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16 Acres

The rebuilding of ground zero is the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal project in recent American history. The struggle to develop these 16 acres has encompassed 11 years and over $20 billion.


Altina

A woman ahead of her time, Altina Schinasi was born in 1907 in New York City; the daughter of a tobacco tycoon and descendent of Sephardic Jews. Her genteel upbringing was in sharp contrast to the bold sexuality of her art and her life.

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Art House

In this stunning documentary, Photographer Don Freeman explores the homes designed and lived in by notable American artists, revealing the inventiveness derived from the dialogue between each artist's practice and the construction of their handmade homes.

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Art of Filmmaking, The

This box set features five documentaries: Tales from the Script, Directors: Life Behind the Camera, Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary, Light Keeps Me Company and Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film.

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Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters

Enter the foreboding world of Chet Zar, an influential figure in the Dark Art Movement, where apocalyptic industrial landscapes are inhabited by monstrosities. Sometimes gruesome, periodically funny, but always thought-provoking, Zar's art is as enigmatic as it is frightening.

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Concrete Love

The first and only documentary about one of Germany's preeminent architects, Gottfried Böhm, Concrete Love paints an intimate portrait of the complexity and inseparability of life, love, art and architecture.

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Dying of the Light, The

The Dying of the Light explores the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the stories of the last generation of career projectionists. The result is a loving tribute to the art of the movies -- and to the unseen people who brought the light to our screens.

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Hole in a Fence, A

Chronicling the changing fortunes of Red Hook, Brooklyn, A Hole in a Fence explores the complicated issues of development, class and identity facing one of New York City's most unique neighborhoods.

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I am FEMEN

A revealing look at FEMEN- the topless female activists who fight corrupt and patriarchal political systems in Kiev and all across Europe- as well as a portrait of the group's co-founder and creative backbone, the bewitching Oksana Shachko.

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Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here is a double portraitof the lives and work of Russia's most celebrated international artists, now American citizens, as they come to terms with their global lives and the new Russia.

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James Castle: Portrait of an Artist

Born deaf in 1899 in rural Idaho, James Castle mined the local landscape and his own deeply private world to produce an astonishing body of drawings, collages, and constructions that eventually gained worldwide recognition.

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Levitated Mass

Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, land artist Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012.

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More Than the Rainbow

Chronicling the life and times of street photographer and former taxi driver Matt Weber, More Than the Rainbow is a poetic celebration of the world's greatest city and the individuals who walk its streets.

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New Rijksmuseum, The

This epic documentary captures the story of the ambitious renovation of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, offering a fly-on-the-wall perspective on one of the most challenging museum construction projects ever conceived.

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Spring & Arnaud

Influential photographer Arnaud Maggs, turning 85, embarks on a series of self-portraits that wryly depict his life's work. Spring Hurlbut at 60 is creating haunting works that evoke mortality. Together more than 25 years, each grapples with the nature of an artist's creativity.

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Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island

As Fogo Island struggles to sustain its unique way of life in the face of a collapse of its fishing industry, architect Todd Saunders and social entrepreneur Zita Cobb's vision results in the building of strikingly original architecture that will become a catalyst for social change.

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Sukkah City

Sukkah City chronicles the architecture competition created by Joshua Foer and Roger Bennett that explored the creative potential of the ancient Jewish sukkah and created a temporary exhibition of 12 newly designed sukkahs in the heart of New York City.

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Through a Lens Darkly

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

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Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the late 60s and early 70s and features a cadre of renegade artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desert of the American southwest.

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Vandal

Vandal is the story of a wayward young man named Cherif who comes of age in the world of graffiti art after he discovers a local gang who roam the night in the shadow of a mysterious and legendary tagger.

  Alexander Calder- Alexander Calder is the definitive portrait of one of the pre-eminent artists of the 20th century, and the inventor of an art form, the mobile. This acclaimed film features interviews with Arthur Miller, Ellsworth Kelly, I.M. Pei, Brendan Gill, Marla Prather, David Ross, and others. 

Architecture of Doom, The- Featuring never-before-seen film footage of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, The Architecture of Doom captures the inner workings of the Third Reich and illuminates the Nazi aesthetic in art, architecture and popular culture.

Art Is...The Permanent Revolution- Among the wide range of 60 artists on display are Rembrandt, Goya, Daumier, Kollwitz, Dix, Masereel, Grosz, Gropper, and Picasso. Three contemporary American artists and a master printer make an etching, a woodcut and a lithograph before our eyes, while explaining the dynamic relationship between art and social engagement.

