Category Archives: Documentary

On TV: THE KING

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens next Monday, January 28:
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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2019 Sundance Docs in Focus: THIS IS PERSONAL

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THIS IS PERSONAL
Amy Berg presents a candid look at the work and challenges of modern day feminist activism.

Festival Section:
Special Events
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2019 Sundance Docs in Focus: LORENA

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LORENA
Joshua Rofé investigates the notorious case of Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt.

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Special Events
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In Theatres: THE 5 BROWNS: DIGGING THROUGH THE DARKNESS

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23:
THE 5 BROWNS: DIGGING THROUGH THE DARKNESS

Director:
Ben Niles

Premiere:
Montclair 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, SF DocFest, Sedona

About:
A unique family musical group reckons with the revelation of past trauma.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Five close-knit siblings, all piano virtuosos trained at Juilliard, form The 5 Browns, a musical group that takes the world by storm, touring and recording best-selling albums. The facade of their happy, all-American family is shattered, however, with the revelation of a dark secret. Laced with brilliant musical performances, this is the compelling story of how the gifted siblings struggle to save themselves and their music while confronting their disturbing past.

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2019 Sundance Docs in Focus: LEAVING NEVERLAND

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LEAVING NEVERLAND
Dan Reed presents an intimate profile of two of Michael Jackson’s alleged sexual abuse victims.

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Special Events
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On TV: THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS

Coming to CNN this Sunday, January 27:
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS

Director:
Tim Wardle

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, DOC NYC, Hot Docs, Miami, San Francisco, Sydney, Dallas, Montclair, Cleveland, Newport Beach

Notable Recognition:
The doc was shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

About:
The surprising, stranger than fiction tale of triplets separated at birth.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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2019 Sundance Docs in Focus: MAIDEN

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MAIDEN
Alex Holmes tells the story of a pioneering all-female yacht racing team.

Festival Section:
Spotlight
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