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2022 2020 Winners

Shortlist nominations announced

The FOCAL International Awards competition is dedicated to the promotion and celebration of archival footage and its contribution to the creative and cultural industries. We are delighted to announce this year’s shortlist in the Production and Restoration & Preservation categories.

The 2020 competition received a wide variety of submissions this year making it an undeniably rich and diverse contest making it a challenging and rewarding deliberation process for our dedicated jurors across the globe – testament to the continuing and growing power of archival storytelling. We would like to thank everyone who entered their work this year; the quality of the 2020 submissions has been unparalleled.

Impressive usage and previously unseen footage across a broad genre of productions from Cinematic Features to Innovative Platform can be discovered in our full list of nominees for this year’s FOCAL International Awards HERE.

The Jane Mercer Researcher of the Year, Footage Company of the Year and Student Jury Award for Most Inspiring use of Archive nominations will be announced later in July.

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for all of us in the media industry, we wish everyone well and staying safe.

Shortlisted

Kate Griffiths for The Sparks Brothers

Production Company:
Complete Fiction Pictures Limited

Synopsis

How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time? From acclaimed director Edgar Wright comes THE SPARKS BROTHERS, a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers/bandmates Ron and Russell Mael, celebrating the inspiring legacy of your favourite band’s favourite band.

Archival highlights

It was a herculean task condensing a 50 year career into a feature length documentary, which features over 80 studio interviews, 84 minutes of archive and over 100 music tracks.

The original budget was for a 90 minute film with an allowance for 25 minutes of archive, so the fact that our Archive Producer Kate Griffiths managed to more than treble the amount of archive for the same budget is nothing short of magic, and indeed testament to her hard work and dedication. She negotiated deals with over 50 archives world-wide and tracked down archive that had been missing for many years and in some cases deemed lost forever.

The Documentary is almost wall to wall of incredible archive which brings colour and humour and pathos to 5 decades of storytelling and music making.

Kate brought so much passion to the project and worked tirelessly over a 3 year period despite illness in her family, a global pandemic, constantly shifting goal posts and some very tricky archive owners, one of which she personally went to his house in LA to help him scan all of his transparencies!

We couldn't have made this movie without Kate and she absolutely deserves the recognition for her amazing work.

Stephanie Jenkins for Muhammad Ali

Production Company:
Florentine Films

Synopsis

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. is born in Louisville, Kentucky and takes up boxing at the age of 12. Hard-working and determined, Clay rises through the amateur ranks and at eighteen years old wins the light-heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Olympics. He turns professional and moves to Miami, where he trains with Angelo Dundee, sharpening his boxing skills and honing his genius for self-promotion. Meanwhile, he quietly begins attending meetings of a separatist religious sect called the Nation of Islam and becomes a close confidant of the charismatic minister Malcolm X. In 1964, at just 22 years old, he shocks the world by upsetting the heavily favored Sonny Liston to win the heavyweight championship.

Archival highlights

Stephanie Jenkins is a dogged researcher who has developed relationships with hundreds of archives and has found never-before-seen footage in attics and warehouses. Muhammad Ali was her most ambitious archival project yet. Stephanie managed a team that pulled in over 1000 hours of footage from more than 100 archives throughout the world. In spite of the vast trove of known archival material on our subject, Stephanie turned up plenty of never-before-seen gems that lent a remarkable depth and dimension to our portrait of Muhammad Ali.

For example, Stephanie was determined to find early footage of Louisville, Kentucky, where Cassius Clay was born. Over two years, she formed a connection with local television station WHAS and discovered they had a film morgue. This station had never allowed an outside researcher into their collection. They agreed to let her make two trips into the archive, which yielded a lot of the visual imagery in Episode 1 of our series. Most excitingly, she found what we believe is the earliest extant moving image material of young Cassius Clay, which shows him signing up for an amateur boxing tournament at age 13. We’re proud to have Stephanie represent our company as an archivist. Her love and appreciation of archival materials is clear in her work and the care she takes in cultivating relationships and seeking out unique and beautiful materials.

Sports can provide some difficulty in licensing, as well as a great expense. The per-second licensing cost for Muhammad Ali was the highest of any Florentine Films (Ken Burns) production. We went to great lengths to secure the funding to make exactly the film we wanted to make, despite the high cost of sports footage. Faced with a far more substantial budget need for the archival footage than we had originally anticipated, Stephanie approached us with an appeal, and great efforts were then made to raise the additional funds.

As this is a Researcher award, we want to note that Stephanie’s passion about archival research extends beyond our edit room. She founded and runs ArchiveNYC, an email listserv that includes 200+ New York-based archival researchers. This is a vibrant resource for researchers, and a way to foster community amongst many who are often isolated on individual projects. Stephanie has also lectured at and participated in panels at DOCNYC, ACSIL, Iowa University, UGA Brown Media Archives, The New School and others.

Mridu Chandra and Lewanne Jones for CURED

Production Company:
Story Center Films, LLC and Singer & Deschamps Productions, Inc.

Synopsis

Mentally ill. Deviant. Diseased. And in need of a cure.

These were among the terms psychiatrists used to describe lesbians and gay men in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. According to the medical establishment, every gay person—no matter how well-adjusted—suffered from a mental disorder. And as long as lesbians and gay men were “sick,” progress toward equality was impossible.

CURED chronicles the battle waged by a small group of activists who declared war against a formidable institution—and won a crucial victory in the movement for LGBTQ equality. This award-winning documentary takes viewers inside the David-versus-Goliath struggle that led the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973. Combining newly unearthed archival material with incisive eyewitness testimony, the film reveals how a small group of impassioned activists achieved this unexpected victory.

While CURED is indisputably about science, medicine, and politics, at its core this is a film about the process of social change. It features a diverse group of activists who came together at a crossroads in LGBTQ history. Their tenacity brought about a change that transformed not only LGBTQ people’s perceptions of themselves, but also the social fabric of America.

Archival highlights

We are humbled that CURED has received numerous accolades, including the American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award for best historical documentary of 2021. We feel certain that the archive research undertaken by Mridu Chandra and Lewanne Jones is a central reason for this recognition. In February 2022, the AHA hosted a screening and discussion of CURED as part of its annual conference. We would like to share remarks that Professor Dagmar Herzog presented during the post-screening discussion. Herzog is Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and the author of seven books, including Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes. She is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on the histories of gender and sexuality. She offered the following comments on CURED:

“Among the film’s numerous distinctive strengths is its reliance entirely on the voices of its protagonists. There are no academic talking heads describing events from afar, nor is there a generic authorial voice-over. At every point, the story is carried along by a blend of—quite brilliantly juxtaposed—clips and footage from the 1950s-1970s (from cassette tapes to television shows) and retrospective interviews conducted with the main actors, some from the more immediate aftermath and culled from archival sources (1980s-1990s) and some conducted by filmmakers Sammon and Singer themselves in the 2000s.

