A Man Named Pearl A Man Named Pearl

A bigoted remark dissuades Pearl Fryar from moving into a white neighborhood. Told “Black people don’t keep up their yards,” Pearl creates an extraordinary topiary garden that conveys his philosophy of Love, Peace and Goodwill.




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Earthwork Earthwork

Now in theaters!

Earthwork is the story of real-life crop artist Stan Herd. In 1994, Stan traveled from Kansas to New York City and risked everything to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump. The multi-acre …

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Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie

In Canada, David Suzuki is pretty much an icon: a household name synonymous with nature and science, best known as the host of the long-running CBC TV show “The Nature of Things” and as a pioneering and passionate environmentalist. Although …

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Gavagai Gavagai

Now playing in theaters!

“An astonishment, realized with a technique and a touch that are unique in the current cinema…An extraordinary and memorable film”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker.


Film synopsis:

German businessman Carsten Neuer travels to Norway …

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Girls Rock! Girls Rock!

At Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp, girls ranging in age from eight to 18 are taught that it’s OK to sweat like a pig, scream like a banshee, wail on their instruments with complete and utter abandon, and that “it is …

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Heading South Heading South

Director Laurent Cantet follows up his critically acclaimed “Time Out”, set during an austere wintertime in France and Switzerland, with Heading South, set in Haiti during the late 1970s. Based on stories by Dany Laferriere, the heat comes not only …

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Hukkle Hukkle

An old man has hiccups sitting on a bench, a drunken youth snores on the carriage, a kind old lady picks lilies of the valleys, women sew in the dressmaker’s shop, men play bowling in a pub, the bee keeper …

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Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust

IMAGINARY WITNESS: HOLLYWOOD AND THE HOLOCAUST tells a provocative and mostly unknown story of the 60-year relationship between Hollywood and the atrocities of Nazi Germany. With scenes from over forty films, rare newsreels, and interviews with leading scholars, filmmakers, and …

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Lives Well Lived Lives Well Lived

Now Playing across the U.S. and Canada!!

Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom and experiences of adults aged 75 to 100.   Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share …

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Pelican Dreams Pelican Dreams

In a story of friendship, survival and the spirit of flight, filmmaker Judy Irving (THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL, an Indie smash hit!) follows a wayward, starving California brown pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into …

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Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland


SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND explores the mysterious death of a 28-year-old black woman found hanging in her Texas jail cell three days after she was arrested for a traffic violation.  Authorities ruled her

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Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Now available in DCP!


“An amazing piece of work. The film essentially follows one man, Jim White, as he deals with both his own and the South’s demons… and in the process we are given a musical tour of …

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Silent Souls Silent Souls

When Miron’s beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the Merja culture, an ancient Finno-Ugric tribe from Lake Nero, a picturesque region in West-Central …

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Sita Sings the Blues Sita Sings the Blues

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama.  Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully …

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Skills Like This Skills Like This

25-year-old Max Solomon would like to be a writer, but has to admit he’s just not going to make it with his pen when his play, “The Onion Dance,” meets with a catastrophic reaction in its opening performance. His best …

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Tempestad Tempestad

“Nightmarish stories intertwine with dreamy visuals to create an unsettling, and strangely entrancing, film in “Tempestad”…. artful and lyrical”-NY Times


“Twin stories of broken Mexican lives, exquisitely told…This powerful, luminously shot documentary pairs the tales of a woman jailed

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The Beauty Academy of Kabul The Beauty Academy of Kabul

What happens when a group of hairdressers from America travel to Kabul with the intention of telling Afghan women how to do hair and makeup? This engaging, optimistic documentary tracks a unique development project: a shiny new beauty school, funded …

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The Girl and Death The Girl and Death

From acclaimed director Jos Stelling (THE POINTSMAN, THE ILLUSIONIST, THE FLYING DUTCHMAN) comes THE GIRL AND DEATH, Winner of Best Picture at the Netherlands Film Festival.


THE GIRL AND DEATH is a story about the impossible love between Nicolai …

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The Kids Grow Up The Kids Grow Up

Documentary filmmaker Doug Block (51 Birch Street) has captured much of his daughter Lucy’s life – and their relationship – on camera. Now his only child is 17 and preparing to leave home for college.  Lucy’s imminent departure is the …

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The Silence Before Bach The Silence Before Bach

The long-awaited new film from former Bunuel producer and visionary director Pere Portabella, one of the world’s most distinctive and original film voices, “The Silence Before Bach” is a true wonder. “Bach’s music is the only thing that reminds us …

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The Situation The Situation

Shadow Distribution is proud to present the US theatrical release of THE SITUATION, a film by Philip Haas, starring Connie Nielsen (GLADIATOR, BROTHERS), Damian Lewis (KEANE, BAND OF BROTHERS), and Mido Hamada. After its World Premiere as the Opening Night …

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The Weather Underground The Weather Underground

In October 1969 hundreds of young people, clad in football helmets and wielding lead pipes, marched through an upscale Chicago shopping district, pummeling parked cars and smashing shop windows in their path.


This was the first demonstration of the

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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

The true story of a Bohemian St. Francis and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild red-and-green parrots. Mark Bittner, a dharma bum*, former street musician in San Francisco, falls in with the flock as he searches for meaning …

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The Yes Men Fix the World The Yes Men Fix the World

The Yes Men are anti-corporate pranksters who create phony Web sites to get themselves invited to high-level corporate conferences and media events – where they give hilarious, Swiftian analyses that unmask global injustice and satirize human rights abuses. They are …

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True Wolf True Wolf

True Wolf is the story of a wolf called Koani. Koani, with the help of her human companions, became an ambassador for her species, traveling the country to help raise awareness about wolves. True Wolf is about Koani’s life and …

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Under Our Skin Under Our Skin

A dramatic tale of microbes, medicine and money, UNDER OUR SKIN plays like a taut thriller—but it is our own lives that may be at stake. This riveting film, a documentary with the propulsion of a narrative, investigates the untold …

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Warsaw Bridge (Pont De Varsovia) Warsaw Bridge (Pont De Varsovia)

For the first time, the groundbreaking ’80s masterpiece by Pere Portabella, the Spanish master, Bunuel associate and director of THE SILENCE BEFORE BACH, is available in the United States and Canada.




Statement from Jonathan Demme:

I was …

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Whiz Kids Whiz Kids

At a time when American teens lag far behind other countries in math and science, WHIZ KIDS is a coming-of-age documentary that tells the story of three remarkably different yet equally passionate 17-year-old scientists who vie to compete in the …

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Yang Ban Xi Yang Ban Xi

History changes all the time. What is good today can be considered bad tomorrow. During the ten years of Cultural Revolution, traditional opera was banned by Mao’s wife Jiang Qing, and replaced by a new kind of art in which …

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Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love

Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love is a music-infused cinematic journey about the power of one man’s voice to inspire change. One of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and called “the rare rock star whose …

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