Acclaimed director Steve James tells the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves, and their bank's legacy in the Chinatown community, over the course of a five-year legal battle.
Writer/director Ted Braun follows controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts a billion dollars on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history. Director: Ted Braun
Starring: William Ackman
It is a picture of what extraordinary health looks like today and all the possibilities that are available to people who really want to experience maximum health. Hacking the biology, the food options, the things one repeatedly does, the emotions one nurtures on a daily basis, the affordable transformative technologies that are available on smartphones, and how today's science comes together with ancient methods of managing the nervous system, like breathing. Director: Tomas Reyes, Juan Paredes
Revisit with the remaining original members of the Buena Vista Social Club and explore their contribution to the unknown history of Cuba. Director: Lucy Walker
Starring: Manuel 'Guajiro' Mirabal, Guajirito Mirabal, Ibrahim Ferrer
Popular historian David Starkey tells the story of the two greatest war leaders in British history, both of whom were called Churchill. Everyone knows Winston Churchill led Britain and her Allies in their struggle against Hitler; less well known is John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, who led Britain and her Allies against an earlier would-be dictator of Europe, the Sun King, Louis XIV of France. John Churchill was Winston's ancestor, but he was more than that.
It is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably, no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Director: Matt Tyranuer
During the Great Recession, joblessness exceeds twenty percent East of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. This documentary follows the intimate stories of Charles, Michael, and James, three long-term unemployed residents struggling to gain employment through 'shovel ready' green projects. When stimulus dollars run out, short term idealism clashes with day-to-day survival in the struggle to find a sense of purpose and place in a recovering economy. Director: Brandon Kramer
An absorbing portrait of the artist, as well as an intimate encounter with the man himself. From the privacy of his home and painting studio in the Hollywood Hills, a candid Lynch conjures people and places from his past, from his boyhood in Idaho and Virginia to his experiences at art school in Boston and Philadelphia to the beginnings of his filmmaking career in Los Angeles; in stories that unfold like scenes from his movies. Director: Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Starring: David Lynch
An urgent documentary explores the militarization of local police departments, in their tactics, training, and acquisition of equipment, since 9/11. With unprecedented access to police conventions, equipment expos, and officers themselves, filmmaker Craig Atkinson, the son of a SWAT team member, crafts an eye-popping nonpartisan look at the changing face of law enforcement in America.
Documents the early history of Fat Wreck Chords, from its founding by Fat Mike and his then-wife Erin Burkett, through its cultural zenith in the late 1990s, focusing on the most successful bands that shaped the label's formative years, including Lagwagon, Propagandhi, No Use for a Name, Good Riddance, and Strung Out. Director: Shaun Colon
Winona LaDuke focuses on Enbridge's pipelines for fracked oil, its dangers, and how the shale oil boom is adversely affecting Indian Country. She gathers musicians, young people, and Native leadership, puts them on horses, organizes in northern Minnesota lake communities, and creates a movement. Director: Keri Pickett
Starring: Winona LaDuke
Through personal stories, the documentary explores Germany's transformation as a society, from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends, Tal Recanati (Jewish) and Janina Quint (non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many and we realize that the two people are inextricably linked through the memory of the Holocaust. Director: Janina Quint, Tal Recanati
For one weekend a year, the woods of Oregon transform as a mix of combat enthusiasts, Iraq veterans, and even a former South Vietnamese Army officer, revive, by choice, a war that a whole generation would much rather forget. Disquieting and provocative, this blurs fantasy with trauma, deftly tugging at the imposing question: what compels these men to don the vintage uniforms and meticulously bring this controversial war back to life? Director: Meghan O'Hara
Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they've wandered in and out of people's lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame, and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. Director: Ceyda Torun
Filmmaker Sara Jordeno introduces viewers to some of Kiki culture's most prominent personalities, going beyond the glamour of the balls to highlight the serious challenges facing queer black and Latino young people. Bringing together heartrending personal stories with incredible displays of creative expression. Director: Sara Jordeno, Chi Chi Mizrahi
Starring: Gia Marie Love
Being dubbed 'the most wanted man online' is a dubious distinction, though one that the Internet business mogul, MegaUpload founder, hacker patron, politician and accused criminal Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz has arguably earned. But he's also considered by some to be a resistance fighter in the battle for data privacy and the constrictions of copyright law. Delve into his legal battles and history-making judgements with the U.S. government and various other authorities. Director: Annie Goldson
Starring: Edward Snowden, Moby, Julian Assange
Follow former prisoners through the challenges of their first year on parole. With unique access, the film goes inside the effort to change the way parole works in Connecticut and reduce the number of people returning to prison.
