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AATSINKI: THE STORY OF ARCTIC COWBOYS

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Directed By: Jessica Oreck
  • Country: Finland
In the forests of Finnish Lapland, brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki carry on the generations-old tradition of reindeer herding. These modern cowboys maintain an intricate bond with the environment that has allowed them to preserve their lifestyle in one of the harshest climates imaginable. Jessica Oreck’s intimate, gorgeously lensed documentary follows the brothers for a year, sharing in the hard work, daily rituals and small joys that make up life above the Arctic Circle. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

ALIAS RUBY BLADE: A STORY OF LOVE AND REVOLUTION

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 78 minutes
  • Directed By: Alex Meillier
  • Country: USA
Kirsty Sword Gusmão went to Timor-Leste to document injustice in an area closed to Western journalists. Over the next decade, she became the lynchpin that sustained the nation’s harrowing struggle for independence and met the man who would redefine the cause for which she was fighting. Using astonishing footage of the years-long resistance, director Alex Meillier presents a highly personal account of the courage needed to create a new democracy in modern times. |Read More
Documentary

AUTISM IN LOVE

  • Release Year: 2015
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Directed By: Matt Fuller
  • Country: USA
What does it mean to love and be loved? With remarkable compassion, director Matt Fuller examines the reality of autistic adulthood and shows how the members of this often-misunderstood community cope with the challenge of keeping romance alive. Autism in Love is a celebration of accepting the differences in others, and in ourselves. |Read More
Documentary, Relationships

BALLET 422

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 73 minutes
  • Directed By: Jody Lee Lipes
  • Country: USA
Justin Peck, wunderkind choreographer of the New York City Ballet, undertakes the Herculean task of creating the company’s 422nd original piece. Following the creative process from its embryonic stages to its highly anticipated premiere, this intimate, fly-on-the-wall documentary celebrates the skill and endurance of New York’s most talented dancers and offers a rare peek at those who remain hidden in the wings. |Read More
Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), Dance, Returning Filmmaker

BALLROOM DANCER

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Directed By: Christian Bonke and Andreas Koefoed
  • Country: Denmark
In 2000, Slavik Kryklyvyy became the World Latin American Dance Champion. Enduring success seemed assured, but instead Slavik's career sputtered... until redemption seemed possible with his new partner and lover, Anna. But will Slavik's unwavering ambition prove toxic to their romance? Subtly depicting the pair's shifting relationship through gestures, glances, and the dance itself, Ballroom Dancer begins as a comeback story and evolves into a movingly intimate tragic romance. |Read More
Documentary, Relationships

BIG MEN

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Directed By: Rachel Boynton
  • Country: USA
For her latest industrial exposé, Rachel Boynton (Our Brand Is Crisis) gained unprecedented access to Africa's oil companies. The result is a gripping account of the costly personal tolls levied when American corporate interests pursue oil in places like Ghana and the Niger River Delta. Executive produced by Steven Shainberg and Brad Pitt, Big Men investigates the caustic blend of ambition, corruption and greed that threatens to exacerbate Africa’s resource curse. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

BIRTH OF SAK

  • Release Year: 2015
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Directed By: Erik Shirai
  • Country: USA
Traditional and labor-intensive, the production of Saké has changed very little over the centuries. Erik Shirai’s love song to the artisans who have dedicated their lives to carrying on this increasingly rare artform follows the round-the-clock process for six straight months, offering a rare glimpse into a family-run brewery that’s been operating for over 100 years. |Read More
Documentary, NY Director(s)

BOMBAY BEACH

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Alma Har'el and Alma Har'el
  • Country: USA, Israel
The rusting relic of a failed 1960s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren California landscape and symbol of the failure of the American Dream. Using a stylized amalgam of nonfiction and choreographed dance set to the music of Beirut and Bob Dylan, Bombay Beach revisits this poetically fruitful terrain to find a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet—creating a moving, distinctive, and slightly surreal documentary experience. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

BULLY PROJECT

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Lee Hirsch and Lee Hirsch
  • Country: USA
More than 18 million young people in the U.S. will be bullied this year. This alarming documentary takes us into a disquieting year in the life of several students joining this staggering statistic. As teachers and parents struggle to find the answers, the students do what they can to survive a school day. Rare access and emotionally charged footage offer a never-before-seen exploration of America's bullying crisis and a necessary call to action. |Read More
Documentary

CARRIER

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Directed By: Maggie Betts and Maggie Betts
  • Country: USA
Young mother Mutinta is a Zambian subsistence farmer in a polygamous marriage who has just learned she is HIV positive. Newly pregnant, Mutinta does everything she can to protect her unborn baby while navigating complicated family dynamics and village politics. Newcomer Maggie Betts sculpts a sensitive observational portrait of one woman's struggle leading up to her newborn's birth. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

