Top Indie Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill on DVD The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Synopsis
This poignant documentary chronicles the true story of a modern-day St. Francis of Assisi, a homeless San Francisco street musician by the name of Mark Bittner who adopts a flock of wild parrots as he searches for meaning in his life. With a surprise ending that left festival audiences cheering, director Judy Irving's film celebrates urban wildness -- human and avian -- and links parrot antics to human behavior.
Cast
Cast
Mark Bittner
Director
Director
Judy Irving
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Why We Fight on DVD Why We Fight
Synopsis
Through personal stories of soldiers, government officials, scholars, journalists and innocent victims, this documentary examines the political and economic interests and ideological factors, past and present, behind American militarism.
Cast
Cast
John S.D. Eisenhower, John McCain, Gore Vidal, Chalmers Johnson, Graydon Carter, William Kristol, James G. Roche, Richard Perle
Director
Director
Eugene Jarecki
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Mad Hot Ballroom on DVD Mad Hot Ballroom
Synopsis
Ballroom dancing goes from lame to cool for a group of New York City students in this insightful documentary, which follows a group of 11-year-olds as they learn to dance old-school styles including the merengue, rumba, tango, foxtrot and swing. Candid interviews capture the kids' initial reluctance at learning ballroom dance and their transformation into serious competitors determined to win a citywide competition.
Cast
Cast
Heather Berman, Emma Therese Biegacki, Paul Daggett, Graciela Daniele, Pierre Dulaine, Tara Devon Gallagher, Brian David Cange, Madeleine Hackney, Rodney Lopez, Victoria Malvagno
Director
Director
Marilyn Agrelo
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Latin & Ballroom Dance, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Deliver Us from Evil on DVD Deliver Us from Evil
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated documentary investigates the life pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady and exposes corruption that allowed him to abuse countless children. Victims' stories and a disturbing interview with O'Grady offer a view into his troubled mind.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Amy Berg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Rivers and Tides on DVD Rivers and Tides
Synopsis
This astonishing documentary from Thomas Riedelsheimer shadows renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy as he creates works of art with ice, driftwood, leaves, stone, dirt and snow in open fields, beaches, rivers, creeks and forests. With each new creation, he carefully studies the energetic flow and transitory nature of his work. The film won the Golden Gate Award Grand Prize for Best Documentary at the 2003 San Francisco International Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Andy Goldsworthy
Director
Director
Thomas Riedelsheimer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Sculpture, Art & Design
Rent Word Wars on DVD Word Wars
Synopsis
In this character-driven documentary, filmmakers Eric Chaikin and Julian Petrillo follow four "word nerds" through their fastidious preparations and smaller tournaments that lead to the national championship Scrabble tournament in San Diego in 2002. Our favorite contender: Joel Sherman, a true dork with acid reflux trouble (he constantly quaffs Maalox) and no other discernable job besides playing Scrabble.
Cast
Cast
Joel Sherman, Joe Edley, Matt Graham, Marlon Hill
Director
Director
Eric Chaikin, Julian Petrillo
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Uncovered: The War on Iraq on DVD Uncovered: The War on Iraq
Synopsis
In this examination of the United States government's case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, filmmaker Robert Greenwald provides compelling evidence that the Bush administration misled American citizens in the run-up to war. Crosscutting interviews with CIA analysts, weapons inspectors and military brass with press conferences and speeches from Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and former President Bush, the film paints a thought-provoking picture.
Cast
Cast
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, John Dean, Dr. Hans Blix, David Kay, Paul Wolfowitz, Karen Kwiatkowski, Scott Ritter, Donald Rumsfeld
Director
Director
Robert Greenwald, David O. Russell
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent My Kid Could Paint That on DVD My Kid Could Paint That
Synopsis
Amir Bar-Lev directs this thought-provoking documentary about a precocious 4-year-old artist whose abstract works have drawn critical comparisons with modernist greats such as Kandinsky, Picasso and Pollack. Her talents have already profited her and her parents hundreds of thousands of dollars. But is she truly an artistic visionary trapped in the body of a preschooler, or is her gift with a paintbrush mere illusion?
Cast
Cast
Marla Olmstead, Laura Olmstead
Director
Director
Amir Bar-Lev
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Painting, Art & Design, Indie Documentaries
Rent War Dance on DVD War Dance
Synopsis
Set in civil war-ravaged Northern Uganda, this Best Documentary Oscar nominee follows the lives of three youngsters who attend school in a refugee camp and find hope through a rich tradition of song and dance. Coming from a world in which children are abducted from their families and forced to fight in the rebel army, these kids give it their all when they travel to the capital city to take part in the prestigious Kampala Music Festival.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Sean Fine, Andrea Nix
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, World Music, World Dance, Indie Documentaries
Rent Sex: The Annabel Chong Story on DVD Sex: The Annabel Chong Story
Synopsis
On January 19, 1995, a 22-year-old undergraduate in gender studies named Annabel Chong embarked on a marathon crusade to secure fame, notoriety and a permanent place in the hallowed halls of fornication. Her feat: having sex with 251 men over the course of one 10-hour day, doubling the record set by a sex worker in Amsterdam. Discover exactly what went into her decision in this fascinating, disturbing and intensely provocative documentary.
Cast
Cast
Annabel Chong, Al Goldstein, Ron Jeremy, Seymore Butts, John Bowen
Director
Director
Gough Lewis
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent In the Realms of the Unreal on DVD In the Realms of the Unreal
Synopsis
Featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning and Larry Pine and the work of talented animators, this documentary tells the story of Henry Darger, a reclusive janitor by day with few -- if any -- friends, but by night a literary artist with a unique vision. Darger's resulting 15,000-page epic is a wonderland of imagination as it details the exploits of seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against men who enslave children.
