Category Archives: Film Festivals

Thessaloniki Doc 2021 Overview (Part Two)

Festival:
The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
June 24-July 4

About:
This notable Greek nonfiction event returns to theatres following a local online presentation in March.

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AFI Docs 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 19th AFI Docs

Dates:
June 22-27

About:
This Washington DC event showcases approximately 30 new feature and episodic documentaries, presented in a hybrid format.

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In Theatres: THE SPARKS BROTHERS

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 18:
THE SPARKS BROTHERS

Director:
Edgar Wright

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Hot Docs, IFF Boston, San Francisco Doc

About:
A tribute to the influential but overlooked band Sparks.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, June 18:
RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

Director:
Mariem Pérez Riera

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland, Atlanta, Sarasota, Tribeca, Provincetown

About:
A profile of the pioneering, EGOT-winning star of stage and screen.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: US KIDS

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, May 15:
US KIDS

Director:
Kim A Snyder

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Sheffield, Doc Edge, Mountainfilm, Full Frame, Miami, Martha’s Vineyard, NewportFilm, Calgary, GlobeDocs, Bergen, Hamptons, Mill Valley

About:
The young survivors of the Parkland school shooting are followed over a transformative year and a half.

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

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Frameline 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 45th Frameline

Dates:
June 10-27

About:
The oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world presents just under 50 new features and episodics in a hybrid format, including approximately 20 works of nonfiction.

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Tribeca 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 20th Tribeca Festival

Dates:
June 9-20

About:
Approximately 100 features and episodic content – about half of that nonfiction – screens in a hybrid format in this anniversary year for the curiously renamed NYC event, which has dropped “film” from its title.

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Special Screening & In Theatres: ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE

Coming to Rooftop Films tonight, Thursday, June 3 and to theatres tomorrow, Friday, June 4:
ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE

Director:
Theo Anthony

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Jeonju, True/False, New Directors/New Films

About:
An interrogation of the idea of objectivity through the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing, and justice.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 28th Sheffield Doc/Fest

Dates:
June 4-13

About:
Nearly 80 new and recent features make up the lineup of this well-respected and popular British event, presented in a hybrid format this year.

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Rotterdam 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam

Dates:
June 2-6

About:
This year’s edition of this acclaimed Dutch cinema event was split into two parts – an industry-focused February presentation, and this public-facing offering, which presents more than 100 features, with nonfiction and hybrids making up just over a third of the lineup.

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