Category Archives: Film Festivals

On TV: TRY HARDER!

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, May 2:
TRY HARDER!

Director:
Debbie Lum

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, AFI Docs, Full Frame, CAAMFest, Milwaukee, Provincetown, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Philadelphia, Virginia

About:
The graduating class of a competitive San Francisco High School is followed through its harrowing college application process.

I previously wrote about the doc before Sundance here.

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Hot Docs 2022 Overview

Festival:
The 29th Hot Docs

Dates:
April 28-May 8

About:
Making its return to an in-person event, along with online offerings throughout Canada, North America’s largest nonfiction event showcases approximately 145 new and recent doc features.

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On DVD: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY

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Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, April 26:
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY

Director:
W Kamau Bell

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

About:
Can you separate the art from the artist? Should you even try? While there are many people about whom we could ask those questions, none poses a tougher challenge than Bill Cosby.

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On DVD: WRITING WITH FIRE

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, April 26:
WRITING WITH FIRE

Director:
Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, IDFA, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, RIDM, BlackStar, Guadalajara, DocsMX, Double Exposure, Sydney, Yamagata Doc, Ambulante, Denver, San Diego Asian, Hawaii, Bergen, San Francisco, Krakow, Seattle, Thessaloniki Doc, One World, Shanghai

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

About:
A chronicle of the trailblazing work of India’s only news outlet run by Dalit women–once known as “untouchable.”

I previously wrote about the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theaters/Virtual Release: THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE

Coming to theatres and virtual cinema tomorrow, Friday, April 22:
THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE

Director:
Iryna Tsilyk

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Berlin, IDFA, Hot Docs, Doc Fortnight, Thessaloniki Doc, ZagrebDox, Docs Against Gravity, Biografilm, Docudays UA, Reykjavik, Zurich, Dokufest, Adelaide, Seattle

About:
A Ukrainian family processes life in a war zone by making films about their experience.

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Special Screening, On TV, & Streaming: NAVALNY

Coming to NYC’s Pure Nonfiction series tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19, and to CNN and CNN+ this Sunday, April 24:
NAVALNY

Director:
Daniel Roher

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Docville, Cleveland, Hot Docs, San Francisco, Seattle, Sun Valley, Full Frame

About:
After Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent implicated in attacks on other opponents of the Russian government, he partners with journalists and international news organizations to investigate his attempted assassination and find proof of the Kremlin’s involvement. 

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In Theatres: NAVALNY

Coming to theatres for a limited engagement today, Monday, April 11 and tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12:
NAVALNY

Director:
Daniel Roher

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Docville, Cleveland, Hot Docs, San Francisco, Seattle, Sun Valley, Full Frame

About:
After Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent implicated in attacks on other opponents of the Russian government, he partners with journalists and international news organizations to investigate his attempted assassination and find proof of the Kremlin’s involvement. 

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Streaming: UNCLE HOWARD

Coming to OVID.tv today, Thursday, April 7:
UNCLE HOWARD

Director:
Aaron Brookner

World Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
Berlin, New York, Seattle, BAFICI, Jerusalem, Warsaw, San Sebastian, Biografilm, Cleveland

About:
The filmmaker sets out to rediscover his uncle’s pioneering films.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Streaming: WALCHENSEE FOREVER

Coming to Film Movement Plus today, Friday, April 1:
WALCHENSEE FOREVER

Director:
Janna Ji Wonders

World Premiere:
Berlin 2020

Select Festivals:
Thessaloniki Doc, Biografilm, Tempo Doc, Tallinn Black Nights, Taiwan Doc

About:
A personal exploration of the filmmaker’s family history, from Bavaria to Mexico, San Francisco to India.

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On TV: WRITING WITH FIRE

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens this coming Monday, March 28:
WRITING WITH FIRE

Director:
Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, IDFA, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, RIDM, BlackStar, Guadalajara, DocsMX, Double Exposure, Sydney, Yamagata Doc, Ambulante, Denver, San Diego Asian, Hawaii, Bergen, San Francisco, Krakow, Seattle, Thessaloniki Doc, One World, Shanghai

Notable Recognition:
The doc has been nominated for the Academy Awards.

About:
A chronicle of the trailblazing work of India’s only news outlet run by Dalit women–once known as “untouchable.”

I previously wrote about the doc before Sundance here.

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