Category Archives: Film

In Theatres: TANTURA

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Yonathan Weitzman

Coming to theatres today, Friday, December 2:
TANTURA

Director:
Alon Schwarz

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, It’s All True, Cleveland, Docaviv, Hong Kong, Hot Springs Doc, Doclisboa, Philadelphia

About:
In 1948, when the State of Israel was established, hundreds of Palestinian villages were destroyed, with their inhabitants killed or exiled. The film focuses on one village: Tantura, bringing to light Israel’s founding narrative and its society’s inability to come to terms with its dark past.

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Streaming: SR.

Coming to Netflix today, Friday, December 2:
SR.

Director:
Chris Smith

World Premiere:
Telluride 2022

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, New York, Camden, Montclair, Philadelphia, AFI Fest

About:
A tender and fittingly irreverent portrait of the life and career of Robert Downey Sr, the fearless, visionary American director who set the standard for counterculture comedy in the sixties and seventies. 

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In Theatres: 2ND CHANCE

Coming to theatres today, Friday, December 2:
2ND CHANCE

Director:
Ramin Bahrani

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
SXSW, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Thessaloniki Doc, Santa Barbara, Tokyo, Nantucket

About:
An exploration of the rise and fall of Richard Davis, the charming and brash inventor of the modern-day bulletproof vest who shot himself 192 times to prove his product worked.

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In Theatres: FRAMING AGNES

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Ava Benjamin Shorr

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, December 2:
FRAMING AGNES

Director:
Chase Joynt

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
Outfest, Provincetown, Cleveland, BFI Flare, Seattle, Vancouver, Queerlisboa, Hot Springs Doc, Montclair, Bergen, Ashland

About:
After discovering case files from a 1950s gender clinic, a cast of transgender actors turn a talk show inside out to confront the legacy of a young trans woman forced to choose between honesty and access.

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In Theatres: LYNCH/OZ

Photo copyright Jean Christian Bourcart | Courtesy filmmaker

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, December 2:
LYNCH/OZ

Director:
Alexandre O Philippe

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2022

Select Festivals:
Sydney, Traverse City, Bucheon, Deauville, Fantastic Fest, Reykjavik, BFI London, Sitges, Rio, Doclisboa, Bergen, Ghent, Philadelphia, Taipei Golden Horse, Mar del Plata, Stockholm,

About:
An exploration of how Victor Fleming’s 1939 film THE WIZARD OF OZ is one of David Lynch’s most enduring obsessions.

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On VOD: CLEAN SLATE

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Friday, December 2:
CLEAN SLATE

Director:
Jared Callahan

World Premiere:
Atlanta 2021

Select Festivals:
San Francisco DocFest, Nashville

About:
Two friends in a Southern drug recovery program struggle to come to terms with their addiction and mental illness by making a short film about the pain they’ve caused their families.

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In Theatres: LOWNDES COUNTY AND THE ROAD TO BLACK POWER

Coming to theatres this Friday, December 2:
LOWNDES COUNTY AND THE ROAD TO BLACK POWER

Director:
Geeta Gandbhir, Sam Pollard

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2022

Select Festivals:
Camden, BlackStar, St Louis

About:
The story of the local movement and young Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizers who fought not just for voting rights, but for Black Power, in Lowndes County, Alabama. 

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In Theatres: THE QUIET EPIDEMIC

Coming to theatres this Friday, December 2:
THE QUIET EPIDEMIC

Director:
Lindsay Keys, Winslow Crane-Murdoch

World Premiere:
Hot Docs 2022

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hamptons, Heartland, Woodstock, DocUtah, Mill Valley

About:
In 1975, the CDC and insurance companies set guidelines still used today to deny the existence of chronic Lyme disease; now a family fights for their daughter’s testing and treatment of the disease.

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On TV & Streaming: THE TERRITORY

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Coming to NatGeo tomorrow, Thursday, December 1 and to Disney+ this Friday, December 2:
THE TERRITORY

Director:
Alex Pritz

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
True/False, CPH:DOX, It’s All True, Docs Against Gravity, Philadelphia Environmental, Jerusalem, Movies That Matter, Cleveland, Seattle, Sydney

About:
When a network of Brazilian farmers seizes a protected area of the Amazon rainforest, a young Indigenous leader and his mentor must fight back in defense of the land and the people living deep within the forest.

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Streaming: DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!

Coming to OVID tomorrow, Thursday, December 1:
DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!

Director:
Caroline Berler

Premiere:
Frameline 2018

Select Festivals:
NewFest, Outfest, Athena, LGBTQ fests in Copenhagen, Milan, Kansas City, Denver, Dublin, Vancouver, Memphis, Palm Springs, Stockholm, Atlanta, Portland, Tampa, Madrid, Seattle, Sydney, Montreal, Boston, and Taiwan

About:
A survey of the history of queer women’s film.

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