Category Archives: Documentary

In Theatres: BANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26:
BANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY

Directors:
Brett Berns and Bob Sarles

Premiere:
SXSW 2016

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Seattle, Vancouver, Mill Valley, San Diego Jewish, Denver, Sound Unseen, Miami Jewish, Atlanta Jewish, Boulder, Don’t Knock the Rock, New Zealand, Doc ‘n Roll

About:
A tribute to an unheralded but prolific songwriter and producer.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC, saying:
Bert Berns may not be a household name, but over a remarkably prolific yet scant seven years, the songwriter and producer was behind such classics as “Piece of My Heart,” “Under the Boardwalk,” and “Twist and Shout,” while also launching the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond. His son, Brett, together with Bob Sarles, relates his colorful story, which stretches from the Bronx to Cuba, the Brill Building and Atlantic Records to Berns’ own successful record labels, Bang and Shout.

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On DVD: AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, April 25:
AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES

Director:
Molly Bernstein

Premiere:
DOC NYC 2015

Select Festivals:
Washington DC’s Environmental, Cleveland, Maine

About:
A portrait of the acclaimed photographer Rosamond Purcell.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: THIS WAS THE XFL

this_was_the_xflComing to DVD today, Tuesday, April 25:
THIS WAS THE XFL

Director:
Charlie Ebersol

Premiere:
DOC NYC 2016

About:
An entertaining reappraisal of the much-hyped but disastrous alternate to the NFL.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: CONTEMPORARY COLOR

Contemporary_Color_web_2Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, April 25:
CONTEMPORARY COLOR

Directors:
Bill Ross and Turner Ross

Premiere:
Tribeca 2016

Select Festivals:
IDFA, Hot Docs, New Orleans, San Francisco, Montclair, Seattle, Sydney, Bonnaroo, AFI Docs, Guanajuato, Melbourne, Sidewalk, Camden, Denver, St Louis, Indie Memphis, Sound Unseen

About:
A chronicle of a one-night-only musical collaboration conceived by David Byrne celebrating color guard.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25:
MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI

Director:
Steven Okazaki

Premiere:
Venice 2015

Select Festivals:
Telluride, London, Kyoto, Mill Valley, Hawaii, Denver, AFI Fest, Taipei Golden Horse

About:
A tribute to the Japanese actor best known for his work with Akira Kurosawa.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: WE ARE X

we are xComing to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25:
WE ARE X

Director:
Stephen Kijak

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Vancouver, Seattle, BFI London, Shanghai, Guanajuato, IDFA

About:
A profile of Japanese super band X Japan and its charismatic frontman, Yoshiki X.

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

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Special Screening: TOKYO IDOLS

Coming to NYC’s Stranger Than Fiction tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25:
TOKYO IDOLS

Director:
Kyoko Miyake

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Nashville, Docville, Hot Docs, DOXA, Documentary Edge

About:
An examination of sexuality and social media popularity via a distinctly Japanese popular culture phenomenon.

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

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