staff picks
dylan's picks
American Teacher

A much needed counter to the "school reform" movement dominated by people like Michelle Rhee, Michael Bloomberg and the Gates Foundation.


How often is a documentary a love story? Set in SoCal, this one features skateboarding, the usual drugs, and stray glimpses of unusual beauty.

Nobody Else But You

Great soundtrack! The Hollywood Reporter aptly describes this French thriller as "a hint of Twin Peaks and a large helping of the Coen Brothers."

farhad's pick
Fidel: The Untold Story

This is an engrossing documentary that shows different facets of Castro’s life and personality rarely portrayed in mainstream American media.

heidi's picks
A Will for the Woods

The beautiful story of a dying man determined to remain within the cycle of life. If you're unfamiliar with green burial practices, this is a wonderful, if heart-breaking, introduction.

An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story

I wish this was fiction, but it isn't. It's the infuriating tale of a man wrongly convicted of his wife's brutal murder and imprisoned 25 years before anyone bothered to test the DNA evidence collected at the scene (which led to the actual killer).

joe's pick
Pink Ribbons, Inc.

An eye-opening look at the truth behind those pink ribbons. Worthwhile watching for anyone with a mother.

john's pick
Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet

This beautiful film weaves behind-the-scenes and classroom footage with backstage and onstage performances, touching on emotions without praise or pity. A must-see for lovers of dance.

judith's picks
Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

Equally enraging and inspiring, this powerful documentary is a reminder that one courageous person really can change history. It’s an important snapshot of the past whose message remains as urgent as ever today.

Time Indefinite

Both funny and sad, this sequel to Sherman's March is a personal journey in which filmmaker Ross McElwee attempts to come to terms with death, change and the passage of time.

kelly's pick
Dance for Camera / Dance for Camera 2

I'm obviously biased, since I produced these compilations and my own film is on one of them - but they really are a must-see for anyone interested in dance on film!

marc's picks

Anyone interested in science or history (or the history of science) will get a kick out of this slightly odd, totally involving film. It's like a secret history, and one that has relevance to our modern age, too.

Hell on Wheels

This is one of the best films ever made about any sport, but the fact that it's about professional bike racing (my passion) makes it a true delight and an absolute must-see.

Please Vote for Me

Now that I have kids, I find it fascinating to see these Chinese 8-year-olds act like seasoned political operatives in their quest to be elected class monitor. Both hilarious & scary as hell.

michelle's pick
Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

A retrospective worthy of the devilishly charming illustrator. Animation based on Ungerer’s classic children’s books (including The Three Robbers), Anti-Vietnam posters, and controversial erotica collections color the hilarious interviews with Tomi and his fans, including the late, great Maurice Sendak.

paul's picks
Beyond Hatred

Like no other documentary in our collection. Moving, poetic, and contemplative.


I like this quite a bit better than Marc. Pick stealer.