Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. In this documentary, Richard traces his journey from his troubled childhood, when he began losing his vision to present day as he relentlessly pursues perfection while struggling with the reality that his biggest weakness might also be his greatest strength. Directed by Luke Korem.
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OFF THE RAILS tells the remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes. As a boy in Queens, NY, Darius found sanctuary from school bullies in the subway. There he befriended transit workers who taught him to drive trains. By age 8, he memorized the entire subway system. At 15, he drove a packed train 8 stops by himself, making all the stops and announcements.
Over the next three decades, Darius commandeered hundreds of trains and buses, staying en route and on schedule, without ever getting paid. He attended transit worker union meetings, lobbying for better pay and working conditions for a union he didn’t belong to. Although Darius has never damaged any property or hurt anyone in his decades of service, he has spent 23 years in maximum security prison. Darius’ recidivism embodies the criminal justice system’s failure to channel the passions of a harmless, mentally challenged man into a productive career and purposeful life. Directed by Adam Irving.
Original score by Duncan Thum and Steve Gernes. Additional music by Sean Sumwalt.
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, directed by Justin Krook, is a heart-pumping yet heart-wrenching documentary about one of the most eminent DJs working today: Steve Aoki. In the lead-up to Aoki's biggest show of his career, this introspective doc examines the driving force behind his passion: Rocky Aoki, daredevil showman, Benihana founder, and Steve's looming father figure.
Original score by Duncan Thum. Additional music by Tyler Sabbag.
The New Hustle is a feature-length documentary that follows the personal journey of three of Australia's most successful startups. In a world where the vast majority of startups fail, the film explores what makes this group of founders different. Directed by Patrick Moreau. Visit IMDB or the official The New Hustle website for screening information.
Original Music by Duncan Thum and Tyler Sabbag.
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The often outrageous theatricality at the heart of professional wrestling gets unpacked and unconventionally reassembled in Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana, a profile of the Seattle Semi-Pro Wrestlers and the disruptive tactics pursued by a rogue member. More info here.
Original score by Duncan Thum and Steve Gernes.
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A 40,000 year old human heritage in Western Australia is threatened by development. Five people explore indigenous beliefs and their connection with a remote region the size of California, called the Kimberley.
Original score by Duncan Thum, feat. Chloe Thum (vocals) and Morgan Gerstmar (viola).