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Synopsis

In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based artform, Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video “Vogue” and the documentary “Paris Is Burning.” Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth have formed an artistic activist subculture, named the Kiki Scene.

KIKI follows seven characters from the Kiki community over the course of four years, using their preparations and spectacular performances at events known as Kiki balls as a framing device while delving into their battles with homelessness, illness and prejudice as well as their gains towards political influence and the conquering of affirming gender-expressions. In KIKI we meet Twiggy Pucci Garçon, the founder and gatekeeper for the Haus of Pucci, Chi Chi, Gia, Chris, Divo, Symba and Zariya. Each of these remarkable young people represents a unique and powerful personal story, illuminating the Kiki scene in particular, as well as queer life in the U.S. for LGBTQ youth-of-color as a whole.

WINNER: Teddy Award for best documentary @ Berlin International Film Festival; Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights @ Full Frame Film Festival; Emerging Filmmaker award at Outfest; Best SHOUT! Documentary at Sidewalk Film Fest, and more.

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YEAR: 
2016

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Directed by
SARA JORDENÖ

Written by
SARA JORDENÖ
TWIGGY PUCCI GARÇON

Produced by
ANNIKA ROGELL (Story) 
LORI CHEATLE

Executive Producers
TOBIAS JANSON

Editor
RASMUS OHLANDER

Director of Photography
NAITI GÁMEZ

Line Producer
GABRIEL SEDGWICK

Music by
MIKE Q, BYRELL THE GREAT, 
DIVOLI S'VERE  (Qween Beat)

Co-production with
STORY (Sweden)

Synopsis

Pulsating with sex, drugs, murder and betrayal, a small-town New England murder became one of the highest-profile cases of the past twenty-five years. The first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the consciousness of America. From gavel to gavel, a nation tuned in, and reality TV was born. The trial, the non-stop media attention surrounding it, and the events that caused it have inspired over 20 years of television, books, plays, and movies, including To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Gus Van Sant.

With the suspense of a fiction thriller, CAPTIVATED rewinds the facts. It probes whether the media’s insatiable storytelling combined with Pamela Smart’s demeanor and naiveté settled the verdict long before the case was argued in court. CAPTIVATED makes us question everything we’re told as the line between news and entertainment continues to blur.

“A superb example of the form” – Anthony Kaufman, SundanceNow

“A fascinating and haunting meditation on America’s flawed justice system” – VICE

“There has never been a more insightful examination than Jeremiah Zagar’s brilliant documentary.”
– Marcia Clark, FORBES

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YEAR:
2014

CREDITS:

Directed by
JEREMIAH ZAGAR

Produced by
LORI CHEATLE

Executive Producers
JOHN BATTSEK, NICOLE SCOTT,
ANDREW RUHEMANN of Passion Pictures

Executive Producer for HBO
SHEILA NEVINS

Senior Producer for HBO
LISA HELLER

Executive Producers for Sky Atlantic
CELIA TAYLOR, SIOBHAN MULHOLLAND

Co-produced by
GABRIEL SEDGWICK

Associate Producer
STACEY TOAL

Director of Photography
NAITI GÁMEZ

Editor
KEIKO DEGUCHI

Synopsis

For the past two decades, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Doug Block (51 Birch Street, The Kids Grow Up) has helped support himself by shooting weddings. Hired for his intimate documentary style, he found himself emotionally bonding with his wedding couples on their big day, only to send off their videos and never see them again. Many years and 112 weddings later, having long wondered what’s become of their marriages, Block begins to track down some of his favorite couples. Juxtaposing rapturous wedding day flashbacks with remarkably candid present-day interviews, 112 Weddings explores timeless themes of love and marital commitment.

Throughout, Block speaks to his experiences as a witness to over 100 couples’ “big days,” and the effect revisiting them has on his view of marriage. Says Rabbi Jonathan Blake, “Happy weddings are a dime a dozen. Happy marriages are much more rare and therefore more precious.” In the end, although agreeing that “happily ever after is complicated,” 
Block decides there is beauty in the moment when a newlywed couple walks “off bravely into the unknown future.”

“Brilliantly constructed, compulsively watchable.”
– Ann Hornaday, WASHINGTON POST

“One of the most complete and honest views of marriage that any movie has ever put forth.”
– Jess Rogers, CINEMA AXIS

   

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YEAR:
2014

CREDITS:

Written, Produced and Directed by
DOUG BLOCK

Produced by
LORI CHEATLE
DOUG BLOCK

Executive Producer for HBO
SHEILA NEVINS

Senior Producer for HBO
LISA HELLER

Executive Producer for BBC
NICK FRASER
KATE TOWNSEND

Executive Producer For ZDF/Arte
MARK PIEPER

Editor and Co-Writer
MAEVE O’BOYLE

Original Music by
JON FOY

Associate Producer
ELIZABETH J. THEIS

Cinematography by
DOUG BLOCK

Producing with Copacetic Pictures

Synopsis

This is the story of a rational, skeptical woman, a mother and wife, who does not remember her dreams. Except once, when she dreamt her horse was dying. She woke so scared she went outside in the night. She found him dead. The next dream told her she would die herself, when she was 48.

