New Documentary Films

Sometimes being entertained just isn't enough. Check out one of these new documentaries and enlighten yourself as well.

Click for availability and more information Ballplayer: Pelotero, produced & directed by Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jonathan Paley & Isaac Solotaroff
This compelling documentary narrated by John Leguizamo is a gritty and rare look inside Major League Baseball's recruitment of top talent in the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel Sano and Jean Carlos Batista are among 100,000 teenagers vying for a handful of coveted contracts with MLB teams. As they turn 16 years old and become eligible to sign, each must navigate the fiercely competitive and frequently corrupt system if they are to lift their families out of poverty and achieve their dream: to one day play in the Major Leagues.

Click for availability and more information The Code, directed and produced by Stephen Cooter, Michael Lachmann, and Dan Child
What makes the world operate the way it does? Are there patterns to what happens or do we live in a universe of random events that cannot be predicted or explained? Author and Oxford University professor Marcus du Sautoy sets out to answer these and other questions in this engaging and entertaining three-part documentary series about the power of numbers. Convinced there is a mathematical formula that can identify patterns and connect everything we see around us, Du Sautoy goes in search of a mysterious hidden code that can unlock the very laws of the universe. 

Click for availability and more information The Flaw: markets, money, mortgages and the great American meltdown, directed by David Sington
The Flaw tells the story of the credit bubble that caused the financial crash through interviews with some of the world's leading economists as well as Wall Street insiders and victims of the crash. The film presents an original and compelling account of the toxic combination of forces that nearly destroyed the world economy, demonstrating how excessive income inequality leads to economic instability.

Click for availability and more information Foreign Parts, directed by Verena Paravel
Foreign Parts is an exemplary social record of Willets Point, an industrial graveyard of scrap heaps and auto shops in Queens, New York, that is scheduled to be demolished and redeveloped. Filled with scrapyards and auto salvage shops, lacking sidewalks or sewage lines, the area seems ripe for urban development. But Foreign Parts discovers a strange community where wrecks, refuse and recycling form a thriving commerce. Meet the folks who are about to be displaced. They are an interesting bunch. The film observes and captures the struggle of a contested eminent domain neighborhood before its disappearance under the capitalization of New York s urban ecology. 

Click for availability and more information Garbo the Spy, directed by Edmon Roch
The story of Juan Pujol Garcia, World War II double agent. He was known by the allies simply as "Garbo." He fed false information to the Nazis and fabricated a network of phantom agents across Europe. Although he never fired a single shot, Garbo helped to save thousands of lives, most notably by misinforming the Germans about the timing and location of D-Day. This documentary thriller, interweaves propaganda footage, interviews with intelligence experts and key players in Garbo's life (as well as with Garbo himself), and clips from Hollywood films to conjure forgotten and living memories, heroes and spies, secrets and lies.

Click for availability and more information LennoNYC, directed by Michael Epstein
On the the 30th anniversary of his death, a new film takes an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono, and their son, Sean, spent living in New York City during the 1970s. Featuring never-before-heard studio recordings and never-before-seen outtakes from Lennon in concert and home movies.

Click for availability and more information Marina Abramovic: the artist is present, directed by Matthew Akers
A journey into the world of radical performance and an intimate portrait of an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art. Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic has been redefining art for nearly forty years. Using her body as a vehicle, she creates performances that challenges, shocks and moves us.

Click for availability and more information Semper Fi: always faithful, produced and directed by Rachel Libert & Tony Hardmon
Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted Marine for nearly twenty-five years... As a drill instructor he lived and breathed the 'Corps' and was responsible for indoctrinating thousands of new recruits with its motto Semper Fidelis or "Always Faithful." When Jerry's nine-year old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to a shocking discovery of Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history. Semper Fi: Always Faithful follows Jerry's mission to expose the Marine Corps and force them to live up to their motto to the thousands of soldiers and their families exposed to toxic chemicals. His fight reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country.

Click for availability and more information Something Ventured, directed by Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine
Something Ventured maps the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. The story is told through the visionary risk-takers who dared to make it happen: Tom Perkins, Don Valentine, Arthur Rock, Dick Kramlich and others. The film also features some of the country s finest entrepreneurs and their stories with the venture capitalists to grow world-class companies like Intel, Apple, Cisco, Atari, Genentech, Tandem and others. 

Click for availability and more information Surviving Progress, directed by Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks
Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society? Or too much of a good thing? This documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through the major progress traps facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment. Featuring arguments from, among others, Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood and Stephen Hawking, this film invites the viewer to contemplate the progress traps that destroyed past civilizations and that lie treacherously embedded in our own.

Click for availability and more information 'Tis Autumn: the search for Jackie Paris, directed by Raymond De Felitta
In 1991 filmmaker Raymond De Felitta heard a singer named Jackie Paris on a Los Angeles radio station and began a search that first yielded the fact that Paris had died in 1977. In 2004 De Felitta discovered Paris was alive and making a comeback in a New York City nightclub. This film explores the life of the jazz singer along with an exploration into what it is to live the life of an artist in its least glamorous aspects.

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