Category Archives: Documentary

Streaming: GAY USA

Coming to OVID today, Wednesday, January 11:
GAY USA

Director:
Arthur J Bressan Jr

World Premiere:
San Francisco theatrical release (1977)

About:
The first American feature-length documentary by and about LGBTQ+ people mobilized camera crews across the country to document the national Gay Freedom Day marches in June of 1977, conveying the passion, anger, and defiant optimism of a community under attack.

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2023 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: FOOD AND COUNTRY

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FOOD AND COUNTRY
America’s policy of producing cheap food at all costs has long hobbled small independent farmers, ranchers, and chefs. Worried for their survival, trailblazing food writer Ruth Reichl reaches out across political and social divides to uncover the country’s broken food system and the innovators risking it all to transform it.

Director/Producer:
Laura Gabbert

Producers:
Ruth Reichl, Paula P Manzanedo, Caroline Libresco, Lisa Remington

Festival Section:
Premieres

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Streaming: BORN IN EVIN

New to OVID this week:
BORN IN EVIN

Director:
Maryam Zaree

World Premiere:
Berlin 2019

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, IDFA, Sarajevo, Morelia, Biografilm, Human Rights Watch NYC, Cologne, Heartland

About:
A personal film investigating the filmmaker’s birth in an Iranian prison for dissidents.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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2023 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: THE DEEPEST BREATH

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THE DEEPEST BREATH
A champion freediver and expert safety diver seemed destined for one another despite the different paths they took to meet at the pinnacle of the freediving world. A look at the thrilling rewards — and inescapable risks — of chasing dreams through the depths of the ocean.

Director:
Laura McGann

Producers:
John Battsek, Sarah Thomson, Jamie D’Alton, Anne McLoughlin

Festival Section:
Premieres

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2023 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: DEEP RISING

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DEEP RISING
The fate of the planet’s last untouched wilderness, the deep ocean, is under threat as a secretive organization is about to allow massive extraction of seabed metals to address the world’s energy crisis.

Director/Producer:
Matthieu Rytz

Festival Section:
Premieres

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2023 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: THE TUBA THIEVES

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THE TUBA THIEVES
From 2011 to 2013, tubas were stolen from Los Angeles high schools. This is not a story about thieves or missing tubas. Instead, it asks what it means to listen.

Director/Producer:
Alison O’Daniel

Producer:
Rachel Nederveld

Festival Section:
NEXT

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On DVD: THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, January 10:
THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER

Director:
Kathlyn Horan

World Premiere:
SXSW 2022

Select Festivals:
Telluride, Toronto, Nashville, Wodstock, Hot Springs Doc, Montclair, Chicago

About:
Rising star Brandi Carlile writes an album for her hero, trailblazing country music legend Tanya Tucker, spurring the greatest comeback in country music history.

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2023 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: KOKOMO CITY

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KOKOMO CITY
Four Black transgender sex workers explore the dichotomy between the Black community and themselves, while confronting issues long avoided.

Director/Producer:
D Smith

Producers:
Harris Doran, Bill Butler

Festival Section:
NEXT

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On DVD: BEING THUNDER

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, January 10:
BEING THUNDER

Director:
Stéphanie Lamorré

World Premiere:
Inside Out 2021

Select Festivals:
Frameline, American Indian, NewFest

About:
Two-Spirit teenager Sherente lives at the intersections—sometimes clashing, sometimes harmonious—of several identities.

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2023 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: KING COAL

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KING COAL
The cultural roots of coal continue to permeate the rituals of daily life in Appalachia even as its economic power wanes. The journey of a coal miner’s daughter exploring the region’s dreams and myths, untangling the pain and beauty, as her community sits on the brink of massive change.

Director/Producer:
Elaine McMillion Sheldon

Producers:
Shane Boris, Diane Becker, Peggy Drexler

Festival Section:
NEXT

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