey to the Flames - 10 Years of Burning Man.


Juicy Danger Meets Burning Man (1998 - 54min) David Vaisbord
Official Site: www.juicydangermeetsburningman.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0168908/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001MNX4T8


On the Bus (2002 - 95min) Dustin Lance Black
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0330720/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006CF9V
Six gay guys on a road-trip to Burning Man.


Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013 - 112min) Steve Brown, Jessie Deeter
Official Site: www.sparkpictures.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2554648/



2012


2012 - Science or Superstition (2008 - 78min) Nimrod Erez
Official Site:
www.2012dvd.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001IF5PCE
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1444675/
Best info on the subject overall that I have seen yet. Interviews Graham Hancock, John Major Jenkins, Alberto Villoldo, Daniel Pinchbeck, Lawrence E. Joseph, Anthony F. Aveni, Robert Bauval, Jim Marrs, Walter Cruttenden, Douglas Rushkoff, John Anthony West, Benito Vegas Duran. Made by The Disinformation Company, at times has a sensationalist slant. A wide variety of ideas are covered.


2012: Time For Change (2010 - 85min) Joao Amorim
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1506940/
Official Site: www.2012timeforchange.com
"Projects a radical alternative to gloom and doom." Features Daniel Pinchbeck, Sting, Ellen Page, Gilberto Gil, Barbara Marx Hubbard, John Todd, Bernard Lietaer, Buckminster Fuller, Dennis McKenna, Paul Stamets, Ganga White, Shiva Rea, Penny Livingston-Stark, Dean Radin, Maude Barlow, Richard Register, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Terence McKenna and others. Limited Edition DVD includes over 2 hours of bonus material. See also Beyond 2012 (below), and 2012 Time for Change Presents: VOL 1 - Psychedelic Science (in the Drugs section above), both by the same director, featuring many of the same people. Also stay tuned to this website for continuous visionary positive news: www.realitysandwich.com


Beyond 2012: Evolving Perspectives on the Next Age (2010 - 196min) Joao Amorim
Subtitled: Evolving Perspectives on the Next Age
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002YPVODQ
2 DVDs.


2012 - The Odyssey (2006 - 99min) Sharron Rose
Official Site: www.2012theodyssey.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000P5FIKM


Timewave 2013 - The Future is Now - The Odyssey II (2008 - 88min) Sharron Rose
Official Site: www.timewave2013.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001EWVEIA


Nostradamus 2012 (2009 - 94min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001TJYFS4
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1358232/
From The History Channel. A bit scary, but presents lots of info not found elsewhere. Goes into "planet X" a bit.


2012: Mayan Prophecy and the Shift of the Ages (2009 - 77min) Geoff Stray, Philip Gardiner
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002IJQ34I


2012: An Awakening (2009 - 60min) David Morris
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002E2QH4U
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1458390/
Talks to John Major Jenkins, Gregg Braden, Geoff Stray, Annabel Burton, Patrick Geryl, Adrian Gilbert, David Icke.


2012: Is It The End Of The World? (2009 - 60min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002IYDRBK
British talk show The Edge talks to Geoff Stray and Michael Tsarion. (DVD-R)


The Great Year (2004 - 46min) Robert Ballo
Official Site: www.thegreatyear.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000YHVMG
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0411447/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Year


The Pyramid Code (2009 - 225min) Carmen Boulter
Official Site: www.pyramidcode.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002KLPB06
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1806688/
In five parts of 45 minutes each, on 2 discs. Since the last part does get into 2012, I'll put this here for now. (also discusses The Great Year - see above). Lots of alternative Egyptologists discussing new findings, ideas and speculations about the pyramids of Egypt. Very interesting.


Breaking the Maya Code (2008 - 116min) David Lebrun
Director's Website: www.nightfirefilms.org/breakingthemayacode
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001B2U1BE
Note that there is also a one-hour version of this film, which is a NOVA episode, called Cracking the Maya Code. Lebrun also made Proteus.


Revelations of the Maya: 2012 and Beyond (2012)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2217911/
Articles: www.thewrap.com/movies/articles/revelations of the mayans 2012 and beyond


Emergence: Beyond 2012? (2010 - 90min) David Alexander English
Official Site: www.daenglish.com/emergencemovie.htm
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003D7L7QS
Have not seen. From checking out the website, does not seem to actually have anything to do with 2012.


Stargate 2012 (2005 - 177min) William Henry
Director's Website: www.williamhenry.net
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A3457Q
This one perhaps goes off to the wacky edge of the subject. Perhaps something fishy about this. (Check out williamhenry.net, or not...) Not recommended.



Spirituality, Consciousness, Etc.


10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2006 - 85min)
IMDB:
www.imdb.com/title/tt0819354
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000U788UM


Amongst White Clouds (2005 - 86min) Edward A. Burger
Subtitled: Buddhist Hermit Masters of China's Zhongnan Mountains
Official Site: www.amongstclouds.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1270080/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000S76VHQ


Being in Heaven (2009 - 93min) Michael Domeyko Rowland
Official Site: www.beinginheaven.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1559332/


Black Whole (2011 - 93min) Janice Jensen
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004CYVZ18
Explores the work of physicist Nassim Haramein. DVD released March 29, 2011.


Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


Choice Point (2012)
Official Site: www.choicepointmovie.com


The Compass (2009 - 90min) Marlowe Greenlee, Josh Stone
Official Site: www.thecompass.tv
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1487272
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CK3KMW
Fitness and wellness expert John Spencer Ellis interviews 24 successful people to find out why they are successful.


Consciousness (2005 - 540min) Gregory Alsbury
Subtitled: 20 Scientists, 9 Hours, 5 DVDs
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009RM9KI
Netflix has this.


Crazy Wisdom (2011 - 86min) Johanna Demetrakas
Subtitled: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Official Site: www.crazywisdomthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1172047
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chogyam_Trungpa
Amazon (DVD 04/30/13 Alive Mind): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2MJAXS


Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again (2009 - 75min)
Official Site: www.wesnisker.com
Can Purchase DVD Here: www.filmbaby.com/films/3727
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Nisker
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003ZFJTSQ
This is a standup comedy routine by Wes Nisker, Buddist meditation teacher and publisher of Inquiring Mind. have not seen


Crossing the Event Horizon
Subtitled: Rise to the Equation
Official Site: www.theresonanceproject.org
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002RSFO7C
4-DVD set is a workshop presntation with Nassim Haramein. ($84.00 + shipping from official site). See also Black Whole)


Cultivating Loving Awareness (2012) David Silver
Official Site: www.ramdass.org
Ram Dass, Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg, Mirabai Bush.


Dalai Lama Renaissance (2009 - 82min) Khashyar Darvich
Official Site: www.dalailamafilm.com
Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalai_Lama_Renaissance
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0953363/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0029193N8


Darshan - The Embrace (2005 - 106min) Jan Kounen
Amma's Official Site: www.amma.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0464800/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000HLDFHW
About Amma, "the hugging saint".


The Dhamma Brothers (2007 - 76min) Jenny Phillips, Andrew Kukura, Anne Marie Stein
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1212007/
Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dhamma_Brothers
Official Site: www.dhammabrothers.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0040J1RZO
Looks at the attempt to introduce Vipassana meditation to Donaldson Correction Facility in Alabama in 2002. See also Doing Time Doing Vipassana (below).


Doing Time Doing Vipassana (1997 - 52min) Eilona Ariel, Ayelet Menahemi
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0367665/
Can Purchase DVD Here: www.pariyatti.org
Filmmakers' Website: www.karunafilms.com
Shows how this meditation technique was introduced into prisons in India. Vipassana is normally taught in the context of a 10-day silent retreat. Highly recommended. See also The Dhamma Brothers (above).


Evolve Your Brain (2009 - 122min)
Official Site: evolveyourbrain.com.au
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001D0IY9U
Excellent 2-hour presentation by Dr. Joe Dispenza, who appeared in What the Bleep. Highly recommended.


Fierce Light (2009 - 95min) Velcrow Ripper
Official Site: www.fiercelight.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1043835/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0028YW39M
"Where spirit meets action". (see also Velcrow's previous film, Scared Sacred).


Finding Joe (2011 - 80min) Patrick Takaya Soloman
Official Site: www.findingjoethemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2015370/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007IWAWCO
Looks at the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell and his effect on society.


Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate (2010 - 168min) Helen Whitney
Director's Website: www.helenwhitney.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004FOPFES


The Four Noble Truths (1997 - 353min) David Cherniack
Director's Website: www.allinonefilms.com
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2002 Mystic Fire OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005UO7Q
A six-hour lecture on Buddhism by the Dalai Lama, London 1996. Out of print. Netflix has this.


