A&E IndieFilms - Season 1

A&E IndieFilms

The Imposter

Premiere Date: Sep 27 2013 TV14 L

Winner Best Documentary and The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director), British Independent Film Awards 2012

Winner Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer in 2013, BAFTA Film Awards 2013

Winner, Best International Documentary Film, Zurich Film Festival 2012

Winner, Filmmakers Award, Hot Docs 2012

Winner, Grand Jury Documentary Prize, Miami International Film Festival 2012

 

In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a horrifying story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always did, but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn’t the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn...

 

Documentary meets Film Noir in this astonishing true story which has all the twists and turns of a great thriller. Just as the truth begins to dawn on you, another truth begins to emerge leaving you even more on edge.

 

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Paul Simon's Graceland Journey: Under African Skies

Premiere Date: May 25 2012 TVPG

Travel with Paul Simon back to South Africa as the 25th anniversary of his renowned South African Graceland album approaches. Simon revisits the making of the record, surveying from the vantage of history the turbulence and controversy surrounding the album's genesis. His artistic decision to collaborate with African musicians created a new world musical fusion, combining American and African musical idioms while igniting an intense political crossfire. The universal appeal of the music of Graceland proved more powerful and enduring than the political hotbed attending its creation. The film combines old footage of African musicians interlaced with real-time, hand-held footage of Simon backed by native and world-famous musicians. (2012)
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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Nominated for 3 Emmy® Awards

 

2011 News and Documentary Emmy® Awards

Best Documentary

Outstanding Investigative Journalism, Long Form

Outstanding Editing

This documentary feature takes an in-depth look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

 

Nicknamed “The Sheriff of Wall Street,” when he was NY’s Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America’s largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. After his election as Governor, with the largest margin in the state’s history, many believed Spitzer was on his way to becoming the nation’s first Jewish President.

 

Then, shockingly, Spitzer’s meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall when the New York Times revealed that Spitzer – the paragon of rectitude – had been caught seeing prostitutes. As his powerful enemies gloated, his supporters questioned the timing of it all: as the Sheriff fell, so did the financial markets, in a cataclysm that threatened to unravel the global economy.

 

With unique access to the escort world and well as friends, colleagues and enemies of the ex-Governor (many of whom have come forward for the first time) the film explores the hidden contours of this tale of hubris, sex, and power.

The Tillman Story

Pat Tillman gave up his professional football career to join the Army Rangers in 2002 and became an instant symbol of patriotic fervor and unflinching duty. But the truth about Pat Tillman is far more complex, and ultimately far more heroic, than the caricature created by the media. And when the government tried to turn his death into war propaganda, they took on the wrong family. From her home in the Santa Cruz mountains, Pat’s mother, Dannie Tillman, led the family’s crusade to reveal the truth beneath the mythology of their son’s life and death.

 

Featuring candid and revelatory interviews with Pat’s fellow soldiers as well as his family, Amir Bar-Lev’s emotional and insightful film not only shines a light on the shady aftermath of Pat’s death and calls to task the entire chain of command, but also examines themes as timeless as the notion of heroism itself.

The September Issue

Premiere Date: Sep 25 2010 TVPG

Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine for 20 years, is the most powerful and polarizing figure in fashion. Hidden behind her trademark bob and sunglasses, she has never allowed anyone to scrutinize the inner workings of her magazine. Until now. With unprecedented access, filmmaker R.J. Cutler's new film "The September Issue" does for fashion what he did for politics in "The War Room," taking the viewer inside a world they only think they know.

 

An intimate, funny and surprising look at Wintour and her team of larger-than-life editors as they create this must-have Bible of fashion, Cutler explores the untouchable glamour of Wintour’s Vogue and the making of its record-breaking September 2007 issue, to reveal the extraordinarily passionate people at its heart. Behind the scenes at Fashion Week, to Europe, on shoots, and into closed-door staff meetings, Cutler bears witness to an arduous, entertaining, and emotionally demanding process at the publication that, more than any other, drives the $300-billion global fashion industry.

American Teen

“American Teen” intimately captures the lives of four teenagers in one small town in central Indiana through their senior year of high school. Through cinema verite footage, interviews, and animation, “American Teen” presents a candid portrait of being 17—the insecurity, the cliques, the jealousies, the first loves and heartbreaks, the experimentation with sex and alcohol, the parental pressures, and the struggle to make profound decisions about the future. Filming daily for ten months, filmmaker Nanette Burstein developed a remarkably close rapport with her subjects. The result is a film that goes beyond the enduring stereotypes of high school – the nerd and the jock, the homecoming queen and the arty misfit – to render complex young people trying to find their way into adulthood.

My Kid Could Paint That

In the span of only a few months, four-year-old Marla Olmstead rocketed from total obscurity to international renown -– and sold over $300,000 worth of paintings doing so. Likened to Kandinsky, Pollock and Picasso, she was the subject of media intrigue from outlets from NPR to Good Morning America, and fielded sponsorship bids from The Gap and Crayola. But not all of the attention was positive. Many criticized Marla's parents for exposing her to media glare and accused them of exploiting her for financial gain. Others saw her work as emblematic of the meaninglessness of Modern Art. The film takes place after the airing of a CBS' 60 Minutes exposè implicating that the paintings were painted by her father, and the flurry of media backlash that ensued. "My Kid Could Paint That" examines the controversy and takes a hard look at the age-old question, 'what is art?'