“The thoroughness of the archival research in CURED is staggering. The service to historians of American society and culture is immense. Through their persistence and ingenuity, the film team has unearthed a mountain of material—much of it long believed lost, or sitting in dusty boxes no one had opened for decades, including audio and video recordings, revelatory photographs, handwritten notes, old typescript texts, diary entries, newspaper and magazine clippings, and much else. The feel of the spaces, the fashions of the eras as times changed, the tone people took in their discussions of homosexuality as expert opinion began to be contested, the energy of ‘zaps’ and demonstrations, the doggedness of careful planning, the noxious authoritative certitude of the opponents that needed convincing or outmaneuvering: all of this is captured beautifully.

“The film manages to communicate, more compellingly and clearly than I have ever seen before, just how horrendous, how stunningly sadistic, the cultural climate of the pre-sexual revolution, pre-civil rights era was for Americans with same-sex desires. As one of the main characters in the film notes, if an individual’s homosexuality was revealed, ‘You couldn’t keep your children, you couldn’t be a teacher, banker, judge, or head of an industry.’ The film begins by conveying potently the emotional damage done in the name of psychotherapy, as well as the terrors of physical torments, including whole-body electroshock, genital shocking, hysterectomies and castrations. These are all facts that are hard—but essential—to imagine and remember now…. Among the several incredibly powerful messages conveyed by the film is the remarkable revelation that a truly tiny handful of determined individuals can change an entire society.”

Rosemary Rotondi for ATTICA

Production Company:
Firelight Films

Synopsis

In the fall of 1971, tensions between inmates and guards at the Attica Correctional Facility were at an all-time high due to worsening prison conditions. On the morning of September 9, it all came to a head when inmates erupted into one of the largest, deadliest prison riots ever witnessed. On Sept. 9, 1971, over 1,200 inmates at the Attica correctional facility in Attica, NY, seized the yard at the maximum-security prison, took more than three dozen guards and civilian employees hostage, and demanded more humane treatment and better conditions. For five days, the world watched as TV news cameras covered the story from both outside and inside the prison, as journalists and a team of negotiators converged at the scene. But when law enforcement was ordered by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to retake Attica, the resulting massacre by state police left 29 inmates and 10 hostages dead. Before the smoke from the tear gas cleared, police tortured inmates behind the walls. No charges were ever brought against authorities for the killings of inmates and guards. It was the largest prison rebellion in U.S. history.

Archival highlights

The word “Attica” today most often conjures up vague notions of a violent incident. The specific and horrifying details of the Attica Prison Uprising are in danger of being lost. We wanted to make Attica in order to represent the complex events that took place over the course of the five fateful days of the Attica prison uprising, while also giving audiences a broader understanding of the tragedy within the context of politics, race, power, and punishment.

Our aim was to create an accurate account of this critical moment in history using the firsthand accounts of the people who lived it – the inmates, hostages and their families, reporters, and invited negotiators. The presence of national and local media during the rebellion became an important part of the story, as inmates held press conferences inside the yard in hopes that inviting the media into the prison would provide some level of protection. This was the first time the country heard directly from prisoners about their lives. Prisons are purposely located in remote places where no one sees them, so that no one knows what happens inside. The media’s role in documenting the rebellion was transformative, because it allowed people to see and hear the experiences these men were having.

There’s unbelievable footage in Attica that has never been put together before. ABC, CBS, and NBC all sent crews up to Attica during the rebellion, which is 250 miles from New York City — so if crews were there, they stayed and shot footage for days, using these giant portapacks. It was the first era in which they could shoot on the go, and they shot all the time. Plus, local stations sent their own crews, mainly from Buffalo.

Our archival researcher Rosemary Rotondi scraped the corners of the earth to find footage and photographs of anybody that was even marginally related to Attica in some way. Rosemary also conducted all licensing for the film.

There are moments in the film where the inmates are talking to Russell Oswald, who was then New York Commissioner of Corrections under Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and they’re saying, “We’ve seen you on the news, we know how you’re talking about us” — then Rosemary was able to find footage of Oswald saying it! As a filmmaker, to find those serendipitous moments is terrific. We also uncovered New York state prison surveillance footage that is quite amazing, much of it from cameras up in the towers over the prison. All of this footage has never been put together before.

Adrian Wood for Film, the Living Record of Our Memory

Production Company:
El Grifilm Productions, Filmoption International

Synopsis

Why are we still able to watch moving images captured over 125 years ago?

As we move ever further into the digital age, our audiovisual heritage seems to be taken increasingly for granted. However, much of our filmed history and cinema has already been lost forever.

Film archivists, curators, technicians and filmmakers from around the world explain what film preservation is and why it is needed. Our protagonists are custodians of film whose work behind the scenes safeguards the survival of motion pictures. It is a task they undertake based on their closely held belief in the artistic and cultural value of the moving image, in tune with a shared mantra that a film might one day transform someone’s life. This documentary is a homage to them all and sheds some light on their critical undertaking.

Archival highlights

In our film footage plays a crucial role. We wanted to highlight the importance of moving images and of those who work in the field of film preservation by showing a wide variety of films. In order to achieve this, we needed a professional and seasoned archival consultant in our team. Adrian Wood is exactly that. He has been working with archival footage since the 1970s, and he is deeply involved in the work of international film archives and in film preservation. His work, experience, knowledge, advice, and kind spirit have been key in managing to have access to the footage we needed - which, at times, was quite rare footage. Having him on our team has made the lengthy and challenging process of locating and accessing moving images highly enjoyable, where we all discovered new things as we progressed. The film has highly benefitted from Adrian Wood's involvement and expertise, and it has exceeded our expectations. These years working together in such a demanding project have not only resulted in managing to secure amazing images for the film, but it has also gifted us with an unexpected long-lasting friendship and a professional bond that will bring us together again for our next film project.

L’Avventura

Production Company:
Cinematographique Lyre

Synopsis

Michelangelo Antonioni broke many codes and invented a new film grammar with L’AVVENTURA, which is today recognised as a masterpiece worldwide. Presented at the height of European cinema’s « golden age », it was, and still is, a very provocative and iconic film.

