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This provocative documentary from Katharina Otto pays homage to famed stage designer Robert Wilson, who overcame childhood learning disabilities growing up in Waco, Texas, and rose to become one of the most respected avant-garde artists in late 1960s New York. As much a tale of social injustice as a portrait of an artist, this mix of This provocative documentary from Katharina Otto pays homage to famed stage designer Robert Wilson, who overcame childhood learning disabilities growing up in Waco, Texas, and rose to become one of the most respected avant-garde artists in late 1960s New York. As much a tale of social injustice as a portrait of an artist, this mix of interviews and live performance is testimony to how Wilson's early challenges influenced his creative expression.
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Afro-Punk (2003)
Afropunk, a documentary about black kids in the US punk rock scene, represents an honest voice of director James Spooner, whose experience as a minority inside a minority community (a black in a punk community or a punk in a black community) parallels the film's four main characters' stories. The documentary comprises interviews, the interviewees' lives, and their live performances. While the interviewees do not know each other, their experiences are similar: born and raised in a predominantly white neighborhood, being only one black person in a local punk scene, dating almost exclusively white boys/girls due to the interest proximity, admiring legendary black punk band Bad Brains, and trying to establish and maintain their ties to the black community.
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
A documentary look at women who prefer to dress and act as men and who participate in NYC's predominantly African-American lesbian drag balls. This striking and illuminating documentary explores and exposes the secret subculture of New York lesbians living as "aggressives." Often mistaken for men these women range from pret A documentary look at women who prefer to dress and act as men and who participate in NYC's predominantly African-American lesbian drag balls. This striking and illuminating documentary explores and exposes the secret subculture of New York lesbians living as "aggressives." Often mistaken for men these women range from pretty tomboys to the blatantly butch boldly creating their own identities outside of society's established sexual categories. Stripped of pretense they lead us to fashion shoots and prison cells to reveal their work lives love lives and social lives including the underground "ball" scene where lesbians compete for lead "AG" status. The resulting documentary is the culmination of five years spent uncovering the "no apologies" lifestyle of six self-defined aggressives as they define their dreams share their most intimate secrets and reveal their deepest fears. The female counterpart to Paris is Burning this heartfelt all-access film exposes the AG community in all its unabashed rough-edged glory and explores its impact on gender identity in the modern world.
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The 50 year struggle between rock pioneers and powerful business/government interests for the soul of music radio, told by America's favorite deejays and the artists they made rock stars.
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A documentary on Alexis Arquette and the process of her sex reassignment surgery.
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This feature length documentary captures the band during early performances in New York at Kenny's Castaways and Max's Kansas City, then follows the Dolls on their tour of the west coast, including footage from the Whisky A Go Go, the Real Don Steele Show, Rodney Bingenheimer's E Club and much more. Intercut with revealing interviews, backstage banter and late night debauchery, this is THE definitive document of the New York Dolls.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.6
Alter Egos (2004)
Explores the life and work of the Canadian animator Ryan Larkin, as well as the making of Chris Landreth's short film Ryan.
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Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.
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Inspired by Steven Blush's book "American Hardcore: A tribal history" Paul Rachman's feature documentary debut is a chronicle of the underground hardcore punk years from 1979 to 1986. Interviews and rare live footage from artists such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, SS Decontrol and the Dead Kennedys.
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This documentary emphasizes that people have strong feelings about the mullet - very popular hair style among lesbians, race car drivers and others. The general attitude about the mullet is not all positive; some people are even harassed for having one. The director toured the USA asking one and all what they thought about this coif. The journey is not only hilariously funny, it's also enlightening. Turns out, the mullet isn't just a dyke cut. Musicians, bikers and Latino soccer players all love that style.
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Bananaz (2008)
A documentary on the cryptic cartoon band, Gorillaz.
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People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
Utilizing hours of unseen archival footage, The Beales is a new take on the women of Grey Gardens.
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Much as the title suggests, Beyond Vanilla explores the kinkier aspects of sex on the other side of vanilla.
