Documentary

Enrique Colina – El rey de la selva AKA King of the Jungle (1990)

Made as Cuba was entering the economic crisis of the early 90s, King of the Jungle demonstrates Colina’s talent at capturing the sentiments of a particular moment. We observe life along Havana’s Prado street through the eyes of the lion sculpture located there. Read More »

Ai Weiwei – Lao ma ti hua AKA Disturbing the Peace (2009)

Ai Weiwei studio production “LAO MA TI HUA” is a documentary of an incident during Tan Zuoren’s trial on August 12, 2009. Tan Zuoren was charged with “inciting subversion of state power”. Chengdu police detained witnessed during the trial of the civil rights advocate, which is an obstruction of justice and violence. Read More »

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea – El arte del tabaco AKA The Art of Cigars (1974)

This early work of master filmmaker Tomas Gutierrez Alea, captures the beauty of making cigars. Images of hands selecting tobacco leaves and rolling cigars are interspersed with graphic designs from cigar boxes and labels. Read More »

Enrique Colina – Estética AKA Aesthetics (1984)

Aesthetics provides a humorous glimpse into Cubans’ sense of style. Enrique Colina reveals the desire for expressing individuality through diverse conceptions of beauty in everyday life whether in the form of a hood ornament, a display window, or a star-studded tooth. Read More »

Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville – Soft and Hard (1986)

Jonathan Rosenbaum in the Chicago Reader wrote:
Soft and Hard (A Soft Conversation Between Two Friends on a Hard Subject)
Soft and Hard, a highly intimate 48-minute video made by Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville for English television three years later, shows Godard and Mieville at their home in rural Switzerland. In many ways the most intimate and domestic of Godard’s works, it broaches the matter of what distinguishes film from video. Can be viewed in retrospect as necessary preludes to his recently completed magnum opus, the eight-part Histoire(s) du cinema. Read More »

Larry Wessel – Iconoclast (2010)

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Boyd Rice may well be the only person alive who’s been on a first name basis with both Charlie Manson and Marilyn Manson. His career has spanned more than three decades, during which time he has remained at the epicenter of underground culture and controversy. Rice first came to prominence in the 70’s as one of the founders of the genre known as Industrial Music, and soon gained a reputation for live shows that were deemed the most abrasive, minamalist and loudest concerts ever staged (his shows regularly clocked in at 130 decibels, whereas a jet plane taking off was a mere 113 decibels). As early as 1980, he was already hailed as The Godfather of Noise Music. Read More »

Nick Bougas – The Goddess Bunny (1998)

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This rare 90 minute documentary examines Hollywood underground phenomenon, THE GODDESS BUNNY, a horribly misshapen, polio stricken performing transvestite. The film follows Bunny and her bizarre band of deformed, retarded and sexually confused friends around the L.A. club scene and far beyond…even to odd locales like the infamous Barker ranch hideout in Death Valley where the killers of Sharon Tate were captured decades ago. Truly one of the WEIRDEST films ever made Read More »