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Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist who wrote his graduate thesis on the plight of Guatemalan refugees. Recenly he has decided to study the plight of a different culture, one he has been a part of since he was a 12-year old: the culture of heavy metal. Sam sets out on a global journey to find out why this music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Along the way, Sam explores metals' obsession with some of life's most provacative subjects - sexuality, religion, violence and death - and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Shot on location in the UK, Germany, Norway, Canada and the US, this documentary is the first of its kind. It is both a defense of a long-misunderstood art form and a window for the outsider into the spectacle that is heavy metal.
Unique in their beliefs, motivations and strategies, explore the lives of four families preparing for the end of the world as we know it. From bunkers to fortified off-the-grid locations, these doomsday preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with our expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst.
From peyote to prozac, a sensitive portrait of five former hippies now approaching middle age.
Liquid Crystal Vision captures the essence of the psychedelic experience as it explores a mystical movement from its roots, explaining in scientific detail why the children of the sixties seek out the most sacred sites on Earth to dance themselves into a transcendental state.
National Geographic Inside Bloods And Crips LA Gangs: NGC takes viewers to the streets of South Central Los Angeles as it charts the rise of two of the most notorious gangs in America: the Bloods and the Crips. Follow along as an emerging cocaine trade fuels staggering levels of bloodshed and the streets of Los Angeles begin to resemble a war zone. Exclusive interviews include Bloods founder T Rodgers; original Crip Angelo "Barefoot Pookie" White; former LAPD chief Darryl Gates; and LAPD gang unit veteran Tony Moreno.
Following the lives of six young people that are prominent 'weblebrities' on a video site YouTube. The film explores the new media, its power and its future. Will the Internet overcome traditional media? Will new media and traditional media merge? The film documents the struggles and successes of characters and their hopes to become the new 'virtual' celebrities.
Sub-titled "The Birth of Extreme", this documetary takes a look at the transformation of skateboarding from its former image as a land-bound pastime for surfers to its status today as an extreme and acrobatic sport in its own right. Starting from the California surf community of Dogtown, the film follows the evolution of modern skateboarding through it's 70's heyday, its decline during the 80's, and its eventual (and highly lucrative) return in the 90's.
 
Watch Cutie and the Boxer: For years, Ushio Shinohara has been one of the leading, and most underappreciated, alternative artists in Japan and New York City with an wildly esoteric style. For many of those years, his wife, Noriko, has been a faithful companion to this idiosyncratic man, but grew want to be more. This film covers the relationship of these special couple as Ushio struggles for commercial success on his own terms. Meanwhile, we also follow Noriko pursuing her own artistic vision with her semi-autobiographical line art project that reveals much about her own soul as eloquently as her husband's work.
 
Crumb (1994)
An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.
 
It was a strange and curious misfit. Though born a Buick, the Grand National was clearly something else. It was too quick and too brutish to carry that stodgy name. There was something inside the car trying to get out. BLACK AIR is a feature-length documentary about Buick's premier but paradoxical 1980s performance car.
 
Dark Days (2000)
A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.
 
Style Wars (1984)
'This documentary on subway grafitti in New York City in the early 1980s had it all: it was beautifully shot, had a great soundtrack, and captured the essence of what was going on in the city after the 70s and under the regime of Mayor Kotch. The best thing about this documentary is how it can be studied on so many levels- it makes you realize why "bombing" is done and what it accomplishes. It helps you understand the psychological reasoning behind it, and how it plays on human character traits such as territorial rights, pursuit and the need for recognition. It shows how graffitti had a strong impact on society, and how it tore some homes apart. A must see- plus a great representation of early hip hop music and style. Love those TWAs! (Teeny Weeny Afros!) 9 out of 10.'
East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program. Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence dwells a host of convicts who will never see the light of day. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent meditation lasting ten days. The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates at Donaldson Correction Facility who enter into this arduous and intensive program.
aka: ON Video Skateboarding Magazine
Do you remember On Video Magazine? Seriously, if you do, you know exactly what the current generation of skateboarders are missing out on. On Video Magazine was a super well edited set of skateboarding films.

Unfortunately, there were only a few issues made and they’re getting super hard to find around the net. If you’re lucky, your old skate shop just might have one piled underneath an older set of leftover unsold skate videos. By all means, if you can you should get your hands on some of these videos. They were amazingly well done and the skateboarding was always top notch, even in today’s insane growth of trickery and standards.

They always had cool themes and a mind blowing intro to each flick. The music was always different and amazing. And my favorite part was the documentaries that they would do at the end of all of the films. Those would be the “featured” article of each issue. Perhaps one of my favorites would have to be the history behind the “Carlsbad gap” or the entire revolution of skateboarding with Rodney Mullen or Natas Kaupas.
 
On one level Deathbowl to Downtown is about street skating, but it's also an overview of skateboarding's shift from the parks and pools of the 70s, to the ramp skating in the 80s, to the street ascendancy of the 1990s and beyond. An entertaining, thought provoking take on why the action on New York's hectic streets represents skateboarding to millions of people worldwide.