Its gripping and unconventional narrative revolves around the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman (Lea Massari) during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily and the search that ensues, which throws together her fiancé, a failed architect (Gabriele Ferzetti) and her best friend (Monica Vitti, unforgettable in what is her debut film). From the haunting landscapes of the Aeolian islands to the corridors of the Taormina Domenico hotel, the journey will take them on a gorgeously shot tale of modern ennui and spiritual isolation.

Archival highlights

In our opinion, restoration is as collaborative a work as the original production of a Film may have been. Thus we were very keen and happy to reproduce, with our technical partners, the spirit of collaboration between France and Italy that gave birth to L’AVVENTURA in 1960.

The evolution of technology in the very last few years and the level of expertise reached by each of our technical partners – three of the very best in the world, coming from France and Italy – ensured that the project would result in a truly unique, never-before-seen quality rendition of the full Cannes Version of Antonioni’s work of art.

To this day, L’AVVENTURA remains one of Cinema’s most outstanding films and it is a pleasure to present to all audiences, young and not so young, this 4K restoration which captures like never before the beauty of the images and the haunted quality of the soundtrack.

Sambizanga

Production Company:
L'Immagine Ritrovata

Synopsis

This restoration is part of the African Film Heritage Project, an initiative created by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers and UNESCO – in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna – to help locate, restore, and disseminate African cinema.

Archival highlights

Trapped in a web of legal disputes that made it inaccessible for almost two decades, the restoration of Sambizanga took three years to be completed. During this time we tragically lost Sarah Maldoror, one of the very first woman pioneers in the history of cinema, a poet and a free filmmaker. In the words of her daughter, Annouchka De Andrade :"This film is also the story of a political awakening. The protagonist's continual displacement is also Sarah’s, and it defines women in the African diaspora".

Restoring Sambizanga entailed making sure that the beauty but also the fragility of this film was respected, that the film was not overrestored, that the grading could bring back the lights, the colors and the tragedy of the battle.

Finally, thanks to this restoration project the film was "morally restituted" to Maldoror's and to her audience. And to the audience that will discover her.

Celestial's Shaw Brothers Collection Project

Production Company:
L'Immagine Ritrovata SRL

Synopsis

Arrow Video released a Blu-ray Collection called ShawScope Volume One and Two which includes classic Kung Fu movies.

The restored films are released within the 1970s and the 1980s, kicking off in 1972 with Korean director Jeong Chang-hwa’s King Boxer, the film that established kung fu cinema as an international box office powerhouse when it hit Stateside cinemas under the title Five Fingers of Death. Chang Cheh (arguably Shaw’s most prolific director) helm the blood-soaked brutality of The Boxer from Shantung and two self-produced films in his ‘Shaolin Cycle’ series, Five Shaolin Masters and its prequel Shaolin Temple, before taking a detour into Ho Meng Hua’s King Kong-inspired Mighty Peking Man, one of the most unmissably insane giant monster films ever made. Chang’s action choreographer Lau Kar-leung then becomes a director in his own right, propelling his adoptive brother Gordon Liu to stardom in Challenge of the Masters and Executioners from Shaolin.

Archival highlights

All the materials were digitized 2K and restored in 2K.

Each film restored was sourced from the original camera negatives held at the National Film Archive in Hong Kong. The soundtracks were sourced from the original sound negatives (the vast majority of these titles included soundtracks recorded for Mandarin, Cantonese, and English), with separate main and end title picture sections for each, altogether a lot of material to assemble and keep track of.

The restoration was made by L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Hong Kong and Bologna. The restoration of this project took 2 years.

Camera Tripod Bicycle

Director:
Nuala O'Connor, Philip King, Tina O'Reilly
Producer(s):
Tina O'Reilly, Ashleigh Carton
Footage Archive Producer:
Nuala O'Connor
Archival Sources:
Crowe family archive, Pathé News
Production Company:
South Wind Blows
Country of Production:
Ireland

Synopsis

Camera Tripod Bicycle celebrates the work of Dubliner and fireman Leslie Crowe who spent 25 years filming his city and family on his 8mm Brownie camera .On his death in 1989 his cans of film were stored in biscuit tins and put away in an attic for 30 years . Some poor quality digital copies were made of some of the material but now the entire collection of over 11 hours of footage has be professionally restored and digitised . A one hour documentary from television was made in 2021 using some of the footage . The fillm 'Camera Tripod Bicycle was broadcast on New Years Eve by RTE television .

In this film Leslie’s beautifully composed and restored footage documents the everyday life of a city undergoing radical modernisation : the demolition of the old city and the development of semi rural villages into the Dublin suburbs of Coolock Raheny and Santry in the 1960’s and 70's.

His two surviving daughters speak about their father’s
short film dramas based around everyday events providing us with a unique glimpse of family life in Ireland in across three landmark decades.

Film, the Living Record of Our Memory

Director:
Inés Toharia
Producer(s):
Isaac Garcia, Paul Cadieux
Footage Archive Producer:
Adrian Wood
Archival Sources:
Eye Filmmuseum, George Eastman Museum, INA, British Pathé, BFI National Archive
Production Company:
El Grifilm Productions, Filmoption International
Country of Production:
Spain, Canada

Synopsis

Why are we still able to watch moving images captured over 125 years ago?

As we move ever further into the digital age, our audiovisual heritage seems to be taken increasingly for granted. However, much of our filmed history and cinema has already been lost forever.

Film archivists, curators, technicians and filmmakers from around the world explain what film preservation is and why it is needed. Our protagonists are custodians of film whose work behind the scenes safeguards the survival of motion pictures. It is a task they undertake based on their closely held belief in the artistic and cultural value of the moving image, in tune with a shared mantra that a film might one day transform someone’s life. This documentary is a homage to them all and sheds some light on their critical undertaking.

Latin Noir

Director:
Andreas Apostolidis
Producer(s):
Rea Apostolidi, Yuri Anerof, Sergio Munoz, Estelle Robin You
Footage Archive Producer:
Justine Moreau
Archival Sources:
Filmoteca Unam Mexico, INA, Penn Museum, Enrique Metinides Mexico
Production Company:
Anemon Productions, Point Du Joir - Les Films Du Balibari
Country of Production:
Greece, France

Synopsis

Latin Noir travels to five Latin American cities, meeting famous crime novelists Leonardo Padura (Havana), Luis Sepulveda (Santiago), Paco Ignacio Taibo II (Mexico City), Santiago Roncagliolo (Lima) and Claudia Pineiro (Buenos Aires). Through their stories and heroes, we discover a unique genre of flourishing literature, strikingly different from its North American or Nordic counterparts: it’s political, dark and crimes are committed by the state itself.

