Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney is capping off his most acclaimed year yet (thanks to “Going Clear,” “Sinatra” and “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine”) by lending his love for cinema to the SundanceNow Doc Club. Gibney has curated an exclusive lineup of documentaries for the streaming service, including titles from Wim Wenders, Ross McElwee and Jonathan Demme.
The curation comes on the heels of the Doc Club getting exclusive rights Gibney’s 2008 Academy Award-winning film “Taxi to the Dark Side,” making it available digitally for the first time after many of its rights had been tied up for years in legal proceedings. The film explores the reckless abuse of power that influenced America’s policy on torture and interrogation during the War in Afghanistan.
In this gripping Oscar-nominated documentary, a Palestinian farmer risks it all to document his village’s resistance to Israeli settlements.
Directed by Louise Osmond & Jerry Rothwell
This intense, story of an around-the-world yachting race reveals how a set of lies destroyed a naive sailor’s hopes to achieve fame, glory, and riches.
“Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon”
Directed by Jean Jacques Flori and Stephane Tchal-Gadjieff
This powerful portrait of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti captures his fiery performances and political speeches that infuriated the corrupt Nigerian government.
Directed by Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders’ Oscar-nominated study of modern dance icon Pina Bausch features members of Bausch’s company performing her extraordinary dances in visually stunning locales.
Directed by Ross McElwee
McElwee’s most famous film finds him looking for love while retracing Sherman’s march. Winner of the 1987 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.
“The Sorrow and the Pity”
Directed by Marcel Ophüls
Marcel Ophuls’ Oscar-nominated documentary about the French government’s collaboration with Germany during the Nazi occupation is one of the most important cinematic documents of the horrors of World War Two.
“Stop Making Sense”
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme’s extraordinary film captures the Talking Heads at their peak and redefines the concert film genre.
The Thin Blue Line
Directed by Errol Morris
Billed as “the first movie mystery to ever solve a murder”, this gripping crime drama is regularly cited as one of the most important documentaries ever made.
“Last Train Home”
Directed by Lixin Fan
The hardships endured by a Chinese migrant worker family stand in for millions of families around China in this exploration of the impact of China’s growing economy.
Directed by Kevin Rafferty & Pierce Rafferty
This hilarious cult doc collects U.S. government propaganda of the 1950’s, designed to convince the public that nuclear weapons were “a gift from God.”
“Guerilla – The Taking of Patty Hearst”
Directed by Robert Stone
A gripping account of the Symbionese Liberation Army’s kidnapping of teenage heiress Patty Hearst, and the media frenzy that followed.
“Hell & Back Again”
Directed by Danfung Dennis
This Oscar-nominated doc explores the lingering effects of combat on Sgt. Nathan Harris, whose service in Afghanistan dealt him a devastating injury.