Happy (2011 - 75min) Roko Belic
Official Site: www.thehappymovie.com
Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_(2011_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1613092/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007GBKFXI


The Human Experience (2008 - 90min) Charles Kinnane
Official Site: www.grassrootsfilms.com/thehumanexperience
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1252298
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0044M2OS6


I Am (2011 - 78min) Tom Shadyac
Official Site: www.iamthedoc.com
Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_(2011_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1741225/
Amazon (DVD 01/03/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005U0ZP46
(not to be confused with 2010 drama feature film of same name) From the director of Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty, Liar, Liar and other hit comedy films. He made this after recovering from a life-changing bicycle accident. He speaks with spiritual and intellectual leaders about the condition of the world and what we can do to change it. Some of the interviewed: Noam Chomsky, Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn, Lynne McTaggart, David Suzuki, Thom Hartmann, Elisabet Sahtouris.


Infinity (2009 - 95min) Jay Weidner
Subtitled: The Ultimate Trip - Journey Beyond Death
Official Site: store.sacredmysteriesmarketplace.com/dvds/infinity-the-ultimate-trip-dvd.html
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002UL1SXK
Accounts of near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, and past life experiences from Gregg Braden, Dannion Brinkley, Renate Dollinger, Stanislav Grof, John Holland, Dzogchen Ponlop, Robert Thurman, Alberto Villoldo, Neale Donald Walsch, and Brian Weiss.


Inspired: the Movie (2012) Steve Yu
Official Site: www.inspiredthemovie.com


Into Great Silence (2005 - 162min) Phillip Groning
Official Site: www.diegrossestille.de/english/
Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_Great_Silence
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0478160/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OYNVOY
A close look at the everyday lives of the Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps. have not yet watched.


Journey from Zanskar (2010 - 90min) Frederick Marx
Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey_from_Zanskar
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1325702/
Amazon (DVD 12/20/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006JPT3AS


The Language of Spirituality (2001 - 62min) Anthony Della Flora
Official Site: www.thelanguageofspirituality.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1578757/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001TOE8KY


Laughology (2009 - 65min) Albert Nerenberg
Official Site: www.laughology.info
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1440749/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003RHZ6GQ
All about human laughter and why it is good for us. Recommended.


The Lazarus Phenomenon (2006 - 88min) Regardt van den Bergh
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1039970/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A4513C


Leap! Chad Cameron, Isaac Allen
Official Site: www.avaiya.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002Y30JB6
seems to be 2 or 3 versions of this, with Leap! Finale being the last. have not yet seen


Living Without Money (2010 - 52min) Line Halvorsen
Official Site: www.livingwithoutmoney.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1905098/
Looks at the life of Heidemarie Schwermer, a German woman who made the decision to try to live her life without money.


Meditate and Destroy (2007 - 81min) Sarah Fisher
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1370873/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002CLKOY2
Profiles Noah Levine, former punk rocker and juvenile delinquent, author of Dharma Punx, now a teacher of Buddhism and meditation.


Merton: A Film Biography (1984 - 57min) Paul Wilkes
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0254568/
Amazon (DVD 08/24/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002B55JS
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Merton


Mystical Brain (2006 - 52min) Isabelle Raynauld
Official Site: www.nfb.ca/film/mystical_brain/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002SF9YQ6
Released on DVD by AliveMind January 2010. Can watch entire film online for free at official site (above).


Mythic Journeys (2008 - 90min) Steve Boe, Whitney Boe
Official Site: www.mythmovie.net
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0033HKBQU
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1204935/
2-disc set. Released on DVD by AliveMind April 20, 2010.


The Nature of Existence (2010 - 94min) Roger Nygard
Official Site: www.thenatureofexistence.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002RH3DK8
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1196672/


One Peace At A Time (2009 - 83min) Turk Pipkin
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1458956/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0032DO5OE


The Opus (2009)
Subtitled: From Vision to Plan to Performance
Official Site: www.theopusdvd.com
Follows up on ideas from The Secret, featuring many of the same people.


The Quantum Activist (2009 - 77min) Ri Stewart, Renee Slade
Official Site: www.quantumactivist.com
Amit Goswami: www.amitgoswami.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amit_Goswami
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1397093/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002I41LAY
Amit Goswami, Ph.D. explains his ideas about quantum physics and human consciousness. Very interesting - highly recommended.


The Quantum Revelation (75min) Chad Cameron, Isaac Allen
Originally Titled: A Quantum Leap!
Subtitled: Unleashing the Power of Your True Nature
Official Site: www.avaiya.com
have not yet seen


Ram Dass: Fierce Grace (2002 - 94min) Mickey Lemle
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0310951/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Dass_Fierce_Grace
Director's Website:www.lemlepictures.com/
Ram Dass' Website:www.ramdasstapes.org
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008DDV1
Wide-ranging documentary about Ram Dass, covering early years with Timothy Leary up until recent time following stroke (1997). Deals alot with issues surrounding his stroke (disability, aging, letting go). Very cool film.


Raw Faith (2010 - 94min) William Peter Weidensmith
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1518255/


Saint Misbehavin' - The Wavy Gravy Movie (2009 - 87min) Michelle Esrick
Official Site: www.wavygravymovie.com
Wavy Gravy's Website: www.wavygravy.net
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wavy_Gravy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1326259/
Amazon (DVD 11/15/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005CW5E2A
Wow - this is way special. Few people have packed as much into their lives as Hugh Romney, AKA Wavy Gravy. He read his poetry in Greenwich Village back in the day, ventured to California and hooked up with the Merry Pranksters, started a commune called The Hog Farm (still going today), MC'ed Woodstock, journeyed to Bangladesh to feed flood victims, protested the Vietnam War, endured many police beatings, started a summer camp for kids (still operating 20 years later), partnered with Ram Dass and Larry Brilliant to start the Seva Foundation, which has given free cataract operations to millions of poor people around the world. And that's just some of his more visible accomplishments. DVD has another hour of extra scenes. Most highly recommended. Check this out!


Scared Sacred (2004 - 105min) Velcrow Ripper
Official Site: www.scaredsacred.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scared_Sacred
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0424410/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FUH3M8
Very special. The filmmaker travels to various "ground zeroes" of the world to see how people have dealt with great tragedy. Highly recommended.


The Secret (2006 - 92min) Drew Herriot
Official Site: www.thesecret.tv
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0846789/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000K8LV1O
This quickly became one of the most popular films ever made, but so many people seem to have problems with it. Maybe its too popular, maybe it seems too slick, maybe they are turned off because they think its all about money, maybe they think these people are scamming everyone and getting rich off of it. Yeah, it might seem cheesy, and there may be a few sketchy individuals in it, but this is a life-changing and world-changing film. The point of this film, which is detailed by stories from many teachers, is that you create your own reality. And to be very clear about this, they are not saying that you CAN create your reality, but that you ARE creating it - all the time, for better or worse, whether you know it or not. And therefore it would be wise to learn how to create a reality that you want or that is good for you. Its all about the "law of attraction". And its about feeling. One way to sum it up - "Thoughts become things." Lots of good stuff in here. Very inspirational.


Serotonin Rising (2010 - 60min) Tony Perri
Official Site: www.serotoninrising.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1238303/


Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What (2009 - 105min) Camera Renee Scheltema
Official Site: www.somethingunknown.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1427947/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00316DBAG
Explores psychic phenomena. Lots of interviews with researchers. Very good.


