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2017 FILM GUIDE

SHOWING 15 RESULTS | FILMS IN THE SECTION 'SPOTLIGHT 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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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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ELIÁN

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Directed By: Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell
  • Country: USA, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland
Thanksgiving, 1999: Two fishermen on the Florida Straits find a young Cuban boy, Elián González, floating alone in an inner tube. Their discovery evolves into a custody battle between Elián’s Cuban father and his Miami-located relatives that brings the conflict between Cuba and the U.S. to the forefront. Eighteen years later, ELIÁN, executive produced by Alex Gibney, gives the now grown-up Elián the chance to tell his own side of the story. | Read More
Documentary, First Time Filmmaker
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FRANK SERPICO

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Antonino D'Ambrosio
  • Country: USA
With unprecedented access to a notoriously reclusive subject, Antonino D’Ambrosio creates a powerful portrait of Frank Serpico, the former NYPD officer who in the 1970s blew the whistle on the corruption and payoffs running rampant in the department. The true story that inspired Sidney Lumet’s American crime classic that bears his name. | Read More
Thriller, Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), TFF Alumni
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GET ME ROGER STONE

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Directed By: Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, and Morgan Pehme
  • Country: USA
With his bespoke suits and collection of Nixon memorabilia, political firebrand and noted eccentric Roger Stone has been a fixture of Republican politics since the 1970s, yet at the same time has always been an outsider. Despite its success, his brand of confrontational (some would say “dirty”) politics was always publicly rejected by the conservative mainstream, though with the shocking ascendancy of his longtime pet project Donald Trump (interviewed in the film), Stone—the ultimate political trickster—would likely say he was just ahead of his time. | Read More
Documentary
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GILBERT

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Neil Berkeley
  • Country: USA
Legendary comedian Gilbert Gottfried has had quite a career. Rocketing to fame in the 1980s, he was thrust into the public consciousness almost immediately thanks to his brash personality, unique worldview, and off-kilter comic timing. Now, foul-mouthed and unapologetic after decades of flying solo in both his work and in his personal life, Gilbert has shockingly reinvented himself…as a family man. | Read More
Drama, Comedy, Documentary, New York
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A GRAY STATE

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Directed By: Erik Nelson
  • Country: USA
Christmas, 2014: filmmaker, veteran and charismatic up-and-coming voice of alt-right politics David Crowley and his family are killed in their suburban Minnesota home. Their shocking deaths quickly become a cause célèbre for conspiracy theorists. Executive produced by Werner Herzog, A Gray State combs through Crowley’s photographs, videos and recordings to investigate what happens when an ideology becomes an all-consuming obsession. | Read More
Documentary
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HELL ON EARTH: THE FALL OF SYRIA AND THE RISE OF ISIS

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Directed By: Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested
  • Country: USA
Chronicling Syria’s descent into unbridled chaos, this gripping and insightful work captures the Syrian war’s harrowing carnage, political and social consequences, and, most importantly, its human toll. From personal stories of family survival and tragedy to keen insight from top experts from around the world, acclaimed filmmaker and author Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested create an informative and comprehensive documentary, as the story continues to unfold. | Read More
Documentary
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HONDROS

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Directed By: Greg Campbell
  • Country: USA
Beginning with the war in Kosovo in 1999, award-winning photographer Chris Hondros served as a witness to conflict for over a decade before being killed in Libya in 2011. In Hondros, director and childhood friend Greg Campbell creates a portrait of a man with not only great depth and sensitivity, but a passion for his craft, and an unending talent for creating breathtaking imagery. Executive produced by Jake Gyllenhaal. | Read More
Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker

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