HBO Max 'Celebrating Devoted Fans'

Footage Archive Producer:
Spring McCoy
Footage Archive Researchers:
Matt Gee, Itzel Sarabia, Craig Phillips, Jeffrey Harland, Kadie Spinks, Mike Kho, Lauren Wackell, Anna Weltner, Jen Van Horn, Chelly Zerbe, Aaron Sharper, Nathalie Dortonne, Miles Brandenstein, Rachel Saxby, Brandi Self
Producer:
Scotty Schuckies
Archival Sources:
Tik Tok, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Production Company:
STALKR, BBDO NY

Synopsis

A love letter to the fans marking the one-year anniversary of HBO Max’s launch, this spot features user-generated content from fans of HBO Max properties, highlighting the symbiotic bond between storyteller and audience, and celebrating the exuberant global fandoms who are co-creating culture.

Google 'It Starts With Summer'

Footage Archive Producer:
Marina Sanchez
Footage Archive Researchers:
Alexandra Duxbury, Jimmy Dunne, Marijana Radovic, Pepito Morán, Marija Perisic, Morgan Foye, Joe Bowler, Jelena Markovic, Dragana Jovanovic, Fer Tome
Director:
Josh Tenser
Producer:
Charlie Balmer
Archival Sources:
Independent Filmmakers, Social Media Platforms, STALKRFILM, Getty Images, Film Supply
Production Company:
STALKR, Uncommon Creative Studio
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

2021. A landmark year around the world. A time of change, reflection, opportunity and hope.

Google and Uncommon Creative London, working with STALKR, celebrate our return to ordinary life by exploring the diverse yet shared culture of the UK. This campaign has got it all; Marriage, friendship, family, love, hugs, clubs, pubs, soccer and naturally, the famed British weather.

Sandy Hook 'The Kids Are Not Alright - Disappearing Act'

Footage Archive Producer:
George Alvarez
Footage Archive Researchers:
Aaron Sharper, Jen Van Horn, Jeffrey Harland, Itzel Sarabia, Matt Gee, Nathalie Dortonne
Director:
Jakob Marky
Producer:
Alex Gianni
Archival Sources:
STALKRFILM, Pond5, FilmPac, Nimia, Social Media Platforms
Production Company:
STALKR, BBDO NY
Country of Production:
United States

Synopsis

Teenagers are in crisis right now more than most of us are even aware. This campaign sparks conversation and raises awareness about the signs of distress and how we can recognize them before something terrible happens.

Broadway League 'This Is Broadway'

Footage Archive Producer:
Brandon Hardin, Colleen Cavanaugh Anthony
Footage Archive Researcher:
Jeffrey Harland
Producer:
Lucky Generals, Jolly Banerjee
Archival Sources:
Spotco, The Tony Awards, HMS Media, Getty Images, Film Archive
Production Company:
STALKR, Lucky Generals
Country of Production:
United States

Synopsis

After the longest hiatus in its history, New York City welcomed the return of live theatre to Broadway in the fall of 2021! The “Broadway’s Back” campaign that played to the tri-state area television audience, on Subway platforms and in taxicabs across the city and most iconically on a jumbotron in the heart of the Broadway Theatre District, Times Square, reminds us how much we need and missed the incredible artistry and energy that is part of what makes NYC the world-class city that it is. Voiced by the one and only Oprah, the film is a whirlwind of music, dance, emotion and excitement that leaves you with goosebumps every time, just like a great Broadway show.

Queen of Speed

Director:
Barbie MacLaurin
Producer(s):
Andy Holland
Footage Archive Producer:
Jo Stones
Archival Sources:
Helmut Deimel, INA, ZDF, BP Video Library, Smoke and Rubber
Production Company:
Sky Studios, Drum Studios
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

Queen of Speed tells the story of Michèle Mouton, the most successful female rally driver of all time. It is a biographical and historical documentary set predominantly in the 1970s and 80s and centres on the rallying world.

From the roads of Monte Carlo to the deserts of Africa and the Rocky Mountains in the USA, Michèle Mouton defied the odds as she broke her way into the world of motorsport at a time when rallying was at its fastest and most dangerous. She made history as the first and only woman to win rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship and the last woman to compete in top-level rallying, cementing her reputation as one of the greatest motorsport drivers of all time.

Directed by award-winning Barbie MacLaurin, and produced by Drum Studios, Queen of Speed is driven by compelling interviews with Michèle, her co-driver, her family, her teammates and her rivals. Featuring spectacular footage of some of the most dangerous races on earth, as well as previously unseen cinematic archive shot by an embedded cameraman who captured the behind-the-scenes politics and pressures facing Michèle, this film takes viewers on a white-knuckle ride through this exciting time in sporting history.

Dettori

Director:
Anthony Wonke
Producer(s):
Nick Ryle, Caroline Willis, Jo Pritchard
Footage Archive Producer:
Jack Lee Taylor
Archival Sources:
Getty Images, Racecourse Media Group, Freemantle, Sky Sports Racing, Screen Ocean
Production Company:
Trombone Productions
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

Dettori is the story of the dramatic and emotional life of superstar jockey, Frankie Dettori. Far more than a simple sports story, the film covers the rollercoaster career of racings undoubted rock star. Underpinning the film is an extraordinary love/hate relationship between father and son. Burdened with massive expectations and packed off from his native Italy to England on his own at 14, Dettori overcame numerous hurdles to become Champion Jockey, leading to huge success, but trouble lay ahead in the form of a brush with death in a plane crash, fall outs and sackings and a drugs ban. Written off at 42, Dettori has fought back to enjoy a wonderful Indian summer to his career and at 51, remains at the very top of the jockey tree. The film is driven by the most charismatic, open and emotional central character; truly a documentarian's dream. Sports documentaries can be bland and formulaic but with Dettori as the subject that was never a danger. The appeal of the film stretches far beyond the core racing audience. It is packed full of universal themes, rich and colourful characters and illustrated by the stunning visuals that racing invariably delivers.

SEVE; Artist, Fighter, Legend

Director:
David White, Joss Holmes
Producer(s):
Malcolm Booth, Danny Fenton, Matt Graff, Caroline Rowland
Footage Archive Producer:
Denis Karam, Mark Harrowell
Archival Sources:
The R&A, CBS, ITV Sport, N.F.S.A, IMG
Production Company:
Zig Zag Productions
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

SEVE was an artist, a golfing Picasso, a fighter, against injury, his rivals and cancer. He remains a LEGEND. This is his story told by those closest to him, sporting greats and in his own words via newly unearthed material.

