Category Archives: Film

Special Screening: VESSEL

vesselComing to NYC’s Maysles Cinema as part of the DocWatchers series tomorrow, Thursday, April 16: VESSEL

Diana Whitten’s look at a unique solution to reproductive rights restrictions had its world premiere at SXSW last year, where it picked up two awards. It went on to screen at Nantucket, DOC NYC, Hot Docs, Sheffield, Jerusalem, Sarasota, and IFF Boston, among other events.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: MAIDAN

maidanComing to DVD today, Tuesday, April 14: MAIDAN

Sergei Loznitsa’s meditation on resistance in Ukraine debuted at Cannes last year. Its fest circuit has included Toronto, London, Karlovy Vary, Vancouver, DOK Leipzig, Zurich, Sarajevo, and IDFA, among others.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE

antarcticaComing to DVD today, Tuesday, April 14: ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE

Anthony Powell’s exploration of life at the South Pole debuted at New Zealand International Film Festival in 2013. Fest berths have included Calgary, Anchorage, Cleveland, and Thin Line, among others.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: MISERY LOVES COMEDY

misery loves comedyComing to VOD today, Tuesday, April 14: MISERY LOVES COMEDY

Kevin Pollak’s survey of the work behind stand-up comedy debuted at Sundance this year. It will also screen at Tribeca next week. The doc comes to iTunes now, followed by a limited theatrical engagement later this month.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Tribeca 2015: Documentary Overview

tribecaTomorrow, Wednesday, April 15 sees the opening of the 14th Tribeca Film Festival, which this year will present over fifty feature documentaries before it closes on Sunday, April 26. The event’s nonfiction programming has consistently proven to be noteworthy, and organizers have recognized that in recent years, presenting documentaries as the event’s opening selection, such as this year’s LIVE FROM NEW YORK!, Bao Nguyen’s look at the history and enduring popularity of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. What follows are some highlights of this year’s nonfiction slate: Continue reading

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Special Screening: KING GEORGES

kinggeorges-570Coming to NYC’s Stranger Than Fiction series tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14: KING GEORGES

Erika Frankel’s portrait of an influential French chef debuted this past weekend at Full Frame. In addition to opening the new season of STF, the film will screen at IFF Boston later this month as it continues its festival run.

French chef Georges Perrier moved from Paris to Philadelphia in the late 1960s, and by the early 1970s established his restaurant, Le Bec-Fin, as one of the best French restaurants in the country. Despite decades of success and critical acclaim, the changing economy and shifts in taste have left the fate of Le Bec-Fin up in the air. Frankel follows the outspoken Perrier over several years as he attempts to hold on to his restaurant, and his legacy, after more than four decades. A partnership with a young head chef, Nicholas Elmi, shows promise, but can Perrier, closing in on 70, maintain the pace that has already cost him on a personal level? Frankel constructs an engrossing, multifaceted portrait of a chef confronting the possible end of his life’s work.

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On TV: THE HOMESTRETCH

thehomestretchComing to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, April 13: THE HOMESTRETCH

Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly’s profile on teen homelessness debuted at Hot Docs last year. Screenings followed at AFI Docs, Citizen Jane, Indie Memphis, Human Rights Watch, and Hot Springs, among others.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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