Cast
Cast
Larry Pine, Dakota Fanning, Henry Darger
Director
Director
Jessica Yu
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Art & Design, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Genghis Blues on DVD Genghis Blues
Synopsis
Blind San Francisco blues singer Paul Pena became fascinated with Tuvan throat singing after hearing it on a Russian radio broadcast, and this Oscar-nominated documentary chronicles his journey to mastering the Central Asian performance art. When he met the Tuvan masters on a U.S. tour, the musicians were so impressed with Pena that they invited him to Tuva's annual singing contest, where he became the first Westerner to compete.
Cast
Cast
Paul Pena, Kongar -ol Ondar, Ralph Leighton, Richard Feynman, Mario Casetta
Director
Director
Roko Belic
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Music & Musicals, Urban & Dance, Blues
Rent Party Monster: The Shockumentary on DVD Party Monster: The Shockumentary
Synopsis
This sometimes-gruesome -- but engrossing -- documentary, a 1998 Sundance Film Festival entry, traces the path that club-kid-gone-bad Michael Alig followed as he went from being one of New York's most famous party promoters to a drug-addled murderer. Features include a prison interview with Alig and a short film about videographer Nelson Sullivan, who covered the scene that spawned such creative personalities as Madonna and artist Jeffrey Koons.
Cast
Cast
Michael Alig, Gitsie, James St. James, Keoki, Eric Bernat, Michael Musto, Al D. Rodriguez, Walt Paper
Director
Director
Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Gay, Indie Documentaries, Indie LGBT, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Eyes of Tammy Faye on DVD The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Synopsis
RuPaul narrates this tongue-in-cheek documentary from Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato that chronicles Tammy Faye Bakker's journey from traveling evangelist to weepy, scandal-scarred cult icon.
Cast
Cast
Tammy Faye, RuPaul, Jim J. Bullock
Director
Director
Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Unknown White Male on DVD Unknown White Male
Synopsis
Filmmaker Rupert Murray tells the true story of Doug Bruce, a man who woke up on a New York subway with no clues as to who he was, other than a random phone number and a British accent. Documenting Doug's quiet terror upon discovering he has no memory of his former life -- and his detachment when meeting friends and family he's known for years -- this intriguing film explores the true nature of identity.
Cast
Cast
Doug Bruce
Director
Director
Rupert Murray
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers on DVD Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
Synopsis
Director Robert Greenwald makes a passionate point -- that private contractors are getting rich while others are suffering -- in this thought-provoking 2006 documentary about profiteering and the Iraq War. Using whistle-blower testimony, firsthand accounts, financial records and classified documents, Greenwald levels charges of greed, corruption and incompetence against private contractors and shows the effect they have on Americans and Iraqis.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Robert Greenwald
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Crumb on DVD Crumb
Synopsis
Director Terry Zwigoff spent six years compiling this portrait of the underground cartoonist Robert Crumb, an animation cult hero whose characters Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural became counterculture icons. Candid interviews with Crumb's friends, family and the artist himself render a compelling profile of a tormented man who transcended a harrowing upbringing. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Robert Crumb
Director
Director
Terry Zwigoff
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent I.O.U.S.A. on DVD I.O.U.S.A.
Synopsis
With the country's debt growing out of control, Americans by and large are unaware of the looming financial crisis. This documentary examines several of the ways America can get its economy back on the right track. In addition to looking at the federal deficit and trade deficit, the film also closely explores the challenges of funding national entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Patrick Creadon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent The Celluloid Closet on DVD The Celluloid Closet
Synopsis
Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this acclaimed documentary takes its name from Vito Russo's groundbreaking book. The filmmakers examine the subtext of more than 100 Hollywood movies -- including Spartacus, Rope and Thelma and Louise -- and chart the cinematic journey of lesbian and gay characters. Film clips are paired with director, producer and actor interviews featuring, among others, Gore Vidal, Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg.
Cast
Cast
Tony Curtis, Lily Tomlin, Harvey Fierstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Shirley MacLaine, Susan Sarandon
Director
Director
Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Genres
Genres
LGBT, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent 4 Little Girls on DVD 4 Little Girls
Synopsis
Director Spike Lee uses this feature-length documentary to tell the story of the 1963 bombing of an Alabama African-American church -- an event that took the lives of four young girls and became a pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle. Lee's film examines the crime and its perpetrators as well as the four young victims (as described by friends and families). It also includes interviews with noted civil rights activists and journalists.
Cast
Cast
Maxine McNair, Wamo Reed Robertson, Dianne Braddock, Chris McNair, Helen Pegues, Queen Nunn, Arthur Hanes Jr., Howell Raines, Harold McNair, Carole C., Smitherman
Director
Director
Spike Lee
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, African-American Documentaries
Rent A Decade Under the Influence on DVD A Decade Under the Influence
Synopsis
This documentary explores American cinema in the 1970s, a decade often described as the best years in film. What results is an ode to the art form, one that pays homage to the "auteurs" that emerged from that distinctive time period, such as Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. Director-writer Ted Demme passed away in the middle of the project; Richard LaGravenese stepped in to finish it. The film premiered at Sundance in January 2003.
Cast
Cast
Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Julie Christie, Ellen Burstyn, Jack Nicholson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Soderbergh, Polly Platt, Robert Altman, Jon Voight, John G. Avildsen, Robert Towne, Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Marshall Brickman, Roy Scheider, John Calley, Jerry Schatzberg, Roger Corman, Sydney Pollack, Bruce Dern, Mike Medavoy, Milos Forman, Paul Mazursky, Pam Grier, Dennis Hopper, Sidney Lumet, Neil LaBute, Alexander Payne
Director
Director
Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Unprecedented on DVD Unprecedented
Synopsis
Filmmakers Joan Sekler and Richard Ray Perez rehash the dramatic events of the 2000 presidential election, exposing a chain of incidents they claim led up to the battle for the presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America. Narrated by Peter Coyote, this revealing documentary examines an allegedly suspicious pattern of irregularities, injustices and voter purges -- all in a state governed by the winning candidate's brother.
