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$100 Taxi Ride

$100 Taxi Ride  

This eclectic series travels the world and, although $100 Taxi Ride visits every continent except Antarctica, this is no ordinary travel show! The destination is always just 100 dollars away and the more unusual the trip, the better. 

 

Non-Fiction / 26 x half hours


24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters

24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters   

An exploration of the world of movie poster art, past and present, the artists who create it and the fans who collect it. 

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 82-minutes / USA/Canada


Adele's Wish

Adele's Wish  

The true story behind the painting long known as 'The Woman in Gold', Gustav Klimt's masterpiece, and its remarkable history.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 55-minutes


Alpha Female

Alpha Female  

There is a new breed of female boss out there, and she is very much a woman. This new Alpha Female is reinventing, redefining and reshaping both corporate and personal success. 

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


American Masters: Mike Nichols

American Masters: Mike Nichols  

The life and 50th year of director Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Angels in America, Catch 22) one of only two people who have won Peabody®, Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® awards.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 53-minutes / USA


Art of the Prank

Art of the Prank  

Taking audiences on a wild ride, this emotional and humorous documentary from filmmaker Andrea Marini follows the evolution of New York artist Joey Skaggs, a fierce proponent of independent thinking and an early critic of media irresponsibility.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 85-minutes / USA


Bad Rap

Bad Rap  

Bad Rap follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders. Sharing dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, these artists make the most skeptical critics into believers.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 82-minutes / USA


BB King: On The Road

B.B. King: On The Road   

A loving tribute to a man who contributed to the landscape of music with a unique style imitated to this day, as told by those who knew him best: his crew, friends and many band members as they symbolically travel from Nashville across America's deep South in B.B. King's tour bus. 

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 90-minutes


Bisha: The Awesome Fire Test

Bisha: The Awesome Fire Test  

The suspenseful story of three Bedouins who undergo the ultimate ordeal for revealing the truth, licking a white hot iron pan. This riveting exploration of an unusual custom sheds light on a culture in transition.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Classic Artists Collection, The

The Classic Artists Collection  

Producer/director Jon Brewer presents this extensive series of fully authorised and seminal documentaries honouring rock music’s greatest legends, featuring globally renowned bands and artists such as Cream, The Moody Blues, Yes, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jim Morrison. 

 

Non-Fiction / SEASON 1: 1 x 113-minutes, 1 x 153-minutes, 1 x 205-minutes,.. / UK & USA


Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World  

Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World is a three hour television documentary exploring how the people and societies of the North Atlantic have been shaped by their pursuit of the cod, over 1,000 years, to the point of extinction. Specific in its fascinating details and extraordinary locations, this great fish tale is universal in what it says about our relationships with other species and with each other.

 

Non-Fiction / 3 x one hour


Food Hunter, The

The Food Hunter  

From charming villages, and bustling markets, to picturesque farms, The Food Hunter gets to the root of the matter. Each episode focuses on a specific country, sharing the origins, history and customs of a unique food item. Paprika in Hungary, Breadfruit in Jamaica, Truffles in Italy, Saffron in Spain around every corner is another unforgettable aroma and taste sensation. An around the world culinary journey with International Traveling Greengrocer Pete Luckett that is engaging, fast paced and always informative. The Food Huntercelebrates colorful, wonderful food and the unique cultures that grow and prepare it.

 

Non-Fiction / 13 x half hours


For the Love of Spock

For the Love of Spock  

For the Love of Spock is a documentary film about the life of Star Trek's Mr. Spock as well as that of Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr. Spock for almost fifty years, written and directed by his son, Adam Nimoy.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 111-minutes / USA


Gladiatrix

Gladiatrix  

Gladiatrix embarks on a quest to find out the truth about female gladiators that leads from London to the frozen steppes of Russia, piecing together every scrap of evidence for their existence. The picture that emerges revolutionizes our understanding of these fearsome fighters and gives fresh insight into the social standing of females during the Empire. As the story unfolds, key questions are answered which deepen our understanding of Roman times and the role of women in a bloody, male dominated sport and society.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Glowing in the Dark

Glowing in the Dark  

Invented by the French and immortalized by Las Vegas, neon is the light of the North American dream. Glowing in the Dark documents the history of neon in North America, from its early days as a highly refined folk art form with great individuality, to the emergence of animation and computer design, and to the current explosion of light it is today. Neon signage has a verve and style all its own, attracting serious artists and designers, and resulting in a second golden age for the medium. This film chronicles the visual legacy left by artisans and the neon industry.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Group of Seven, The: Art for a Nation