Sophia Returning: The Pathway to Planetary Tantra (2009 - 61min) Jay Weidner
Official Site: store.sacredmysteriesmarketplace.com/dvds/sophia-returning-the-path-to-planetary-tantra.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2005348/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002JKY5OQ
Author and mythologist John Lamb Lash presents some of his ideas about Gnosticism. very interesting. see his website for more info:
www.metahistory.org


Spirit Space (2008 - 81min) Braden Barty
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0015SBNCA
have not yet seen


Spiritual Revolution (2008 - 123min) Alan Swyer
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00316DBAG


Sunrise Sunset


Thoughts Become Things (2010 - 77min) Mike Dooley, Katharine Leis, Phil Tripoli
Official Site: www.thoughtsbecomethings.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00304YLMG


Thrive (2011 - 132min) Steve Gagne, Kimberly Carter Gamble
Official Site: www.thrivemovement.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrive_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2063834
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005WL3QBW
Critical Review at Randi.org: www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1538-thriving.html
Article by Charles Eisenstein and Discussion at Reality Sandwich: www.realitysandwich.com/thrive_story_wrong_spirit_right
Foster Gamble's Response to Critique at Reality Sandwich: www.realitysandwich.com/gambles_response_eisensteins_critique_thirve
A Critical Review (with many responses): sherriequestioningall.blogspot.com/2011/11/thrive-movie-is-not-about-thriving-at.html
Hard to categorize this one. Could also file under Political or Environment. Foster Gamble presents his ideas about how to save the world. Lots of discussion about the torus as the fundamental shape in the universe, which may have important clues for the development of alternative energy. Lots of info on the Flower of Life and other sacred geometry. Looks at problems in the world, including banking system, which is used by an elite to control the population. Looks at methods of control and who is at the top of the pyramid. Lots of this might be considered conspiracy theory (and they address that consideration). Presents ideas for solutions to problems. Very interesting and unique film. Still may be a bit creepy and I would suggest reading some of the critical reviews and discussions linked above.


The Tibetan Book of the Dead (1994 - 90min) Barrie Angus McLean, Yukari Hayashi
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0227651
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0227652
Amazon (DVD 2004 Wellspring): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000YTOZS
Amazon (DVD 2009 Alive Mind): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001T46TCO
Two 45-minute parts, The Way of Life and The Great Liberation. Includes Ram Dass and the Dalai Lama. Narrated by Leonard Cohen.


Unmistaken Child (2008 - 102min) Nati Baratz
Official Site: www.unmistakenchild.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1286798
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002MZCSW4


Wake Up (2010 - 97min) Jonas Elrod, Chloe Crespi
Official Site: www.wakeupthefilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1276996
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003ZUTTDG


Walking Between the Worlds (2006 - 234min) (reisssued by Gaiam 2009)
Subtitled: Understanding the Technology of Emotion
Official Site: www.greggbraden.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001P729XI


Way of the Heart (2010 - 61min) Mischa Scorer
Subtitled: The Life and Legacy of Hazrat Inayat Khan
Official Site: www.sufiorder.org/way-of-heart/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1798287
(available from official site for $30)


What The Bleep Do We Know!? (2004 - 108min) Mark Vicente, Betsy Chasse, William Arntz
What The Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole (2006 - 154min) Mark Vicente, Betsy Chasse, William Arntz
What The Bleep!? Ultra Extended Quantum Rabbit Hole (2006 - 310min) Mark Vicente, Betsy Chasse, William Arntz
Official Site: www.whatthebleep.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_the_Bleep_Do_We_Know!?
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0399877
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006UEVQ8
Amazon: (Quantum Edition) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FKO3JO
Blockbuster new age documentary/feature hybrid. Fourteen scientists, scholars, and mystics are interviewed, Marlee Matlin stars in the dramatic segments, also has some animated segments. The Down the Rabbit Hole - Quantum Edition is on 3 double-sided discs, and includes the director's cut version of the film (154min), a 5-hour version that can be programmed in various ways, and about 6 hours of extended interviews. I first saw this when it came out at the OKC Museum of Art and was impressed. I later learned that there was some association with JZ Knight (channeller of Ramtha) and judged it as a cult production (all three directors are followers). Later watched a couple more times - my interest was renewed after seeing The Quantum Activist with Amit Goswami. I now think this is a very special and important film, exporing ideas of quantum physics, brain chemistry, consciousness, etc. Kind of a predecessor to The Secret, putting the idea that you create your reality into mainstream consciousness. I'm still skeptical of Ramtha/JZ and channelling in general, but then what the bleep do I know?
Details on Quantum Edition 3-disc (6 sides) set:
Disc 1, Side 1: What the Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole - Director's Cut - 154 minutes
English and Spanish subtitles, trailer for Broken Saints
Disc 1, Side 2: Interviews Part 1
David Albert Ph.D - 21:16
Joseph Dispenza D.C. - 23:45
Dr. Masaru Emoto - 5:14
Amit Goswami Ph.D. - 19:57
Joseph Hagelin Ph.D - 18:12
Stuart Hameroff M.D. - 23:07
Disc 2, Side 1: Quantum Edition Part 1 - 155min
Disc 2, Side 2: Interviews Part 2
J.Z. Knight - 19:40
Miceal Ledwith Ph.D - 19:11
Marlee Matlin - 11:34
Lynn McTaggart - 17:48
Daniel Monti M.D - 20:28
Andrew Newberg M.D. - 14:49
Candace Pert Ph.D - 14:09
Disc 3, Side 1: Quantum Edition Part 2 - 155min
Disc 3, Side 2: Interviews Part 3
Dean Radin Ph.D - 22:01
Ramtha - 20:24
Jeffrey Santinover M.D 12:07
Fred Alan Wolf Ph.D. - 14:39
William Tiller Ph.D - 18:44
Khempo Yurmed Tinly - 31:11
Filmmakers' Q&A - 30:04


Wheel of Time (2003 - 80min) Werner Herzog
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0331080
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AQ68Y6
Looks at Kalachakra initiation at Bodh Gaya, India in 2002.


Wisdom of Changes: Richard Wilhelm and the I Ching (2011 - 87min) Bettina Wilhelm
Official Site: www.wisdom-of-changes-i-ching-the-movie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1961650
Amazon.de (German PAL DVD 09/03/12): www.amazon.de/o/ASIN/B007ZY7QLK
As of 12/12 not yet released outside of Europe. Probably a good chance someone will issue this here soon.


With One Voice (2009 - 78min) Eric Temple
Official Site: www.withonevoicedocumentary.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1532588
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002FS9YSO


You Can Heal Your Life (2007) Michael Goorjian
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1277154
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Y04R96
Based on the best-selling self-help motivational book of the same name by Louise Hay. Very good film. If you like Louise Hay or need some motivation, check this out. Expanded edition DVD is on 2 discs with lots of extra interviews.



Fashion


A Man's Story (2010 - 98min) Varon Bonicos
Official Site:
www.amansstory.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1409772/
Amazon (DVD 11/06/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0091V6T36
About menswear designer Ozwald Boateng.


About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012 - 75min) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2085741/


Advanced Style (2013) Lina Plioplyte, Ari Seth Cohen
Official Site: www.advancedstyle.blogspot.com


America the Beautiful (2007 - 105min) Darryl Roberts
Official Site: www.americathebeautifuldoc.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_the_Beautiful_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1040007/
Amazon (DVD 07/13/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003H3D1BW
Looks at the modelling industry, obsession with beauty, obsession with thinness. Follows Gerren, a girl who started modelling at 12 years old.


Beautopia: The Model Movie (1998 - 104min) Katharina Otto-Bernstein
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0139057/
Amazon (DVD 03/15/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F0UQZ4


Bill Cunningham New York (2010 - 84min) Richard Press
Official Site: www.billcunninghamnewyork.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Cunningham_New_York
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1621444
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0050I975Q


Call it a Balance in the Unbalance (2011 - 74min) Regine Lettner
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2057918/
About designer Miguel Androver.


Catwalk (1996 - 95min) Robert Leacock
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0112646/
Follows Christy Turlington through some fashion shows. As of 12/12, this has not made it to DVD. Can get used VHS at Amazon for high dollar. have not seen.


Chasing Beauty (2012 - 90min) Brent Huff
Official Site: www.chasingbeautyfilm.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2261389/


Christian Dior: The Man Behind the Myth (2005 - 52min) Phillipe Lanfranchi
Frecnh Title: Christian Dior: le couturier et son double
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2349578/
Amazon (DVD 09/20/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005OCJMFI


Dressed (2011 - 79min) David John Swajeski
Official Site: www.dressed-themovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1500180/
Looks at Laos-American designer Nary Manivong.


Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel (2011 - 86min) Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Brent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frederic Tcheng
Official Site: www.dianavreeland-film.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2053352/
Amazon (DVD 02/05/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AFQSZ0G
This was way more interesting than I was expecting, looking at Vreeland's entire life, which was mainly spent as the editor of Harper's Bazaar, and later of Vogue. She was very influential in the world of fashion, especially in the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Recommended. DVD includes 45 minutes of extended interviews.


Eleven Minutes (2008 - 103min) Michael Selditch, Robert Tate
Official Site: www.jaymccarrolldocumentary.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1149584/
Looks at Jay McCarroll, the first winner of the TV show Project Runway.


