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2017 FILM GUIDE

SHOWING 85 RESULTS | FILMS SORTED BY GENRE: 'DOCUMENTARY'
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ACORN AND THE FIRESTORM

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Directed By: Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard
  • Country: USA
For 40 years, the community-organizing group ACORN advocated for America’s poorest communities, while its detractors accused it of promoting government waste and the worst of liberal policies. Riding high on the momentum of Barack Obama’s presidential victory in 2008, ACORN was at its social zenith when a hidden-camera video sparked a national scandal and brought it all crashing down. | Read More
Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), African American Director(s)
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ALPHAGO

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Greg Kohs
  • Country: USA
With simple rules but a near-infinite number of possible outcomes, the ancient Chinese board game Go has long been considered the holy grail of artificial intelligence. Director Greg Kohs' absorbing documentary chronicles Google's DeepMind team as it takes on one of the world's top Go players in a weeklong tournament, pitting man against machine in a competition that reveals as much about the workings of the human mind as it does the future of AI. | Read More
Documentary
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THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF WALLY AND THE WORM

  • Section: Shorts
  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 16 minutes
  • Directed By: Colin Hanks
  • Country: USA
When Dennis Rodman hurts his knee with four weeks to go in the Chicago Bulls '96-'97 NBA championship season, young assistant trainer Wally Blasé is assigned to oversee his rehab, and the two forge a close friendship over 10 wild days of fast living recounted by director Colin Hanks through animation and first-person confessions. | Read More
Sports, Documentary, Animation
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BLURRED LINES: INSIDE THE ART WORLD

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Directed By: Barry Avrich
  • Country: Canada
Barry Avrich’s in-depth and eye-opening documentary pulls back the curtain on the behind-the-scenes dealings revolving around the contemporary art world. Reputable artists, critics, auctioneers and collectors demystify the often illusive and complex relationship between art and commerce in this film, which features extraordinary access to industry players. | Read More
Documentary, New York
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BOBBI JENE

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Elvira Lind
  • Country: USA, Denmark, Israel
In her moving and cinematic documentary, Elvira Lind follows American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith as she makes the decision of a lifetime. Bobbi returns to the U.S., leaving behind a loving boyfriend and a successful 10-year run as a star dancer of the famous Israeli dance company Batsheva. Lind intimately portrays Bobbi’s rigorous creative process as she starts fresh in San Francisco, while still working to maintain a long-distance relationship. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, NY Director(s)
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BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Alexandra Dean
  • Country: USA
Known for her unmatched beauty, Hedy Lamarr’s fans never knew she also possessed a beautiful mind. Immigrating to Hollywood in the late 1930s, Lamarr acted by day and sketched inventions by night, even devising a “secret communication system” for the Allies to beat the Nazis. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story reveals how Lamarr gave her patent away to the Navy, receiving no credit for her engineering innovations, even as she was immortalized as a legend of the silver screen. Executive produced by Susan Sarandon. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker
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BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE

  • Section: Retrospective Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Directed By: Michael Moore
  • Country: USA
In the age of Donald Trump and the "alt-right," and with mass shootings now a regular occurrence in the U.S., there's no better time to revisit Michael Moore's Academy Award®-Winning documentary, Bowling For Columbine.

In 2002, Michael Moore began his exploration of the roots of America's love affair with guns. The result was a masterpiece that stripped bare the racial unrest and culture of fear that is now as central to American society as ever.

After the Movie: On the 15th anniversary of the documentary, and on the exact day of the Columbine massacre 18 years ago, a conversation with director Michael Moore and D.A. Pennebaker on the timeliness of the film today. | Read More
Documentary
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BUMP & SPIKE

  • Section: Shorts
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 16 minutes
  • Directed By: Michael Jacobs
  • Country: USA
The spectacular rise and fall of the International Professional Volleyball Association, which existed between 1975–1980 complete with "party lifestyle," rocking arena matches and stars on the court and in the stands, is chronicled in this Michael Jacobs-directed film. | Read More
Sports, Documentary
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CAN'T STOP, WON’T STOP: THE BAD BOY STORY

  • Section: Gala
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Daniel Kaufman
  • Country: USA
A raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Sean “Diddy” Combs aka Puff Daddy, as he tries to reunite his Bad Boy Family in the course of a frantic three-week rehearsal period. This Live Nation Productions documentary finds him reuniting with the biggest names from Bad Boy’s history for a wildly successful pair of concerts at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center. | Read More
Documentary, Music, First Time Filmmaker

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