Keyword: culture

Million Dollar Arm

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

Rated: PG Runtime: 124 minutes Release date: 05/15/2014
In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called "Million Dollar Arm." With the help of a cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout he discovers Dinesh...

Belle (2014)

Rated: PG Runtime: 105 minutes Release date: 05/01/2014
This is the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an...

The Abominable Crime (2012)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 66 minutes Release date: 11/29/2012
Born into a homophobic society, what are you willing to sacrifice to survive? Simone, a young lesbian single mother, survives a brutal anti-gay shooting. Now she must choose between hiding with her daughter in Jamaica in constant fear for their lives or escaping alone to seek safety and asylum abroad. Maurice, Jamaica's leading human-rights activist, is outed shortly after filing a lawsuit...
Dir: Micah Fink
With: N/A

JFK: A President Betrayed (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 90 minutes Release date: 11/21/2013
New evidence is uncovered that reveals how President John F. Kennedy boldly reversed deeply entrenched pro-war government policy to embark on secret back-channel peace efforts with Russian President Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and other "enemies" of the United States.
Dir: Cory Taylor
With: N/A
Mother of George

Mother of George (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 107 minutes Release date: 09/12/2013
After the joyous wedding between Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, marital complications arise out of their inability to conceive a child. The problem devastates their family and defies cultural expectations, leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save her family or destroy it.
Shanghai Calling

Shanghai Calling (2013)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 98 minutes Release date: 02/14/2013
When ambitious New York attorney Sam is sent to Shanghai on assignment, he immediately stumbles into a legal mess that could spell the end of his career. But with help from a beautiful relocation specialist, a well-connected foreign businessman, a clever but unassuming journalist and a street-smart assistant, Sam might just save his job, discover romance and learn to appreciate the many wonders...
Wild Style

Wild Style (1982)

Rated: None Runtime: 85 minutes Release date: 12/31/1982
The work of maverick tagger Zoro attracts the attention of an East Village art enthusiast who gives him a commission him to paint the stage for a huge rapper's convention. The film serves as a record of the beginning of hip-hop in the boroughs of New York and features pioneers of the genre including Grandmaster Flash, Busy Bee, The Cold Crush Brothers and others.

PressPausePlay (2010)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 80 minutes Release date: 11/29/2010
Over the last decade, the digital revolution has unleashed the creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way. But the question is whether or not this democratized of culture translates into better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead drowned out in the vast digital ocean of mass culture. To address this question, some of the worlds' most influential creators of the...

Knuckle (2011)

Rated: R Runtime: 92 minutes Release date: 12/08/2011
An epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting. Residing in Ireland and parts of the United Kingdom, the Travelers are a nomadic ethnic group with their own customs and a deep sense of clan pride, despite being interrelated by marriage within their small population. When conflicts arise between rival clans, arguments are often settled through...

Eden (2013)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 11/29/2013

Desert Dancer (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 98 minutes Release date: 08/14/2014
During the politically charged climate of the 2009 protests in Iran, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin and some friends risk their lives and form an underground dance company. Through banned online videos, they learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as- Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Their exploration of music, dance and a universal...

BAM150 (2011)

Rated: None Runtime: 86 minutes Release date: 11/29/2011
A behind-the-scenes look at BAM, the nation's oldest performing arts center. Over the last 150 years, BAM has had its ups and downs, but the power and stamina of the institution have made it a major cultural hub in Brooklyn, New York.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

Rated: PG Runtime: 81 minutes Release date: 03/08/2012
The story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated...
Journey From Zanskar

Journey From Zanskar (2011)

Rated: None Runtime: 90 minutes Release date: 09/22/2011
Zanskar is the last remaining original Tibetan Buddhist society with a continuous untainted lineage dating back thousands of years. In nearby Tibet and Ladakh, in Sikkim, Bhutan, and Nepal, traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture is either dead already or dying. The horror of Chinese government design in Tibet is being matched by the destruction of global economics elsewhere. Zanskar, ringed by high...

CBGB (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 101 minutes Release date: 10/10/2013
In 1973, Hilly Kristal, a fan of Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) dreamed of having a club in the lower Eastside of New York that catered to that kind of music, but when he had difficulty booking those bands he turned to other kinds of rock music. Hilly had one demand of the acts he booked, they could only play their own original music. No top 40's, no covers. It was the credo he lived by...
Delta Farce

Delta Farce (2007)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 89 minutes Release date: 05/10/2007
Down on his luck after losing his job and his girlfriend on the same day, Larry decides to join his neighbor, Bill, and his combat-happy buddy, Everett, for a relaxing weekend of drinking and target practice. But when the three hapless guys are mistaken for Army Reservists by the hard-nosed Sergeant Kilgrove, they're loaded onto an army plane headed for Fallujah, Iraq--and mistakenly ejected in a...
Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (2010)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 11/29/2010
A celebration of Hindi cinema. This tribute to the history of Indian musical films reveals how it has contributed to establishing India's identity in the eyes of the world and to making Mumbai one of the world capitals of film history.
When Jews Were Funny

When Jews Were Funny (2013)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 11/14/2013
Director Alan Zweig explores the roots and manifestations of his Jewish identity, and particularly, the question of how this Jewishness of his has persisted though he has done nothing to maintain it. He begins his exploration by trying to answer a question that has intrigued him since childhood: why were all the comedians he watched on TV in the fifties and sixties, Jewish? At first he does not...
Touch of Sin

A Touch of Sin (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 110 minutes Release date: 10/03/2013
This portrait of modern China shows how the economic boom has impacted its citizens through the four subjects who are followed: a miner, a migrant worker, a sauna receptionist and a young factory worker.
Surviving Progress

Surviving Progress (2012)

Rated: None Runtime: 86 minutes Release date: 04/05/2012
Based on Ronald Wright's bestseller, "A Short History of Progress," about the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through a sweeping but detailed survey of the major "progress traps" facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption and the environment. Featuring powerful arguments from contemporary thinkers such as Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood and...

Charlie's Country (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 07/16/2014
Australia. Charlie lives in a remote Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land, where his people struggle with cultural ties in world dominated by white law and both deliberate and incidental racism. With the primarily white police force, Charlie is congenial, fooling them into thinking he is an expert tracker. He uses cultural misunderstandings to his advantage, but then is obligated to heed white laws...

Wadjda (2013)

Rated: PG Runtime: 97 minutes Release date: 09/12/2013
10-year-old Wadjda lives in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries. After a fight with a neighborhood boy, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale and wants it desperately so that she can beat him in a race. But her mother won't allow it, because their society that...
The Muslims Are Coming

The Muslims Are Coming (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 85 minutes Release date: 09/11/2013
A band of Muslim-American comedians are followed as they visit big cities, small towns, rural villages and everything in between to combat Islamophobia! They not only perform standup at each tour stop, but create ridiculous interventions in unsuspecting town squares, like the ol' classic, "Ask a Muslim Booth." Throughout the film, comedy icons like Jon Stewart, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo...

Salinger (2013)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 120 minutes Release date: 09/05/2013
This documentary includes interviews with 150 subjects, including J.D. Salinger's friends and colleagues - who have never spoken on the record before - as well as previously unseen film footage, photographs and other material. Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal and...
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 90 minutes Release date: 05/22/2014
No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, this is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism. Commentary by those who knew him best-including filmmaker/nephew...
Dir: Nicholas Wrathall
With: N/A