The Edge of Dreaming charts every step of that year. The film explores life and death in the context of a warm and loving family, whose happiness is increasingly threatened as the dream  seems to be proving true.  From the kids reaction to their horses’ death (they taught the dog a new trick – called ‘dead dog’),   the film  mixes humour, science and married life as Amy attempts to understand what is happening to her.

Everyone wrestles with the concept of their own mortality, but few so directly explore and confront the subject. When Amy fell seriously ill, as her dream predicted, she went on a search to change that dream, leading her to eminent neuroscientist Mark Solms, and to new understanding of the complexity of our brains. The final confrontation takes us back into her dream with the help of a shaman, revealing a surprising twist to the tale.

     

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YEAR:
2009

CREDITS:

Directed by
AMY HARDIE

Produced by
AMY HARDIE
DOUG BLOCK
LORI CHEATLE
GEORGE CHIGNELL

Executive Producers
LORI CHEATLE
DOUG BLOCK

Editor
LING LEE

Animator
CAMERON DUGUID

Amy Hardie Productions with
Hard Working Movies and
Passion Pictures

In association with Scottish Screen, POV, Channel 4UK, Zdf/Arte, Vpro.

Sales:
Autlook Filmsales (International Sales)

Lorber Alive Mind (US theatrical and educational screenings)

Synopsis

In 51 Birch Street,  one of the most highly praised personal documentaries of recent years, director Doug Block took a hard look at his parents’ marriage and his own relationship with his father.  Now Block turns in the other direction, offering an exceptionally moving film about his relationship with his only child, Lucy.

The Kids Grow Up chronicles Lucy’s emotionally-fraught last year at home before leaving for college. Moving seamlessly between past, present, and the fast-approaching future, Block has not only crafted a loving portrait of a girl transitioning into womanhood, but also a deeply poignant look at parenting and what it means to let go.

This time of transition comes with its fair share of struggles. To his credit, Block does not shy away from these moments, nor from thehumorous yet occasionally tough analysis his wife offers. The result is a personal story told with such honesty and intimacy that a singular experience unfolds into a universal tale of parenthood, marriage, and family— making this a film that fathers, mothers, sons and daughters can equally appreciate.

“A profound, and utterly relatable, contemplation of…. parenthood, aging and youth’s swift passing.”
– Anthony Kaufman, indieWIRE

“Intimate, funny, deeply affecting; The Kids Grow Up exemplifies personal filmmaking at its most truthful and absorbing. It’s wonderful.”
— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

     

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YEAR: 
2009

CREDITS:

Written, Produced and Directed by
DOUG BLOCK

Produced by
LORI CHEATLE

Editor
MAEVE O’BOYLE

Composer
H. SCOTT SALINAS

Associate Producer
GABRIEL SEDGWICK

U.S. Theatrical Release by
Shadow Distribution.

With HBO Documentary Films, ZDF/ARTE, Channel 4, VPRO & Co-produced by Zeppers Film & TV

Synopsis

From the moment Tosh refuses to fill in his assessment form and serenades us with a remarkably good Sinatra song, this documentary grabs life through song. Six hospice patients allow us into tender, vulnerable and funny moments of their lives. Singing unlocks the patients' pasts, guides their dreams and their futures.

Encouraged by one nurse who loves to sing, and a collaborative filming process, they wrestle with the new insecurity facing us all: recent advances in biomedicine mean we can now live for years rather than months after a terminal diagnosis. Sometimes. But not every time. How do we cope with this uncertainty?

Patients at Strathcarron Hospice are quirky, wry front-runners in a journey that we will all face. Each patient deals with enormous change during the three years of filming. As they go through the little and big dramas of trying to make a will, medicating pain, finding a guardian for a child and moving house, we see the growing relationship between staff and patient, patient and patient.

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to help face your own mortality, making the process of dying itself safe, individual, and as gentle as possible.

★★★★ – The Guardian
“This incredibly moving documentary is all the more affecting because of the unsentimental way it’s told.”

