Category Archives: Sundance

On VOD: GOD LOVES UGANDA

god loves ugandaOut on VOD this week: GOD LOVES UGANDA

Roger Ross Williams’ investigation of the evangelical influence on anti-gay African laws had its world premiere at Sundance last year. It went on to screen at DOC NYC, Nantucket, New Orleans, San Francisco, Hot Docs, Cleveland, AFI Docs, Hamptons, BAMcinemaFest, and Outfest, among many others.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: PICTURE OF LIGHT

pictureoflight1-590x360Newly re-released on DVD this week: PICTURE OF LIGHT

Peter Mettler’s meditation on the Northern Lights made its debut in 1994. Its impressive roster of festival appearances includes Sundance, Toronto, Rotterdam, Locarno, Yamagata, Hot Docs, Chicago, and San Francisco. First Run Features re-releases the DVD simultaneously with Mettler’s latest doc, THE END OF TIME.

Over the course of two trips to the Canadian Arctic, Mettler and his team attempt to capture the spectacle of the Aurora Borealis on celluloid, contending with the extreme weather conditions and meeting a number of quirky local characters along the way. The latter lend the film most of its appeal, such as the oddball hotel owner who shoots a hole in the wall of one of his rooms to encourage the formation of snow drifts inside the building. That’s not to say the footage of the Northern Lights isn’t impressive – Mettler presents them in time-lapse, a symphony of light, color, and movement – but, as signaled by its title, the film is less about the actual celestial display, and more about questions around photographing them. As with his new film, Mettler here employs a mix of nonfiction approaches, though privileges the essay form as he contemplates the impact of media and technology on our active engagement with the world and its wonders – musings which take on even greater significance in our ultra-connected, social media-focused present.

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On DVD/VOD: INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.

interior leather barComing to DVD and VOD today, Tuesday, April 15: INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.

James Franco and Travis Mathews’ hybrid revisitation of William Friedkin’s CRUISING premiered at Sundance last year. It went on to screen at DOC NYC, Berlin, Hot Docs, Rotterdam, Cleveland, Seattle, Frameline, NewFest, Outfest, Mix Brasil, and Russia’s Side By Side, among many others.

I profiled the film before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: ANITA

anitaComing to theatres this Friday, March 21: ANITA

Freida Mock’s portrait of Anita Hill and her legacy made its debut at Sundance last year. It went on to screen at Nantucket, Seattle, Human Rights Watch, Pan African, Cleveland, Hot Docs, Napa Valley, and AFI Docs, among others.

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

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On VOD: GIDEON’S ARMY

gideon's armyNow available on VOD: GIDEON’S ARMY

Dawn Porter’s look at the daunting work of public defenders made its debut at Sundance last year, winning an editing award. It went on to screen at DOC NYC, Nantucket, Miami, Full Frame, Ashland, Little Rock, AFI Docs, Martha’s Vineyard, Heartland, Human Rights Watch, and at various legal conferences. It was released on VOD by the Orchard earlier this week as part of its new Opus Docs channel.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.

interior leather barComing to theatres tomorrow, Wednesday, March 5: INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.

James Franco and Travis Mathews’ fiction/non-fiction hybrid re-imagining the rumored lost footage of William Friedkin’s CRUISING made its debut at Sundance last year. Since then, it has screened extensively, including berths at Berlin, Hot Docs, Rotterdam, Cleveland, Seattle, Atlanta, and at scores of LGBT fests, such as Frameline, NewFest, Outfest, Mix Brasil, and Russia’s Side By Side, among many others.

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

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On DVD: THE CRASH REEL

crash reelComing to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, February 25: THE CRASH REEL

Lucy Walker’s exploration of snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s traumatic brain injury had its world premiere at Sundance last year. The film went on to screen at DOC NYC, Berlin, Hot Docs, True/False, Full Frame, Seattle, and Los Angeles, among many others, and was shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: NARCO CULTURA

narco culturaComing to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, February 25: NARCO CULTURA

Shaul Schwarz’s exploration of Mexico’s drug-inspired music genre had its world premiere at Sundance last year. It went on to screen at Berlin, Hot Docs, Fantastic Fest, Sydney, Stockholm, and San Sebastian, among others.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: MUSCLE SHOALS

muscle shoals newComing to DVD next Tuesday, February 25: MUSCLE SHOALS

Greg “Freddy” Camalier’s tribute to the influential Alabama recording studios had its world premiere at Sundance last year. It went on to screen at SXSW, Nantucket, Atlantic, Melbourne, Seattle, Maui, Nashville, and Hot Docs, where it won an Audience Award.

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

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Special Screening: THE STUART HALL PROJECT

stuart hall projectComing to NYC’s BAM as part of the BAMcinĂ©matek series on the Black Audio Film Collective next Monday, February 24: THE STUART HALL PROJECT

John Akomfrah’s profile of the recently departed influential British cultural theorist made its debut at Sundance last year. It went on to screen at DOC NYC, DOXA, Leeds, Torino, CPH:DOX, and African Diaspora, among other events.

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

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