Category Archives: Documentary

On VOD: FOR GRACE

FORGRACE-KEYComing to VOD today, Tuesday, February 2: FOR GRACE

Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski’s portrait of a driven chef made its debut at SXSW last year. Other fests have included DOC NYC, Nashville, Hot Docs, Bentonville, Documentary Edge, Seattle, SF Doc Fest, Melbourne, Chicago, and Tallgrass. The doc now comes to iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and other VOD platforms via FilmBuff.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
Already recognized with two Michelin stars, chef Curtis Duffy has grander ambitions for his latest venture, Grace. If Duffy has his way, his new Chicago restaurant will receive three stars, and be recognized as the best in the country. But first, he has to open Grace to his exacting standards, and this perfectionism will come at a great personal cost. FOR GRACE expertly blends Duffy’s tragic personal story with an inside look at the world of luxury dining.

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On DVD: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

takemetotheriverComing to DVD this Friday, February 5: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

Martin Shore’s celebration of Memphis soul music premiered at SXSW last year, winning an audience award. The doc also screened at Nashville, deadCENTER, Maine, Sonoma, and Documentary Edge, among other events.

I previously wrote about the doc here

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On VOD: GAME FACE

GAMEFACE-KEYComing to VOD today, Monday, February 1: GAME FACE

Michiel Thomas’ look at the coming out process of two LGBT athletes made its bow at the Miami LGBT film fest last year. In addition to DOC NYC, it toured extensively on the LGBT circuit, including Frameline, QDoc, Inside Out, FilmOut San Diego, Vancouver, Real Affirmations, Mix Copenhagen, and Austin, among others. The doc now premieres exclusively on VOD on Netflix before expanding to other platforms including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Prime tomorrow.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
While societal acceptance of LGBT people has grown significantly in recent years, resistance remains in certain domains, such as the sports world. GAME FACE follows two athletes who are contemplating coming out: Mixed Martial Artist Fallon Fox, a transgender woman who worries about unwanted media scrutiny, and Terrence Clemens, an up-and-coming college basketball player seeking redemption for past mistakes. Michiel Thomas captures their struggles and triumphs as they navigate the fraught terrain of living their lives openly in the public eye.

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Special Screening: OXD: ONE EXTRAORDINARY DAY

OXDONEEXTRAORDINARYDAY-KEYComing to NYC’s Stranger Than Fiction series tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2: OXD: ONE EXTRAORDINARY DAY

Craig Lowy’s chronicle of an ambitious series of performance spectacles made its bow at DOC NYC last year. It now opens Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen’s Winter season of their popular IFC Center doc series.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
Elizabeth Streb’s Extreme Action Company has been thrilling audiences around the world since 1985, but never before have they attempted to pull off something as challenging as One Extraordinary Day, a centerpiece culture event celebrating the London Summer Olympics. Craig Lowy’s exhilarating film follows the Brooklyn troupe from auditions, through rehearsals, to the performance of seven death-defying dance spectacles on some of the UK capital’s most famous landmarks, including Millennium Bridge and the London Eye.

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On TV: NO MÁS BEBÉS

NOMASBEBES-KEYComing to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, February 1: NO MÁS BEBÉS

Renee Tajima-Peña’s investigation of forced sterilizations of Latina immigrants had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year. Its circuit also included DOC NYC, Ambulante CA, Austin, and various university and conference screenings.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
When Latina immigrants checked into Los Angeles County hospital to give birth in the 1960s and ’70s, the last thing they expected was to leave sterilized. Was there informed consent, as the physicians who performed the procedures maintain, or was this part of an insidious, racially motivated plan to limit the population of an unwelcome minority? With the help of a hospital whistle-blower, a fearless young lawyer takes on the medical establishment to seek justice for these courageous women.

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2016 Sundance Awards

sundance 2016While the 2016 edition of the Sundance Film Festival officially still has a full day of screenings ahead, tonight saw the essential end of the event with the annual awards ceremony. w(n)td will resume regular posting starting Monday, but until then, a summary of the awards announcement follows: Continue reading

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Special Note: w(n)td & 2016 Sundance

sundance 2016Tonight, Thursday, January 21, sees the kickoff for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, for which I’m a Documentary Programming Associate. For that reason, w(n)td will be on haitus for the duration of the festival, which runs through Sunday, January 31, with normal daily weekday posting to resume on Monday, February 1.

Follow me on Twitter, to keep up with Sundance, and also follow my Sundance filmmaker class of 2016 Twitter list to experience the festival through the eyes of this year’s filmmakers.

To catch up with Sundance doc programming, here are links to my series of 2016 Sundance documentary profiles, divided by festival section:

US Documentary Competition
kate plays christineAUDRIE & DAISY

AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY

THE BAD KIDS

GLEASON

HOLY HELL

HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD (AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN’T CHANGE)

JIM

KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE (pictured)

KIKI

LIFE, ANIMATED

NEWTOWN

NUTS!

SUITED

TRAPPED

UNCLE HOWARD

WEINER

World Cinema Documentary Competition
lovers and the despotALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

A FLAG WITHOUT A COUNTRY

HOOLIGAN SPARROW

THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED

THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT (pictured)

PLAZA DE LA SOLEDAD

THE SETTLERS

SKY LADDER: THE ART OF CAI GUO-QIANG

SONITA

TICKLED

WE ARE X

WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE

Documentary Premieres
nothing left unsaidBECOMING MIKE NICHOLS

EAT THAT QUESTION – FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS

FILM HAWK

LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD

MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES

MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE

MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL

NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU

NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER (pictured)

RESILIENCE

RICHARD LINKLATER: DREAM IS DESTINY

UNDER THE GUN

UNLOCKING THE CAGE

New Frontier
camerapersonCAMERAPERSON (pictured)

THE ILLINOIS PARABLES

NOTES ON BLINDNESS

 

 

Special Events
ojAMERICAN EPIC

CHELSEA DOES

OJ: MADE IN AMERICA (pictured)

 

 

Park City at Midnight
blackoutTHE BLACKOUT EXPERIMENTS

 

 

 

 

Sundance Kids
eagle huntressTHE EAGLE HUNTRESS

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