Films, Documentaries

Ai Weiwei, never sorry  by Alison KlaymanAi Weiwei, never sorry
Alison Klayman
2012
Klayman, Alison. Schlesinger, Adam. Ai, Weiwei. Isakov, Ilan. Sundance Selects (Firm) One of the most famous and successful artists in the world, Ai Weiwei has earned international acclaim as much for his provocative art work as for his political activism. This documentary is the first feature-length portrait of the Chinese artist, filmmaker, and social media maven. Director Alison Klayman is given unprecedented access to Ai from the close of the 2008 Beijing Olympics (for which he helped design the acclaimed 'Bird's Nest' stadium) to his arrest and 81-day detention in 2011. Presenting a unique look inside modern China, this documentary captures Ai's artistic process in preparation for major museum shows, his intimate exchanges with family members, and his increasingly public confrontations with authorities. It reveals his irreverence, his humor, and his deeple moral convictions. Art and activism, for Ai Weiwei, come from the same place.
WMD : weapons of mass deception  by Tim RobbinsWMD : weapons of mass deception
Tim Robbins
2005
Robbins, Tim, 1958- Schechter, Danny. Embedded: weapons of mass deception: how the media failed to cover the war on Iraq.There were two wars going on in Iraq - one was fought with armies of soldiers, bombs and a fearsome military force. The other was fought alongside it with cameras, satellites, armies of journalists and propaganda techniques. One war was rationalized as an effort to find and remove WMDs, Weapons of Mass Destruction - the other was carried out by even more powerful WMDs, Weapons of Mass Deception.
Maya Lin : a strong clear vision  by Freida Lee MockMaya Lin : a strong clear vision
Freida Lee Mock
2003
Reveals the origins of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and tells the story of its 21-year-old creator, a Yale architecture student. Lin's plan was selected from over 1,000 different designs. And what began as one of the country's most bitterly disputed monuments became one of the world's most inspirational and frequently visited memorials.
Art:21, art in the twenty-first century. Season 6  by Susan SollinsArt:21, art in the twenty-first century. Season 6
Susan Sollins
2005
Sollins, Susan. Dowling, Susan. Opie, Catherine, 1961- Anatsui, El, 1944- Ai, Weiwei. Contemporary art reflects the ideas of our time, and artists are the creative role models grappling with today's most timely questions. What is the nature of reality? How do we respond to a world in flux? Why do some historical events shape the way we think today, and why have some been forgotten? Explore these ideas and many more in this series that spotlights contemporary artists at work from Nigeria to New York City, from Beijing to Brazil.
Bill Moyers. The wisdom of faith with Huston Smith  by  Bill Moyers. The wisdom of faith with Huston Smith
2011
Bestselling author and professor of comparative religion Huston Smith sits down with journalist Bill Moyers for a series of interviews about the universal truths of the world's religions.
The gates  by Antonio FerrerThe gates
Antonio Ferrer
2010
In February of 2005, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude installed 7,500 arches (gates) curtained with orange cloth that waved, billowed, and decked miles of walkways in Central Park in Manhattan for sixteen days. The first was unfurled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who championed the project, giving it the okay after the artists' 25-year quest to gain approval. Archival footage shows pro and con debates and various mayors and commissions turning down the project.
Jean-Michel Basquiat : the radiant child by Tamra DavisJean-Michel Basquiat : the radiant child
Tamra Davis
2010
Davis, Tamra. Koh, David. New Video Group. Arthouse Films. Curiously Bright Entertainment (Firm) In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom.
Herb & Dorothy  by Megumi SasakiHerb & Dorothy
Megumi Sasaki
2009
Sasaki, Megumi. Arthouse Films. Curiously Bright Entertainment (Firm) LM Media (Firm) Fine Line Features. Tells the story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means.
Basquiat by David BowieBasquiat
David Bowie
1996 (2011)
Bowie, David. Hopper, Dennis, 1936-2010 Oldman, Gary. Wright, Jeffrey. Toro, Benicio del, 1967- In 1981, a nineteen-year-old unknown graffiti writer takes the New York art world by storm. Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist, living in Thompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Jean-Michel is "discovered" by Andy Warhol's art world and becomes a star. But success has a high price, which Basquiat pays with friendship, love, and eventually, his life.
Exit through the gift shop  by D'Cruz BanksyExit through the gift shop
D'Cruz Banksy
2010
Banksy. D'Cruz, Jaimie. Fairey, Shepard. Guetta, Thierry. Ifans, Rhys, 1968- An eccentric French shopkeeper-turned-documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the Palestinian segregation wall in the West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film.