The Group of Seven: Art for a Nation  

In 1920, a group of artists more interested in the Canadian wilderness than electric streetcars banded together, with their first exhibition as the Group of Seven. Their unconventional works, celebrating the untamed terrain they explored, drew a storm of abuse from other artists, critics and the public who were all more comfortable with traditional European landscapes.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x half hour


Hand of Stalin, The

The Hand of Stalin  

Stalin has been dead for almost 40 years and yet his reign of terror still haunts many individuals. Those who suffered his hideous regime and those who carried out his orders recall that time in this remarkable trilogy, hour long documentaries. The films are portraits of Russian society by the people themselves and reflect the pain and confusion which those who survived still experience. The Hand of Stalin attempts to take part in the process of understanding. There are not too many outside judgments and it doesn't attempt a sweeping History analysis of cause and effect. It attempts to show how and why a society allowed such things to take place and performed such terrible deeds on one self. By listening to individuals faced with their personal decisions and beliefs, the episodes try to illuminate layers of experience and insight that go beyond the chronological recounting of history. This is the first series of its type to allow the victims of Stalin to tell their tale.

 

Non-Fiction / 3 x one hour


Heartworn Highways

Heartworn Highways  

The 70s cult classic Heartworn Highways intimately explores the roots of outlaw country music, offering a rare insight into the lives of the musicians who set the bar for those who came after.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 92-minutes / USA


Heartworn Highways Revisited

Heartworn Highways Revisited  

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the seminal music documentary, Heartworn Highways, a film that explored and captured the emerging roots of the ‘Outlaw Country’ movement in the mid-70s.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 87-minutes / USA


Impact of Terror

Impact of Terror  

The aftermath of a suicide bombing, Impact of Terror begins where the plans for a suicide bombing end, the grieving families, the heroic struggles of the wounded, the super human efforts of medical personnel and the gruesome task of the cleanup crews. Welcome to 21st Century Israel. What is the aftermath of a bombing? How do people cope? How have they changed? Impact of Terror follows the physical, psychological and spiritual healing process of a community who live in a shadow of uncertainty, not knowing when the next bomber will strike. The film follows the events of the Sbarro Pizzeria bombing of 2001 in the heart of Jerusalem and the devastating impact on it's victim's families and survivors alike, each trying to rebuild their lives one day at a time.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Indie Exposed

Indie Exposed  

Indie Exposed is a documentary broken down into two episodes, Indie Truths and Celluloid Dreams. Indie Truths is an intimate look inside documentaries with some of the world's most accomplished filmmakers including Albert Mayzsles, D. A. Pennebaker and Barbara Kopple. Celluloid Dreams takes a trip into the wonderful and weird worlds of fantasy, nightmare and adult fairy tale in the cinema, including exclusive interviews with Jean Pierre Jeunet and David Lynch.

 

Non-Fiction / 2 x one hour


Journey Home, The

The Journey Home  

Genealogy has become almost a sacred mission for millions of people worldwide. Whether it is through family stories passed down from generation to generation or through modern technology, people around the world are exploring their roots. The Journey Home is a heartwarming series that follows individuals as they return to the various countries of their family's origins. Sometimes for the first time in their lives, sometimes for the first time in generations, and sometimes to renew friendships with close friends and relatives.

 

Non-Fiction / 13 x half hours


Least Said, Soonest Mended

Least Said, Soonest Mended  

Three women of different generations give their accounts of a dark domestic secret as the filmmaker travels between New Zealand and Britain in an attempt to unravel the consequences of the past for his family, which for 30 years has doggedly stuck to the motto, Least said, soonest mended. Treading the difficult terrain of hidden family history, this documentary employs as its surface, narrating the experience of the filmmaker's twin sister as a 15 year old girl. She is forced to give her baby up for adoption while caught in England in 1964 between the permissive image of the swinging '60s and the Dickensian reality of the moral prejudice of the day towards unmarried mothers.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Leaving Bountiful

Leaving Bountiful  

Leaving Bountiful is the story of systemic sexual abuse tolerated in the name of religious freedom. It is the story of a woman, raised from a tiny child inside this perverted value system, who still somehow finds the courage and the clarity to break free. Bountiful is the name of a community just outside Creston, British Columbia, established in the 1950's by the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. It is a breakaway Mormon sect, founded on the belief that in polygamy lays everlasting life. Bountiful is a kind of branch plant of Colorado City, the polygamous community which straddles the Utah Arizona border. Bountiful's spiritual leader is Winston Blackmore, husband to an estimated thirty women, and father to some eighty children. The twisted family trees of polygamy make it difficult to keep track of relationships. Debbie Palmer was once Winston Blackmores mother in law, now she's his enemy.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Lives Interrupted

Lives Interrupted  

Our lives are full of disturbances, from the minor flat tire or unexpected phone call to the fateful diagnosis of infertility or the death of a loved one. The way in which we come to understand and cope with these disruptions can say as much about society as they do about us as individuals. This documentary looks at what happens when lives are interrupted by events such as rape, war and incarceration, and how those affected discover meaning in the disruption and in life itself. Structured in three parts, each show uses first person interviews and re enactments to look at the interrupted life and to reveal the light after each tunnel of darkness.