Cast
Cast
George W. Bush, Peter Coyote, Katherine Harris, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas
Director
Director
Richard Ray Perez, Joan Sekler
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Thin on DVD Thin
Synopsis
Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield chronicles six months in the lives of four women undergoing treatment for eating disorders in this revealing documentary that captures the stark realities of the disease with unprecedented access. Powerful and haunting, the film follows four anorexics ranging from age 15 to 30 as they undergo therapy sessions, endure daily weigh-ins and battle with staff at a Florida treatment center.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Lauren Greenfield
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, HBO
Rent The End of Suburbia on DVD The End of Suburbia
Synopsis
This provocative documentary examines the history of suburban life and the wisdom of this distinctly American way of life. A post-World War II concept, suburbia attracted droves of people, giving rise to sprawl and all that comes with it -- good and bad. How has the environment been affected by this lifestyle, and is it sustainable? Director Gregory Greene dares to ask all the tough questions.
Cast
Cast
Barrie Zwicker, James Howard Kunstler
Director
Director
Gregory Greene
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Gunner Palace on DVD Gunner Palace
Synopsis
Get inside the heads of our troops in Iraq via this engrossing portrait. Director Michael Tucker lived with 2/3 Field Artillery ("The Gunners") for two months and captured the humanity of these soldiers, whose barracks in the most volatile section of Baghdad are the ransacked pleasure palace of Uday Hussein. Tucker's footage provides a rare look at the lives of these soldiers, whether they're swimming in Uday's pool or raiding terrorist lairs.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Tarnation on DVD Tarnation
Synopsis
Culled from 19 years of his life, filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's documentary about growing up with his schizophrenic mother is a mixture of snapshots, Super-8 footage, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films and more. By turns, Caouette is ambivalent about his mother's condition, expressing both love and pain for her -- and, bravely, admitting the fact that there's more than one truth on view here.
Cast
Cast
Renee Leblanc, Jonathan Caouette, Adolph Davis, Rosemary Davis, Michael Cox, Dagon James
Director
Director
Jonathan Caouette
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Fast, Cheap & Out of Control on DVD Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
Synopsis
Filmmaker Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line) interviews four eccentrics -- a wild animal trainer, a topiary gardener, a robot designer and an expert on the naked mole rat -- to examine the narrow boundary that separates madness from sheer genius. This fascinating documentary combines commentary with old movies, cartoons and stock footage to paint a compelling, kaleidoscopic portrait of these four obsessed individuals.
Cast
Cast
Dave Hoover, George Mendonca, Ray Mendez, Rodney Brooks
Director
Director
Errol Morris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Harlan County, U.S.A. on DVD Harlan County, U.S.A.
Synopsis
Director Barbara Kopple's film about the 1973 coal miners' strike in Harlan County, Ky., won a Best Documentary Oscar and was selected for the National Film Registry. Highlighting the struggles of families living in shacks with no indoor plumbing and enduring hazardous working conditions, the film details the conflict between the Eastover Mining Co. and the laborers determined to join the United Mine Workers of America.
Cast
Cast
Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks, John Corcoran, John O'Leary, Dr. Donald Rasmussen
Director
Director
Barbara Kopple
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Small Town Gay Bar on DVD Small Town Gay Bar
Synopsis
Despite the collective outings of Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Rosie O'Donnell and Olympic diver Greg Louganis, homophobia is alive and well -- especially in the small towns of the Deep South. Focusing on the day-to-day struggles of two Mississippi gay bars and the grateful patrons who often travel hundreds of miles to find them, filmmaker Malcolm Ingram reveals a surprisingly close community that treats its residents like family members.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Malcolm Ingram
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, LGBT
Rent New York Doll on DVD New York Doll
Synopsis
Greg Whiteley's documentary tells the story of glam-rock-punk band the New York Dolls, from their meteoric rise to their drug-and-alcohol-riddled demise. But the film's main focus is a current portrait of bassist and leader Arthur "Killer" Kane, a recovering alcoholic who now lives a quiet life as a Mormon. When rocker Morrissey plans a reunion of the band, Whiteley captures Kane and the rest of the group as they attempt a surprising comeback.
Cast
Cast
David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Arthur Kane, Morrissey, Bob Geldof, Iggy Pop, Mick Jones, Steve Conte
Director
Director
Greg Whiteley
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Punk Rock
Rent Voices of Iraq on DVD Voices of Iraq
Synopsis
The makers of this documentary handed out more than 150 video cameras to Iraqi citizens -- mothers, children, sheiks, insurgents and many others -- and asked them to voice their perspectives on war, terror and reform. The result is a unique tableau documenting Iraqis' lives and hopes as they struggle with years of turmoil and strive to build a civil society. Some of the footage, which depicts many casualties, is startlingly graphic.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent The Comedians of Comedy: The Movie on DVD The Comedians of Comedy: The Movie
Synopsis
A documentary film crew follows veteran stand-up comic Patton Oswalt (of "The King of Queens" fame) and fellow "alternative comics" Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford and Zach Galifianakis on the Comedians of Comedy Tour. Along with performance clips, the film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the comedians and the challenges of presenting material that isn't necessarily for the masses -- and of playing rock venues rather than the usual comedy clubs.
Cast
Cast
Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, Zach Galifianakis
Director
Director
Michael Blieden
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Protagonist on DVD Protagonist
Synopsis
This documentary from filmmaker Jessica Yu explores the lives of four men -- a German terrorist, a thief, an "ex-gay" Christian evangelist and a martial arts student -- who go to extremes to work through the aftermath of their harsh childhoods.
