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FYC: DOCUMENTARYVILLE

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FYC: DOCUMENTARYVILLE is a work in progress. several entries may be feature length films shot in DOCUMENTARY STYLE. - COMRADES IN DREAMS (‘06) – Uli Gaulke – Four lives that could not be more different and a single passion that unites them: the unconditional love for their cinemas, somewhere at the end of the world. – imdb - STEVE MCQUEEN: ESSENCE OF COOL (’05) – Mimi Freedman – Friends, co-stars and admirers of actor Steve McQueen – including first wife, actress and dancer Neile Adams, and third wife, model Barbara Minty – discuss his life in relation to his movie career. - SCANDALIZE MY NAME: STORIES FROM THE BLACKLIST (‘98) – Alexandra… Read more

FYC: DOCUMENTARYVILLE is a work in progress.

several entries may be feature length films shot in DOCUMENTARY STYLE.

- COMRADES IN DREAMS (‘06) – Uli Gaulke – Four lives that could not be more different and a single passion that unites them: the unconditional love for their cinemas, somewhere at the end of the world. – imdb
- STEVE MCQUEEN: ESSENCE OF COOL (’05) – Mimi Freedman – Friends, co-stars and admirers of actor Steve McQueen – including first wife, actress and dancer Neile Adams, and third wife, model Barbara Minty – discuss his life in relation to his movie career.
- SCANDALIZE MY NAME: STORIES FROM THE BLACKLIST (‘98) – Alexandra Isles – A documentary look at the confluence of the Red scare, McCarthyism, and blacklists with the post-war activism by African Americans seeking more and better roles on radio, television, and stage.
- VAL LEWTON: THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS (’07) – Kent Jones – Martin Scorsese narrates this tribute to Val Lewton, the producer of a series of memorable low-budget horror films for RKO Studios.
- COMPLICATED WOMEN (‘03) – Hugh Munro Neely – A look at actresses who starred in films with thought-provoking subjects made between 1929-1934 – before the Hollywood Production Code was enforced.
- SAM PECKINPAH’S WEST: LEGACY OF A HOLLYWOOD RENEGADE (‘04) – Tom Thurman – Spattered with blood and controversy, Sam Peckinpah’s Westerns revolutionized their genre.
- IMAGINARY WITNESS: HOLLYWOOD AND THE HOLOCAUST (‘04) – Daniel Anker – The film is a serious, in-depth exploration of Hollywood’s and television’s portrayal of the Holocaust.
- HIDDEN VALUES: MOVIE’S OF THE ‘50s (’01) – Actors Lee Grant and Paul Mazursky, producer Roger Corman, director John Carpenter, film critic Molly Haskell, and journalist Peter Biskind discuss the issues involved in six films of the 1950s.
- THE SPAGHETTI WEST (‘05) – David Gregory – A visual history of Italian western cinema in the 60s and 70s; genre, soundtrack, foreign influence in film making, violence and more.
- INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC: CREATING THE IMPOSSIBLE (’10) – Leslie Iwerks – A look behind the scenes of the constant changing technology of George Lucas’ award winning special effects.
- METROPOLIS REFOUND (‘10) – Evangelina Loguercio, Diego Panich, Laura Tusi, Sebastian Yablon – bringing to light, the finding of ’lost’ METROPOLIS film and how it was preseved for a rerelease.

MUSIC & ART RELATED that’s not in the ‘auteurs’ database:

- THE TREASURES OF LONG GONE JOHN (2nd Edt) – Profiling collector and independent record producer LGJ through his art and musical obsessions.
- UNDER THE COVERS – (‘99) – A Magical Journey: Rock N Roll in L.A. in the 60’s and 70’s
- CARNEY TALK and OTHER AMUSING ANECDOTES by ROBERT WILLIAMS (‘95) as told to Larry Wessel
- AMERICAN ARTIFACT : The Rise of American Rock Poster Art (’09) – Merle Becker – Chronicles the rise of American rock poster art since it’s birth in the ‘60s.
- JAZZ (’01) – Ken Burns – A survey of the musical form’s history and major talents.
- CHUCK BERRY HAIL! HAIL! ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (‘87) – Taylor Hackford. The Whole World Knows the Music. Nobody Knows the Man.
- SOUND OF THE CITY: LONDON 1964-73 (aka ROCK CITY) (’81) – Peter Clifton – Rare footage of Hendrix, Cream, Blind Faith, Cocker, Faces etc.
- ROCK FRESH (‘04) – Danny Lee – Official selection AFI FEST 2004. ROCK FRESH is an electrifying documentary on the world of the graffiti artist.
- THE SEARCH FOR ROBERT JOHNSON (’92) – Chris Hunt – Comprehensive, low-key doc with a lot of great music. Strange findings revealed.
- ELECTRIC PURGATORY: THE FATE OF THE BLACK ROCKER (‘05) – Raymond Gayle – A documentary on the struggles of the black rock musician and the stigma they face in the black community and the music industry.
- MARVEL SUPERHEROESGUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY (‘04) – Molly Hermann – Travel special that explores New York City as it is depicted in Marvel Comics, from Spiderman to Daredevil to The Fantastic Four.
- GRATEFUL DAWG (’00) – Gillian Grisman – Details the deeply rooted musical friendship between Jerry Garcia and David Grisman.
- THE TRUE MEANING OF PICTURES: SHELBY LEE ADAMS’ APPALACHIA (‘02) – The meaning of art itself comes into question in this documentary about Adams’ controversial photos of families in Appalachia.
- LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES (‘03) – Robert Mugge – Survey of old-time performance venues that specialized in blues music.
- WAITING FOR HOCKNEY (’08) – Julie Checkoway – A young working class Baltimore man spends 10 years on a single portrait, believing it is his means to fame and fortune. But he also believes that only one man can lead him there—-the famous artist David Hockney.
- POPAGANDA: THE ART AND CRIMES OF RON ENGLISH (‘05) – Pedro Carvajal – Bombarded by relentless advertising in a growing culture of junk, one man-activist/artist Ron English-dares to hijack corporate advertising. -imdb
- BLUES ODYSSEY (’01) – Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) interviews Blues greats and brings the history to life in this informative and entertaining documentary.

