Feature Documentaries

NADIA Comăneci: THE GYMNAST AND THE DICTATOR

 

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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 falls 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.

Prizes
Audience Award, Best Documentary and Best Editing, History Film Festival, Croatia 2018; Candido Cannavò Prize, FICTS Sports Film Festival, Milan; Special Jury Prize Barcelona Sports Film Festival 2017

Festivals
Denver International, Hamptons Take 2, San Luis Obispo, LA Femme Film Festival, Festival International de Films d’Histoire de Pessac

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HAIR: LET THE SUN SHINE IN

HAIR authors Jim Rado, Gerome Ragni and composer Galt MacDermot

HAIR authors Jim Rado, Gerome Ragni and composer Galt MacDermot

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

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

Wonderful work- Milos Forman, Director of the feature film HAIR

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


WRITER OF O

 
 
René and O on the way to the Château (Cyril Corral and Penelope Puymirat)

René and O on the way to the Château (Cyril Corral and Penelope Puymirat)

Documentary on the hidden author of the French erotic classic, Story of O.

80 minutes. Produced by INA, Blinding Light, Inc. and Arte/France. 2004 

Audacious – L’HUMANITÉ  

With virtuosity, it combines the filmmaker’s search, dramatizations of the book, and the quiet sweetness of Dominique Aury – LIBÉRATION  

Remarkable intelligence… magnificent – LE MONDE

 US Theatrical Premiere- Released by Zeitgeist Films
The Film Forum, New York, followed by US Domestic theatrical run

 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 et al


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family secret

“Hello. I am your brother, Pierre.”

“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.  Produced by Blinding Light, Inc., MORGANE PRODUCTIONS 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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blind light

 

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

58 minutes. Produced by Blinding Light, Inc. 1998

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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broken meat

Alan Granville worships at the alter of the Manhattan Bridge, to a disco beat. Featuring Robert Attanasio.

Alan Granville worships at the alter of the Manhattan Bridge, to a disco beat. Featuring Robert Attanasio.

Documentary portrait of Bukowski-style beat poet Alan Granville.

50 min. b/w. Produced by Pola Rapaport. 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

 Festivals
Sundance Film Festival • Edinburgh • Pesaro • Cork • Munich Filmmuseum • Robert Flaherty Seminar 

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