Category Archives: Film Festivals

In Theatres: ALWAYS IN SEASON

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Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, September 20:
ALWAYS IN SEASON

Director:
Jacqueline Olive

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Full Frame, RiverRun, Dallas, Salem, Minneapolis-St Paul, Oxford, Sun Valley, Cleveland, Indie Grits, Atlanta, Freep, Florida, Thin Line, San Francisco, Bentonville, Provincetown, AFI Docs, BlackStar

About:
An interrogation of the disturbing, lasting legacy of lynching in America.

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

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Urbanworld 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 19th Urbanworld Film Festival

Dates:
September 18-22

About:
Five documentary or hybrid features screen at this NYC spotlighting films by African American and multicultural filmmakers.

BAKOSO: AFROBEATS OF CUBA

Screening as a Spotlight is Roger Ross Williams’ THE APOLLO, on the history and legacy of the legendary Harlem theatre; while other nonfiction offerings include: Lisa Cortés and Farah X’s THE REMIX: HIP HOP X FASHION, on the intersection of fashion and hip hop in the late 1980s and 90s; Daniel Effiong’s SKIN, which explores perceptions of skin color and beauty in Nigeria; Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi’s BAKOSO: AFROBEATS OF CUBA, a look at the roots of the musical genre; and Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jiménez’s hybrid BY THE NAME OF TANIA, the story of a Peruvian villager forced into prostitution.

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On DVD/VOD: TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM

photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Coming to DVD and VOD today, Tuesday, September 17:
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM

Director:
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Miami, Cleveland, Montclair, Wisconsin

About:
An intimate profile of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning literary icon.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Special Screening & In Theatres: WHERE’S MY ROY COHN?

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Coming to NYC’s JCC Manhattan tomorrow, Tuesday, September 17 and to theatres this Wednesday, September 18:
WHERE’S MY ROY COHN?

Director:
Matt Tyrnauer

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Zurich, Atlantic, New Zealand

About:
An exploration of the dark influence of Machiavellian attorney Roy Cohn on today’s polarized political landscape.

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

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Special Screening & In Theatres: MIDNIGHT TRAVELER

Coming to NYC’s DCTVscreening series tonight, Monday, September 16 and to theatres this Wednesday, September 18:
MIDNIGHT TRAVELER

Director:
Hassan Fazili

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Berlin, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Docaviv, DocumentaMadrid, DOXA, Sheffield, Thessaloniki, True/False, Doc Edge, RiverRun, Seattle, Montclair, Biografilm, San Francisco, Salem, Sydney

About:
The filmmaker, his wife, and their two daughters face an uncertain road to asylum when they are forced to flee Afghanistan.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: THE GAME CHANGERS

Coming to theatres via Fathom for a special one-night only event tonight, Monday, September 16 before opening in New York/Los Angeles this Friday, September 20:
THE GAME CHANGERS

Director:
Louie Psihoyos

World Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Berlin, Hot Docs, Thessaloniki Doc, Mountainfilm, Boulder, Washington DC Environmental, EarthxFilm

About:
An exploration of the misconceptions and truths about plant-based diets.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, September 13:
MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS

Director:
Irene Taylor Brodsky

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, Portland, AFI Docs, Mountainfilm, Martha’s Vineyard, Provincetown

About:
A personal meditation on deafness through the experiences of the filmmaker’s son, her parents, and Beethoven.

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

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