MARIEKE: Death and the Racer

MARIEKE: Death and the Racer follows Flemish Paralympic gold-medal wheelchair-racer Marieke Vervoort as she challenges the way the world sees assisted suicide. But as her physical challenges increase, time may be running out. For over 20 years, she has suffered from a rare spinal disease, causing progressive paralysis. Having her own euthanasia papers, legal in Belgium, has liberated Marieke by giving her the ability to control her own destiny. Now, with the permission to die, her will to live is stronger than ever and we witness her becoming a new kind of leader in unexpected, life-changing ways.

a new documentary work-in-progress


MUSICIANS FOR HILLARY  3 short videos of NYC musicians speaking out for Hillary Clinton and against Trump, leading up to the 2016 election. Over 800,000 aggregate views and downloads. Created as part of the Filmmakers for Hillary initiative.


SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, BCN Barcelona Sports Film Festival 2017

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Spoken in Nadia’s own words, the film covers her remarkable life from childhood through her historic Perfect Tens at the Montreal 1976 Olympics. The story reveals her despair in 1980’s Romania, as the country fell into an abyss of debt and poverty, and follows Nadia through her dramatic defection to the US in 1989, just before the fall of Romanian dictators Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu. 

56 minutes, color, produced by Roche Productions, ARTE and TVR Romania. Commissioned by Arte-France, 2016. 


International Broadcasts: ARTE, Radio Television Suisse, RTBF & VRT Belgian TV, DR Denmark, SBS Australia,

YLE Finland, RTP2 Portugal, RTVE Spain, Ceska Televize, S.H. Channel 8 Israel and RUV Iceland.


FESTIVALS: Special Jury Prize, BCN Barcelona Sports Film Festival, 2017,

Denver International Film Festival 2016 (US premiere), Hamptons Take 2,

Pessac History Festival Panorama, San Luis Obispo Film Festival and others!


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SUBWAY: The Musical 

Gabriel Mayers
NaJah Lewis

Work-in-progress for a feature documentary on New York City subway musicians. 


On a sensuous musical journey through New York City’s subways, we come to know the intimate dramas of a group of talented performers: from a beautiful young troubadour hoping to break through to a homeless teen dancing for survival.

Five intimate stories from the underground heart of New York.


"I loved it on all levels- content, humanity... You identify so closely with the people on screen that their experience is yours. That's when documentary is at its peak."

- Albert Maysles


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Eric Kamen plays his composition "The Lost Tribe".

Executive Producer: Francine Tint.

Produced and directed by Pola Rapaport.

Director of Photography: Wolfgang Held; MOVI cinematography: Thorsten Thielow; Editor: Ryuhei Shindo

Dancers: Holly Googe, Shakiver Gordon, Cecile Klaus, Pearrie Hammie.




HAIR: Let the Sun Shine In

A new tribe performs HAIR in Washington Square Park photo credit: John Mazlish
HAIR creators Jim Rado, Galt MacDermot and Gerry Ragni photo credit: dagmar.

Documentary on the phenomenal counter-culture musical. 55 minutes, color, produced by Ina, Blinding Light & Arte-France. 2007


Broadcasts:  Sundance Channel, US; Arte/France & Germany; RTBF/ Belgium; purchased by Finland, Italy, Canada and others


Festivals: Amsterdam IDFA, Thessaloniki, Planet Doc Warsaw, Jerusalem, Mill Valley, Seattle, Sarasota, Perth and others


DVD distributionKino Lorber


Wonderful work! – Milos Forman

Without exception, it is the best HAIR film I have ever seen – Michael Butler, Producer of HAIR


                    4-minute video clip : over 2 million hits on Youtube!




