Performing Arts


NE CHANGE RIEN (CHANGE NOTHING)
NE CHANGE RIEN (CHANGE NOTHING)

Music  Cinema Studies  Performing Arts  2011 

A luminous exploration of the creative process from one of the world's most important filmmakers, Pedro Costa's Ne Change Rien is a spare, hypnotic portrait of French chanteuse Jeanne Balibar. Photographed in shimmering black-and-white and featuring a soundtrack of haunting jazz-inflected pop songs.

SONIA
SONIA

Art History  Women's Studies  Russia  Performing Arts  Jewish Studies  Eastern Europe  Cultural Studies  Architecture  2007  Directed by Women 

A magical portrait of Russia's revolutionary artistic avant-garde - Mayakovsky, Voloshin, Blok, Malevich, Tatlin - through the life of Sonia Dymshitz-Tolstaya, an impassioned artist whose life reflected the social upheavals of her time. She was one of the few Jewish women who became part of this inner circle.

PROMISED PARADISE
PROMISED PARADISE

Cultural Studies  2007  Terrorism Studies  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science  Performing Arts  Media Studies  Islamic Studies  Asian Studies  Southeast Asian Studies 

How can one believe that terrorism leads to heaven? Banned by the Indonesian government, this provocative documentary examines the psychology of extremism in a country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

BE HERE TO LOVE ME - Townes Van Zandt
BE HERE TO LOVE ME - Townes Van Zandt

Music  Alcohol & Drug Abuse  Performing Arts  American Studies  Directed by Women 

An acclaimed documentary about the life and music of Townes Van Zandt, perhaps one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, who inspired artists from Bob Dylan to Norah Jones.

DANCEWEB
DANCEWEB

Dance  Performing Arts  Education  Children & Young Adult  Directed by Women 

Danceweb is an intimate, rewarding film that gives a unique understanding of the world of contemporary dance by following three young dancers.

COMEDY MIDDLE EASTERN STYLE
COMEDY MIDDLE EASTERN STYLE

Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  American Studies  Sociology  Performing Arts  Directed by Women 

Middle Eastern standup comics living in New York share their views on political issues and the prejudice they’ve had to endure since 9/11.

DANCE TO LIVE
DANCE TO LIVE

Performing Arts  American Studies  African-American Studies  Dance  Directed by Women 

The documentary tells the personal stories of the dancers at Philadanco, the Philadelphia-based African-American modern dance company, with sincere testimonials from young dancers.

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AS THE WIND ROCKS THE WAGON

Performing Arts  Women's Studies  American History 

Between 1840 and 1870, over 250,000 Americans traveled west by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail. Some claimed land in Oregon; others headed for California gold country. Many went enthusiastically. Others reluctantly left homes, family and friends to face hardship and an uncertain future. Actress Amy Warner vividly presents the experiences and feelings of these pioneers in her one-woman performance based on entries from diaries, letters and memoirs of pioneer women and a young girl who trekked the Oregon Trail.

LOCAL COLOR
LOCAL COLOR

African-American Studies  Performing Arts  Directed by Women 

This documentary chronicles the production of a play at the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, one of the five largest African-American theater companies in the U.S., examining the work of everyone involved, including the actors, director, lighting and set design, sound design, and producer.

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THE RISE AND FALL OF BLACK VELVET FLAG

American Studies  Music  Performing Arts 

Between 1840 and 1870, over 250,000 Americans traveled west by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail. Some claimed land in Oregon; others headed for California gold country. Many went enthusiastically. Others reluctantly left homes, family and friends to face hardship and an uncertain future. Actress Amy Warner vividly presents the experiences and feelings of these pioneers in her one-woman performance based on entries from diaries, letters and memoirs of pioneer women and a young girl who trekked the Oregon Trail.

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PANORAMA

Dance  Latin-American Studies  Performing Arts  Spanish Language 

The historical collage of Cuban Dance forms, including contradanza, danzon, son, mambo, cha-cha-cha, and culminating in an exuberant carnival celebration, features dancers from Cuba's famed El Conjunto Nacional de Danza Moderna.

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GHOSTMAKERS

Music  Performing Arts 

Features conversations with Oscar and Grammy Award winning composer John Corigliano and Tony and Obie Award winning playwright and librettist William Hoffman, who discuss the challenges they faced in creating their first opera, The Ghosts of Versailles.

CAUTION: SHOW DOGS
CAUTION: SHOW DOGS

American Studies  Performing Arts  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Caution: Show Dogs profiles four top breeders and their dogs, who share the years of knowledge and experience required to produce consistent champions, and behind-the-scenes footage and interviews at numerous dog shows reveal the excitement and exhilaration of the world of Show Dogs.

SUMMER IN IVYE
SUMMER IN IVYE

Eastern Europe  Jewish Studies  Peace & Conflict  Russia  Performing Arts  Sociology  Directed by Women 

The Soviet Union had recently collapsed, food was scarce, but spirits were high. The tiny dirt road town was turned upside down with audiences and media from every corner of the world—and those involved in the production that summer in Ivye were forever changed.

SING! HEALING, COMMUNITY, CELEBRATION
SING! HEALING, COMMUNITY, CELEBRATION

Music  Performing Arts 

This documentary profiles three women who are reviving a musical legacy, a birthright, which so many of have lost the simple act of singing.

SID AT 90
SID AT 90

Aging / Gerontology  Cinema Studies  Jewish Studies  Performing Arts 

Profiles actor, comedian, impersonator and variety performer Sid Raymond, in the process challenging the assumption that celebrity defines success.

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RULES OF THE GAME

LGBTQ  New York City  Human Sexuality  Performing Arts  Children & Young Adult  Sociology 

Profiles four young people at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York, which supports lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual youth.

PUPPETRY: WORLDS OF IMAGINATION
PUPPETRY: WORLDS OF IMAGINATION

Performing Arts  Music  Dance  Art History 

This documentary surveys the revolutionary new developments in American puppet theater, profiling many of puppetry’s most imaginative contemporary artists.

LOS PASTORES: The Shepherd's Play
LOS PASTORES: The Shepherd's Play

Religion & Spirituality  Performing Arts  Latino Studies  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women 

Portrays the revival of Los Pastores (The Shepherd's Play), an ancient Christmas morality play that has long been part of Hispanic folk traditions in the American Southwest.

KAFE KUUMBA: WELCOME TO OPEN MIKE
KAFE KUUMBA: WELCOME TO OPEN MIKE

Sociology  Performing Arts  Literature  Cultural Studies  African-American Studies 

This entertaining documentary features a variety of African-American poets from all over America, who have gathered to perform at Kafe Kuumba in Indianapolis, a local cultural center sponsored by the Midtown Writers Association.

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