Art Documentaries

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Director: Nancy Buirski
Year: 2013

Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At age 27, Tanny was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again.

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Director: Andreas Johnsen
Year: 2014

An intimate and powerful encounter with one of today's most politically influential artists and the system he challenges.

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

An American Journey: In Robert Frank's Footsteps

An American Journey: In Robert Frank's Footsteps

Director: Philippe Séclier
Year: 2009

Robert Frank's The Americans (1958) transformed the landscape of contemporary photography. Fifty years later, filmmaker Philippe Seclier follows in Frank's footsteps, retracing his path step by step on a 15,000 mile odyssey through contemporary...

An American Journey: In Robert Frank's Footsteps

Art of Faith

Art of Faith

Director: John McCarthy
Year: 2008

Travel to the four corners of the world in this visually sumptuous series that captures the best examples of the art and architecture of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each film brings to life the most significant religious buildings of the three...

Art of Faith

Better Things

Better Things

Director: Maria Paz Cabardo
Year: 2012

Jeffrey Catherine Jones was a transgender painter, illustrator, and comics artist. Narrated and told through the experiences and perceptions of Jeffrey, the film is guided and shaped by a group of creators who were influenced by Jeffrey at various...

Better Things

Beuys

Beuys

Director: Andres Veiel
Year: 2018

Using previously untapped visual and audio sources, this one-of-a-kind chronicle of visionary artist Joseph Beuys is an intimate and in-depth look at a human being, his art and ideas, and the way they have impacted the world.

Beuys

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Director: Stephen Silha, Eric Slade
Year: 2013

A chronicle of the iconoclastic life of gay poet, filmmaker, and spiritual visionary James Broughton, one of the defining voices of the sexual revolution, whose groundbreaking artistic celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations...

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham New York

Director: Richard Press
Year: 2010

“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and...

Bill Cunningham New York

Blank City

Blank City

Director: Céline Danhier
Year: 2011

BLANK CITY is an "absorbing snapshot of a daring time" (LA Times) when a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history.

Blank City

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake

Year: 2012

No ballet has such appeal as Swan Lake, a haunting fable of a young man’s naïveté and a beautiful girl’s entrapment in swan’s feathers, all swept up in Tchaikovsky’s emotional music. The Bolshoi prima ballerina...

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake

Boneshop of the Heart

Boneshop of the Heart

Director: Scott Crocker
Year: 2014

This acclaimed and thought-provoking documentary provides a rare and illuminating exploration of the creative process through incisive portraits of five seminal figures from a significant chapter in contemporary American folk art. Variously describe...

Boneshop of the Heart

Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

Director: Catherine Gund
Year: 2014

Elizabeth Streb and the STREB Extreme Action Company form a motley troupe of flyers and crashers. Propelled by Streb's edict that anything too safe is not action, these daredevils challenge the assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human...

Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

Director: Gereon Wetzel
Year: 2011

For six months of the year, renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adria closes his restaurant El Bulli and works with his culinary team to prepare the menu for the next season. An elegant, detailed study of food as avant-garde art, EL BULLI: COOKING IN...

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

Charlotte Rampling: The Look

Charlotte Rampling: The Look

Director: Angelina Maccarone
Year: 2011

THE LOOK features Charlotte Rampling in a series of reflective conversations with artists, friends, and one-time collaborators such as novelist Paul Auster and photographers Peter Lindbergh and Juergen Teller, revealing the personality and...

Charlotte Rampling: The Look

D.W. Griffith: Father of Film

D.W. Griffith: Father of Film

Director: David Gill, Kevin Brownlow
Year: 1993

Acclaimed three-part documentary tells the proud, sad story of D.W. Griffith: the man who first brought artistry and ambition to the movies, and then, having dragged a reluctant American film industry to international prominence, found it had no...

D.W. Griffith: Father of Film

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Director: Alan Edelstein, Molly Bernstein
Year: 2013

DECEPTIVE PRACTICE traces Jay's achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather, to such now-forgotten legends as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini and his primary mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller.

