2019 - UK/ USA - 81 MINUTES A FILMY BY: JAMIE CATTO FEATURING: RAM DASS, JAMIE CATTO
Becoming Nobody truly represents the core arc of Ram Dass’ teachings and life. His ability to entertain and his sense of humour are abundantly evident in a conversation that brings us around to address the vast question of ultimate freedom. Becoming Nobody is the quintessential portal to Ram Dass’ life and teachings.
2018 - USA - IN ENGLISH - 78 MINUTES A FILM BY CHUCK SMITH
Underground filmmaker Barbara Rubin’s 1964 art-porn masterpiece “Christmas on Earth”, made when she was only 18 years old, shattered creative and sexist boundaries and shocked NYC's experimental film scene. Working with Jonas Mekas at the Filmmaker’s Coop, Rubin was instrumental in creating NYC's thriving underground film community and a rare female voice in a world of powerful men. A rebellious Zelig of the Sixties, she introduced Andy Warhol to the Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan to the Kabbalah. But beyond shaping the spirit of the Sixties, Barbara was seeking the deeper meaning of life. After retiring to a farm with Allen Ginsberg, she shocked everyone by becoming a Hasidic Jew. How and why did one of the 1960’s freest spirits submit to a religious life? For years, 94-year-old filmmaker Jonas Mekas has saved all of Barbara’s letters and cherished her memory. Working with Mekas’ footage and rare clips from the Andy Warhol archives, the film takes us inside the world and mind of Barbara Rubin; a woman who truly believed that film could change the world and then vanished into obscurity.
A FILM BY JENNIE LIVINGSTON1990 - 78 MINUTES - USA - COLOUR - 1.37:1 - DCP - BLU RAY
Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.
FEATURING: JAKOB DYLAN, TOM PETTY, ERIC CLAPTON, RINGO STARR, STEPHEN STILLS, DAVID CROSBY, ROGER MCGUINN, BECK, REGINA SPEKTOR, GRAHAM NASH, CAT POWER, LOU ADLER, JOHN SEBASTIAN, JACKSON BROWNE, MICHELLE PHILLIPS, NORA JONES, JADE CASTRINOS
ECHO IN THE CANYON revisits the most influential music of the mid-60s from The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas, and how these iconic bands were all influenced by the Beatles and then went on to actually influence the Beatles. It was a moment in Laurel Canyon when being part of a great band was the most significant thing you could do as an artist, that pure moment before everyone went solo in the 70s.The canyon jammed with unparalleled creativity and collaboration inspiring these neighbors to create some of the most influential music in history.
2018 - USA - 84 MINUTES A FILM BY MADELEINE OLNEK FEATURING: MOLLY SHANNON, AMY SEIMETZ, SUSAN ZIEGLER, BRETT GELMAN
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY is the story of the secret life of Emily Dickinson (played by Molly Shannon). The poet’s persona, popularized since her death, is that of a reclusive spinster—a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. This film explores the vivacious, irreverent side of her that was covered up for many years and recently revealed— most notably Emily’s lifelong romance with another woman, Susan Dickinson, the wife of Emily’s brother. After Emily died, the mistress of Emily’s brother would publish Emily’s poems. A fierce rivalry between Emily’s beloved and her brother’s mistress in making known the work of this great poet is also the story of two sets of passionate, illicit lovers in a mysterious struggle for a place in history.
2018 - FRANCE - 99 MINUTES - COLOUR - ENGLISH, HINDI A FILM BY ROHENA GERA
Ratna works as domestic live-in help with Ashwin, a man from a wealthy family. Although Ashwin seems to have it all, Ratna can sense that he has given up on his dreams and is somewhat lost… On the other hand, Ratna who seems to have nothing, is full of hope and works determinedly towards her dream. As these two worlds collide and the two individuals connect, the barriers between them seem only more insurmountable…
4K - 5.1 - COLOUR - 80 MIN - Canada PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY RON MANN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: CARTER LOGAN, MICHAEL HIRSHWRITER: LEN BLUM
Once the centre of the New York bohemia, Greenwich Village is now home to lux restaurants, and buzzer door clothing stores catering to the nouveau riche. But one shop in the heart of the Village remains resilient to the encroaching gentrification: Carmine Street Guitars.
GERMANY - 110 MINUTES - 2.39 - 5.1 DIGITAL A FILM BY CLAUS RÄFLE
Four young Jews survive the Third Reich in the middle of Berlin by living so recklessly that they become “invisible.”
Hanni, Cioama, Eugen and Ruth. Four ordinary German youths trying to navigate the scarcities and prohibitions of Berlin at the height of World War II. They hailed from different social classes and different neighborhoods, but they shared a single common secret: they were Jews.
