• Kings of Pastry

    Kings of Pastry


    16 chefs. 3 days. 1 chance. It’s not a dream; it’s an obsession. The 2007 Meilleurs Ouvriers de France.

  • "The Return of the War Room" (2008)

    The Return of the War Room


    James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Mary Matalin, and others from the Perot and McCain campaigns reflect on the 1992 Presidential election and how campaigns have changed.

  • Al Franken: God Spoke


    Franken transforms from political satirist to political pundit on Air America Radio.

  • Elaine Stritch at Liberty


    Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, on stage and off, remembers her life in the theater in her Tony winning show.

  • Only the Strong Survive

    Only the Strong Survive


    A Celebration of Soul Music with Sam Moore, Rufus Thomas, Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes, and more.

  • Down From The Mountain


    Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and others from the Coen Brother’s film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” perform in Nashville in 2000.

  • Startup.com


    Startup.com follows the adventures of schoolmates Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman, creators of govWorks.com, during the boom and crash of the first dot com mania.

  • Moon Over Broadway


    A backstage view of TV legend Carol Burnett’s return to Broadway in the 1995 farce “Moon Over Buffalo” written by Ken Ludwig.

  • Bessie: A Portrait of Bessie Schonberg


    Portrait of beloved choreography teacher Bessie Schonberg teaching at Juilliard, Dance Theater Workshop and Jacob’s Pillow.

  • Victoria Williams in "Happy Come Home"

    Victoria Williams – Happy Come Home


    A musical portrait of Victoria Williams singing her 1987 debut album “Happy Come Home” in Los Angeles and her hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana.

  • Keine Zeit


    A feature-length documentary following Marius Muller-Westernhagen as he tours for his 1994 platinum album, “Affentheater.

  • The War Room

    The War Room


    James Carville and George Stephanopoulos and the War Room team during the 1992 presidential election campaign.

  • Branford Marsalis: The Music Tells You


    Brandford Marsalis on tour with Jeff Tain Watts and Bob Hurst, in the recording studio, teaching, and jamming with Sting and the Grateful Dead.

  • Comin’ Home


    Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding company recording “Cheap Thrills” and performing at Martin Luther King’s memorial and the Monterey Pop Festival.

  • Little Richard


    The entire original performance of Little Richard at Toronto’s Rock and Roll Revival in 1969.

  • Jerry Lee Lewis


    A 1969 musical portrait of Jerry Lee Lewis, the most electrifying and talented artist in Rock and Roll history.

  • Depeche Mode 101

    Depeche Mode 101


    On the road with the pioneer synth/pop band in 1988 followed by a bus load of fans as they perform across America en route to their final 101 concert at the Rose Bowl in California.

  • Suzanne Vega (1987)

    Suzanne Vega


    A musical portrait of singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega at home, rehearsing in New York, and on tour in England.

  • Shake – Otis at Monterey


    Otis Redding’s complete, electrifying performance at the historic Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

  • Jimi Plays Monterey


    Hendrix’s complete 1969 Monterey Pop Festival performance introduced by archival footage of his debut in the U.K. with his new band The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

  • Dance Black America

    Dance Black America


    Brooklyn Academy of Music’s three-day festival celebrating the roots of Black Dance.

  • Krapp’s Last Tape


    A historic 1971 performance of Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” directed by Alan Schneider and starring Jack MacGowran.

  • DeLorean


    DeLorean and team move from boardroom to assembly line creating his stainless steel gull-wing-door sports car in Northern Ireland.

  • Rockaby



    Actress Billie Whitelaw in Alan Schneider’s production of a Samuel Beckett play.

  • Elliott Carter at Buffalo


    Renowned composer Elliott Carter rehearses and conducts his acclaimed masterpiece “The Double Concerto” performed by Ursula Oppens.

  • The Energy War


    A three-part PBS special, this political soap opera follows combatants on all sides during the fierce legislative battle over President Carter’s energy policy.

  • Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars


    London 1973, Bowie’s last performance as Ziggy Stardust.

  • Sweet Toronto (Keep on Rockin)


    John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival in 1969.

  • 1 PM


    1 PM, or One Parallel Movie, was shot by Leacock and Pennebaker in 1969 during Jean-Luc Godard’s never completed One American Movie (1 AM).