Cast
Cast
Mark Salzman, Joe Loya, Mark Pierpont, Hans-Joachim Klein
Director
Director
Jessica Yu
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Sex with Strangers on DVD Sex with Strangers
Synopsis
This titillating documentary from "Taxicab Confessions" creators Joe and Harry Glantz looks at three couples who have found a way to spice up their relationships by opening them up to other participants. James and Theresa take to swinging with gusto; Shannon and Gerard wonder what it might do to their marriage; and Calvin, Julie and Sara discover that threesomes (and then some) aren't as fantastic as many imagine them to be.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Harry Gantz, Joe Gantz
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Showtime
Rent Manda Bala on DVD Manda Bala
Synopsis
In this film that won a Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, director Jason Kohn aims his lens at Brazil, widely considered one of the world's most corrupt and violent nations, to capture the ways people make a living -- and try to stay alive. The subjects include a businessman who invests in bulletproofing his cars, a plastic surgeon who specializes in the reconstruction of mutilated ears and other peculiar means of livelihood.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Jason Kohn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Brazil, Foreign Regions
Rent Regret to Inform on DVD Regret to Inform
Synopsis
Venturing to Vietnam 20 years after her husband's death, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn finds a landscape filled with the psychological remnants of war in this film about the common ground shared by widows on both sides of the conflict. Filled with archival footage, breathtaking visions of modern Vietnam and tragic stories from American and Vietnamese women who lost their husbands to war, this Oscar-nominated documentary details an unforgettable journey.
Cast
Cast
Barbara Sonneborn, Xuan Ngoc Nguyen
Director
Director
Barbara Sonneborn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, PBS Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Awesome: I F**kin' Shot That! on DVD Awesome: I F**kin' Shot That!
Synopsis
What happens when you give 50 audience members at a sold-out 2004 Beastie Boys concert a handheld video camera and ask them to film? Well, for one thing, you get a clever title. You also get an innovative reinvention of the concert film experience. Blending the perspectives of a range of voyeuristic fans into one cohesive vision, director Nathaniel Hornblower (aka Adam "MCA" Yauch) captures the frenetic excitement of the crowd and the hip-hop legends.
Cast
Cast
Beastie Boys, Mike D, Adam Horovitz, MCA, Mix Master Mike, Money Mark, Doug E. Fresh
Director
Director
Nathaniel Hornblower
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Indie Documentaries, Rap & Hip-Hop
Rent Michael Moore Hates America on DVD Michael Moore Hates America
Synopsis
The tables are turned on revolutionary filmmaker Michael Moore in this documentary by Michael Wilson, who believes that America isn't as polarized and troubled as Moore makes out to be in his movies. Taking a page from the legend himself, Wilson tries to track down Moore for an interview, employing techniques the cineaste has employed himself. Does Wilson manage to accomplish his goal and reach the elusive Moore?
Cast
Cast
Andrew Breitbart, Peter Damon, Dinesh D'Souza, Sandra Froman, Carr Hagerman, Jan Jacobson, Penn Jillette, Albert Maysles, Christopher Ohlsen, J.C. Watts, Michael Wilson
Director
Director
Michael Wilson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Yeah Right! on DVD Yeah Right!
Synopsis
Director Spike Jonze takes a stab at the world of skateboarding in this documentary about one of the sport's most notorious teams, The Girl Skateboard Company. Jonze's unique approach is felt through his dynamic footage and camera tricks. Stars like Ty Evans and Cory Weincheque explain the allure behind the sport and what makes this specific team tick. The film also includes a creative invisible skateboard sequence and a cameo by actor Owen Wilson.
Cast
Cast
Owen Wilson, Brian Anderson, Brandon Biebel, Tony Ferguson, Rick Howard, Mike Carroll
Director
Director
Spike Jonze, Ty Evans
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Stories, Skateboarding, Sports Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Janis: Little Girl Blue on DVD Janis: Little Girl Blue
Synopsis
In this insightful portrait of 1960s rock legend Janis Joplin, private letters and interviews with her family, friends and colleagues reveal a fragile soul whose overpowering voice made her a superstar before her death from a drug overdose at age 27.
Cast
Cast
Janis Joplin, Cat Power
Director
Director
Amy Berg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries
Rent Rock School on DVD Rock School
Synopsis
At Paul Green's Philadelphia music school for kids, the "three R's" are rhythm and rock 'n' roll, as the energetic ex-rocker teaches kids the essentials of playing, singing and performing rock music. This documentary captures him working with his students, including a talented 12-year-old guitarist who just might be Jimi Hendrix's reincarnation. Green's top band is invited to perform at Zappanale, Germany's annual Frank Zappa cover-band festival.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Don Argott
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst on DVD Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Synopsis
Documenting a controversial chapter in American history, this film investigates the American domestic terrorist group that gained fame for the 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst, and her subsequent assimilation into the group. Robert Stone directs this riveting account of the rise and fall of an organization with utopian ideals that went tragically wrong, which includes interviews with SLA founder Russ Little.
Cast
Cast
Ronald Reagan, Patricia Hearst, Randolph Hearst, Timothy Findley, Catherine Hearst, Michael Bortin, Russ Little, Evelle Younger, Marcus Foster
Director
Director
Robert Stone
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Confessions of a Superhero on DVD Confessions of a Superhero
Synopsis
On Hollywood Boulevard, wannabe movie stars dress up as superheroes and pose for photos with tourists. Matt Ogens's documentary follows four of these quirky dreamers, who are just killing time until they're discovered. You'll get to know a Superman who takes his role to heart, an Incredible Hulk who sold his prized video game system for a ticket to Tinseltown, a Midwestern beauty queen-turned-Wonder Woman and a Batman in need of a little therapy.
