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Documentary

Series

Curated by  Marjan Safinia

Tuesdays in July at 7:30pm

ArcLight Hollywood


The Films Summer 2015

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Thank You For Playing

Tuesday, July 7 at 7:30pm
Los Angeles Premiere

Post screening Q&A with directors David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, followed by a reception in the ArcLight Upper Bar

When one-year-old Joel is diagnosed with terminal cancer, his father Ryan begins working on an unusual and poetic video game to honor Joel's life. Following Ryan's family through the creation of the game and the day-to-day realities of Joel’s treatment, the film is a thought-provoking testimony to the empathetic power of art. Read more »

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(T)ERROR

Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30pm
Los Angeles Premiere

Post screening Q&A with co-director Lyric Cabral, followed by a reception in the ArcLight Upper Bar

(T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Through the perspective of "Shariff," a 63-year-old Black revolutionary turned informant, viewers get an unfettered glimpse of the government's counterterrorism tactics and the murky justifications behind them. Read more »

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Song of Lahore

Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30pm
Los Angeles Premiere

Post screening Q&A with co-director Andy Schocken, followed by a reception in the ArcLight Upper Bar

Song of Lahore follows several Pakistani classical musicians, and asks if there is still room for cultural expression in a society roiled by conflict. An unexpected jazz album brings international acclaim, but will they ever find an audience at home? Read more »

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Prophet’s Prey

Tuesday, July 28 at 7:30pm
Los Angeles Premiere

Post screening Q&A with director Amy Berg, followed by a reception in the ArcLight Upper Bar

When Warren Jeffs rose to lead the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), he brought his dictatorial and sadistic desires to bear on a society that was all too vulnerable to exploitation. The FLDS was already a paternalistic religion with a history of polygamous and underaged marriage, yet Warren managed to expand these practices in unprecedented ways, bridging the gap between sister wives and ecclesiastically justified rape. Read more »

Past Series Fall 2014

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Party Monster: The Shockumentary

Monday, November 3 at 7:30pm
Classic Favorite

Post screening Q&A with directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato and featured subject James St. James followed by a reception in the ArcLight Upper Bar

Michael Alig brought life to the New York club scene. He also brought death. Read more »

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Kumu Hina

Monday, November 10 at 7:30pm
Los Angeles Premiere

Post screening Q&A with directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, as well as Kumu Hina, followed by a reception in the ArcLight Upper Bar

Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Read more »

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My Own Man

Monday, November 17 at 7:30pm
Los Angeles Premiere

Post screening Q&A with director David Sampliner followed by a reception in the ArcLight Upper Bar

Director David Sampliner bring us an intimate, funny, and moving account of figuring out what it means to be a man and a father in the 21st century. Read more »

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Almost There

Monday, November 24 at 7:30pm
Los Angeles Premiere

Post screening Q&A with directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden followed by a reception in the ArcLight Upper Bar

83-year-old Peter Anton has spent decades obsessively chronicling his life in a massive, illustrated autobiography titled "Almost There," and nothing—not poverty, isolation or crippling disabilities—will keep him from sharing his story with the world. Read more »

Past Series Spring 2014

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112 Weddings

Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30pm

Q&A and reception after the film

As common as it is, marriage remains among the most mysterious of human experiences. Read more »

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SlingShot

Tuesday, May 20 at 7:30pm

Q&A and reception after the film

Quirky genius Dean Kamen and his relentless 15-year quest to bring safe, clean water to the world. Read more »

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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30pm

Q&A and reception after the film

Information is power, but like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. Read more »

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Rich Hill

Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30pm

Q&A and reception after the film

Look inside the homes and lives of small-town, rural America, where isolated kids confront heart-breaking choices, marginalized parents struggle to survive, and, despite it all, families cling to the promise of equal opportunity and a better life some day. Read more »

Marjan Safinia

Marjan Safinia is an Iranian documentary filmmaker, President of the International Documentary Association Board, and a self-diagnosed documentary junkie. Marjan is also one of six international co-hosts of the pre-eminent documentary community online, The D-Word. Docs are her passion, her livelihood and her expertise. She is frequently an advisor, programmer, advocate, moderator and juror of all things documentary, and produces work through her company, The Department of Expansion. It is her fondest desire to help Los Angeles develop a vibrant documentary scene, where documentary filmmakers can develop a true sense of community here in the belly of the movie-making beast.

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