FREE SOLO
2018, National Geographic, 100 min, USA, Dir: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

For Alex Honnold, rock climbing without ropes or safety equipment is not just a hobby, but a lifelong obsession that puts his desire for achievement in a constant struggle with his own mortality. In this thrilling and spectacular documentary, filmmakers Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (MERU) follow Alex as he embarks on his most unbelievable feat yet: becoming the first person to free solo the 3,000 feet granite wall of El Capitan. Charting his careful preparations leading up to the breathtaking final ascent, FREE SOLO is equal parts a nerve-racking thriller and a thoughtful character study. Winner of the People’s Choice Documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival and a 2019 Oscar nominee.


RBG
2018, Magnolia Pictures, 98 min, Dir: Julie Cohen, Betsy West

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song (Diane Warren’s "I'll Fight").


EATING ANIMALS
2017, IFC Films, 94 min, Dir: Christopher Dillon Quinn

Based on the best-selling book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, this documentary is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the United States, the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate Frankenstein’s monster that offers cheap eggs, meat and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of our air, soil and water. Spotlighting farmers who have pushed back against industrial agriculture with more humane practices, EATING ANIMALS offers attainable, common-sense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal-rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives.


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