Biographical Documentaries

Amy
Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.

Betty White: First Lady of Television
This documentary on actress and television producer Betty White traces her decades-long career as a woman breaking new ground in entertainment.

Biggie & Tupac
Nick Broomfield examines the lives and murders of rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur and the rivalry between East Coast and West Coast music that culminated in their deaths.

Bill Cunningham New York
Bill Cunningham has been a contributor to the renowned newspaper for many decades. He's also an incurable and eccentric chronicler of fashion, tirelessly snapping photos of and writing about interestingly attired celebrities and ordinary New Yorkers he spots on the street.

Billie
In 1971, journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl set out to write the definitive biography of Billie Holiday. Before her mysterious death in 1978, Lipnack Kuehl had taped over 200 hours of interviews. The tapes have never been heard. Now they form the basis of an atmospheric, multi-layered documentary that captures the many complex facets of a proud black woman, violent drug addict, loyal friend, vindictive lover and unforgettable singer of ‘God Bless The Child’, ‘Saddest Tale’ and the haunting ‘Strange Fruit’.

Bobby Sands: 66 Days
In 1981, an imprisoned Irish Republican Army soldier went on a hunger strike that galvanised his movement and made him a controversial global icon.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood's top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World
An inside look at David Bowie, one of the most creative and influential rock artists of all time. Featuring exclusive contributions from those who worked with David Bowie and archive interviews with the man himself.

Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist
Writers, directors and actors come together in a conversation about the extraordinary artistic process of Chadwick Boseman.

Chasing Ice
James Balog and his team on the Extreme Ice Survey assemble a multiyear chronicle of the planet's rapidly melting glaciers.

Chasing Trane
The life and work of legendary jazz musician John Coltrane, including commentary from Denzel Washington, Carlos Santana, Common, Cornell West, Bill Clinton and others.

Chichinette - The Accidental Spy
Marthe Cohn, an elderly French-Jewish lady, tells the story of how she became a spy in Nazi Germany. She never used to speak about this experience after the war had ended, but now she travels the globe to share her story.

Closure
A trans-racial adoptee finds her birth mother, and meets the rest of a family who did not know she existed, including her birth father. A story about identity, the complexities of trans-racial adoption, and most importantly, closure.

Cobain: Montage of Heck
Filmmaker Brett Morgen uses material from the Cobains' personal archives in an in-depth examination of the Nirvana frontman's childhood, music career and untimely death.

Diana: In Her Own Words
In 1991, inside London's Kensington Palace, Diana, Princess of Wales, participated in a series of secret interviews, recorded with her permission by a close friend on behalf of journalist Andrew Morton.

Diego Maradona
Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, this documentary centres on the personal life and career of the controversial football player Diego Maradona who played for SSC Napoli and Argentina in the 1980s.

Dreams of a Life
Nobody noticed when 38-year-old Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. When her remains were discovered three years later, her heating and her television were still on. Who was Joyce Vincent, and how could this happen to someone in today's age of communication

Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know
Celebrating Duran Duran with exclusive backstage access, interviews with the band and rare footage charting their rise to fame, and the highs and lows of their career.

Ella Fitzgerald - Just One of Those Things
From a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo theatre in Harlem, the film follows Ella's extraordinary journey across five decades as she reflects the passions and troubles of the times in her music and her life.

Finding Vivian Maier
This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

For the Love of Spock
Actors William Shatner, George Takei, Simon Pegg and others discuss the lasting legacy of Leonard Nimoy and his iconic portrayal of Mr. Spock on the television series "Star Trek."

Frank and Cindy
Frank and Cindy is a deeply personal documentary about Frank Garcia, an 80's one-hit wonder musician, and his blonde bombshell wife Cindy, who makes him live in the basement.

Hello I Am David!
Featuring the Australian piano prodigy David Helfgott and his unique views on life, love and imagination.

I Am Ali
Muhammad Ali's own audio journals, friends, family and fellow boxers provide insight into the extraordinary life and legendary career of the pugilist.

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969; at 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping.

I Am Not Your Negro
Raoul Peck’s fluid documentary uses the timeless anger of James Baldwin to animate his history of the black experience in America, from Hollywood stereotypes to police brutality.

I Called Him Morgan
Helen Morgan had nursed her common-law husband, jazz great Lee Morgan, through heroin addiction. On a February night in 1972, she walked into Slug's Saloon in the East Village with a gun in her purse, and after they fought and he physically threw her out of the bar, she returned and shot him.

I, Dolours
Dolours Price was one of very few women who rose to the top of the IRA and who was involved in bombings during the Troubles in the 1970s.

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz achieved groundbreaking work in social justice and political organising. His passion for open access ensnared him in a legal nightmare that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.

Iris
Iris Apfel is a quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. Her enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.

Jane
Using a trove of never-before-seen footage, the film tells the story of Jane's early explorations and research in Tanzania, focusing on her groundbreaking field work, her relationship with her cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that were the subject of her study.

Janis: Little Girl Blue
Archival footage and interviews highlight the life and career of singer-songwriter Janis Joplin, from her musical rise in the 1960s to her battle with alcohol and heroin addiction.

JFK: The Making of a President
Explore how John F. Kennedy's worldview was influenced by his younger years, when he endured poor health, family tragedy and a demanding father.

Jim: The James Foley Story
In August, 2014, a video of the public execution of American photojournalist James Foley rippled across the globe. That image challenged the world to deal with a new face of terror. And it tested one American family.

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
Literary icon Joan Didion reflects on her remarkable career and personal struggles in this intimate documentary directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne.

Journal de France
Travelling alone, internationally acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon spent six years capturing France with a large format camera.

Keith Richards: Under the Influence
A portrait of Keith Richards that takes us on a journey to discover the genesis of his sound as a songwriter, guitarist and performer.

Life After Flash
Actor Sam J. Jones discusses the ups and downs of his life since starring in the 1980 cult film `Flash Gordon'.

Life, Animated
"The Little Mermaid," "The Lion King" and other animated Disney movies help a young autistic man to develop reading, writing and communication skills.

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