Inside Islam : a sweeping story of one of the world's great faiths  by Mark HufnailInside Islam : a sweeping story of one of the world's great faiths
Mark Hufnail
2003
Hufnail, Mark. Lodwick, Mitch. David, Keith. History Channel (Television network) It is the second largest religion in the world and the fastest growing. Its name is derived from the word for peace, yet to many Westerners, it is synonymous with violence and terror. Widely practiced and equally widely misunderstood, Islam is a religion that has been at the heart of human experience for well over a thousand years. In the world after September 11th, it is especially critical to understand the origins and practice of Islam, and its role in the world today. This balanced, objective introduction to the great faith traces its roots back to the Hebrew Bible and explains the main tenets of Islam, the Five Pillars that all Muslims must adhere to. Discover what the Qur'an has to say about war, violence and suicide, and see how these words have been co-opted by extremists.
Decoding the past. Secrets of the Koran  by Jonathan  TowersDecoding the past. Secrets of the Koran
Jonathan Towers
2006
Towers, Jonathan Herrmann, Edward, 1943- History Channel (Television network)This program explores the history and influence of the Koran. Scholars offer interpretations of the Koran's verses and draw comparisons between the Koran and the Bible.
Muslims : an in-depth look at what it means to be a Muslim in the 21st century by  Muslims : an in-depth look at what it means to be a Muslim in the 21st century
2003
Filmed in Egypt, Malaysia, Iran, Turkey, Nigeria and the United States, this program explores the influence of culture and politics on religion, looks at the political forces at work among Muslims around the world, emphasizes Islam's kinship with Christianity and Judaism, and examines the diverse interpretations of Islam among the Muslim people.
Muslims in Michigan  by Sarah CwiekMuslims in Michigan
Sarah Cwiek
2010
Cwiek, Sarah Guerra, Jennifer. Hulett, Sarah. Dwyer, Dustin. White, Jennifer (Jennifer B.)The Muslims in Michigan project was formed out of a partnership between Michigan Radio and the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. The six-part radio series examines life for Muslim people living in Michigan. Beyond religion, the series explores the cultural, political, ethnic, and social lives of this diverse group. The project also features film events, speakers, and a community conversation. This media package is intended to be used as an educational resource and community engagement tool--Container.
Noam Chomsky : rebel without a pause by Will PascoeNoam Chomsky : rebel without a pause
Will Pascoe
2005
Pascoe, Will. MacLennan, Jennifer. Wesley, David. Chomsky, Noam. Chomsky, Carol, 1930-In a post-911 world, Noam Chomsky speaks openly about the U.S. war on terrorism, media manipulation, and other important issues, providing a critical voice that many audiences feel is missing in the world today.
The persuaders (Frontline) by  The persuaders (Frontline)
2004
Goodman, Barak. Goodman, Rachel Dretzin. Soenens, Muriel. Rushkoff, Douglas. Ark Media (Firm) Examines the "persuasion industries" of advertising and public relations. Shows how marketers have developed new ways of integrating their message into the fabric of our lives. Explores how the culture of marketing has come to shape the way Americans understand the world and themselves and how the techniques of the persuasion industries have migrated to politics.
Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore by Debbie MelnykManufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore
Debbie Melnyk
2007
Melnyk, Debbie, director. Caine, Rick, director. Chomsky, Noam. Nader, Ralph. Morris, Errol. There is no greater documentary filmmaking icon than Michael Moore, but are his films really the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? At what point is manipulation of fact a work of fiction? A look at the most controversial director today.
Miss Representation by Geena  DavisMiss Representation
Geena Davis
2012
As the most persuasive and pervasive force of communication in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that a woman's primary value lay in her youth, beauty and sexuality--and not in her capacity to lead, making it difficult for women to obtain leadership positions and for girls to reach their full potential. This film accumulates startling facts and statistics that leave audiences shaken, armed with a new perspective, and asking the question, "What can we do?"
Orwell Rolls in his Grave by Robert Kane PappasOrwell Rolls in his Grave
Robert Kane Pappas
2004
Brings together an ex-"60-Minutes" producer, a United States congressman, as well as some of the country's leading intellectual voices on the media to examine the mix of business, politics and idealogy that is the modern mainstream media. From the very size of the media monopolies and how they got that way to who decides what gets on the air and what doesn't, this film moves through a troubling list of questions and news stories that go unanswered and unreported in the media. Does the corporate media reflect public opinion or create it?