Category Archives: Recommendations

On DVD: RUNNING FROM CRAZY

running from crazyComing to DVD today, Tuesday, October 21: RUNNING FROM CRAZY

Barbara Kopple’s exploration of mental illness in a famous family debuted at Sundance last year. It also screened at Sundance London, Tribeca, Nantucket, Hamptons, Cleveland, Camden, Full Frame, and Sarasota, among others.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD/VOD: URANIUM DRIVE-IN

Uranium-Drive-In-Key-Image-280x140Coming to DVD and VOD today, Tuesday, October 21: URANIUM DRIVE-IN

Suzan Beraza’s exploration of a community divided bowed at Telluride’s Mountainfilm last year. Its fest circuit has included DOC NYC, Denver, Washington DC’s Environmental fest, Big Sky, St Louis, and the United Nations Association fest, among others.

I previously wrote about the film here.

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On TV: TWIN SISTERS

twinComing to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, October 20: TWIN SISTERS

Mona Friis Bertheussen made its debut at IDFA last year, where it picked up an audience award. It’s gone on to screen at Göteborg, Documentary Edge, DocPoint, ZagrebDox, DocAviv, and Planete+ Doc, among others.

Bertheussen’s endearing if somewhat slight midlength tells the story of Alexandra and Mia, Chinese girls who were adopted by separate sets of parents – one in a small village in Norway, the other in suburban Sacramento – who likely would never have known they even had a sister, much less an identical twin, if it weren’t for an unlikely pair of near-matching red gingham dresses.Their new adoptive parents each coincidentally dressed them in the latter, prompting a conversation, during which they noticed that their daughters looked remarkably similar, beginning a sisterly relationship that has lasted for a decade, albeit at a distance. Beyond revealing this background, the film focuses on the girls in the present, as Mia and her parents visit Alexandra in the tiny village of Fresvik – the second time the sisters have been able to be together since being separated. The result is compelling – while twins are inherently fascinating, their particular circumstances of cultural displacement, vastly different home environments, and the knowledge of one another’s existence bring a different texture to the striking similarities they share, despite distance and language barriers.

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On Cable: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

private violenceComing to HBO tonight, Monday, October 20: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

Cynthia Hill’s illuminating exploration of the impact of domestic violence debuted at Sundance this year. Other festival berths have included True/False, New Orleans, Full Frame, Dallas, Hot Docs, Heartland, Seattle, Human Rights Watch, and DOXA, among others.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: WATCHERS OF THE SKY

watchers of skyComing to theatres today, Friday, October 17: WATCHERS OF THE SKY

Edet Belzberg’s exploration of genocide’s past and present debuted at Sundance this year, winning two awards. Other fest berths have included Nantucket, Cleveland, Hot Docs, Melbourne, Sydney, and Human Rights Watch, among others.

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

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Morelia 2014: Documentary Overview

morelia_film_festival_2014One of Mexico’s most celebrated film events, the Morelia International Film Festival/Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, kicks off its 12th edition tonight, Friday, October 17, presenting 87 films before it winds down on Sunday, October 26. Focusing exclusively on Mexican cinema, the event spotlights twelve shorts among its 62 shorts lineup and twelve feature documentaries within its 25 feature selections. The following looks at some of the latter: Continue reading

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In Theatres: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

private violenceComing to theaters tomorrow, Friday, October 17: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

Cynthia Hill’s poignant look at domestic violence had its world premiere at Sundance at the beginning of the year. It has gone on to screen at True/False, Full Frame, Dallas, Hot Docs, and DOXA, among other events.

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

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