#TAKEMEANYWHERE (USA, 43 min)
In mid-2016, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner embarked on a month-long project to hitchhike the internet, in an artwork commissioned by Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Finnish Institute in London.
A Fierce Breed (Cria Brava) (Puerto Rico, 18 min)
A revealing journey into the 'legal' cockfighting culture in Puerto Rico seen through the lives of a trainer, teacher and a veteran involved in this controversial global sport.
A Table for All (USA, 32 min)
For many refugees and asylees, resettlement in the United States is just the beginning of the story. Finding common ground in a Brooklyn kitchen, Adwa (from Saudi Arabia) and Boubacar (from Guinea) work towards a future in the culinary industry.
Almost Boss: The Longest Running Tribute Band in History (USA, 1 hour)
There's over 14,000 tribute bands world wide. There has to be one that has been the longest running in the world. I found them: The B Street Band.
Back to Natural: A Documentary Film (USA, 1 hour 9 min)
Back to Natural is a 69-minute documentary film that reveals the emotional and shocking truth about hair, politics, and racial identity in black communities and beyond. Directed by New York City based Clinical Psychologist Gillian Scott-Ward.
Cyclone: 90 Years of History on Wheels (USA, 14 min)
She's turning 90, but the Cyclone roller coaster in Coney Island doesn't look a day over 25.
Dear Mom (USA, 16 min)
A documentary about life as a New York City comedian made by a comedian for his mother who worries too much.
Dreamland (USA, 28 min)
A fast-paced and heartwarming portrait of multiple gold record winner Jennifer Maidman, and the making of her album at Dreamland recording studio in Woodstock, Upstate New York. Shot on location in the Woodstock area, Dakota Lane's film takes an in-depth and sometimes dreamy look into Jennifer's early life as a female born in a male form, and how this shaped her destiny as musician and human. Also featuring Jennifer's partner and collaborator Annie Whitehead, and legendary Woodstock musicians David Torn and Jerry Marotta, as well as an international cast of others.
Earn Your Salt (USA | 2015, 8 min)
Two firemen from Staten Island tell us about their jobs and what it takes to be a firefighter.
Facebeater (USA, 8 min)
Facebeater is a short documentary that follows behind the scenes of what it is really like to be a drag queen. This film aims to educate and show what people don’t normally see, such as the process of getting ready, and the personal life of the performer.
Final Traces of the Abstract Expressionists (USA, Germany | 2014, 45 min)
Directed by: Caro Jost
Cast: Alex Katz, Irving Sandler, Jonathan Cramer, Rita Reinhardt, Karole Vail
Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Peggy Guggenheim et.al.,: what is left of their former studios, galleries, bars, meetings places in New York City today? Filmmaker Caro Jost (a famous artist herself) follows in the footsteps of these artists of an era. In a mixture of walk and detective hunt, she shows what has now become of these once important places, where art history was made and the Abstract Expressionism arised after WW II in NYC. The film is a juxtaposition of the past and the present, annotated with historical footage, interviews of living eye witnesses, like famous artist Alex Katz. It is not a typical documentary; it is more an investigative art film. Music by Morton Feldman.
Follow Me (UAE, 1 hour 20 min)
After hearing that some people get paid $5000 for posting a picture on Instagram, broke and out of work director Asri Bendacha sets out on a journey to become a social media influencer and get as many followers as he can on Instagram. Little does he know that the path to fame and fortune on social media is not what it seems.
Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story (USA, 1 hour 26 min)
Directed by: James Lester
Cast: Hazel Honeysuckle, Gal Friday, Minnie Tonka, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Perle Noire, Jezebel Express, Julie Atlas Muz, James Habacker
Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story peels back the curtain to reveal the sexy subculture of the neo-burlesque scene in New York City. This verite documentary intimately follows four performers, each of whom has discovered a newfound identity and belonging in a world of bawdy comedy and striptease. However, they find all that glitters is not necessarily gold, as this liberating community does not insulate from the harsh realities of sexism, illness, and existential crisis. "Getting Naked" explores what it means to be an artist, an entertainer, and a woman in the toughest city on Earth.
Have No Fear (USA, Poland | 2017, 18 min)
To teach her children how to avoid becoming another police brutality victim, activist and choreographer Adia Whitaker leads her ensemble in the creation of a new stirring performance.
I Am Gary (USA, 35 min)
Gary was bullied as a kid in the Bronx, but he trained with the Jewish Defense League to always fight back, by whatever means necessary. Now a Karate and Judo black belt, he’s strong-willed and passionate - which often gets him into unnecessary problems at work and at home. He is an ex-cop and a former rabbi, and now teaches martial arts therapy to empower disabled kids and adults. Gary’s current dilemma is his divorce from his wife Raquel; they are battling in court for custody of their three children, including a daughter with cerebral palsy. Will he ever admit he could have done things differently?
