Category Archives: Film

On TV: THIS IS HOME

photo by Gidalya Pictures

Coming to EPIX today, Friday, June 22:
THIS IS HOME

Director:
Alexandra Shiva

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Cleveland, Full Frame, Florida, Salem

About:
A look at the experiences of newly arrived Syrian refugees in Baltimore.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV: NOSSA CHAPE

Coming to FOX Sports tomorrow, Saturday, June 23:
NOSSA CHAPE

Directors:
Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist

Co-Director:
Julian Duque

Premiere:
SXSW 2018

Select Festivals:
Montclair, Kicking & Screening

About:
A Brazilian soccer club reckons with a devastating tragedy.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: THE KING

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 22:
THE KING

Director:
Eugene Jarecki

Premiere:
Cannes 2017

Select Festivals:
Sundance, Nantucket, Nashville, Seattle, Martha’s Vineyard, London, Sarasota, Chicago DOC 10, Deauville, Zurich, Haifa

About:
A musical road trip across the US in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce explores the rise and fall of the American empire.

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

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Special Screening: THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films tomorrow, Friday, June 22:
THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA

Directors:
Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher

Premiere:
SXSW 2018

Select Festivals:
Sheffield, AFI Docs, Nashville, BAMcinemaFest, Provincetown, Indie Grits, Ashland, Frameline, Portland QDoc

About:
A small Arkansas town hosts both a spectacular Passion Play and a gospel drag show.

If Eureka Springs AR, population 2073, is united by one thing, it’s a belief in God. This Bible Belt town celebrated its Christianity by erecting a massive statue of Jesus known as the “Christ of the Ozarks” 50 years ago, and instituted a large-scale Passion Play around the same time. Reflecting the changing times, however, Eureka Springs also celebrates the Lord via regular gospel drag shows performed at the local gay bar, Eureka Live. While Palmieri and Mosher’s engaging film addresses the potential impact of an anti-transgender bathroom bill on the town, their subjects refreshingly defy preconceptions about where they’d land on the issue, demonstrating instead a tight-knit, inclusive small-town community – one that has surprising commonalities rather than disruptive differences. Eschewing easy demonization of any particular person or group, the filmmakers instead construct a free-moving look at faith, love, and principles in Eureka Springs, highlighted through parallels between the performances of the drag queens and the Passion Play actors – the latter in their own way doing a form of straight, Christian drag – resulting in a welcome, uplifting portrait.

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In Theatres: SPIRAL

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, June 22:
SPIRAL

Director:
Laura Fairrie

Premiere:
DOC NYC 2017

Select Festivals:
Washington DC Jewish, Montclair

About:
An exploration of the resurgence of Anti-Semitism in France.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: THE JAZZ AMBASSADORS

Photo: BBC/Antelope South/Louis Armstrong House Museum

New to DVD this week:
THE JAZZ AMBASSADORS

Director:
Hugo Berkeley

Premiere:
Full Frame 2018

Select Festivals:
Newport Beach, Harlem

About:
On America’s Cold War propaganda campaign which deployed African-American musicians around the world.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Edinburgh 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival

Dates:
June 20-July 1

About:
Nearly 120 features – more than 30 of them nonfiction or hybrids – make up the lineup of this popular Scottish event. Continue reading

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