Documentary filmmaking is flourishing like never before, showcasing meaningful life stories which entertain and educate audiences of every demographic. Columbus Documentary Week, a recurring partnership with Experience Columbus and Yelp, celebrates this cultural phenomenon and provides Central Ohio audiences exposure to some of the year's best documentary films and their creators. This July, the film center is looking forward to featuring compelling, cutting-edge documentaries that thoughtfully explore a wide range of social, economic, and political issues. Normal ticket prices apply.
A BAND CALLED DEATH - July 12
AUDIENCE FILM AWARD SXSW Film Festival
A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.
DIRTY WARS - July 12
Cinematography Award Sundance Film Festival
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.
DOWNLOADED - July 12
A documentary that explores the downloading revolution; the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were affected by it, and its impact on the world at large.
EVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE - July 12
Before entire networks were built on populist personalities; before reality morphed into a TV genre; the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr.
Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story depicts one man’s wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. This 98-minute film combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation from over 70 years worth of art from the renegade children’s book author and illustrator.
HAVA NAGILA - July 12
The definitive, glorious (and musical) story of how the Hebrew song Hava Nagila (Let Us Rejoice), set to a traditional melody from the Ukraine, became the signature theme of Jewish life. Despite having become truly universal in appeal, the song never lost either its Jewish soul or origin.
HEY BARTENDER - July 12
Featuring the worlds most renowned bartenders and access to the most exclusive bars in New York, this is the story of the comeback of the cocktail and the rebirth of the bartender.
OF BY FOR - July 12
A journey across America's Route 66 finds a country united in disappointment with the status quo in Washington. Uncovering the powerful interests that corrode our political system and divide the people, Of By For finds that hope for real change still exists - we've just been looking in all the wrong places
SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF'S - July 12
Audiences will get a rarified chance to peek behind the backroom doors and into the reality of the fascinating inner workings and fabulous untold stories from Bergdorf Goodman’s iconic history.
SOMM - July 12
Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.
STORIES WE TELL - July 12
A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
THE SOURCE FAMILY - July 12
A feature documentary film set in Hollywood, examining a radical experiment in '70s utopian living. The Source Family were the darlings of the Sunset Strip until their communal living, outsider ideals and spiritual leader Father Yod's 13 wives became an issue with local authorities. They fled to Hawaii, leading to their dramatic demise.
TRASH DANCE - July 12
Sometimes inspiration can be found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the men and women who pick up our trash. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle.
VENUS AND SERENA - July 12
Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they've provoked strong reactions - from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment. They've been winning championships for over a decade, pushing the limits of longevity in such a demanding sport. How long can they last? In Venus & Serena, we gain unprecedented access into their lives during the most intimidating year of their career. Over the course of 2011, Venus grappled with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease while Serena battled back from a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Neither Venus nor Serena let their adversities hold them back. They drew their greatest strength from each other.