 

Non-Fiction / 13 x half hours


Loch Ness Monster: The Search for the Truth

Loch Ness Monster: The Search for the Truth  

Loch Ness Monster: The Search for the Truth follows the latest expedition in search of the mythical Loch Ness Monster in the deep waters of Scotland's largest Loch. This one hour documentary also features the work of the Loch Ness project, a Loch based research organization, which has been in pursuit of the elusive creature for many decades. Broadly, the documentary follows a 2 week expedition by a team of Swedish Crypto Zoologists. The Global Underwater Survey team, as they call themselves, plan to scour the waters for evidence of the Loch Ness Monster with state of the art technology. Employing Sonar equipment normally used by vessels for obstacle avoidance, G.U.S.T hope to find irrefutable evidence by distinguishing between moving and fixed objects, a problem that dogged previous sonar expeditions.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Louis B. Mayer: King of Hollywood

Louis B. Mayer: King of Hollywood  

For over three decades he was the most powerful man in the movie industry. He made the company Metro Goldwyn Mayer a household name with its roaring lion recognized worldwide. Yet Louis B. Mayer was born into circumstances anything but princely, in Minsk, Russia in 1885. In this one hour documentary you will see how one mans ambition and optimism has made him the greatest Hollywood mogul ever.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Mind of a Child, The

The Mind of a Child  

How do children adapt in a harsh environment? How can they do more then survive in neighborhoods when violence is common? How can they learn in schools where teachers have given up on them? The Mind of a Child follows these children that are affected by poverty, racism and war. Watch as a noted Israeli psychologist inspires a First Nations teacher from Canada and her African American colleague to help inner city children discover their intelligence and abilities.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Mirror to History: Confronting War Crimes in Bosnia

Mirror to History: Confronting War Crimes in Bosnia  

In this grassroots documentary, the International Tribunal of Law and top political officials, as well as civilians and victims, help demystify the Bosnian conflict while exposing truths about the nature of prosecuting individuals for crimes against humanity. The result is a complex web of history, nationalism and hope for the future. Mirror to History takes an inside look at the international war crimes prosecutions taking place in Bosnia. Seeking out witnesses and investigating the circumstances surrounding the war crimes cases, this narrated documentary encounters a complex web of history, nationalism and hope for the future by juxtaposing testimonials of high government and United Nations officials.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Missouri 51st Militia, The

The Missouri 51st Militia  

This is the story of the men and women of the Missouri 51st Militia, based in Kansas City, Missouri. Why do they feel the need to be part of a militia? Are they really lunatics who should remain the outcasts of our society? Or will they be the only ones ready when a disaster or emergency happens?

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Myanmar 4K: In the Monks Land of Gold - Presented by Palatin Media

Myanmar 4K: In the Monks Land of Gold - Presented by Palatin Media   

Myanmar, which has so far been kept in complete isolation, is a breathtaking country with magnificent buildings the likes of which you cannot see anywhere else in the world. The immeasurable riches of the Golden Pagodas of Myanmar are in unique contrast to the standard of living of most of its citizens. 

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 70-minutes / Myanmar


Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago

Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago  

Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago chronicles the half-century career of legendary rock group Chicago.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 114-minutes (1 x 98-minute and 1 x 84-minute versions also.. / USA


Prisoner of Paradise

Prisoner of Paradise  

Shot on location in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Prague, Prisoner of Paradise is the startling true story of Kurt Gerron, a well known and beloved German Jewish actor, director and cabaret star in Berlin in the 1920's and '30's. Among his greatest accomplishments, he costarred with the legendary Marlene Dietrich in the film classic The Blue Angel. Gerron also sang Mack the Knife in the original production of Threepenny Opera. Ultimately, he was captured and sent to a concentration camp, where he was ordered by his captors to write and direct a pro Nazi propaganda film. Prisoner of Paradise follows Gerron's career and remarkable odyssey, offering a personal and unique perspective on this extraordinary period.

