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Cinéma du Reél 2015 Overview

imgresCinéma du Reél, the documentary festival of Paris, opens its 37th edition tonight, Thursday, March 19, and continues through Sunday, March 30. While programming remains geared to visual anthropology, this year’s event also has stated an openness to flexible considerations of nonfiction forms, represented by opening night selection AUSTERLITZ, a hybrid by Stan Neumann which draws inspiration from a novel by WG Sebald. The event’s various special screenings, retrospectives, and tributes – covering a range of creators from Haskell Wexler to Amit Dutta, and exploring nonfiction from China to Greece – also attempt to bridge the past with the future. The focus below, however, remains on the newer films in the fest’s lineup, as represented in its three feature competition sections: Continue reading

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Cleveland 2015: Documentary Overview

imagesThe 39th Cleveland International Film Festival kicks off tonight, Wednesday, March 18, and runs through Sunday, March 30. One of the nation’s best regional film events, the festival takes over the Ohio city with an impressive showcase of nearly 200 feature films and more than 200 shorts. The following offers a brief overview of the event’s feature documentary slate, broken down by the many competitions featured in the fest. Continue reading

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New Directors/New Films 2015: Documentary Overview

nd nfThis year’s New Directors/New Films, a collaboration between the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, kicks off this Wednesday, March 18, and runs through Sunday, March 29. 2015’s 44th edition of the Spring favorite showcases 26 features from emerging filmmakers. Sadly, the nonfiction offerings, which never make up a large percentage of the event’s programming, have been halved relative to last year, with only two documentaries and one hybrid making the cut:

westernTwo made their debut at Sundance this past January: The Ross Brothers’ WESTERN (pictured), which looks at the way two border towns deal with the threat of cartel violence; and Stevan Riley’s LISTEN TO ME MARLON, a textured biographical portrait of Marlon Brando. The third, Simone Rapisarda Casanova’s hybrid THE CREATION OF MEANING, which was awarded at its premiere in Locarno, focuses on a Tuscan shepherd’s struggle with the encroachment of modernity on his way of life.

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Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2015 Overview

thessaTomorrow, Friday, March 13 marks the opening of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, which sees its 17th edition run through Sunday, March 22. While I’ve been fortunate to attend the past few years, I’m taking a break this time around. The following section overview offers highlights of new and recent films that I would try to see, were I to be heading to Greece:

 

 

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SXSW 2015: Documentary Overview

sxsw-film-logoThis Friday, March 13, sees the kick off of the latest edition of SXSW, with the film program continuing through Saturday, March 21. I’ll be attending the first half of the festival, joining the hordes of film, music, and interactive professionals and fans who annually descend on Austin. In terms of nonfiction programming, the festival has increased the number of feature docs in its lineup after a bit of a reduction last year, with 68 out of 145 selections. The following section breakdown (excepting Festival Favorites and Midnighters) offers highlights of many of these: Continue reading

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Tribeca 2015: Additional Programming Announced

tribecaFollowing Tuesday’s announcement of the bulk of this year’s programming, the Tribeca Film Festival today revealed the films in its Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings, and Works In Progress sections. The latest announcement brings the total of feature documentaries to be presented at this year’s festival to 45, which includes previously announced opening night selection LIVE FROM NEW YORK!, Bao Nguyen’s exploration of the long-running SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The documentary titles unveiled today are noted below: Continue reading

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True/False 2015 Overview

true falseBeginning tomorrow, Thursday, March 5, the 12th edition of the True/False Film Festival takes over Columbia MO through the weekend. More than forty features figure in the popular destination event’s programming, representing an eclectic cross-section of brand new work, recent Sundance titles, standouts from the past Fall’s European festivals like IDFA, CPH:DOX, and elsewhere, several “secret screenings” that offer attendees sneak previews of upcoming debuts, and works on the border of fiction and nonfiction, as featured in the event’s Neither/Nor series. I’m looking forward to returning to the festival again, with the below highlights foremost on my watch list: Continue reading

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