The film covers everything from his humble beginnings in Pedreña to his major championship successes and revolutionary Ryder Cup moments.

Muhammad Ali

Director:
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Producer(s):
Sarah Burns, David McMahon, Stephanie Jenkins, Ken Burns
Footage Archive Producer:
Stephanie Jenkins
Archival Sources:
ESPN, Top Rank, BBC & BBC Sport (via Getty Images), NBC News (via Getty Images), AP
Production Company:
Florentine Films
Country of Production:
United States

Synopsis

Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the best-known and most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.

Lost Connections

Producer(s):
Graham Relton, Sue Howard, Frank Gray
Editor(s):
Andrew Burns
Footage Archive Producer:
Curators at the 9 English regional film archives/3 Home Nation film archives (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
Filmmaker:
Andrew Burns
Archival Sources:
9 English regional film archives, 3 Home Nation film archives (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
Production Company:
Yorkshire Film Archive
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

An echo of our own contemporary experiences, Lost Connections is an archive-based film which gives us hope for the future by connecting with the past.

Comprising over a century of remarkable footage, the film responds to the unprecedented lockdown experience, when many of us were forced to stop, reflect, question and re-assess what is most important.

Lost Connections is not a film about the pandemic – it is about recovery, hope, renewal, the human character, sadness, joy, what we really value, and a collective desire for reconnection with each other, our communities, and the world around us.

Lost Connections is a unique curatorial collaboration of all twelve regional and national UK film archives (RNAs), supported by Film Hub North/BFI Film Audience Network and has been screened at cinemas across the UK, online and in schools.

Andy Burns, Yorkshire Film Archive editor and filmmaker, meticulously crafted a dialogue between the past and the present, using nearly 200 of the 500 films put forward by archive curators.

Narrator Hussina Raja provided a connecting voice, responding to the imagery with a common and recurring thread that weaves through the film: “Can we always be connected?”

The Silent Pulse of the Universe

Director:
Ben Proudfoot
Producer(s):
Elizabeth Brooke, Abby Lynn Kang Davis, Gabriel Berk Godoi, Ben Proudfoot, Brandon Somerhalder, Sarah Stewart
Footage Archive Producer:
Sarah Stewart
Archival Sources:
Newspaper, BBC, Personal, Kino, Pond5
Production Company:
Breakwater Studios
Country of Production:
United States

Synopsis

Jocelyn Bell was a graduate student at Cambridge in 1967 when she pushed through the skepticism from her superiors to make one of the greatest astrophysical discoveries of the twentieth century. While Jocelyn was belittled and sexually harassed by the media, the Nobel Prize was awarded to her professor and his boss.

We Were There to Be There

Director:
Mike Plante, Jason Willis
Producer(s):
Mike Plante
Archival Sources:
Joe Target Rees/Target Video, Napa State Hospital, Napa County Historical Society, Berkeley Barb, Individuals: Jill Hoffman-Kowal, Ruby Ray, Jim Jocoy, Sam Edwards, Brad Lapin
Production Company:
Field of Vision
Country of Production:
United States

Synopsis

Taking place as cuts to crucial social services loom under Ronald Reagan, two legendary punk bands come together to perform a show for patients and staff at a psychiatric facility. Captured on tape by seminal video art collective Target Video, “We Were There Be There” threads moments from the Napa State Hospital set with commentary from band members and those who witnessed it firsthand, providing a crucial backstory for the recording of one of the most iconic shows in the history of music, at a critical moment in the future of mental health care in the US.

Lindisfarne's Geordie Genius: The Alan Hull Story

Director:
Ged Clarke
Producer(s):
Tony Parker, Malcolm Gerrie, Geoff Wonfor
Footage Archive Producer:
Camilla Wheeler, Samantha Peters
Archival Sources:
BBC, ITV, Universal, Screen Doncaster (Howard Johnson), Mawson & Wareham Music
Production Company:
Daisybeck Studios
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

Alan Hull was born in 1945 and died in 1995 so we had 50 years to cover, with a relatively short period when Alan and Lindisfarne were in the national spotlight.

We were working on a small budget so relied on archive experts who were happy to do a deep dive in the shortest time possible.

As well as Top of The Pops and Old Grey Whistle Test material a search of BBC archives also unearthed programmes which hadn’t seen the light of day since their transmission in the early 70s. Alan’s surprise appearance in a BBC2 play proved gold-dust as there was a clear absence of shots of him in non-performance mode.

BBC Newcastle’s librarian also found some incredible ‘before-he-was-famous’ black and white footage which even Alan’s family couldn’t remember. We also dug out the first ever Lindisfarne documentary, originally broadcast on Tyne Tees and never seen since.

Crucially, we received generous support from small archive providers who clearly had a great fondness for the project and for Alan. This ranged from footage of a live gig at St James’s Park stadium to a vast array of photographs, all provided free of charge.

King Rocker

Director:
Michael Cumming
Producer(s):
James Nicholls
Footage Archive Producer:
Stewart Lee
Archival Sources:
BBC Motion Gallery (Getty), ITV, MACE, Warner Music, Music Convoy
Production Company:
Krocker Film Ltd
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

Comedian Stewart Lee and director Michael Cumming (Brass Eye, Toast of London), investigate a missing piece of punk history: Robert Lloyd, best known for fronting cult Birmingham bands The Prefects and The Nightingales, has survived under the radar for over four decades.But how, if at all, does Robert want to be remembered? The anti-rockumentary King Rocker weaves the story of Birmingham’s undervalued underdog autodidact into that of the city’s forgotten public sculpture of King Kong, eschewing the celebrity interview and archive-raid approach for a free-associating bricolage of Indian food, bewildered chefs, vegetable gardening, prescription medicines, pop stardom and pop art.

Blitzed: The 80s Blitz Kids Story

Director:
Bruce Ashley, Michael Donald
Producer(s):
Ian Penman, Andy Woodford, Celia Moore
Footage Archive Producer:
Kalbir Dhillon
Archival Sources:
Getty, BBC, Homer Sykes - My British Archive, Nicola Tyson - Sadie Coles Gallery, Sheila Rock Photography
Production Company:
Get Blitzed Ltd.
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

In strife-torn 1979 Britain, against a backdrop of strikes, blackouts, racism and homophobia, out of one small London venue called The Blitz came a generation of outrageous teenagers, working-class and art school kids, who would define the look, the sound, the style and the attitude of the ‘80s & beyond. Inspired by David Bowie and driven by a gender-bending, genre-busting desire to make it, these penniless superstars in the making from Boy George & Culture Club to Spandau Ballet, Visage, Ultravox & Sade would go on to change the face of fashion, music, sexual expression and culture across the world. This is their story.

