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Arguing the World — Available Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Directed by Joseph Dorman • Documentary • With Irving Howe, Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer, Irving Kristol • 1997 • 109 minutes • First Run Features

Arguing the World is the story of four brilliant and engaging men caught up in the central struggles of our time. This enthralling film creates a vivid picture of intellectual life in the 20th century. For more than half a century, Irving Howe, Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer and Irving Kristol have all passionately believed that ideas can change the world-especially their ideas. And they have been fighting …

Derrida's Elsewhere — Available Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Directed by Safaa Fathy • Documentary • 2000 • 68 minutes • Icarus Films

An exploration of the man and his ideas, DERRIDA'S ELSEWHERE investigates the parallels between the personal life and the life work of arguably the most important philosopher of the 20th Century, Jacques Derrida. We follow Derrida around his home, office, in the classroom and on his travels as he speaks of the suffering, the challenges and the questions that have conditioned his thought since his …

Markie in Milwaukee — Available Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Directed by Matt Kliegman • Documentary • 2019 • 88 minutes • Icarus Films

A fundamentalist Baptist and one time licensed minister, Markie Wenzel made the decision at age 46 to come out as a transgender woman and start living as female. It was a decision that ended her 20-year marriage and estranged her from her three children. It also saw her dismissed from her church and exiled to the margins of her community. We meet Markie in 2008 as she is putting the pieces of her …

Revenge of the Mekons — Available Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Directed by Joe Angio • Documentary • With Fred Armisen, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Harron • 2014 • 96 minutes •

Revenge of the Mekons charts the unlikely career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being—as rock critic Greil Marcus notes—“the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Born out of the 1977 British punk scene, the Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Joe Angio’s exuberant documentary …

In the Aisles — Available Thursday, April 15, 2021
Directed by Thomas Stuber • Drama • With Franz Rogowski, Sandra Huller • 2018 • 125 minutes •

When the reclusive Christian (Franz Rogowski, TRANSIT) takes a job working the night shift at a big box store, his new manager, Bruno from the Beverage Department (Peter Kurth, BABYLON BERLIN), teaches him the lay of the land and the delicacy it takes to operate a forklift. Christian becomes enamored by his charming but mysterious co-worker “Sweets Marion” (Sandra Huller, TONI ERDMANN), with whom …

Transit — Available Thursday, April 15, 2021
Directed by Christian Petzold • Drama • With Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer • 2019 • 102 minutes •

In Christian Petzold’s brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel, Transit Visa, Georg, a German refugee (Franz Rogowski, Happy End), flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. There he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming enmeshed in the lives of a young mother and …

Chavela — Available Friday, April 16, 2021
Directed by Catherine Gund & Darsha Kyi • Documentary • With Chavela Vargas • 2017 • 93 minutes •

Chavela is the captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame. Born in Costa Rica in 1919, Chavela Vargas ran away to Mexico City as a teenager to sing in the streets. By the 1950s, she became a household name in her adopted country, …

Dateline - Saigon — Available Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Directed by Thomas D. Herman • Documentary • With David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, Malcolm Browne, Peter Arnett, Horst Faas, Sam Waterston • 2019 • 96 minutes • First Run Features

Southeast Asia, 1960's. Flash point of the Cold War. Dateline-Saigon tells the inspiring story of a small group of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists - David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, Malcolm Browne, Peter Arnett, and the great photojournalist Horst Faas - who fought to report a truth that was vastly different from the rosy version put forth by the White House during the early years of the Vietnam …

Time of the Locust — Available Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Directed by Peter Gessner • Documentary • 2002 • 13 minutes • Icarus Films

Compiled from American news film, Vietnamese National Liberation Front combat footage, and unreleased material filmed by Japanese Television camera units, this now classic film by Peter Gessner provides one of the strongest treatises against the war in Vietnam. "Gessner's Time of the Locust is one of the best anti-Vietnam films made by underground filmmakers." —Susan Braudy, New York Magazine

The Deep Blue Sea — Available Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Directed by Terrence Davies • Drama • With Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston • 2012 • 98 minutes •

In The Deep Blue Sea, Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply vulnerable performance, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page …

RECENTLY ADDED: Titles added in the last two weeks

— Added Thursday, April 8, 2021
Directed by Geoff Bowie • Documentary • 2001 • 52 minutes • Icarus Films

