Category Archives: Film Festivals

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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On DVD/VOD: FED UP

fed upComing to DVD and VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, September 9: FED UP

Stephanie Soechtig’s provocative investigation into America’s obesity epidemic debuted at Sundance this January. Screenings followed at San Francisco, Hot Docs, Martha’s Vineyard, San Francisco, and Traverse City.

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

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Special Screening & In Theatres: THE GREEN PRINCE

green princeComing to NYC’s JCC Manhattan for its CineMatters series tomorrow, Tuesday, September 9 and opening in theatres this Friday, September 12: THE GREEN PRINCE

Nadav Schirman’s stranger-than-fiction tale of unexpected Israeli/Hamas cooperation premiered at Sundance this year, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award. It went on to screen at Human Rights Watch, San Francisco Jewish, Dallas Jewish, Seattle, Sarasota, Moscow, DocAviv, and the upcoming Atlantic fest.

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

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In Theatres: NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY

no noComing to theatres tomorrow, Friday, September 5: NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY

Jeffrey Radice’s look at the life of a legendary baseball pitcher debuted at Sundance this year. It went on to screen at SXSW, Montclair, Dallas, Sidewalk, San Francisco, Florida, and Boulder, among others.

My pre-Sundance doc profile may be found here.

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