★★★★ – The Herald
“remarkable and hugely dignified”

    

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YEAR:
2016

CREDITS:

Directed by
AMY HARDIE

Produced by
SONJA HENRICI

Executive Producer
LORI CHEATLE

Editors
COLIN MONIE
NICK GIBBONS

Composer
MARK ORTON

Synopsis

Doug Block had every reason to believe his parent’s 55-year marriage was a good one. So he isn’t prepared when, a few months after his mother’s unexpected death, his father phones to announce that he’s moving to Florida to live with his secretary from 40 years before. Close to his mother and equally distant from his father, he’s stunned. When the long-time family home is sold, Doug realizes that he has only a few short weeks before his father will be gone, and a lifetime of memories will be packed away forever. He grabs his camera and heads to suburban Long Island determined to learn more about his parents’ marriage and confront this stranger who is his father. Through probing conversations and the surprising discovery of 35 years of his mother’s daily diaries, he comes to terms with two parents who are far more complex and troubled than he ever imagined. What begins as Doug’s intimate, autobiographical story evolves into a broader meditation on the universal themes of love, marriage, fidelity and the mystery of family.

51 Birch Street was on several Best of 2006 lists, including The New York Times 10 Best Films of the Year, the Ebert and Roeper Show, the National Board of Review, the Chicago Sun Times, Rolling Stone Magazine and the Boston Society of Film Critics. It was selected as the Best Documentary of the Year by AARP Magazine and received an award for Best Overall program at the Banff World Television Awards. 51 Birch Street premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and played at dozens of top international festivals before playing for 9 months in theaters across the U.S

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YEAR:
2005
 

CREDITS:

Written, Produced and Directed by
DOUG BLOCK

Produced by
LORI CHEATLE

Executive Producers
JOHN and ED PRIDDY

Edited and co-written by
AMY SEPLIN

Composer
H. SCOTT SALINAS

Cinematography by
DOUG BLOCK

A Copacetic Pictures Production
In association with HBO Documentary Films, ZDF/Arte and Priddy Brothers.

Synopsis

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND premiered at SxSW and has screened on four continents, at venues ranging from movie theaters and festivals to large-scale special event screenings including for The Nation Magazine and theSEIU. Exhibits include Exit Art Gallery’s “Other America”,Silverman Gallery’s “Bad Moon Rising”, as part ofCarolina Caceydo’s exhibit for Art Basel, Miami. THIS LAND was one of two feature-length documentaries selected for the 73rd Whitney Biennial.

“In their profoundly humanist documentary film This Land Is Your Land, Lori Cheatle and Daisy Wright explore the pervasive influence corporations are exerting on life in America. In archival footage and recorded testimonies, the filmmakers trace the impact of corporate power on individual lives, the social fabric, and the very principles of democracy. …At the heart of Cheatle and Wright’s film are the stories of individual people who have beaten the odds in their battles against corporate dominion. Essentially optimistic in their viewpoint, Cheatle and Wright fall squarely on the side of David taking on the corporate Goliath, issuing a celebratory acknowledgment of small acts of resistance…“ -The Whitney Museum of Art

     

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YEAR:
2004

CREDITS:

Directed by
LORI CHEATLE & DAISY WRIGHT

Produced by
LORI CHEATLE

Co-producer
VIRGINIA WILLIAMS

Edited by
DAISY WRIGHT

Director of Photography
BRIAN RIGNEY HUBBARD

A Hard Working Movies production, in association with Thrifty Pictures. An Argot Pictures release.



About

Gotham Award nominated director Lanre Olabisi comes to New York City with his second feature film. SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE is an unusual new film in the US cinema landscape – a thoughtful drama populated almost entirely by people of color. It’s also unusual by conventional narrative standards: the film was born out of a year-long improvisational process in which the actors and director mutually crafted the ensemble drama, creating both characters and story as they went along.

Synopsis

The film centers on four lovers who collide into each others' lives as one marriage morphs into several intertwining affairs. Sofia tries to leave her romantic failures behind by embarking on a new relationship with Kofi, who she meets in a chance encounter. Kofi, however, has other things on his mind; namely his crumbling marriage to his wife, Billie. Unfortunately for him, Billie finds herself struggling with a new-found attraction for her female co-worker, Alex.

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YEAR:
2015

CREDITS:

Written and directed by
LANRE OLABISI

Produced by
GABRIEL SEDGWICK

Executive Producer
CHRIS WEBBER
PETER GILBERT

Cinematography by
PIERO BASSO

Editing by
ALEX KOPIT

About

August the First premiered at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival, went on to play at multiple festivals in the United States and internationally, winning several top prizes and garnering a nomination for an IFP Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You”.