With the current proliferation of TV channels, documentaries are enjoying an unprecedented boom fuelled by audiences seeking alternative programming. But now documentary filmmaking, too, finds itself constrained by the imperatives of television. The chief culprit is the so-called "universal clock," a straitjacket that imposes theme and running-time restrictions to meet the demands of the global market. … More

— Added Thursday, April 8, 2021
Directed by Joëlle Oosterlink • Documentary • With Molly Crabapple, Robert Crumb, Bernard Joubert • 2012 • 52 minutes •

A sexy, revealing journey into the heart of erotic comic strips, SEX IN THE COMIX examines the colorful history of a unique and risqué art form. With New York comic artist and burlesque performer Molly Crabapple as our guide, this compact documentary navigates the history of the art form, from special editions by masters of the genre to provocative new works from a young generation of artists. Featuring … More

— Added Thursday, April 8, 2021
Directed by Anthony Desiato • Documentary • With Anthony Desiato, Jermaine Exum, Mark Waid, Paul Levitz, Patrick Brower, Mark Hammond • 2019 • 85 minutes • First Run Features

Comic book characters are box office gold, but why do comic book stores struggle to survive? In My Comic Shop Country, filmmaker Anthony Desiato sets out on a quest to explore the culture, business, and fandom of comic shops across America. Venturing behind the scenes in stores from coast to coast, he reveals an industry in transition as shops strive to remain relevant to the growing hordes of fans … More

— Added Thursday, April 8, 2021
Directed by Peter Watkins • Documentary • 2000 • 182 minutes • Icarus Films

All of Peter Watkins films are events. When he tackles a historical moment of such magnitude as the Paris Commune of 1871, Watkins provokes, disturbs, jostles. The story, based on a thorough historical research, leads to an inevitable reflection about the present. La Commune is the name given to the French revolutionary government established by the people of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). … More

— Added Thursday, April 8, 2021
Directed by Peter Watkins • Drama • 2000 • 165 minutes • Icarus Films

All of Peter Watkins films are events. When he tackles a historical moment of such magnitude as the Paris Commune of 1871, Watkins provokes, disturbs, jostles. The story, based on a thorough historical research, leads to an inevitable reflection about the present. La Commune is the name given to the French revolutionary government established by the people of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). … More

— Added Thursday, April 8, 2021
Directed by Peter Watkins • Documentary • 2000 • 208 minutes • Icarus Films

This is a shorter, theatrical version of LA COMMUNE. All of Peter Watkins films are events. When he tackles a historical moment of such magnitude as the Paris Commune of 1871, Watkins provokes, disturbs, jostles. The story, based on a thorough historical research, leads to an inevitable reflection about the present. La Commune is the name given to the French revolutionary government established by … More

— Added Thursday, April 8, 2021
Directed by Mark Mori • Documentary • With Bettie Page, Hugh Heffner, Dita Von Teese • 2013 • 101 minutes •

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori’s Bettie Page Reveals All is an intimate look at one of the world’s most recognized sex symbols, told in her own words for the first time. In Mori’s alluring documentary, the real Bettie Page emerges from the veil of myth and rumor via audio interviews taped a decade prior to her death in 2008. With earthy, razor sharp wit, Bettie tells her life … More

— Added Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Directed by François Ozon • Drama • With Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardiu • 2011 • 103 minutes •

In Potiche, it’s 1977 and women’s liberation is in the air but Suzanne (Catherine Deneuve) is still the self-effacing, elegant housewife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini). Pujol oversees his umbrella factory with an iron fist and is equally tyrannical with his children and & trophy housewife; When the workers go on strike and take Robert hostage, Suzanne steps in to manage … More

— Added Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Directed by Martin Provost • Drama • With Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot • 2017 • 117 minutes •

A bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together in this sharp character … More

— Added Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Directed by Simone Fary • Documentary • With Fran Vall • 2019 • 19 minutes •

Octogenarian Fran Vall holds a 6th degree black belt in Judo and a 5th one in Naginata (Japanese sword fighting). In addition to mentoring at three martial arts clubs she still finds time to work as a ski and snowboard instructor and volunteer in her community. Guided by her Jewish faith and quest to never stop learning, Sensei Fran became proficient in all of these arts during her years in the Foreign … More