Category Archives: Sundance

On DVD: HOOP DREAMS

hoop restoredComing to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31: HOOP DREAMS

Steve James’ classic exploration of the athletic aspirations of two young men debuted at Sundance in 1994, taking home the Audience Award for Best Documentary. It went on to screen at Toronto and the New York Film Festival. Though it was not recognized by the Academy, it won critical and audience acclaim and remains one of the seminal works of nonfiction of the past 25 years. Recently restored for its 20th anniversary, it now is re-released on home video formats.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On Cable: GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

going clearComing to HBO this Sunday, March 29: GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

Alex Gibney’s unearthing of the secrets of the contentious organization had its world premiere at Sundance this year. Is has also screened at True/False, Big Sky, and Martha’s Vineyard, and has been released theatrically.

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

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On Cable: DREAMCATCHER

dreamcatcherComing to Showtime tomorrow, Friday, March 27: DREAMCATCHER

Kim Longinotto’s candid look at a woman’s mission to help others out of exploitation had its world premiere at Sundance this year, winning the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award. It has gone on to screen at Rotterdam, Glasgow, ZagrebDox, Thessaloniki, and One World.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: DREAMCATCHER

dreamcatcherComing to theatres today, Friday, March 13: DREAMCATCHER

Kim Longinotto’s intimate look at a woman on a mission debuted at Sundance earlier this year, where it picked up the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award. Other fest engagements have included Rotterdam, Glasgow, ZagrebDox, and the upcoming Thessaloniki and One World.

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

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In Theatres: GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

going clearComing to theatres today, Friday, March 13: GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

Alex Gibney’s exposé of the controversial organization/church made its debut at Sundance earlier this year. Its fest circuit includes True/False, Big Sky, and the upcoming Martha’s Vineyard.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: HAPPY VALLEY

happy valleyComing to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10: HAPPY VALLEY

Amir Bar-Lev’s examination of the Penn State scandal’s impact on the local community made its debut at Sundance last year. Its festival circuit included Nantucket, DOC NYC, Hamptons, Camden, Traverse City, BAMcinemaFest, Philadelphia, Sarasota, True/False, and Nashville, among others.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: WEB JUNKIE

web junkieComing to DVD next Tuesday, March 3: WEB JUNKIE

Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia’s behind-the-scenes look at Internet addiction rehab debuted at Sundance last year. It went on to screen at Miami, Dallas, Melbourne, Traverse City, One World, Hong Kong, ZagrebDox, Göteborg, and DOXA.

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

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