Category Archives: Film Festivals

In Theatres: MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY

Coming to theatres this Friday, September 17:
MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY

Director:
Betsy West, Julie Cohen

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Full Frame, Sheffield, Doc10, Provincetown, AFI Docs, Outfest

About:
A profile a long unheralded legal pioneer.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Virtual Release: HERE FOR LIFE

Coming to the Metrograph’s virtual cinema this Friday, September 10:
HERE FOR LIFE

Director:
Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Adrian Jackson

World Premiere:
Locarno 2019

Select Festivals:
Art of the Real, Open City Doc

About:
In a city framed by capital and loss, ten unruly Londoners navigate their wild and wayward way, travelling on their own terms towards a co-existence far stronger than “community.”

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Toronto 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 46th Toronto International Film Festival

Dates:
September 9-18

About:
This Fall cinema mainstay retains its slimmed down lineup for the second year of the pandemic, screening only 20 documentaries, up slightly from 2020’s edition.

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DMZ Docs 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 13th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
September 9-16

About:
More than 70 new and recent feature documentaries are presented at this notable South Korean nonfiction event.

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In Theatres: FAYA DAYI

Coming to theatres today, Friday, September 3:
FAYA DAYI

Director:
Jessica Beshir

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, BlackStar, True/False, Full Frame, Visions du Reel, Seattle, New Directors/New Films, Rotterdam, Melbourne

About:
A poetic, sensorial journey into the highlands of Harar in eastern Ethiopia, the birthplace of khat.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Telluride 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 48th Telluride Film Festival

Dates:
September 2-6

About:
More than 60% of the new feature offerings of this celebrated Colorado cinephile event are represented by nonfiction.

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Venice 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 78th Venice International Film Festival

Dates:
September 1-11

About:
The A list Italian festival returns with approximately 80 features, among them just 14 documentaries, while the autonomous sidebars present 17 docs among their 38 feature presentations, including the following.

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Special Screening: SEARCHERS

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films tomorrow, Saturday, August 28:
SEARCHERS

Director:
Pacho Velez

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Docaviv, Visions du Reel, Minneapolis-St Paul, AFI Docs

About:
An exploration of online dating apps and the need for human connection during a time of enforced isolation.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Jerusalem 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 38th Jerusalem Film Festival

Dates:
August 24-September 4

About:
This respected Israeli event presents more than 100 features, including approximately 30 documentaries.

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On VOD: BRING YOUR OWN BRIGADE

Coming to Paramount+ this Friday, August 20:
BRING YOUR OWN BRIGADE

Director:
Lucy Walker

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

About:
A compelling and comprehensive essay exploring the history and causes of wildfires.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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