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Best of 2019

December 7 - 19

Here’s your last chance to see the docs that kept us buzzing all year – we’re capping off the year with trailblazing musicians, seedy politics, true crime, a trashy magazine, and more.

Tickets: $13 (Members: $8, $6, Free)

Miles Davis Series

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

  • USA
  • 115
    Director:
  • Stanley Nelson
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

Never-before-seen footage and studio session outtakes reconstruct the rich inner life of one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time.

Midnight Traveller Series

Midnight Traveler

  • USA, UK, Canada, Qatar
  • 90
    Director:
  • Hassan Fazili
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

When the Taliban puts a bounty on an Afghan director's head, he records his family's uncertain and dangerous quest for asylum in this account of the love shared between a family on the run.

Echo Canyon Series

Echo in the Canyon

  • USA
  • 90
    Director:
  • Andrew Slater
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

Travel back to Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s to a pivotal music scene moment and the influential emergence of folk rock.

Gordon Lightfoot Series

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

  • Canada
  • 88
    Director:
  • Martha Kehoe, Joan Tosoni
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

Follow Gordon Lightfoot’s life and musical evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour, international star, and Canadian legend.

Amazing Grace Series

Amazing Grace

  • USA
  • 87
    Director:
  • Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

This electrifying concert film captures never-before-seen footage of the Queen of Soul performing at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in 1972.

Linda Ronstadt Series

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

  • USA
  • 95
    Director:
  • Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

Fall in love all over again with the reigning rock queen of the 1970s in this deeply poignant tribute to a beloved music icon.

Roy Cohn Seroes

Where's My Roy Cohn?

  • USA
  • 97
  • PG
    Director:
  • Matt Tyrnauer
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

This thriller-like exposé traces the influence of the villainous lawyer Roy Cohn who rose to infamy as the right-hand man to Joseph McCarthy and eventually Donald Trump.

Marianne Leonard Series

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

  • USA
  • 102
    Director:
  • Nick Broomfield
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

"Laugh and cry and cry and laugh" as you take in the beautiful and troubled 1960s romance of poet and musician Leonard Cohen and his greatest muse, Marianne Ihlen.

Cold Case Series

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

  • Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium
  • 128
  • PG
    Director:
  • Mads Brügger
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

The mysterious death of a former United Nations Secretary-General is re-open decades later, revealing a crime with monumental consequences.

The Cave Series

The Cave

  • Syria, Denmark, Germany, USA, Qatar
  • 95
    Director:
  • Feras Fayyad
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

Underground in Ghouta, near Damascus, the courageous staff of a subterranean hospital known as “The Cave” work tirelessly to save lives in the latest from Oscar-nominated Syrian director Feras Fayyad (Last Men in Aleppo).

Coppers Series

Coppers

  • Canada
  • 86
    Director:
  • Alan Zweig
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

Award-winning Toronto documentarian Alan Zweig returns with a sobering, surprising, and eye-opening portrait of police life, told through the words and anecdotes of retired cops.

Midnight Family Series

Midnight Family

  • Mexico, USA
  • 81
    Director:
  • Luke Lorentzen
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

Take a thrilling ride along the streets of Mexico City with The Ochoa family as they race to save lives and carve out a place in the cutthroat for-profit ambulance industry.

Scandalous Series

Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer

  • USA
  • 97
    Director:
  • Mark Landsman
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

Sex! Gossip! Scandal! Uncover the sensational 60-year history of America’s most infamous tabloid, The National Enquirer.

Robbie Robertson Series

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band

  • Canada
  • 100
    Director:
  • Daniel Roher
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS

This confessional portrait of legendary Canadian songwriter and founding member of The Band Robbie Robertson blends rare archival footage and interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, and more.

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