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In Theatres & On VOD: TO BE TAKEI

to be takeiComing to theatres and VOD tomorrow, Friday, August 22: TO BE TAKEI

Jennifer Kroot and Bill Weber’s profile of the beloved STAR TREK actor-turned-gay icon bowed at Sundance at the beginning of the year. It’s gone on to screen at Cleveland, River Run, Wisconsin, Hot Docs, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, DOXA, Seattle, Human Rights Watch, Revelation, Fantasia, and LGBT fests in Boston, Tel Aviv, Connecticut, San Francisco, Dayton, and Los Angeles, among others. In addition to its theatrical engagements it comes to several VOD platforms, including iTunes, Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, and Time Warner Cable.

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

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In Theatres: KINK

kinkComing to NYC’s IFC Center this Friday, August 22: KINK

Christina Voros’ behind-the-scenes look at fetish pornography had its world premiere at Sundance last year. It went on to screen at DOC NYC, Seattle, Stockholm, NewFest, and Frameline, among others.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On Cable & In Theatres: CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART

captivated newComing to HBO tonight, Monday, August 18 and in NYC and LA theatres through this Thursday, August 21: CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART

Jeremiah Zagar’s revisitation of an infamous smalltown murder trial had its debut at Sundance at the beginning of the year. It went on to screen at Nantucket, Hot Docs, Sarasota, True/False, and Full Frame, among others.

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

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Dokufest 2014 Overview

imagesRunning tomorrow, Saturday, August 16 through Sunday, August 24 in the Kosovar city of Prizren, Dokufest turns 13 with its latest curated selection of nonfiction from around the globe. Featuring more than 80 feature docs, the festival holds several competitions, recognizing international work, human rights, environmental, and regional cinema, as well as non-competitive special programs exploring religion, music, technology, experimental cinema, American, and Austrian themes, among others, plus several retrospectives and tributes honoring Barbara Kopple, Steve James, Michael Glawogger, and others. The following shines a spotlight on some of the less-covered films in this year’s lineup: Continue reading

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In Theatres: MR X: A VISION OF LEOS CARAX

mr leos caraxComing to theatres tomorrow, Friday, August 15: MR X: A VISION OF LEOS CARAX

Tessa Louise-Salomé’s profile of the distinctive French auteur debuted at Sundance this year. It went on to screen at Rotterdam, JeonJu, Stockholm, New Orleans French Film Festival, Sydney Underground, and Moscow, among others.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Sarajevo 2014: Documentary Overview

sarajevo-film-festival-2014This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Sarajevo Film Festival, an event born in the strife of the Bosnian War while the city was still under siege. Since then, the fest has grown to be recognized as the most important film event in its region. Beginning tomorrow, Friday, August 15 and running through Saturday, August 23, the festival will screen over 200 total films, with nearly 40 feature docs represented. Among the latter are the following: Continue reading

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In Theatres & On VOD: DINOSAUR 13

dinosaur 13Coming to theatres and to VOD this Friday, August 15: DINOSAUR 13

Todd Miller’s chronicle of a paleontological discovery made its debut at Sundance at the beginning of the year. It’s gone on to screen at Traverse City, Sydney, Melbourne, and its local setting of the Black Hills. In addition to theatrical engagements, it will be available on VOD platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, and Vudu.

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

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Locarno 2014: Documentary Overview

imagesTomorrow, Wednesday, August 6, is the kick off for the 67th edition of the Locarno Film Festival, which unspools approximately 100 features over the next ten days. The long running Summer event continues to surprise, positioned to introduce its eclectic fare in advance of the major Fall festivals when some of their selections will come to North America for the first time. In contrast to some of the other A-list fests, the Swiss festival affords significant space in its slate for nonfiction and hybrid work – approximately 30 features this year – with such offerings typically appearing spread throughout its sections rather than relegated to one ghettoized program. The following spotlights some of this work: Continue reading

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On VOD: RICH HILL

RichHill2Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, August 5: RICH HILL

Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s intimate profile of three boys in a struggling rural town debuted at Sundance, where it won the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize this January. Its fest circuit has included Nantucket, True/False, Dallas, Cleveland, Sarasota, and Ashland, among others.

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

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In Theatres: WEB JUNKIE

web junkieComing to NYC’s Film Forum this Wednesday, August 6: WEB JUNKIE

Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia’s exploration of China’s response to so-called Internet addiction had its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year. It’s gone on to screen at Miami, Dallas, Melbourne, Traverse City, Revelation, One World, Hong Kong, ZagrebDox, Göteborg, and DOXA, among others.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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