WAR RELATED that’s not in the ‘auteurs’ database:

- BULLETPROOF SALESMAN (‘08) – Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker – Fidelis Cloer is a self-confessed war profiteer who found The Perfect War when the US invaded Iraq.
- GENOCIDE (’82) – Arnold Schwartzman’s Oscar examination of the destruction of European Jewry during the Holocaust.
- THE LONG WAY HOME (‘97) – Mark Jonathan Harris – The story of the post World War II Jewish refugee situation from liberation to the establishment of the modern state of Israel.
- LEILA KHALED: HIGHJACKER (’06) – Lina Makboul – Leila Khaled was the first woman to hijack a plane. In 1969, she showed her grenades to the terrified passengers by order of the Che Guevara commando unit of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine..
- BACH IN AUSCHWITZ (‘99) – Michel Daeron – Music enabled them to live.
- SWIMMING IN AUSCHWITZ (’07) – Jon Kean – The interwoven stories of six women provide a glimpse into life, spirit and survival at the notorious concentration camp, Auschwitz.
- UNLIKELY HEROES (’03) – Richard Trank – Highlights 7 previously unknown stories of extraordinary men and women who exemplified the highest levels of courage and human dignity during the most desperate days of the Holocaust.

MISC. that’s not in the ‘auteurs’ database:

- WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY? (‘07) – Rob VanAlkemade – An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.)
- THE TRUE STORY OF KILLING PABLO (’02) – The career and death of notorious Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
- WHY WE LAUGH: Black Comedians (‘08) – Minstral shows to contemporary comics.
- THE END OF THE LINE (’09) – Think the “water planet” offers long-term sustainability of fish for consumption?… think again!
- BASEBALL (‘94) – Ken Burns – History of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.
- STORY OF THE BEATS (’99) – The BEAT generation. Views and interviews.
- COAL COUNTRY (‘09) – Phylis Geller – Environmental activism vs. mountain top mining.
- BATMAN TECH (’08) – Steven Smith – A revealing look inside the utility belt.
- AFTER INNOCENCE (‘05) – Jessica Sanders – A gripping, emotionally charged film that follows wrongfully convicted men freed by DNA evidence after decades in prison as they struggle to transition back into society.
- PERVERSION FOR PROFIT (’65) – George Putnam argues that moral decay is spreading in this country: pornography, smut peddlers, salacious magazines and paperback books, fetishists, corrupters of children, nudists, and homosexuals.
- THE DISTANT DRUMMER: A MOVABLE SCENE (‘70) – Robert Mitchum narrates this doc about drugs that focuses on the subculture surrounding illicit substances.
- THRILLA IN MANILA (’) – The 3rd and final fight between Mohammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975 in the Philippines as told by Frazier.
- 500 NATIONS (‘95) – An exploration of the various Native American nations and their fall to the European conquerors.
- THE PROJECT (’08) – Ryan Piotrowicz – Three first-time filmmakers, Justin, Dana and John set out to make a documentary about the hardships of inner-city life.
- KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS (‘08) – Ron Mann investigates the miraculous, near-secret world of fungi.
- RIO BREAKS (’09) – Justin Mitchell – More than just a film about surfing, it follows the story of two best friends, Fabio and Naama, as they navigate their way between the pitfalls of life in the gang infested, violent slums and the joys of surfing on their favorite beach.
- ACRES OF SKIN (‘2004) – Allen M. Hornblum and George J. Holmes – Documents the experiences of inmates at Holmesburg Prison who were subjects of various medical experiments.
- THE TUNNEL DWELLERS OF NEW YORK (’08) – Chantal Lasbats travels into a maze of abandoned subway stations and unused tunnels beneath NY skyscrapers to meet people who live in the bowels of the city.
- DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH (‘08) – Erik Nelson’s documentary on speculative fiction writer and essayist Harlan Ellison.
- BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE (‘06) – Hunter S. Thompson’s ride with the Hell’s Angels
- I AM ALIVE: Survivors accounts of the Andes plane crash.
- THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD: Morgan Spurlock’s adventure into product placement.

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