Ballet Now provides a rarely seen, unfiltered glimpse into the world of ballet and what it takes to create a one-of-kind dance extravaganza. Featuring New York City Ballet’s Prima Ballerina Tiler Peck - the first ever woman to be asked to curate The Music Center’s famed BalletNOW program - and a diverse cast of world-class dancers from around the globe, the film follows Tiler as she tries to execute her groundbreaking vision of mashing together the worlds of tap, hip-hop, ballet and even clown artistry.
With less than a week to pull it all off, Tiler faces the mounting pressures of not only dancing in multiple pieces, but also producing and directing this high profile event. The success of the performances rests squarely on her shoulders. Will she pull it off?
Now streaming on Hulu.
STEP chronicles the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. These young women find a unity through their team that pushes them to challenge themselves on and off the stage. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college.
This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students' lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so.
Emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.
-FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES, 2017
AFI Docs Festival 2017
Winner - Audience Award (Feature Documentary)
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) 2017
Winner - AAFCA Award (Best Documentary)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2018
Nominee - AWFJ EDA Award (Best Documentary)
Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2018
Nominee - COFCA Award (Best Documentary)
Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US 2018
Nominee - Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize
Cinetopia Film Festival 2017
Winner - Audience Award (Documentary)
Critics Choice Documentary Awards 2017
Winner - Critics Choice Documentary Award - (Best Song in a Documentary)
Critics Choice Documentary Award
Nominee - Best First Documentary
Detroit Film Critics Society, US 2017
Nominee - DFCS Award (Best Documentary)
Film Club's The Lost Weekend 2017
Winner - Lost Weekend Award (Best Documentary)
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2017
Nominee - Audience Award (Best Documentary)
Houston Film Critics Society Awards 2018
Nominee - HFCS Award (Best Documentary Feature)
Image Awards 2018
Winner - Image Award (Outstanding Documentary)
Melbourne International Film Festival 2017
Nominee - People's Choice Award (Best Documentary)
North Texas Film Critics Association, US 2018
Nominee - NTFCA Award (Best Documentary)
Phoenix Critics Circle 2017
Nominee - PCC Award (Best Documentary Film)
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 2017
Nominee - PFCS Award (Best Documentary)
Seattle Film Critics Awards 2017
Nominee - Seattle Film Critics Award (Best Documentary)
Seattle International Film Festival 2017
Winner - Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award
Futurewave Youth Jury Award
Nominee - Best Feature Film
Golden Space Needle Award
Nominee - Best Documentary
Stockholm Film Festival 2017
Nominee = Bronze Horse (Best Documentary)
Sundance Film Festival 2017
Winner - Special Jury Prize for Inspirational Filmmaking (Documentary)
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards 2017
Nominee - WAFCA Award (Best Documentary)
Wisconsin Film Festival 2017
Winner - Audience Award (Best Documentary Feature)
Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2017
Nominee - Josephine Baker Award
Best Documentary by or About Women
Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal ballet’s youngest ever principal.
At the peak of his success, aged 25, he walked away, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom - his talent more a burden than a gift.
DANCER is an unprecedented look into the life of a complex young man who has made ballet go viral. Urban rebel, iconoclast, airborne angel, Sergei is transforming the shape of ballet as we know it. But virtuosity comes with a high price.
How can you be free to be yourself when you are ballet’s ‘hottest property’?
In the late 80′s and early 90′s, The Pixies cut an unparalleled path through modern music. But before their impact was fully felt, the Pixies had disbanded amidst mystery and antipathy.
In 2004, eleven years after the band's breakup, The Pixies announced a world wide reunion tour that sent shockwaves through the music community. Tickets for their tour sold out at a record breaking pace, and launched all four band members out of obscurity and back into the spotlight.
loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies follows the ups and downs of the recent reformation and hugely successful reunion tour of this seminal quartet, and provides an intimate look at the complex personalities and relationships that define them as a band and as individuals.
With his outsized personality and ferocious punches, Mike Tyson cast a commanding shadow over boxing in the 1980s and ’90s. Even when “Iron Mike” was in prison, the heavyweight division belonged to him.
Meanwhile, like Ahab patiently waiting to reel in his giant whale, Evander Holyfield endured years of delay for the opportunity to take down Tyson.
Though he captured the heavyweight title when he knocked out Buster Douglas, the prevailing view of the mild-mannered Holyfield was that he was a journeyman – the heavyweight champion, but never a truly great one.
Though Holyfield dramatically lost and recaptured the heavyweight crown, and then lost it again, even he understood that his career would ultimately be defined by how he stood up to Tyson – if he ever got his chance. By the time of their much-hyped and oft-delayed heavyweight title bout in November of 1996, Holyfield was 34 and considered past his prime. Four years younger, Tyson was heavily favored to be standing over another meek and easily vanquished opponent at the end.