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Derek

Derek

Director: Isaac Julien
Year: 2008

Written and narrated by Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, this documentary blends vintage clips from Jarman's groundbreaking experimental works, never-before-seen footage from his films, and candid interviews shot shortly before his death in 1994.

Derek

Dirty Diaries: 12 Shorts of Feminist Porn

Dirty Diaries: 12 Shorts of Feminist Porn

Director: Martin Östberg, Elin Magnusson, Sara Kaaman, Ester Martin Bergsmark, Nelli, Andreas, Åsa Sandzén, Pella Kågerman, Tora Mårtens, Wolfe Madam, Jennifer Rainsford, Universal Pussy, Joanna Rytel, Ingrid Ryberg
Year: 2009

Dirty Diaries is a collection of twelve short pornographic films created by a group of feminist filmmakers in Sweden. The series of shorts is intended as a feminist response to traditional pornography -- porn films made by women to explore and...

Dirty Diaries: 12 Shorts of Feminist Porn

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster

Director: Eric P. Sharkey
Year: 2012

DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER is a feature-length documentary film highlighting the career of poster artist Drew Struzan, whose most popular works include the Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and Star Wars movie posters.

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster

The Dwarvenaut

The Dwarvenaut

Director: Josh Bishop
Year: 2016

The Dwarvenaut gives viewers a glimpse into the visionary mind of Brooklyn-based artist and entrepreneur Stefan Pokorny. Director Josh Bishop weaves together memories of Stefan’s tumultuous childhood with his modern day escapades to paint a...

The Dwarvenaut

Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse

Director: Marcie Begleiter
Year: 2016

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long...

Eva Hesse

Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray

Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray

Director: Kristi Zea
Year: 2017

A determined single mom, with nothing but guts and vision, breaks through notorious art world barriers to become one of the outstanding painters of our time.

Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray

FLicKeR

FLicKeR

Director: Nik Sheehan
Year: 2008

This award-winning documentary about poet, calligrapher and mystic Brion Gysin portrays the life and legacy of an artist who believed art could revolutionize human consciousness. This film chronicles Gysin's complex ideas and influence with some key...

FLicKeR

Finding Fela

Finding Fela

Director: Alex Gibney
Year: 2014

Directed by Alex Gibney, this is the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life, his music, his social and political importance and how his impact transformed the life of many Nigerians and rights activists throughout the world.

Finding Fela

Flex is Kings

Flex is Kings

Director: Michael Beach Nichols, Deidre Schoo
Year: 2013

Flex is Kings is a riveting and awe-inspiring look inside the world of Brooklyn street dancing known as flexing. Directors Michael Beach Nichols and Deidre Schoo take audiences along on the emotional journey of several young dancers; dancers who vie...

Flex is Kings

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

Director: Pip Chodorov
Year: 2010

This documentary provides a vivid introduction to one of the most important, yet perpetually marginalized, realms of filmmaking: Avant-garde cinema. In its exploration of this expansive domain, FREE RADICALS privileges rare interviews with filmmaker...

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

From Caligari to Hitler

From Caligari to Hitler

Year: 2014

A visually rich documentary that analyzes German Weimar cinema and its relation to the Fascist regime that followed.

From Caligari to Hitler

The Gates

The Gates

Director: Matthew Prinzing, David Maysles, Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles
Year: 2008

Co-directed by Antonio Ferrera and Albert Maysles, The Gates chronicles the evolution of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's installation from concept to installation, ultimately overcoming public disapproval and transforming Central Park into a visual...

The Gates

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

Director: Peter Raymont, Michèle Hozer
Year: 2010

Peter Raymont's documentary humanizes the legend of Glenn Gould, weaving together an unprecedented array of unseen footage, private home recordings and diaries, as well as compelling interviews with Gould's most intimate friends and lovers.

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus

George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus

Director: Jeffrey Perkins
Year: 2019

A feature documentary as mercurial as its subject: the impresario of the international avant-garde art movement Fluxus (1962-78). Featuring interviews with Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, and Nam June Paik.

George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus

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