2014 DOC NYC in Focus: American Perspectives

1201X782-Key-Image-TheAgeofLove_DOCNYC_lou-poses-Credit-Steven-Loring-1160x652My DOC NYC 2014 preview turns to the festival’s panoramic view of the US: American Perspectives Continue reading

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In Theatres & On VOD: MAGICAL UNIVERSE

magical universeComing to theatres and to VOD tomorrow, Friday, October 31: MAGICAL UNIVERSE

Jeremy Workman’s portrait of an eccentric artist debuted at the Florida Film Festival last year. It went on to screen at DOC NYC, New Orleans, Woodstock, Big Sky, Salem, Hot Springs, and SF DocFest. In addition to select theatrical dates, the doc will be available on VOD platforms from Sundance Selects, including iTunes.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC, saying:
Step into the unique and visionary world of lifetime outsider artist Al Carbee, an 88-year old eccentric who spends his days creating outlandish works of art featuring Barbie dolls. Filmmaker Jeremy Workman has spent over a decade with his friend Carbee, compiling extensive footage and memories to provide audiences with a window into the magical universe of Carbee’s bizarre creative force and a glimpse of an otherwise unknown artist’s lifelong body of work.

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On VOD: FINDING FELA

finding felaComing to VOD this Friday, October 31: FINDING FELA

Alex Gibney’s portrait of the influential Nigerian artist debuted at Sundance this year. Screenings followed at Montclair, Sydney, Martha’s Vineyard, and Seattle, among others, before its theatrical release this Summer. Kino Lorber and FilmBuff now release the film on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Vudu, Xbox, PlayStation, Google Play, and Vimeo on Demand, with Cable on Demand following this Saturday on Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, and Time Warner Cable.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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2014 DOC NYC in Focus: Metropolis

1201x782-KEY-IMAGE-Rubble-Kings-Photo-Two-Photo-by-Perry-Kretz-copy-1160x652The second of two feature competitions closes out today’s preview of DOC NYC 2014: Metropolis, focused on quintessentially NYC subjects and stories. Continue reading

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In Theatres: REVENGE OF THE MEKONS

Revenge-of-the-Mekons-Key-Image-Photo-by-Frank-Swider-580x300Coming to NYC’s Film Forum today, Wednesday, October 29: REVENGE OF THE MEKONS

Joe Angio’s look at the surprisingly long-lived band debuted at DOC NYC last year. It’s gone on to screen at Cucalorus, Leeds, Milwaukee, DOXA, Sarasota, and In-Edit Barcelona, among others.

Angio’s entertaining film is a love-letter to the self-effacing UK band which started as something of an art school project at the University of Leeds but has somehow managed to continue for over three decades. Despite critical acclaim and an enthusiastic fanbase, they’ve never quite broken into mainstream success, with bandmates still having to hold day jobs. Angio charts their development from 1976 university students who didn’t quite know what punk was – or how to play the instruments they “borrowed” from the real punk band, The Gang of Four – through multiple reinventions – Thatcher-era folk, American honkeytonk, anti-grunge rock, and most recently art world darlings – alienating record companies along the way, but always remaining quintessentially punk.

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2014 DOC NYC in Focus: Viewfinders

1201x782-KEY-IMAGE-KASAMAYAKI_1_KEY-copy-1-1160x652Today’s DOC NYC 2014 preview continues with the first of our two feature competitions: Viewfinders, showcasing films with with distinct directorial visions. Continue reading

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On Cable: BRONX OBAMA

Bronx_Obama_570x317Coming to Showtime tomorrow, Thursday, October 30: BRONX OBAMA

Ryan Murdock’s profile of a presidential impersonator bowed at True/False this Winter. Its fest circuit has included AFI Docs, Montclair, Traverse City, Hot Docs, Ambulante CA, and Bergen.

I previously wrote about the film here.

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