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Brooklyn Film Festival 2015: Documentary Overview

BFF_logoThe Brooklyn Film Festival returns for its 18th edition tomorrow, Friday, May 29, presenting 109 films before it wraps up on Sunday, June 7, curated by new director of programming Bryce Renninger from a record number of film submissions. Among these are the following ten feature documentaries, which premiered at several notable film events and now come to NYC via BFF: Continue reading

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On VOD: HOT GIRLS WANTED

hot girls wantedComing to VOD this Friday, May 29: HOT GIRL WANTED

Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus’ candid exploration of the amateur porn industry made its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year. Other screenings have included the Miami film festival, Indiana University, and the Kinsey Institute. It now comes to VOD exclusively through Netflix.

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

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Seattle 2015: Documentary Overview

imagesOne of the world’s lengthiest film events, the Seattle International Film Festival kicks off three weeks of programming tonight, Thursday, May 14. More than 72 new and recent documentary features will screen through the wrap up of the festival’s 41st edition on Sunday, June 7. While the bulk of these represents standout selections culled from the recent line-ups of other notable events, from Toronto and Berlin to Sundance and SXSW, Seattle also showcases a number of less familiar and some brand new titles as well. The following primarily focuses on these: Continue reading

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Cannes 2015: Documentary Overview

imgres-1Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, sees the launch of the 68th edition of Cannes, the most prestigious film festival in the world – at least for fiction films. Once again, the event’s organizers, as well as those of the concurrent independently-run events, Directors’ Fortnight and International Critics’ Week, barely acknowledge that nonfiction is capable of more than just inside baseball film biographies. Out of 54 features in the Official Selection, there are merely two documentaries, both out of competition. None are in Un Certain Regard or the Special Screenings sections, and instead, as usual, shore up the retrospective and cinephilic Cannes Classics sidebar. Between the independent events, there is only one doc, in Directors’ Fortnight, with none appearing in International Critics’ Week. A rundown of all of these follows: Continue reading

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DOK.fest Munich 2015 Overview

urlReturning for its 30th edition, DOK.fest Munich begins tonight, Thursday, May 7, and runs through Sunday, May 17. More than one hundred documentary features will unspool over the course of the event, which runs three days longer than last year’s fest, including the following highlights:

 

 

 

 

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On DVD: CONCERNING VIOLENCE

concerning violenceComing to DVD today, Tuesday, May 5: CONCERNING VIOLENCE

Göran Hugo Olsson’s meditation on African colonialism made its bow at Sundance last year. Screenings followed at Berlin, Goteborg, Hong Kong, Planete+ Doc, Sydney, BAMcinemaFest, Sarajevo, Busan, New Zealand, Vancouver, CPH:DOX, and IDFA, among others.

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

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On HBO: KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

kurt cobainComing to HBO this coming Monday, May 4: KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

Brett Morgen’s intimate biography of the late music icon debuted at Sundance in January. Other festival appearances have included Berlin, Miami, Dublin, Full Frame, and Hot Docs.

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

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