Here are 11 new and new-ish documentaries now streaming that offer interesting, frustrating and downright sad stories about cities.
Bill Cunningham New York
2010, 84 minutes
Directed by Richard Press
A film about octogenarian and New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, who rides his bike around New York City taking pictures of clothes and the people – both ordinary and extraordinary – who wear them. A unique look at the changing fashions of one of the world’s centers of culture.
2010, 99 minutes
Directed by Lucy Walker and Karen Harley
A look at the lives of the Brazilian garbage pickers who collect recyclables and other valuable materials from the recently closed Jardim Gramacho landfill in Rio de Janeiro. Artist Vik Muniz collaborates with the garbage pickers to create massive portraits constructed out of refuse from the dump.
The Art of the Steal
2009, 101 minutes
Directed by Don Argott
The tale of the impressive collection of post-impressionist paintings owned by Dr. Albert Barnes, and how, despite explicit instructions in his will against it, the collection was eventually moved from its semi-private suburban location into a brand new museum (recently opened) in downtown Philadelphia.