staff picks
eleonore's pick
The Watermelon Woman

If there ever was a time to support work by queer women of color, it would be now. The Watermelon Woman - the seminal 90s lesbian film by Cheryl Dunye – has now been restored and is ready to make a comeback. Beyond the 90s nostalgia – the film definitely reminds you of the work output in that decade by independent American filmmakers – it deals with timely issues of race and representation. It’s also very funny and endearing. The restored version is re-released on DVD with a recent wonderful short film by Dunye. A must see!

 
farhad's pick
Fidel: The Untold Story

This is an engrossing documentary that shows different facets of Castro’s life and personality rarely portrayed in mainstream American media.

 
juliet's pick
Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe

With gorgeous cinematography, art design, and brilliant acting, director Maria Schrader paints a wonderful portrait of the famous Jewish Viennese writer, Stefan Zweig.

 
julianne's pick
Welcome to Leith

As disturbing as it is timely, Welcome to Leith is a riveting look at how white supremacist Craig Cobb fights to overtake the small Midwestern town of Leith with his terrifying ideologies. As a true blue horror movie fan, this might just be one of the scariest films I've ever seen! It's incredibly thrilling and thorough in its scope of examining how dramatically one man's beliefs can shake an entire town. It will stay with you long after it ends.

 
john's pick
Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet

This beautiful film weaves behind-the-scenes and classroom footage with backstage and onstage performances, touching on emotions without praise or pity. A must-see for lovers of dance.

 
kelly's pick
Dance for Camera / Dance for Camera 2

I'm obviously biased, since I produced these compilations and my own film is on one of them - but they really are a must-see for anyone interested in dance on film!

 
marc's picks
Proteus

Anyone interested in science or history (or the history of science) will get a kick out of this slightly odd, totally involving film. It's like a secret history, and one that has relevance to our modern age, too.

Hell on Wheels

This is one of the best films ever made about any sport, but the fact that it's about professional bike racing (my passion) makes it a true delight and an absolute must-see.

Please Vote for Me

Now that I have kids, I find it fascinating to see these Chinese 8-year-olds act like seasoned political operatives in their quest to be elected class monitor. Both hilarious & scary as hell.