Category Archives: Documentary

In Theatres: FRAMING AGNES

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Ava Benjamin Shorr

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, December 2:
FRAMING AGNES

Director:
Chase Joynt

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
Outfest, Provincetown, Cleveland, BFI Flare, Seattle, Vancouver, Queerlisboa, Hot Springs Doc, Montclair, Bergen, Ashland

About:
After discovering case files from a 1950s gender clinic, a cast of transgender actors turn a talk show inside out to confront the legacy of a young trans woman forced to choose between honesty and access.

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In Theatres: LYNCH/OZ

Photo copyright Jean Christian Bourcart | Courtesy filmmaker

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, December 2:
LYNCH/OZ

Director:
Alexandre O Philippe

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2022

Select Festivals:
Sydney, Traverse City, Bucheon, Deauville, Fantastic Fest, Reykjavik, BFI London, Sitges, Rio, Doclisboa, Bergen, Ghent, Philadelphia, Taipei Golden Horse, Mar del Plata, Stockholm,

About:
An exploration of how Victor Fleming’s 1939 film THE WIZARD OF OZ is one of David Lynch’s most enduring obsessions.

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On VOD: CLEAN SLATE

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Friday, December 2:
CLEAN SLATE

Director:
Jared Callahan

World Premiere:
Atlanta 2021

Select Festivals:
San Francisco DocFest, Nashville

About:
Two friends in a Southern drug recovery program struggle to come to terms with their addiction and mental illness by making a short film about the pain they’ve caused their families.

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In Theatres: LOWNDES COUNTY AND THE ROAD TO BLACK POWER

Coming to theatres this Friday, December 2:
LOWNDES COUNTY AND THE ROAD TO BLACK POWER

Director:
Geeta Gandbhir, Sam Pollard

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2022

Select Festivals:
Camden, BlackStar, St Louis

About:
The story of the local movement and young Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizers who fought not just for voting rights, but for Black Power, in Lowndes County, Alabama. 

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In Theatres: THE QUIET EPIDEMIC

Coming to theatres this Friday, December 2:
THE QUIET EPIDEMIC

Director:
Lindsay Keys, Winslow Crane-Murdoch

World Premiere:
Hot Docs 2022

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hamptons, Heartland, Woodstock, DocUtah, Mill Valley

About:
In 1975, the CDC and insurance companies set guidelines still used today to deny the existence of chronic Lyme disease; now a family fights for their daughter’s testing and treatment of the disease.

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On TV & Streaming: THE TERRITORY

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Coming to NatGeo tomorrow, Thursday, December 1 and to Disney+ this Friday, December 2:
THE TERRITORY

Director:
Alex Pritz

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
True/False, CPH:DOX, It’s All True, Docs Against Gravity, Philadelphia Environmental, Jerusalem, Movies That Matter, Cleveland, Seattle, Sydney

About:
When a network of Brazilian farmers seizes a protected area of the Amazon rainforest, a young Indigenous leader and his mentor must fight back in defense of the land and the people living deep within the forest.

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Streaming: DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!

Coming to OVID tomorrow, Thursday, December 1:
DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!

Director:
Caroline Berler

Premiere:
Frameline 2018

Select Festivals:
NewFest, Outfest, Athena, LGBTQ fests in Copenhagen, Milan, Kansas City, Denver, Dublin, Vancouver, Memphis, Palm Springs, Stockholm, Atlanta, Portland, Tampa, Madrid, Seattle, Sydney, Montreal, Boston, and Taiwan

About:
A survey of the history of queer women’s film.

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On TV & Streaming: BRANSON

Courtesy HBO

Coming to HBO and HBO Max this Thursday, December 1:
BRANSON

Director:
Chris Smith

World Premiere:
HBO/HBO Max (December 2022)

About:
An expansive and intimate 70-year chronicle of the life and career of risk-taking businessman and adventurer Richard Branson.

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Streaming: QUEER GENIUS

Coming to OVID this Thursday, December 1:
QUEER GENIUS

Director:
Chet Pancake

Premiere:
Frameline 2019

Select Festivals:
NewFest

About:
A profile of the lives and creative practice of pioneering lesbian and queer creators, including poet Eileen Myles and the late Barbara Hammer.

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On DVD: RADIOMAN

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, November 29:
RADIOMAN

Director:
Mary Kerr

Premiere:
Hot Docs 2012

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, BAFICI, Krakow

About:
The story of an extraordinary eccentric who overcame homelessness and addiction to become an unlikely New York City movie legend.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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