2013, 89 min, USA/Italy, Dir: Nicholas D. Wrathall

Scion of a political family and a prodigiously gifted writer, Gore Vidal fit right into high society - except for his penchant to say what was on his mind. Vidal was among the sharpest critics of post-war America, and this thought provoking and entertaining documentary illuminates his life, work and politics with archival footage and recent one-on-one interviews filled with rapier wit.

2005, Sony Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: Bennett Miller

Bennett Miller’s procedural about the writing of In Cold Blood is no conventional biopic but a moving and provocative account of the creative process. In an Academy Award-winning performance, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Truman Capote as a charming but ruthlessly self-interested man for whom everything - even friendship and love - is at its core raw material for his art. Chris Cooper and Catherine Keener give rich supporting performances, and Dan Futterman’s literate script is both thrillingly entertaining and unsettlingly dark.

2014, 86 min, USA, Dir: Kate Geis

Among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, Paul Taylor has been reinventing the roles of music, movement and theme in dance for nearly 60 years. This fascinating documentary offers a rare glimpse at the iconoclastic artist’s creative process as Taylor and his dance company stage a new work, “Three Dubious Memories,” about a relationship recalled very differently by its three participants.

“In the beginning there was Martha Graham, who changed the form. Then there was Merce Cunningham, who showed us dance’s heart. And then, Paul Taylor, who let the sun shine in." – Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

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