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Afternoon of a Faun — Available Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Directed by Nancy Buirski • Documentary • With Tanaquil Le Clercq, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine • 2013 • 91 minutes • Kino Lorber

Buirski (The Loving Story) brings to the screen the magnificent and tragic story of Tanaquil Le Clercq. Of the great ballerinas, Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent, mesmerizing viewers and choreographers alike. Because of her extraordinary movement and unique personality on stage, she became a muse to two of the greatest choreographers in dance, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She …

Invocation - Maya Deren — Available Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Directed by Jo Ann Kaplan • Documentary • With Jana Sheldon, Helen Mirren, Hella Hammid, Alexander Hackenschmied, Amos Vogel • 1988 • 53 minutes • British Film Institute

Maya Deren is a legend of avant-garde cinema. This authoritative biography of the charismatic filmmaker, poet and anthropologist features excerpts from her pioneering Meshes of the Afternoon and her unfinished documentary on Haiti, interviews with Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas, and recordings of her lectures. Narrated by actress Helen Mirren, this definitive documentary offers startling insights into …

The World of Gilbert and George — Available Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Directed by Gilbert and George • Documentary • With Gilbert and George • 1981 • 69 minutes • British Film Institute

Personal film by and about Gilbert and George who have worked together as sculptors since 1968 making living sculptures, photo-pieces, drawings, paintings, video sculptures, books and works in other forms.

The Armor of Light — Available Friday, October 2, 2020
Directed by Abigail Disney & Kathleen Hughes • Documentary • 2015 • 87 minutes • Passion River

What is the price of conscience? Directed by Abigail E. Disney, The Armor of Light follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. The film tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being progun is consistent with …

Ama — Available Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Directed by Lorna Tucker • Documentary • 2019 • 74 minutes • Bullfrog Films

Ama tells an important and untold story: the abuses committed against Native American women by the US Government during the 1960s and 70s. The women were removed from their families and sent to boarding schools. They were subjected to forced relocation away from their traditional lands and, perhaps worst of all, they were subjected to involuntary sterilization. The result of nine years painstaking …

The Adventurers of Modern Art - Ep 1 — Available Friday, October 9, 2020
Directed by Amelie Harrault & Pauline Gaillard • Documentary • 2020 • 300 minutes • Icarus Films

Adapted from Dan Franck’s literary trilogy Bohemian Paris, Libertad! and Midnight, the story plunges us into Parisian life at the beginning of the twentieth century, a hotbed of artistic creation with the blossoming of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Through illustrations, animation and original documents, the 6-part series, which is constructed as a fiction, traces the highs and lows, …

The Adventurers of Modern Art - Ep 2 — Available Friday, October 9, 2020
Directed by Amelie Harrault & Pauline Gaillard • Documentary • 2020 • 300 minutes • Icarus Films

Adapted from Dan Franck’s literary trilogy Bohemian Paris, Libertad! and Midnight, the story plunges us into Parisian life at the beginning of the twentieth century, a hotbed of artistic creation with the blossoming of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Through illustrations, animation and original documents, the 6-part series, which is constructed as a fiction, traces the highs and lows, …

The Adventurers of Modern Art - Ep 3 — Available Friday, October 9, 2020
Directed by Amelie Harrault & Valerie Loiseleux • Documentary • 2020 • 300 minutes • Icarus Films

Adapted from Dan Franck’s literary trilogy Bohemian Paris, Libertad! and Midnight, the story plunges us into Parisian life at the beginning of the twentieth century, a hotbed of artistic creation with the blossoming of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Through illustrations, animation and original documents, the 6-part series, which is constructed as a fiction, traces the highs and lows, …

The Adventurers of Modern Art - Ep 4 — Available Friday, October 9, 2020
Directed by Amelie Harrault & Valerie Loiseleux • Documentary • 2020 • 300 minutes • Icarus Films

Adapted from Dan Franck’s literary trilogy Bohemian Paris, Libertad! and Midnight, the story plunges us into Parisian life at the beginning of the twentieth century, a hotbed of artistic creation with the blossoming of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Through illustrations, animation and original documents, the 6-part series, which is constructed as a fiction, traces the highs and lows, …

