Babelsberg from East to West

by Bernard Louargant
Generation Video, ADA&ZYLLA Film
| 56' | France | 2009 | |
The Babelsberg studios is a mythical spot haunted by the ghosts of Fritz Lang and Marlène Dietrich. But the Nazi regime caused talented directors to flee the country. A century after their creation, the Babelsberg studios continue to thrive.





* Nominated for Best Feature Documentary by The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) for the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Cameraperson

by Kirsten Johnson
Big Mouth Productions
| 102’ | USA | 2016 | |
Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.





Cinema, Mon Amour

by Alexandru Belc
Libra Film Productions, Pink Productions
| 70' - 52' | Romania/Czech Republic | 2015 | |
Having lived through “the golden age” of cinema, Viktor Purice fights to preserve the Dacia Panoramic Cinema in Piatra Neamt - one of the last remaining cinemas in Romania today and bring back the good old glory days, yet struggles to keep up with the new harsh reality. In a theater that lacks heating and is slowly falling apart, with no support from the State who owns the place, it’s almost a Don Quixote fight. 





Despite the Gods

by Penny Vozniak
House of Gary
| 85’ - 52’ | Australia | 2012 | HD |
Jennifer Lynch, daughter of cult film auteur David Lynch, made her directorial debut in 1993 with Boxing Helena. Lynch returns to the director’s chair with an ambitious project that will test her skills and the entire crew’s sanity. JShe braves the unmapped territory of Bollywood-Hollywood movie making, where chaos is the process and filmmaking doubles as a crash course in acceptance and self-realization.





Mad as Hell: Peter Finch

by Robert de Young
Lowlands Media Pty Ltd
| 77’ - 55’ | Australia | 2011 | 16:9 |
Mad as Hell is the first documentary to map the significance and legacy of Australian actor Peter Finch’s life and career as seen through the eyes of his daughters, fellow actors, producers and his manager. With: Anita Harrison, Tamara Tchinarova Finch, Samantha Finch, Diana Braley-Finch, Barry Norman, Trader Faulkner, Vincent Ball, Peter Thompson, Bill Hunter, Virginia McKenna, Glenda Jackson, Howard Gottfried. Finch is still the only actor to have been awarded a posthumous Academy Award® for Best Actor (Network, 1977).


SIDE BY SIDE

by Chris Kenneally
Company Films LLC
| USA | 98’ - 56’ | 2012
Keanu Reeves interviews directors, cinematographers, film students, producers, technologies, editors, and exhibitors, as Side by Side examines all aspects of filmmaking. At this moment when digital and photochemical filmmaking coexist, Side by Side explores what has been gained, what is lost, and what the future might bring.