Fashion in Film (2008 - 56min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1305076/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001TIGFCY


Fashion Victim (2001 - 77min) James Kent
Subtitled: The Killing of Giani Versace
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0301289/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000640WI


Girl Model (2011 - 77min) David Redmon, Ashely Sabin
Official Site: www.girlmodelthemovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1806911/
Amazon (DVD 02/12/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A3DRV2Y
Discussion at Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/Documentaries/comments/1bk0k2


Good Hair (2009 - 96min) Jeff Stilson
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Hair
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1213585
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002TOJOY8
Chris rock investigates African-American hair. Very fun, entertaining and enlightening.


In and Out of Fashion (1998 - 88min) William Klein
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0459408/


Lagerfeld Confidential (2006 - 89min) Rodolphe Marconi
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0809439
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001AZIRUE
About designer Karl Lagerfeld.


L'amour Fou (2010 - 98min) Pierre Thoretton
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1606382/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00561BN8Q
About the relationshsip between designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover Pierre Berge.


The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002 - 83min) Charles Atlas
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0354696
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0004Z31QQ


Mansome (2012 - 82min) Morgan Spurlock
Official Site: www.mansomethemovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansome
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2294729/
Amazon (DVD 12/11/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009BBYZ7Q
A fun look at male grooming and male identity.


Marc Jacobs and Loius Vuitton (2007 - 75min) Loic Prigent
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1003165/


Material Success (2012 - 83min) Jesse Mann
Official Site: www.materialsuccess.ca/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2134099/


McQueen and I (2011 - 71min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1874620/
British designer Alexander McQueen.


No Sweat (2006 - 54min) Amie Williams
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0991233/
Amazon (DVD 02/23/10 IndiePix): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0030UNWRU


Picture Me: A Model's Diary (2010 - 82min) Ole Schell, Sara Ziff
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1459052/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00467QGTW
Model Sara Ziff and her boyfriend document her experiences as a fashion model, showing that the job is not always so easy or fun. Looks at issues such as the demand for fresh new young girls, pressure to stay thin, drug use, long work hours, and sexual harassment.


Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2012) Matthew Miele
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1893326/


Scratch the Surface (1997 - 75min) Tara Fitzpatrick
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0170553/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000687G7
In black and white. DVD includes 10 minute interview with director. She says she made the film (over 5 years) to help resolve the ambivalence she feels about the modeling industry. ("there's a good side and a bad side"). Chopped up interviews with her peers and others from the industry in the 1980's. If the subject is of interest, many ideas are discussed.


Seamless (2005 - 75min) Douglas Keeve
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0456001/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000DN5VFS


The Secret World of Haute Coutre (2007 - 60min) Margy Kinmonth
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1008035/


The September Issue (2009 - 88min) R.J. Cutler
Official Site: www.theseptemberissue.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_September_Issue
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1331035
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002QQ8HAG
Covers the making of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine, which weighed 5 pounds and was the largest magazine ever published. Focusses on editor Anna Wintour.


The Tents (2012 - 80min) James Belzer
Official Site: www.thetentsmovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1764699/
About New York Fashion Week.


Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2010 - 89min) Whitney Sudler-Smith
Official Site: www.halstonmovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1422786
Amazon (DVD 05/29/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QVRV1I


Unzipped (1995 - 73min) Douglas Keeve
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unzipped_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0114805
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000DZ3E1
About designer Isaac Mizrahi.


Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008 - 96min) Matt Tyrnauer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1176244
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002EJBZH2
About designer Valentino Garavani.


Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution (2012 - 91min) Deborah Riley Draper
Official Site: www.versailles73movie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2283061/


Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (2010 - 93min) Craig Teper
Official Site: www.vidalsassoonthemovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1649433/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vidal_Sassoon
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00555ZTGA/


Viktor and Rolf: Because We're Worth It (2006 - 60min) Femke Wolting
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1694575/


Yves Saint Laurent - His Life and Times (2002 - 77min) David Teboul
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0448265
Yves Saint Laurent - 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris (2002 - 85min) David Teboul
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0392931
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002EJBZH2
Two documentaries about Yves Saint Larent on one DVD. The first film looks at his early years, the second details the creation of the 2001 spring/summer couture collection, his last.



Movies, Moviemakers, Moviestars


108 films listed in this category as of 02/2014
$ellebrity (2012 - 89min) Kevin Mazur

IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2258233/


A Decade Under the Influence (2003 - 138min) Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Decade_Under_the_Influence_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0342275
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AKY7F
Looks at the 1970's as a period of innovation in American filmmaking. Interviews many directors.


American Grindhouse (2010 - 80min) Elijah Drenner
Official Site: www.americangrindhouse.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Grindhouse
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1307861


American Movie (1999 - 107min) Chris Smith
Official Site: www.americanmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Movie
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0181288
Mark's Northwest Productions: www.northwestproductions.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767846869
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_movie/
This is a documentary about filmmaker Mark Borchardt and the making of his movies, Coven and Northwestern. It is totally hilarious and very heartwarming. Mark is as determined as anyone can be. He forges ahead through never-ending obstacles. His dream is to make a movie called Northwestern, but to get the money he decides he first has to finish his 35-minute black and white horror film, Coven, which he has been trying to finish for years. There is more than a little irony in the fact that the makers of American Movie achieved great success with their film about Mark who has been trying so hard for so long to get any success at all. But of course, he (and his buddy Mike) are now quite famous. Good luck to Mark!


An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002 - 225min) J.M. Kenny
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0346952/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Evening_with_Kevin_Smith
Documents some fun Q&A sessions at colleges with director Kevin Smith. Followed by 4 additional DVD releases.


Arirang (2011 - 100min) Ki-duk Kim
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1922551/


The Beaches of Agnes (2009 - 110min) Agnes Varda
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1129435
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0030H16W6
81-year-old filmmaker Agnes Varda gives us an autobiography. She made The Gleaners and I, which is one of my top favorite documentaries.


Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998 - 127min) David Comtois, Kevin Burns
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0207332
Amazon (2-disc DVD 2001): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005KH32


Best Worst Movie (2009 - 93min) Michael Stephenson
Official Site: bestworstmovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_Worst_Movie
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1144539/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003X3BYHE
About 1990 American horror movie Troll 2.


Burden of Dreams (1982 - 95min) Les Blank
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burden_of_Dreams
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0083702
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007WFYB6
Criterion: www.criterion.com/films/546
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/burden_of_dreams/
Info from Les Blank's website: www.lesblank.com/more/burden.html
About the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo in the Amazon jungle.


Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010 - 86min) Craig McCall
Official Site: www.jackcardiff.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameraman:_The_Life_and_Work_of_Jack_Cardiff
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1626811/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00507T4BO


Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (2008 - 90min) Pepita Ferrari
Official Site: films.nfb.ca/capturing-reality
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capturing_Reality:_The_Art_of_Documentary
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1543299/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002HOP43K


Charlotte Rampling: The Look (2011 - 94min) Angelina Maccarone
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1922751/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0074V619W


Cinemania (2002 - 80min) Angela Christlieb, Stephen Kijak
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0281724
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinemania_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AKCMC
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cinemania/
Looks at five very dedicated film-goers in New York City. And I mean totally dedicated, like several films a day, every day. We're talking about films projected onto a screen. You could only do this in New York. Luckily, we have DVDs now, so we can see whatever we want anywhere, anytime. Very fun film (actually its shot on video!), some interesting insights about movies and movie-watching.


Cinematographer Style (2006 - 86min) John Fauer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0847474/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00197POY0
Talks to 110 cinematographers about making movies.


Classified X (1998 - 53min) Mark Daniels
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0141593/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305069751
Melvin Van Peebles explores the depiction of African-Americans in movies.


Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (2001 - 87min) Bruce Ricker
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0314062/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005NTNT


Cleanflix (2009 - 93min) Andrew James, Joshua Ligairi
Official Site: www.cleanflixthemovie.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1007026/
Amazon (DVD 06/12/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007PSY30S
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cleanflix/
Looks at the practice of "editing" films to remove "offensive" content. I had not heard of this, but there has been a lot going on with this in the Mormon community in Utah, with various stores selling edited DVDs, various companies providing the edited versions, and ongoing lawsuits with Hollywood. This is a mind-blowing film which covers the subject thoroughly and presents a lot to think about. Also some interesting human elements. Special features include full-length commentary with both directors and 16 minutes of deleted scenes. Highly recommended.


