Acclaimed Belgian documentary filmmaker Agnes Varda directed this film about Huey Newton, a leader of the Black Panther movement, which started in 1966 in Oakland, Calif.
“Mama just always said, ‘you be what you are and you don’t have to worry about nothing’” – Dolly Parton as told to Lawrence Grobel on March 13, 1978
This short documentary profiles the champion bull rider Gary Leffew, whose insights on rodeos apply far beyond the sport.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney takes an unprecedented look at the National Hockey League’s most feared enforcers, and explores the career of Chris “Knuckles” Nilan. The role of a “goon” is simple: protect your teammates no matter the cost. For Nilan this meant a shattered body, drug addiction and harming the people closest to him. In the process he also won the love of hockey’s most holy city—Montréal—and helped that team win the Stanley Cup. Through interviews with hockey’s toughest guys, the film explores what it means to enforce the unspoken code of the NHL.(description via SnagFilms)
Produced and directed by Bill Drake. Shot on location at The Ding Ho at Inman Square, Cambridge in 1982. Starring Barry Crimmins, Barry Neigrug, Mike Donavan, Don Gavin, and Mike MacDonald.
A very personal documentary about the legendary singer and pianist Nina Simone, directed by Frank Lords.
Director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade grabs you and doesn’t let go in “The Staircase.” Did a writer from North Carolina named Michael Peterson kill is wife, or did she fall down the stairs and end up a bloody mess on her own? Once you finish this addictive crime series, there’s more. De Lestrade also directed “The Staircase II” and “Murder on a Sunday Morning,” both of which are available in the SundanceNow Doc Club along with hundreds of other award-winning film festival selections.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Lawrence Wright talks about his book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief,” now an HBO documentary by Alex Gibney. Wright conducted over 200 interviews of current and former members of the Church of Scientology for the book.
Wright goes into some of the details of the inner workings of the Church of Scientology, including how the church pursues celebrities (Tom Cruise, John Travolta) and uses them to further the church’s mission/goals. Wright also focuses on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and David Miscavige, Hubbard’s successor.
Cody Townsend rips in Alaska through a dangerous chute, a line he calls “the scariest thing I’ve ever done.” World famous snowboarder Travis Rice had ridden the line first about a week earlier. Read a conversation between Rice and Townsend about their ventures here.
Bernhard Goetz, the “Subway Vigilante,” sparked nationwide controversy and debate in 1984 when he shot four men on a New York City subway train after he said that they tried to rob him.
Pro-snowboarder, Mike Basich, tours his self-built 225-square-foot home in the middle of his 40 acre snow covered property near Truckee, CA – and shows how being close to nature drives his most creative decisions.
In 1998, says Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our “culture of humiliation,” in which online shame equals dollar signs — and demands a different way.