A feature length documentary film about women receiving their maternity care through midwife-doctor teams. Follow nurse midwives, the doctors they work with, and their patients to provide an investigative lens into how midwives work within the hospital system. Director: Brigid Maher
The documentary explores the lesser-known tale of George's creators, Hans and Margret Rey. Years later, having heard that Hans was wasting his artistic talents as a bookkeeper in Rio, Margaret traveled to Brazil to persuade him to marry her and do something creative together. Arriving in New York as refugees, they started their life anew and over the next three decades, they created a classic that continues to touch the hearts and minds of children around the world. Director: Ema Ryan Yamazaki
Starring: Sam Waterston
Over the past sixteen years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa, and Europe, the Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music's ability to blur international boundaries, blend disparate cultures, and inspire hope for artists and audiences. Director: Morgan Neville
Two weeks after terrorists' attacks created a state of emergency that outlawed all 'unofficial' political gatherings, follow seven global grassroots activists as they attempt to unleash the only force that can prevent catastrophic climate change: the will of the people. Director: Mark Decena
Starring: Nnimmo Bassey, Alix Mazounie, Pat Mooney
It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps - and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web - an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies? Director: Vanessa Gould
Starring: Bruce Weber, William McDonald, Margalit Fox
Emotionally charged like its subjects, the film follows four ground breaking lesbians who took the fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities off the streets and into the halls of government. Director: Jonah Markowitz, Tracy Wares
Though a work of fantasy, few realize that Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic was actually inspired by real-life witness testimony, as well as a series of UFO sightings in Michigan in the summer of 1966. Separate science fact from science fiction as government documents are re-examined and old witness testimonies are put to the test using modern technology.
The slasher classic Scream reinvigorated the horror genre, creating a scary movie icon and launching a frightening film franchise. The gorefest may seem like Hollywood fiction, but it was actually inspired by a real-life killing spree that sent an idyllic Florida town into a panic. Uncover the terrifying true events behind the horror film as we investigate the parallels between the fictional serial killer and the real-life serial killer: The Gainesville Ripper.
With six-thousand ex-offenders returning to Washington DC each year, these 'Returning Citizens' make up ten percent of the population. Due to the recent bi-partisan push for prison reform, the number of newly released men and women is rapidly rising, as are the rates of crime and violence. Follow a passionate, close-knit community of individuals who are looking for a second chance, or perhaps a chance they never had to begin with. Director: Saffron Cassaday
This Emmy Award-nominated PBS special is a landmark solo performance by Disney legend Richard M. Sherman, who, with his brother Robert, composed some of the most beloved songs of all time. Richard is joined by a brilliant cast of performers, including the star of Broadway's Mary Poppins, Ashley Brown, as well as Juliana Hansen, Wesley Alfvin, and the Dapper Dans of Disneyland. Director: Don Hahn
It is a feature documentary from Mad Universe and director Chris Mortensen examining the judicial life, influence and legacy of the controversial and influential Supreme Court Justice who, in the words of his colleagues, will go down in history as one of the most important Supreme Court Justices ever because he changed not only the court but the law itself. Director: Chris Mortensen
Arguing for the abolition of nuclear weapons, this documentary catalogs the close calls humanity has had since the first use of nuclear weapons in August of 1945. Director: Don Haderlein
Starring: Noam Chomsky, Helen Caldicott, David Krieger
Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, this moving book-on-video contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life. Includes read-a-long subtitles. Ages 4-10.
Observing African-American History Month, this brand-new, 2017, two-volume, high-definition DVD focuses on the bravery and sacrifices made by Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks toward freedom and equality. In volume one, explore Harriet Tubman's early life, social impact, role in the Underground Railroad, later life, and lasting national legacy. Her noteworthy quotes are recounted by 'Harriet' herself. Ages 10-14.
What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can to pose for a photo in 1950s Harlem? Playful verse and glorious artwork capture an iconic moment for American jazz. Starring: JD Jackson, Jason Linere White, Ron Butler, Bahni Turpin. Notes: PW Best Book of 2016
The lively text and inspired paintings that make up this biography stunningly reveal the blind boy who was so determined to read that he invented his own alphabet. Includes read-a-long subtitles. Starring: Pete Cross
Four out-of-this-world stories including: Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos, Moon Man, The North Star, and Space Case. Includes a Spanish version of Moon Man. Starring: Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd. Ages 4-9
How did the Great Depression begin? What happened in the United States during the Great Depression? What was the New Deal? How did the Great Depression end? The answers to all of these questions are covered with detailed graphics, diagrams, and exciting video, as well as on-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment to reinforce important concepts and make learning fun. AGES 10-14.
What is the history of Halloween? What is the history of Halloween in the United States? What are the traditions of Halloween? How is the holiday celebrated around the world? How can kids stay safe at Halloween? The answers to all of these questions are covered in a fun, kid-friendly style with detailed graphics, diagrams, and exciting video, as well as on-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment that reinforce important concepts. AGES 6-9.
What is the Law of Conservation of Energy? What are potential and kinetic energy? What is work? What are energy transfers? The answers to all of these questions are covered in depth with detailed graphics, diagrams, and exciting video. On-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment reinforce important concepts and make learning fun.
In this brand-new 2017 high-definition program, learn all about physical disabilities. What is a physical disability? What is an adaptive tool? What types of challenges does someone with a physical disability face? What are some common disabilities? What are the icons that indicate services are available for those with disabilities? The answers to all of these questions are covered with detailed graphics, diagrams, and exciting video.