Film Programs

Documentary

Afghan Cycles
Afghanistan 2018 89 min.

Some heroes fly, others pedal. This stirring documentary profiles a group of young Afghan women who dare to ride bicycles against all odds—flying indeed in the face of a patriarchal society that continues to insist their place is in the home.

All Sounds Considered
France 2018 96 min.

Made by local filmmakers Goran Vejvoda and Florence Müller, this experimental documentary explores the states of sound and silence, inviting viewers to enter the world of contemporary sonic media with an open ear.

América
USA 2018 76 min.

Jocular and wrenching by turns, this poignant documentary centers on the plight of a young circus performer in Mexico and his brothers as they put their dreams for life on hold to care for their grandmother, América—who at 93 has more life of her own in her than even advanced dementia can contain.

Bathtubs Over Broadway
USA 2018 87 min.

On assignment to scour bargain-bin vinyl for a Late Night with David Letterman segment, comedy writer Steve Young discovered a long-lost genre: the corporate musical. His fanboy obsession unfolds in this rollicking documentary with appearances by Letterman, Martin Short, and Jello Biafra.

Behind the Curve
USA 2018 97 min.

At once highly entertaining and deeply unsettling, Daniel J. Clark’s journey into the center of the Flat Earth movement—where the conspiracy theory’s charismatic true believers dwell among the scientists who have a few choice words for them—couldn’t be timelier.

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
United Kingdom 2018 101 min.

Meet the real-life oddball whose story inspired the 2014 black comedy Frank. Over the course of two decades, almost-famous musician-turned-provocateur in papier-mâché head Chris Sievey lost himself in the very performance art that garnered him a cult following. This is his tragicomic truth.

The Biggest Little Farm
USA 2018 91 min.

Hard lessons await John and Molly Chester as they leave Los Angeles to build a biodynamic farm amid the Ventura County foothills in this eloquent, exquisitely shot documentary, which stands a testament to the power of Mother Nature and the human spirit alike. And also to the awesomeness of pigs.

Black Mother
USA 2018 77 min.

Part cinematic baptism, part audiovisual love letter to Jamaica, this artistic and evocative documentary offers a collective portrait of the island’s inhabitants as they ruminate on their own lives, struggles, and feelings for their homeland.

Breaking the Bee
USA 2018 96 min.

This utterly enchanting documentary explores the two-decade sweep of the Scripps National Spelling Bee by Indian-American children on both the cultural and individual level: What drives these young phenoms, and what do their trials and triumphs reveal about the American democratic experiment?

Call Her Ganda
USA 2018 97 min.

When a transgender Filipina is murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women—a lawyer, a journalist, and a grieving mother—take justice into their own hands. This fierce, piercingly emotional investigative exposé follows them as they challenge some of the most powerful institutions in the world.

Caniba
France 2017 91 min.

Issei Sagawa murdered and cannibalized a woman in 1981, yet he’s been a free man for 32 years. Now old and infirm, he’s cared for by his brother Jun. This relentlessly close-up documentary reveals the nuances of their relationship—by turns competitive, deeply loving, resentful, and oddly paternal.

Convention
USA 2009 95 min.

Grab your backstage pass and take a whirlwind, downright complicated ride behind the scenes of one of the largest and most important events in the history of not only Denver but the nation: the 2008 Democratic National Convention, from the buildup to the nomination of Barack Obama.

Dior and I
France 2014 90 min.

Get an exclusive look inside the high-pressure world of fashion circa 2013 as then-artistic director for Christian Dior, Raf Simons, creates his first haute couture collection for the iconic fashion house—with the considerable help of the seamstresses who realize his vision down to the last detail.

False Confessions
Denmark 2018 91 min.

Would you plead guilty to a crime you didn’t commit? Innocent people do it all the time—but one defense attorney is determined to fight unjust interrogation methods that elicit anything but the truth. This gutsy documentary follows her to examine the all-too-real consequences of false confessions.

General Magic
USA 2018 93 min.

From smartphones and touchscreens to e-commerce and emojis, the geniuses of General Magic invented it all. The only problem? They did it before most of us even knew what the Internet was. This fascinating documentary takes you behind the scenes of the world’s most successful failed company.

Good Luck
France 2017 143 min.

This visual gut punch of a documentary captures the hardships and, believe it or not, the hopes of workers at both a state-owned copper mine in Serbia and an illegal gold-mining operation in Suriname, putting a face on the human toll exacted by global economic turmoil.

The Gospel of Eureka
USA 2018 75 min.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is home to two spectacles: passion plays and drag shows. This exuberant documentary explores the divide—and overlap—between Christian and civil liberties, faith of one kind and faith of another, as evangelicals and queens alike pull back the curtains on their lives.

Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records
USA 2018 95 min.

Wax Trax! began in Denver, but it belongs to every child of the post-punk era. Pulsing with the energy of the bands it championed, including Ministry and Front 242, this engrossing documentary captures the meteoric rise and poignant fall of the Chicago record store and its namesake indie label.

Into the Okavango
USA 2018 90 min.

This gorgeous National Geographic documentary follows a scientific expedition in search of the source of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. During the four-month journey, the team encounters marauding hippos, peat bogs, minefields, and devastating bushfires that threaten the Delta's survival.

The Last Race
USA 2018 75 min.

As much a poignant ode to community as it is a thrill ride, this documentary portrait of a small-town stock-car racetrack—and the blue-collar drivers who’ve formed a family there—also examines the impact of real-estate development on the lives we struggle to build beyond its reach.

Maria By Callas
France 2017 113 min.