CHINA/ FRANCE/ COLOUR/ IN MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH AND FRENCH SUBTITLES/ 136 MINUTES FEATURING: TAO ZHAO, LIAO FAN A FILM BY JIA ZHANG-KE
Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.
2018 - 90 MINUTES - USA A FILM BY SASHA WATERS FREYER
Decades before digital technology transformed how we make and see pictures, Garry Winogrand made hundreds of thousands of them with his 35mm Leica, creating an encyclopedic portrait of America from the late 1950s to the early 1980s in the process. When he died suddenly at age 56 in 1984, Winogrand left behind more than 10,000 rolls of film – more than a quarter of a million pictures! These images capture a bygone era: the New York of Mad Men and the early years of the Women’s Movement, the birth of American suburbs, and the glamour and alienation of Hollywood. He produced so many unseen images that it has taken until now for the full measure of his artistic legacy to emerge. Endorsed by his gallery and estate, Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is the first cinematic survey of that legacy. The film tells the story of an artist whose rise and fall was – like America’s in the late decades of the 20th century – larger-than-life, full of contradictions and totally unresolved.
IRAN - 2018 - 100 MINUTES - 1:85 - FARSI, AZERI (WITH ENGLISH + FRENCH SUBTITLES) A FILM BY JAFAR PANAHI
Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught by a provincial girl’s video plea for help—oppressed by her family to not pursue her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help solve the mystery of the young girl’s troubles. They travel by car to the rural northwest where they have amusing encounters with the charming folk of the girl’s mountain village. But the city visitors soon discover that the protection of age-old traditions is as generous as local hospitality…
95 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH - 5.1 - USA FEATURING: MATT GREEN A FILM BY JEREMY WORKMAN
There are 8,000 miles of sidewalks, paths and roads in New York City, and for the past six years Matt Green has been walking them all–every street, every block, every pedestrian overpass, park lane and hiking trail. A journey that stretches from the heart of Harlem to the marshes of Staten Island, Matt’s walk is a pursuit of anything that catches his eye, be it a national landmark or a humble manhole cover. Over time Matt has amassed an encyclopedia of surprising New York trivia and underground history, informed by his own research and conversations with the amused but supportive New Yorkers he encounters along the way.
INVENTING TOMORROW follows six young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today – right in their own backyards. Each student is preparing original scientific research that he or she will defend at ISEF, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Framed against the backdrop of the severe environmental threats we now face, we immerse the audience in a global view of the planetary crisis, through the eyes of the generation that will be affected by it most.
Nomination for Best Feature Documentary 91st Academy Awards
2017 - USA - 76 MINUTES A FILM BY RAMELL ROSS
How does one express the reality of individuals whose public image, lives, and humanity originate in exploitation? Photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross employs the integrity of nonfiction filmmaking and the currency of stereotypical imagery to fill in the gaps between individual black male icons. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a lyrical innovation to the form of portraiture that boldly ruptures racist aesthetic frameworks that have historically constricted the expression of African American men on film.
Basquiat paintings regularly fetch tens of millions of dollars, and the recent sale of a little-known Da Vinci topped $450 million—but what forces are driving the white-hot art market? Who assigns and who pays these astronomical sums? What currency adequately measures art’s value? The Price of Everything leads us into a rarefied labyrinth of galleries, studios, and auction houses to wrestle with these questions and explore what society loses and gains when art becomes a rich person’s commodity.
2018 - 101 MINUTES - GERMANY/ FRANCE - IN GERMAN AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH / FRENCH SUBTITLES A FILM BY CHRISTIAN PETZOLD
German troops are fast approaching Paris. Georg, a German refugee, escapes to Marseille in the nick of time. In his luggage, he carries the documents of an author, Weidel, who has taken his own life in fear of his persecutors. Those documents include a manuscript, letters and visa assurance from the Mexican embassy.
NEW 4K RESTORATION! USA – 1979 – 97 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY GLENN SILBER & BARRY ALEXANDER BROWN
Nominated for an Academy Award and widely considered one of the most important political films ever made, THE WAR AT HOME vividly chronicles the anti-war protest movement of the 1960's and 70's. The film provides an illuminating look at the home front of the Vietnam War - the war that students and other ani-war dissidents waged on America's political system, military and notions of patriotism.
Through a powerful combination of rare archival footage and interviews with students, community leaders, Vietnam veterans, and participants from all points of view, THE WAR AT HOME shows how the anti-war movement grew into a genuine people's revolt in tandem with the escalation of war in Vietman.
Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism--a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.
2017 - ITALY - 93 MINUTES - 1:33 - 5.1 AUDIO - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY SUASANNA NICCHIARELLI WITH TRINE DYRHOLM, JOHN GORDON SINCLAIR, ANAMARIA MARINCA
A road-movie dedicated to the last years of Christa Päffgen, known by her stage name “Nico”. One of Warhol's muses, singer of The Velvet Underground and a woman of legendary beauty. The story of Nico's last tours with the band that accompanied her around Europe in the Eighties: years in which the "priestess of darkness", as she was called, found herself again, shaking off the weight of her beauty and rebuilding the relationship with her only forgotten son. It is the story of a rebirth, of an artist, of a mother, of the woman beyond the icon.