 

Non-Fiction / 3 x two hours


Ray Bradbury: An American Icon

Ray Bradbury: An American Icon  

This is a tribute to one of America's finest writers, a definitive biography that captures the essence of storyteller Ray Bradbury through personal anecdotes, interviews of friends and associates, and footage of Ray at home,at rehearsals of his plays and on the lecture circuit. Intercut with scenes from The Ray Bradbury Theater, this decisive profile examines the spirit and imagination of a writer who has enlightened, entertained and amused generations of readers since he was first published in 1940. His work is represented in over 700 anthologies and he has won awards from the O. Henry Prize and the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, to an Academy Award nomination.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Rebels: A Journey Underground

Rebels: A Journey Underground  

Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, Rebels: A Journey Underground brings the history of counter culture movements to life. From Bohemians and the Beat Generation to the Psychedelic Revolution, Punk Rebellion, Radical Environmentalism and the New Edge Underground, this mini series examines our secret heroes who have defied the status quo through the ages in the search for truth. Counterculture didn't appear out of nowhere in the '60s. The rebel has had influence on the Western World since biblical times. From the standpoint of established Roman authority, Jesus of Nazareth was a cultural rebel. The most memorable characters in our cinema are rebels. Mad outlaws and misfit prophets fascinate our sense of adventure, they symbolize a search for truth beyond the ordinary, they reveal their inner conflicts and reflect ours and they underline our guarded desire for alternatives to the status quo.

 

Non-Fiction / 6 x one hour


Reset

Reset  

An official selection of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Reset invites audiences into the Paris National Opera for an unprecedented look into its inspiring, and often hectic, company rehearsals.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 110-minutes / France


Rough Crossing, A

A Rough Crossing  

In the summer of 1940 France had fallen to Nazi Germany and a landed invasion of Britain seemed imminent. Desperate British parents began sending their children to safe havens in their overseas dominions. No one thought the war would last so long. When it was over, thousands of children had their hearts in two countries. Through the eyes of eight British child evacuees fifty years later, we begin to understand how this contribution of love and understanding by the Canadian home front was to change their lives. Of all the children profiled, perhaps the most touching story is that of Denis and foster parents Ed and Enid Broome and their remarkable reunion after half a century. Bridging the gap of time and silence, they piece together a past and acknowledge just how much they learned from each other in those war time years.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Ruby Keeler: The Queen of Nostalgia

Ruby Keeler: The Queen of Nostalgia  

An innocent amid the world of sophisticates, Ruby started as a dancer and went on to star on Broadway and in Hollywood. At 13 years old, she tapped her way onto the Broadway stage. When she was 18, she married America's most famous entertainer and during the great Depression days in America she starred in over a dozen Hollywood movie musicals. She would eventually leave Hollywood and her sham of a marriage to see if it was possible for a Hollywood star to find genuine happiness. At age 60 she would come back to the lights of the Broadway stage, where they called her the Queen of Nostalgia.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Rumble & Hum

Rumble & Hum  

South Africa’s most awarded tattoo artist Lewis “Vudulew” Williams and his expert team cater for the inking and piercing desires of the country’s most elite and wealthy clientele in this new reality and lifestyle series from NV Studios.

 

Non-Fiction / 10 x one hour / South Africa


Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage - presented by Palatin Media

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage - presented by Palatin Media  

Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with some of today’s most respected rock artists, this Grammy-nominated special is the first in-depth portrait of Canadian trio Rush, revealing the inner workings of one of the world’s most enduring rock bands

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 108-minutes / Canada


Samurai: Behind the Blade

Samurai: Behind the Blade  

This program reveals how the Samurai of the past have come face to face with modern day Japanese society. In a popular resurgence of Samurai culture there are those who identify, in a very personal way, with the spirit of the Samurai, interpreting and practicing the values and skills they believe represent real Samurai culture. With modern scholarship, this program reveals how the Samurai of the past have come face to face with modern day Japanese society. In a popular resurgence of Samurai culture there are those who identify, in a very personal way, with the spirit of the Samurai, interpreting and practicing the values and skills they believe represent real Samurai culture. With modern scholarship in Japan and the latest sources from science, literature and history, Samurai: Behind the Blade sheds new light on this unique and mysterious brand of warrior. Actual History personalities lives are revealed, their private thoughts, their obsession with death, their mastery of the fine arts, even some of the gruesome truths are exposed about how the Samurai fought and what really happened in battle. Although we know them only from the clues they left behind, they have given Japan a powerful legacy of tradition, ritual and universal morality that even today continues to resonate with people around the world.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Street Racing: The Need for Speed