Through never-before-seen video footage, audio recordings, and other archival material, legendary opera singer Maria Callas tells her story in her own words—decades after her death. This transcendent portrait also captures Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor, and other leading lights of her era.

Meow Wolf: Origin Story
USA 2018 88 min.

Frankenstein’s monster takes many forms. Here’s the compelling inside story of Meow Wolf, the scrappy group of Santa Fe artists whose struggles to control their collective vision have only grown with the wild success of their large-scale exhibitions. With Game of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin.

Metamorphosis
Canada 2018 85 min.

Could the global environmental crisis be an opportunity for enlightenment and change? This stunningly beautiful documentary aims to capture both the monumental havoc humankind has wreaked and our extraordinary capacity for redemption.

Mr. SOUL!
USA 2018 115 min.

In the post–civil rights era, the public-television variety show SOUL! celebrated black literature, music, and politics. Its host and producer, Ellis Haizlip, had his own story to tell. This intimate portrait of a charismatic soul also captures a critical moment in our cultural evolution.

Netizens
USA 2018 96 min.

This punch-packing documentary delves into the experiences of three women whose lives have been transformed by online harassment—including Gamergate target Anita Sarkeesian—and the courageous battle they’re waging to show the Internet just what “social-justice warrior” really means.

Of Fathers and Sons
Germany 2017 99 min.

This remarkable documentary offers a chilling glimpse into the lives of a radical Islamist family at a universal turning point: adolescence. At their father’s bidding, brothers Osama, 13, and Ayman, 12, are being trained as Jihadi fighters. But how does that square with their dreams for the future?

On Her Shoulders
USA 2018 94 min.

Young Nadia Murad dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her native Iraq. Instead, she survived genocide, escaped sexual slavery, and became—at all of 23 years old—a voice for the Yazidi community, one known to UN dignitaries and encamped refugees alike. This is her extraordinary story.

Phantom Cowboys
USA 2018 92 min.

Over the span of eight years, this lyrical documentary follows three adolescent males in the California desert, the West Virginia woods, and the sugarcane fields of Florida, respectively, as they seek to discover what it means to be a boy, a man, and a human being in present-day America.

Postcards from the 48%
United Kingdom 2018 114 min.

Made by and featuring voters who elected to remain in the European Union, this enlightening documentary about Brexit explores why 48 percent of United Kingdom residents have continued their fight against the momentous decision—against all odds.

The Rescue List
Ghana 2018 81 min.

This engrossing exposé of child slavery hinges on a team of social workers in Ghana, whose efforts to rescue and rehabilitate young boys caught (sometimes literally) in the net of the Lake Volta fishing industry unfold as a disquisition on bravery, resilience, and the meaning of family.

Roll Red Roll
USA 2018 80 min.

This gripping documentary investigates the notorious 2012 rape case that brought the entire town of Steubenville, Ohio, to a standstill from which it has yet to emerge. Who protected—or failed to protect—whom and why? On that question, there’s more than enough heartbreaking blame to go around.

This Changes Everything
USA 2018 97 min.

In the midst of the #MeToo movement, this rallying cry of a documentary takes an urgent look at women’s roles in the entertainment biz, onscreen and off, from the perspective of some of today’s greatest talents—including Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Tiffany Haddish, exec producer Geena Davis, and more.

ULAM: Main Dish
USA 2017 80 min.

The American restaurant industry can be cutthroat. It can also be uplifting. That goes double for chefs seeking to bring immigrant cuisines and cultures to the table. This stirring documentary follows the visionaries at the center of the new Filipino food movement, including Eggslut’s Alvin Cailan.

United Skates
USA 2018 89 min.

One by one, the lights are dimming on the last remaining roller rinks in the United States—leaving a community of thousands in the dark. This documentary, by turns pumped-up and poignant, pulls you onto the floor to see—and into the struggle to save—what’s left of African-American skating culture.

We Are Columbine
USA 2018 78 min.

After 20 years, the story of the Columbine High School massacre is as timely as ever—and for some of the former students who lived it, the pain as fresh. Directed by one of those alumni, this documentary sensitively examines their search for closure as well as the related issues today’s teens face.

We Are Not Done Yet
USA 2018 40 min.

In this cathartic documentary by filmmaker Sareen Hairabedian, 10 U.S. military vets scarred by PTSD put their faith in the healing power of art as they prepare to stage a courageous live performance of collaborative poetry under the direction of renowned actor Jeffrey Wright.

The Weight of Water
USA 2018 79 min.

Erik Weihenmayer is blind. That hasn’t stopped him from climbing Mount Everest. And it’s not going to stop him from kayaking through the whitewater rapids of the Colorado River either. This sensitive documentary explores what it truly means to look fear square in the eye.

When Lambs Become Lions
USA 2018 76 min.

As Kenya cracks down on the illegal ivory trade, poachers risk not only universal moral outrage but incarceration and even death. Why do they do it? This stunning documentary takes place on the front lines of wildlife conservation, bringing rangers and hunters alike into movingly sharp focus.

The World Before Your Feet
USA 2018 95 min.

For over six years, Matt Green has been on an unusual quest: to walk every block in New York City. To complete this 8,000-mile journey, he has left his job and his home, couch-surfing and spending just pennies a day. Why? He's still finding out as he turns the kaleidoscope of modern life step by ste

Wrestle
USA 2018 96 min.

Hoop Dreams goes to the mat in this closely observed, deeply affecting coming-of-age-documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team in Huntsville, Alabama, who—at the behest of their tough-love coach—face challenges far beyond a shot at the State Championship.

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