A curated series of exceptional documentaries, Depot Docs brings groundbreaking films, and the people who make them, to the Hudson Valley. With filmmakers in attendance to field your questions, each screening is like a personal film festival.
The Bad Kids
Friday, June 16th, 7:30 p.m.
Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for students at risk of dropping out. Every student here has fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. Black Rock is their last chance.
The Bad Kids is an observational documentary that chronicles one extraordinary principal’s mission to realize the potential of these students whom the system has deemed lost causes. Employing a verité approach during a year at the school, our film follows Principal Vonda Viland as she coaches three at-risk teens––a new father who can’t support his family, a young woman grappling with sexual abuse, and an angry young man from an unstable home––through the traumas and obstacles that rob them of their spirit and threaten their goal of a high school diploma. Click here for trailer.
“Perceptive and persuasive… an insightful, affecting film.” –The Hollywood Reporter
best of enemies
Friday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed, and a new era in public discourse was born. Click here for trailer.
Friday, January 13, 7:30 p.m.
Special guests, co-directors: Tyler & Araby Kelly
In 1960, Bob and Nancy Griffith set out on their 53-foot sailboat to chase a dream: to be free - free from bosses, rent, and red tape. From that moment they were wedded to the sea, steering their 53-foot cutter Awahnee literally to the ends of the earth. They spent the decades of the 1960s and 70s sailing to places no small boat ever had been before, raising three children at sea, and navigating the relentless pull of family and adventure.
Combining recent interviews with 16-millimeter home movies
shot by Nancy on location from Antarctica to Polynesia,
Following Seas is not only a story of world records and sailing feats, but of a family who truly lived a self-determined life and made the sacrifices their dream demanded.
A real-life Swiss Family Robinson...
with one riveting adventure after another.
- Film School Rejects
Directed by Josh Kreigman, who will be joining us for a Q&A after the film
"Hilarious...like a Spinal Tap of politics... It's the full package." - New York Post
"Mind-blowing... One of the best documentaries ever made about a political scandal." - Rolling Stone
"Fast, funny, insightful and outrageous - politics at its insane best." - Vanity Fair
the hand that feeds
At their local bakery cafe, residents of New York's Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.