  • Town Bloody Hall


    Norman Mailer and Germaine Greer’s legendary 1971 Women’s Lib debate at Town Hall theater in NYC.

  • Alice Cooper

    Alice Cooper


    Alice Cooper and band’s first performance, organized by Frank Zappa, at the 1969 Toronto Rock and Roll Revival.

  • Company: Original Cast Album


    “Company” documents the grueling 1969 recording session for the Stephen Sondheim musical. Features Elaine Stritch’s show-stopping “Ladies Who Lunch.”

  • Queen of Apollo

    Queen of Apollo


    The 1970 debutante-queen of Apollo, an exclusive New Orleans Mardi Gras ball, on her big night.

  • John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band – Live in Toronto ’69


    John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band at the 1969 Toronto Rock n Roll Revival Festival.

  • The Who's Keith Moon at Monterey Pop

    Monterey Pop


    Summer of Love, the first Pop Music Festival featuring Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Otis Redding, the Mamas and Papas and others.

  • Hickory Hill


    George Plimpton attends the 1968 annual spring pet show, emceed by Art Buchwald, at the Robert F. Kennedy estate in Virginia.

  • RainForest


    Merce Cunningham Ballet. Music by David Tudor. Set Design by Andy Warhol.

  • Chiefs


    Police chiefs at their 1968 convention in Waikiki, discuss Black Panthers, the Chicago Democratic Convention, and the latest weaponry.

  • Two American Audiences


    Jean-Luc Godard at NYU on filmmaking and politics.

  • Dont Look Back


    Cinema verite portrait of Bob Dylan on tour in England in 1965 with Joan Baez, Alan Price, and Bob Neuwirth.

  • A Stravinsky Portrait


    The composer discusses creativity and his work. A film by Richard Leacock.

  • Jingle Bells


    The Robert F. Kennedy, his family, and Sammy Davis Jr. celebrate Christmas 1964 with New York City school children.

  • Campaign Manager


    Follows young Republican campaign manager, John Grenier as he plots the 1964 presidential primaries for candidate Barry Goldwater.

  • Lambert & Co.


    Dave Lambert, of Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, with his newly formed quintet auditioning for RCA in 1964.

  • You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You

    You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You


    Counter culture guru, Timothy Leary, marries a beautiful Baroness-model (Uma Thurman’s mother).

  • Happy Mother’s Day


    How the birth of the Fischer quints affected their hometown, Aberdeen, South Dakota, and above all, Mrs. Fischer.

  • Anatomy of Cindy Fink

    Anatomy of Cindy Fink


    Ricky Leacock and Joyce Chopra’s 1965 cinéma vérité portrait of a teenage girl’s first jazz dance audition in a Greenwich Village studio.

  • Breaking It Up at the Museum

    Breaking It Up at the Museum


    Artist Jean Tinguely deconstructs his famous kinetic sculpture in the garden of The Museum of Modern Art.

  • Opening In Moscow


    A 1959 color film of the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, site of the famous Nixon-Khrushchev “kitchen debates”, and a rare look at daily life in Moscow.

  • Baby


    Pennebaker’s first cinéma vérité film with daughter Stacy at the Central Park merry-go-round.

  • Daybreak Express

    Daybreak Express


    Pennebaker’s first movie; a 1954 New York subway ride scored with Duke Ellington’s eponymous song.


Unlocking the Cage
a documentary by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker


“They used to bark at me when I walked into the courtroom” says renowned animal rights attorney Steven Wise. After 30 years of preparation, Steve and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), are making history by filing the first lawsuits to transform an animal from a thing with no rights to a person with legal protections.

Unlocking the Cage documents Steve’s unprecedented legal challenge to break down the wall that separates animals from humans. Steve argues that based on scientific evidence cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins, and elephants have the capacity for fundamental personhood rights (such as bodily liberty) that would protect them from physical abuse. For the past two years, we have followed Steve and his team on their journey, from developing their legal strategy to discovering the perfect chimpanzee plaintiffs confined in private homes and roadside zoos.  Read On

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Chris and Penny on Pure Nonfiction

Check out Chris and Penny discussing everything from the David Bowie to animal rights and their partnership over the past 40 years on the most recent episode of Pure Nonfiction hosted by Thom Powers. The interview was recorded in May at the Montclair Film Festival’s Audible Lounge before a live audience. Listen to the podcast […]


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