Category Archives: Film Festivals

In Theatres & On VOD: COLLECTIVE

Coming to select theatres and to VOD today, November 20:
COLLECTIVE

Director:
Alexander Nanau

World Premiere:
Venice 2019

Select Festivals:
Sundance, DOC NYC, Toronto, IDFA, Zurich, Goteborg, Thessaloniki Doc, Docaviv, Docs Against Gravity, Docville, Moscow, Hamptons, Montclair

About:
An investigation reveals disturbing corruption in Romanian state agencies following a fatal nightclub fire in Bucharest.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST

Coming to VOD via Shudder today, Thursday, November 19:
LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST

Director:
Alexandre O Philippe

World Premiere:
Venice 2019

Select Festivals:
Sundance, London, Sitges, Docs Against Gravity

About:
A dissection of the 1973 horror classic through an extensive conversation with its director.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: COWBOYS

New to VOD this week:
COWBOYS

Director:
Bud Force and John Langmore

World Premiere:
Austin 2019

Select Festivals:
Sun Valley, Thin Line, Lone Star

About:
A portrait of modern-day cowboys over a year.

Shot on eight ranches in seven states in the American West, Bud Force and John Langmore’s thoughtful film details the work of cowboys today over the four seasons. While some of the interviewees, particularly the older ones, relate stories of the past, and some evocative photography captures cowboys in some indeterminate prior decades, the film is very much rooted in the reality of the profession in the present, exploring the sacrifice and hard work involved. More of a portrait of a profession rather than of individuals, the project captures an essential way of life that is still hanging on despite feeling somewhat out of its time.

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IDFA 2020 Overview, Part Two

Festival:
The 33rd IDFA

Dates:
November 18-December 6

About:
Yesterday’s post covered the Dutch event’s competitive sections, while today’s looks at non-competitive programming strands.

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On DVD: AGGIE

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, November 17:
AGGIE

Director:
Catherine Gund

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Cleveland, San Francisco, Ashland, Salem

About:
The filmmaker profiles her mother, the influential art collector, philanthropist, and social justice advocate, Agnes Gund.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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IDFA 2020 Overview, Part One

Festival:
The 33rd IDFA

Dates:
November 18-December 6

About:
Approximately 150 new and recent documentary features, plus a wide range of shorts and interactive projects, make up the online lineup of the world’s largest nonfiction event. Today’s post covers a selection of films within the competition sections, while tomorrow’s will spotlight non-competitive strands.

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RIDM 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 23rd RIDM

Dates:
November 12-December 2

About:
Montreal’s well-regarded nonfiction event takes a creative approach to presenting its online lineup, highlighting a different collection of thematic sections in each of its three weeks, including a total of approx 50 feature docs – a sampling noted below.

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DOC NYC 2020 Overview: Part Five

Festival:
The 11th DOC NYC

Dates:
November 11-19

About:
This final post about this year’s edition of America’s largest documentary festival – beginning tomorrow and available online nationwide – provides a rundown of our shorts programs, as selected by our Shorts Programmer Opal H Bennett and her team.

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In Virtual Release: CODED BIAS

Coming to virtual cinemas tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11:
CODED BIAS

Director:
Shalini Kantayya

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Human Rights Watch, Hot Docs, Full Frame, SXSW, San Francisco, Hamptons, Provincetown, New Zealand, Melbourne, DokuFest, BlackStar, Docaviv, Warsaw, Mill Valley, Denver

About:
An exploration of the disturbing gender and racial bias prevalent in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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DOC NYC 2020 Overview: Part Four

Festival:
The 11th DOC NYC

Dates:
November 11-19

About:
This fourth post about America’s largest documentary festival – beginning Wednesday and available online across the US – covers our Short List and Winner’s Circle sections, which put the spotlight on notable films that we think will receive awards season attention. Tomorrow wraps up this overview with a look at our various short film programs.

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