Home Video > Midnight Movies > Documentaries


t_burlyqdvd.jpg
Behind the Burly Q

Burlesque was one of America’s most popular forms of live entertainment in the first half of the 20th century, yet now it is often vilified and misunderstood. This film tells the intimate and surprising stories of burlesque from its golden age.

t_biggersplashdvd.jpg
Bigger Splash, A

Filmmaker Jack Hazan follows artist David Hockney as he struggles to create what would prove to be some of his most enduring works: those featuring Hockney's model and lover, Peter Schlesinger.

t_birthofthelivingdead.jpg
Birth of the Living Dead

In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars.

t_breasts_dvd.jpg
Breasts: A Documentary

Twenty-two women – most topless, all candid – reveal how their breasts have shaped their lives, from puberty to sex to motherhood and beyond. Interspersed throughout are precious archival gems.

t_chetzar.jpg
Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters

Enter the foreboding world of Chet Zar, an influential figure in the Dark Art Movement, where apocalyptic industrial landscapes are inhabited by monstrosities. Sometimes gruesome, periodically funny, but always thought-provoking, Zar's art is as enigmatic as it is frightening.

t_death_design.jpg
Death by Design

Winner of 10 international awards, Death by Design is a guided tour into the invisible world of cells, told through a collage of metaphors and interviews with cellular biologists. Includes the film The Life and Times of Life and Times.

t_dreamdeceivers.jpg
Dream Deceivers

Two young men shoot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap dies; James Vance - severely disfigured - survives. Their parents take heavy-metal icons Judas Priest to court, claiming the band "mesmerized" their sons.

t_farout.jpg
Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation culled from seven decades worth of art from the renegade children's book author and illustrator.

t_femalemisbehaviordvd.jpg
Female Misbehavior

A collection of five films exploring the outer limits of female sexuality and behavior. Each features a woman who has challenged the status quo, provoking shock and outrage in some and gaining respect from others.

t_gendernauts_dvd.jpg
Gendernauts

An illuminating and compassionate look at the world of transgender identity, as seen through portraits of some of San Francisco's leading gender mixers.

t_gosdv.jpg
Gospel According to Philip K. Dick, The

Combining interviews with animation, a pulsating techno soundtrack, and rare audio recordings of Philip K. Dick himself, this fascinating documentary is the ultimate trip into the mind behind Blade Runner and Total Recall.

t_histd.jpg
History Lessons

Lesbian history is presented in an extraordinary array of archival footage - from popular films to newsreels, sex ed pics, stag reels, old nudies and more - that is playfully manipulated to make it seem as though lesbians were everywhere.

t_lavender.jpg
Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film

This festival favorite goes behind the scenes to reveal seven successful lesbian directors. Featuring Cheryl Dunye, Rose Troche, Jennie Livingston, Monika Treut, Maria Maggenti, Su Friedrich and Heather MacDonald.

t_lennybruce.jpg
Lenny Bruce Without Tears

The outrageous, groundbreaking comic whose iconoclastic material in a conservative era got him into tragic trouble is here profiled by a close friend who prefers to remember the laughs Lenny Bruce's memory evokes instead of the tears.

t_lived.jpg
Live Nude Girls UNITE!

Follow Julia Query, activist, comedian, lesbian and peepshow stripper at a San Francisco club called the Lusty Lady, on her raucous journey to organize the first union of strippers in the United States.

t_manonamission.jpg
Man on a Mission

Richly funny and invigorating, Man on a Mission tags along with computer legend Richard Garriott on his years-long quest to follow in his father's footsteps, all the way to outer space.

t_modconbox.jpg
Modern Con Man Collection, The

In this 3 DVD set, America’s #1 Con Man Todd Robbins shows you how easy it is to scam, bet, and trick your way to a free drink, a few extra bucks at the poker table, and laughs at the expense of your co-workers.

t_private_dicks_dvd.jpg
Private Dicks: Men Exposed

Men spend a lot of time thinking about their penises, and even thinking with their penises. But rarely do we hear men talking honestly about their penises – until now.

t_proteus_mini.jpg
Proteus

Twenty years in the making, Proteus weaves a tapestry of poetry and myth, biology and oceanography, scientific history and spiritual biography around the story of biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel.

t_venus_boys.jpg
Venus Boyz

A film by Gabriel Baur. Club Casanova's legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to the transgender world. It's a world where women become men - some for a night, others for a lifetime.

t_whispershout_mini.jpg
Whisper & Shout

Young people in East Germany used music to protest the political climate of their country. This documentary captures the legendary bands of East Germany’s vibrant punk and glam music scene with concert clips, interviews and more.

t_jaglom.jpg
Who is Henry Jaglom?

Hailed by some as a genius, a feminist voice and a maverick of American cinema, dismissed by others as a voyeuristic, egomaniacal fraud and the "world's worst director," Henry Jaglom obsessively confuses and abuses the line between life and art.