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Cinéma du Reél 2017 Overview

The 39th edition of Cinéma du Réel, the documentary festival of Paris, begins tomorrow, Friday, March 24 and runs through Sunday, April 2. The event will showcase approximately 50 new and recent documentary features, along with shorts, panels, and retrospectives. Feature highlights follow: Continue reading

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On TV: THE BAD KIDS

bad kidsComing to Independent Lens this coming Monday, March 20:
THE BAD KIDS

Directors:
Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
True/False, Cleveland, Full Frame, Dallas, Visions du Réel, Hot Docs, DocAviv, and Atlantic

About:
A coming-of-age story set in a high school for at-risk students.

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

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On VOD: NOTES ON BLINDNESS

New to VOD via Netflix this week:
NOTES ON BLINDNESS

Directors:
Peter Middleton and James Spinney

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
Karlovy Vary, Sheffield, Tribeca, Cleveland, Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand, Jerusalem, San Francisco

About:
An immersive recreation of a man’s experience of losing his sight.

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

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CPH:DOX 2017 Overview

CPH:DOX, the popular, eclectic Danish documentary festival, returns tomorrow, Thursday, March 16 for its 14th edition, having skipped its 2016 event as it shifted its dates from November to its new berth in March. More than 170 documentary features will screen at this year’s event, which will wrap on Sunday, March 26, including the highlights below: Continue reading

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New Directors/New Films 2017: Documentary Overview

ndnf-2017-logo-largeNew Directors/New Films, a program jointly curated by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, returns for its 46th edition starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15. Running through Sunday, March 26, the event showcases the work of first and second time directors. Of the 30 feature and mid-length film line-up, however, there are only three documentaries and two hybrids:

strong islandTwo make their NYC premiere after impressive debuts at Sundance: Yance Ford’s STRONG ISLAND (pictured), on the filmmaker’s search for answers into his brother’s murder, winner of a special jury award at Sundance; and Jonathan Olshefski’s QUEST, which follows an African-American family over a decade of change.

thechallenge_stills__1-21Also screening at ND/NF are Yuri Ancarani’s look at the lives of ultra-rich Qatari amateur falconers, THE CHALLENGE (pictured), a special jury prize winner at Locarno last year; Kaori Kinoshita and Alain Della Negra’s hybrid exploration of a New Age church’s retreat, HAPPINESS UNIVERSITY; and Alessandro Comodin’s hybrid inspired by Italian folklore, HAPPY TIMES WILL COME SOON.

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On TV: WATER & POWER: A CALIFORNIA HEIST

water & powerComing to the National Geographic Channel globally tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14:
WATER & POWER: A CALIFORNIA HEIST

Director:
Marina Zenovich

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
Washington DC Environmental

About:
An investigation into the long-standing battle that’s being waged for control of the most precious of natural resources.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres & On TV: CRIES FROM SYRIA

cries from syriaComing to theatres today, Friday, March 10 and to HBO this coming Monday, March 13:
CRIES FROM SYRIA

Director:
Evgeny Afineevsky

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

About:
An overarching account of the impact of Syria’s civil war on its people.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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