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  • 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...

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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
    Movie + 1 extra

    Re:Awakenings

    Movie + 1 extra

    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.

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  • 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...

  • City Walk

    Directed by Bill Morrison • Documentary • 2003 • 6 minutes

    The subject of Bill Morrison’s CITY WALK is the urban landscape and the movement within it. Utilising high contrast black and white footage, Morrison records busy urban life with a camera situated in a moving vehicle. The often-blurred, ...

  • Churchill's Island

    Directed by Stuart Legg • Documentary • With Lorne Greene • 1941 • 22 minutes

    Winner of the first Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject! It presents the strategy of the Battle of Britain, showing with penetrating clarity the relationships between the various forces made up the island's defens...

  • In Our Nature

    Directed by Sara Leavitt • Documentary • 2019 • 3 minutes

    Moving from the country to the city, IN OUR NATURE is about the disconnection from the environment one experiences while in urban areas. Inspired by D.A. Pennebaker's DAYBREAK EXPRESS, the film takes the viewer on a road trip that encompa...

  • 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...

  • The Embassy

    Directed by Chris Marker • Drama • 1973 • 21 minutes

    One of Chris Marker's few fiction films, THE EMBASSY shows political dissidents seeking refuge in a foreign embassy after a military coup d'état in an unidentified country. Over the next few days, more and more people fleeing the military assa...

  • Cheat Neutral

    Directed by Beth Stratford • Documentary • 2008 • 13 minutes

    Since the1960s, concentrations of heartbreak, cheating and jealousy in the atmosphere have risen dramatically. CheatNeutral.com offers a unique market-based solution to this essential problem of modern life. For the cost of a condom, t...

  • Ghost Trip

    Directed by Bill Morrison • Documentary • 2000 • 23 minutes

    Ghost Trip is a rare example of live-action fictional filmmaking from Morrison. This supernatural road-movie follows an unidentified driver (played by singer-songwriter Slink Moss) as he moves through highways, railways, abandoned homes...

  • Light is Calling

    Directed by Bill Morrison • Documentary • 2004 • 8 minutes

    "In Light Is Calling, a deteriorating scene from James Young's The Bells (1926) was optically reprinted and edited to Michael Gordon's seven-minute composition. The aesthetic of Morrison's film is inexorably intertwined with many of Mich...

  • I Am Somebody

    Directed by Madeline Anderson • Documentary • 1970 • 30 minutes

    In 1969, black female hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina went on strike for union recognition and a wage increase, only to find themselves in a confrontation with the state government and the National Guard. Featuring An...

  • Integration Report 1

    Directed by Madeline Anderson • Documentary • 1960 • 20 minutes

    INTEGRATION REPORT 1 examines the struggle for black equality in Alabama, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C., incorporating footage by documentary legends Albert Maysles and Ricky Leacock, protest songs by Maya Angelou, and a speech by M...

  • Just Ancient Loops

    Directed by Bill Morrison • Documentary • 2012 • 26 minutes

    A short film based on research by Walter Murch, relating orbits to harmonics.

  • Mammy Water

    Directed by Jean Rouch • Documentary • 1956 • 18 minutes

    In MAMMY WATER, Jean Rouch depicts the surf boys of the coastal village of Shama, at the foot of the Pra River. Their success is governed by water spirits ('Mammy Water'). When the catch is bad, villagers must honor the spirits with a cere...