Penelope Puymirat as O in her cell
Author Dominique Aury at 90
Catherine Mouchet as Dominique Aury & Alain Rimoux as Jean Paulhan
Penelope Puymirat as O asleep


Documentary on the hidden author of the French erotic classic, Story of O. 80 minutes. 2004. Produced by INA, Blinding Light, Inc and Arte/France. 2004


Audacious – L’HUMANITE  


Combines with virtuosity the filmmaker’s search, dramatizations of the book, and the quiet sweetness of Dominique Aury – LIBERATION  


Remarkable intelligence… magnificent – LE MONDE


US Theatrical Premiere at the FIlm Forum, New York


Prizes: Grand Prix, Best Documentary, URTI, Monte Carlo


Broadcast:  Arte/France & Germany, RTBF/ Belgium, YLE/Finland, Sundance Channel/US


Festivals: Toronto Int’l Film Festival (world premiere) • Amsterdam IDFA • Jerusalem Int’l Film Festival • FIPA • 

INPUT Taiwan • Seattle •  Denver • Newport • Wisconsin and others


Theatrical & DVD distributionZeitgeist Films  

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Director Pola Rapaport and her long lost Romanian brother Pierre Radulescu
Long-lost brother Pierre Radulescu at home in Bucharest
"Hello. I am your brother, Pierre.”

Documentary on the reunion of the filmmaker with her long-lost Romanian brother, their father's "family secret". 

58 minutes, 2000.  Produced by Blinding Light, Inc and Arte-France. 2000


This astonishing autobiographical document blends black & white with color, love, humor, bitterness and hope. - LE MONDE  


Engrossing... offers a unique and intimate view of war, displacement and immigration as the 20th Century's great dividers. - VARIETY  


Heartfelt... chronicles the filmmaker's search for family ties and the Romanian brother she never knew she had. - VILLAGE VOICE


Prizes: Best Documentary of the Year Grand Prix, Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia 


Broadcasts: WDR/Germany, Sundance Channel/US, Arte/France & Germany, Israel


Festivals: Rotterdam • Gothenburg • Hot Docs Toronto • Leipzig • Denver • Mill Valley • NY DOCFEST • Wisconsin • San Francisco, Toronto & Washington Jewish Film Festivals • Walker Art Center


Distribution:  On-line distribution by Cinetic Rights Management


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Cats who support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election get down about their hopes, fears,- oh, and about sexual harassment, too.

9 short videos featuring Facebook stars Tatze and Felix.



Edie Falco as photographer Diana DiBianco, at the Villa San Michele
Edie awaiting a ferry to take her from the island of Capri. Photo credit: Umberto D'Aniello

Documentary/ drama. Starring Emmy Award Winner Edie Falco and featuring Richard Hell.

58 minutes, 1998.  Produced by Blinding Light, Inc.


A young American photographer in search of commercial locations on the island of Capri finds more than she's looking for in this film-within-a-film, which blends autobiography with fiction in a search to re-capture a peak moment of pure happiness.


Beautifully shot and artfully composed...a haunting, lyrical, hypnotic work - Austin Chronicle


Magic... A wonderful achievement -Bo Smith, Curator, Boston Museum of Fine Arts


Prizes:  Lumiere Award, New Orleans Film Festival 2000 


Broadcasts:  Arte/France & Germany, Independent Film Channel US, RAI/Italy, YLE/Finland


Festivals:  SxSW • Denver • Wisconsin • Gothenburg  • Amsterdam Doc  • Mill Valley  • Walker Art Center


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The poet Alan Granville
Alan Granville with Robert Attanasio under the Manhattan Bridge.
Alan Granville rests on a grave.

Documentary portrait of Bukowski-style beat poet Alan Granville. 50 min. b/w. 1990  


Wonderful! - Kurt Vonnegut


Funky, excellent, neo-beatnik... A must see, especially for poets - Baltimore City Paper


A visual joy - Chicago New Paper  


Perfect documentary - Park City Paper


Prizes:  Award of the Press, Message to Man Leningrad Film Festival• Ivens Prize Nominee, IDFA Amsterdam •

Best Cinematography, Oberhausen • Best Documentary, New Orleans Film Festival • Special Mention, Hawaii Film Festival 


Broadcasts:  Sundance Channel, WNET/ Ch 13 Reel New York, SBS/Australia, ZDF/Germany


FestivalsSundance Film Festival • Edinburgh • Pesaro • Cork • Munich Filmmuseum • Robert Flaherty Seminar 


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