Special Screening: THE SETTLERS

settlersComing to NYC’s JCC Manhattan tomorrow, Tuesday, February 21:
THE SETTLERS

Director:
Shimon Dotan

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
New York, DocAviv, IDFA, Biografilm, Sheffield, SF Jewish, Bergen, Heartland

About:
A wide-reaching exploration of the impact of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories of the West Bank.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: THE CREEPING GARDEN

thecreepinggarden-still1Now on VOD via Amazon Video:
THE CREEPING GARDEN

Directors:
Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp

Premiere:
Fantasia 2014

Notable Festivals:
Hot Docs, Fantastic Fest, Imagine Science, CPH:DOX, Leeds, Cleveland, New Horizons, Revelation, DOXA

About:
An ode to the wonderfully weird slime mold.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Special Screening: TICKLED

tickledComing to NYC’s Stranger Than Fiction tomorrow, Tuesday, February 21:
TICKLED

Directors:
David Farrier and Dylan Reeve

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, True/False, Cleveland, Sarasota, San Francisco, Hot Docs, Montclair, Seattle, Sydney, Auckland

About:
Journalists embark on a wild investigation into an online fetish subculture.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV: UNLOCKING THE CAGE

unlocking the cageComing to HBO tonight, Monday, February 20:
UNLOCKING THE CAGE

Directors:
Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Full Frame, Sarasota, Minneapolis/St Paul, Montclair, Visions du Réel, DocAviv, New Zealand, Melbourne, deadCENTER

About:
Animal rights activists champion legal rights for chimpanzees.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: ADDICTED TO SHEEP

addicted-to-sheep-770x385Now on VOD via iTunes:
ADDICTED TO SHEEP

Director:
Magali Pettier

Premiere:
Sheffield 2015

Select Festivals:
Ashland, Holmfirth, Underwire, Leeds Wool Festival

About:
A portrait of a rural English family’s efforts to breed sheep over the course of a year.

Set in northeast England’s North Pennines, Pettier’s charming film focuses on Tom and Kay Hutchinson, who work as tenant farmers in a community largely devoted to agriculture. For their part, as underscored by the doc’s title, the Hutchinsons are devoted to their ovine charges, and dream of breeding the perfect sheep, out of both economic necessity and pride in their work. Pettier captures the slow pace of their environment as they contend with chores both mundane and heartbreaking – such as the difficult birthing process of a ewe. Also well featured are the Hutchinson children, whose experiences on the farm have given them a matter-of-fact perspective on life and death as well as a respect for the rhythms and quietude of rural life.

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On VOD: THE SPECIAL NEED

special needNow on VOD via Microsoft:
THE SPECIAL NEED

Director:
Carlo Zoratti

Premiere:
Locarno 2013

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Hamptons, Dallas, DOK Leipzig, ZagrebDox, CPH:DOX, IDFA, Ambulante, Thessaloniki Doc, Planete+ Doc, DOXA

About:
Two friends set out on a road trip to help their developmentally challenged friend lose his virginity.

Enea is a 29-year-old Italian man on the autism spectrum. Despite a healthy curiosity about sex and a boldness that sees him freely approaching women on the street, he’s not yet been able to locate the fashion model woman of his fantasies. Enter friends Alex and Carlo – the latter the film’s director. After failing to find a willing participant, they decide to hit the road on a quest through Europe to find a legal and safe way to allow Enea to meet this rite of passage. Employing some unacknowledged, yet clearly staged scenes, the crowdpleasing film is a low-level hybrid of sorts, but largely maintains a casual, observational style, enabled by the warm rapport between the three principals.

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On TV: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

private violenceComing to the WORLD Channel’s Reel South this Sunday, February 19:
PRIVATE VIOLENCE

Director:
Cynthia Hill

Premiere:
Sundance 2014

Select Festivals:
True/False, New Orleans, Full Frame, Dallas, Hot Docs, Heartland, Seattle, Human Rights Watch, DOXA

About:
A courageous look at the consequences of domestic violence.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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