Cast
Cast
Maxwell Allen, Christopher Dennis, Jennifer Gerht, Joseph McQueen
Director
Director
Matt Ogens
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Unbranded on DVD Unbranded
Synopsis
Intending to cross the United States from south to north on horseback, four friends saddle up their wild mustangs and begin a journey of self-discovery amid breathtaking vistas, uncovering some disquieting truths about the changing American West.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Phillip Baribeau
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Westerns, Indie Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries
Rent The Atomic Cafe on DVD The Atomic Cafe
Synopsis
A chilling and often hilarious reminder of Cold War-era paranoia in the United States, this film artfully compiles newsreel footage, government archives, military training films and 1950s music into a singular cinematic experience. Also covered are Washington's Communist witch hunt, the historic trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and the sagely prophetic comments of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Cast
Cast
Pierce Rafferty, Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent American Pimp on DVD American Pimp
Synopsis
Filmmakers Albert and Allen Hughes' riveting but sometimes disquieting documentary probes the exploitative world of urban pimp culture. Interlacing interviews, surveillance footage and clips from 1970s blaxploitation films, American Pimp sketches the careers of these charismatic flesh peddlers -- with colorful monikers such as C-Note and Bishop Don Magic Juan -- who spin self-ennobling tales of life in the trade.
Cast
Cast
Kenny 'K-Red' Red, Schauntte, Gorgeous Dre, Bradley, Rosebudd
Director
Director
Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent What Would Jesus Buy? on DVD What Would Jesus Buy?
Synopsis
Taking on rampant American consumerism with a focus on Christmas shopping, the Rev. Billy (Bill Talen) and the Church of Stop Shopping go on a cross-country journey to save citizens from the Shopocalypse in this hilarious documentary produced by Morgan Spurlock. Reminding shoppers of the true meaning of Christmas, Reverend Billy exorcises demons at Wal-Mart's headquarters and preaches his message at the Mall of America and Disneyland.
Cast
Cast
Bill Talen
Director
Director
Rob VanAlkemade
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Christmas
Rent Gay Sex in the '70s on DVD Gay Sex in the '70s
Synopsis
This fascinating documentary tells the story of a pivotal era in gay history -- the 12 years between the landmark incident at Stonewall in 1969 and the first reported cases of AIDS in 1981, which marked a period of unparalleled growth for America's gay community, ushering in a new era of sexual frankness. This film tells the story through colorful scenes from 1970s erotic life, and candid interviews with the gay New Yorkers who experienced it.
Cast
Cast
Robert Alvarez, Alvin Baltrop, Barton Benes, Tom Bianchi, Mel Cheren
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Joseph F. Lovett
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Documentary, LGBT, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent The Education of Shelby Knox on DVD The Education of Shelby Knox
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Small-town Texas teenager Shelby Knox becomes an advocate for sex education (and the local media's so-called "Sex Ed Girl") when she tries to improve the county's sky-high teen pregnancy rate by challenging her high school's policy of teaching abstinence. In this documentary from Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt -- which uses footage shot over a three-year period -- the action unfolds almost effortlessly, revealing a stunning transformation.
Cast
Cast
Shelby Knox
Director
Director
Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Beyond Belief on DVD Beyond Belief
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After forming a common bond in their grief when both lost their husbands on Sept. 11, 2001, strangers Patti Quigley and Susan Retik cope with their unimaginable loss by traveling to Afghanistan to meet women there who were also widowed by violence.
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Patti Quigley, Susan Retik
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Director
Beth Murphy
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
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If you're looking for a wife and have $3,000, look no further than "Cowboy Cupid" Ivan Thompson, who makes a living as a matchmaker to lonely American men, driving them deep into Mexico in search of the perfect woman. One client is Rick, a truck driver who finds U.S. women "too hard to please," and Ivan gives him lots of pointers that come in handy during the courtship. Michele Ohayon, a previous Oscar nominee, directs this quirky documentary.
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Cast
Ivan Thompson
Director
Director
Michele Ohayon
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent American Blackout on DVD American Blackout
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In this award-winning indictment of the election process, guerilla journalist Ian Inaba follows the efforts of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney to expose disturbing tactics that systematically disenfranchise black voters and silence dissent. A passionate advocate for civil rights, McKinney calls on all citizens to question the political machinery and protect democracy from the institutionalized racism imperiling the country.
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Ian Inaba
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For as long as there've been movies, there's been sex in movies -- a connection that filmmakers Lisa Ades and Lesli Klainberg explore in depth in this four-part series from the Independent Film Channel. In segments titled "Censored," "Taboos," "Teens" and "Extremes," a long list of film industry veterans -- including John Waters, Ally Sheedy, Dita Von Teese, Tatum O'Neal and more -- talk candidly about sex and cinema.
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Cast
Ally Sheedy, Tatum O'Neal, John Waters, Dita von Teese, Rosanna Arquette, Catherine Breillat, Atom Egoyan, John Cameron Mitchell, Peter Sarsgaard, Piper Perabo, Guinevere Turner, Allison Anders
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Rent Girl 27 on DVD Girl 27
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Author-screenwriter David Stenn investigates a notorious Hollywood scandal more than 65 years after it occurred, a rape case involving Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio execs and an underage dancer who refused to stay silent. Hired along with 120 other young girls to entertain MGM salesmen at a stag party in 1937, Patricia Douglas was violently raped and brought a landmark lawsuit against her attackers -- then mysteriously disappeared.
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Director
Director
David Stenn
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At 93, fashion legend Iris Apfel is clearly still at the top of her game -- supervising the dress selections for a tour, advising models and negotiating with buyers -- in this affectionate documentary by Albert Maysles, himself an octogenarian.
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Cast
Iris Apfel
Director
Director
Albert Maysles
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
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Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm represented a series of firsts: She was the first African-American woman elected to Congress and the first black person and woman to run a serious, high-profile campaign in the U.S. presidential primary. She made further history when she vied for the presidency in 1972. And while her inspiring journey would have made headlines today, it was virtually ignored by the mainstream media at the time.