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Rolled (2012)
Documentary filmmaker returns to his hometown to track down the secret club of kids who toilet paper houses that he was a part of in the late nineties. After meeting with the three members he was in the group with, and finding the guy who started it all 1979 - he tracks down the current group of kids only to discover that the tradition hasn't been carried out as expected.
 
In the gig poster community, creating artwork is more than just a career - it is a way of life. These artists are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre. In a community with strong roots, dating back to the 1960s, this expansion is controversial - refreshing to some, sacrilegious to others.
 
Stick 'Em Up! is a captivating film that explores the little-known world of wheat pasting, an inner-city art form that's as provocative as it is misunderstood. Documentary filmmaker Alex Luster delves into the minds and motivations behind some of Houston's most notorious guerilla street artists, capturing the lifespan of their art... conception, creation, placement and - ultimately - removal by the city's abatement enforcement. With commentary by legendary street artists and top local law enforcement officials, Stick 'Em Up! is a gritty, street-smart documentary that reveals the secret truth behind the prolific images you see every day - in cities all across the nation.
 
The Weather Underground This film tells the unbelievable story of the weathermen the group of 70s radicals who fueled by outrage over the vietnam war & racism in america went underground throughout much of the decade to wage a low-level war against the government. It includes modern day interviews with key members & founders.
 
Splinters (2011)
Splinters is the first feature-length documentary film about the evolution of indigenous surfing in the developing nation of Papua New Guinea. In the 1980s an intrepid Australian pilot left behind a surfboard in the seaside village of Vanimo. Twenty years on, surfing is not only a pillar of village life but also a means to prestige. With no access to economic or educational advancement, let alone running water and power, village life is hermetic. A spot on the Papua New Guinea national surfing team is the way to see the wider world; the only way.
 
Dan Vernon journeys into the heart of America's most notorious supremacist group, with access to a modern day Missouri chapter: The Traditional American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
There is an elite group that controls the world. They run governments, companies and religions - This is the story of the world's most powerful secret and sacred order.
Woodstock (1970)
The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival/ now with 40 bonus minutes on the directors cut.
Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West features footage from Arab television outlets with interviews which are compared with newsreel images of terrorist actions staged by the PLO and other groups in an effort to show parallels between hate-based groups of the past and the current mood among Islamic extremists. Obsession also includes interviews with guerilla fighters, former Hitler Youth members, and terrorist operatives as they discuss the role and function of extremist political and religious groups.
The life and times of Detroit drug dealer Richard Carter — known to his friends and associates as Maserati Rick — play out with gritty realism in this docudrama featuring Rick’s brothers, Greg and Big “E,” and his son, Maserati Rick Jr. A shrewd salesman with the goods to back up his gift for fast talk, Rick helped found the city’s notorious “Best Friends” drug cartel.
Canada’s “dirty secret” – the planned genocide of aboriginal people in church-run Indian Residential Schools – and a clergyman’s efforts to document and make public these crimes.

First-hand testimonies from residential school survivors are interwoven with Kevin Annett’s own story of how he faced firing, “de-frocking”, and the loss of his family, reputation and livelihood as a result of his efforts to help survivors and bring out the truth of the residential schools.

This saga continues, as Annett continues a David and Goliath struggle to hold the government and churches of Canada accountable for crimes against humanity, and the continued theft of aboriginal land.

Unrepentant took nineteen months to film, primarily in British Columbia and Alberta, and is based on Kevin Annett’s book Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust. The entire film was a self-funded, grassroots effort, which is reflected in its earthy and human quality.
The Hip Hop Project is the dynamic and inspirational story of a group of New York City teenagers who transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery.
infamy (2005)
A feature-length documentary about graffiti culture as told through the experiences of six well-known graffiti writers and a graffiti buffer.
During the winter of 1975 in Hawaii, surfing was shaken to its core. A group of young surfers from Australia and South Africa sacrificed everything and put it all on the line to create a sport, a culture, and an industry that is today worth billions of dollars and has captured the imagination of the world. With a radical new approach and a brash colonial attitude, these surfers crashed headlong into a culture that was not ready for revolution. Surfing was never to be the same again.
Bomb It (2008)
BOMB IT is the explosive new documentary from award-winning director Jon Reiss investigating the most subversive and controversial art form currently shaping international youth culture: graffiti.

Through interviews and guerilla footage of graffiti writers in action on 5 continents, BOMB IT tells the story of graffiti from its origins in prehistoric cave paintings thru its notorious explosion in New York City during the 70's and 80's, then follows the flames as they paint the globe. Featuring old school legends and current favorites such as Taki 183, Cornbread, Stay High 149, T-Kid, Cope 2, Zephyr, Revs, Os Gemeos, KET, Chino, Shepard Fairey, Revok, and Mear One. This cutting edge documentary tracks down today's most innovative and pervasive street artists as they battle for control over the urban visual landscape. You'll never look at public space the same way again.

BOMB IT has shot in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tijuana, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Hamburg, Berlin, Cape Town, São Paulo, and Tokyo.

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