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  • Tosca's Kiss

    Directed by Daniel Schmid • Documentary • 1984 • 87 minutes

    Meet the inhabitants of the "Casa di Riposa" in Milan, the world's first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896.

    In his documentary film Tosca's Kiss, which has developed an underground cult...

  • Lonely Boy

    Directed by Wolf Koening, Roman Kroiter • Documentary • 1962 • 26 minutes

    The story of popular singer Paul Anka. He rose from obscurity to become the idol of millions of adolescent fans around the world. This film takes a candid look at both sides of the footlights as well as the promotion indus...

  • Olancho

    Directed by Chris Valdés and Ted Griswold • Documentary • 2018 • 70 minutes

    Olancho is the most lawless province of Honduras, the most murderous country on the planet. Here, the drug trade has taken its toll in human lives and economic damage. But to some musicians, the cartels provide an opport...

  • Lomax the Songhunter

    Directed by Rogier Kappers • Documentary • 2005 • 95 minutes

    Alan Lomax (1915-2002) devoted his life to recording the world's folk tunes before they would permanently disappear with the rise of the modern music industry. In LOMAX THE SONGHUNTER filmmaker Rogier Kappers follows the route that Lom...

  • Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr Leonard Cohen

    Directed by Donald Brittain, Don Owen • Documentary • 1965 • 44 minutes

    Produced in 1965, this is an informal portrait of the Montreal poet, novelist and songwriter, Leonard Cohen. He is seen reading his poetry to a rapt audience and also alone, or relaxing with family and friends.

  • Dream Girls

    Directed by Kim Longinotto & Jano Williams • Documentary • 1995 • 50 minutes

    This fascinating documentary, produced for the BBC, opens a door into the spectacular world of the Takarazuka Revue, a highly successful musical theater company in Japan. Each year, thousands of girls apply to enter the...

  • Flamenco, Flamenco

    Directed by Carlos Saura • Documentary • With Sara Baras, José Miguel Carmona • 2010 • 90 minutes

    Directed by legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, Flamenco, Flamenco is an evolutionary musical journey through the light, song and dance of a dynamic and alive art form. Beautifully photographe...

  • Glenn Gould: Off the Record

    Directed by Roman Kroiter, Wolf Koening • Documentary • 1959 • 29 minutes

    Canadian concert pianist Glenn Gould enjoys a respite at his lakeside cottage. It is an aspect of Gould previously known only to the collie pacing beside him through the woods, the fishermen resting their oars to hear his ...

  • Glenn Gould: On the Record

    Directed by Roman Kroiter, Wolf Koening • Documentary • 1959 • 29 minutes

    Glenn Gould, renowned Canadian concert pianist, in New York--kidding the cab driver, bantering with sound engineers at Columbia Records; and then, alone with the piano, fastidiously recording Bach's Italian Concerto.

  • Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio

    Directed by Ryan Douglass and Sara Leavitt • Documentary • 2015 • 75 minutes

    For over 30 years, Martin Bisi has recorded music from his studio in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood. After a chance New York encounter, the studio was founded with money from Brian Eno, who subsequently worked on the a...

  • Small Wonders

    Directed by Allan Miller • Documentary • 1995 • 77 minutes

    This inspirational documentary deservedly earned a 1995 Academy Award nomination. Divorced mother Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras taught music in the New York City school system until the budget ax eliminated her job. Dedicated to music and he...

  • Quest

    Directed by Jonathan Olshefski • Documentary • 2017 • 105 minutes

    ​Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, Quest is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia.

    Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife Christine’a ...

  • An Apollo Legend

    Directed by Brian Storm • Documentary • 2008 • 18 minutes

    Decades before American Idol and America's Got Talent captured the attention of millons on TV, the world renowned Apollo Theater in Harlem started hosting its popular Amateur Night, which launched the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, James Bro...

  • The Right Way

    Directed by Peter Fischli & David Weiss • Drama • 1983 • 55 minutes

    In THE RIGHT WAY, friendship is once again put to the test as rat and bear go hiking in the open, as-it-were unspoiled countryside, at the mercy of the elements and all kinds of miracles - and, above all, at the mercy of themsel...

  • Bronx Gothic

    Directed by Andrew Rossi • Documentary • With Okwui Okpokwasili • 2017 • 91 minutes

    From director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times, The First Monday in May) comes an electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show, Bronx Gothic. R...

  • The Point of Least Resistance

    Directed by Peter Fischli & David Weiss • Drama • 1981 • 29 minutes

    THE POINT OF LEAST RESISTANCE is Fischli and Weiss' first film together. A rat and a bear are out to make a lot of money in the Los Angeles art world. So when they find a corpse in a gallery, hoping it will be the means to enter...

  • Mali Blues

    Directed by Lutz Gregor • Documentary • With Fatoumata Diawara, Ahmed Ag Kaedi, Bassékou Kouyaté • 2016 • 93 minutes

    The West African country of Mali is widely recognized as the birthplace of the blues, later carried by the transatlantic slave trade to America's cotton fields. Yet despite cent...

  • Thinking Existenz - Ep 02 - Laurie Anderson

    Directed by Graça Castanheira • Documentary • With Laurie Anderson • 2013 • 30 minutes

    Ten personalities from diverse social and geographical backgrounds reflect on the world and its future. A portrait in multiple voices of contemporary reality, revealing the deep connections that exist between ...

  • Ethnic Notions

    Directed by Marlon Riggs • Documentary • 1986 • 58 minutes

    Unflinching, unsettling, and essential, this Emmy-winning documentary examines the devastating legacy of black stereotypes throughout American history, from the slavery era to the present. Drawing on a wide variety of media—from minstrel...

  • One Day Pina Asked...

    An encounter between two of the most remarkable women artists of the 20th century, ONE DAY PINA ASKED... is Chantal Akerman's look at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch and her Wuppertal, Germany-based dance company. "This film is more than a documentary on Pina Bausch," a narrator announces a...

  • Footnotes

    Directed by Paul Calori & Kostia Testut • Drama • With Pauline Etienne, Oliver Chantreau, François Morel, Loïc Corbery, Julie Victor • 2017 • 85 minutes

    Inspired by the films of Jacques Demy and Stanley Donen, Footnotes is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie, a young woman strugg...

  • Theatre 1 (Observational Film #3)

    Directed by Kazuhiro Soda • Documentary • With Kôji Fukada, Kanji Furutachi, Oriza Hirata • 2012 • 172 minutes

    What is the essence of theatre? 

    Theatre 1 is a feature length documentary which closely depicts the world of Oriza Hirata, Japan’s leading playwright and director, and his theatrical ...

  • Theatre 2 (Observational Film #4)

    Directed by Kazuhiro Soda • Documentary • With Kanji Furutachi, Koichiro Genba, Oriza Hirata • 2012 • 170 minutes

    Can the theatre arts survive in the 21st century?

    If Theatre 1 is about the world of Hirata, Theatre 2 is a feature documentary, which depicts the relationship between Hirata and th...

  • Live Nude Girls Unite

    Directed by Vicky Funari & Julia Query • Documentary • With Julia Query, Siobhan Brooks, Kristina, Ellen, Star, Joyce Wallace • 2000 • 70 minutes

    Winner of the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Live Nude Girls Unite! is "a partisan tale from the inside" (Boston Pho...