The Sparks Brothers

Director:
Edgar Wright
Producer(s):
Edgar Wright, Nira Park, George Hencken, Laura Richardson
Footage Archive Producer:
Kate Griffiths, Tess McNally-Watson
Archival Sources:
Getty Images (BBC), INA, Comet Films, DCMA, Retro Video
Production Company:
Complete Fiction Pictures Limited
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time? From acclaimed director Edgar Wright comes THE SPARKS BROTHERS, a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers/bandmates Ron and Russell Mael, celebrating the inspiring legacy of your favourite band’s favourite band.

Σε γνωρίζω από την όψη (By the light of thine eyes)

Director:
Konstantinos Pilavios
Producer(s):
Vasilis Karamitsanis
Footage Archive Producer:
Leonidas Liambeys, Lefteris Adamidis, Ilias Pantazis, Anastasis Fintzos-Vavlis
Archival Sources:
ERT, Netherlands Eye Film Museum, ELIA (Greek Literary and Historical Archive), International Committee of the Red Cross, Benaki Museum Athens
Production Company:
Committee Greece 2021, Animasyros
Country of Production:
Greece

Synopsis

To mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of modern Greece, this celebratory documentary imaginatively narrates two centuries of Greek history from the Greek war of Independence in 1821 up to the present.
Based on extensive archival research and expert historical evidence, the film highlights instances from Greece's military and political history, as was well as developments from the fields of science and arts, and the changes in everyday life across two centuries.
In essence, it narrates how Greece reached its current form: how the country went from revolutionary general Makriyiannis's famous quote, "This is what we fought for," through successes, adversities and setbacks, to today: a modern, democratic and European state.

Cinecittà, de Mussolini à la Dolce vita - Cinecittà, making of History

Director:
Emmanuelle Nobécourt
Producer(s):
Martin Laurent
Footage Archive Producer:
Carlo Degli Esposti, Nicola Serra, Andrea Romeo
Archival Sources:
Atelier des archives, INA, Gaumont Pathé Archives, Archive.org, Getty Image
Production Company:
Temps Noir, Palomar, Cinecittà-Luce
Country of Production:
France, Italy

Synopsis

From 1937 until the 1960s, from Scipion to La Dolce Vitta, Cinecittà was the real political laboratory in Italy.
As the country moved from fascism to economic miracle, Cinecittà became the symbolic epicentre of Italian society and the theatre of its representation.
In Cinecittà, directors managed to bypass political pressures, survived the war and its destructions, and faced American competition.
These challenges might have meant the end of Italian cinema.
On the contrary, it is in these difficulties that the filmmakers found the strength to create a leading form of art. A new kind of cinema that has been able to witness the Italian reality and has become its ambassador throughout the world.

Antoine The Fortunate

Director:
Nefin Dinc
Producer(s):
Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof, Clara Vuillermoz, Heinrich Mayer-Moroni, Nefin Dinç
Footage Archive Producer:
Charlotte de Luppé
Archival Sources:
Greek Film Library, Salt Turkey, Eye Institut - Holland, Antoine film archive, photographs, letters, diaries, sketches etc,
Production Company:
Anemon Productions, Les Films Du Balibari, EPO-Film
Country of Production:
Greece, France, Austria

Synopsis

Antoine the Fortunate tells the story of Antoine Köpe, a citizen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire born in 1897 in Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The film charts the rise and fall of the fortunes of this ordinary man and his family, who witnessed and survived the dramatic events leading to the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and creation of modern Turkey.

The documentary is based on Antoine’s personal memoirs. It also makes extensive use of his family archive, which he started as a child in the early 20th century and reveal an endlessly creative artist. This includes sketches, comic strips, newspaper clippings, family photographs, home movies, audio recordings, postcards and memorabilia he collected in an effort to capture snapshots of the changing world around him.

Colonia Dignidad: Eine deutsche Sekte in Chile [Colonia Dignidad: A Sinister Sect]

Director:
Wilfried Huismann, Annette Baumeister
Producer(s):
Gunnar Dedio, Regina Bouchehri, Daniela Bunster, Birgit Rasch
Footage Archive Producer:
Claudia Hentze
Archival Sources:
Archiv Colonia Dignidad / Villa Baviera, PROGRESS Film, AP Archive, Canal 13 (Chile), NBC
Production Company:
LOOKSfilm, Netflix, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Südwestrundfunk (SWR), ARTE
Country of Production:
Germany, United States

Synopsis

This 6-part Netflix documentary series tells the rise of Paul Schäfer; from a poor German lay preacher to one of the most powerful men in Latin America. After 40 brutal years as leader of the sect Colonia Dignidad, he was finally taken down by a group of Chilean boys, who were members of his sect. It is the story of the German sect, Colonia Dignidad; told through the eyes of those who lived in it, who endured it, who fought it.

For the first time, the series uses never-before-seen footage to also tell the story of Chilean boys who were held captive by Schäfer and who succeeded in doing what neither the German nor the Chilean justice systems could do: they forced Paul Schäfer to flee in 1997 and freed the colonists from 40 years of slavery.

Lotte Eisner - A Place, Nowhere

Director:
Timon Koulmasis
Producer(s):
Ilona Grundmann, Christophe Gougeon, Yann Brolli
Footage Archive Producer:
Timon Koulmasis, Céline Le Roux-Vincent
Archival Sources:
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Det Danske Filminstitut, Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek, Cinémathéque Francaise, Mémorial de la Shoa
Production Company:
Ilona Grundmann Filmproduction, Acqua Alta
Country of Production:
Germany, France

Synopsis

Lotte Eisner - A Place, Nowehere.
Lotte H. Eisner (1896-1983) was one of the most fascinating figures of the past century. Little known by the general public, the author of the celebrated essay L’Ecran démoniaque (The Demonic Screen) and curator in chief of the Cinémathèque Française was admired by Fritz Lang, Murnau, Stroheim, Sternberg, Chaplin, and Renoir, but also by Brecht, Man Ray and, later, Herzog and Wenders, Godard and Truffaut. Persecuted by the Nazis, living as a refugee in France, Lotte E. Eisner was an eternal exile. Or how History (of the twentieth century), the history of cinema and the life of a woman were aligned.

