USA, 2010, 106 min., Documentary
Directed by: Asif Kapadia
Starring Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis, Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Damon Hill, Bernie Ecclestone
The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80's, the film follows Senna's struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime, spiritual yet, on occasion, ruthless - Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brasil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing.
, 2010, 80 min, Documentary
Directed by Jerry Rothwell
Starring Jeffrey Harrison, JoEllen Marsh, Danielle Pagano, Fletcher Norris
Donor Unknown follows the story of JoEllen Marsh, 20, as she goes in search of the sperm donor father she only knows as Donor 150. JoEllen has always known her family ‘wasn't like other families'. She grew up in Pennsylvania with two mothers, and a burning curiosity to know more about her anonymous donor father. When JoEllen discovers a unique online registry that connects donor-conceived children, she manages to track down a half-sister in New York. The New York Times picks up the story, and, over time, 12 more half-siblings emerge across the USA.
USA, United Arab Emirates, 2011, 91 min, Drama
Directed by Jodie Foster
Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence
Walter Black (Gibson) is a depressed CEO of Jerry Co., a toy company nearing bankruptcy. He is kicked out by his wife (Foster), to the relief of their elder son Porter (Yelchin). Walter moves into a hotel. After unsuccessful suicide attempts, he develops an alternate personality represented by a beaver hand puppet found in the trash, which from then on he always has with him, and through which he communicates with other people. This helps him greatly recover. First he reestablishes a warm bond with his younger son Henry, then with his wife, although not with Porter. Also he is successful again at work by creating a line of Mr. Beaver Building Kits for kids.
USA/France, 2010, 80 min, Comedy / Sci-Fi
Directed by Gregg Araki
Starring Roxane Mesquida, Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, James Duval, Andy Fischer-Price
Smith’s everyday life in the dorms - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor - all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night. Tripping on some hallucinogenic cookies he ate at a party, Smith is convinced he's witnessed the gruesome murder of an enigmatic Red Haired Girl who has been haunting his dreams. What he discovers as he tries to find out the truth leads him deeper and deeper into a mystery that will forever change not only the course of his young life but the destiny of the entire world.
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism Of Julius Shullman
USA, 2008, 83 min, Documentary
Directed by Eric Bricker
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Tom Ford, Frank O. Gehry, Kelly Lynch, Julius Shulman, Dante Spinotti, Angelika Taschen
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream.
USA, 2011, 92 min, Drama/ Sci-Fi
Directed by Mike Cahill
Starring William Mapother, Brit Marling, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, DJ Flava, Meggan Lennon, AJ Diana
On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident. Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling) is a high school student who has been recently accepted to MIT. She gets drunk celebrating with friends and drives home. Listening to a radio story about an approaching planet, she looks out her car window up to the stars. While drunk and distracted, she slams her car through a stopped car at an intersection, killing John Burroughs' (William Mapother) wife and son. John survives. Rhoda is a minor, so John does not know who killed his wife and son.
USA, 2010, 120 min, Documentary
Directed by Charles Ferguson
Starring Matt Damon, Daniel Alpert, Eliot Spitzer
From Academy Award
nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson (“No End In Sight”), comes “Inside Job”, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, “Inside Job” traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.
Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio
USA, 2010, 57 min, Documentary
Directed by Sam Wainwright Douglas
Starring Steve Badanes, Michael Rotondi, Peter Eisenman, Cameron Sinclair, Jimmie Lee Matthews, Coleman Coker, Jackie Mockbee, Carol Mockbee
In 1993 the late architect Samuel Mockbee started the Rural Studio at Auburn University, a design/build education program, in which students create striking architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama. Guided by frank, passionate interviews with Mockbee, the documentary shows how a group of students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft a home for their charismatic, destitute client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known to locals as Music Man because of his zeal for R&B and Soul records.
USA, 2010, 91 min, Drama
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell
Starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Miles Teller, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh
Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie Corbett (Aaron Eckhart) are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young son, Danny, is killed by a car. Becca, an executive-turned-stay-at-home mother, tries to redefine her existence in a surreal landscape of well-meaning family and friends. Painful, poignant, and often funny, Becca's experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with a troubled young comic-book artist, Jason - the teenage driver of the car that killed Danny.
The Art Of Getting By
USA, 2011, 83 min, Drama
Directed by Gavin Wiesen
Starring Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Blair Underwood, Alicia Silverstone
Believing the quote that you are born alone, die alone and everything else is an illusion, George doesn't see the point of life, school, or homework. Then he meets Sally (Emma Roberts), a beautiful and complicated girl, and he now has a reason to go to school and make friends, even if he's not ready to admit to himself or to her that he likes her. The school's principal and art teacher introduce him to an alumni, and successful artist, Dustin, who can help guide George along life's path, but other distractions start surfacing, and George might not even be able to graduate from high school.
The Tilman Story
USA, 2010, 94 min, Documentary
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev
Starring Josh Brolin, Pat Tillman, Mary 'Dannie' Tillman, Russell Baer, Patrick Tillman Sr., Philip Kensinger, Stan Goff
Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn't done for any reason other than he felt it was the right thing to do. The fact that the military manipulated his tragic death in Afghanistan in 2004 in the line of duty into a propaganda tool is unfathomable and thoroughly explored in Amir Bar-Lev's riveting and enraging documentary.
USA, 2010, 122 min, Drama
Directed by Robert Redford
Starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Justin Long, Danny Huston, Alexis Bledel, Toby Kebbell
A riveting thriller, THE CONSPIRATOR tells the powerful story of a woman who would do anything to protect her family, and the man who risked everything to save her. In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Wright) owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell) and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks.
