Category Archives: Documentary

Streaming: TO A MORE PERFECT UNION: US V WINDSOR

Coming to OVID tomorrow, Thursday, August 11:
TO A MORE PERFECT UNION: US V WINDSOR

Director:
Donna Zaccaro

World Premiere:
Woodstock 2017

Select Festivals:
Nashville, Rocky Mountain Women’s, Inside Out, LGBT fests in Boston and Miami

About:
The decades-long love between a lesbian couple serves to revisit the story of marriage equality in the US.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: JAZZ FEST: A NEW ORLEANS STORY

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, August 9:
JAZZ FEST: A NEW ORLEANS STORY

Director:
Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern

World Premiere:
SXSW 2021

About:
A soulful and heartfelt celebration of 50 years of the funky and fabulous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the unique culture of the southern city.

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On VOD: HE DREAMS OF GIANTS

Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, August 9:
HE DREAMS OF GIANTS

Director:
Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2019

Select Festivals:
AFI Fest, Cleveland, Dublin, Taipei Golden Horse, Raindance

About:
A behind-the-scenes look at Terry Gilliam’s THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE.

The film screened at DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
For 30 years, Terry Gilliam struggled to make a screen adaptation of DON QUIXOTE, including an abandoned attempt chronicled in Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s 2002 documentary LOST IN LA MANCHA. Gilliam never gave up and neither did the documentarians. This film represents the culmination of all their efforts in an epic and poignant portrait. We watch Gilliam bring all his talent, obsession, and humor to confronting self-doubt, the pressure to compromise, and the need to realize a long-held dream.

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On VOD: FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK

Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, August 9:
FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK

Director:
Bobbi Jo Hart

World Premiere:
Hot Docs 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, DOXA, Inside Out, Frameline, Outfest, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Santa Barbara, Athena, Cleveland, In-Edit, Hawaii, Doc’n Roll, Woodstock, Florida

About:
Ferocious female rockers Fanny, who shattered glass ceilings in the ’70s, collecting fans like David Bowie before being buried in retro record bins, reunite fifty years later with a new record deal and a chance to rewrite history.

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On DVD: GALLANT INDIES

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, August 9:
GALLANT INDIES

Director:
Philippe Béziat

World Premiere:
Bordeaux 2020

Select Festivals:
Sheffield, Hot Docs, FIPADOC, Doclisboa, Transilvania, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, Havana, Shanghai

About:
A young filmmaker works with an acclaimed choreographer to stage a baroque masterpiece at Opéra national de Paris, combining urban dance such as hip-hop, krump, break, and voguing with classical music to challenge the cultural expectations of this venerable, four-century-old institution.

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On DVD: CALENDAR GIRL

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, August 9:
CALENDAR GIRL

Director:
Christian D Bruun

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2020

Select Festivals:
Miami Jewish, LA Fashion Festival, Berkshire

About:
Ruth Finley, the nonagenarian queen of the fashion industry through her pink Fashion Calendar, founded in 1945, faces the end of an era as her iconic publication changes ownership. 

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On TV: PRESIDENT

Coming to PBS’s POV tonight, Monday, August 8:
PRESIDENT

Director:
Camilla Nielsson

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, AFI Docs, Docaviv, Thessaloniki Doc, Dokufest, Encounters, DMZ Docs, Melbourne, Docville, Zurich, Montclair, Philadelphia

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

About:
The leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition party seeks a free and fair election.

I previously wrote about the doc before Sundance here.

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Streaming: FAITH

Coming to Film Movement Plus today, Friday, August 5:
FAITH

Director:
Valentina Pedicini

World Premiere:
IDFA 2019

Select Festivals:
True/False, Docaviv, Goteborg, Thessaloniki Doc

About:
An Italian sect of monastic martial arts champions, the Warriors of Light, train to fight evil.

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In Theatres: CLAYDREAM

Coming to theatres today, Friday, August 5:
CLAYDREAM

Director:
Marq Evans

World Premiere:
FIFAA Annecy 2021

Select Festivals:
Tribeca, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Palm Springs

About:
The rise and fall of the Oscar- and Emmy-winning Will Vinton, the “Father of Claymation” who revolutionized the animation business during the 1980s and ’90s only to see his carefully sculpted American dream came crumbling down.

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Streaming: THE NOTORIOUS MR BOUT

Coming to Film Movement Plus tomorrow, Friday, August 5:
THE NOTORIOUS MR BOUT

Director:
Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin

World Premiere:
Sundance 2014

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, True/False, Little Rock, Miami, BAMcinemaFest

About:
A portrait of an infamous Russian international arms smuggler.

I previously profiled the film before Sundance here.

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