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Aggie

A documentary that explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change. The film captures Aggie as a true maverick who demonstrates the unique role and potential of collectors and benefactors to use art to fight justice. This is untapped terrain, and we see Aggie leading the way.

6 day rental • NR • 91 min.


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Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly

Following Ai Weiwei’s detention by Chinese authorities, the outspoken artist and activist transformed the former penitentiary of Alcatraz into an artistic platform. The exhibition launched a companion piece in which visitors sent over 90,000 postcards to prisoners of conscience around the world. In deeply moving interviews, AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY follows these postcards across the globe.

3 day rental • NR • 76 min.


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Assassins

The audacious murder of the brother of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in a crowded Malaysian airport sparked a worldwide media frenzy. At the center of the investigation are two young women who are either cold-blooded killers or unwitting pawns in a political assassination. ASSASSINS goes beyond the headlines to question every angle of this case, from human trafficking to geo-political espionage to the secretive dynamics of the North Korean dynasty.

3 day rental • NR • 104 min.


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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr, decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. Her sketches remain ideas until a chance encounter with an eccentric composer enables her to transform them into useful technology. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history.

3 day rental • NR • 90 min.


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Born To Be

BORN TO BE follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting (he/him) at the groundbreaking Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery where, first time ever in New York City, transgender and gender non-conforming people have access to quality transition-related care. This remarkable documentary offers an intimate look at how one doctor’s work impacts the lives of his patients.

5 day rental • NR • 92 min.


Streaming begins 3/5

Brooklyn Castle

BROOKLYN CASTLE is a documentary about I.S. 318 - an inner-city school where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level - that also happens to have the best, most winning junior high school chess team in the country. (If Albert Einstein, who was rated 1800, were to join the team, he'd only rank fifth best). Chess has transformed the school from one cited in 2003 as a "school in need of improvement" to one of New York City's best. But a series of recession-driven pubic school budget cuts now threaten to undermine those hard-won successes.

3 day rental • NR • 101 min.


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The Cordillera of Dreams

Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, this galvanizing film investigates the relationship between historical memory, political trauma and geography in his native country of Chile. It centers on the imposing landscape of the Andes that run the length of the country’s Eastern border. Streaming made possible by Icarus Films.

2 day rental • NR • 84 min. • Spanish with subtitles


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The Donut King

Ted's story is one of fate, love, hard knocks, and redemption. It's the rags to riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in '75 and building an unlikely empire with donuts. Ted sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees and helped them get on their feet teaching them the ways of the donut business. By '79 he was living the American Dream. But, in life, a great rise can come with a great fall.

3 day rental • NR • 94 min.


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Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America's foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures helped establish the post-minimalist movement. This film captures the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the '60s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously.

3 day rental • NR • 108 min.


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Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something

The inspiring story of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Harry Chapin (“Cat's in the Cradle”). Chapin sold over 16 million albums and was one of his generation’s most beloved artists and activists who spent his fame and fortune trying to end world hunger before his tragic passing. The film features Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Pete Seeger, Sir Bob Geldof, Kenny Rogers, Graham Nash, Pat Benatar, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Robert Lamm, Richie Havens, and Harry Belafonte intimately reflecting on Chapin’s larger-than-life impact on music and the world.

3 day rental • NR • 93 min.


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Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President

If it hadn't been for a bottle of scotch and a late-night visit from musician Greg Allman, Jimmy Carter might never have become the 39th President of the United States. This fascinating documentary charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter's relationships with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and other notable musicians gave his political career a crucial boost.

3 day rental • NR • 98 min.


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Levitated Mass

When pioneering and artist Michael Heizer finds the giant boulder he’s been searching for since 1968, it sets off an epic struggle to realize one of America’s newest and largest public artworks, ‘Levitated Mass.’ The 340-ton rock’s journey from a desert quarry to a perch atop Heizer’s gigantic, walled slot in the earth at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art attracted international media and challenged the imagination of thousands. "Wonderfully entertaining." - LA Weekly

3 day rental • NR • 88 min.


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Markie In Milwaukee

Assembled from over 10 years of footage, MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE tells the story of a midwestern transgender woman as she struggles with the prospect of de-transitioning under the pressures of her fundamentalist church, family and community. Markie’s aim is simple - to be a good person, and lead a simple devout life. But her struggles are emblematic of a larger conversation rooted in our country's fixation on identity - political, spiritual and personal - and people’s deep fear of those who don’t fit neatly within their own communities.

7 day rental • NR • 92 min.