Beat Hotel- 1957. The Latin Quarter, Paris. A cheap no-name hotel becomes a haven for a new breed of artists fleeing the conformity and censorship of America. Called the Beat Hotel, it soon became an epicenter of the Beat generation. 

Bert Stern: Original Mad Man- Bert Stern’s photography career began in the mailroom of Look Magazine and quickly took off during the Golden Age of Advertising.  Sought after by Madison Avenue, Hollywood, and the fashion world, Stern, like Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, became not just a photographer but a star in his own right. 

Breaking the Maya Code- Based on archaeologist Michael Coe's book and filmed in nine countries, Breaking the Maya Code is the amazing story of the 200-year struggle to unlock the secret hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya.

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture- Filmed over three years, this documentary is an unprecedented record of a major artist at work.  It captures David Hockney’s return from California to paint his native Yorkshire.

Design is One- "If you can't find it, design it" is the motto of Lella and Massimo Vignelli, two of the world's most influential designers. Kathy Brew & Roberto Guerra's documentary brings us into the Vignellis' world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor.

Eames: The Architect and the Painter- The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: the Architect and the Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.

Far Out Isn't Far Enough Far Out Isn’t Far Enough chronicles renegade children’s book author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer's wild, lifelong adventure of testing society's boundaries through his subversive art.

Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima- Nominated for an Academy Award, John Junkerman's documentary film Hellfire captures the artists Iri and Toshi Maruki in their decades-long collaboration to create a testament to the effects of the atomic bomb- the Hiroshima Murals.

Herman's House- Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in America - 40 years and counting in a 6-by-9-foot cell. This award-winning documentary reveals the remarkable expression his struggle finds in an unusual art project.

In Search of Cezanne- In Search of Cezanne is an exploration of the life and legacy of 19th century French painter Paul Cezanne, as seen through the eyes of a young female documentary filmmaker who is just discovering his work.

James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times-
Narrated by actor George Plimpton, this is the first major documentary on the life and work of one of America's greatest humorists.  Known for his classic short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Thurber was a legendary contributor of prose and cartoons to The New Yorker magazine.

Last Dance- Powerhouse creative forces unite, and sparks fly, in Mirra Bank's award-winning film that follows the dazzling Pilobolus Dance Theater and Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) as they collaborate on a dance-theater work honoring a Holocaust legacy.

Linnea in Monet's Garden- From the pages of the best-selling book comes the charming animated tale of a little girl's love of the paintings of French Impressionist Claude Monet.

Men at Lunch- Director Seán Ó Cualáin tells the story of "Lunch atop a Skyscraper", the iconic photograph taken during the construction of Rockefeller Center. Part homage, part investigation, Men at Lunch is the sublime tale of an American icon, an unprecedented race to the sky and the immigrant workers that built New York.

Model for Matisse, A- A warm and richly painted portrait of the little known relationship between Henri Matisse, and the woman who inspired him to create what he proclaimed the masterpiece of his life's work: The Chapel of the Rosary in the French village of Vence.

Our City Dreams- Filmed over the course of two years, Our City Dreams is an invitation to visit the creative spaces of five women artists. These women, who span different decades and represent diverse cultures, have one thing in common beyond making art: the city to which they have journeyed and now call home - New York.

Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open- Though Bowles never hid his homosexuality, he was married to the lesbian writer Jane Bowles. What attracted them despite their extremely different personalities was a shared worldview: that one must travel to the point of no return in order to find salvation.

Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider- Filmed in Morocco and featuring exclusive interviews with cultural icons such as Allen Ginsberg, Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider explores the esoteric life of the man who wrote the The Sheltering Sky, one of the most provocative and influential novels of the 20th century.

Peter Brook: The Tightrope- For the very first time in 40 years, Peter Brook, one of the foremost directors of contemporary theatre, has agreed to raise the curtain and allow his son Simon Brook to film behind the scenes and to reveal the secrets of his revolutionary training techniques.

Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation- One of the most iconic structures ever built, Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia is a fascinating architectural project conceived by Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. More than 125 years after construction began, the basilica still remains unfinished.

Triumph of the Wall- This wry documentary takes viewers through the insane and passionate journey of two artists forced to ponder the unexpected. Sometimes art – and life – are as much about the process as they are about the finished product.