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Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli
A portrait of two of the world’s most influential designers, whose work encompasses thing from graphics and interiors to corporate identities.
Eames: The Architect and the Painter
Showcasing the life and work of America’s most important industrial designers; the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames.
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
Exploring the life and career of Julius Shulman; widely regarded by experts as the greatest architectural photographer.
Ken Burns: American Lives – Frank Lloyd Wright
This two-part documentary tells the story of America’s greatest architect. A man who’s exceptional life, revolutionary designs, buildings, and ideas changed the way we live.
This 1958 film pays tribute to the people who design in America. It offers a look into the architecture, interiors, furniture, product, and technology that is iconic 1950s.
Herb & Dorothy
Tells the extraordinary story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.
A film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface and how it affects our lives.
Bill Cunningham New York
A profile of the legendary and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer.
Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight
Known for co-founding New York Magazine and creating the I Love NY campaign, the full breadth of Glaser’s remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary.
Vidal Sassoon: The Movie
Vidal Sassoon emerges from humble beginnings to revolutionize the art of hairstyling. He’s an artist and craftsman who “changed the world with a pair of scissors.”
A Model for Matisse
Explore the friendship between Henri Matisse and Sister Jacques-Marie, the Dominican nun who inspired him to create some of his best-loved works.
A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.
Artists and craftsmen meet at a museum and print shop in rural Wisconsin to practice modern designs and traditional techniques.
Cutie and the Boxer
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko.
Everything Must Change – Piet Zwart
A documentary about Piet Zwart (1885-1977), a designer who lived for innovation and prepared the way for the international success that is now known as Dutch Design.
Gary Hustwit’s film looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and explores a diverse range of urban design projects around the world.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.
How to Make a Book with Steidl
Gerhard Steidl stands as one of the few remaining publishers to maintain an unwavering commitment to the quality and craftsmanship of the printed book.
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Filmmaker Thierry Guetta’s project to chronicle the underground world of street art takes a fascinating twist when he meets graffiti artist Banksy.
Linotype: The Film
A documentary about the Linotype typecasting machine. Called the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ by Thomas Edison, it revolutionized printing and society.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei uses social media and art to inspire protests and suffers government persecution for his actions.
Between the Folds
The stories of 10 fine artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who forge unconventional lives as modern-day paper-folders.
Just Like Being There
Nearly 50 years after the first iconic concert posters, meet contemporary artists who’ve brought gig posters into the mainstream.
Art & Copy
A powerful film about advertising and inspiration. It reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time.
Celebrating the hand-painted sign industry, an American tradition. This film explores a fascinating insight into a highly specialized underground trade.
Exposes the growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late ’70s and early ’80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and and breakdancing.
The Visual Language of Herbert Matter
A revealing look at the fascinating life story of the highly influential mid-century modern design master.
Gerhard Richter Painting
Renowned German painter Gerhard Richter reveals his fascinating creative process and unique methods.
Sketches of Frank Gehry
An intimate portrait of the rule breaking and controversial architect, directed by his longtime friend and supporter Sydney Pollack.
Celebrates the independent spirit of D.I.Y. culture, detailing how a group of like-minded American artists emerged from the underground in the early 1990s.
The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story
Follows the life and career of the accomplished caricature artist Al Hirschfeld, who rose to prominence drawing caricatures of actors and celebrities starting in the 1920s.
How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?
The film traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.
The Cool School
How LA learned to love modern art. A lesson in how a few renegade artists built an art scene from scratch.
The Many Lives of William Klein
One of the world’s most influential photographers, William Klein pioneered the art of street photography and created profoundly iconic fashion images of the 20th century.
Beauty Is Embarassing
A funny and inspiring documentary featuring the life and times of one of America’s most important artists, Wayne White.
Future by Design
Shares the life and far-reaching vision of Jacque Fresco, who some consider to be a modern-day Da Vinci.
Teaching to See
A film about patient and dedicated teaching, about learning to look and visualize in order to design, and about the importance of drawing.
Clean Lines, Open Spaces
This documentary looks at mid-century modern architecture and how the post World War II building boom brought modern design into our homes.
The Successor of Kakiemon
Follows the Japanese family that has been transforming everyday pottery into the world famous mythical Kakiemon porcelain for over 400 years.
Explores how the digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed the creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way.
Print the Legend
The next technological revolution is here. Follow the people who are racing to bring 3D printing to consumers.
An inventor tries to solve one of the greatest mysteries of art; how 17th-century Johannes Vermeer achieved such photographic realism in his paintings.
The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
Explores the life of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who became an international sensation in the worlds of modern art and radical politics.
Traveling along the Pacific North West coastline, this film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies.
Design the New Business
A film dedicated to investigating how designers and businesspeople are working together in new ways to solve the problems facing business today.
Finding Vivian Maier
The life and work of a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs made her one of the most accomplished street photographers.
Why Beauty Matters
Contemporary philosopher Roger Scruton presents a fascinating argument for the importance of beauty in our art and in our lives.
John Portman: A Life of Building
Examines the work and legacy of one of the world’s most daring and influential architects, whose buildings have redefined the cityscapes around the world.
Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
A mesmerizing and intimate portrait of Marina Abramović, a woman who draws no distinction between life and art.