Your search by 'Art/Filmmaking' identified 18 films
It takes a village to make a movie—but when that village is Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, rather than Hollywood, the creative process can go painfully, hilariously, unforgettably awry. A heartfelt tribute to underdogs everywhere, this acclaimed 1999 documentary remains a cult favorite today.
Scottish artist and musician Bill Drummond is on a 12-year world tour—but instead of performing in any traditional sense, he’s baking cakes and shining shoes in a documentary so quirky it almost reads as parody.
The city in which a film is set is often referred to as a character in its own right. This documentary aims to explore that concept, reflecting on the art of cinema in relation to its environment. With appearances by Wim Wenders, David Lynch, and Bernardo Bertolucci, among others.
This stunning documentary about visionary modern-dance choreographer Merce Cunningham bursts onto the screen in glorious 3D. Moscow-born director Alla Kovgan traces three decades of Cunningham’s genius through archival footage and the recreation of some of his most memorable works.
At 75, Italian professor, feminist, and former supermodel Benedetta Barzini is ready to escape the male gaze by withdrawing from the world. She fantasizes about moving to a remote island—just as her filmmaker-son begins making this intimate, often contentious documentary.
The personal is political—never more so than in this sometimes comically absurd, often heartrending drama, loosely based on director Ying Liang’s own experience, about an exiled Chinese filmmaker whose only way to see her ailing mother is to travel to Taiwan and stalk the elder woman’s tour group.
This cleverly edited documentary uses archival footage to paint a portrait of charismatic and renowned director Milo Forman as war orphan and outsider, contrarian young artist in 1960s Prague, and immigrant with an anti-establishment bent who became one of America’s great filmmakers.
Filmmaker E.S. has left Palestine—but no matter how far he travels, he can never leave the nation of his birth behind. Reminders of Nazareth imbue Paris and New York in this charmingly deadpan comedy that asks whether it’s ever truly possible to find a place to call home.
In 2011, Stephen McCoy set out to make a documentary about Boston’s homeless, dubbing the outcasts and addicts whose lives he captured with his camcorder “nightcrawlers.” Little did the budding filmmaker know that, a few years later, he’d be one of them. This is his video diary.
The late great Nouvelle Vague pioneer Agnès Varda was an institution of French cinema but a fierce opponent of any kind of institutional thinking. This documentary invites you to join her on a retrospective journey through her unconventional oeuvre. It’s an honor.
With this humorous and visually stunning documentary, director Rebecca Stern takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the competitive dog-grooming circuit, joined by the women who transform their beloved poodles into living sculptures.
As told through clips from 183 female directors with narration by Tilda Swinton, this epic 14-hour documentary by Mark Cousins (The Story of Film, DFF35) focuses on women’s integral role in the development of the art of cinema.
Upon its release in 1995, Showgirls was a notorious failure. Today, however, Paul Verhoeven’s salacious look at the lives of Vegas strippers is itself getting another look from critics. Jeffrey McHale’s thoroughly delightful documentary examines its journey from flop to alt-classic.
A man goes to his grandparents’ cabin in an attempt to revisit his childhood. That’s the plot—but Spanish director Oskar Alegria’s subtle, impressionistic follow-up to The Search for Emak Bakia (DFF39) explores much more than the unnamed narrator’s desire to exist outside of his own time.