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.

Eighth Grade

August 26, 2018

Eighth-grader Kayla Day always has her phone in hand, hoping to find connections online that might make up for those she’s unable to forge in everyday life. She makes YouTube videos aimed at other adolescents dealing with similar issues—feelings of isolation, anxiety, and invisibility—but after so easily summoning this wisdom and confidence when addressing her (barely existent) audience, Kayla finds it paralyzingly difficult to apply in real situations.

Three Identical Strangers

August 9, 2018

New York, 1980: Three complete strangers—Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland, and David Kellman—make the astounding discovery that they are identical triplets. Separated at birth, adopted, and raised by three different families, the 19-year-olds are reunited by chance. Their story sets the tabloids on fire, and the triplets suddenly become famous around the world.

Sorry To Bother You

July 24, 2018

Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), a black 30-something telemarketer with self-esteem issues, discovers a magical selling power living inside of him. Suddenly he’s rising up the ranks to the elite team of his company, which sells heinous products and services. The upswing in Cassius’s career raises serious red flags with his brilliant girlfriend, Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a sign-twirling gallery artist who is secretly a part of a Banksy-style collective called Left Eye.

Claws

July 3, 2018

Breaking Bad meets Steel Magnolias. Like 2016’s best film Moonlight, Claws, written and produced by Eliot Laurence (and co-produced by Rashida Jones), does an admirable job exploring the lives of the disenfranchised in working-class Florida, hop-scotching from the salon to the strip club to Suncoast Rejuvenation, the oxycodone clinic through which Desna and Co launder money.