A documentary about Caroll Spinney who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. At 78 years old, he has no intention of stopping.
In a blend of fiction and reality, Five Star explores the relationship between two men – Primo, an actual gang leader in the East New York Bloods, and John, a young man trying to decide whether gang life is the path for him. As Primo mentors John in the workings of the gang world, a secret threatens both men’s futures. The film is a nuanced portrait of two men struggling with gang life, and an intimate contemplation on manhood in the modern urban environment.
A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempt to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the world’s most picturesque, yet brutal landscapes, pushing their bodies, hearts and spirits through a myriad of external and internal obstacles. Desert Runners delves into the mindset of ultra-athletes, and the complex ways in which human beings deal with both heartbreak and triumph.
Transcending Surgeon explores the life and impactful career of top trauma surgeon Dr. Edward Cornwell, his influence on underprivileged communities, and the inspirational African American medical pioneers that came before him.
The 619 Western Avenue building in Seattle was the largest all-artist colony on the West Coast for thirty years. Originally a shipping warehouse, it was taken over by artists looking for large affordable space in 1981. Since then, it has blossomed into an underground cultural mecca for the independent art scene. On October 1, 2011, city officials stepped in, ordering the building’s demolition to make way for the massive Alaskan Way viaduct tunnel project scheduled to dig directly underneath the already-unstable structure.
Inspired by Laurel Leff’s award-winning book Buried by the Times, this film explores how The New York Times handled reports of The Holocaust during World War II. It also explores why The Times, a Jewish-owned newspaper, buried more than one thousand articles in its back pages. Through interviews and testimony of a Holocaust survivor, historians, journalists, and American citizens who lived through World War II, Reporting on the Times encourages audiences to reevaluate America’s place as The Great Liberator and to recognize the power of the press in creating change.
A portrait of Brooklyn Grange, a group of for-profit urban farmers in New York City, as they set out to build the world’s largest rooftop farm through the 2012 growing season.
DamNation uncovers how intricately the dams engineered since the industrial revolution have severely altered the landscapes, wildlife ecosystems and native populations that surround the countless river systems across America. As dam removal becomes more mainstream, rivers are bounding back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right to return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation suggests that nothing lasts forever, including the concrete monoliths that have impounded America’s free-flowing rivers in the name of “progress” for ages.