9/11: One Day in America: Told in Full

Director:
Daniel Bogado
Producer(s):
Caroline Marsden
Footage Archive Producer:
Peter Scott, Jack Penman, Fiammetta Luino, Anna Broadbent
Archival Sources:
CNN Collection / Naudet Brothers, Evan Fairbanks, Anthony Fioranelli, The Camera Planet Archive, Veritone / CBS News
Production Company:
72 Films
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

9/11: One Day in America tells the in-depth story of September 11th through the eyes of the witnesses, heroes and survivors. Made in collaboration with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to mark the 20th anniversary, this major new series charts the tragic day in unprecedented detail – from the first plane hitting the north tower to the last survivors being rescued from the rubble.

Episode one; As a hijacked plane hits the North Tower, we follow the first firefighters on the scene and their race against time to rescue the civilians trapped above. We also witness a businessman trying to save the life of a badly injured stranger. And as a second plane hits the South tower, no doubt remains: America is under attack.

Charlie Chaplin, the genius of liberty

Director:
Yves Jeuland
Producer(s):
Michel Rotman, Marie-Hélène Ranc
Footage Archive Producer:
Aude Vassallo
Archival Sources:
Pathé Gaumont, Lobster film, Roy Export, British Pathe, Library of Congress of USA
Production Company:
Kuiv Production
Country of Production:
France

Synopsis

Everyone knows and everyone loves Charlie Chaplin. Everyone, all over the world. For over a century, unalterable success. A genius of burlesque, Chaplin put all his talent at the service of an ideal of justice and freedom. His best screenplay was that of his own destiny, a destiny that is inscribed in the political and artistic history of the 20th century.
Charlie Chaplin, the genius of freedom: the first all-archival documentary dedicated to Charlot, nourished with anthology scenes from his most popular masterpieces and more surprising sequences, sometimes unknown, but just as pleasing. The combined pleasure of discovery and reunion.
For the first time, an all-archival documentary traces the fate of Charles Chaplin, a complete artist and public figure, the most popular man in the world.

Bruno v Tyson

Director:
Benjamin Hirsch, Kevin MacDonald
Producer(s):
Rick Murray
Footage Archive Producer:
James RM Hunt, Matt hew Phillip Price, Benjamin Hirsch
Archival Sources:
BBC, Sky Sports, Fremantle, ESPN, ABC
Production Company:
Workerbee
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

The story of Iron Mike Tyson, as the friend and enemy of Britain’s Frank Bruno. Both bred on the mean streets, they both used boxing as a way out. But their lives couldn’t have been more different.
This feature-length documentary charts the sensational highs and calamitous lows of two of the world’s most iconic black sportsmen, capped off with a reunion between the two foes; where they discuss life after the final bell. By award-winning director Kevin MacDonald and Benjamin Hirsch, we relive this legendary boxing rivalry, spanning two epic fights that were mired by vicious politics and volatile race relations.
Bruno had a boyhood dream to become Champion Of The World, but he had to downplay his heritage to be accepted by the establishment. Despite being defeated by Tyson, Frank became a national treasure. Meanwhile, the once invincible Tyson crashed and burned, losing his title, jailed for the rape of a beauty pageant contestant and despised by his countrymen.
With the Heavyweight king dethroned, Bruno seized his opportunity to finally grasp the title he had always dreamed of. But it was to be short lived, as Tyson was out of jail, and was gunning for Bruno and his title.

The Return: Life After Isis

Director:
Alba Sotorra Clua
Producer(s):
Alba Sotorra Clua, Vesna Cudic, Carles Torres
Footage Archive Producer:
Roxana Portase, Júlia Parés Fabrellas, Pau Galan Rosas
Archival Sources:
Anha TV, ABC News, A HBR, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Aerial Videography - Epic Drone Films CBS News
Production Company:
Alba Sotorra Productions, MetFilm, Sky
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

Alba Sotorra's exclusive access to Roj Camp in northeastern Syria brings us closer to the harsh reality of a group of Western women trapped by their past as members of ISIS.

Shamima Begum left the UK with two friends when she was only fifteen. American Hoda Muthana emigrated to Syria at nineteen, while inciting her Twitter followers to follow in her footsteps or commit attacks in the US. Alongside them, thousands of women who fell into the clutches of ISIS propaganda are crying out for a second chance at a fresh start in their home countries, while their governments remain impassive, blocking their repatriation. Their departure filled headlines around the world; now, their struggle for return has come back to haunt them, generating a debate that ignites passions in the West.

In an effort to observe without prejudice, Alba Sotorra portrays Shamima, Hoda, Hafida, Nawal and Kimberly with unprecedented closeness and intimacy as they tell their harrowing stories, revealing why they were drawn to ISIS, the horrors they experienced under its rule, their fears and their hopes for the future.

Memory Box: Echoes of 9/11

Director:
David Belton, Bjørn Johnson
Producer(s):
Hugo Godwin, Elizabeth Fischer
Footage Archive Producer:
James RM Hunt
Archival Sources:
Ruth Sergel – The personal testimonies of those affected by 9/11 collated in 2002/2003 in her project “Voices of 9.11.”, Dr Mark Heath footage from the bottom on the Tower after the collapse, Street level footage from Jameson Gong, The contributors personal archive, NBC News archive throughout the film
Production Company:
Dog and Duck, NBC News Studios, Yard 44
Country of Production:
United States, United Kingdom

Synopsis

“The Memory Box: Echoes of 9/11” is a feature documentary that tells the story of September 11th through a unique set of eyewitness testimonies, recorded in a small plywood video box in the months following the attacks. Twenty years later, the eyewitnesses return to the box to share their memories and reflect on America today. Bridging past and present, the film is a searingly emotional portrayal of hope, resilience and how to heal.

Launch! On the Sea with Scotland's Lifeboats

Director:
Shona Thomson
Producer(s):
Shona Thomson, Jen Skinner, Jack Lockhart
Footage Archive Producer:
Shona Thomson
Archival Sources:
RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive
Production Company:
A Kind of Seeing, Screen Argyll
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

A new cinematic release of archive film and video with an original immersive 5.1 surround soundtrack celebrating volunteer RNLI crews, created as a 2021 big-screen tour of archive film and relevant in-cinema activity to coastal communities across Scotland. For one of the very few times in its 200-year history, the much-loved RNLI has opened up its moving image archives to a professional curator/filmmaker for this special project with archive footage at its heart: https://launchonthesea.com.

