EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

In the late 1990s, a hybrid form of graffiti began appearing in cities around the world. Enlisting stickers, stencils, posters, and sculpture and spread by the burgeoning Internet, it would be labeled “street art” and establish itself as the most significant counterculture movement of a generation. Los Angeles–based filmmaker Terry Guetta set out to record this secretive world in all its thrilling detail. For more than eight years, he traveled with the pack, roaming the streets of America and Europe, the stealthy witness of the world’s most infamous vandals. But after meeting the British stencil artist known only as “Banksy,” things took a bizarre turn.

Sundance has shown films by unknown artists but never an anonymous one. Banksy turns the tables on the only man who has ever filmed him, creating a remarkable documentary that is part personal journey and part an exposé of the art world with its mind-altering mix of hot air and hype. In the end, Exit Through the Gift Shop is an amazing ride, a cautionary modern fairy tale . . . with bolt cutters.
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LET FREEDOM SING

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Plot Summary

They raised their voices in song against inequality and racism. They gave the civil rights movement its anthems and its soul. They were the singers and songwriters who fought for change and gave us the songs that changed America. This DVD includes dramtic first-person accounts by the Freedom Riders who sang to give themselves courage in the face of grave danger. There are the songs from the 1963 March on Washington when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his I Have a Dream speech. And there are award-winning artists and musicians whose songs inspired a generation to take up the struggle for civil rights and human rights throughout America and the world. Let Freedom Sing retells one of the greatest stories in American history in a dramatically new way. The performers include Aretha Franklin (Respect), James Brown (Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud), Pete Seeger (We Shall Overcome), Stevie Wonder (Heaven Help Us All), Marvin Gaye (What’s Going On?), Curtis Mayfield (People Get Ready), and the Staple Singers (I’ll Take You There). With never-before-seen historic footage and remarkable new interviews with Gladys Knight, Isaac Hayes, Chuck D, Andrew Young, and Mavis Staples, among many others!

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES

Directed by lauded filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield, who won the U.S. Directing Award for Documentary Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for this film, The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis.

With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff.

BULLY

This year, over 5 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. The Bully Project is the first feature documentary film to show how we’ve all been affected by bullying, whether we’ve been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness. The world we inhabit as adults begins on the playground. The Bully Project opens on the first day of school. For the more than 5 million kids who’ll be bullied this year in the United States, it’s a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement. As the sun rises and school busses across the country overflow with backpacks, brass instruments and the rambunctious sounds of raging hormones, this is a ride into the unknown. For a lot of kids, the only thing that’s certain is that this year..
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THE SAPPHIRES

Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Cynthia (Tapsell), Gail (Mailman), Julie (Mauboy) and Kay (Sebbens) are discovered by Dave (O’Dowd), a good-humored talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. As their manager, Dave books the sisters their first true gig giving them their first taste of stardom, and travels them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops.
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FREEDOM RIDERS

In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government, under the Kennedy administration, remained indifferent, preoccupied with matters abroad. That is, until an integrated band of college students—many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university—decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation.

Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s inspirational documentary is the first feature-length film about this courageous band of civil-rights activists. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, Nelson chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.
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HOW TO DIE IN OREGON

Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, this immensely moving film chronicles the right to die with dignity in Oregon, the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. From the opening scene, in which a terminally ill patient takes a lethal prescription and dies, How to Die in Oregon is clearly a departure from the all too common sensationalized debates surrounding life’s most personal issues. Filmmaker Peter Richardson accompanies wife, proud mother and cancer patient Cody Curtis throughout her decision process. With her family, her doctor and an advocate from the Compassion and Choices support group, Cody’s exploration of her remaining time presents a far more even-handed reasoning of the issue than any special interest group from either side could possibly offer. This powerful film is doubtless one of the year’s most intelligent examinations, not of death, but of life lived courageously.

JUNO

Juno (Ellen Page) is a whip-smart teen confronting an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera). With the help of her hot best friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby), Juno finds her unborn child a ‘perfect’ set of parents: an affluent suburban couple, Mark and Vanessa (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), longing to adopt. Luckily, Juno has the total support of her parents (Simmons and Janney) as she faces some tough decisions, flirts with adulthood and ultimately figures out where she belongs.
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