Picks of the week:

The filmmaker's spirit is indomitable. Whether they be world renowned animators, Swedish masters, or trailer park dwellers, this week's picks define what filmmaking means and where that passion comes from. Here are three films that highlight filmmakers who speak from the heart.

Why we picked this doc:

A major influence to Coppola, Scorcese, Allen, Iñárritu, Von Trier, and many more, Ingmar Bergman was a huge force in pushing film into the widespread phenomenon it is today. Delightfully informative, this documentary covers Bergman's life and career through his many films with interviews by some of the most significant directors of the past 40 years.

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Why we picked this doc:

Former teenage actor of popular films such as Detroit Rock City and American History X, Giuseppe Andrews has since become a prolific exploitation filmmaker with all his films being set in and around the trailer park where he lives. Giuseppe's world is a whirlwind, and this doc highlights the excitement, love, and bond that comes with making films whether they are good or bad or straight up raunchy.

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Why we picked this doc:

Studio Ghibli is the world renowned studio that has generated some of the most famous 2D animated films of all time: Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, all directed by Hayao Miyazaki. With surprising candidness from all the subjects, this doc is an exemplary insight of the bold creativity that has driven the famous studio to its success for so many years.

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