Jesus Camp

Premiere Date: Dec 30 2007 TVPG L

Movie. Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady take their cameras to pastor Becky Fischer's "Kids on Fire" camp where children as young as six are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in "God's army." We follow Levi, Rachael, Tory, and other children as they hone their "prophetic skills" and learn how to "take back America for Christ." This Academy Award-nominated film is a first-ever look at how born-again Christian children are being recruited and trained to become take part in American politics. (2006)

Street Thief

In 2005, two documentary filmmakers embarked on a journey to peer into the daily lives of ordinary career criminals. What they didn't expect was to end up spending a year in the life of Kaspar Carr. A reclusive man, whose skills have made him one of Chicago’s most prolific and elusive burglars. As the filmmakers attempt to delve into this highly successful thief's personal life, Kaspar's true motivation continues to elude them. It is ultimately Kaspar who draws them into his world in a way they never expected. Borrowing from the traditions of film noir and cinema verite, "Street Thief" creates a new, exhilarating genre of filmmaking; tapping into our voyeuristic obsession with crime, and questioning the very nature of documentary filmmaking.

She's My Brother

The film focuses on a year and a half of dramatic change in the life of an enigmatic and outrageous Hollywood character as Alexis' journeys toward becoming male-to-female. Well known as an actor, drag persona ('Eva Destruction') and one of a family of celebrity siblings, it wasn't until a few years ago that Alexis began to live full-time 'as a woman' and revealed to family and friends her plans to seek sex reassignment surgery. The film chronicles Alexis' struggles with the concerns of her family, the skepticism of the gay and drag community and the conventional wisdom of the medical-transgender industry. Through it all, Alexis continues to tear up the Los Angeles club scene and make frequent stops on the red carpet. Framed within the strange and surreal world of Hollywood celebrity we see an intimate portrait of a funny, dynamic and flamboyant personality struggling with uncommon issues –- and through her eyes, we're thrust into a thoroughly unique world.

Murderball

"Murderball" features fierce rivalry, stopwatch suspense, dazzling athletic prowess, larger-than-life personalities, and triumph over daunting odds. But “Murderball,” the original name for the full-contact sport now known as quad rugby, is played by quadriplegics in armored wheelchairs. Quad rugby players have suffered injuries that have left them with limited function in all four limbs. Whether by car wreck, gunshot, fist fight, rogue bacteria, or any of an endless list of possible misadventures, quad rugby's young men have found their lives dramatically altered. Watching them in action -– both on-court and off -– smashes every stereotype one has ever had about the handicapped. It also redefines what it is to be a man, what it is to live a full life, and what it is to be a winner. "Murderball" is a story like no other, told by men who see the world from a different angle. Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature, "Murderball" also took the Audience Award for an American Documentary and a Special Jury Prize for Editing at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

Abused

Premiere Date: May 1, 2006 TV14 S-L

Movie. A compelling documentary that examines the case of Susan Greenberg, who shot and killed her boyfriend after living in constant fear of his abuse and beatings. Without "battered woman syndrome" as an available defense when she was first tried in 1987, Susan pled guilty to murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life. But with new laws enacted in 2002, Susan got a chance at another trial. This is the story of Susan's retrial and its surprise ending.

Rock School

"Rock School" welcomes viewers to the hallowed halls of The Paul Green School of Rock Music, an after-school institution in Philadelphia. Here, kids ages 9 to 17 learn the how-to’s of rock under the tutelage of self-proclaimed rock "uberlord," Paul Green, an unorthodox mentor who put himself through an Ivy League university after leaving home at just 16. A far cry from your typical after-school tutor, Green rants, harangues, begs and pleads – anything to get through to his students. "Rock School" follows a semester of Paul readying his ragtag group of pupils for a final "kick-ass concert," chronicles his unorthodox methods of teaching and seeks to answer the question, is Paul a genuine rock legend in the making, or is he more of an overgrown Peter Pan?

Bearing Witness

Two-time Academy Award® winner Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County, USA,” “Wild Man Blues,” “The Hamptons”), three-time Emmy Award winner Bob Eisenhardt and Marijana Wotton create yet another powerful documentary as they chronicle five female journalists into the line of fire during the War in Iraq and other perilous assignments. This revealing cinematic tale examines one year in the personal and professional lives of five women journalists at different stages of their careers as they attempt to put a human face on otherwise impersonal tragedies, taking risks along the way to cover the world’s hot spots. Images and words have the power to shape public conscience; journalists bear witness to the weight of history, reminding us that the world extends beyond our backyards.

One Strong Arm

The inspiring and often funny portrait of Cody Wagner, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was just 18 months old. Cody suffered paralyzing strokes while undergoing surgery for the tumor, and doctors said he would never recover. But 16 years later, Cody has found a sport that will make him whole again - arm wrestling!

Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating

When "Crazy Legs" Conti, eccentric New York window washer, nude model and sperm donor, casually broke the world oyster eating record in New Orleans he decided to dedicate himself to fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a professional competitive eater. "Zen and The Art of Competitive Eating" chronicles his experiences in a world where eating is the highest art form.