Corman's World (2011 - 95min) Alex Stapleton
Subtitled: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1185371
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Corman
Amazon (DVD 03/27/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QS9MKE
Amazon (BluRay 03/27/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QS9OES
Very thorough look at the career of Roger Corman. Interviews with many directors and actors who got their starts working for him, including Jack Nicholson, Robert DeNiro, Pam Grier, Peter Fonda, William Shatner, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese. Very interesting film.


The Cutting Edge (2004 - 98min) Wendy Apple
Subtitled: The Magic of Movie Editing
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0428441
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cutting_Edge:_The_Magic_of_Movie_Editing
Amazon (DVD 09/06/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009PVZEG


The Definitive Document of the Dead (2012 - 102min) Roy Frumkes
Re-edited, remastered reissue of 1985 documentary The Document of the Dead, which is a look at director George Romero largely shot during the making the the 1978 film Dawn of the Dead.


Directors: Life Behind the Camera (2006 - 211min)
Official Site: firstrunfeatures.com/directorsdvd.html
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003S6KGNY
Interviews with 33 directors.


Divine Trash (1998 - 96min) Steve Yeager
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0150338
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000092T3A
About filmmaker John Waters. See also This Filthy World.


Double Dare (2004 - 81min) Amanda Mitchell
Official Site: www.doubledarethemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0365135
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Dare_(film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0008EN6K4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/double-dare/
Fun film about female stunt doubles. Mainly looks at Jeannie Epper, who doubled for Linda Carter as Wonder Woman (70's TV show), and is still working in her 60's, and 20-something Zoe Bell, who got her start in New Zealand doubling for Lucy Lawless as Xena: Warrior Princess (90's TV show). With help from Jeannie, Zoe lands a job as Uma's stunt double in Kill Bill. Since the time of this film, Zoe has crossed the line from stuntwoman to feature film star, appearing in Death Proof and Angel of Death.


Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (2003 - 119min) Kenneth Bowser
Subtitled: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
Wikipedia (Book): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_Riders,_Raging_Bulls:_How_the_Sex,_Drugs_and_Rock_'N'_Roll_Generation_Saved_Hollywood
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0359203/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001MDQ9E


Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002 - 105min) Damian Pettigrew
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fellini:_I'm_a_Born_Liar
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0314062


The Five Obstructions (2003 - 103min) Lars von Trier
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Five_Obstructions
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0354575/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002KPI3C
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/five_obstructions/


For the Love of Movies (2009 - 81min) Gerald Peary
Subtitled: The Story of American Film Criticism
Official Site: www.fortheloveofmovies.net
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_the_Love_of_Movies
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1241707/


Girl 27 (2007 - 84min) David Stenn
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_27
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0912586/
Amazon (DVD 01/29/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001R23G7E/
Tells the story of Patricia Douglas who was raped by an MGM executive at a party in Hollywood in 1937 when she was a young movie extra. She decided to fight and press charges. Nothing ever came of it and her story was forgotten until the director uncovered it while researching a book about Jean Harlow. Interesting film, looks at the power of the movie industry and explores some similar cases. DVD includes a 10-minute 1935 black and white short, Hollywood Extra Girl.


Great Directors (2009 - 87min) Angela Ismailos
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Directors
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1445683/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005J7K9H8
Interviews with Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Ken Loach, David Lynch, John Sayles, Agnes Varda. Bonus disc contains additional interview time with all of the above.


The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011 - 90min) Morgan Spurlock
AKA: POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Greatest_Movie_Ever_Sold
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1743720/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004UXUV98
Looks at product placement, marketing, and advertising in movies and TV shows.


The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1928 - 90min) Leslie Iwerks
Amazon (VHS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005NZEK
Amazon (Oswald DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000VE4UCO
This is available on DVD as an extra feature on The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.


Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991 - 96min) Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola
IMDB:www.imdb.com/title/tt0102015/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearts_of_Darkness:_A_Filmmaker's_Apocalypse
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000XECFXS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hearts_of_darkness_a_filmmakers_apocalypse/
Documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now. Narrated by Coppola's wife, Eleanor Coppola. Uses footage that she shot during the making of Apocalypse Now.


A History of Israeli Cinema (2009 - 208min) Raphael Nadjari
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1429436/
Wikipedia (Raphael Nadjari): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael_Nadjari
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009NI2XMI/


I Knew it was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2010 - 40min) Richard Shepard
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Knew_It_Was_You
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1352717/
Amazon (DVD 11/09/10 Oscilloscope): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Z1OHGE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i-knew-it-was-you-rediscovering-john-cazale/
Looks at the career of actor John Cazale, who appeared in only five films before dying of lung cancer at age 42. He was in The Godfather and The Godfather II (as Fredo), The Conversation, The Deer Hunter, and Dog Day Afternoon. Lots of interviews, including Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola, Merle Streep, Steve Buscemi.


Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution (2007 - 98min) Nader Takmil Homayoun
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0806668/


The Jodorowsky Constellation (86min) Louis Mouchet
AKA La Constellation, AKA Constellation Jodorowsky
Amazon: (The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NY1E9E/
Amazon: (Fando Y Lis) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005Y7WW
May be available separately, but this documentary is included as an extra feature on the Fando Y Lis DVD, which is available on one disc or as a part of the Films of Alejandro Jodorwosky box set (as per Amazon links above).


Jodorowsky's Dune (2013 - 90min) Frank Pavich
Official Site: jodorowskysdune.com/
Wikipedia: Jodorowsky's_Dune
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1935156/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jodorowsky's_dune/
Looks at Alejandro Jodorowsky's late-70's failed attempt to film an adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune.


The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002 - 93min) Nannete Burstein, Brett Morgen
Wikipedia: The_Kid_Stays_in_the_Picture
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0303353/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008HE4B
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kid_stays_in_the_picture/
Movie mogul Robert Evans tells all about his life in the business.


Kubrick Decoded - Volume One (76min) Rob Ager
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Two (103min) Rob Ager
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Three (113min) Rob Ager
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Four (110min) Rob Ager
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Five Rob Ager
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Six Rob Ager
Official Site: www.collativelearning.com
This is a collection of videos in which Rob Ager presents his analyses of Stanley Kubrick's Films. You can find some of these videos to watch on his website, along with additional written material. He also has other videos pertaining to other films. He sells these DVD-Rs pretty cheap (like $8). They are sent from the UK. The easiest way to order them is probably through eBay. I recommend get them all if you are interested in Kubrick. You will be amazed and want to watch all of Kubrick's films again. Here is a bit of detail on the contents:
Kubrick Decoded - Volume One:
   The Shining - Mazes of Deception and Denial - 28min
   Eyes Wide Shut - Unseen Reflections - 24min
   A Clockwork Orange - Analysis/Review - 24min
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Two:
   2001: A Space Odyssey - The Meaning of the Monolith Revealed - 47min
   Full Metal Jacket - The Hidden Hand - 55min
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Three:
   The Shining - Kubrick's Gold Story - 72min
   The Shining - Spatial Anomalies in the Overlook Hotel - 20min
   Sex and Power in the Films of Stanley Kubrick - 13min
   2001: A Space Odyssey - HAL=IBM - 8min
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Four:
   2001: A Space Odyssey - Kubrick's Cover Story - 53min
   2001: A Space Odyssey - The Eye of Enlightenment - 9min
   A Clockwork Orange - Statues & Mannequins - 8min
   A Clockwork Orange - The Ludovico Lie - 24min
   A Clockwork Orange - Alex & Beethoven - 6min
   A Clockwork Orange - Good Loving Parents - 10min
See also Kubrick's Odyssey and Room 237.


Kubrick's Odyssey Part One: Kubrick and Apollo (2011 - 70min) Jay Weidner
Subtitled: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick
Official Site: www.jayweidner.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1992167/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004PFOFJM
Wikipedia (Scotchlite): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotchlite
Wikipedia (Front Projection Effect): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Front_projection_effect
Puts forth the idea that Kubrick was hired by the US government to make fake films of the Apollo moon landings (which were done over the same period of time that he filmed 2001: A Space Odyssey). Does not say that the moon landings were fake, just that the films we saw were faked. The main evidence for this is the presence of anomalies in the videos and photos which indicate the use of 3M Scotchlite screens used to project background images. Further goes on to show that Kubrick's film The Shining contains many clues about this, apparently revealing the Apollo film faking in a very careful coded way. Very interesting.


Kubrick's Odyssey II: Beyond the Infinite (2012 - 61min) Jay Weidner
Subtitled: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick
Official Site: www.jayweidner.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007EZNHVI/
Weidner presents his idea that Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey is an encoded version of "The Great Work" of Alchemy.


