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Showing posts with label Biography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Biography. Show all posts

Aug 15, 2019

A Brief History of Time (1991)


A Brief History of Time is based on cosmologist Stephen Hawking's 1988 bestseller of the same name. This anecdotal film concerns itself as much with Hawking's day-to-day life as it does with his unorthodox theories about the universe. Only the most close-minded viewer will be bothered by the ALS-suffering Hawking's physical appearance and his inability to move and speak without assistance (as narrator of the film, he utilizes a voice synthesizer, which he capriciously refers to as "my American accent"). Director Errol Morris inventively adopts a semi-dramatized approach to his interviews with Hawking's friends and relatives: they all appear in fabricated sets, and are lovingly photographed and lit as if they were starring in a film. Though of necessity a "talking heads" effort, A Brief History of Time is also cunningly and subtly cinematic.

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night (2012)


Chronological look at the life and career of Johnny Carson (1925-2005), with commentary from an ex-wife and more than 30 fellow comedians, friends, employees, and biographers. The biography defines why Carson was an enduring star (his cool, his timing, his genuine laugh, his breadth of knowledge) and pursues his motivations and inner self (a loner with a drinking problem, a decent Midwesterner whose mother withheld approval, a quiet person who loved to entertain). The key to understanding him, argues the biography, is his love of magic.

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013)


A biography of the pioneering comedian Richard Pryor that features interviews with family members who describe his often difficult life as well as sit-downs with modern-day comics who explain the influence Pryor's unique style had on them.

I Am Santa Claus (2014)


We have documented an entire year in the lives of five real-bearded professional Santa Clauses to find out what the rest of the year is like for a man who perpetually looks like Jolly Saint Nick. In the process, they are shown for who they actually are, flawed, flesh and blood men who feel an overbearing responsibility to protect the integrity of the spotless, untarnished reputation of the 'Red Suit.' 'I Am Santa Claus' is a documentary that poses a question about a ubiquitous holiday figure that few parents ever ask themselves; 'Whose lap is my child sitting on?'

Brand: A Second Coming (2015)


BRAND: A Second Coming chronicles actor/comedian/activist Russell Brand on his journey from addict, self-proclaimed narcissist and Hollywood star living in the fast-lane to his current, and unexpected, role as political disruptor & newfound hero to the underserved. Criticized for egomaniacal self-interest, Brand injects his madness in to the world and calls for revolution. He stays the course with an irreverent courage that inspires a new generation of activists to rise up against the ever-increasing world engorged in consumerism.

Free to Play (2014)


FREE TO PLAY is a feature-length documentary that follows three professional gamers from around the world as they compete for a million dollar prize in the first Dota 2 International Tournament. In recent years, E Sports has surged in popularity to become one of the most widely-practiced forms of competitive sport today. A million dollar tournament changed the landscape of the gaming world and for those elite players at the top of their craft, nothing would ever be the same again. Produced by Valve, the film documents the challenges and sacrifices required of players to compete at the highest level.

Notes on Blindness (2016)


In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and theologian John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began documenting his experiences on audiocassette. Following the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, NOTES ON BLINDNESS takes a creative approach to the documentary form. Actors lip-synch to the voices of the family, embedding John's original audio recordings within compelling cinematography and textured sound design. The result is a poetic and intimate story of loss, rebirth and transformation, documenting John's extraordinary journey into "a world beyond sight."

Aug 13, 2019

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)


In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and a 30-year-old Fran├žois Truffaut sequestered themselves in a windowless Hollywood office for a weeklong conversation. The result: the seminal book "Hitchcock/Truffaut," published a half century ago, dissecting every film Hitchcock had made until then, illuminating his masterful techniques, making the case for the popular director as an artist, and influencing generations of filmmakers. Kent Jones brings "the Bible of Cinema" to invigorating life. He interviews filmmakers whose work has been profoundly influenced by Hitchcock-Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Olivier Assayas, and many others.

Risk (2016)


Filmed over six years, Laura Poitras gains unprecedented access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle.

I Am Heath Ledger (2017)


Fathom Events and Network Entertainment present the documentary, I Am Heath Ledger, an intimate look at the remarkable life and career of Heath Ledger, in select cinemas nationwide for a special one-night event on Wednesday, May 3. I Am Heath Ledger is a feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey - extravagant in gesture and in action. Following the documentary, the event will include an exclusive segment featuring interviews with Heath's friends and family.

Aug 11, 2019

That Guy Dick Miller (2014)


You know the face, and have heard the voice, but just can't figure out where. The character actor's character actor, Dick Miller is nothing short of a living legend to those who delight in his every bit role, in a career that to date encompasses more than 175 feature films and over 2,000 television appearances. The new documentary, THAT GUY DICK MILLER, performs the Nobel-Award-worthy public service of shining a spotlight on this national treasure, one of the most reliably inspired and omnipresent actors of the past 50-plus years.

Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)


Tells the story of Whitney Houston's extraordinary life and tragic death.

The Grown-Ups (2016)


A group of friends with Down syndrome has attended the same school for 40 years. They have completed all their courses; many have been there longer than most teachers, and even their parents who used to keep them company, are no longer around. Now they will have to fight to get better jobs, earn a living like everyone else, learn to take care of themselves and at 50-years-old, manage to not be perceived as children. They will do whatever it takes to keep anyone from interfering with their adulthood dreams.

Aug 10, 2019

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)


Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. Using archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson's family, friends and fellow activists.

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (2016)


RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. One of the modern era's most acclaimed dancers, Whelan was a principal ballerina for NYCB and, over the course of her celebrated career, danced numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as new works by more modern standout choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky; many roles were made specifically for Whelan. As the film opens, Whelan is 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement from the company. What we see, as we journey with her, is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience and good humor. We watch Whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to NYCB and we watch her begin to explore the world of contemporary dance, as she steps outside the traditionally patriarchal world of ballet to create Restless Creature, a collection of four contemporary vignettes forged in collaboration with four young choreographers.

Romeo Is Bleeding (2015)


Donte Clark's poetic voice was honed on the violent street corners of a struggling city. Yet rather than succumb to the pressures of Richmond, CA, Clark uses his artistic perspective to help save his city from itself.

Aug 9, 2019

Maddman: The Steve Madden Story (2017)


Witness the incredible rise, fall, and resurrection of Steve Madden, the man who launched a billion dollar fashion empire and whose branded shoes are in the closet of practically every woman under 30 in America. The film recounts how Madden rebuilt his life following imprisonment because of his entanglement with the infamous Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort.

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)


The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

Aug 8, 2019

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)


A look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.

Aug 6, 2019

Almost Sunrise (2016)


Almost Sunrise tells the inspiring story of two young men, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who, in an attempt to put their haunting Iraq combat experiences behind them, embark on an extraordinary journey - a 2,700 mile trek on foot across America.


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