CINEMA KOMUNISTO

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Directed By: Mila Turajlic
  • Country: Serbia
For 32 years, Leka Konstantinovic was the personal film projectionist for Yugoslavian president and noted film enthusiast Josip Broz Tito. Comprised of interviews with Konstantinovic and other important figures in the brief but glowing history of Yugoslavian cinema, as well as archival clips from more than 60 films, Cinema Komunisto is a vibrant, fascinating celebration of a film industry—and a nation—that no longer exists. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

DEMOCRATS

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Directed By: Camilla Nielsson
  • Country: Denmark
In the wake of Robert Mugabe’s highly criticized 2008 presidential win, a constitutional committee was created in an effort to transition Zimbabwe away from authoritarian leadership. With unprecedented access to the two political rivals overseeing the committee, this riveting, firsthand account of a country’s fraught first steps towards democracy plays at once like an intimate political thriller and unlikely buddy film. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

DESPICABLE DICK AND RIGHTEOUS RICHARD

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 79 minutes
  • Directed By: Joshua Neale and Joshua Neale
  • Country: U.K.
Richard has been pissing people off for 50 years. A recovering alcoholic from North Dakota, he finally musters the courage to complete the eighth and ninth steps of the 12-Step Program. With a list of everyone he's wronged—from ex-wives to ex-mistresses, abandoned children to slighted pals—Richard tries to make amends. But has he really changed? Soulful folk music and rich characters bring levity and humor to an emotional story of redemption. |Read More
Documentary

DIOR AND I

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Frédéric Tcheng
  • Country: France
Frédéric Tcheng’s masterful documentary enters the storied world of the House of Christian Dior, with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first Dior Haute Couture collection as artistic director. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with a mysterious and elegant reverence for the history of this iconic brand, Tcheng’s colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical. |Read More
Documentary, NY Director(s)

DOWNEAST

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 76 minutes
  • Directed By: Ashley Sabin, Ashley Sabin, and David Redmon
  • Country: USA
Gouldsboro, Maine. Hit hard by the closure of the sardine canning factory, its laid-off residents—mostly 70-year-olds—just want to get back to work. So why is Italian immigrant Antonio Bussone having so much trouble getting federal funds to open a new lobster processing plant? Charged with the spirit of a generation that still gives it 110 percent, this poignant and poetic documentary sheds new light on the trying task of putting America back to work. |Read More
Documentary

FAME HIGH

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Directed By: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
  • Country: USA
Scott Hamilton Kennedy's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated The Garden captures all the drama, competition, heartbreak, and triumph among a group of struggling students at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. From the nail-biting freshman auditions to the spectacular senior graduation performance, this endearing coming-of-age documentary is a tribute to discovering your passion and deciding whether you have the talent to take it to the next level. |Read More
Documentary

FISHTAIL

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 61 minutes
  • Directed By: Andrew Renzi
  • Country: USA
The iconic voice and noble philosophies proffered by Harry Dean Stanton punctuate this authentic look at life on the edge of wilderness. Andrew Renzi makes his directorial debut with this glimpse into the rugged lives of the cowboys of Montana’s Fishtail Basin Ranch as they survive another calving season. Set to a seraphic score, this captivating, atmospheric documentary is a film, as Stanton would say, for “those of earth-born passion.” |Read More
Documentary, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker

FLAT

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Directed By: Arnon Goldfinger
  • Country: Germany, Israel
At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared since immigrating to Palestine from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In this emotionally riveting documentary, Goldfinger follows the hints they left behind in a lifetime's collection of documents to investigate long-buried family secrets and uncover the mystery of his grandparents' painful past. |Read More
Documentary, Relationships

GARNET'S GOLD

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 76 minutes
  • Directed By: Ed Perkins
  • Country: U.K.
Twenty years ago, Garnet Frost nearly lost his life hiking near Scotland’s Loch Arkaig. The near-death experience haunts him to this day, in particular the peculiar wooden stick he discovered right before he was rescued. Believing the staff to be a marker for a fortune hidden nearly 300 years ago, Garnet embarks on a treasure hunt for the lost riches. Beneath the search for gold lies a poignant pursuit for life’s meaning and inspiration. |Read More
Documentary, TFI Supported, First Time Filmmaker

GENIUS OF MARIAN

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Directed By: Banker White and Anna Fitch
  • Country: USA
Weaving past into present, filmmakers Banker White (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars) and Anna Fitch immerse the audience in the daily life of White’s mother, Pam. Her Alzheimer’s threatens to wipe out the memory of her own mother, Marian, a celebrated artist who died of the same disease. Beautifully edited, The Genius of Marian retraces both women’s lives to paint a complex and powerful contemporary portrait of motherhood, chronic illness and legacy. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Relationships