The Last Mogul (2005 - 110min) Barry Avrich
Subtitled: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0388201/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FNNI4C
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lew_Wasserman


Light Keeps Me Company (2001 - 78min) Carl-Gustav Nykvist
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0151372/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005T30E


Little Joe (2009 - 87min) Nicole Haeusser
Official Site: www.littlejoeproductions.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1261895/
About Joe Dallesandro, who began his career by starring in several Andy Warhol / Paul Morrissey films (Trash, Flesh, Heat, Andy Warhol's Dracula, Andy Warhol's Frankenstein). Thats his abs on the cover of the first Smiths record. (singer Morrissey named himself after Paul Morrissey). (as of 05/2012 doesn't seem to be on DVD yet).


Loop Dreams: The Making of a Low-Budget Movie (2001 - 87min) Harvey Hubbell V
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0293855/


Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003 - 169min) Thom Anderson
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Plays_Itself
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0379357/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/los_angeles_plays_itself/
DVD at ModCinema: www.modcinema.com/categories/5-bestsellers/647-los-angeles-plays-itself-2-disc-2003-dvd
Review at OpenCulture: www.openculture.com/2012/04/los_angeles_plays_itself.html
Complete Voiceover Text: www.filmkritik.antville.org/stories/1071484/
Video essay looks at the depiction of Los Angeles in the movies. Consists entirely of clips from many films (like over 200) with narration by director Thom Anderson. Not ever officially released on DVD due to "rights issues" (which I don't understand, since I would assume that all of these brief film clips would be "fair use"). A very blurry "bootleg" 2-disc DVD-R can be ordered from modcinema.com. Interesting enough to be worth buying. Can watch online, including at youtube.


Lost in La Mancha (2002 - 93min) Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_in_La_Mancha
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0308514/
Amazon (DVD 06/24/03 2-disc Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000096FUD
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lost_in_la_mancha/
Looks at Terry Gilliam's attempt to make his unfinished film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.


Machete Maidens Unleashed (2010 - 84min) Mark Hartely
Official Site: www.machetemaidensunleashed.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1623757
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004XZ99W8


The Magic of Melies (1997 - 131min) Jacques Meny
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0318413/
Amazon (DVD 01/15/02 FACETS OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005UM26
The title of the DVD containing this documentary film is Melies the Magician. It also includes 15 of his films. There is another DVD called The Magic of Melies, which is a collection of his films, and includes a 20-minute long documentary called George Melies, Cinema Magician. And then there is a 5-DVD set called George Melies: First Wizard of Cinema 1896-1913 which is a collection of his films.


Matthew Barney: No Restraint (2006 - 72min) Alison Chernick
Official Site: www.matthewbarneynorestraint.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0481574/
Amazon (DVD 05/01/07 IFC): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000N2HDGY


Midnight Movies (2007 - 86min) Stuart Samuels
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0457414/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UYX4QI
Starts with a text screen - " Between 1970 and 1977 six low-budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch movies." Looks closely at these 6 "midnight movies" - El Topo (1970 - Alejandro Jodorowsky), Night of the Living Dead (1968 - George Romero), Pink Flamingos (1972 - John Waters), The Harder They Come (1972 - Perry Henzell), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975 - Jim Sharman), and Eraserhead (1977 - David Lynch). Also looks a bit at Freaks (Tod Browning), Reefer Madness, and Multiple Maniacs (John Waters). Lots of interviews with the directors, critics, fans, etc. Very interesting.


Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010 - 420min)
Official Site: www.tcm.com/this-month/article/345125/0/Moguls-Movie-Stars-The-History-of-Hollywood.html
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moguls_and_Moviestars
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1759310/
Amazon (04/26/11 DVD 3-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004MQ6W5K
TV series from TCM (Turner Classic Movies), in 7 parts of one hour each. Covers the period from 1889 to 1969.


Monsters from the Id (2009 - 52min) David Gargani
Official Site: www.monstersfromtheid.net/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1323940/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007PSY35I
Looks at sci-fi films of the 1950's and how they provided inspiration to young scientists.


Mule Skinner Blues (2001 - 93min) Stephen Earnhart
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0290010/
Amazon (DVD 08/26/03 OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009MGG2


My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski (1999 - 100min) Werner Herzog
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0200849/


My Voyage to Italy (1999 - 246min) Martin Scorsese
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Voyage_to_Italy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0173772/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000092T5D
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_voyage_to_italy/
Scorsese's guide to Italian cinematic history, at least as far as films that were influential to him. Mainly discusses films from the 40's and 50's, many by Roberto Rossellini. Almost entirely consists of excerpts from films with Scorcese's narration. This is quite an interesting education on the subject. (On 2 DVDs, disc 1 is Part One - 118min, disc 2 is Part Two - 127min).


No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008 - 86min) James Chressanthis
Official Site: www.laszloandvilmos.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Subtitles_Necessary:_Laszlo_&_Vilmos
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1054118/
Amazon (DVD 02/28/12 Cinema Libre): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006XF2WIY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/no-subtitles-necessary-lazlo-and-vilmos/
About Hungarian-American cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond.


Nollywood Babylon (2008 - 74min) Samir Mallal, Ben Addelman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1288595/
About Nigeria's film industry, which is the largest in the world, ahead of India and the US. Focusses on a director named Lancelot.


Official Rejection (2009 - 107min) Paul Osborne
Official Site: www.officialrejectiondocumentary.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0780577/
Amazon (DVD-R 06/12/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002Q0WYLA
Amazon (DVD-R 2-disc 11/17/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002Q0WYPG


Operation Filmmaker (2007 - 92min) Nina Davenport
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0984213/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001N3R8W6


The Outsider - A Film About James Toback (2005 - 83min) Nicholas Jarecki
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0455989/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0010EJ8EC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10005470-outsider/


Overnight (2003 - 82min) Tony Montana, Mark Brian Smith
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overnight
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0390336/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/overnight/
Follows Troy Duffy after selling his screenplay for The Boondock Saints, through having his movie deal being turned down by Miramax and the long struggle to eventual distribution by Indican.


The Outsider (2005 - 85min) Nicholas Jarecki
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0455989/


The People vs. George Lucas (2010 - 97min) Alexandre O. Philippe
Official Site: peoplevsgeorge.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_People_vs._George_Lucas
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1325014/
Amazon (DVD 10/25/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005FUTCCM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_people_vs_george_lucas/
Mainly looks at the controversy over the modifications that Lucas made to the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes 4,5,6) when rereleased in 1997 as Special Editions. The larger issue is that Lucas has attempted to destroy all copies of the original versions and to prevent them from ever being shown or reissued. He even claims that the original negatives have been destroyed. See also Jedi Junkies, A Galaxy Far Far Away, and Star Wait for more on the world of Star Wars fandom, all in the following category (Fans and Gamers). Also see the websites www.savestarwars.com and originaltrilogy.com. This is actually a pretty confusing issue and I'm not sure that the original versions haven't been released on DVD. Check out this Wikipedia article for more details (which Wikipedia has flagged as a "confusing" article): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_changes_in_Star_Wars_re-releases


A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 - 225min) Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Personal_Journey_with_Martin_Scorsese_Through_American_Movies
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0112120/
Amazon (DVD-R 3-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305941122
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/personal_journey_with_martin_scorsese_through_american_movies/
Chapters - Disc 1 (72min) - History of Cinema, Director's Dilemma, The Director as Storyteller, The Western, The Gangster Film, The Musical. Disc 2 (79min) - The Director as Illusionist, The Director as Smuggler. Disc 3 (74min) - The Director as Smuggler (cont), The Director as Iconoclast.


The Pervert's Guide to Cinema: Parts 1,2,3 - Presented by Slavoj Zizek (2006 - 150min) Sophie Fiennes
Official Site: www.thepervertsguide.com
Fansite: www.pervertsguidetocinema.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pervert's_Guide_to_Cinema
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavoj_Zizek
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0828154/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NQRE3C
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001TH15YS
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002PMZNDA
See also The Reality of the Virtual and Zizek!.


The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012 - 136min) Sophie Fiennes
Official Site: www.thepervertsguide.com
Official Site: www.zeitgeistfilms.com/pervertsguide/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pervert's_Guide_to_Ideology
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2152198/
Amazon (DVD 02/18/14 Zeitgeist): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GX33J7E/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_perverts_guide_to_ideology/
This is a followup to The Pervert's Guide to Cinema.


Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies (2008 - 62min) Arne Glimcher
Official Site: www.thepervertsguide.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1326252/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003X3BYGK
Looks at similarities and influences between cubism and film.


