ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

Abacus Federal Savings Bank is a modest institution of New York’s Chinatown that came under harsh prosecution in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. While other banks were considered ‘too big to fail,’ Abacus was ‘small enough to jail.’ Filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) follows the bank’s founder Thomas Sung and his family as […]

THE B-SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN’S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Elsa Dorfman is a master practitioner of a rare photographic format, the large-size Polaroid 20′ x 24′ camera. For three decades in her studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she took thousands of portraits, including those of accomplished friends like poet Allen Ginsberg and singer Jonathan Richman. Now in her late 70s, she opens her archives and […]

CHASING CORAL

Following his acclaimed film Chasing Ice, director Jeff Orlowski sets out to chronicle the environmental devastation happening to the world’s coral reefs. With gorgeous cinematography, the film takes us to an undersea world most of us will never encounter up close. Time-lapse photography documents the heartbreaking losses of coral in the Great Barrier Reef and […]

CITY OF GHOSTS

After Raqqa, Syria, was overtaken by ISIS in 2014, a group of anonymous citizen journalists formed a collective to report the truth of the Syrian conflict to the outside world. With remarkable access, director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) presents an intimate and immersive profile of the brave figures involved, revealing what they’ve sacrificed through their […]

DINA

Dina and Scott, both on the autism spectrum, are in love, but have different experiences and comfort levels around physical intimacy. In advance of their upcoming nuptials, the couple moves in together, but Scott remains resistant to Dina’s creative attempts to take their relationship to the next level. Winner of the US Documentary Grand Jury […]

FACES PLACES

Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Golden Eye Award for documentary and the Toronto International Film Festival Documentary People’s Choice Award, Faces Places creates an unexpected pairing of the octogenarian French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda (The Gleaners & I) and the much younger street artist JR. Journeying through France, they create photo murals that […]

OPENING NIGHT: THE FINAL YEAR

NYC PREMIERE During 2016, filmmaker Greg Barker gained access to key members of outgoing US President Barack Obama’s administration Secretary of State John Kerry, Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, confidant and speechwriter Ben Rhodes and others for an unprecedented look at the shaping of US foreign policy. While TV shows from The West […]

THE FORCE

Director and cinematographer Peter Nicks (The Waiting Room) embeds with the Oakland police force for two years during a time of upheaval. The film covers officers on patrol as well as the chief tasked with overhauling a criticized and demoralized force. We witness the difficult work both on the ground and in the upper echelons […]

ICARUS

Filmmaker Bryan Fogel, an avid cyclist, decides to investigate and chronicle the effects of performance-enhancing drugs by using them on his own body. In the course of this experiment, Fogel meets and befriends Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, a Russian scientist with intimate knowledge of his country’s Olympic program. From there, this Sundance Film Festival special jury […]

JANE

In the 1960s, National Geographic sent a cameraman to film Jane Goodall’s pioneering work with chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park. More than 50 years later, filmmaker Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, On the Ropes) gained access to over 140 hours of this remarkable 16mm color footage. Morgen combines this archival material […]