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Cast
Shirley Chisholm, Walter Cronkite, George Wallace, Octavia Butler, Ron Dellums, Barbara Lee, Walter Fauntrov
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, African-American Documentaries
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Philosopher of filth and reigning king of bad taste, John Waters presents an outstanding live one-man show that celebrates his origins of trash with his signature brand of irreverent humor. Filmed live in New York, this devilishly delectable monologue focuses on Waters's early introductions to the grotesque that influenced the groundbreaking filmmaker and author, continually magnifying his twisted contributions of creativity.
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John Waters
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Director
Jeff Garlin
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Rent Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus on DVD Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus
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Jim White plays himself in this engaging journey into the Deep South. Director Andrew Douglas tracks the alternative-country crooner as he brings his music to such diverse establishments as churches, jails and roadside bars. Along the way, Douglas shows us the touching world of the impoverished whites who have been cast aside by modern society, only to create their own unorthodox culture. Music from Johnny Dowd and Lee Sexton is also featured.
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Jim White, Harry Crews, David Johansen, Lee Sexton, Johnny Dowd
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Focusing on the harsher side of Apple's mercurial CEO Steve Jobs, this unflinching documentary examines the demanding work environment he created for the company's employees and his cultlike influence on technology culture.
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Cast
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
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Filmmakers Thom Powers and Meema Spadola (director of the similarly fashioned Breasts: A Documentary) turn their cameras on men young and old, gay and straight, virginal and sexually experienced to expose the truth about sex, masculinity and male vulnerability. Baring their souls -- and, in many cases, their bodies -- a disparate group of men reveals what's on their minds when it comes to their genitalia.
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Meema Spadola, Thom Powers
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In 1990, thieves absconded with 13 masterpieces -- including works by Rembrandt and Vermeer -- from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, pulling off the greatest art heist in U.S. history. Rebecca Dreyfus's investigative documentary delves into this modern mystery, piecing together clues gleaned from archival documents, art critics, historians, collectors and informants (both credible and dubious) to shed light on the as-yet unsolved case.
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Blythe Danner, Campbell Scott, Harold J. Smith
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
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Talented and popular musician, poet and artist Patti Smith has been a rock icon for decades. Following Smith on the road, this Emmy-nominated documentary traces her unique personal and professional life through her lyrics, interviews and musical interludes. A complex and conflicted human being, Smith narrates the film and speaks candidly about her thoughts on spirituality, history and human nature.
Cast
Cast
Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty, Tom Verlaine, Sam Shepard, Flea, Philip Glass
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Steven Sebring
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Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Debbie Does Dallas: Uncovered on DVD Debbie Does Dallas: Uncovered
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This scintillating documentary offers a fresh look at an adult film classic by interviewing the original cast of Debbie Does Dallas, one of the most infamous pornography flicks of all time. Analyzing the film's lasting effect on the industry -- and the outrage it provoked among the public -- the program also probes the mysterious disappearance of starlet Bambi Woods, who vanished shortly after the film wrapped production.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Billy the Kid on DVD Billy the Kid
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Filmmaker Jennifer Venditti documents the engrossing life of Billy P., a teen in small-town Maine enamored with girls and pro wrestling. But as the cameras roll, a more complex portrait emerges of a troubled but ultimately triumphant young man. From finding the courage to ask a girl on a date to confronting his painful childhood with remarkable humor, Billy is a testament to the power of love and family to overcome any obstacle.
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Cast
Penny Baker, Billy P., Heather Pelletier
Director
Director
Jennifer Venditti
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, HBO Documentaries
Rent Speaking in Strings on DVD Speaking in Strings
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This acclaimed documentary tracks the tumultuous life and career of powerhouse classical violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, who has been both lauded and criticized for being too unrestrained and volatile onstage. Though widely considered eccentric, wild and unorthodox, this "bad girl" performer clearly plays with passion and emotion. Speaking in Strings delicately and lovingly handles her often painful life.
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Cast
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
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Director
Paola Di Florio
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Classical Instrumental Music, Indie Documentaries, Classical Music
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Performance artist Bob Flanagan suffered from cystic fibrosis throughout his short life. This disturbing, poignant and very funny documentary examines his personal odyssey to gain a measure of control over his body by inflicting pain on himself.
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Cast
Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose, Sarah Doucette, Kirby Dick, Kathe Burkhart, Rita Valencia
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Kirby Dick
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
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Filmed 60 years after the U.S. nuclear attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this documentary features interviews with atomic bomb survivors, who help shed light on the tragic events. Tens of thousands of people -- the overwhelming majority of whom were civilians -- perished in the bombings. Veteran filmmaker Steven Okazaki continues his tradition of carefully exploring the human side of difficult social issues.
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Cast
Director
Director
Steven Okazaki
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Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent The Nomi Song on DVD The Nomi Song
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Through concert footage, still photographs and vivid anecdotes, filmmaker Andrew Horn celebrates the brief but bittersweet life of 1980s cult sensation Klaus Nomi in this engrossing documentary. The German-born Nomi -- who died at 39 from AIDS complications -- was one of the most bizarre characters to rise to prominence on the pop-culture stage with his startling act, which spanned the opera, cabaret, New Wave and performance-art genres.
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Cast
Klaus Nomi, Ann Magnuson, Gabriele Lafari, David McDermott, Page Wood, Tony Frere, Man Parrish, Kristian Hoffman, Ron Johnsen, Kenny Scharf
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Andrew Horn
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries
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Offering a backstage look at the creation and realization of a ballet by choreographer Justin Peck, this fascinating documentary chronicles the intense artistic effort behind the production, the 422nd new work staged by the New York City Ballet.
