Special Screening & In Theatres: WHERE’S MY ROY COHN?

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Coming to NYC’s JCC Manhattan tomorrow, Tuesday, September 17 and to theatres this Wednesday, September 18:
WHERE’S MY ROY COHN?

Director:
Matt Tyrnauer

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Zurich, Atlantic, New Zealand

About:
An exploration of the dark influence of Machiavellian attorney Roy Cohn on today’s polarized political landscape.

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

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Special Screening & In Theatres: MIDNIGHT TRAVELER

Coming to NYC’s DCTVscreening series tonight, Monday, September 16 and to theatres this Wednesday, September 18:
MIDNIGHT TRAVELER

Director:
Hassan Fazili

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Berlin, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Docaviv, DocumentaMadrid, DOXA, Sheffield, Thessaloniki, True/False, Doc Edge, RiverRun, Seattle, Montclair, Biografilm, San Francisco, Salem, Sydney

About:
The filmmaker, his wife, and their two daughters face an uncertain road to asylum when they are forced to flee Afghanistan.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: THE GAME CHANGERS

Coming to theatres via Fathom for a special one-night only event tonight, Monday, September 16 before opening in New York/Los Angeles this Friday, September 20:
THE GAME CHANGERS

Director:
Louie Psihoyos

World Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Berlin, Hot Docs, Thessaloniki Doc, Mountainfilm, Boulder, Washington DC Environmental, EarthxFilm

About:
An exploration of the misconceptions and truths about plant-based diets.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: DESOLATION CENTER

Coming to theatres today, Friday, September 13:
DESOLATION CENTER

Director:
Stuart Swezey

World Premiere:
CPH:DOX 2018

Select Festivals:
Sheffield, DokuFest, Big Sky Doc, Slamdance, DOXA, Indielisboa, Chicago Underground, Revelation, Sydney Underground, In-Edit Spain, Cork, Freep, Florida

About:
A look back at underground happenings stemming from the 1980s LA punk and industrial scene.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD/VOD: CRYSTAL CITY

New to DVD/VOD this week:
CRYSTAL CITY

Director:
Terrence Crawford

World Premiere:
Cleveland 2019

Select Festivals:
Wicked Queer, Q Doc Portland

About:
Profiles of several gay New Yorkers using or in recovery from crystal meth.

Responding to the open secret of crystal meth use/abuse by gay men, Terrence Crawford’s profiles multiple men who are in recovery, and occasionally relapsing, from its use, as well as one young hustler who is still on meth and doesn’t seem to have any desire to stop. Split into titled chapters, the film explores various aspects of the epidemic, including crystal meth’s history, covalent factors, and recovery programs. The film’s subjects candidly discuss how they were introduced to the drug, and its connections to sex, hustling, and HIV. Crawford assembles a welcome mix of participants reflecting different ages and backgrounds, but there are a few too many, preventing a deeper dive into any individual’s story. The film’s gay male metropolitan context lends an insularity that might prove challenging for outside audiences, but its focus on issues of addiction and sobriety are universal.

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In Theatres: AMÉRICA

Coming to theatres today, Friday, September 13:
AMÉRICA

Directors:
Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside

World Premiere:
True/False 2018

Select Festivals:
IDFA, CPH:DOX, Full Frame, Sheffield, AFI Docs, BAMcinemaFest, New Orleans, Denver, Camden, Guanajuato, DokuFest, Hot Springs Doc, Ashland, Maryland, Sidewalk, Reykjavik, Adelaide, Docs Against Gravity

About:
Three brothers take on the role of caretakers for their grandmother.

After her son, Luis, is (perhaps unjustly) arrested for elder abuse, the care of 93-year-old América falls to her grandsons Diego, Rodrigo, and Bruno. The three brothers, itinerant circus performers, have been estranged, but try to put aside their differences for the sake of their beloved grandmother, who suffers from dementia. Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside’s wistful, humanistic film follows the family over three years, capturing the young men as they dote on América, navigate the legal system to free their father, quarrel with one another, and, ultimately, demonstrate the deep bonds of familial love.

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On TV: RAÚL JULIÁ: THE WORLD’S A STAGE

Coming to PBS’s American Masters tomorrow, Friday, September 13:
RAÚL JULIÁ: THE WORLD’S A STAGE

Director:
Ben DeJesus

World Premiere:
Los Angeles Latino 2019

About:
A tribute to the life and legacy of acclaimed Puerto Rican actor Raúl Juliá.

Twenty-five years after Raúl Juliá’s untimely passing comes this affectionate and informative tribute to the pioneering actor, one of the few Latinos to break through into mainstream success in Hollywood. Known for iconic roles in THE ADDAMS FAMILY series and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, Juliá first had a celebrated career on the stage. Director Ben DeJesus traces the actor’s trajectory from his native Puerto Rico to 1960s New York City, where Juliá struggled for a time before coming to the attention of Joseph Papp for his fabled New York Shakespeare Festival, beginning a notable professional relationship that included Tony and Drama Desk nominations, and that led to film and television work. This comprehensive, if standard, biography assembles a who’s who of collaborators, admirers, and loved ones to reflect on Juliá’s life and work, and the impact his career has had on those Latinx performers who have followed.

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