Category Archives: Film Festivals

In Theatres & On VOD: MINDING THE GAP

Coming to theatres and to Hulu this Friday, August 17:
MINDING THE GAP

Director:
Bing Liu

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, Sheffield, CPH:DOX, DOXA, AFI Docs, Full Frame, Biografilm, Doc 10, Big Sky Doc, San Francisco, Cleveland, Freep, BAMcinemaFest, Sun Valley, San Diego Asian, LA Asian Pacific, CAAMFest, RiverRun, Newport Beach, Docs Against Gravity, Nashville, Guanajuato, Traverse City, Dokufest

About:
Friends from volatile homes, bonded over their love of skateboarding, face the responsibilities and complexities that come with adulthood.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Sarajevo 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 24th Sarajevo Film Festival

Dates:
August 10-17

About:
Nonfiction makes up about a third of the more than 100 features of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s premier festival, an event founded during the siege of Sarajevo. Continue reading

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Special Screening: OUR NEW PRESIDENT

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films this Thursday, August 9:
OUR NEW PRESIDENT

Director:
Maxim Pozdorovkin

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, Big Sky Doc, True/False, CPH:DOX, Miami, Biografilm, Traverse City, Sheffield, Minneapolis-St Paul, DOXA, Revelation Perth, Melbourne, New Zealand, Jerusalem

About:
American politics through the distinct, and decidedly warped, lens of the Russian newsmedia.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Dokufest 2018 Overview

Festival:
The 17th Dokufest

Dates:
August 3-11

About:
Approximately 85 documentary features screen at this event in Prizren, Kosovo.

TAURUNUM BOY

While curating films from all over the world, work from the Balkans takes the spotlight, including: Ivan Ramljak’s HOME OF THE RESISTANCE, about a retirement home for WWII fighters in a small Croatian town; Fisnik Maxhuni and Benoît Goncerut’s ZVICRA, which explores the search for identity by Albanian immigrants in Switzerland; Jelena Maksimović and Dušan Grubin’s TAURUNUM BOY, a Serbian coming of ager; Damir Čučić’s SUMMERHOUSE, about a Croatian radio docudrama author and his subjects; Josip Lukić’s MOMSY, a personal film about the Croatian filmmaker and his mother; and Kreshnik Jonuzi, Luftar Von Rama, and Charlie Askew’s TRIUMPH, which explores the complexities of Eastern European politics through the experiences of the Albanian national soccer team.

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On VOD: RBG

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Friday, August 3:
RBG

Directors:
Betsy West and Julie Cohen

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Miami, Cleveland, San Francisco, Montclair

About:
A portrait of legendary, outspoken US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Melbourne 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 67th Melbourne International Film Festival

Dates:
August 2-19

About:
More than 200 new and recent features screen at this long-running Australian event, among them nearly 80 documentaries. Continue reading

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BlackStar 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 7th BlackStar Film Festival

Dates:
August 2-5

About:
This Philadelphia-based event showcases films by black people from around the world. In addition to a robust shorts lineup, the festival presents 15 new features, nine documentaries among them. Continue reading

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