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Cast
New York City Ballet, Justin Peck, Tiler Peck, Sterling Hyltin, Amar Ramasar
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Director
Jody Lee Lipes
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Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Sports Documentaries
Rent Coachella: The Film on DVD Coachella: The Film
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Set in a valley framed by desert mountains, the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival showcases groundbreaking artists from all musical genres. This collection of concert footage of the festival features myriad performances. Over the past six years, acts have included Radiohead, the White Stripes, the Pixies, the Flaming Lips, Iggy and the Stooges, Spearhead, Bjork, the Crystal Method, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more.
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Cast
Spearhead, White Stripes, Björk, Morrissey, Bright Eyes, The Flaming Lips, The Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pixies, Prodigy, Oasis, Radiohead, Belle & Sebastian, Iggy Pop, Iggy & The Stooges
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Director
Drew Thomas
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Rockumentaries, Indie Documentaries, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair on DVD How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair
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In 2003, Iraqi journalist Yunis Abbas was taken from his home by American soldiers and detained at Abu Ghraib prison on suspicion of planning to assassinate Tony Blair. Only thing is, he was innocent. Through his months-long ordeal played out like a comedy of errors, Yunis learned the true meaning of liberation. His unique story is told via co-director Michael Tucker's footage, Yunis's home videos and illustrations by co-director Petra Epperlein.
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Cast
Yunis Abbas
Director
Director
Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein
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Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Germany
Rent The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of... on DVD The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of...
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Aaron Swartz was a programming prodigy who helped shape the digital landscape we all use today. He helped develop the internet protocol RSS and was a co-founder of Reddit. Chronicling his pioneering efforts crusading for open access and free speech and the resulting legal nightmare and tragedy that ensued, The Internet's Own Boy is a dynamic and moving portrait of a brilliant tech millionaire who renounced the values of Silicon Valley startup culture and used technology to tirelessly fight for social justice, no matter what the cost.
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Cast
Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn
Director
Director
Brian Knappenberger
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The American Nightmare on DVD The American Nightmare
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In this documentary, horror film masterminds such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper and George Romero provide commentary on how the creation of their films in the 1960s and '70s helped meld audiences' visions of today's horror films. Fascinatingly, they also shed light on what served as inspirations for their horror flicks. Movies explored include Halloween, Last House on the Left, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more.
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Cast
John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Savini, George A. Romero, John Landis, Adam Lowenstein, Tobe Hooper, David Cronenberg, Tom Gunning, Carol J. Clover
Director
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Adam Simon
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Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent If a Tree Falls:... Earth Liberation Front on DVD If a Tree Falls:... Earth Liberation Front
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Filmmakers Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman examine the case of Daniel McGowan, a member of the radical environmental group Earth Liberation Front who was arrested for committing arson against two Oregon timber companies.
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Cast
Director
Director
Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman
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Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
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Legendary jazzman Clark Terry is profiled in this touching documentary that traces the trumpeter's long career. At age 89, he begins sharing his passion and experiences with an aspiring jazz pianist -- Justin Kauflin -- who's 66 years Terry's junior.
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Cast
Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Gwen Terry, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock
Director
Director
Alan Hicks
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story on DVD The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
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This documentary explores the peculiar story behind Robert and Richard Sherman, songwriting brothers who penned scores for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and many other hit musicals, despite having a strained personal relationship.
Cast
Cast
Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Lesley Ann Warren, John Landis, Karen Dotrice, John Lasseter, Jim Dale, Micky Dolenz, Jon Turteltaub, Leonard Maltin, Richard Sherman, Robert Sherman
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Gregory V. Sherman, Jeffrey C. Sherman
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent 1000 Journals on DVD 1000 Journals
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In 2000, San Francisco-based artist Someguy sent 1,000 blank journals out into the world. In 2003, journal No. 526 returned with entries as diverse as the authors. Obsessed with the whereabouts of the remaining 999 journals, filmmaker Andrea Kreuzhage set out to find them. Her hunt reveals a remarkable experiment in interaction, connectivity, self-expression and creativity among friends and strangers alike from all across the world.
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Cast
Director
Director
Andrea Kreuzhage
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Genres
Independent, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Gaza Strip on DVD Gaza Strip
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The embattled Gaza Strip is the setting for this stirring documentary from American filmmaker James Longley. Initially intending his film to be a straightforward look at the Palestinian <i>intifada</i>, Longley headed there in January 2001 for what he thought would be two short weeks. Instead, he stayed for three months, logging over 75 hours of film that tracked a number of momentous occasions, including the election of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
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Cast
Director
Director
James Longley
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent All Things Must Pass on DVD All Things Must Pass
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After dominating the retail music market for decades, Tower Records ultimately fell victim to the Internet and free streaming sites, providing an object lesson for businesses that fail to evolve in the face of changing marketplace realities.
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Russ Solomon, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Dave Grohl, David Geffen
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Colin Hanks
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Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Rockumentaries
Rent National Gallery on DVD National Gallery
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With more than 2,000 paintings spanning seven centuries, London's National Gallery is alive with art and humanity -- all of which are illuminated by documentarian Frederick Wiseman's far-ranging lens.
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Director
Director
Frederick Wiseman
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Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Art & Design
Rent Heavy Metal in Baghdad on DVD Heavy Metal in Baghdad
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In 2005, Iraqi heavy metal outfit Acrassicauda put on a sold-out show in Baghdad. A year later, two journalists journeyed to Iraq to interview the band, only to find the rockers -- and the country -- torn apart by war. A fascinating glimpse into the daily life of young Iraqis dodging bullets in the streets, this documentary paints a portrait of a youth culture that somehow persists in the face of sectarian violence and war.
Cast
Cast
Acrassicauda
Director
Director
Eddy Moretti, Suroosh Alvi
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Asked to fill the shoes of iconic designer John Galliano, Raf Simons is given two months to prepare his inaugural fashion collection for Christian Dior in this behind-the-scenes look at the high-pressure world of haute couture.