2017 - USA - 90 MINUTES - COLOUR WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DESIREE AKHAVAN BASED ON THE NOVEL BY EMILY M. DANFORTH FEATURING: CHLOË GRACE MORETZ, SASHA LANE, FORREST GOODLUCK, JOHN GALLAGHER JR., JENNIFER EHLE
Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs—but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts.
USA - 98 MINUTES - 2017 - COLOUR - IN ENGLISH BASED ON THE BOOK “FULL SERVICE: MY ADVENTURES IN HOLLYWOOD AND THE SECRET SEX LIVES OF THE STARS” BY SCOTTY BOWERS WITH LIONEL FRIEDBERG A FILM BY MATT TYRNAUER FEATURING SCOTT BOWERS
Having just been mustered out of the Marines Corps after the Second World War, Scotty Bowers came to Hollywood in 1946. Strikingly handsome and personable, he immediately caught the eye of many of the town’s stars, who encountered him at the gas station where he worked on Hollywood Boulevard. Scotty began having sex with many of the key players in the movie colony and soon started connecting many of them with his band of beautiful and promiscuous friends, most of them newly discharged from the military. The cinema vérité documentary is a secret history of Hollywood in the pre-Stonewall era.
CHINA - 2017 - 107 MINUTES - 1.85 - 5.1 - COLOUR A FILM BY VIVIAN QU
In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun.Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out.
100 MINUTES - COLOUR - 1.66.1 - FRANCE - 1967 DIRECTED BY LUIS BUÑUEL STARRING CATHERINE DENEUVE, MICHEL PICCOLI, AND JEAN SOREL NEW 4K RESTORATION
Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (its characters’ and its viewers’), as well as a gently absurdist take on contemporary social mores and class divisions. Fantasy and reality commingle in this burst of cinematic transgression, which was one of Buñuel’s biggest hits.
2017 - USA - 78 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY SARA DRIVER
Sara Driver explores the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and '80s shaped his vision. Conveying Basquiat's personal magnetism, eccentricity and non-stop creativity without romanticizing him, the doc serves as another chapter in the ongoing effort to rescue Basquiat from his own hype.
018 - USA - 80 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH AND JAPANESE A FILM BY HEATHER LENZ WRITER - DIRECTOR - PRODUCER - EDITOR: HEATHER LENZ
Trailblazer Yayoi Kusama’s turbulent quest to become a world famous artist is documented in “Kusama - Infinity”; as a rival of Warhol in the ‘60s, Kusama battled sexism and racism in America while her hallucinations of polka dots eventually led her to the Tokyo mental institution she has called home for over 30 years.
2016 - 92 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY THOMAS RIEDELSHEIMER
Sixteen years after the release of the ground-breaking film Rivers and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time director Thomas Riedelsheimer has returned to work with the artist. Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy follows Andy on his exploration of the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art. As Goldsworthy introduces his own body into the work it becomes at the same time even more fragile and personal and also sterner and tougher, incorporating massive machinery and crews on his bigger projects. Riedelsheimer’s exquisite film illuminates Goldsworthy’s mind as it reveals his art.
2017 - USA - ISRAEL - 82 MINUTES A FILM BY ALISON CHERNICK FEATURING ITZHAK PERLMAN
If there’s anyone who personifies the resilience, the vision and ultimately the contribution of the Jewish people, it’s Itzhak Perlman. The violin is the chosen instrument of Perlman, the vehicle he has used to overcome his own challenges and express himself to the world. In Perlman and his music, we hear the story of obstacles and survival, we trace the path of the Jewish people from the chaos of Europe to the promise of Israel, we see the comfort of home and family and witness how humor and talent combine with discipline and drive.
105 MINUTES - 2017 -USA - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY JONATHAN OLSHEFSKI
QUEST is the moving portrait of a family in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey, along with his wife Christine’a, aka “Ma Quest,” open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife that grips their neighbourhood.
2016 - 84 MINUTES - COLOUR - DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 - CANADA - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY INGRID VENINGER WITH: CHARLOTTE SALISBURY, LUCINDA ARMSTRONG HALL, CHRISTOPHER BOLTON, DELPHINE ROUSSEL, HALLIE SWITZER, HARRISON TANNER
During a hot and hazy summertime in northern Ontario, 13-year-old Bea (Charlotte Salisbury) wants a best friend more than anything else, but when she meets boisterous Kate (Lucinda Armstrong Hall), she gets more than she imagined. A story of bravery, small-town summer love, and the secret world of girls.