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Seattle 2015: Documentary Overview

imagesOne of the world’s lengthiest film events, the Seattle International Film Festival kicks off three weeks of programming tonight, Thursday, May 14. More than 72 new and recent documentary features will screen through the wrap up of the festival’s 41st edition on Sunday, June 7. While the bulk of these represents standout selections culled from the recent line-ups of other notable events, from Toronto and Berlin to Sundance and SXSW, Seattle also showcases a number of less familiar and some brand new titles as well. The following primarily focuses on these: Continue reading

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Cannes 2015: Documentary Overview

imgres-1Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, sees the launch of the 68th edition of Cannes, the most prestigious film festival in the world – at least for fiction films. Once again, the event’s organizers, as well as those of the concurrent independently-run events, Directors’ Fortnight and International Critics’ Week, barely acknowledge that nonfiction is capable of more than just inside baseball film biographies. Out of 54 features in the Official Selection, there are merely two documentaries, both out of competition. None are in Un Certain Regard or the Special Screenings sections, and instead, as usual, shore up the retrospective and cinephilic Cannes Classics sidebar. Between the independent events, there is only one doc, in Directors’ Fortnight, with none appearing in International Critics’ Week. A rundown of all of these follows: Continue reading

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DOK.fest Munich 2015 Overview

urlReturning for its 30th edition, DOK.fest Munich begins tonight, Thursday, May 7, and runs through Sunday, May 17. More than one hundred documentary features will unspool over the course of the event, which runs three days longer than last year’s fest, including the following highlights:

 

 

 

 

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DOXA 2015 Overview

doxa_logo_greyscaleThe 14th edition of Vancouver’s documentary festival, DOXA, begins today, Thursday, April 30, and runs through Sunday, May 10, presenting more than fifty new and retrospective features in its program, including opener HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, the Sundance award winning history of Greenpeace; and closer IRIS, the late Al Maysles portrait of style doyen Iris Apfel. Other notable program selections follow: Continue reading

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Nantucket 2015: Features Lineup Announced

nff-logo-2015-newEarlier today, we announced the Special Presentations and Features line-up for Nantucket Film Festival, where I serve as Film Program Director. I’m excited to share the program finally – its curation has been a labor of love these past few months. This year’s festival, taking place June 24-29, is our 20th anniversary! We’ll follow up with announcements about our Shorts programming and live Signature Programs in the coming weeks.

Following is the list of the films announced today. For descriptions, visit our website: Continue reading

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San Francisco 2015: Documentary Overview

imagesThe oldest film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival, opens its 58th edition this Thursday, April 23, kicking things off with Alex Gibney’s latest, STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE, a critical re-evaluation of the late Apple visionary. The event closes two weeks later on Thursday, May 7, after screening nearly 100 features, among them more than 30 documentaries. The following offers some highlights from the latter: Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2015 Overview

imagesNorth America’s largest documentary event, Hot Docs, returns this Thursday, April 23, and runs through Sunday, May 3. Toronto’s festival will unspool 210 documentaries during its 22nd edition, among them more than 160 new and recent nonfiction features. I’ve been attending the festival since 2009, and always look forward to checking out the latest work that Charlotte Cook and her programming team have curated. What follows is a section-by-section spotlight of the films I’m hoping to screen when I arrive for the second half of the fest: Continue reading

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