PLAYING WITH SHARKS

A true pioneer in both underwater filmmaking and shark research, Valerie Taylor is a living legend and icon in the underwater world whose life’s work has become the basis for much of what we know about sharks today. Through remarkable underwater archival footage, along with interviews with Valerie herself, PLAYING WITH SHARKS, from award winning director Sally Aitken, follows this daring ocean explorer’s trajectory from “PLAYING WITH SHARKS”

SUMMER OF SOUL

SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural “SUMMER OF SOUL”

DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD

Join us for a special screening of the Netflix award-winning documentary, DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD. The award-winning team of Director Kirsten Johnson (CAMERAPERSON) and Co-Producer Maureen Ryan will join us in person for a Q&A. As his father nears the end of his life, filmmaker Kirsten Johnson uses her movie-making magic to stage darkly hilarious ways for him to die while hoping that this exercise “DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD”

DAVID’S FRIEND

DAVID’S FRIEND, the film, captures David’s Friend the acclaimed one-woman show by Nora Burns (and featuring Billy Hough), which attracted New York City’s A-list to the iconic La Mama Theater for sold out shows. It’s a special and fast-paced celebration of the special bond between straight women and gay men, set against the backdrop, and music, of 1980s New York. “A potent performance about the “DAVID’S FRIEND”

YES I AM – THE RIC WEILAND STORY

Narrated by Zachary Quinto, the story of Ric Weiland’s life and legacy can be measured in incredible milestones. As one of the first employees at Microsoft, he became wealthy and influential at an early age. Out and proud since the 70’s, Ric was a champion of gay rights. During his life, he donated more than 20 million dollars to fund more than 60 non-profit organizations. “YES I AM – THE RIC WEILAND STORY”

TRY HARDER!

In a universe where cool kids are nerds, the orchestra is world class, and being Asian American is the norm, seniors at Lowell High School compete for the top prize: admission to the college of their dreams. The camera captures a diverse cohort of students in the hallways and classrooms as pressure intensifies to impress admissions officers with their report cards, test scores and overall “TRY HARDER!”

STORM LAKE

Dark clouds hang over the cornfields of Storm Lake, Iowa, which has seen its fair share of change in the 40 years since Big Agriculture came to town. Residents there confront a changing community as global forces threaten their precarious existence. Enter Pulitzer-prize winner Art Cullen and his family-run newspaper, The Storm Lake Times. Day-in and day-out, the Cullens deliver local news and biting editorials “STORM LAKE”

SEARCHERS

Pacho Velez’s funny, touching documentary SEARCHERS portrays a varied group of New Yorkers’ attempts to find love online in the midst of a pandemic. Focusing on subjects of all ages, races, genders and sexual preferences, Searchers highlights the hopes, the joys and the disillusionments that accompany the quest to find love, companionship or even just a satisfying hookup via dating apps in a film that “SEARCHERS”

RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

After immigrating to New York City from Puerto Rico at age 5, Rita Moreno found success on Broadway and in Hollywood. Despite her numerous career achievements, she found herself continually offered roles as stereotypical ethnic minorities, and subsequently paved the way for performers who refused to be pigeon-holed into such roles. In a career spanning more than seventy years, the phenomenal Rita Moreno is one “RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT”

NOT GOING QUIETLY

When 32-year-old activist and father Ady Barkan is diagnosed with ALS and given four years to live, he finds himself in a deep depression, struggling to connect with his newborn son, whose presence reminds him of the future he will miss. But after a chance confrontation with Senator Jeff Flake goes viral, Ady decides to embark on a cross-country tour of America, using his final “NOT GOING QUIETLY”