Artefact Films

3/26/2012
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1.
Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959 Documentary)
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Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience... (85 mins.)
 
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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 Documentary)
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence. (150 mins.)
 
3.
Bulletproof Salesman (2008 Documentary)
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Fidelis Cloer is a self-confessed war profiteer who found The Perfect War when the US invaded Iraq. It wasn't about selling a dozen cars, or even a hundred, it was a thousand-car war where security would become the ultimate product. (70 mins.)
 
4.
The War Room (1993 Documentary)
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A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it. (96 mins.)
 
5.
Calle 54 (2000 Documentary)
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A film featuring performances of several stars of the Latin Jazz music scene. (105 mins.)
Director: Fernando Trueba
 
6.
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010 Documentary)
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William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues... (87 mins.)
Director: Yony Leyser
 
7.
A Film Unfinished (2010 Documentary)
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A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images. (88 mins.)
Director: Yael Hersonski
 
8.
Teenage Paparazzo (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines the relationship between celebrity and society. (94 mins.)
Director: Adrian Grenier
 
9.
The Take (2004 Documentary)
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The film in not about auto-parts workers in suburban Buenos Aires, but about workers of a ceramic floors factory in Neuquen, several hundred miles southward, in Argentinian Patagonia. (87 mins.)
Director: Avi Lewis
 
10.
Trumbo (2007 Documentary)
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Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals... (96 mins.)
Director: Peter Askin
 
11.
Megacities (1998 Documentary)
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A look at the people who live precariously, but with an unusual level of resourcefulness and imagination, in four gigantic urban agglomerations: Mumbai, New York City, Moscow and Mexico City. (90 mins.)
 
12.
30 for 30 (2009 TV Series)
Episode: The Two Escobars (2010)
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The rise of Colombian soccer is attributed to the influx of drug money into the sport by Pablo Escobar and the other drug cartels. However, the team's swift decline after Escobar's death results in the murder of star player Andres Escobar.
 
13.
Smash His Camera (2010 Documentary)
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A film centering on the life and work of Ron Galella that examines the nature and effect of paparazzi. (87 mins.)
Director: Leon Gast
 
14.
October Country (2009 Documentary)
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October Country is a beautifully filmed portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war... (80 mins.)
 
15.
Flow: For Love of Water (2008 Documentary)
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Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet. 'Flow' confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause. (93 mins.)
Director: Irena Salina
 
16.
Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007 Documentary)
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In the late summer of 2006, in the middle of the insurgency, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi... (84 mins.)
 
17.
Facing Ali (2009 Documentary)
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Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion. (100 mins.)
Director: Pete McCormack
 
18.
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008 Documentary)
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Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States. (99 mins.)
Director: Marina Zenovich
 
19.
Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009 Documentary)
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Tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music - the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines... (82 mins.)
 
20.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary)
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A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son. (95 mins.)
Director: Kurt Kuenne
 
21.
Darwin's Nightmare (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers. (107 mins.)
Director: Hubert Sauper
 
22.
Second Skin (2008 Documentary)
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An intimate, fascinating look at computer gamers whose lives have been transformed by the emerging, hugely popular genre of computer games. (94 mins.)
 
23.
Hoop Dreams (1994 Documentary)
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A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional. (170 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
24.
The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006 Documentary)
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"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man... (106 mins.)
 
25.
Bastardy (2008 Documentary)
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An intimate documentary of Jack Charles, a.k.a. "Jackie", the legendary Australian aboriginal actor who co-founded Australia's first indigenous theatre company and struggled with his identity later in life. (83 mins.)
 
26.
Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997 Documentary)
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This controversial documentary about the stand-off between an unorthodox Christian group - the Branch Davidians... (136 mins.)
Director: William Gazecki
 
27.
Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008 Documentary)
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With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles. (93 mins.)
Director: Stacy Peralta
 
28.
Surfwise (2007 Documentary)
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Doug Pray explores the life of surfer Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz. (93 mins.)
Director: Doug Pray
 
29.
Crazy Love (2007 Documentary)
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The bizarre true story of Linda Riss and Burt Pugach. (92 mins.)
 
30.
Chicago 10 (2007 Documentary)
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Archival footage, animation, and music are used to look back at the eight anti-war protesters who were put on trial following the 1968 Democratic National Convention. (110 mins.)
Director: Brett Morgen
 
31.
The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002 Documentary)
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A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger. (80 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
32.
RiP: A Remix Manifesto (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary which examines copyright issues in the information age. (87 mins.)
Director: Brett Gaylor
 
33.
On the Ropes (1999 Documentary)
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The story of three young boxers and their coach who is determined to guide them in a positive direction in and out of the ring. (94 mins.)
 
34.
Children Underground (2001 Documentary)
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A profile of homeless Romanian children who were born victims of the nation's reckless population growth policy during its communist era. (104 mins.)
Director: Edet Belzberg
 
35.
Hype! (1996 Documentary)
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Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s (84 mins.)
Director: Doug Pray
 
36.
Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001 Documentary)
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Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida. (111 mins.)
 
37.
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999 Documentary)
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A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier. (91 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
38.
War Photographer (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever. (96 mins.)
Director: Christian Frei
 
39.
Harlan County U.S.A. (1976 Documentary)
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A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike. (103 mins.)
Director: Barbara Kopple
 
40.
Full Battle Rattle (2008 Documentary)
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A film about life inside the US Army's Iraq simulation in California's Mojave Desert. (85 mins.)
 
41.
The Weather Underground (2002 Documentary)
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The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous. (92 mins.)
 
42.
Bukowski: Born into This (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'. (130 mins.)
Director: John Dullaghan
 
43.
The English Surgeon (2007 Documentary)
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This documentary offers a glimpse into the life of an English neurosurgeon (Henry Marsh) situated in Ukraine as we are exposed to the overwhelming dilemmas he has to face and the burden he has to carry throughout his profession. (94 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Smith
 
44.
Strange Culture (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary in which actors interpret the legally touchy subject of artist Steve Kurtz, who is being held as a suspected terrorist because of his work. (75 mins.)
 
45.
What Would Jesus Buy? (2007 Documentary)
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An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the... (91 mins.)
Director: Rob VanAlkemade
 
46.
No End in Sight (2007 Documentary)
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A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country. (102 mins.)
 
47.
Billy the Kid (2007 Documentary)
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"I'm not black, I'm not white, not foreign, just different in the mind. Different brains, that's all,"... (84 mins.)
 
48.
Lake of Fire (2006 Documentary)
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A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate. (152 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
49.
War Dance (2007 Documentary)
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Three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda compete in their country's national music and dance festival. (105 mins.)
 
50.
Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007 Documentary)
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A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
51.
Street Fight (2005 Documentary)
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This documentary follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, New Jersey in which the Cory Booker attempted to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James. (83 mins.)
Director: Marshall Curry
 
52.
The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun (2006 Documentary)
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The story about the 82-year-old bachelor Mr. Vig, who has never known love, and Sister Amvrosija, a young Russian nun, who by chance, or destiny, becomes part of his life. (84 mins.)
 
53.
Up the Yangtze (2007 Documentary)
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At the edge of the Yangtze River, not far from the Three Gorges Dam, young men and women take up employment on a cruise ship, where they confront rising waters and a radically changing China. (93 mins.)
Director: Yung Chang
 
54.
The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2006 Documentary)
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A freedom-loving Iraqi journalist is mistaken as Tony Blair's would-be assassin and sent to Abu Ghraib Prison where he discovers the true meaning of liberation. (72 mins.)