A unique, passionate story.
Jumping from Camp Jened, the first place to give many ’70s teens a chance to experience a different way of life, to the long struggle to establish the American With Disabilities Act, this doc soars.
It’s one of the frontrunners in this year’s Oscar scramble, and deservedly so.
Co-Director James LeBrecht, born with spina bifida, was one the residents at the commune-style camp, run by hippies with a dream of equality.
His flashback footage is combined with modern-day glimpses of where the alumni have gone, and what they’ve accomplished, in their lives.
Impressive in every way.
The regret is real.
“I instantly realized that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixable — except for having just jumped,” said one of the few to survive a suicidal plunge from the Golden Gate Bridge.
This doc, which dances between being horrifying and respectful, is not an easy watch.
But hope survives, and is celebrated.
Several jumps are prevented on camera, and one man, now paralyzed, recounts a miraculous story.
A black seal swimming in the choppy waters unexpectedly came to his aid, a sign of grace from God in the eyes of the man.
Maybe the strangest of all true-crime documentaries.
Yes, I know that’s a high bar to clear, but this bizarre slice of WTF makes a pretty sustained run at the crown.
Centering around two kidnappings of the same girl, by the same next-door neighbor, it starts weird, then takes a hard left into Batshit Crazy Country.
The multiple twists and turns — which really happened and are not the fever dream of a hack writer, remember — should be experienced without any prior warning, if possible.
Your jaw will drop, then you’ll want to reach through the TV and smack some people. Hard.
She died for $1.79.
Shot from three feet away, in the back of the head, while holding two dollars to pay for her orange juice, Latasha Harlins was just 15-years-old when her violent murder at the hands of a quickie-mart owner helped spark the 1992 L.A. riots.
But for all the hate the crime generated, this short film, an Oscar favorite this season, instead embraces the bright promise the young woman held in her heart.
Remembered in the words of her cousin and best friend, Latasha comes alive again, and it’s heartbreaking.
She should be here to tell the world her own story.
Become one with the cube.
To any child of the ’80s who struggled with Rubik’s infernal toy, watching this highly-entertaining, very-emotional short doc is a revelation.
Here, not only does everyone solve the taunting cube, but they do it with blinding speed, and, sometimes, just one hand.
Tracking the beautiful relationship which grows between two champs — an outgoing Aussie and his autistic American counterpart — it’s a testament to the truth you can make a great film about any subject.
There’s suspense on the competition floor, but the power of the movie comes from its warm embrace of its diverse stars.