2010 Documentary Movies
- July 27th, 2010
- 95 mins
When they're hired to work at a cheerleading camp for the summer, two lusty college friends prepare for the most spirited three months of their lives. But the squad won't be ready for serious competition without some remedial training in sex appeal.
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- May 5th, 2010
- 103 mins
Chronicling the worldwide epic created by mountain climber Enzo Simone.
- November 11th, 2010
- 120 mins
NCM Fathom and Mod Three Productions present an encore screening of 100 Voices: A Journey Home, a compelling and moving musical documentary that uniquely highlights the rich history of Jewish culture in Poland. The film will be preceded by an exclusive, specially-produced piece by the Milken Archive of Jewish Music: The American Experience. In Select Movie Theatres Nationwide for a One Night Encore Event, Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Local, "100 Voices" offers a unique and moving look at Polish/Jewish history and culture and highlights its current resurgence. The story is told through the personal reflections and musical performances of Cantors Assembly members and acclaimed composer Charles Fox.
- October 20th, 2010
- 70 mins
Two weeks before the election of Barack Obama, filmmaker Jeff Deutchman asked his friends around the world to record their experiences of 11/4/08, a day that had become "historic" before it had even taken place. He collected footage from a combination of passionate amateurs and acclaimed independent filmmakers, including Henry Joost (Catfish), Margaret Brown (The Order of Myths), Joe Swanberg (Alexander the Last) and Benh Zeitlin (Glory At Sea).
In this vérité documentary, we see the results of that project: in St. Louis and Austin, idealistic volunteers think they can turn their states blue; in Chicago, voter lines are made even longer when Obama shows up to cast his own vote; in Alaska, children seem to be as invested in the election results as their parents; in Paris, an organization discusses whether there could ever be a black President of France; in Dubai, Berlin, Geneva and New Dehli, expatriates express their emotion from a distance; and in Harlem, a felon casts doubt on whether any of this will actually affect his life.
As we approach the final announcement of Obama's victory at 11pm EST, what emerges is a portrait of how people choose to live through "history": the celebration of a new future remaining entangled with the universally visible tensions of the past.
- May 21st, 2010
- 85 mins
The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.
- December 30th, 2010
- 71 mins
What if you woke up with amnesia? What if you had no recollection of who you were in the past? What if you had to look deep within to find the answer to life's biggest question, "Who am I"? Using science, geometry, nature and spirituality, 3 Magic Words examines this question as it is explored further by metaphysical experts. These guests range from best-selling new-age authors to spiritual leaders, and even children. 3 Magic Words reveals an ancient wisdom about the energetic connection that humans have with all matter on the Earth and in the entire universe. The film takes you on a magical trip into consciousness at both the micro-cosmic and macro-cosmic levels as it taps you into a communion with the very fabric of the energy within all things. The movie shows you how to access your subconscious mind and use it to become an active co-creator in your own life.
- June 18th, 2010
- 80 mins
A scorching indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California's Proposition 8 and the Mormon religion's secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights.
- August 18th, 2010
- 89 mins
A full decade after the end of the war, East German archivists finally began to sort through what remained of Hitler’s propaganda machine. Thousands of films were discovered in the exact location in which they had been stashed, a concrete vault hidden in a forest. It is also there that one lone copy of a film was found, over one hour long, with no soundtrack, no notes, no opening or closing credits and only a brief title, Ghetto. It was a rough cut, first draft of the longest Nazi propaganda film ever shot inside the Warsaw ghetto, the squalid home for half a million Jews living in three square miles, where poverty and typhus were rampant before the ghetto’s destruction.
With A Film Unfinished, director Yael Hersonski creates an unimagined intensity and focus by screening all of the reels of the silent, unfinished film interspersed with firsthand accounts from now-elderly residents who actually lived in the ghetto at the time, as well as – amazingly – an interview with the only Nazi cinematographer ever identified with the production.
Sequences were staged to falsely suggest that some Jews enjoyed “the good life” in the ghetto. Multiple takes of luxuriously-dressed residents thoughtlessly stepping over the bodies of fellow Jews, for example, were discovered, as well as a choreographed dinner party. Beneath the furs were the emaciated bodies of “actors” fearful for their lives.
Throughout, viewers cannot forget that what they are viewing — both Hersonski’s film and the now-infamous Nazi propaganda footage from the ghetto — as it both documents some of the worst horrors of our time and exposes the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.
- September 24th, 2010
- 103 mins
Narrated by Kate Winslet, this inspiring film follows one woman's quest to unlock her autistic son's mind. Margret, whose ten-year-old son Keli is severely autistic, has tried a number of treatments to help her son. Consumed by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about this mysterious and complex condition, she travels from her home in Iceland to the United States and Europe, meeting with top autism experts and advocates. She also connects with several other families touched by autism, whose struggles echo her own: the endless doctor visits and experiments with different treatments, the complication of doing everyday tasks, and the inability to communicate - perhaps the most painful and frustrating aspect of autism. But as she comes across innovative new therapies with the potential to break down the walls of autism, Margret finds hope that her son may be able to express himself on a level she never thought possible.
- 30 mins
Upon its completion in October 1958, the Union Tank Car Dome, located north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was the largest clear-span structure in the world. It was based on the engineering principles of the visionary design scientist and philosopher Buckminster Fuller. This geodesic dome was, at 384 feet in diameter, the first large scale example of this building type. A Necessary Ruin relates the powerful, compelling narrative of the dome's history via interviews with architects, engineers, preservationists, media, and artists. Animated sequences demonstrating the operation of the facility and hundreds of rare photographs and video segments taken during the dome's construction, decline, and demolition. Written by Evan Mather