Category Archives: Film

In Theatres: FINDING THE WAY HOME

Coming to theatres today, Friday, December 13:
FINDING THE WAY HOME

Directors:
Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

World Premiere:
NYC (December 2019)

About:
The stories of several formerly institutionalized children who were given a second chance.

Globally, children fall prey to disreputable or illegal orphanages or other institutions that promise desperate parents a better environment and educational opportunities but instead neglect, abuse, or traffic their sons and daughters for profit. Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill profile eight children, some with disabilities, who fortunately escaped this dark fate through the efforts of organizations that help to reunite families, find foster parents, and shut down criminal enterprises. Bringing viewers to far-flung lands including Moldova, Nepal, and Haiti, the doc offers heartbreaking stories of exploitation and greed, balanced with hopeful outcomes. The most eye-opening segment follows a Haitian pastor who has had his squalid orphanage closed by authorities, but goes on to open an equally overcrowded and filthy new children’s home. Taking a survey approach that unfortunately proves limiting, Alpert and O’Neill offer only brief sketches of the youth and their guardians, and unfortunately are unable to go into much detail, but the film still proves affecting.

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Sundance 2020: New Frontier Announced

This post is a pointer to the third lineup announcement for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. This year’s selections in the New Frontier section may be found here.

Already announced are the films in the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, NEXT, Documentary Premieres, Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, and Kids sections, as well as the Indie Episodic, Special Events, and Shorts lineups.

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On DVD: LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE

New to DVD this week:
LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE

Directors:
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2019

Select Festivals:
Provincetown, AFI Docs, Atlantic

About:
A look back at the celebrated pop artist’s career.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD/Digital: HOLLY NEAR: SINGING FOR OUR LIVES

New to DVD and digital this week:
HOLLY NEAR: SINGING FOR OUR LIVES

Director:
Jim Brown

Premiere:
Mill Valley 2018

About:
The story of the singer-songwriter and how her music fueled decades of activism.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: THE FEUD

Photo courtesy Library of Congress

New to DVD this week:
THE FEUD

Director:
Randall MacLowry

World Premiere:
American Experience (September 2019)

About:
An in-depth look at the legendary conflict between the Hatfields and the McCoys.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: COLLEGE BEHIND BARS

New to DVD this week:
COLLEGE BEHIND BARS

Director:
Lynn Novick

World Premiere:
New York Film Festival 2019

Select Festivals:
Harlem Doc Fest

About:
A four-part chronicle of incarcerated individuals seeking higher eduction degrees while serving time.

I previously wrote about the docuseries here.

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Sundance 2020: Indie Episodic, Special Events, & Shorts Announced

This post is a pointer to the second lineup announcement for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, revealing Indie Episodic, Special Events, and Shorts programming, which may be found here.

Earlier lineup announcements include the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, NEXT, Documentary Premieres, Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, and Kids sections.

Still to come is information on the New Frontier section.

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