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  • Alain Resnais Short Films

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    Streaming only on OVID, discover four early, short films from the renowned French director, Alain Resnais.

    "If Gauguin and Guernica shine a light on their respective subjects, they also present a key part of Resnais’ own development as an artist. It is exciting to have these formative works read...

  • On Beauty

    Directed by Joanna Rudnick • Documentary • With Rick Guidotti • 2014 • 31 minutes

    ON BEAUTY is the latest film from award-winning filmmaker Joanna Rudnick and Chicago’s Kartemquin Films. The film looks at beauty through the lens of fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who highlights vibrant indiv...

  • Bill Morrison Shorts

    12 videos

    Morrison's work is characterized by his sensitive approach to found, often decaying film footage, and his close collaboration with contemporary conmposers, including Vijay Iyer, Johann Johannsson and Bill Frisell.

    "The only major directors with a comparably original ear are probably Jean-Luc God...

  • Egg Cream

    Directed by Nora Claire Miller, Peter Miller & Amy Linton • Documentary • 2020 • 15 minutes

    EGG CREAM is a short film about the enduring meaning of a beloved chocolate soda drink born on the Jewish Lower East Side. The egg cream contained neither eggs nor cream – it was a product of necessity an...

  • Edith+Eddie

    Directed by Laura Checkoway • Documentary • 2017 • 29 minutes

    Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison got married in Virginia at ages 96 and 95. Dancing at the honky-tonk and going to church, their newlywed life is filled with affection, prayer and faith. Since tying the knot, both Edith and Eddie have ex...

  • Early Works of Cheryl Dunye

    Directed by Cheryl Dunye • Documentary • With Cheryl Dunye, Zoie Strauss, Paula Cronan, Wanda Freeman, Shu Leah Cheang, • 1994 • 80 minutes

    Vilified by conservatives in Congress, defended by major newspapers, and celebrated by audiences and festivals around the world as one of the most provocati...

  • How to Build an Igloo

    Directed by Douglas Wilkinson • Documentary • 1949 • 10 minutes

    A demonstration of igloo-building in Canada's Far North, showing how the site is selected and how blocks of snow are used to make a snug shelter in only an hour and a half. As the camera follows each stage, the commentary explains t...

  • Chris Marker's Bestiary

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    French filmmaker Chris Marker is best known for politically engaged documentaries (A Grin without a Cat, Le Joli Mai and Cuba Si!), for his personalized "cine-essay" films (Sans Soleil, Remembrance of Things to Come and The Case of the Grinning Cat) and the science-fiction classic La Jetée. No ma...

  • Time of the Locust

    Directed by Peter Gessner • Documentary • 1966 • 13 minutes

    Compiled from American news film, Vietnamese National Liberation Front combat footage, and unreleased material filmed by Japanese Television camera units, this now classic film by Peter Gessner provides one of the strongest treatises ag...

  • Kings Point

    Directed by Sari Gilman • Documentary • 2014 • 30 minutes

    During the 1970s and 80s, thousands of New York’s primarily Jewish senior citizens migrated to Kings Point, a retirement community in Florida. Lured by blue skies, sunshine and the promise of richer social lives, they bought paradise for ...

  • City of Gold

    Directed by Colin Low, Wolf Koenig • Documentary • 1957 • 21 minutes

    A vivid recollection of the Klondike gold rush at its frenzied height, City of Gold uses a collage of still photographs to compare Dawson City of the gold rush, when the gold from its river beds flowed freely through the stores...

  • Facing Fear

    Directed by Jason Cohen • Documentary • 2015 • 23 minutes

    In this Academy Award®-nominated short documentary, worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. Togeth...

  • The Way Things Go

    Directed by Peter Fischli & David Weiss • Documentary • 1987 • 30 minutes

    Inside a warehouse, Swiss artists Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (1946—2012) built an enormous, precarious structure 100 feet long made out of common household items—tea kettles, tires, old shoes, balloons, wooden...

  • Animated Shorts

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  • Sensei Fran Kicks Ass

    Directed by Simone Fary • Documentary • With Fran Vall • 2019 • 19 minutes

    Octogenarian Fran Vall holds a 6th degree black belt in Judo and a 5th one in Naginata (Japanese sword fighting). In addition to mentoring at three martial arts clubs she still finds time to work as a ski and snowboard in...

  • Man in the Well

    Directed by Hu Bo • Drama • 2017 • 16 minutes

    Apocalypse. Two starving kids find a dead body in the ruins… Notes from Bela Tarr during 2017 FIRST training camp “They asked me to choose a ‘best student’ from these participants. But I don’t like the word. If I have to pick one, I want to give him ...

  • Re:Awakenings
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    Re:Awakenings

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    Original Super 8 footage shot by Dr. Oliver Sacks of his patients at Beth Abraham Hospital, Bronx, NY, who were administered the drug L-Dopa in the summer of 1969 and “awakened” after decades of inactivity is featured in this cine-poem that combines archival footage with a score for solo saxophon...

  • Another World is Possible

    Directed by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young • Documentary • 2002 • 24 minutes

    What if 51,000 people from 131 countries put their heads together to discuss what is wrong with the world and how to work together to change it? In early 2002, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, public officials, representatives ...

  • Xu Bing: Phoenix

    Directed by Daniel Traub • Documentary • 2013 • 17 minutes

    "Drawing inspiration from the contemporary realities of his fast-changing country, Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work, Phoenix. The installation features two monumental birds fabricated entirely from material...

  • Guernica

    Directed by Alain Resnais and Robert Hessens • Documentary • 1949 • 14 minutes

    In 1937, Spanish nationalists called on Nazi and Italian Fascist forces to bomb the Basque town of Guernica. The horrors of the bombing led Pablo Picasso to create perhaps his greatest work, “Guernica”: a massive pain...

  • Van Gogh

    Directed by Alain Resnais • Documentary • 1948 • 18 minutes

    Classic French New Wave director Alain Resnais’ early film, VAN GOGH won an Oscar for best short documentary film. Recently restored, this 1948 boundary-pushing short brilliantly evokes the life of Vincent Van Gogh, using only his paint...

  • A Tribute to Malcolm X

    Directed by Madeline Anderson • Documentary • 1967 • 16 minutes

    Made for the William Greaves-produced WNET program Black Journal, A TRIBUTE TO MALCOLM X includes an interview with Malcolm X’s widow Dr. Betty Shabazz, shortly after his 1965 assassination.

    Courtesy of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS, LLC an...

  • Paul Gauguin

    Directed by Alain Resnais • Documentary • 1949 • 13 minutes

    PAUL GAUGUIN uses the artist’s own writings and artwork to trace his creative journey. The film begins with Gauguin losing his job in finance—the catalyst for his commitment to paint every day—and continues through to his final days in ...

  • The Film of Her

    Directed by Bill Morrison • Documentary • 1996 • 12 minutes

    "Morrison's THE FILM OF HER is based on the story of a Library of Congress clerk who saved a vaultful of paper reels, documenting the earliest days of cinema, from the incinerator. A gorgeous tribute to the art form's origins, this 12-m...