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On Cable: DREAMCATCHER

dreamcatcherComing to Showtime tomorrow, Friday, March 27: DREAMCATCHER

Kim Longinotto’s candid look at a woman’s mission to help others out of exploitation had its world premiere at Sundance this year, winning the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award. It has gone on to screen at Rotterdam, Glasgow, ZagrebDox, Thessaloniki, and One World.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Cinéma du Reél 2015 Overview

imgresCinéma du Reél, the documentary festival of Paris, opens its 37th edition tonight, Thursday, March 19, and continues through Sunday, March 30. While programming remains geared to visual anthropology, this year’s event also has stated an openness to flexible considerations of nonfiction forms, represented by opening night selection AUSTERLITZ, a hybrid by Stan Neumann which draws inspiration from a novel by WG Sebald. The event’s various special screenings, retrospectives, and tributes – covering a range of creators from Haskell Wexler to Amit Dutta, and exploring nonfiction from China to Greece – also attempt to bridge the past with the future. The focus below, however, remains on the newer films in the fest’s lineup, as represented in its three feature competition sections: Continue reading

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Cleveland 2015: Documentary Overview

imagesThe 39th Cleveland International Film Festival kicks off tonight, Wednesday, March 18, and runs through Sunday, March 30. One of the nation’s best regional film events, the festival takes over the Ohio city with an impressive showcase of nearly 200 feature films and more than 200 shorts. The following offers a brief overview of the event’s feature documentary slate, broken down by the many competitions featured in the fest. Continue reading

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New Directors/New Films 2015: Documentary Overview

nd nfThis year’s New Directors/New Films, a collaboration between the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, kicks off this Wednesday, March 18, and runs through Sunday, March 29. 2015’s 44th edition of the Spring favorite showcases 26 features from emerging filmmakers. Sadly, the nonfiction offerings, which never make up a large percentage of the event’s programming, have been halved relative to last year, with only two documentaries and one hybrid making the cut:

westernTwo made their debut at Sundance this past January: The Ross Brothers’ WESTERN (pictured), which looks at the way two border towns deal with the threat of cartel violence; and Stevan Riley’s LISTEN TO ME MARLON, a textured biographical portrait of Marlon Brando. The third, Simone Rapisarda Casanova’s hybrid THE CREATION OF MEANING, which was awarded at its premiere in Locarno, focuses on a Tuscan shepherd’s struggle with the encroachment of modernity on his way of life.

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In Theatres: DREAMCATCHER

dreamcatcherComing to theatres today, Friday, March 13: DREAMCATCHER

Kim Longinotto’s intimate look at a woman on a mission debuted at Sundance earlier this year, where it picked up the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award. Other fest engagements have included Rotterdam, Glasgow, ZagrebDox, and the upcoming Thessaloniki and One World.

My pre-Sundance profile of the doc may be found here.

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In Theatres: GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

going clearComing to theatres today, Friday, March 13: GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

Alex Gibney’s exposé of the controversial organization/church made its debut at Sundance earlier this year. Its fest circuit includes True/False, Big Sky, and the upcoming Martha’s Vineyard.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2015 Overview

thessaTomorrow, Friday, March 13 marks the opening of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, which sees its 17th edition run through Sunday, March 22. While I’ve been fortunate to attend the past few years, I’m taking a break this time around. The following section overview offers highlights of new and recent films that I would try to see, were I to be heading to Greece:

 

 

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