In Your Face (Austria, 1 hour 32 min)
Rock music and rock photography are synonymous for the wild antics of their rockstars with one common denominator: Neil Zlozower, photographer extraordinaire and in-your-face madman. The daily dalliances of 'Zloz' as part of the rock n' roll stage show, in front and behind the stage and in the studio, are well documented and collaborated by the stars themselves...
Jamaica Man (USA, 1 hour 5 min)
Jamaica Man is a subjective documentary profile of British expat Nigel Pemberton. A biographical picaresque, inspired narratively by Spalding Gray and visually by Slim Aarons, the film is a highly stylized and unconventional portrait of a raconteur nearing the end of his life.
Kingsley (USA, 11 min)
At the age of 18, Kingsley accidentally took the life of his friend with his brother's handgun. After being sentenced 8-20 years in prison, he thought his life was over. But while serving his years, he read 400 books, graduated with honors from his prison education program and, after his release, earned Bachelor's & Master's degrees at NYU, where he now works as a re-entry coordinator. He helps facilitate life after prison for individuals going through their own prison experiences. Kingsley's story touches on the effects of gun violence and life after prison, but more importantly, on the common humanity we all share beneath our labels.
Living My Illusion (UK, 46 min)
To many, Joel appears to live the perfect life. He's a successful business owner, husband and father. However, there is a side to Joel that no one knows. Believing he is the victim of social conditioning, Joel has decided it’s time for him to wake up, serve his higher purpose and give something back to the world. However this wake up call could come at a heavy price, so who is going to pay?
Love, Mommy (USA, 35 min)
Two years after being released from prison, Kilzy Gonzalez is fighting to regain custody of one of her daughters. An intimate portrait of a mother trying to overcome personal demons and prove that she is deserving of a second chance.
Mexicanos de Bronce (Mexico, 2016, 1 hour 40 min)
Three young men (Rocky, Hones and Bullet) meet in prison and decide to form a musical group that lyrically shapes the past that harasses them. While anguish and desperation take over Rocky and Hones, Bullet is about to leave prison for the third time.
My Indiana Muse (USA, 44 min)
Through an unconventional sequence of events, artist Robert Townsend discovers his muse and embarks on an ambitious and emotional project that will take more than a decade to complete.
New York Graffiti Experience (USA, 16 min)
The New York Graffiti Experience was a collaboration initiated by Fenton Lawless and Justine Diianni in the mid 70’s as an art education project. It evolved from a slide show presentation with music to what was called “the first real look at street and subway graffiti” by Mass Appeal Magazine. The concept was to present the earliest manifestations of what became a worldwide phenomenon. We were fortunate to secure the help and art of Cliff, a graffiti pioneer. The film includes a rare interview with him and footage shot on location in the streets and school yards of NYC.
Nothing Changes: Art for Hank's Sake (USA, 1 hour 20 min)
How far would you go to pursue your passion? At 87 years old, Hank Virgona commutes to his Union Square studio six days a week and makes art. Despite poor health, cancer, lack of revenue and obscurity as an artist, Hank is unrelenting in his quest to understand how life and art are the same.
Our Wildest Dreams (Germany, 1 hour 30 min)
Torn between society‘s expectations and their love of freedom, Foots and Torjus are on a quest for themselves in America’s asphalt jungle and in the deep woods of Norway.
Racing Against BRCA (USA, 11 min)
Directed by: Trevor Banks
Cast: Director of Photography: Trevor Banks, Editor: Trevor Banks, Music: Dan Phillipson, Emmet Cooke, Reaktor Productions, CAST: Caroline Plank
A young woman’s aspiration to run in the 2017 NYC Marathon is put to the test after she decides to undergo a life altering surgery to reduce her inevitable chances of getting cancer.
Raúl de Nieves Is an American Artist (USA, 7 min)
From his basement studio in Ridgewood, Queens, acclaimed artist Raúl de Nieves creates an epic stained glass mural for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Born in Mexico, de Nieves immigrated to San Diego at the age of nine and has been living in New York since 2008. “Growing up in Mexico was really magical because I got to see a lot of forms of celebration,” says the artist. “I got to experience death as a really young child. That’s what my work is about: it’s like seeing the facets of happiness and sadness all in one place.” His commission from the Whitney Museum of American Art gave de Nieves the opportunity to experiment with the tradition of stained glass, and combine this new light-infused installation with existing figurative sculptures. With gaffers tape, paper, and color gels, de Nieves created a narrative that begins with personal struggle and self-doubt, but ends with a celebration of life. In reflecting upon his father’s early death and his mother’s courageous decision to move their family to the United States, de Nieves sees the installation both as a form of remembrance and evidence of the achievement of an American community whose very identity is under threat.