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Billy the Kid (2007)
"I'm not black, I'm not white, not foreign, just different in the mind. Different brains, that's all," explains 15-year-old Billy in Jennifer Venditti's provocative coming of age film. Billy's intuitive commentary and intimate verite footage reveal a unique attitude as he responds to a painful childhood, first time love, and his experience as an outsider in small town Maine. By turns humorous and disturbing, this portrait challenges the viewer to understand a triumphant teen on his own terms.
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Binding Words (2007)
Transsexualism is not a mental illness. Male and female are not the only exclusively valid gender identities. Pigeonholing is akin to terror. The protagonists of “Binding Words” are radical trans and intersex activists who regularly challenge “unquestioned” conventional standards and analyze the origins of oppression and repr Transsexualism is not a mental illness. Male and female are not the only exclusively valid gender identities. Pigeonholing is akin to terror. The protagonists of “Binding Words” are radical trans and intersex activists who regularly challenge “unquestioned” conventional standards and analyze the origins of oppression and repression, which the trans and intersex community still face.
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A documentary on the relationship between curator Sam Wagstaff, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and musician/poet Patti Smith.
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Bombay Eunuch (2001)
BOMBAY EUNUCH takes a fascinating look at a little-known part of Indian life--men who decide, upon turning eighteen, to become eunuchs. They immediately start taking on feminine characteristics and, because they are so different from mainstream society, choose to live together in makeshift family units in ghettos. Some Indians still consider them divine, seeking their blessings, their curses to be avoided. But most people keep their distance, seeing the eunuchs as a disappearing part of the Indian past that is better left to die out. The documentary follows one family, led by Meena, the matriarchal figure. The family allowed the filmmakers to photograph them in return for small amounts of cash, as the eunuchs, unable to find regular work, are poor, often resorting to begging and prostitution to get by. Yet they are filled with life and love, singing, dancing, and living like "more normal" families, with the same fears and the same hopes. What began as a film about gender ended up as a film about survival, and the results are involving, moving, and devastating.
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Boy I Am (2006)
While female-to-male transgender visibility has recently exploded in the USA, conversations about trans issues in the lesbian community often run into resistance from the many queer women who view transitioning as a "trend" or as an anti-feminist act that taps into male privilege. Boy I Am is a feature-length documentary that begins to break down that barrier and promote dialogue about trans issues through a look at the experiences of three young transitioning FTMs in New York City--Nicco, Norie and Keegan--as they go through major junctures in their transitions, as well as through the voices of lesbians, activists and theorists who raise and address the questions that many people have but few openly discuss.
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Julie Wyman's compelling documentary chronicles the transformation of a transsexual named Theo from a woman to a man over the course of six years. The film successfully captures Theo's hysiological and psychological changes during the process, as well as their effects on his lesbian lover and community of close friends. Taking full advantage of the unlimited access she received into an extraordinarily personal process, Wyman carefully composes a moving story about gender identity, relationships, and how even things that seem permanent can change.
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A documentary about Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman -- aka The Sherman Brothers -- the Academy Award and Grammy-winning songwriters.
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Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.
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Four 12-year-old black boys from one of the most violent ghettos in Baltimore, Maryland, are taken 10,000 miles away to an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya, to try to take advantage of the educational opportunities they can't get in their own country.
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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
A documentary on the infamous gonzo journalist, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.
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People who added this item 220 Average listal rating (127 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
The Bridge (2006)
This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular suicide destination in the world, and those drawn by its call.
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An East Village performance space fought against the Bowery homeless shelter who threatened to shut them down. Some of the most iconic figures in music have performed here.
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Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to explore the maternity care system in America. Focusing on New York City, the film reveals that there is much to distrust behind hospital doors and follows several couples who decide to give birth on their own terms. There is an unexpected turn when director Epstein not only discovers she is pregnant, but finds the life of her child on the line. Should most births should be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potential medical emergency?
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A documentary on the life and death of Hunter S. Thompson.
