Category Archives: Documentary

On VOD: PICTURE A SCIENTIST

Coming to Netflix this Sunday, June 13:
PICTURE A SCIENTIST

Director:
Sharon Shattuck, Ian Cheney

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
Athena, InScience, Science on Screen

About:
An exploration of systemic discrimination and bias against women and especially women of color in STEM fields.

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On VOD: CITY HALL

Coming to MUBI today, Friday, June 11:
CITY HALL

Director:
Frederick Wiseman

World Premiere:
Venice 2020

Select Festivals:
Toronto, New York, IDFA, RIDM, Hong Kong, Busan, Jihlava, Camden, Hamburg, Denver, Glasgow, Philadelphia

About:
A kaleidoscopic look at the inner workings of the city of Boston explores larger ideas about a country’s steps toward inclusivity and social reform.

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Frameline 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 45th Frameline

Dates:
June 10-27

About:
The oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world presents just under 50 new features and episodics in a hybrid format, including approximately 20 works of nonfiction.

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On DVD: HOT HOUSE

New to DVD this week:
HOT HOUSE

Director:
Shimon Dotan

World Premiere:
Jerusalem 2006

Select Festivals:
Sundance, Human Rights Watch, Watch Docs

About:
A look at how Israeli prisons have encouraged the development of the next generation of Palestinian leaders as well as future terrorist threats.

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In Virtual Release: UPHEAVAL: THE JOURNEY OF MENACHEM BEGIN

Coming to virtual cinema today, Wednesday, June 9:
Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin

Director:
Jonathan Gruber

World Premiere:
Heartland 2020

Select Festivals:
Jewish fests in Las Vegas, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, and Pittsburgh

About:
A portrait of the Nobel Prize-winning former Israeli Prime Minister.

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On DVD: ALI & CAVETT: THE TALE OF THE TAPES

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, June 8:
ALI & CAVETT: THE TALE OF THE TAPES

Director:
Robert S Bader

World Premiere:
SXSW 2018

Select Festivals:
Traverse City, Milwaukee, Black Harvest

About:
Tracing the development of Muhammad Ali through his appearances on THE DICK CAVETT SHOW.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Tribeca 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 20th Tribeca Festival

Dates:
June 9-20

About:
Approximately 100 features and episodic content – about half of that nonfiction – screens in a hybrid format in this anniversary year for the curiously renamed NYC event, which has dropped “film” from its title.

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On DVD: THE LAND OF AZABA

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, June 8:
THE LAND OF AZABA

Director:
Greta Schiller

World Premiere:
Valladolid 2020

About:
A portrait of ecological restoration, set in Western Spain’s Campanarios de Azaba Nature Reserve.

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On DVD: AMERICAN OZ

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, June 8:
AMERICAN OZ

Director:
Randall MacLowry, Tracy Heather Strain

World Premiere:
American Experience (April 2021)

About:
A portrait of L Frank Baum, best known for his popular series of children’s books that began with THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: BALLERINA BOYS

Coming to PBS’s American Masters tonight, Friday, June 4:
BALLERINA BOYS

Director:
Chana Gazit, Martie Barylick

World Premiere:
American Masters PBS broadcast (June 2021)

About:
A portrait of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, also known as the Trocks, an all-male company that for 45 years has offered audiences their passion for ballet classics mixed with exuberant comedy, poking fun at their strictly gendered art form.

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