In Theatres & On VOD: AMERICAN ANARCHIST

Coming to theatres and to VOD this Friday, March 24:
AMERICAN ANARCHIST

Director:
Charlie Siskel

Premiere:
Venice 2016

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hamptons, Chicago, Vienna, Stockholm, Thessaloniki Doc, Vilnius, Cleveland

About:
The author of a notorious book is forced to reckon with its destructive impact.

In 1970, William Powell, a 19-year-old disaffected anti-establishment activist, compiled recipes for explosives culled from US Army manuals found in the New York Public Library, and combined them with a radical manifesto calling for the overthrow of the government. The result: The Anarchist Cookbook. Finding a publisher all-too-happy to capitalize on the social unrest of the period, Powell’s screed generated outrage and has stayed in print over the decades, selling over 2 million copies worldwide. As Siskel all-too-frequently is ready to remind the now 65-year-old Powell, it also has been linked to a long list of heinous crimes, from Columbine and Aurora to abortion clinic bombings and Oklahoma City. Tracking down the author, who long ago denounced his tome as misguided and who has spent the intervening decade as an educator focused on special needs students, the director challenges him to face the deadly consequences of his infamous work, which, despite any efforts to contain its dangerous reach, seems destined to live on in perpetuity in the age of the Internet.

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In Theatres: I CALLED HIM MORGAN

i called him morganComing to theatres this Friday, March 24:
I CALLED HIM MORGAN

Director:
Kasper Collin

Premiere:
Venice 2016

Select Festivals:
Toronto, Telluride, New York, London, Vancouver, Mumbai, Philadelphia, In-Edit, Stockholm, Palm Springs, Thessaloniki Doc, Tempo Doc, CPH:DOX

About:
The story of the ultimately ill-fated relationship between jazz musician Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: ART BASTARD

art bastardComing to DVD today, Tuesday, March 21:
ART BASTARD

Director:
Victor Kanefsky

Premiere:
Orlando 2015

Select Festivals:
Newport Beach, Manchester, Santa Fe, Julien Dubuque

About:
A portrait of a frustrated, underappreciated artist who considers himself the Anti-Warhol.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: TOWER

towerComing to DVD today, Tuesday, March 21:
TOWER

Director:
Keith Maitland

Premiere:
SXSW 2016

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Seattle, Karlovy Vary, Jerusalem, Melbourne, Fantasia, the Hamptons, BFI London, Sitges, Mill Valley

Notable Recognition:
The doc was shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

About:
An animated re-telling of a sniper’s attack on school campus in 1966.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: FIRE AT SEA

fire at seaComing to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21:
FIRE AT SEA

Director:
Gianfranco Rosi

Premiere:
Berlin 2016

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Toronto, Telluride, New York, DocAviv, Sydney, Melbourne, It’s All True, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, New Zealand, Reykjavik

Notable Recognition:
The doc was nominated for the Academy Awards.

About:
An intimate portrait of Lampedusa, an island at the heart of Europe’s migration crisis.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT

birth-movement-grab-sig-1918x830Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21:
BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT

Directors:
Susan Gray & Bestor Cram

Premiere:
Independent Lens (February 2017)

About:
An African-American newspaper editor led a civil rights struggle against DW Griffith’s THE BIRTH OF A NATION.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: THE BAD KIDS

bad kidsComing to Independent Lens this coming Monday, March 20:
THE BAD KIDS

Directors:
Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
True/False, Cleveland, Full Frame, Dallas, Visions du Réel, Hot Docs, DocAviv, and Atlantic

About:
A coming-of-age story set in a high school for at-risk students.

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

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