Instead, we got two of the sport’s most memorable fights – but for very different reasons.
NO ONE DIES IN LILY DALE is a documentary film that captures the journeys of a diverse set of visitors making a pilgrimage to an off-the-beaten-path town, with hopes to connect, heal, find answers, and get closure with deceased loved ones.
Experience first-hand the different stories of personal loss as they collide and unfold in rural upstate New York. Lily Dale boasts the largest spiritualist community in the world, filled with 40 registered Mediums who communicate with those whom have passed over into the "other side". Mediums channel spirits via readings and séances performed in their quaint, 19th century-style Victorian homes and by public platform services conducted in vortex of unearthed virgin forest. We cross the path of Ron Holt, a Chicago Police Officer, whose son Blair was tragically gunned down in a random act of gang violence. Ron is trying to make peace with his son's death and the spirits that haunt him. Susan Hinrichs, a born-again Evangelic Christian, questions her religious faith in hopes of communicating with her son Scotty, who died from a deteriorating form of cancer at the age of 18. Widow Rebekah Fabricius, journeys from Ohio trying to connect with her late partner who had a tragic death. She wants to get answers, test her faith, and find the closure she's been lacking since her husband's passing.
As one of the world's preeminent photographers, Sally Mann creates artwork that challenges viewers' values and moral attitudes. Described by TIME magazine as "America's Greatest Photographer," she first came to international prominence in 1992 with Immediate Family, a series of complex and enigmatic pictures of her three children. What Remains--Mann's recent series on the myriad aspects of death and decay--is the subject of this eponymously titled documentary.
Filmed at her Virginia farm, Mann is surrounded by her husband and now-grown children, and her willingness to reveal her artistic process allows the viewer to gain exclusive entrance to her world. Never one to compromise, she reflects on her own personal feelings about mortality as she continues to examine the boundaries of contemporary art. Spanning five years, What Remains contains unbridled access to the many stages of Mann's work, and is a rare glimpse of an eloquent and brilliant artist.
Just days before Bernard Madoff captured headlines as the largest Ponzi schemer in U.S. history, Marc Dreier, a prominent Manhattan attorney, was arrested for orchestrating a massive fraud scheme that netted hundreds of millions of dollars from hedge funds. Brazen forgeries and impersonations branded the white-collar crime spree remarkable.
Unraveled is set in the “purgatory” of house arrest –– an upper East Side penthouse –– where the Court has ordered Dreier confined until his sentencing day.
The film weaves Dreier’s struggle to prepare for the possibility of life imprisonment with first-person flashbacks, which reveal his audacious path of destruction. Destroyed by his own hubris, Dreier attempts to grasp his tragic unraveling. With unprecedented access, the film exposes a portrait of a man who achieved the distinction he so desperately craved, but not for his keen intellect or ambition, but as a “mastermind of criminal deception.”
Clint Malarchuk was the "Cowboy Goalie." He grew up riding horses with a severe childhood OCD problem. He would ultimately go down in hockey history for suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in sports when he severed his carotid artery by an opposing player's skate blade.
Cutthroat covers the injury, his remarkable physical recovery in under two weeks and his grueling emotional and mental one.
Willie Nelson: Still is Still Moving is an in-depth, personal look at the life and career of the great American singer-songwriter, Willie Nelson. Known for his devotion to the road, Willie has been on tour for much of the past fifty years, has recorded 250 albums, and written more than 2,000 songs.
Director Steven Cantor gets an all-access pass to Willie Nelson and family as they crossed America on their latest concert tour. In addition to remarkable, up-close concert footage, the film includes a rare behind-the-scenes look at Willie on his tour bus — writing songs, practicing Tae Kwon Do, celebrating his 68th birthday, hanging out with his beloved band, and being visited by singers including Ray Charles (who challenges Willie to a game of chess), Dave Matthews, and Lyle Lovett. See Willie at his home in Texas where he enjoys a game of golf and re-visits his roots in the small town of Abbot.
This film includes the final interview Waylan Jennings gave before his death in 2001. The film kicked off the seventeenth season of the multi-award-winning PBS series American Masters, and went on to be shown at Telluride Film Festival.
One minute you’re inside a trendy nightclub. Suddenly, a hand falls on your shoulder. In a rush, the door comes flying towards your head. Next thing you know, you are on the pavement dusting yourself off, wondering what just happened.