Street Racing: The Need for Speed  

Enter the shadowy subculture of illegal drag racing, an ever growing phenomenon across North America. This edgy expose tracks the after hours activities of draggers, from garages dedicated to creating power enhanced vehicles, to all night betting hang outs where challenges are made and bets are laid, blocked off highways overtaken by racers and their convoys, back alley territorial scuffles between draggers, and crash sites where the dangers of the addiction to speed are witnessed. Still, the possibility of death is recklessly disregarded by the hard core racers. In their colorful idiom, they continually revel in the rush of the race. Ordinary blue collar days are juxtaposed with the high speed nights of the drag kings. Three characters are featured in this edgy expose. We meet top dragger Mike P, obsessed with beating the national record, mechanic and garage owner Rob, obsessed with beating Mike P, and the Police, obsessed with shutting down the racers.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Sundance 20

Sundance 20  

Sundance 20 is a sixty minute journey deep into the heart of the most intensive and successful independent filmmaker's laboratory in the world, The Sundance Institute. Featuring candid interviews with everyone from its founder Robert Redford to Sundance Lab alumni Allison Anders, Gregory Nava and Boaz Yakin, the documentary closely follows several young filmmakers as they go through the inspirational and exhausting process of giving birth to their films at the Institute's summer writing and directing labs high in the mountains of Utah. Along the way, they learn from such talented advisors as Stanley Tucci, Sigourney Weaver, directors like Wes Craven and Peter Medak, cinematographer Robert Elswit, film music composer Steward Copeland, and writers like Joan Tewkesbury, Stewart Stern and Scott Frank, among others. As a parallel to the personal experience of the lab participants, we will also learn about the birth, the development and the enormous impact of the Directing Lab itself, during its twenty year history. Through the eyes of these young filmmakers, we witness a creative process that is indicative of all the Sundance Institute's many artistic programs.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


The BYkids Collection

The BYkids Collection  

Teenagers from around the world are paired with master filmmakers, including the late Albert Maysles (Salesman), Susan Hoenig (For Love or Money) and Joyce Chopra (Smooth Talk), to create these personal documentaries that educate and encourage international understanding about globally relevant issues.

 

Non-Fiction / 5 x half hours / USA


The First Film

The First Film  

Filmmaker David Nicholas Wilkinson uncovers the fascinating truth behind the greatest mystery in cinema history in The First Film, following his 33-year quest to prove who really invented moving images.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 106-minutes / UK


The Truth is in the Stars

The Truth is in the Stars  

William Shatner, Star Trek’s original Captain James T. Kirk, interviews famous innovators, visionaries, celebrities and thoughtleaders as he attempts to uncover just how influential his series was on the world’s greatest minds.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x 90-minutes / Canada


TV Canada

TV Canada  

TV Canada explores the business of making television in Canada, contrasting the small independent producer with the huge corporation, and examining the impact of government funding and regulation on the process.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x half hour


Uncorked in Italy

Uncorked in Italy  

Italy produces more wine than any other country. In this series, wine and food are used as a vehicle to explore this fascinating country. Since Italian wine is above all meant to be a partner of food, the cuisine of each region is explored, including recipes of Arab, Phoenician and Norman origin. The guide around Italy is Master of Wine, Jancis Robinson. She is knowledgeable and personable, with a keen sense of humor. She fills in the wine background and the all important tasting while enjoying the rich and varied personalities, places, arts and food of this spectacular country. A light, entertaining and sometimes irreverent look at a land where wine and food and intense individuality have been central for thousands of years are shown.

 

Non-Fiction / 6 x half hours


Under Wraps

Under Wraps  

Presented with humor, intelligence and new information, this program dares to challenge the cultural myths and taboos that surround menstruation, while tackling health and environmental issues. In this age of increasing awareness and honesty where nothing seems off limits, menstruation remains one of our last taboos. From Judy Blume reading from her still popular 1970s book, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, to curator Harry Finley compiling menstrual trivia at his Museum of Menstruation, the film wraps its journey at the opening night of the controversial New York art show, Enigma of Blood, by artist Wenda Gu. All of these images come together, resonating into one voice, bringing menstruation, at last, out from Under Wraps.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


Velvet Dreams

Velvet Dreams  

A homage to Dusky Maiden images as well as a playful take on the low art of velvet painting, Sima Urale's second film Velvet Dreams provides a tongue in cheek exploration of Pacific Island stereotypes. Part detective story, part documentary, an unseen narrator goes in search of a Dusky Maiden painting he has fallen in love with. Along the way he meets artists, fans and critics of the kitsch art genre as well as the Gaugin like figure of Charlie McPhee.

 

Non-Fiction / 1 x one hour


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