Category Archives: Film Festivals

ZagrebDox 2017 Overview

zagrebdox_logoThis Sunday, February 26 sees the start of the 13th annual ZagrebDox. The Croatian event will present 75 new and recent feature documentaries before it comes to a close on Sunday, March 5. In addition to offering local audiences a look at many favorites from the larger doc festival circuit, the festival showcases new regional work, some of which is noted below: Continue reading

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On TV: MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE

maya angelouComing to PBS’s American Masters tonight, Tuesday, February 21:
MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE

Directors:
Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
Full Frame, Black Harvest, RiverRun, Boulder, deadCENTER, Sheffield, DOXA, Montreal Black, Bentonville

About:
An appreciation of the acclaimed poet and author.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Special Screening: THE SETTLERS

settlersComing to NYC’s JCC Manhattan tomorrow, Tuesday, February 21:
THE SETTLERS

Director:
Shimon Dotan

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
New York, DocAviv, IDFA, Biografilm, Sheffield, SF Jewish, Bergen, Heartland

About:
A wide-reaching exploration of the impact of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories of the West Bank.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Special Screening: TICKLED

tickledComing to NYC’s Stranger Than Fiction tomorrow, Tuesday, February 21:
TICKLED

Directors:
David Farrier and Dylan Reeve

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, True/False, Cleveland, Sarasota, San Francisco, Hot Docs, Montclair, Seattle, Sydney, Auckland

About:
Journalists embark on a wild investigation into an online fetish subculture.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV: UNLOCKING THE CAGE

unlocking the cageComing to HBO tonight, Monday, February 20:
UNLOCKING THE CAGE

Directors:
Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Full Frame, Sarasota, Minneapolis/St Paul, Montclair, Visions du Réel, DocAviv, New Zealand, Melbourne, deadCENTER

About:
Animal rights activists champion legal rights for chimpanzees.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

private violenceComing to the WORLD Channel’s Reel South this Sunday, February 19:
PRIVATE VIOLENCE

Director:
Cynthia Hill

Premiere:
Sundance 2014

Select Festivals:
True/False, New Orleans, Full Frame, Dallas, Hot Docs, Heartland, Seattle, Human Rights Watch, DOXA

About:
A courageous look at the consequences of domestic violence.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Film Comment Selects 2017: Documentary Overview

film comment selectsThe Film Society of Lincoln Center presents its annual Film Comment Selects series starting tonight, Friday, February 17. The 17th edition, which runs through Thursday, February 23, presents an eclectic mix of new and retrospective work, including four documentary or hybrid features:

voyageoftime2-920x517-c-defaultMore recent work includes Terrence Malick’s VOYAGE OF TIME (pictured), presented in a shorter, music-focused, ultra-widescreen IMAX version; Wang Bing’s BITTER MONEY, a portrait of migrant Chinese garment workers; and Michał Marczak’s hybrid ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, following Polish twentysomethings in their nocturnal adventures. The series also presents a screening of Louis Malle’s 1985 GOD’S COUNTRY, in which the filmmaker visits a farming community in the midst of economic crisis.

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