Rooftop Refuge (USA, 5 min)
A short documentary about Brooklyn local, Dave Malone, and how his passion for flying pigeons shaped his life.
Seeking Rebirth (USA, 5 min)
"Seeking Rebirth" follows artist Antonio Del Prete as he creates his next masterpiece. We learn Antonio's process and the emotions he feels while creating.
Siblings (Hermanos) (UK, 1 hour 20 min)
Siblings (Hermanos) portrays immigration between Mexico and the US through an intimate encounter with families who, regardless of coming from Mexico or the US, face similar troubles seeking the American Dream.
Single in Tel Aviv (Israel, 18 min)
The film tells the story of Emma, a single 80 years old woman living in Tel-Aviv. Emma shares her thoughts and insights on men, women, relationships, and parenthood. Her insights stem from her life experiences as well as from her unique personality. The story of Emma also echoes to the millennial singles living in big cities full of excitements and holding ambivalent attitudes about romantic relationships and family life. In a broader sense the film deals with sex, love, alienation and loneliness and raises questions about the choices we make and how those choices shape our life.
The Boneyard (USA | 2017, 12 min)
Hidden along the Arthur Kill, the Staten Island Ship Graveyard is home to nameless ships, decaying with each passing tide. Underneath the hulls of these ships, a museum of stories comes alive.
The Bullish Farmer (USA, 1 hour 20 min)
Over a decade ago, John Ubaldo, aka “John Boy,” a successful Wall Street investment banker, decided to call it quits. Distraught over the loss of his best friend in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, John traded in his high finance career for 185 acres of land on the Battenkill River in Cambridge, NY, to live a quiet life as a small farmer. John wanted to farm the way it was done 100 years ago, raising a variety of livestock and crops. His only goal was to raise delicious and nutritious food for himself and his extended network of family and friends. But John’s dream of living an uncomplicated traditional agrarian life gets complicated when he comes up against Big Agriculture (Big Ag) and realizes that his methods are not in sync with today’s prevailing agricultural methods. John, the very private farmer, becomes a passionate and outspoken activist lobbying for GMO labeling, animal rights, the preservation of crop diversity and the reduction of chemical fertilizers to help preserve small farms and rural America.
The Dollhouse (USA, 8 min)
Directed by: Kyra Gardner
Cast: Kyra Gardner, Tony Gardner, Don Mancini, David Kirschner, Fiona Dourif, Brad Dourif
A filmmaker who grew up with the Chucky doll seeks out the other families surrounding the franchise to get their perspective on life with Chucky.
The Girl in the Show (USA, 1 hour 49 min)
From female pop culture powerhouses dominating the entertainment landscape to memoirs from today’s most vocal comediennes shooting up the bestseller lists, women in comedy have never been more influential. Marking this cultural shift, "The Girl in the Show" combines amusing and honest personal narratives with the historical, political, and cultural contexts of the feminist movement. This mutually symbiotic journey explores how comedy and feminism have grown hand in hand to give women a stronger voice in the ongoing fight for equality, and ultimately reveals the urgency of our continued struggle towards a truly intersectional 4th Wave that promotes collaboration over competition.
The Last Goldfish (Australia, 1 hour 21 min)
The Last Goldfish documents a daughter's search for her lost family. Rich with archival images, this suspenseful and surprising story – stretching from Australia to Trinidad, North America to WWII Germany – reveals the impact of war and displacement across generations.
The Man Behind the Music (USA, 37 min)
The Man Behind The Music is the story of Henry Lewy, the unsung giant among the music producers and engineers of the rock era.
The Mathematics Engraver (Le Graveur de mathématiques) (France, 28 min)
Patrice Jeener, one of the last artist-engravers, draws and engraves mathematical objects. For him, as for mathematicians, human imagination is not bounded by our earthly dimensions.
The Musician Under New York (USA, 9 min)
“The Musician Under New York” documents Zongli Lu, a struggling immigrant, who finally achieves his American dream in an unexpected way: by becoming a subway musician.
The Nature of Mass Demonstrations (USA, 7 min)
A visual treatment of John Berger's classic 1967 essay, "The Nature of Mass Demonstrations," this film explores how demonstrations are always rehearsals for political revolution. At a time when millions are in the streets, this re-interrogation of the notion of protest, political violence, and rebellion is a necessary addition to our political imaginary.