Synopsis

It is the morning of Tunde’s graduation party and things have already begun to unravel. Tunde has managed to alienate his sister, his older brother persistently plagues him with criticism, and their mother has started drinking again. Unbeknownst to most, Tunde has orchestrated the return of his long estranged father, resurrecting unresolved family anguish against the backdrop of Tunde’s celebration.

As the day turns to night, old wounds are re-opened and bad habits are revived. Layer by layer, deception and half-truths are peeled away as secrets are uncovered in what will become the most unforgettable day the family has ever experienced.

“Smart and engaging” – Mark Rabinowitz, INDIEWIRE

“Emotional fireworks ring true” – Eddie Cockrell, VARIETY

“A relentless and devastating family drama” – Nathan Southern, ALL MOVIE GUIDE

    

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YEAR:
2007

CREDITS:

Written, Directed and Produced by LANRE OLABISI

Written and Produced by
SHAWN ALEXANDER

Producer
GABRIEL SEDGWICK
NICKY ARZEU AKMAL

Executive Producer
DR. GAIL OLABISI

Co-Producer
A. TONI STERRETT

Director of Photography
LARRY HILLIER

Editor
ALEXANDER KOPIT

SYNOPSIS

Working all night, a film editor finds himself mysteriously drawn to the raw footage he is cutting.

    

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YEAR:

2010

CREDITS:

Directed by
CARMEN VIDAL

Produced by
GABRIEL SEDGWICK
 

About

Summer in Ivye was nominated for the Golden Starfish Award at the Hamptons Film Festival. It is distributed internationally by The Cinema Guild.

SYNOPSIS

Summer in Ivye chronicles events that took place during one remarkable summer when American choreographer Tamar Rogoff staged a large-scale theater production in a forest outside a remote village in Belarus, working with international actors, musicians and local people. The Soviet Union had recently collapsed, food was scarce, but spirits were high. The tiny dirt road town was turned upside down with audiences and media from every corner of the world - and those involved in the production that summer were forever changed. 

“Recommended for Holocaust collections as well as collections focusing on experimental theater.”
— Library Journal

“A wonderful…moving testament to the healing power of art.”
— Dance Magazine

CREDITS:

A TRPP Film

Directed by
TAMAR ROGOFF and
DAISY WRIGHT

Produced by
LORI CHEATLE and
TAMAR ROGOFF

Edited by
DAISY WRIGHT

Camera by
HANANIA BAER and
HARVEY WANG

Music by
FRANK LONDON

 

ABOUT & SYNOPSIS

A documentary about the life and work of the author of “The Maltese Falcon” and “The Thin Man”. Hammett is considered one of America’s most influential writers and the dean of the hard-boiled detective novel. The film uses interviews, clips from films based on his books, and cinematic techniques (film within a film) to explore his writings.

With David Strathairn, Kathleen Turner, Josephine Hammett Marshall, Diane Johnson, Rick Layman, and Ring Lardner, Jr.

“A fascinating look at a man whose career is both an inspiration and a cautionary tale.”
— Robert J. McNamara

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YEAR:
1999

CREDITS:

An Alternate Current Production in association with WNET
Written, Directed & Edited by
JOSHUA WALETZKY

Produced by
MARGARET SMILOW

co-Producer
LORI CHEATLE

Director of Photography:
KRAMER MORGANTHAU

About

This one-hour documentary screened at SxSW and Full Frame festivals, before its national PBS broadcast. Numerous outreach and special screenings include The National Civil Rights Museum, MoMA, the Museum of African American History, The New York Historical Society and Lincoln Center.

In the 1930’s, Jewish intellectuals and political exiles who escaped Nazi Germany and immigrated to the United States faced an uncertain future. Confronted with anti-Semitism at American universities and a public distrust of foreigners, a surprising number of these academics secured teaching positions at traditionally black colleges in the then-segregated South. In many cases, they formed lasting relationships with their students and had an important impact on the communities in which they lived and worked.

“An inspiring portrait of race relations in America”
– THE BOSTON HERALD

“Impressive, informative and deeply moving”
– Merle Bertrand, FILM THREAT

“A wonderful film”
– Eric Mink, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

YEAR:
2000

CREDITS:

A Pacific Street Films production, 
in association with ITVS

Directed by
LORI CHEATLE  and   MARTY TOUB

Produced by
LORI CHEATLE
JOEL SUCHER
STEVE FISCHLER

Executive Producers: 
JOEL SUCHER
STEVE FISCHLER

Edited by
MARTY TOUB

From the book by:
Gabrielle Edgecomb

Featuring: 
John Hope Franklin, Joyce Ladner, James Loewen, John Biggers, Calvin Hernton, Lore and Donald Rasmussen, Donald Cunnigen, Fritz Pappenheim and many others.