In Theatres: K2: SIREN OF THE HIMALAYAS

K22Coming to theatres today, Friday, August 22: K2: SIREN OF THE HIMALAYAS

Dave Ohlson’s chronicle of an attempt to summit the second highest peak in the world had its premiere at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2012. Other fest screenings have included Mountainfilm in Telluride, as well as other mountain fests in New Zealand, Poland, Flagstaff, Slovakia, New York, and Mill Valley, among others.

Ohlson follows an expedition of the dangerous mountain in the Summer of 2009, which falls on the centenary of a legendary summit attempt by noted Italian mountaineer, Prince Luigi Amedeo, the Duke of Abruzzi. This gives the film reason to incorporate fascinating archival footage and stills from the 1909 trip, providing a glimpse into the sport at an earlier time, and a contrast with modern equipment and techniques, but the bulk of the film focuses on the contemporary attempt in a fairly straightforward adventure documentary style. Noting the extreme risks faced by alpinists – with a shocking 25% death rate – the film provides thrillseeking viewers with a safer, vicarious ridealong to one of the planet’s most remote and challenging spots.

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In Theatres & On VOD: TO BE TAKEI

to be takeiComing to theatres and VOD tomorrow, Friday, August 22: TO BE TAKEI

Jennifer Kroot and Bill Weber’s profile of the beloved STAR TREK actor-turned-gay icon bowed at Sundance at the beginning of the year. It’s gone on to screen at Cleveland, River Run, Wisconsin, Hot Docs, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, DOXA, Seattle, Human Rights Watch, Revelation, Fantasia, and LGBT fests in Boston, Tel Aviv, Connecticut, San Francisco, Dayton, and Los Angeles, among others. In addition to its theatrical engagements it comes to several VOD platforms, including iTunes, Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, and Time Warner Cable.

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

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On Cable: SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY

sparkComing to Showtime tomorrow, Thursday, August 21: SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY

Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter’s chronicle of the planning behind the annual desert gathering debuted at SXSW last year. Screenings followed in Seattle, Ashland, and SF Doc before a limited theatrical and VOD release.

I previously wrote about the film upon its release here.

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In Theatres: KINK

kinkComing to NYC’s IFC Center this Friday, August 22: KINK

Christina Voros’ behind-the-scenes look at fetish pornography had its world premiere at Sundance last year. It went on to screen at DOC NYC, Seattle, Stockholm, NewFest, and Frameline, among others.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: THE EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD

expeditionComing to NYC’s Film Forum tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20: THE EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD

Daniel Dencik’s quirky exploration of the Arctic Circle premiered at CPH:DOX in 2012. It went on to screen at True/False, Docville, Thessaloniki Doc, Planete+ Doc, Karlovy Vary, Los Angeles, AFI Docs, and Traverse City, among others.

I previously wrote about the film out of True/False here.

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On DVD: A BRONY TALE

brony taleComing to DVD today, Tuesday, August 19: A BRONY TALE

Brent Hodge’s exploration of of MY LITTLE PONY fandom debuted earlier this year at Tribeca. It went on to DOXA, Seattle, Calgary Underground, and New Zealand’s Documentary Edge, among others.

I previously wrote about the doc upon its VOD release here.

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On DVD: MANAKAMANA

manakamanaComing to DVD today, Tuesday, August 19: MANAKAMANA

Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s ridealong with Nepalese tourists and pilgrims made its debut at Locarno last year. It went on to screen at Toronto, New York, AFI Fest, RIDM, CPH:DOX, Rotterdam, True/False, and Hong Kong, and to enjoy a limited theatrical release this past Spring.

I included the film in my Toronto coverage here.

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