Category Archives: Film

On DVD: KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME

New to DVD this week:
KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME

Director:
Robert B Weide, Don Argott

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2021

About:
Decades in the making, this biography of Kurt Vonnegut covers his years as a struggling writer to his eventual superstardom. 

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On DVD: UPPERCASE PRINT

New to DVD this week:
UPPERCASE PRINT

Director:
Radu Jude

World Premiere:
Berlin 2020

Select Festivals:
Thessaloniki, Indielisboa, Molodist Kyiv, Hamburg, Moscow, Taipei

About:
A hybrid exploring life in Ceaușescu’s surveillance state through the story of a teenager who began drawing protest slogans in public spaces in 1981.

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On TV: GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP

Coming to The WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed series tomorrow, Thursday, May 19:
GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP

Director:
Deann Borshay Liem

World Premiere:
CAAMFest 2019

Select Festivals:
Asian/Asian American fests in Austin, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, Los Angeles

About:
The complex personal histories of four adult adoptees born in South Korea are interwoven with the rise of the country’s global adoption program.

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Streaming: CYBER HELL: EXPOSING AN INTERNET HORROR

Coming to Netflix today, Wednesday, May 18:
CYBER HELL: EXPOSING AN INTERNET HORROR

Director:
Cho Jin-seong

World Premiere:
Netflix (May 2022)

About:
Anonymous and exploitative, a network of online chat rooms ran rampant with sex crimes, prompting a tenacious hunt by Korean investigators to take down its operators.

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Special Screening, In Theatres, & On VOD: HOLD YOUR FIRE

Coming to NYC’s Pure Nonfiction tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18, and to theatres and VOD this Friday, May 20:
HOLD YOUR FIRE

Director:
Stefan Forbes

World Premiere:
Toronto 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Palm Springs

About:
Captives, cops, and robbers in New York City’s longest hostage siege reflect in this suspenseful and enlightening take on an event long misunderstood.

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Streaming: BLACK GOLD

Coming to Paramount+ today, Tuesday, May 17:
BLACK GOLD

Director:
Gabrielle Schonder, Zach Heinzerling

World Premiere:
Theatrical release (May 2022)

About:
The story of the cover-up of the century, in which a boss atop the trillion-dollar oil industry discovered a shocking truth 40 years ago, created a black ops conspiracy to hide the evidence, and stopped at nothing to keep the money flowing as the world burned.

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Cannes 2022: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 75th Cannes Film Festival

Dates:
May 17-28

About:
Returning to its regular May berth after a delayed-then-cancelled 2020 edition and a July 2021 edition, the premier film event offers approximately 80 new features, with docs once again making up less than a quarter of the slate, while its parallel sidebars present just two works of nonfiction out of more than 30 features.

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On TV: SCENES FROM THE GLITTERING WORLD

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens today, Monday, May 16:
SCENES FROM THE GLITTERING WORLD

Director:
Jared Jakins

World Premiere:
Full Frame 2021

Select Festivals:
Trento, Washington DC Environmental

About:
In the furthest reaches of the Navajo Nation, at the most remote high school in the continental US, three Indigenous students maneuver through the vagaries of adolescence in hopes of realizing their dreams for the future.

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Special Screening, On TV, & Streaming: GEORGE CARLIN’S AMERICAN DREAM

Coming to NYC’s Pure Nonfiction tomorrow, Tuesday, May 17, and to HBO/HBO Max beginning this Friday, May 20:
GEORGE CARLIN’S AMERICAN DREAM

Director:
Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio

World Premiere:
Pure Nonfiction (May 2022, part 1)

About:
A two-part chronicle of the life and work of the legendary counterculture comedian.

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On TV & Streaming: DIAMOND HANDS: THE LEGEND OF WALLSTREETBETS

Coming to MSNBC this coming Sunday, May 15 and to Peacock Monday, May 16:
DIAMOND HANDS: THE LEGEND OF WALLSTREETBETS

Director:
Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari

World Premiere:
SXSW 2022

About:
When the smart money was betting GameStop would go under, an army of irreverent traders tried to take Wall Street down instead

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