Documentary, dir. by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
US, 2019, 120 mins
An artful and uplifting documentary on the life of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in Lorain, OH to ’70s-era book tours with...
Documentary, dir. by José Luis López-Linares
Spain, 2010, 57 mins
Spanish, with English subtitles courtesy of Brooklyn Public Library
Roberto Bolaño’s work is among the most influential in Latin American literature, but his...
Documentary, dir. by Grant Gee
UK, 2012, 93 mins
In 2012, British film-maker Grant Gee and Orhan Pamuk started collaborating on a documentary about Istanbul and Pamuk’s world. The result is a poetic documentary that was received by...
Documentary, dir. by Arwen Curry
US, 2018, 53 mins
A breathtaking journey through the life of the late feminist writer Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018), who forever transformed American literature by bringing science fiction into the...
Documentary, dir. by Ebs Burnough
US, 2019, 91 mins
This is a sneak preview before the film appears in theaters. Newly discovered interviews with friends of Truman Capote made by The Paris Review’s co-founder George Plimpton blends...
Documentary, dir. by Kate Novack
US, 2017, 84 mins
American journalist André Leon Tally is one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times. Weaving together a wealth of archival footage with Tally’s...
Feature film, dir. by Joachim A. Lang
Germany, 2018, 129 min
Provocative, outrageously colorful and merging fact with fiction, Mack the Knife is about a film which was never made. Asked by the film industry to direct his...
Animation/documentary, dir. by Michel Gondry
France, 2013, 88 mins
Innovative director Michael Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) uses brilliant, lively animations to illustrate a series of conversations with philosopher...
Documentary, dir. by Bartek Dziadosz, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth & Tilda Swinton
US, 2016, 90 mins
In 1973, philosopher, storyteller, artist, and radical humanist John Berger (Ways of Seeing, G.) moved from urban London to...
Documentary, dir. by Nicholas D. Wrathall
US, 2013, 89 mins
A controversial, fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of Gore Vidal (1925-2012), the last lion of the age of American liberalism and most fearless critics of our...
Documentary, dir. by Max Cacopardo
Canada, 1967, 60 mins
French / English subtitles
In this rare documentary, Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) and Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), two of the most influential and controversial...
Documentary, dir. by Chivas DeVinck
US, 2018, 99 mins
Two acclaimed West African poets and lifelong friends Syl Cheney-Coker and Niyi Osundare travel through their home coun-tries of Sierra Leone and Nigeria to explore the power and...
Drama, dir. by Isaac Julien
England, 1989, 60 mins
Shot in sumptuous monochrome, this short film is a lyrical exploration – and recreation – of the private world of poet, social activist, novelist and playwright Langston Hughes (...
Documentary, dir. by Michelle Ferrari
US, 2019, 113 mins
When Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published in 1962, the book became a phenomenon. A passionate and eloquent warning about the long-term dangers of...
Documentary, dir. by Jeffrey Palmer
US, 2019, 85 mins
A spiritual journey into the enigmatic life and mind of the Native America’s most celebrated author, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning The House Made of Dawn led to the Native...
The Rest I Make Up: A Film About Maria Irene Fornes & Her Unexpected Friendship with Filmmaker Michelle Memran
Documentary, dir. by Michelle Memran
US, 2018, 78 mins
Maria Irene Fornés was one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, writing over 40 plays and winning nine Obie Awards. When the visionary Cuban-American...
Documentary, dir. by Roger Ross Williams
US, 2019, 102 min
A chronicle of the rich history and contemporary legacy of the New York City landmark, the Apollo Theater. The documentary weaves together archival footage; music, dance and...
Documentary, dir. by Shola Lynch
US, 2012, 102 mins
The dramatic, true story of college professor Angela Davis whose social activism implicated her in a 1970 botched kidnapping that ended with four people dead and her name on the...
Documentary, dir. by Isaac Julien
UK, 1998 (BFI 2k Restoration, 2012), 69 min
French/ English subtitles
Interviews, dramatizations, and archival footage tell the life and work of the highly influential anti-colonialist writer...
Documentary, dir. by Giacomo Durzi
US, 2017, 74 mins
With over 10 million copies of her Neapolitan novels sold in over 50 countries, Elena Ferrante is a global literary sensation. A journey between New York City's cultural hub and...