Nightlife. People are ready to dance, drink, and party; they are ready for anything. But they are not alone. Someone is always watching them. Nightclubs are replete with interesting characters, but none more so than that looming presence straddling the velvet rope. Who is this apparent muscle-head with the dual responsibility of keeping the peace and separating the “in-crowd” from the “out-crowd”? The Bouncer.
As part of their work routine, bouncers break up fights, reject rowdy patrons, assist drunk clientele, and- perhaps when the boss is not looking- scam some extra cash or hit on particularly attractive customers. It’s all part of life behind the velvet rope.
Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope spends time with these and other colorful characters, both during the day when they are “out-of-character” and during their jobs at night. The film takes a whirlwind international tour of the nightlife guided by those who see it all. The film at once glorifies and pokes fun at these supremely macho men we have all encountered, but to whom we have seldom paid much attention. It takes you to the heart of the action at nightclubs and, in the process, weaves a comical overview of the bouncer, an oft-overlooked, but ever-important cog of society.
Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope goes inside the mindset of these frequently ridiculed, but always feared enforcers of the night. Who are these men? Are they programmed gorillas only there to flex and look tough, or are they highly skilled and efficient security experts with the ability to sniff out trouble and chic with equal aplomb? Are they in it for the money, the love, or for the excuse to knock heads? Is being a bouncer just a job, or is it a way of life, an entry into an elite fraternity?
The film, directed by Steven Cantor and produced by Daniel Laikind, was the Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2000 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. It was released theatrically in 2001 in addition to airing on Showtime.
Amish doctrine requires every teenager to choose their own spiritual fate. On the day of their sixteenth birthdays, each child is given free reign to explore all the conveniences and temptations of life in the outside "English" world, during a crucial period in their lives known as Rumspringa. In an unprecedented documentary, Devil's Playground offers an unflinching look at the effects of this culture shock on such previously guileless Amish teens.
Once exposed to modern technologies like cars and cable television—along with rock concerts and keg parties—these teenagers' choice is both simple and profoundly difficult. Do they embrace the constraints of the Amish religion and rejoin the church, or do they turn away from their families and community to live on their own in our "modern" society?
When one 16 year-old boy leaves home to live on his own, the temptations of drugs and crime threaten to permanently separate him from his Amish community. Looking back on her own Rumspringa, an 18 year-old girl prepares to rejoin the church but worries about her misdeeds over the past two years.
By combining these personal stories with reflections from the Amish community, Devil's Playground presents the trials and adventures of teenage life from a surprising and moving perspective.
She's tough. She's fearless. She's driven. She's a brilliant strategist. She's perhaps the most famous animal rights activist in the world. Get a glimpse inside the daily life of PETA President Ingrid Newkirk—from the moment she wakes up, well before dawn, until the end of a long day spent fighting for the rights of animals.
Meet the woman who founded PETA. See what makes her tick, see how far she is willing to go to help animals, hear what her detractors say—some who fear any threat to their bottom line and others who are envious of her success—and meet some of the animals who have benefited from her tireless work.
I Am an Animal will give you a taste of why PETA is the most successful animal rights organization in the world and offer an inside look at one woman's lifelong quest to make the world a better place for all animals.
Mario Batali, Michael J. Fox, Tiësto , Jeff Gordon and John McEnroe will all join New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist during a five-episode season of The Mask with Henrik Lundqvist.
The half-hour episodes feature Lundqvist in one-on-one interviews with his celebrity friends as they design goalie masks that Lundqvist will wear in upcoming games this season. Each mask is representative of the guest and their favorite things.
Discussing everything from sports and pop culture to cooking and family, Lundqvist gets into the kitchen with Batali, gets on the ice with Fox, steps into the DJ booth with Tiësto, goes car racing with Jeff Gordon, and challenges John McEnroe to a game of tennis. Each mask is auctioned off for charity with all proceeds benefiting The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation and The Garden of Dreams Foundation.
In the universe of high-stakes dangerous jobs, none is as extreme as the death-defying world of commercial spearfishing.
Deep below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, chasing millions of dollars worth of grouper, snapper, even barracuda and the elusive hogfish, the series follows the world's most skillful hunters as they battle intense weather and ocean conditions, dive to astonishing depths, fight off the bends and man-eating sharks, and strike seemingly impossible shots on these valuable fish.
Data has parents. Someone decides what are and what are not assists during a basketball game, tallying them from the sidelines. Headlines about the number of people who have died from Ebola probably began with an aid worker counting cases. Understanding a stat means exploring its origin story.
The Collectors, a series of 10 short documentaries from FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films, tells these stories. The films profile passionate people scrounging for information to save the world’s bees or find the formula for funny.