The Pixar Story (2008 - 87min) Leslie Iwerks
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pixar_Story
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1059955/


Popatopolis: How to Make a Movie in 3 Days (2009 - 75min) Clay Westervelt
Official Site: www.popatopolis.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1453253/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003L2E4J2
Looks at B-movie maker Jim Wynorski.


Reel Injun (2009 - 88min) Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge
Subtitled: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian
Official Site: www.reelinjunthemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reel_Injun
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1484114
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003TWEM8C
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/reel_injun/
Looks at the depiction of Native Americans in movies.


Reel Paradise (2004 - 110min) Steve James
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0405271/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CQM4JM


Rewind This! (2013 - 90min) Josh Johnson
Official Site: buy.rewindthismovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rewind_This!
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2395970/
Amazon (DVD 01/14/14 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FUABK36


Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008 - 99min) Marina Zenovich
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1157705/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001HB1K46


Room 237 (2012 - 102min) Rodney Ascher
Official Site: room237movie.wordpress.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_237
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2085910/
Amazon (DVD 09/24/13 2-disc IFC): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D6I7EGQ
Amazon (Bluray 09/24/13 IFC): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D6I7CSQ
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/room_237_2012/
Review at DVDTalk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/54386/room-237/
Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/45397/
New York Times: www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/movies/room-237-documentary-with-theories-about-the-shining.html
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/Truefilm/comments/1c9vh4
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/Truefilm/comments/1y9db8
Explores various theories about meanings in Stanley Kubrick's film, The Shining. A great treat for me and I'm sure for all Kubrick fans. Highly recommended. The DVD includes a second disc of extra features. See also Kubrick's Odyssey (above).


Room 666 (1982 - 50min) Wim Wenders
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_666
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0083727/


Screaming in High Heels (2011 - 63min) Jason Paul Collum
Subtitled: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2007995/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008A0RGMC


Seduced and Abandoned (2013 - 98min) James Toback
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seduced_and_Abandoned_(2013_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2402179/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/seduced_and_abandoned_2013/


Side by Side (2012 - 98min) Christopher Kinneally
Subtitled: Can Film Survive Our Digital Future?
Official Site: sidebysidethemovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side_by_Side_(2012_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2014338/
Amazon (DVD 02/05/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009NUVVVK
Amazon (BluRay 02/05/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009NUVVZ6
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/side_by_side_2012/
Discussion at Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/Documentaries/comments/1bksqg
Keanu Reeves talks to James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh and other directors about film versus digital formats.


The Sinister Saga of Making the Stunt Man (2001 - 114min) Richard Rush
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sinister_Saga_of_Making_"The_Stunt_Man"
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0238606/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005OCK8
This is also available on the 2-disc DVD edition of The Stunt Man.


Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini (2011) Jason Baker
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1949591/


Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007 - 82min) Jeffrey Schwarz
Official Site: www.spinetinglermovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Castle
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0795473/


Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001 - 142min) Jan Harlan
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Kubrick:_A_Life_in_Pictures
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0278736/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UJCAKY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/stanley_kubrick_a_life_in_pictures/
Looks at Kubrick's life, mainly by going through his movies one by one, with lots of interview clips with actors, directors, associates, etc.


The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2012 - 916min) Mark Cousins
Distributor: www.musicboxfilms.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2044056/
Amazon (DVD 5-disc 11/20/12 Music Box): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008ZDC7M8
In 15 parts, on 5 DVDs.


Tales From the Script (2010 - 105min) Peter Hanson
Official Site: talesfromthescript.com
Distributor's Site: firstrunfeatures.com/talesfromthescriptdvd.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1045642/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00329PYH0


Tell Them Who You Are (2004 - 95min) Mark S. Wexler
Official Site: www.tellthemwhoyouare.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0420952/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ARXG3Q
A look at cinematographer Haskell Wexler by his son.


These Amazing Shadows (2011 - 88min) Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton
Subtitled: The Movies That Make America
Official Site: www.theseamazingshadows.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1273222/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/These_Amazing_Shadows
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005KLOPTG


This Filthy World (2006 - 86min) Jeff Garlin
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Filthy_World
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0844761/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000TGJ89O
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/this_filthy_world/
Filmmaker John Waters addresses an audience with his one-man show, telling all about his life. See also Divine Trash.


This is Cinerama (1952 - 115min) Merian C. Cooper
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Cinerama
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0045231/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008N3E016


Tigrero: A Film That was Never Made (1994 - 75min) Mika Kaurismaki
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0111430/
Amazon (DVD 2004 Fantoma): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001IXTB8


The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996 - 55min) Adam Simon
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0118004/
About Sam Fuller.


Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape (2010 - 72min) Jake West
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1740712/
Available as disc 3 of the 3-DVD set Video Nasties: The Complete Guide


Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1992 - 92min) Arnold Glassman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0105764/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/630583685X
(out of print - Netflix has this)


Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001 - 119min) Jean-Pierre Isbouts
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0296273


Wamego: Making Movies Anywhere (2004 - 100min) Steve Balderson
Official Site: www.dikenga.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0420312
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000SAJC7O
Mainly looks at the making of Balderson's film Firecracker. have not yet seen these.


Wamego Strikes Back (2007 - 80min) Steve Balderson
Official Site: www.dikenga.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0970522
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000SAJC7E
More about Balderson's independent filmmaking, mainly looking at the post-production aspects of releasing Firecracker.


Wamego: Ultimatum (2009 - 90min) Steve Balderson
Official Site: www.dikenga.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1355234
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001T56NI8
The trilogy is completed with even more proof that you can be a successful filmmmaker without moving to LA and letting other people tell you what to do and how to do it. Mainly looks at the making of Balderson's 2008 film Watch Out.


Welcome to Nollywood (2007 - 56min) Jamie Meltzer
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1034469


Who Needs Sleep? (2006 - 78min) Haskell Wexler
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0493079
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000G1TQ8U


Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011 - 192min) Robert Weide
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1895299
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0064NTZKI


Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2002 - 90min) Richard Schickel
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0320796


Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004 - 122min) Xan Cassavetes
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z_Channel:_A_Magnificent_Obsession
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0405496/
Tarantino Archives: wiki.tarantino.info/index.php/Z_Channel:_A_Magnificent_Obsession
Amazon (DVD 10/11/05 Allied Arts America): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AQKV0I
Amazon (DVD 2-disc Collector's Edition Hart Sharp Video) (Out of Print): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UJMZZ4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/z_channel/
About Los Angeles pay-TV movie-channel, Channel Z, started in 1974, known for its eclectic variety of films. More specifically, the film is about Z Channel's program director Jerry Harvey, who began there in 1980. He was legendary for his choices in programming, including many European films, and his support for underappreciated films. He killed his wife and himself in 1988, a couple of weeks before Z Channel added sports and a year before Z Channel ended operations. And actually, this film seems to be mainly about the films that were shown on Z Channel. There are clips from over fifty great films. Lots of interesting interviews, and though they are talking about Z Channel and Jerry Harvey, they also wind up talking about the films. This is a special treat for film lovers. You will have a list of films to see after watching this. And maybe an appreciation for having the privilege of being able to buy, rent or stream almost any film you want, which was not at all true just a few decades ago. The director is the daughter of director John Cassavetes. (Xan is short for Alexandra).



Games and Gamers, Fanclubs and Fans


/afk: Away From Keyboard (2011) Greg Stuetze
Official Site:
www.afkthefilm.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1713945/
Explores the relationship between gamers and games, mainly looking at Worlds of Warcraft.


Batman: Holy Batmania (2003) Kevin Burns
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002W4UXE
Made for A&E Biography.


Beyond the Game (2008 - 75min) Jos de Putter
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_the_Game
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1520268/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004KM55FY/
Dutch documentary about professional video gaming. Follows several gamers through international competitions on their way to the 2007 World Cyber Games.


Bingo: The Documentary (1999 - 59min) John Jeffcoat
Official Site: www.bingothedocumentary.net
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0243787/
Amazon (DVD-R Vanguard 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003BEE73K
Amazon (DVD Vanguard 2005 Out of Print): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009PVZ3W


Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011 - 93min) Liz Garbus
Official Site: www.bobbyfischermovie.co.uk/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Fischer_Against_the_World
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1777551/
Amazon (DVD 12/06/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005CB6MPE


Darkon (2007 - 90min) Andrew Neel, Luke Meyer
Official Site: www.darkonthemovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darkon_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0462246/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000XULOGQ
A look at a particular group of Live-Action Role-Playing (LARP) gamers. Lots of interviews with gamers explaining why they do this.


