Documentary

There Is No Sexual Rapport / Il n’y a pas de rapport sexuel (2011) Raphaël Siboni, Hervé P. Gustave, Cindy Dollar, Michael Cerrito

There Is No Sexual Rapport
An amusing and poignant examination of one man’s career as a director-performer of pornography. This cinematic penetration into the adult film industry and France’s most prominent skin auteur Hervé P. Gustave, who goes by the moniker HPG, reveals the trials and tribulations with the creation of the ever expanding and increasingly demanding adult industry. In this tragic story of human debris, we watch helplessly as adult film performers capture money shots, dance around anatomy for soft porn gigs, and coax reluctant amateurs to perform as the clock is ticking. Culled from 10 years of drenched, hellish footage, renowned visual artist (and first time filmmaker) Raphael Siboni shapes an intriguing portrait, one that never glorifies or condemns its subject or his chosen profession.
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Wie Man sein Leben kocht / How to Cook Your Life (2007) Doris Dörrie, Edward Espe Brown, Documentary

Wie Man sein Leben kocht (2007)
Doris Dörrie’s camera greets Edward Espe Brown when he arrives in Australia to give a class on cooking, Zen, and meditation. We see him back home in Northern California as well. Brown, for forty years a Zen cook, demonstrates cooking as well as commenting on topics including anger, quiet, gleaning and waste, battered pots, and how he found his vocation. A focus of his is to demonstrate how to bring one’s self to cooking and to others simultaneously. He quotes often from two masters, with several examples of Zen wit. The camera takes the occasional trip to fast food restaurants to provide contrast to Brown’s approach and results.
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Tierra de los padres / Fatherland (2011) Nicolás Prividera, Felix Bruzzone, José Campusano, Lucía Cedrón, Drama, Documentary

Tierra de los padres (2011)
Fatherland brings a rigorous structural approach to a site of monuments that is also a place of movement, criss-crossed daily by tourists and locals. The grounds are laid out like city blocks, with wide avenues branching onto laneways filled with elaborate mausoleums. The film does not attempt to tour the cemetery as one would on foot, however, but rather moves chronologically through the history enshrined there. A series of individuals are framed in static compositions as they read aloud excerpts from the writings of noteworthy Argentines interred within. (Some license has been taken, as the final resting places of certain figures represented – such as journalist Rodolfo Walsh, who was among the “disappeared” – remain unknown. The result is both poetic and political.) Beginning in the early 1800s, this history comprises civil war, battles with the country’s native population, the conflict between the city and the provinces, and years of military dictatorship.
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Amsterdam Global Village (1996) Johan van der Keuken, Julika Marijn, Documentary

Amsterdam Global Village (1996)
“I am far away on a distant journey through my own city”, filmmaker Johan van der Keuken says at the end of his four-hour portrait of Amsterdam. The city is presented as a place where people from all corners of the world live, who all exert their cultural influence on the life in the city. With a motor courier as his central figure, the filmmaker introduces the audience to birds of different feathers. We see diverse cultural expressions, like the house scene, the entry of St. Nicholas and a Ghanese mourning ritual. The binding factor in the film is the concept of ‘travelling’, in other words Amsterdam as a global village. The camera travels through the film in three ways: over land, over water (canals) and through the air.
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Papirosen (2011) Gastón Solnicki, Mirta Najdorf, Alan Solnicki, Víctor Solnicki, Documentary

Papirosen (2011)
A portrait of Argentine director Gastón Solnicki’s family over the course of the second half of the 20th century, Papirosen follows four generations still troubled by a war that’s never spoken of. The film juxtaposes different periods with their native image formats, along with landscapes, characters and international political events, as it focuses on a singular decade of a nouveau riche Argentine Jewish family, and the new generation’s introduction into familiar traumas and vitality.
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Crazy Horse (2011) Frederick Wiseman, Philippe Decouflé, Naamah Alva, Daizy Blu, Documentary

Crazy Horse (2011)
In Crazy Horse, he pulls back the curtain on Le Crazy Horse de Paris, a landmark that has prided itself as “the best nude dancing show in the world” since 1951. Le Crazy Horse sets itself apart from the average strip club by adhering to exacting standards in choreography, lights and physiques. The erotic revue is composed of songs and sequences that blend traits of old-fashioned burlesque, Bob Fosse and Cirque du Soleil, designed not only for the enjoyment of men, but also couples.
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Gimme Shelter (1970) Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Documentary

Gimme Shelter (1970)
In December of 1969, four months after Woodstock, the Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane gave a free concert in Northern California, east of Oakland at Altamont Speedway. About 300,000 people came, and the organizers put Hell’s Angels in charge of security around the stage. Armed with pool cues and knifes, Angels spent the concert beating up spectators, killing at least one. The film intercuts performances, violence, Grace Slick and Mick Jagger’s attempts to cool things down, close-ups of young listeners (dancing, drugged, or suffering Angel shock), and a look at the Stones later as they watch concert footage and reflect on what happened.
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Freakonomics (2010) Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, James Ransone, Tempestt Bledsoe, Bill Gates, Documentary

Freakonomics (2010)
The field of economics can study more than the workings of economies or businesses, it can also help explore human behavior in how it reacts to incentives. Economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner host an anthology of documentaries that examines how people react to opportunities to gain, wittingly or otherwise. The subjects include the possible role a person’s name has for their success in life, why there is so much cheating in an honor bound sport like sumo wrestling, what helped reduce crime in the USA in the 1990s onward and we follow an school experiment to see if cash prizes can encourage struggling students to improve academically.
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Here’s to the Future! (2014) Gina Telaroli, John Budge, Begonia Colomar, Daniel Kasman, Documentary

Here's to the Future! (2014)
On a late-summer Sunday in 2011, a female director gathers a team of filmmakers, writers, musicians, artists, critics, and friends in an apartment to recreate a scene from Michael Curtiz’s Depression-era drama The Cabin in the Cotton. Over plates of pasta and glasses of red wine, a round robin of non-professional actors take turns performing the same scene, again and again, In different permutations. With a freedom Influenced by pre–Code Hollywood, cameras, phones, and laptops are scattered around & set at almost every possible angle, documenting the action both in front of and behind the camera as it unfolds, from rehearsals to equipment adjustments to the banter between takes. An intimate. playful, and spontaneous look Into the collaborative cinematic process emerges. a snapshot of the filmmaker’s perennial struggle to capture fleeting moments before the day (and light) slip away.
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