Titles tagged 'biography':
Larger Than Life
Legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin arrived in New York City from the small town of Lafayette, Louisiana after spending his childhood expressing himself through drawing, painting, and makeup application. In search of relief from the confusion and isolation stemming from his sexual identity and constant bullying, Kevyn found an acceptance in the fashion world that was instant and explosive.
Man In Red Bandana
This is a story of sacrifice, selflessness and legacy. "Man In Red Bandana" tells the story of Welles Remy Crowther, an extraordinary American hero.
The Young Karl Marx
26 year-old Karl Marx embarks with his wife, Jenny, on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels, an industrialist's son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx's new vision of the world.
The true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mully sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya.
Money may rule the contemporary art market, but over the course of his prolific career, Robert Cenedella has challenged the system with his funny and fantastical paintings of life in New York City. Art Bastard is both an alternate history of modern art and a provocative portrait of a self-styled rebel who believes that "You can bastardize everything else in your life, but if you compromise your art, why be an artist?"
JFK: A President Betrayed
The death of John F. Kennedy remains among the most compelling mysteries of the 20th century. But what may be more significant are the actions he took that provoked such extreme resentment.
You Don't Know Jack
You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story tells the fascinating story of a pioneering American entertainer Jack Soo, who became the first Asian American actor to be cast in as a lead in a regular television series Valentines Day (1963) and later starred in the popular comedy show Barney Miller (1975-78)
Every Act of Life
With six groundbreaking decades in the theatre (“Master Class,” “Ragtime,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!”), four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally is a living legend, on stage and off.
He launched the careers of some of Broadway’s biggest stars, has been a pioneer in the fight for LGBTQ rights, triumphed over addiction, found love and inspiration at every age, and continually shows the power of art to transform society.
In the world of 1970s motor racing, Hurley Haywood was cool, calm, and collected. A five-time 24 Hours of Daytona winner, three-time Le Mans winner and Trans-Am champion, Haywood was a Hollywood archetype: a strikingly handsome man brought up by an affluent Midwestern family.
The Adventures of Curious George's Creators
Curious George is the most popular monkey in the world. Since his introduction in the first publication in 1941, the beloved series has sold over 75 million books in more than 25 languages. MONKEY BUSINESS explores the lesser-known tale of George’s creators, Hans and Margret Rey.
Go Far: The Christopher Rush Story
At the age of seven months, Christopher Rush was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, and his parents were told he would be “no more than a dishrag, and dead by the age of two.” Christopher lived to 30, and in that time he achieved more than most able-bodied people do in a lifetime including becoming the first quadriplegic in the United States licensed as a scuba diver.
Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women In Jazz
This 80 minute documentary film concentrates on the contributions of American female instrumentalists in jazz from the early 1920s to the 1970s and the development and extent of the all-women jazz groups. LADY BE GOOD captures the lost stories of female jazz musicians in provocatives and often humorous interviews with women musicians, big band leaders, jazz authors, and historians.
Codebreaker tells the remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most important people. Alan Turing's success breaking the German naval Enigma code helped win World War II. And as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, he laid the foundation for our modern world.
From his home and studio in New Jersey, Tice shares his life and work spanning six decades and eighteen book projects in GEORGE TICE: SEEING BEYOND THE MOMENT, leading us through the process of taking five new photographs, from location to darkroom to finished print.
No No: A Dockumentary
On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In over 137 years of organized professional baseball, it's the only no-hitter tossed while the pitcher was high on LSD. Dock was often embroiled in controversy on and off the field. Coming up in the 1960s, while professional baseball hadn't fully embraced racial equality, he was an outspoken leader who lived the expression “Black is Beautiful!”
In a height of the #MeToo movement, feminism, and the infiltration of stand-up comedy by the politically correct, the life and times of courageous comedian Wendi Starling is examined.
Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story
The first and only Taiwanese player for the New York Yankees, Chien-Ming Wang reaches great heights only to be sidelined by an injury. He must endure endless rehab and difficulties in his battle for a comeback.
Buenos Aires, 1971. Carlitos is a seventeen-year-old with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face. When he meets the handsome Ramon at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him and instigates a fight. A relationship soon develops with the two embarking on a crime spree fueled by jealousy and unspoken desires.
Valerie is a documentary about legendary actress Valerie Perrine. From her Academy Award Nominated and Cannes winning role as ‘Honey Bruce’ in the film Lenny, to her iconic role as ‘Eve Teschmacher’ in the original Superman - Valerie has been an inspiration for women, fellow actors and the public at large. This film sets out to explore Valerie’s amazing career and personal life, and offer an intimate look behind the curtain of one of our generation's most respected and epochal actresses.
The compelling and inspiring story of the journeys of tennis champion Martina Navratilova, golf great Jack Nicklaus, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, track and field star Edwin Moses, and Dutch Paralympian Esther Vergeer.
Django is a powerful biopic focusing on the life of legendary Romani jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Josef Mengele: Hunting a Nazi Criminal
Even today, his name inspires horror and hatred. Josef Mengele, the twisted doctor infamous for torturing the prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp with his deadly human experiments. After WWII, he was hunted down by the Allies in a 34-year-long manhunt criss-crossing the globe. To no avail…
An Honest Liar
AN HONEST LIAR is a story of cons and deceptions enacted for both good and evil. The film follows the life of James "The Amazing" Randi, a world-renowned magician, escape artist, and master of deception who has entertained and educated the world for over 50 years.
Even Though the Whole World is Burning
Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin has won almost every major poetry prize that exists, including two Pulitzers. His legacy is based not only upon his writings, but also the singular form of environmental activism and land stewardship he embodies.
From Iowa to Studio 54 to Wall Street, Halston lived an American dream. Prodigiously talented, he reigned over fashion in the 1970s, becoming a household name. But everything changes in the Wall Street era.
With his empire under threat, Halston takes the biggest gamble of his life.
The Grand Unified Theory of Howard Bloom
When a rare disease left him housebound for 15 years, Bloom reinvented himself as an author, publishing several books on evolutionary psychology and humanity’s role in the cosmos
The year is 1996, and documentary filmmaker Doug Block, fascinated by this new thing called the internet, trains his wry, analytical lens on the burgeoning home page (i.e. blogging) phenomenon.