Shona Thomson – FOCAL award-winner for her work on innovative platforms – has directed, researched and edited Launch! in a co-production with island-based Screen Argyll. The creative interplay in Shona’s work of archive film inspiring music continues her collaboration with sound artist and nature beatboxer Jason Singh as he assembled some of UK’s best contemporary musicians to compose and record the soundtrack in lockdown.

Launch! has been two years in the making with unprecedented archival access. 1960s colour promotional RNLI films and breath-taking digital video captured by crews’ helmet cameras in the past ten years out on the wild sea is interwoven with rare 1920s footage sourced from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive bringing home that it truly takes a community to launch a lifeboat.

Playing with Sharks

Director:
Sally Aitken
Producer(s):
Bettina Dalton
Footage Archive Producer:
Robyn Smith, Carl Reinecke, Lisa Savage, Natalia Mironova
Archival Sources:
Ron Taylor Film Productions, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Motion Gallery, The Footage Company Australia, NBC News Archives
Production Company:
A Wildbear Entertainment Production, National Geographic, Screen NSW, Dogwoof, TDOG
Country of Production:
Australia, United States, United Kingdom

Synopsis

A true pioneer in both underwater filmmaking and shark research, Valerie Taylor is a living legend and icon in the underwater world whose life’s work has become the basis for much of what we know about sharks today. Through remarkable underwater archival footage, along with interviews with Valerie herself, "Playing with Sharks," follows this daring ocean explorer’s trajectory from champion spearfisher to passionate shark protector.

Living Proof - A Climate Story

Director:
Emily Munro
Producer(s):
Emily Munro
Footage Archive Producer:
Emily Munro
Archival Sources:
National Library of Scotland
Production Company:
National Library of Scotland, Film Hub Scotland
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

In the year that Scotland hosts the UN’s climate change conference (COP26), curator and director Emily Munro searches for the roots of the climate crisis in our history. Archive footage from the National Library of Scotland evocatively portrays a country shaped by demands for energy and economic growth, while a dramatic soundtrack amplifies the voices of the past in powerful and unsettling ways.

The film reveals Scotland’s post-war history as seen through the lens of current debate, inviting audiences on a journey to revisit the promises of the past and consider how they relate to our future on this planet. Was climate change inevitable? Can we break free from a boom-and-bust mentality? Are we able to adapt to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for generations to come?

Featuring corporate voices, news reporters, protestors, and the general public, the footage spans the geography of Scotland, taking in the most treasured, contested and exploited parts of the country. Part found-footage mash-up and part archive collage, Living Proof features a soundtrack that traverses space and time, with contemporary Scottish artists Louise Connell, Brownbear and Post Coal Prom Queen sitting alongside music that appears in the archive itself.

Attica

Director:
Stanley Nelson, Traci A. Cur
Producer(s):
Marcia Smith, Vinnie Malhotra, Jihan Robinson
Footage Archive Producer:
Rosemary Rotondi
Archival Sources:
New York State Archive, Richard Nixon Presidential Library, major news network and affiliate news archives, college and university archives, stock footage archives such as Oddball Films in CA
Production Company:
Firelight Films, Showtime
Country of Production:
United States

Synopsis

In the fall of 1971, tensions between inmates and guards at the Attica Correctional Facility were at an all-time high due to worsening prison conditions. On the morning of September 9, it all came to a head when inmates erupted into one of the largest, deadliest prison riots ever witnessed.
On Sept. 9, 1971, over 1,200 inmates at the Attica correctional facility in Attica, NY, seized the yard at the maximum-security prison, took more than three dozen guards and civilian employees hostage, and demanded more humane treatment and better conditions. For five days, the world watched as TV news cameras covered the story from both outside and inside the prison, as journalists and a team of negotiators converged at the scene. But when law enforcement was ordered by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to retake Attica, the resulting massacre by state police left 29 inmates and 10 hostages dead. Before the smoke from the tear gas cleared, police tortured inmates behind the walls. No charges were ever brought against authorities for the killings of inmates and guards. It was the largest prison rebellion in U.S. history.

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

Director:
Marilyn Agrelo
Producer(s):
Trevor Crafts, Ellen Scherer Crafts, Lisa Diamond, Seth Needle, Mike Messina, Brian O'Shea/Nat McCormick, Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Mark Myers, Heather Kenyon, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller
Footage Archive Producer:
Rich Remsberg
Archival Sources:
ABC, CBC, Streamline Films, Temple University, Kino Library
Production Company:
HBO Documentary Films, Screen Media, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Macrocosm Entertainment
Country of Production:
United States

Synopsis

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street is a rare window into the early days of “Sesame Street,” revealing the creators, artists, writers and educators who together established one of the most influential and enduring children’s programs in television history. The documentary focuses on the first two experimental and groundbreaking decades of “Sesame Street,” highlighting this visionary “gang” that audaciously interpreted radical changes in society and engaged children in ways that entertained and educated in new and innovative ways.

This revealing documentary explores how the team incorporated groundbreaking puppetry, clever animation, short films, music, humour and cultural references into each episode, ensuring it was engaging enough to keep children and parents coming back, and never shying away from difficult conversations with children.

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, inspired by the New York Times’ bestselling book “Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street” by Michael Davis, features exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and over 20 original cast and creator interviews. They tell us in their own words about how “the gang” came together, staying committed to their original mission through decades of political and social change, and through it all maintaining a wicked sense of humour and joy.

Citizen Ashe

Director:
Rex Miller, Sam Pollard
Producer(s):
Steven Cantor, Anna Godas, Beth Hubbard, Rex Miller, Jamie Schutz
Footage Archive Producer:
Lizzy McGlynn, Hannah Shepard
Archival Sources:
John G. Zimmerman Archive, CBS/Veritone, Getty Images, USTA/Veritone, IMG/Wimbledon
Production Company:
Rexpix Media, CNN Films, HBO Max, Dogwoof Pictures, Stick Figure Productions
Country of Production:
United States, United Kingdom

Synopsis

Directors Rex Miller and Sam Pollard explore the enduring legacy of tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe, tracing his personal evolution from sports legend to global activist. His own words, and those closest to him, reveal his quiet determination to ‘use what he had to do what he could.’

Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Director:
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Producer(s):
Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein
Footage Archive Producer:
Lizzy McGlynn, Nadine Ng
Archival Sources:
Tulchin Estate
Production Company:
Searchlight Pictures, Onyx, Hulu,
Country of Production:
United States

Synopsis

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.