Category Archives: Documentary

On DVD: (DIS)HONESTY – THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

dishonesty-the-truth-about-liesComing to DVD next Tuesday, January 24:
(DIS)HONESTY – THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

Director:
Yael Melamede

Premiere:
Full Frame 2015

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Montclair, Bentonville

About:
A consideration of the psychology behind deception.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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2017 Sundance Docs in Focus: RISE

riseRISE
Three episodes of the new Viceland docuseries focusing on indigenous resistance.

Festival Section:
Special Events

Special Program:
The New Climate
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On TV: THE WITNESS

witnessComing to PBS’s Independent Lens next Monday, June 23:
THE WITNESS

Director:
James Solomon

Premiere:
New York Film Festival 2015

Select Festivals:
Palm Springs, Big Sky, Boulder, Hong Kong, Sarasota, Atlanta

Notable Recognition:
The doc has been shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

About:
Kitty Genovese’s brother searches for the truth behind her notorious 1964 murder.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN

beware_of_slendermanComing to HBO this coming Monday, June 23:
BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN

Director:
Irene Taylor Brodsky

Premiere:
SXSW 2016

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, IDFA, Hot Docs, Montclair, Seattle, Docuwest, Fantasia, New Zealand, Melbourne

About:
An insidious Internet meme inspires a shocking murder attempt.

I previously wrote about the doc for Nantucket, saying:
Offering a sensitive investigation of a disturbing true-life crime, Irene Taylor Brodsky chronicles the 2014 case of a pair of 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who attempted to murder their friend to appease the Slenderman, an Internet bogeyman they were convinced otherwise would harm their families. In the wake of this strange crime, the girls’ parents and authorities try to make sense of this Web legend and how quickly and firmly it became cemented in the minds of impressionable young people. Eschewing sensationalism and facile answers, Brodsky tells a complex cautionary tale that questions how much parents truly know about what their kids do online.

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On VOD: HUNTWATCH

huntwatchComing to VOD today, Tuesday, January 17:
HUNTWATCH

Director:
Brant Backlund

Premiere:
DOC NYC 2015

Select Festivals:
Santa Barbara, Sedona, Boulder, Newport Beach

About:
A man makes it his life’s work to save Arctic seals.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres & On VOD: THE SUNSHINE MAKERS

THESUNSHINEMAKERS-KEYComing to theatres this Friday, January 20 and to VOD next Friday, January 27:
THE SUNSHINE MAKERS

Director:
Cosmo Feilding Mellen

Premiere:
DOC NYC 2015

About:
A secret history of the popularization of LSD in 1960s America.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
A real-life BREAKING BAD for the psychedelic set, Cosmo Feilding Mellen reveals the entertaining, untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counterculture. United in a utopian mission to save the planet through the consciousness-raising power of LSD, these underground chemists manufactured a massive amount of acid – including the gold standard for quality LSD, Orange Sunshine – as they tried to stay one step ahead of the feds.

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2017 Sundance Docs in Focus: HOT GIRLS WANTED: TURNED ON

hot girls wantedHOT GIRLS WANTED: TURNED ON
The online world of porn and its impact on real life is explored in this new Netflix docuseries.

Festival Section:
Special Events

Program:
Docuseries Showcase
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