The Dungeon Masters (2008 - 87min) Keven McAlester
Official Site: www.dungeonmastersmovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0988086/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003NLE5HW


Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters (2011 - 93min) Adam Cornelius
Official Site: www.ecstasyoforder.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecstasy_of_Order:_The_Tetris_Masters
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1836974/
Amazon: (DVD 09/21/12) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0085X31ZA


A Galaxy Far Far Away (2000 - 80min) Tariq Jalil
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0230234/
Amazon: (10th Anniversary DVD edition) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001HDXHQ8
Looks at the world of Star Wars fans.


Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2003 - 85min) Vikram Jayanti
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Over:_Kasparov_and_the_Machine
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0379296/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007VYSK8/


Get Lamp (2010) Jason Scott Sadofsky
Official Site: www.getlamp.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get_Lamp
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1756529/
Looks at the world of "computer adventure games" (also called "interactive fiction" or "text adventures"), primitive early online games which were played using just plain text (and imagination). From the director of BBS: The Documentary.


Indie Game: The Movie (2012 - 96min) James Swirsky, Lisanne Pajot
Official Site: www.indiegamethemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indie_Game:_The_Movie
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1942884/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A82RV4I
Amazon (Bluray): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A9KPWOU
Follows the developers of 3 independently produced video games: Edmund McMillen and Tommy Reffines as they work on Super Meat Boy, Phil Fish and Renaud Bedard working on Fex, and Jonathan Blow looking back on his development of Braid. Excellent film. Recommended, even if you have no interest in playing video games (which I don't).


Jedi Junkies (2010 - 73min) Mark Edlitz
Official Site: www.jedijunkies.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1662514/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0047H2F28
Amazon (DVD 02/12/13 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009MBSWNA
Looks at some serious Star Wars fans. Spends a lot of time on fan films. We see a bit of Chad Vader, Stuck on Star Wars, and Tremors in the Force. Looks at light saber training (New York Jedis) and custom light saber manufacturing. We see Aerosith, a Star Wars tribute band. Probaby the most interesting subject here is the collecting of memorabilia. We meet some really hardcore collectors who show us their vast collections and discuss their obsessive behavior. And we have some analysis of this from psychologists. Low budget film, but an interesting look at the world of Star Wars fandom.


King of Chinatown (2010 - 62min) Calvin Theobald
Official Site: www.kingofchinatown.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1651898/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006BAC87Q


The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 - 79min) Seth Gordon
Official Site: www.billyvssteve.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_of_Kong:_A_Fistful_of_Quarters
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0923752/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000XQ4HR8
Who is the real king of Donkey Kong?


Life 2.0 (2010 - 100min) Jason Spingarn-Koff
Official Site: www.life2movie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1518809/
Amazon (DVD 2012): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0063HO5BE
This is one of the most interesting and mind-blowing films I have seen. Follows several people as they spend time in the online virtual world of Second Life.


The Legend of Sofa Kingdom (2011 - 85min) Steve Kearney
Official Site: www.quizzomovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1518306/
Looks at the pub quiz trivia game Quizzo, which is big in Philadelphia.


Race to World First (2013 - 68min) Zachary Henderson, John Keating
Official Site: www.racetoworldfirst.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2093215/
Amazon (DVD-R 11/29/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006G2N1N6
Looks at World of Warcraft guild Blood Legion.


Scrabylon (2003 - 78min) Scott Petersen
Official Site: www.scrabylon.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0382962/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00024WGOW
About professional Scrabble players. See also Word Wars.


Second Skin (2008 - 94min) Juan Carlos Pineiro-Escoriaza
Official Site: www.secondskinfilm.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1183696/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Skin_(2008_film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002AWM0SQ
Looks at the world of Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games (MMORPGs), such as World of Warcraft (WoW). Well-made and interesting.


Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary (2009 - 97min) Brett Sullivan
Official Site: www.specialwhenlitmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_When_Lit
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1511532/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004G6P5VI
Very thorough look at pinball - history, evolution of games, how they are made (more man-hours than a Ford Taurus), tournament players, collectors, etc. Pinball was banned in the US for about 30 years until sometime in the 60's. After an explosion of popularity, the advent of electronic video games pretty much killed all interest. Only one company still manufactures pinball games. Excellent film. Recommended.


Spellbound (2002 - 97min) Jeffrey Blitz
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spellbound_(2002_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0334405/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000WN13Q
Follows 8 kids as they progress up to the National Spelling Bee in 1999.


Star Wait (2005 - 80min) Michael Rotman
Official Site: www.starwait.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0368298/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000H308OI
Looks at the hundreds of fans who lined up six weeks in advance to be the first to see Star Wars: Episode II at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. I would definitely recommend Jedi Junkies or A Galaxy Far Far Away over this one.


Starwoids (2001 - 80min) Dennis Prywara
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0283008/
Amazon (DVD 10/16/01): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005RIYD
Yet another look at Star Wars fans.


Trekkies (1999 - 86min) Roger Nygard
Official Site: www.trekdoc.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0120370/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0792158776
Looks at the world of Star Trek fans. Hosted by Denise Crosby. Amazing.


Trekkies 2 (2004 - 93min) Roger Nygard
Official Site: www.trekkies2.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0364079/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002I83SG
Expanded look at the world of Star Trek fans, travels around the world, mainly to Europe. Hosted by Denise Crosby. There may even be a Trekkies 3 someday.


Trek Nation (2011 - 88min) Scott Colthorp
Official Site: www.treknationmovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trek_Nation
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1529666/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BCJR9H0
Gene Roddenberry's son seeks to understand his father and the effect of Star Trek. This is more about the philosophy behind Star Trek rather than looking at "Trekkies". Points out that the idea was way ahead of its time and shows the positivity in the show. Since it was assumed that the people of planet Earth had evolved beyond wars and fighting, Gene had a rule that the show did not have serious conflicts between cast members. Very interesting. The DVD includes a second disc with extended interviews.


Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (2010 - 88min) Kevin Tostado
Official Site: www.monopolydocumentary.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1250861/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005TZFZF6/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly_(game)


Way of the Puck (2006 - 81min) Eric D. Anderson
Official Site: www.wayofthepuck.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0822046/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004AMU6LW
Looks at air hockey.


We Are Wizards (2008 - 79min) Josh Koury
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Are_Wizards
Official Site: www.wearewizards-themovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1183705/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001O2SHTO
Looks at the world of Harry Potter fans, including Wizard Rock or Wrock.


Word Wars (2004 - 81min) Eric Chaikin, Julian Petrillo
Subtitled: Tiles and Tribulatons on the Scrabble Game Circuit
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0390632/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007LPSG8
A fun look at the world of serious Scrabble players. "This is not your Grandma's Scrabble." Follows four guys as they work their way up to the 2002 National Champion Scrabble Tournament in San Diego, where first prize is $25,000. Matt Graham uses lots of brain function nutrients, studies word origins and sometimes sees anagrams in his sleep. "G.I." Joel Sherman suffers from acid reflux and visualizes his Scrabble letters floating in the air. Marlon Hill lives in Baltimore and calls himself a "pre-Mecca Malcolm playing Scrabble". Joe Edley has won the tournament in the past. He practices tai chi and meditation. These guys are all very serious to the point of obsession and it doesn't look like they do anything besides play Scrabble. We also check out the scene in Washington Square Park in NYC. (see also Scrabylon).


Wordplay (2006 - 94min) Patrick Creadon
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wordplay_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0492506/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000HLDFR2
About crossword puzzles and the people who make them and solve them. Looks at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.




Well I used to say here that I've seen most of these films, and I probably have seen the majority, but I've been listing them faster than I can get to them. They are pretty much all "on my list" to watch though. While I may be picky about feature films, I very rarely see a documentary I don't enjoy or learn something from. Lets not make too much of the categories. Many films could be in several categories (of pages), but I try to only list them once. Amazon.com links are provided for reference and convenience. I earn no commission. I may change my mind on this someday. See here for more info on Amazon links.

For additional reviews, try looking up films at Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com
Metacritic: www.metacritic.com

Many films may be watchable online at many sites, including www.video.google.com or www.youtube.com or www.vimeo.com or www.hulu.com

Also check public libraries (free!), rental stores, Netflix, eBay.

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Revised 03/26/14.

This page originally posted 02/09. (Separated documentaries from Favorite Movies page)

As of OCT 22, 2012, there are 1444 films listed on this page.

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