- 82 min
A battle of naked ambition played out on the national and, ultimately, world stage, AIR GUITAR NATION chronicles the birth of the US Air Guitar Championships as legions of aspiring rock stars live out their dreams on a quest to become the world champion in a strange world where musical ability plays second fiddle to virtual virtuosity. As the film un-reels, two aspiring rock legends strum and strut their way towards glory and the coveted national title. C. Diddy (David Jung), a samurai warrior clad in a "Hello Kitty" breast plate and red kimono, emerges as an early favorite. But his arch nemesis from the Lower East Side, Björn Türoque (Dan Crane), is not far behind. While C. Diddy threatens to unleash his self-professed "Asian Fury" on his competitors, Björn vows to take Diddy down. As the film reaches its climax, the future of Air hangs in the balance; will Björn's technical prowess, stage presence, and be enough to take him to the top, or will C. Diddy conquer all to become America's first supreme being of Air -Guitar?
An Unreasonable Man
- 122 min
A look at the career of consumer advocate Ralph Nader from wannabe presidential candidate to public pariah.
Andre: Heart of the Giant
- 92 min
A poor young farm boy from Grenoble, France struggles with his ever growing proportions. With obstacles multiplying as he gets larger. The teenager leaves the village he grew up in and uses his gigantic size to his advantage. He grows and grows and grows into one of the most recognized sports figures of the twentieth century earning him the name "Andre the Giant Eighth Wonder of the World". Written by Oliver Steinbeck
Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built
- 90 min
This American Masters episode showcases the wonderful influence of Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records. Since the label's founding in 1947, some of the most popular Rhythm and Blues and Rock 'n' Roll artists have worked for Atlantic. Among them: first artist Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, The Coasters, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Phil Collins and many more. Also covered are many of the Atlantic crew like engineer Tom Dowd, producer Jerry Wexler, and songwriters Mike Lieber and Jerry Stoller.
- 100 min
The life and legacy of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball and its 13 original rules, is told through the mission of his grandson, Ian, who travels the country in an RV, carrying the original rules in a golden attache case, spreading the cause of sportsmanship. Written by Anonymous
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
- 77 min
A look at the life and contribution of Sam Wagstaff (1921-1987), curator, trend-setter, collector of photographs, and lover and guide to Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989), told chronologically with archival footage, photographs, and contemporary interviews. Wagstaff is upper class, handsome, and gay, reinventing himself after World War II as a curator, with extraordinary success. By the 1970s, he's friends with Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, his mother has left him a fortune, and he's collecting old photographs by the score. Many who comment discuss his largely forgotten contribution to art - the discovery of photography. The film sets the record straight. Written by <[email protected]>
Call Me Troy
- 100 min
Call Me Troy is a truly inspirational story about a remarkable and dynamic individual whose activism was decades ahead of its time. Rev. Perry is perhaps best known as the founder of the Metropolitan Community Church - the first church to recognize the spiritual needs of the gay community - but his "firsts" don't stop there. He was the first openly gay person to serve on the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. In 1969, Perry performed the first public same-sex wedding in the U.S., and in 1970 he filed the first-ever lawsuit seeking legal recognition for same-gender marriages. From presidential advisor to outspoken advocate, Perry has been on the front lines leading the charge for equal rights and protections for gay men and lesbians the world over as well as providing a place for all people, gay and straight, to worship side by side. This film celebrates his life and his legacy. Written by Anonymous
- 80 min
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- 95 min
CONSTANTINE'S SWORD, the latest film by Oscar-nominated documentarian Oren Jacoby (SISTER ROSE'S PASSION), is an astonishing exploration of the dark side of Christianity, following acclaimed author and former priest James Carroll on a journey of remembrance and reckoning.
Carroll, a National Book Award winner and columnist for the Boston Globe, is a practicing Catholic whose search for the truth leads him to confront persecution and violence in the name of God - today and in the Church's past. He discovers a terrible legacy that reverberates across the centuries-from the Emperor Constantine's vision of the cross as a sword and symbol of power, to the rise of genocidal antisemitism, to modern-day wars and conflicts sparked by religious extremism.
Warning of what happens when military power and religious fervor are joined, CONSTANTINE'S SWORD asks the timely question: Is the fanaticism that threatens the world today fueled by our own deeply held beliefs?
- 106 min
Brimming with the sounds and personalities of 1950s Nashville, Crazy tells the story of legendary guitar player Hank Garland who played music on his own terms with the likes of Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, and Elvis Presley. Crazy details the life of a star burned out too quickly: Garland pioneered music from country to jazz, but a hot temper and whirlwind romantic life lead to early tragedy. This is the never-before-told true tale of one of the greatest American musicians of the past century.