Sweden / Denmark / Germany, 2009, 125 min, Drama
Directed by Lukas Moodysson
Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Michelle Williams, Marife Necesito, Sophie Nyweide, Tom McCarthy
Leo and Ellen are a successful New York couple, totally immersed in their work. Leo is the creator of a booming website, and has stumbled into a world of money and big decisions. Ellen is a dedicated emergency surgeon who devotes her long shifts to saving lives. Their 8-year old daughter Jackie spends most of her time with her Filipino nanny Gloria, a situation that is making Ellen start to question her priorities. When Leo travels to Thailand on business, he unwittingly sets off a chain of events that will have dramatic consequences for everyone.
Milton Glaser: To Inform And Delight
USA, 2009, 73 min, Documentary
Directed by Wendy Keys
Starring Milton Glaser, Walter Bernard, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Peter Mayer, Shirley Kenny, Shirley Glase
Profiles Milton Glaser, America's foremost graphic designer: designer of the iconic "I ♥ N.Y." logo, teacher, and humanitarian. Interviews with Glaser are arranged to take him through a rough chronology of his life: study at New York High School of Music and Art and at Cooper Union, a seminal stay in Italy, his marriage, and his various partnerships - founding Push Pin Studios and "New York" magazine, designing Grand Union supermarkets, and working with "The Nation." Interspersed are examples of his work. Glaser is, throughout, charming in manner, memorable in his observations, and generous of spirit.
USA, 2011, 86 min, Documentary
Directed by Benjamin Murray, Alysa Nahmias
Starring Vittorio Garatti, Roberto Gottardi, Ricardo Porro
Following their emotional exile from Cuba in 1965, three architects return forty years later to finish what was considered the world's most spectacular and futuristic art school, but was left to ruin by the country's Revolution. In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate.
USA, 2011, 100 min, Drama
Directed by Tony Kaye
Starring Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson, Bryan Cranston, William Petersen
Detachment is a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long enough to form any semblance of sentient attachment. A perfect profession for one seeking to hide out in the open. One day Henry arrives at his next assignment. Upon his entry into this particular school, a secret world of emotion is awakened within him by three women.
A Letter To Elia
USA, 2010, 60 min, Documentary
Directed by Kent Jones, Martin Scorsese
Starring Martin Scorsese, Elia Kazan, Elias Koteas
A Letter to Elia is a 2010 documentary film directed by Kent Jones and Martin Scorsese that follows the life and career of film director Elia Kazan and how he influenced Scorsese. Made from stills, chosen clips from Kazan's signature films including "On the Waterfront," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Gentleman's Agreement," "Baby Doll," "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," "A Face in the Crowd," "America, America," and "The Last Tycoon", readings from Kazan's autobiography, a speech he wrote on directing read by Elias Koteas, a videotaped interview done late in Kazan's life, and Scorsese's commentary on and off screen.
USA/Germany/Poland, 2009, 100 min, Drama
Directed by Aaron Schneider
Starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Gerald McRaney, Bill Cobbs, Scott Cooper
Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a hermit who has no regard for anybody in the town or anyone who wants to get to know him. But one day, after a fellow old hermit as died and he hears people in the town telling stories about him, he decides that he needs to get these stories out in the public. He recruits Frank (Bill Murray) the local funeral home director to host his own funeral. This way he can hear what everyone is saying about him, and get the truth to his past out in the open. But will he be able to get anybody to come? And will he be able to reveal his secrets?
USA/ UK, 2010, 105 min, Documentary
Directed by Eugene Jarecki
Starring Michael Reagan, Ron Reagan, Frank Snepp, Martin Anderson, Andrew Bacevich, Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan as a man, as compared to his legacy, is rich territory for exploration, and a line from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is just one of the many things that springs to mind after viewing filmmaker Eugene Jarecki's latest opus, Reagan (Jarecki's Why We Fight won the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize: Documentary). Speaking at his funeral, Mark Antony said of Caesar, "The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. "With a firm grasp of Reagan's story, Jarecki avoids the predictable and takes the long view on Reagan's life and influence, while staying centered on him as a man of deep contradiction...
USA, 2011, 106 min, Comedy / Drama
Directed by Thomas McCarthy
Starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey
Tom McCarthy, acclaimed writer/director of “The Visitor” and “The Station Agent”, once again explores the depths and nuances of human relationships in his new film about the allegiances and bonds between unlikely characters. Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy's mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. McCarthy's deft touch with balancing drama and comedy, broken hearts and poignant humanity is at play in “Win Win”.
Sketches Of Frank Gehry
USA, Germany, 2005, 83 min, Documentary
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Starring Chuck Arnoldi, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Rolf Fehlbaum, Frank O. Gehry, Bob Geldof, Dennis Hopper
A look at the life and career of the Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, a visit to four buildings (the Vitra Museum in Germany, Maggie's Centre, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and the Disney Concert Hall in L.A.), and an inquiry into creativity in conversations between Ghery and Sidney Pollack, who had been friends and mutual admirers for years. Early experiences (playing with blocks with his grandmother, drawing with his father, hearing Alvar Aalto lecture), discovering computer-assisted design, finding a psychoanalyst, experimenting on his own home, and bringing an artist and sculptor's sensibility to architecture are part of Gehry's story. Friends, artists, critics, and curators comment.
It Might Get Loud
USA, 2008, 98 min, Documentary
Directed by Davis Guggenheim
Starring Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Link Wray, Bono, Robert Plant
Rarely can a film penetrate the glamorous surface of rock legends. It Might Get Loud tells the personal stories, in their own words, of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). It reveals how each developed his unique sound and style of playing favorite instruments, guitars both found and invented. Concentrating on the artists musical rebellion, traveling with him to influential locations, provoking rare discussion as to how and why he writes and plays, this film lets you witness intimate moments and hear new music from each artist.
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