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Toronto 2013: Docs in Brief, Part Three

manakamanaWrapping up my overdue coverage on September’s Toronto International Film Festival nonfiction programming, this post looks at the docs I was able to see from the fest’s Wavelengths, Mavericks, and Contemporary World Cinema sections. Continue reading

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Toronto 2013: Docs in Brief, Part Two

The Dark Matter Of LoveContinuing my attempt to get caught up on docs from last month’s Toronto International Film Festival, this post wraps up the TIFF Docs section and also includes a couple of films from the fest’s high-profile Gala Presentations. One additional post will round out the remaining sections. Continue reading

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Toronto 2013: Docs in Brief, Part One

unknownknown_01In the midst of a busy programming season, I’ve been remiss in posting my thoughts on the documentaries of the Toronto International Film Festival, which I should have done several weeks ago. In this breather before DOC NYC begins, I now have the opportunity to play catch up. This post will look at some of the films in the TIFF Docs section, programmed by my colleague Thom Powers, and includes several titles that will be making their NYC bow at DOC NYC in the coming weeks, while following posts will roundoff this section and cover nonfiction programming from other festival strands. Continue reading

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AFI Docs 2013 in Brief, Part Two

letters to jackieLast week, I posted a pointer to my Indiewire articles on AFI Docs, which covered the event as a whole, as well as five titles in the fest’s initial Washington DC lineup. This post wraps up my coverage with brief views on eight additional films. Continue reading

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AFI Docs 2013 in Brief, Part One

i learn americaI’m back from a few days in Washington DC, where I covered the first edition of AFI Docs, which for the past decade has been centered in nearby Silver Spring MD as Silverdocs. I wrote two pieces for Indiewire about the event that were just published this morning. The first considers what this geographical move could end up meaning for the festival’s programming focus, while the second offers my thoughts on five new docs – AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY, DOCUMENTED, I LEARN AMERICA (pictured), LOST FOR LIFE, and THE NEW BLACK – that will be sure to make their way to several other festivals in the coming months. As time allows, I plan to post here later this week on some additional titles that were part of this year’s inaugural DC line up.

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Hot Docs 2013 in Brief, Part Four: Nightvision, Rule Breakers & Next

hip hop hoaxWrapping up my reactions to films from this year’s Hot Docs, this post looks at a few of the remaining programming sections not covered in previous posts (here, here, and here). These include the playful and subversive Nightvision, thematic focus on Rule Breakers & Innovators, and the art, music, and culture strand Next. Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2013 in Brief, Part Three: Special Presentations & World Showcase

The_Manor_1.470x264Next in my Hot Docs coverage catch up are a selection of films appearing in the festival’s non-competitive Special Presentations and World Showcase sections. I’ll round it up with one additional post later this week looking at the remaining programming strands. Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2013 in Brief, Part Two: Competitions

Dragon_Girls_4.470x264As with my recent Tribeca roundups, I’m going to continue my attempt to catch up on festival coverage with a series of posts this week on Hot Docs, which wrapped up its 20th anniversary edition earlier this month. I previously wrote about AMERICAN COMMUNE, THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, I WILL BE MURDERED, and RIVER in a festival dispatch for Indiewire here, but am planning to share my thoughts on more then thirty more films. This post covers docs featured in the two competition sections, International Spectrum and Canadian Spectrum. The winners of the former included: Best International Feature Documentary to DRAGON GIRLS, Special Jury Prize to CLOUDY MOUNTAINS, HBO Documentary Films Emerging Artist Award to 12 O’CLOCK BOYS, and Best Mid-Length Documentary to THE CIRCLE. Continue reading

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Tribeca 2013: Docs in Brief, Part Three: Spotlight

large_lil_bub_friendz_pubThis post wraps up my coverage of Tribeca with a look at eight docs from the festival’s Spotlight section, a programming strand meant to straddle indie and mainstream sensibilities. I should note that Spotlight included two additional docs that I didn’t get a chance to watch – GASLAND PART II and IN GOD WE TRUST – and a couple whose subject matter just didn’t pique my interest enough to watch – MCCONKEY and THE MOTIVATION. Continue reading

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Tribeca 2013: Docs in Brief, Part Two: Gala & Special Screenings

mistaken for strangersContinuing my belated roundup of last month’s Tribeca Film Festival, this post covers the fest’s high profile Gala slots and the catch-all Special Screenings, which includes several of the ESPN Sports Film Festival sidebar. One additional post will follow later this week covering the Spotlight section. Continue reading

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