With the expanding impact and popularity of documentaries in our world today, Documentary Premieres is a new section for 2011 that furthers the Institute’s commitment to this important form of storytelling by showcasing films on big subjects and new works by master filmmakers. Each is a world premiere.
Becoming Chaz and POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato; Stars: Chaz Bono, Cher)
Born with a female anatomy, the child of musicians Sonny and Cher, Chaz Bono is now transitioning to live as a man, and he discusses his experiences in this very personal documentary.
Bobby Fischer Against The World
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Liz Garbus; Stars: Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky)
A documentary portrait of the brilliant chess champion who gradually lost his mind.
Granito (Granito: How To Nail A Dictator)
(Country: US, Guatemala, Spain; Year: 2010; Director: Pamela Yates)
Documentary charting the Mayan people's fight for justice in Guatemala and the key role played by documentarian Pamela Yates.
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Steve James; Writer: Alex Kotlowitz), Official Site
A story of ex-gang members who are now protecting their communities from the violence they themselves once employed.
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
(Country: United States; Year: 2011; Director: Morgan Spurlock; Stars: Morgan Spurlock)
The filmmaker sets out to finance a documentary about product placement in the movies by making his own product placement deals with major companies.
The Interrupters and Bobby Fischer Against The World
(Country: US, UK; Year: 2011; Director: Eugene Jarecki)
The enigmatic career of one of the revered architects of the modern world – icon, screen star, and two-term president Ronald Reagan.
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Jim Whitaker)
Weaving together five stories of individuals whose lives were profoundly altered by the 9/11 attack with unprecedented time-lapse footage of Ground Zero composed over ten years, what emerges is a chronicle of grief’s evolution and a nation healing.
These Amazing Shadows
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton; Writer: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton; Stars: Christopher Nolan, Tim Roth, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Reiner, John Waters, Peter Coyote, George Takei, John Lasseter, John Singleton, Caleb Deschanel, Paul Schrader, Gale Anne Hurd, Amy Heckerling, Wayne Wang, James Schamus), Official Site
The history and importance of the National Film Registry unfolds in a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.