Category Archives: Documentary

On VOD: 44 PAGES

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24:
44 PAGES

Director:
Tony Shaff

Premiere:
SXSW Edu 2017

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Dallas, Sarasota, Cleveland, RiverRun, Nashville, Sidewalk, Indie Memphis, St Louis,

About:
A behind the scenes look at the most popular children’s magazine in the world.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24:
BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY

Directors:
David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg

Premiere:
SXSW 2017

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, San Francisco, Hot Docs, Telluride Mountainfilm, Seattle, Human Rights Watch, AFI Docs, Hot Springs Doc, Traverse City, Los Angeles, Provincetown

About:
A revealing profile of the well-known educational television personality turned science advocate.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: LOOK & SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY


Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens this coming Monday, April 23:
LOOK & SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY

Director:
Laura Dunn

Co-Director:
Jef Sewell

Premiere:
SXSW 2016 (earlier version titled THE SEER)

Select Festivals:
Sundance, Nantucket, Hot Docs, Montclair, Berlin, Nashville, RiverRun

About:
A profile of the outspoken author and environmentalist through his immediate surroundings.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV: INTENT TO DESTROY

Coming to Starz this Monday, April 23:
INTENT TO DESTROY

Director:
Joe Berlinger

Premiere:
Tribeca 2017

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, IDFA, Krakow, Maryland, St Louis, IFF Boston, San Francisco Jewish, New Zealand, Haifa, Heartland, Denver

About:
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of a narrative feature about the 1915-1918 Armenian genocide.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: AFTER AUSCHWITZ

Coming to NYC theatres tomorrow, Friday, April 20:
AFTER AUSCHWITZ

Director:
Jon Kean

Premiere:
Chapman University (September 2016)

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Los Angeles Jewish, Warsaw Jewish

About:
Six Holocaust survivors share stories of life after the death camp.

I previously wrote about the doc for Nantucket’s program, saying:
Jon Kean’s SWIMMING IN AUSCHWITZ related the stories of six European women who faced the horrors of the Third Reich but managed to survive. His follow-up focuses on these same courageous Holocaust survivors, who detail what happened after they were liberated from Auschwitz-Birkenau in January 1945. With no homes or families left in Europe, they forged a new path, emigrating to America to begin anew, and eventually confronting the tragic past they long kept buried.

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Special Screening: HAIKU ON A PLUM TREE

Coming to NYC’s Stranger Than Fiction tonight, Thursday, April 19:
HAIKU ON A PLUM TREE

Director:
Mujah Maraini-Melehi

Premiere:
Rome 2016

Select Festivals:
Biografilm

About:
The filmmaker’s personal reflection on her grandparent’s imprisonment in Japan during WWII.

Maraini-Melehi’s maternal grandparents, Fosco and Topazia relocated from Italy to Japan in 1938. Living there as the world plunged into war, their loyalty to the Axis powers was demanded. When they refused to declare their allegiance, they and their children were placed in an internment camp for the duration, leaving lasting trauma which the filmmaker seeks to explore in her recounting. While she employs some creative animation and particularly benefits from Japanese dogugaeshi puppetry by the acclaimed Basil Twist, the material is too often far too specific, personal, and slowly paced to prove wholly engaging.

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On DVD: KILLING FOR LOVE

New to DVD this week:
KILLING FOR LOVE

Directors:
Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger

Premiere:
Munich 2016

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, Denver, RiverRun, Virginia, DocsDF, DMZ Docs, Docs Barcelona, Docaviv, Reykjavik, Durban, Krakow, Doc Edge, Docs Against Gravity, Turkey

About:
A brutal double homicide reveals secrets, lies, and the limits of the American justice system.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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