The Adventurers of Modern Art - Ep 5 — Available Friday, October 9, 2020
Directed by Amelie Harrault & Valerie Loiseleux • Documentary • 2020 • 300 minutes • Icarus Films

Adapted from Dan Franck’s literary trilogy Bohemian Paris, Libertad! and Midnight, the story plunges us into Parisian life at the beginning of the twentieth century, a hotbed of artistic creation with the blossoming of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Through illustrations, animation and original documents, the 6-part series, which is constructed as a fiction, traces the highs and lows, …

NEW RELEASES: Titles added in the last two weeks

— Added Friday, September 25, 2020
Directed by Hans Richter • Drama • With Jack Bittner, Werner Brandes, Norma Cazanjian, Lauren Denny, Joseph Freeman • 1948 • 81 minutes • British Film Institute

Joe, a young man down on his luck, discovers he has the power to create dreams, and sets up a business selling them to others. The 'dreams' he gives to his clients are the creations of Max Ernst, Fernand Lger, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder and Richter himself, and the result is by turns playful, hypnotic, satirical, charming and nightmarish.

— Added Friday, September 25, 2020
Directed by Keith Griffiths • Documentary • With Stan Brakhage, William Moritz, John Whitney, Michael Scroggins, Jules Engel • 1993 • 51 minutes • British Film Institute

Exploration of the work of pioneers in abstract cinema using rare archive film, film clips and interviews to demonstrate the influence of the early cinematographers. The film looks at the work of Oscar Fischinger, Hy Hyrsh and Malcolm Le Grice.

— Added Thursday, September 24, 2020
Documentary • 2003 • 110 minutes • Icarus Films

FROM THE EAST retraces a journey from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany, across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow. It is a voyage Chantal Akerman wanted to make shortly after the collapse of the Soviet bloc "before it was too late," reconstructing her impressions in the manner of a documentary on the border of fiction. By filming "everything that touched me," Akerman sifts through … More

— Added Thursday, September 24, 2020
Directed by Bruno Nuytten • Drama • With Isabelle Adjani, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grevill, Philippe Clevenot, Gérard Depardieu • 1988 • 175 minutes • Kino Lorber

The biography of the iconic French sculptor Camille Claudel in a tale of love, betrayal and female empowerment. When her enthusiasm for the arts captures the attention of famed sculptor Auguste Rodin, he hires her as his assistant. Slowly, Camille develops sculpting proficiency of her own, but when her and Auguste's relationship becomes intimate, she struggles to escape from beneath his oppressive … More

— Added Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Directed by Nancy Cooperstein Charney • Documentary • 2019 • 88 minutes • Bullfrog Films


— Added Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Directed by Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green • Documentary • 2019 • 82 minutes • Bullfrog Films


— Added Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Directed by Various • Documentary • With Jill Crossland, Sally Telling, Peter Mcgowan, Mandy Garside, Frances Newbery • 1999 • 88 minutes • British Film Institute

The cinema's love affair with Shakespeare dates from the earliest days of film. In its infancy film was regarded as a rather lowbrow medium, and the budding film industry attempted to elevate its cultural status by imitating the theatre. Adapting the works of Shakespeare was the filmmakers' greatest challenge, especially since films at that time – before WWI – tended to be only one or two reels … More

— Added Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Directed by Herbert G. Ponting • Documentary • With Herbert G. Ponting • 1933 • 73 minutes • British Film Institute

Sound version, with commentary by expedition photographer Herbert Ponting, of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13 to Antarctica, under the leadership of Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

— Added Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Directed by John Grierson • Documentary • 1929 • 50 minutes • British Film Institute

Story of the North Sea herring fleets. Filmed around the coast of Yarmouth and Lowestoft and Lerwick in the Shetlands in all weathers, but using some studio sets for interiors.

— Added Friday, September 18, 2020
Directed by Jason Osder • Documentary • 2013 • 95 minutes • Kino Lorber

In the astonishingly gripping Let the Fire Burn, director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a … More