Entries Tagged 'Documentary' ↓

who’s counting?

A provocative and highly watchable portrait of Marilyn Waring, the former New Zealand politician who penned If Women Counted. She argues compellingly that traditional women’s work and environmental health have no value in the worldwide economic system. The result, she posits, is that war is valued above home-making and even child prostitution. This fast-paced, fascinating documentary will change the way you view the world. [canada, 1995]

sandra bernhard: confessions of a pretty lady

An irreverent documentary on the contradictory life of one of America’s most outrageous pop-culture divas. Here we get an entertaining view of Bernhard’s wild life from her beginnings as an ugly Arizona duckling to her transformation into comedienne and gay icon. The doc comes complete with clips from her nightclub act and footage taken during her Playboy photo shoot. [us, 1994]

talk16

This documentary, which follows a year in the life of four Toronto girls, is hard to classify according to the groupings on the site. There’s a vixen, a nerd, an outcast, and a rebel. But generally there’s the feeling of of invincibility that’s only available to sixteen year old girls. By letting the girls speak with their own voices, the film is funny and painful, often in the same vignette. The outcast’s tale of losing her virginity is one you’ll never forget. A good film to watch with teenage sons or daughters, or if you’re so beyond your teens that it won’t hurt anymore. [canada, 1992]

jupiter’s wife

An intriguing documentary about a woman living with numerous dogs in Central Park. The woman talks in Greek mythology and will only admit that she is the wife of Jupiter who is sometimes wrathful, and has now left her. Over time, we and the filmmaker discover that this now transient woman was once the first female horse drawn carriage driver in Central Park, and was a mystery guest on What’s My Line. This film presents a view to a life that astonished even the filmmaker. [us, 1995]

amargosa

While driving across the country in the 1960’s, dancer and artist Marta Beckett and her husband Tom Williams, got a flat tire in Death Valley Junction (pop. 10, nearest town 30 miles). During the hour it took to fix the flat, Marta and Tom decided to lease an old theatre and settle in town. Marta has resided in this isolated desert town ever since—restoring the theatre, composing, creating, and performing. Marta, now well into her 70’s, performs regularly at the Amargosa Opera House, every inch of it covered with murals from her own imagination. This story of the passion of one individual is at times amazing and always entertaining. [us, 1999]