In Theatres & On VOD: FRESH DRESSED

fresh dressedComing to theatres and VOD tomorrow, Friday, June 26: FRESH DRESSED

Sacha Jenkins’ exploration of early hip hop fashion bowed at Sundance earlier this year. It has gone on to screen at Dallas, RiverRun, Sarasota, Nashville, and Hawaii, among others.

I previously profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Special Screening: SAM KLEMKE’S TIME MACHINE

sam klemkeComing to NYC’s Rooftop Films tomorrow, Friday, June 26: SAM KLEMKE’S TIME MACHINE

Matthew Bate’s look at a life through decades of video diaries made its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year. It also screened at Rotterdam, Cleveland, Hot Docs, Open City Docs, Docville, and Doc Aviv.

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

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In Theatres & On VOD: WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?

what happened miss simoneComing to theatres today, Wednesday, June 24 and to VOD exclusively via Netflix this Friday, June 26: WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?

Liz Garbus’ nuanced portrait of the legendary Nina Simone debuted at Sundance this year. It went on to screen at True/False, San Francisco, Hot Docs, Montclair, and Nantucket, among other fests.

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

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On DVD: STOP THE POUNDING HEART

stop-the-pounding-heartNow on DVD: STOP THE POUNDING HEART

Roberto Minervini’s hybrid meditation on unattainable love premiered at Cannes in 2013. It went on to Karlovy Vary, Toronto, London, Thessaloniki, New Directors, Biografilm, San Francisco, and Sydney, among others.

I previously wrote about the film out of Toronto here.

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On VOD: FEAR NO FRUIT

fear no fruitComing to VOD today, Tuesday, June 23: FEAR NO FRUIT

Mark Brian Smith’s love letter to an unsung produce pioneer bowed at the San Luis Obispo fest earlier this year. It has also screened at Newport Beach, where it picked up an award. FilmBuff now releases the doc on VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, XBOX, and Vudu.

Smith’s subject is Frieda Caplan, who inadvertently became a trailblazer with the produce industry by becoming the first woman to work in Los Angeles’ wholesale market in the early 1960s, previously the exclusive domain of men. Building up her business, Caplan further changed the face of American produce by introducing a wide array of exotic fruits and vegetables into the US market – most notably kiwi – and, notably, by bringing the idea of marketing into the field. Still an active part of her company, which was taken over by her daughters in the 1980s, the nonagenarian makes for a likeable subject for what is otherwise a very conventional and overextended biography, brightened up only too briefly with some nice archival footage.

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On TV: A SELF-MADE MAN

self madeComing to America ReFramed today, Tuesday, June 23: A SELF-MADE MAN

Lori Petchers’ portrait of a transgender youth advocate debuted at Provincetown in 2013. It went on to screen at Margaret Mead, Portland Women’s fest, Rhode Island, Frameline, and LGBT fests in Santa Barbara, Vancouver, Paris, Athens, Seattle, and Copenhagen, among others.

Tony Ferraiolo was born female but identified more as a boy growing up. While he took on a lesbian identity when he was older, he felt dissatisfied, and contemplated suicide until he finally embraced his maleness. After he transitioned, Ferraiolo drew on his own struggles and experiences as an FTM to help others through the process – specifically young people and their families, recognizing that kids are recognizing their gender identity at younger and younger ages now, and families don’t always know how best to respond. Petchers featurette is a candid portrait of the affable youth advocate and his increasingly vital work.

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On DVD/VOD: MISS HILL: MAKING DANCE MATTER

misshill1_2Coming to DVD and VOD today Tuesday, June 23: MISS HILL: MAKING DANCE MATTER

Greg Vander Veer’s portrait of an American dance instructor debuted at last year’s Dance on Camera. It went on to screen at Sarasota, Berkshire, Dance Camera West, St Louis, and Vancouver.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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