Category Archives: Film Festivals

Special Screening: WATCHERS OF THE SKY

watchers of skyComing to the JCC in Manhattan’s CineMatters series this Wednesday, October 1: WATCHERS OF THE SKY

Edet Belzberg’s meditation on genocide had its world premiere at Sundance this year, where it picked up two awards. It’s gone on to screen at Nantucket, Cleveland, Hot Docs, Milwaukee, Melbourne, Sydney, and Human Rights Watch, among other events.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: IVORY TOWER

ivory towerComing to DVD this coming Tuesday, September 30: IVORY TOWER

Andrew Rossi’s look at the rising cost of higher education had its world premiere at Sundance this year. It’s gone on to Sarasota, Miami, Seattle, Full Frame, Cleveland, and Montclair, among others.

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

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New York Film Festival 2014: Documentary Overview

imgres-2For New York cinephiles, Fall truly hasn’t begun until the start of the New York Film Festival. The 52nd edition of the venerable event kicks off this Friday, September 26 and runs through Sunday, October 12. While the festival was never particularly nonfiction-minded under the long tenure of Richard Peña, that has changed drastically in recent years, with documentaries now claiming a significant portion of the lineup – by my count, nearly half of the new features represented are documentaries or essay films. The following runs down several of these works: Continue reading

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Urbanworld 2014: Documentary Overview

urbanworld_2014-hdrThe 18th edition of Urbanworld Film Festival launches in NYC tonight, Wednesday, September 17. Over five days, the festival will showcase over 70 films by African American and multicultural filmmakers, including eight documentaries among its 26 feature presentations.

SEWINGHOPE_Still_Sister_Rose1Premieres include Marquis Smalls’ hereHATING OBAMA, an exploration of the invective directed against our Commander-in-Chief; Derek Wilson’s SEWING HOPE (pictured), about a nun’s mission to empower Ugandan women through vocational training; and Kenneth Price’s THE HIP-HOP FELLOW, which follows 9th Wonder during his stint as a Harvard Fellow.

FindingSamuelLowe1-240_smOther nonfiction offerings include: Adeyemi Michael’s hereSODIQ, exploring how an aspiring doctor ended up on trial for murder; Alberto Ferreras’ HABLA MEN, the latest in a series on Latino Americans; Jeanette Kong’s FINDING SAMUEL LOWE: FROM HARLEM TO CHINA (pictured), tracing the filmmaker’s Jamaican-Chinese roots; and Laura Checkoway’s LUCKY, about a single lesbian mother with dreams of stardom.

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In Theatres: 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

20000 daysComing to NYC’s Film Forum today, Wednesday, September 17: 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s hybrid portrait of Nick Cave debuted at Sundance this year, where it picked up the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award. It went on to Berlin, Sydney, True/False, Seattle, San Francisco, and IFF Boston, among others.

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

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On VOD: IVORY TOWER

ivory towerComing to VOD today, September 16: IVORY TOWER

Andrew Rossi’s exploration of the cost of higher education premiered at Sundance earlier this year. It went on to Sarasota, Miami, Seattle, Ashland, Full Frame, Cleveland, and Montclair, among others. It was released on iTunes last week and now comes to other digital platforms.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL?

dayaniComing to DVD today, Tuesday, September 9: WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL?

Marc Silver’s intimate look at immigration debuted at Sundance last year, winning the World Cinema Documentary Cinematography Award. Its festival circuit also included Hot Docs, San Sebastian, San Diego Latino, Abu Dhabi, Zurich, Rome, Miami, and the New York Film Festival, among others.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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