On DVD: KLANSVILLE USA

klansvilleComing to DVD today, Tuesday, January 17: KLANSVILLE USA

Callie T Wiser’s look at the KKK’s 1960s revival premiered on PBS’s American Experience last month.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD/VOD: POINT AND SHOOT

point-blog480Coming to DVD and VOD today, Tuesday, February 17: POINT AND SHOOT

Marshall Curry’s look at a thrillseeker turned unlikely freedom fighter premiered at Tribeca last year, where it won the Best Documentary Award. Further festival play included Hot Docs, Maryland, AFI Docs, IFF Boston, Nashville, Traverse City, New Zealand, and Melbourne. In addition to DVD release, the film now becomes available on iTunes.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: SHELL SHOCKED

shell shockedComing to PBS’s America ReFramed series tonight, Tuesday, February 17: SHELL SHOCKED

John Richie’s exploration of the impact of gun violence on New Orleans’ youth has been showcased at community screenings in Louisiana and around the country since 2013. It has also played at regional film festivals such as Myrtle Beach, Connecticut, and Trenton.

Inspired to take action by the disturbingly high murder and violence rates in New Orleans, and the corresponding growth of hopelessness and fatalism among the city’s youth, Richie and his crew set out to find examples of positive solutions. Speaking to community leaders, activists, program coordinators, and, most affectingly, the mothers of young victims, the filmmakers humanize the statistics, and present models that offer alternatives to the dangers of the street, from a small video production house that uses satire to spread more positive messages to youth programs designed to keep at-risk youth off the streets. Even more importantly, Richie trains his camera on several teenagers, who are encouraged to speak frankly about their day-to-day confrontations with violence, death, police harassment, and futility, providing a space for their perspectives to be heard. While the film’s survey approach lends it a scattershot feel, its intent remains welcome, injecting a sense of hope, attention, and concern in an otherwise often overwhelmingly grim reality.

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On DVD: WATCHERS OF THE SKY

watchers of skyComing to DVD today, Tuesday, February 17: WATCHERS OF THE SKY

Edet Belzberg’s look at the legacy of genocide made its world premiere at Sundance last year, where it won two awards. It went on to screen at Nantucket, Cleveland, Hot Docs, Melbourne, Sydney, and Human Rights Watch, among others.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY

terms and conditionsComing to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16: TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY

Cullen Hoback’s examination of the disappearance of online privacy debuted at Slamdance in 2013. Its fest circuit also included Hot Docs, Dallas, Newport Beach, SF DocFest, and Seattle, among several others.

I previously included the film in my Hot Docs coverage here.

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On DVD: PURGATORIO

purgatorioComing to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, February 17: PURGATORIO: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF THE BORDER

Rodrigo Reyes’ essay film on the border had its world premiere at Guadalajara in 2013. Other festival berths included Los Angeles, New Orleans, Ann Arbor, San Diego Latino, Chicago, Documentary Fortnight, and Traverse City.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: THROUGH A LENS DARKLY

through a lensComing to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, February 16: THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE

Thomas Allen Harris’ look at race through photography bowed at Sundance last year. Festival screenings followed at Berlin, Montclair, Pan African, Atlanta, Boston LGBT, and Frameline, among others.

I profiled the doc pre-Sundance here.

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