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Capitalism: A Love Story examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). The film moves from Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan. With both humor and outrage, the film explores the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. Moore goes into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal...and 14,000 jobs being lost every day. Capitalism: A Love Story also presents what a more hopeful future could look like. Who are we and why do we behave the way that we do?
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"Cease To Exist" explores the music motive to the Manson murders and uncovers Charles Manson's relationship with Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson and record producer Terry Melcher.
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1982's Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life.
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The Chelsea Hotel has long been considered the creative epicenter of New York City, a sort of unofficial gathering point for the most renowned artists and entertainers that the city has to offer. But while the Chelsea Hotel was once considered an impenetrable, untouchable monument to the creative spirit, an early 21st century renovation led many to believe that the new management company had little appreciation for its unique history. Dennis Hopper, Milos Forman, R. Crumb, Ethan Hawke, Grace Jones, and a whole host of Chelsea Hotel regulars all chime in with their fondest memories about the New York landmark, and their thoughts about what may be in store for the iconic building in the future. (Synopsis by Jason Buchanan)
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Cine Manifest (2006)
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Cinemania (2002)
This documentary about the culture of intense cinephilia in New York City reveals the impassioned world of five obsessed movie buffs. The filmmakers expose this delightfully deranged cult by capturing the daily lives of its members. Interviews in movie houses, on the street and in the homes of the subjects tell the story of each individual. Many cannot hold a job, or choose not to. All of them have demoted the importance of the real world, giving all of their attention to the fantasy world of the movies. These human encyclopedias of cinema see two to five films a day, and from 600 to 2,000 films per year. Many have no physical sex lives, living instead in a world of romance with stars like James Dean or Audrey Hepburn. In Cinemania, Hollywood's biggest fans become the true stars. This is the story of their lives, their memories, their unbending habits and the films they love.
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This documentary combines recent interviews and old footage to provide a comprehensive view of The Clash, one of the world's most influential rock bands. Footage from old club shows and stadium concerts is intercut with interviews with band members Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon, and Joe Strummer. The Clash began as rebellious punks eager to combine their influences: Simonon leaned towards reggae, and Jones leaned toward harder-edged British rock, while Strummer favored American R&B. Despite various fights and conflicts, The Clash emerged as "the only band that mattered," a punk rock band which ventured beyond punk to create a unique and unforgettable sound. WESTWAY TO THE WORLD documents their beginnings, their rise to stardom, and their collapse
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Cleaning Up! (2001)
Cleaning Women is a unique Finnish band which plays diy instruments made from drying racks and large tin cans. This documentary follows their Eastern Europe tour.
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The Cockettes (2002)
Documentary about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s.
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Commune (2005)
A documentary on the Black Bear Ranch Commune, an alternative living community founded in 1968 in the remote North Californian wilderness.
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People who added this item 104 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Chronicles the lives of four mortal men and women who work as characters on the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard.
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Imagine being a woman in a men's prison. For many individuals, this is a grim reality because the U.S. prison system decides where to place inmates based on their genitalia, not their gender identity. This award-winning documentary makes an unflinching examination of transgender women in men's prisons. Ashley, Linda, Anna, Yolanda and Ophelia describe their experiences undergoing inhumane and humiliating treatment including rape, violence, solitary confinement and denial of medial care. One interviewee explains. "A lot of times I wake up, and I look around at my surroundings, and I see all these men. I think, 'What am I doing here?'" The women in Cruel and Unusual don't deny that they must serve their sentences, but their stories raise very important questions about their treatment. Are the human rights of these women and many others across the United States violated? If Gender Identity Disorder is a recognized condition by the American Psychiatric Association, should inmates receive therapy for it in prison? If therapy consists of counseling, female hormones, and in some cases, sexual reassignment surgery, how far should prisons go? Despite their crimes, Cruel and Unusual asks if the punishment these individuals receive is indeed cruel and unusual and a violation of their Eighth Amendment Constitutional protection.
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The Cove (2009)
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
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