12/25/20 | Feels Good Man
9/25/20 | Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles
9/23/20 | Console Wars
THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS
Directed by Gregory Kershaw and Michael Dweck
THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS follows a handful of men, seventy to eighty years young, in Piedmont, Italy, on the search for the elusive Alba truffle. They’re guided by a secret culture passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly trained dogs. The documentary subtly explores the devastating effects of climate change and deforestation on an age-old tradition through a visually stunning narrative that celebrates life and exalts the human spirit.
OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES
Directed by Laura Gabbert
Via London, Versailles, and Instagram, Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles follows famous chef Yotam Ottolenghi on his quest to bring the sumptuous art and decadence of Versailles to life in cake form at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He assembles a team—a veritable who’s who of the dessert world, including Dominique Ansel and Dinara Kasko—to help bring his vision to life. The pastry chefs create a true feast of Versailles complete with a cocktail whirlpool and posh jello shots, architectural mousse cakes, chocolate sculptures, swan pastries, and an edible garden. Ottolenghi acts as our guide throughout, disassembling pastries to give us the history of ingredients that we now take for granted, like sugar and chocolate. Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles perfectly captures the heights of human achievement and the frailty of decadence, adding taste as one more sense with which to experience the Met.
Directed by Blake J. Harris and Jonah Tulis
Console Wars takes viewers back to 1990 when Sega, a fledgling arcade company, assembled a team of misfits to take on the greatest video game company in the world, Nintendo. It was a once-in-a-lifetime, no-holds-barred conflict that pit brother against brother, kids against grownups, Sonic against Mario, and uniquely American capitalism against centuries-old Japanese tradition. For the first time ever, the men and women who fought on the front lines for Sega and Nintendo discuss this battle that defined a generation.
ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY
Directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés
This film interweaves personal experiences with current activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our democracy from the very beginning. With the perspective and expertise of Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, the documentary offers an insider’s look into laws and barriers to voting that most people don’t even know is a threat to their basic rights as citizens of the United States.
ESCAPE FROM EXTINCTION
Directed by Matthew R. Brady
The very web of life on Earth is being threatened in what scientists are calling a ‘Sixth Mass Extinction,’ The Escape from Extinction Team traveled the world documenting the work of the major zoological organizations that can only be called nature’s last arks of hope in preserving the rich legacy of life on our world. Without this help – and the global engagement of the public – the biological treasures we hoped to bequeath to our children and our grandchildren may disappear forever within a generation. This film is critical to mobilizing the support Earth’s animals need – and need now.
Directed by Martha Shane
Narrowsburg tells the stranger-than-fiction story of a French film producer and her mafioso-turned-actor husband who attempt to turn a tiny town into the “Sundance of the East.”
Directed by Sonia Lowman
BLACK BOYS is a documentary film that celebrates the full humanity of Black men and boys in America. Utilizing conversations and stories around education, criminal justice, and sports, the film reveals the emotional landscape of those experiencing racism and invites us to reimagine an America in which Black boys experience true belonging and unlimited possibilities.
THE SOCIAL DILEMMA
Directed by Jeff Orlowski
We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.
FEELS GOOD MAN
Directed by Arthur Jones
Artist Matt Furie, creator of the comic character Pepe the Frog, begins an uphill battle to take back his iconic cartoon image from those who used it for their own purposes.
GATSBY IN CONNECTICUT: THE UNTOLD STORY
Directed by Robert Steven Williams
Filmmaker Robert Steven Williams examines the claim that “The Great Gatsby” was inspired by the time F. Scott Fitzgerald spent living in Westport, Conn.
YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE
Directed by Price James and David Darg
Branded as the most hated man in wrestling after winning a highly controversial WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 2000, actor David Arquette attempts a rocky return to the sport that stalled his promising Hollywood career. Dangerously determined to redeem his reputation and reclaim his self-respect, Arquette will stop at nothing to earn his place in professional wrestling.
WATCH ON VOD AUGUST 28th
WOMEN IN FILM PRESENTS: MAKE IT WORK!
Directed by Hannah Levy and Adriana Robles
The one-hour variety special—a combination of music, comedy, and fun celebrity guests—explores the issues and solutions for getting women back to work. The show will benefit the Hire Her Back campaign, a call for industry-wide action to rebuild a workforce that hires women and people of color equitably as we recover from the COVID-19 crisis.
Watch at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, on The CW
JOHN WAS TRYING TO CONTACT ALIENS
Directed by Matthew Killip
John Shepherd spent 30 years trying to contact extraterrestrials by broadcasting music millions of miles into space. After giving up the search he makes a different connection here on Earth.
Directed by Taghi Amirani
The story of Operation Ajax, the CIA/MI6 staged coup in 1953 in Iran that overthrew Prime Minister Mossadegh.
Directed by Don Hahn
The story of songwriter Howard Ashman who penned the lyrics for Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast before he died of AIDS at the height of the AIDS crisis in 1991.