Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, January 14: WORLD CIRCUS
Angela Snow’s exploration of international circus culture made its debut at Sedona last year. It also screened at Sarasota and RiverRun, among other events. FilmBuff now releases the doc on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, PlayStation, Vudu, XBOX, and Google Play.
Snow profiles several circus acts chosen to compete at the prestigious Monte Carlo Circus Festival, known in the profession as the Academy Awards of circus competitions, an event started by Monaco’s royal family. Acts range from lion taming and aerial dancers to plank jumping Cirque du Soleil acrobats and clowns, in rehearsal and during the multiple-day competition. In contrast to its decided second-class entertainment status in the US, Snow demonstrates the high esteem the craft is afforded in Europe, blending a history lesson about the art form on both continents with a competition doc format to make a slight – but diverting enough – hour long film.