Category Archives: Documentary

2020 Sundance Docs in Focus: SOME KIND OF HEAVEN

SOME KIND OF HEAVEN | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by David Bolen

SOME KIND OF HEAVEN
Lance Oppenheim profiles residents of America’s largest retirement community.

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On DVD: BETTY: THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT

Coming to DVD today, Friday, January 17:
BETTY: THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT

Director:
Phil Cox

World Premiere:
IDFA 2017

Select Festivals:
Melbourne, Indielisboa, In-Edit, Revelation Perth, Festival Del Popoli, Indie Memphis

About:
On the pioneering but mysteriously short-lived career of 1970s funk queen Betty Davis.

For a brief time in the early 1970s, Betty Davis was the queen of funk. Though unfairly better known as Miles Davis’ wife, she released three albums and attracted notoriety for her raunchy lyrics and suggestive stage antics. By the end of the decade, however, she left the music industry and moved to Pittsburgh. Director Phil Cox explores Davis’ career, making an argument for her importance and influence on those that followed, and approaches her disappearance as a great mystery. Unfortunately, the film – clocking in at under an hour – doesn’t allot enough room to fully develop either of these threads, opting instead for teases of Davis’ presence and unnecessarily obtuse semi-experimental flourishes, leaving her to remain an intriguing but still elusive figure in the end.

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2020 Sundance Docs in Focus: VIVOS

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VIVOS
Ai Weiwei reveals the tragic cost of Mexican human rights abuses.

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2020 Sundance Docs in Focus: ON THE RECORD

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ON THE RECORD
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering investigate sexual assault in the music industry.

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2020 Sundance Docs in Focus: THE SOCIAL DILEMMA

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THE SOCIAL DILEMMA
Jeff Orlowski exposes the insidious hidden systems of control behind our increasingly networked world.

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On DVD: THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING

New to DVD this week:
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING

Director:
Nathaniel Kahn

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, True/False, CPH:DOX, Provincetown, New Zealand, Jerusalem, Melbourne, Athens, Adelaide

About:
A privileged look into the intersection of high art and commerce.

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

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2020 Sundance Docs in Focus: REBUILDING PARADISE

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REBUILDING PARADISE
Ron Howard chronicles the fate of a town caught in the November 2018 Camp Fire.

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