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Documentary, Indie Documentaries
Rent Fall from Grace on DVD Fall from Grace
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For years, the Rev. Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church have preached a message of intolerance and hatred, aimed at homosexuals. This compelling documentary shines a spotlight on Phelps and his followers, widely condemned as a hate group. K. Ryan Jones's debut takes a hard look a church that claims that everything from the poor economy to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks can be tied to God's wrath over so-called sexual deviance.
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Director
Director
K. Ryan Jones
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Founded in 1970 as a wacky, shocking and irreverent humor magazine, "National Lampoon" touched off a revolution in American comedic style, as chronicled in this affectionate look at the publication's history and legacy.
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Cast
Director
Director
Douglas Tirola
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
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Filmed over five years, this documentary from award-winning filmmakers Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan chronicles the events that unfold after 29-year-old Stephen Heywood is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Stephen decides to marry and start a family, while his brother rallies a group of renegade scientists to find a cure. Armed with a sense of humor and undying love for Stephen, the Heywood family refuses to give up hope.
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Stephen Heywood
Director
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Steven Ascher, Jeanne Jordan
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Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Everything's Cool on DVD Everything's Cool
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In this documentary, filmmakers Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand (Blue Vinyl) follow a troupe of self-proclaimed global warming "warriors" on a mission to get the world to care about rising temperatures and melting polar ice caps. Taking a topic that's inherently serious and applying their signature blend of humor and emotional heft, Gold and Helfand advance the environmental dialogue in a surprisingly entertaining way.
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Director
Director
Daniel B. Gold, Judith Helfand
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Rent Red Without Blue on DVD Red Without Blue
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This provocative and insightful film documents three years in the lives of identical twins Mark and Alex Farley as they come to terms not only with their homosexuality, but also with Alex's decision to transition from male to female. Haunted by a troubled past -- including divorced parents, discrimination and a joint suicide attempt -- the brothers struggle to affirm their identity and learn what it means to be a family outside of traditional norms.
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Cast
Clair Farley, Jennie Farley, Mark Oliver Farley, Scott Farley, Jennifer Jordan, David Suarez
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Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills, Todd Sills
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Dating back to the 1700s, Mobile, Alabama's Mardi Gras celebration is the oldest in the country -- and it's still going strong today. With the annual event as its focus, this documentary explores the city, its mystical societies and race relations. Tens of thousands of enthusiastic revelers descend upon downtown Mobile each year to take part in a variety of colorful parades, balls and festivities. Margaret Brown's work was nominated for Best Documentary for the Independent Spirit Awards.
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Cast
Director
Director
Margaret Brown
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
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Blending interviews with the perpetrators, witnesses and victims involved in the notorious Abu Ghraib scandal of 2003, director Rory Kennedy (daughter of slain U.S. politician Robert F. Kennedy) offers an inside look at what really went on inside the walls of the infamous Iraqi prison. This Emmy winner for Best Nonfiction Special seeks to tell the stories behind the now-iconic photos depicting hooded prisoners, U.S. soldiers and humiliating acts.
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Director
Director
Rory Kennedy
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
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A strip club is a world unlike any other. Go behind the scenes in that world with some of the most controversial employees around: strippers. Director Jill Morley became a stripper, and, as only an insider can, obtained full access. She set out to capture this life on film by profiling other dancers and revealing the inner workings of exotic dance, getting unexpected results and, unfortunately, documented the tragic fate of some of the girls.
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Director
Director
Jill Morley
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Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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Forget martinis and Austin Powers. This documentary is an unflinching portrait of the realities of "swinging," and it's not exactly a shaggadelic picture; in fact, the swingers we meet in the film are older, often lonely people. Most of them are simply looking to break out of their conventional, well-ordered lives by adopting "the lifestyle." Birds and bees may not do it, but we learn that monkeys do -- as well as 3 million Americans.
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Cast
Director
Director
David Schisgall
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Heir to an Execution on DVD Heir to an Execution
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A half-century after the controversial execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg as Communist spies in the service of the Soviet Union, the couple's granddaughter, Ivy Meeropol, reflects on their lives, principles and ultimate sacrifice. This documentary includes extensive footage of the Rosenbergs at the time of the trial, as well as commentary from the Rosenbergs' friend Morton Sobell and their son Michael Meeropol.
Cast
Cast
Ethel Rosenberg, Julius Rosenberg, Michael Meeropol, Morton Sobell
Director
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Ivy Meeropol
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Political Documentaries, HBO
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Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.
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Cast
Director
Director
David Salzberg, Christian Tureaud
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Director Mark Becker's moving documentary follows Mexican mariachi singers Carmelo and Arturo, who pour their passion and talent into their music, performing for largely unappreciative audiences on the streets and in the watering holes of San Francisco. But despite the hardships and meager income, the two immigrants persist in pursuing their art, chasing the dream of a better future for themselves -- and their families.
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Arturo Arias, Carmelo Muñiz Sanchez
Director
Director
Mark Becker
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Latin Music, Traditional Latin Music
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Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, is passionate about more than just shoes. Offering an objective examination of her life and political career, this absorbing documentary looks at one of history's most colorful female leaders. The two-time presidential hopeful and her associates provide illuminating interviews, while journalists, political opponents and U.S. diplomats deliver contrasting perspectives.
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Cast
Imelda Marcos
Director
Director
Ramona S. Diaz
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Magician on DVD Magician
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Cinematic icon Orson Welles' remarkable talent and checkered career are memorialized in this comprehensive documentary featuring clips from nearly all of his directorial efforts and interviews with filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and George Lucas.
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Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich, George Lucas, Walter Murch, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Richard Linklater
Director
Director
Chuck Workman
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