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Family Bonds gives viewers a window into the dangerous and unexplored world of bounty hunting- through the eyes of the most outrageous, fun-loving and wild (yet somehow functional) real-life family on TV. Each half-hour episode follows members of the NYC/Long Island-based Evangelista clan - boss Tom, wife Flo, daughter Dana, nephew Chris, sons Sal and Frankie, Flo's sisters Dawn and Kim, and Dawn's husband Jimmy - as they balance the unusual, on-call demands of their business, All City Bail Bonds, with a more-or-less usual suburban family lifestyle, complete with motorcycles, tattoos, beauty-parlor visits, birthday parties, family quarrels, sex and romance.
Family Bonds depicts the day-to-day drama, humor and craziness of life as an Evangelista, following the family as they confront the dangers of bounty hunting and the challenges of everyday life.
Life-changing decisions are not easy, especially when consequences mean one's disassociation from one's culture. The 10-episode documentary Amish: Out of Order follows those who have chosen to leave their familiar life for more freedom and opportunity -- despite the decision to live among "the English" preventing them from further contact with the community.
The series spotlights Mose Gingerich and his efforts to help former followers of the faith. At 22, Gingerich himself left and moved to Columbia, Mo., where his new life centers on welcoming and guiding others who share his experience.
Clyde’s New York is a half-hour documentary for MSG Networks that celebrates the 70th birthday of legendary New York Knick Walt “Clyde” Frazier.
Over the course of the film, Clyde takes the audience on a ride in his Rolls Royce and shares his memories from the championship years.
This ESPN short film is the latest chapter in a compelling family saga – the tale of sixty-two year old David Robinson, the youngest child of civil rights hero Jackie Robinson, and the life he has built as a farmer in Africa.
Robinson has spent the last 30 years assimilating entirely into African culture; raising a family thousands of miles from the Brooklyn streets where his father built a legend, the lily-white suburbs of Connecticut where he was raised and the upscale American businesses that serve his product and fuel his mission – using the world’s second-most-valuable natural resource to spur social change and honor his father’s legacy.
On their sixteenth birthday, Amish youths are allowed to go out into the “English” world and explore life beyond their rural Amish communities. During this time in their lives, called “rumspringa,” they must decide if they wish to return to their Amish communities, or turn their backs on the church forever.
In Amish in the City, five Amish youths make this life-altering decision while living in a plush Hollywood Hills home with six American teens. The eleven roommates will experience all aspects of urban life and do everything from helping mentally disabled patients, to visiting the beach, to even attending a red carpet movie premiere.
Both the Amish and the American teens are at crossroads in their lives. And although the Amish youths have been “sheltered” from modern society their entire lives, everyone in the house will make surprising discoveries and be profoundly changed by this unique experience.
Repossessed! takes the viewer along with Larry Pittman and his team of recovery specialists as they work with high profile clients to track down debtors throughout the tri-state area.
The series provides a first-hand look at the operations and obstacles involved of this unusual line of work by capturing the crew in their every day lives and business. From planning an intricate sting to catch an elusive debtor, to attending a career day at a local school, every episode showcases the team in a new, dramatic, fast-paced scenario. Always warm-hearted and comedic, Larry and his business partner Rob draw viewers in with their personal candor and friendly rapport. Meanwhile, the stories of the debtors and clients provide a raw, real-life perspective on the realities of living beyond your means. This very special series provides a balanced view of the universe Larry and his crew inhabits, and delivers a look at why recovery work is consistently ranked as one of the most difficult and dangerous careers in the United States.
A young girl floats on a glassy lake, her hair swirling in tentacles of spirals around her head. A proud boy with a bloody nose defiantly folds his thin arms across his bare chest. A girl dances naked on a tabletop like an angelic ballerina in the soft glow of a setting sun. These are the images of Sally Mann, a Virginia artist who has aroused both passion and concern for the young subjects of her photographs–her own children. Since her first series nearly twenty years ago, Mann has explored the dichotomies of beauty and reality, and her controversial work has caused many viewers to question their own values.
What Christian televangelist Pat Robertson finds an exploitation of childhood innocence, Mann and her husband and three children see as a pure and honest expression of life on their southern farm. The art world agrees–Mann’s photographs have been displayed in books and galleries across the country, and in 2001 she was named the “Best Living Photographer” by TIME magazine. Still, Mann and her family have paid a price for her intimate and provocative art. Blood Ties examines the lives and voices behind these compelling photographs, adding a unique dimension to the powerful and complex moments Mann creates and captures.
Reporter is a 2009 documentary film about the work of New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Executive produced by Ben Affleck and directed by Eric Daniel Metzgar, the HBO movie captures life in the war-ravaged African country and specifically focuses on the challenges faced by international correspondents in covering the region's crises.