28 6.5 7.71. 4 Little Girls (1997)
A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.
32 7.8 7.22. 1991: The Year Punk Broke (1992)
David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland, The Ramones and Gumball.
9 5.5 6.93. After Stonewall (1999)
Melissa Etheridge narrates this documentary that explores the progress and challenges of the post-Stonewall lesbian/gay rights movement through archival footage and interviews with leaders such as Barbara Gittings, Armistead Maupin, Jewelle Gomez and Dorothy Allison. The film chronicles key events from 1970 to the end of the 20th century, including sexual liberation, conflicts with the feminist movement, AIDS and political organization.
4 8 7.35. American Masters: The Life and Times of Alle... (1994)
The life and work of Allen Ginsberg, the greatest of the Beat Generation poets is put in focus in this film
2 0 76. American Gypsy: A Stranger in Everybody's La... (1999)
America is the home to one million Gypsies, or Rom, whose rich culture has long been mysterious to outsiders. A flamboyant Romany leader invites us into his world when it comes under threat. In a quest to defend his honor, he leads us through the history of his people to Civil Rights courts, Vegas casinos and beyond...
121 7.5 7.77. American Movie (1999)
American Movie (Columbia TriStar) conveys the magic, frustration, and pressures of independent filmmaking.
6 8 6.610. Better Living Through Circuitry (1999)
A Digital Odyssey into Electronic Dance Culture
10 7 7.213. The Brandon Teena Story (1998)
Documentary about a multiple murder in rural Nebraska in 1993.
4 7.3 614. Breasts: A Documentary (1996)
Twenty-two women (ranging in age from 11 to 84), with 41 breasts, talk about their breasts; most are topless as they speak. They talk about adolescence, bras, commercial images of women's figures, having implants or, in one case, a breast reduction, health problems with silicone, doctors' exams ("I think you have a throat infection, let me examine your breasts"), breasts as power tools and as objects of pleasure, cancer, living with mastectomies, and the effects of time and gravity. Two mother-daughter teams and two strippers participate. The women (and the girls) are humorous, straightforward, reflective, and good-natured about their bodies and their selves.
92 7.3 7.615. The Celluloid Closet (1995)
Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this acclaimed documentary takes its name from Vito Russo's groundbreaking book. The filmmakers examine the subtext of more than 100 Hollywood movies -- including Spartacus, Rope and Thelma and Louise -- and chart the cinematic journey of lesbian and gay characters. Film clips are paired with director, produc Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this acclaimed documentary takes its name from Vito Russo's groundbreaking book. The filmmakers examine the subtext of more than 100 Hollywood movies -- including Spartacus, Rope and Thelma and Louise -- and chart the cinematic journey of lesbian and gay characters. Film clips are paired with director, producer and actor interviews featuring, among others, Gore Vidal, Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg.
18 8.3 7.717. The Cruise (1998)
Affectionate portrait of Tim "Speed" Levitch, a tour guide for Manhattan's Gray Line double-decker buses. He talks fast, is in love with the city, and dispenses historical facts, architectural analysis, and philosophical musings in equal measures. He's reflective and funny about cruising: he loves it, got in it to meet women, and he'd quit work if he could. His personal life is disclosed in small doses: he takes home $200 a week for 20 hours work, home is his suitcase and wherever he can flop, he's been arrested for going out on the roof tops of skyscrapers to see his city; he stands between the towers of the World Trade Center, spins until he's dizzy, then looks up.
214 7.6 7.818. Crumb (1994)
A cinematic portrait of the controversial comic book writer/artist and his traumatized family.
2 10 7.719. Dancing in the Street (1995)
A documentary on the history of rock and roll.
43 7.3 7.125. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)
Acclaimed filmmaker Errol Morris paints a fascinating portrait of four obsessed eccentrics in Fast, Cheap and Out of Control. Morris weaves interviews with a wild animal trainer, a topiary gardener, a robot designer and an expert on the naked mole rat together with old movies, cartoons and stock footage, creating a compelling, kaleidoscopic look at the very thin line that separates madness from genius.
4 7.3 6.226. Fetishes (1996)
For two weeks, Nick Broomfield and a documentary crew visit Pandora's Box, an up-scale house of bondage on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, where clients pay $175 an hour to be subservient to mistresses. Mistresses talk about their craft; a few clients, usually masked, are interviewed as well. Then, the camera watches sessions organized around fetishes: rubber, wrestling, corporal punishment, masochism, and infantilism. Mistress Raven, the owner of Pandora's Box, explains that pain need not be part of the subservient experience: it is, at its root, a transfer of power. After their session has ended, clients talk about how drained, relaxed, relieved, and at peace they are.
1 0 5.827. Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document (1990)
Lisa Law's documentary on the Woodstock-era, based on her phtotgraphic book of the same title.
11 7.7 6.828. Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Les... (1992)
Ten women, most of them in Vancouver or Toronto, talk about being lesbian in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s: discovering the pulp fiction of the day about women in love, their own first affairs, the pain of breaking up, frequenting gay bars, facing police raids, men's responses, and the etiquette of butch and femme roles. Interspersed among the interviews and archival footage are four dramatized chapters from a pulp novel, "Forbidden Love": Laura leaves her hick town and heads for the city, where she meets Mitch in a bar. Sparks fly, and so do laughter and joy. Ann Bannon, one of the writers of those paperback novels about forbidden love, talks about the genre.
7 7.7 5.930. Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting (1999)
Monika Treut explores the worlds and thoughts of several female to male transgendered individuals. As with Treuts first film, Jungfrauenmaschine, Gendernauts, enters a minority sector of San Fransisco culture. The characters in this film have a lot to complain about, and they do. They are people whose physical appearance (female) does not match their inner sexual identity (male). The subject is pinpointed in the film independant of sexual orientation. Leave your conservative hats at the door, this is going to need your special attention.
2 8 6.531. Glastonbury the Movie (1995)
The rockudocufactufictiofunkyoumentary of the nineties
57 6.9 7.234. Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993)
Documentary about notorious Murder Junkies lead singer GG Allin.
24 8.5 7.636. Hype! (1996)
Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s
52 6 6.242. Kurt & Courtney (1998)
A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love.
22 7.8 7.345. Meeting People Is Easy (1998)
An entertaining "rockumentary" about Radiohead that shows some of the tedium of being a rock star, as well as some of the fun stuff.
219 7.7 7.846. Microcosmos (1996)
A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spid A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching.
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