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My Rembrandt

Rembrandt, the grandmaster of intimacy rocks the art world; 350 years after his death, many people, even entire nations are obsessed with his paintings. Aristocrats cherish, experts rule, art dealers investigate, collectors hunt, museums battle. The epic documentary MY REMBRANDT dives deep into the rarified universe of private owners of Rembrandt paintings (perhaps 37 worldwide) and the art world of Old Masters, exploring the motives of its elite.

3 day rental • NR • 95 min. • English, Dutch and French with subtitles


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My Darling Supermarket

Grocery store employees, today’s essential workers, get star treatment in MY DARLING SUPERMARKET (made prior to the pandemic). Set within a bright, colorful supermercado in São Paulo, Brazil, this charming, funny documentary glides through a seemingly endless array of vibrantly designed shelves and displays, but it’s the store’s employees who take center stage. A panoply of individuals with fears, hopes, and questions about their place in the universe are celebrated in a quirky portrait that juxtaposes their idiosyncrasies with the assumed mundanity of bringing food to our table. (Written by Film Forum)

3 day rental • NR • 80 min. • Spanish with subtitles


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Nostalgia For The Light

The Atacama Desert sits 10,000 feet above sea and astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars there. It is also the driest place on earth and is known to keep human remains intact. those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, "disappeared" by the Chilean army after the military coup of September 1973. Women sift the desert soil for the bones of their loved ones, while archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations and astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies. Melding celestial and earthly quests, NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey.

3 day rental • NR • 90 min. • Spanish with subtitles


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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

After receiving a terminal diagnosis in January 2015, renowned scientist Oliver Sacks sat down for eighty hours of filmed interviews. Those wide-ranging conversations, which touched on everything from his experiences facing homophobia to the Hollywood adaptation of one of his books, became the basis for a documentary that reveals a fascinating, multi-faceted personality: a great man who was also a profoundly good one.

5 day rental • NR • 110 min.


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Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack

A new documentary about the life and art of Audrey Flack. Octogenarian artist Audrey Flack has always been a trailblazer. In this intimate portrait of her life and work, she returns to her canvas for the first time in decades, revealing her longtime struggles as an artist and mother to find her rightful place in the art world.

3 day rental • NR • 75 min.


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The Reason I Jump

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. Moments in the lives of each character are linked by the journey of a young Japanese boy through an epic landscape; narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does; the reason he jumps.

5 day rental • NR • 82 min.


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Softie

Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. From the moment Boniface decides to run, telling his wife, Njeri, in passing with a hesitant laugh, he responds to each challenge with optimism. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone. And Boniface soon finds that challenging strong political dynasties is putting his family at risk. Should country really come before family, as he’s always believed?

7 day rental • NR • 96 min. • English and Kiswahili/Kikuyu with subtitles


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Some Kind of Heaven

First-time feature director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, SOME KIND OF HEAVEN invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages residents – and one interloper – who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise. With strikingly composed cinematography, this candy-colored documentary offers a tender and surreal look at the never-ending quest for finding meaning and love in life’s final act.

3 day rental • NR • 83 min.


Streaming begins 3/5

Stray

In STRAY, a trio of canine outcasts roam the streets of Istanbul. As they search for food and shelter, Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society that allow us an unvarnished portrait of human life — and their own canine culture. The film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing.

3 day rental • NR • 72 min.


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Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

An artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture. Von Rydingsvard’s work has been featured in the Venice Biennale and is held in the collections of some of the world’s great museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. But she may be best-known for work in public spaces.

2 day rental • PG • 57 min.


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When We Were Kings

In 1974, Leon Gast filmed an unprecedented sports spectacle: the Rumble in the Jungle, in which late-career underdog Muhammad Ali would contend with the younger powerhouse George Foreman for the boxing heavyweight championship title in Zaire. Gast wound up amassing a treasure trove of footage, observing the wildly charismatic athlete training for one of the toughest bouts of his career.

3 day rental • PG • 89 min.


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White Riot

Britain, late-1970s. Punk is exploding. The country is deeply divided over immigration. The National Front, a far-right and fascist political party, is gaining strength as politicians like Enoch Powell push a xenophobic agenda. Countering this was Rock Against Racism, a movement that swept across the UK and Europe and culminated in a 100,000+ person march and a legendary concert event. WHITE RIOT is a moment in time when music changed the world. When a generation challenged the status quo. It’s Woodstock meets the March on Washington, punk-style.

3 day rental • NR • 84 min.


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Zappa

Billed as an intimate and expansive look into the innovative life of the iconic musician and artist Frank Zappa, this documentary was made with unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and all archival footage including uncirculated and rarely seen footage. ZAPPA explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time.

3 day rental • NR • 129 min.