Category Archives: Documentary

Cannes 2022: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 75th Cannes Film Festival

Dates:
May 17-28

About:
Returning to its regular May berth after a delayed-then-cancelled 2020 edition and a July 2021 edition, the premier film event offers approximately 80 new features, with docs once again making up less than a quarter of the slate, while its parallel sidebars present just two works of nonfiction out of more than 30 features.

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On TV: SCENES FROM THE GLITTERING WORLD

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens today, Monday, May 16:
SCENES FROM THE GLITTERING WORLD

Director:
Jared Jakins

World Premiere:
Full Frame 2021

Select Festivals:
Trento, Washington DC Environmental

About:
In the furthest reaches of the Navajo Nation, at the most remote high school in the continental US, three Indigenous students maneuver through the vagaries of adolescence in hopes of realizing their dreams for the future.

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Special Screening, On TV, & Streaming: GEORGE CARLIN’S AMERICAN DREAM

Coming to NYC’s Pure Nonfiction tomorrow, Tuesday, May 17, and to HBO/HBO Max beginning this Friday, May 20:
GEORGE CARLIN’S AMERICAN DREAM

Director:
Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio

World Premiere:
Pure Nonfiction (May 2022, part 1)

About:
A two-part chronicle of the life and work of the legendary counterculture comedian.

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On TV & Streaming: DIAMOND HANDS: THE LEGEND OF WALLSTREETBETS

Coming to MSNBC this coming Sunday, May 15 and to Peacock Monday, May 16:
DIAMOND HANDS: THE LEGEND OF WALLSTREETBETS

Director:
Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari

World Premiere:
SXSW 2022

About:
When the smart money was betting GameStop would go under, an army of irreverent traders tried to take Wall Street down instead

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In Theatres: MAU

Coming to theatres today, Friday, May 13:
MAU

Director:
Benji Bergmann, Jono Bergmann

World Premiere:
SXSW 2021

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Tallinn Black Nights

About:
The unlikely story of design visionary Bruce Mau and his ever-optimistic push for massive change.

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In Theatres: IL BUCO

Coming to NYC’s Film Forum today, Friday, May 13:
IL BUCO

Director:
Michelangelo Frammartino

World Premiere:
D’A Film Festival 2021

Select Festivals:
Venice, New York, Busan, Beijing, Tokyo, BFI London, Thessaloniki, Mar del Plata, Vienna,

About:
A hybrid docufiction recreation of a 1961 speleological expedition to measure Europe’s deepest cave in Italy’s Calabria region.

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Streaming: OUR FATHER

New to Netflix this week:
OUR FATHER

Director:
Lucie Jourdan

World Premiere:
Netflix release (May 2022)

About:
Genetics gave them blond hair, blue eyes, and a place on a fertility doctor’s family tree that was planted without their mothers’ knowledge or consent.

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In Theatres: JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, May 13:
JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE

Director:
Tomer Heymann

World Premiere:
Jerusalem 2018

Select Festivals:
IDFA, CPH:DOX, Thessaloniki Doc, Vilnius, Docs Against Gravity, MIX Brasil, Biografilm

About:
An intimate look at the world of porn and escorting through the story of a gay Israeli porn star.

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In Theatres: JAZZ FEST: A NEW ORLEANS STORY

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, May 13:
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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In Theatres: BLACK GOLD

Coming to theatres today, Wednesday, May 11:
BLACK GOLD

Director:
Gabrielle Schonder, Zach Heinzerling

World Premiere:
Theatrical release (May 2022)

About:
The story of the cover-up of the century, in which a boss atop the trillion-dollar oil industry discovered a shocking truth 40 years ago, created a black ops conspiracy to hide the evidence, and stopped at nothing to keep the money flowing as the world burned.

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