Does contemporary America have a controlling class? This inventive documentary satire featuring Harper's Magazine editor Lewis Lapham sets out to get answers with the help of intellectuals, CEOs, politicians, folksingers, activists, and celebrities. And in the process, two Ivy League graduates ponder their future career possibilities.
Schwarzberg's lovingly crafted documentary is a cinematic paean to the splendors of America -- its vast landscape, diverse people, and incomparable natural wonders. The filmmaker packed up his camera and hit the road, recording his encounters with ordinary Americans -- from a Vermont farmer to an Appalachian coal miner -- and set it all to stirring original music by John Mellencamp.
An unsettling and eye opening exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque, which trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age. With incredible access and chilling footage, Among the Believers is a timely and relevant look into the causes that have led to the growth of radical Islam in Pakistan and around the world. |Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
This short film is both a road movie about four young people traveling to Kosovo to donate an ambulance and a documentary about the situation of young Kosovars today, five years after the international intervention. The four travelers interview people they have gotten to know during the last five years on their trips to Kosovo and others who they meet for the first time on this journey. |Read MoreDocumentary
Ancient Marks celebrates the 2,000-year-old human body art ritual of tattooing and scarification. World-renowned photographer Chris Rainier traveled for seven years and to more than thirty countries to capture these rare images which intrinsically link culture and the tradition of body marking as a form of initiation, beauty, and highly ritualized ornamentation. This short features original music composed by Anoushka Shankar, daughter of legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar. |Read More
A young writer threatens to go crazy under the care of his demented mother. On the verge of insanity, he decides to look up three works of art that helped him recover from a previous psychotic episode |Read MoreDocumentary
In 1963 Nick Piantanida discovered skydiving. The following year he set out to break the world record for highest parachute jump, held by the Soviet Union. Over the next year his dedication drove him to overcome both personal and professional obstacles to muster the support to launch the first civilian space program and take him into the sky. An ESPN Films release. |Read MoreDocumentary
An intimate and deeply moving tribute to jazz diva extraordinaire Anita O'Day, completed just weeks before her death in November 2006. Packed with terrific clips and anecdotes from friends and fellow musicians, this enjoyable documentary zips along at the speed of her renowned up-tempo interpretation of "Sweet Georgia Brown." |Read MoreDocumentary, Music
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is given a human face -- actually, as many human faces as a family reunion -- through Israeli filmmaker Elon's quest to find Musa Obeidallah, the Palestinian man who kept house for her family in Jerusalem for more than 20 years. The search begins soon after September 11, in Paterson, New Jersey, one of the largest Arab communities in the country. |Read More
Antoine was born 100 days premature and became blind from the effects of his incubator. Now five years old, he uses a mini boom microphone to discover and capture the sounds around him. Through this visually striking portrait, expertly crafted by Laura Bari, we share both the everyday and imaginary worlds Antoine lives in and learn how he overcomes adversity by creating his own alternative universe of beauty. |Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary