The Brink

April 9, 2019

When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump’s inner circle, known for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post, he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement.

Amazing Grace

April 4, 2019

“One of the most famous films never released” and “one of Hollywood’s holy grails” is now getting a release. Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) may have been best known as the “Queen of Soul,” but she started her stunning career singing gospel music as a teenager on tour and at home in Detroit, where her father was a star pastor.

Birds of Passage

March 15, 2019

Documenting the true-to-life rise and fall of rival Wayuu clans in northern Colombia, the latest film by creative life partners Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (producer and director respectively of the 2016 Academy Award-nominated EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT) is an unexpected take on the cartel genre. With incredible attention to the detail of Colombia’s indigenous Wayuu customs, traditions and celebrations, Gallego and Guerra weave an epic tragedy of pride, greed, and the clash between the old and new worlds.

ROMA

February 24, 2019

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards® including: Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio), Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira), Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing

Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical ROMA is an immersive, compassionate and  technical masterwork that, though set in the 1970s, speaks directly to contemporary Mexican society.

What Is Democracy

February 12, 2019

Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’s groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States’ reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor.

If Beale Street Could Talk

February 7, 2019

In his third feature, Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning MOONLIGHT, draws deep from the well of James Baldwin, whose profound insight into African Americans’ unique place in American society serves as inspiration for this gorgeous tone poem on love and justice.

Tish (KiKi Layne) is only 19 but she’s been forced to grow up fast—pregnant by Fonny (Stephan James), the man she loves who is going to prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story

January 2, 2019

In 2004, Cyntoia Brown was arrested for murder. There was no question that a 43-year-old man is dead and that she killed him. What mystified filmmaker Daniel Birman was just how common violence among youth is, and just how rarely we stop to question our assumptions about it. He wondered in this case what led a girl — who grew up in a reasonable home environment — to this tragic end?

Jane Fonda In Five Acts

December 16, 2018

Jane Fonda is a true artivist. She’s spent a great part of her lifetime creating and remaking herself and her subsequent community in the pursuit of not just her artistic voice, but her activist heart. We highly recommend this look at her life and work, in five (yes relatively long and somewhat indulgent) acts, that ultimately won’t leave you disappointed, but rather inspired and exhilarated.

Boy Erased

December 3, 2018

Jared (Lucas Hedges) belongs to a loving middle-class Arkansas family, with his mother, Nancy (Nicole Kidman) and Baptist minister father, Marshall (Russell Crowe). Jared gets good grades, plays basketball, and is in a steady—but chaste—relationship with a girl from school. Everything in his life is going according to plan, until a college friend outs Jared as gay.

Rigged

November 5, 2018

What would happen if some political operatives tried to subvert the sacred American principle of “one person, one vote?” What if they hatched and pursued that plan for years before anyone noticed what they were doing? That is the frightening tale told in a new feature documentary, Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook.

BISBEE ’17

October 9, 2018

BISBEE ’17 is a nonfiction feature film by Sundance award winning director Robert Greene set in Bisbee, Arizona, an eccentric old mining town just miles away from both Tombstone and the Mexican border.

Radically combining documentary and genre elements, the film follows several members of the close knit community as they collaborate with the filmmakers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bisbee Deportation—where 1,200 immigrant miners were violently taken from their homes by a deputized force, shipped to the desert on cattle cars and left to die.

A Greater Society

September 15, 2018

Sometimes power exists where you least expect it: It’s the 2014 midterm elections and residents of a South Florida retirement community feel the weight of democracy on their shoulders. In one of the most influential counties of America’s largest swing state, these political kingmakers trade their golf clubs for clipboards and hit the pavement to get out the vote.