Category Archives: Film Festivals

On TV: THIS IS HOME

photo by Gidalya Pictures

Coming to EPIX today, Friday, June 22:
THIS IS HOME

Director:
Alexandra Shiva

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Cleveland, Full Frame, Florida, Salem

About:
A look at the experiences of newly arrived Syrian refugees in Baltimore.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: THE KING

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 22:
THE KING

Director:
Eugene Jarecki

Premiere:
Cannes 2017

Select Festivals:
Sundance, Nantucket, Nashville, Seattle, Martha’s Vineyard, London, Sarasota, Chicago DOC 10, Deauville, Zurich, Haifa

About:
A musical road trip across the US in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce explores the rise and fall of the American empire.

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

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Edinburgh 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival

Dates:
June 20-July 1

About:
Nearly 120 features – more than 30 of them nonfiction or hybrids – make up the lineup of this popular Scottish event. Continue reading

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BAMcinemaFest 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 10th anniversary BAMcinemaFest

Dates:
June 20-July 1

About:
Approximately two dozen features – among them 10 docs – as well as shorts and retrospective work make up the anniversary lineup of this celebrated Brooklyn event. Continue reading

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On TV: QUEST

Coming to PBS’s POV tonight, Monday, June 18:
QUEST

Director:
Jonathan Olshefski

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, True/False, New Directors/New Films, Cleveland, RiverRun, Nashville, Ashland, Hot Docs, Dallas, DOXA,

About:
A longitudinal portrait of an African-American family in North Philly.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: EATING ANIMALS

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 15:
EATING ANIMALS

Director:
Christopher Quinn

Premiere:
Telluride 2017

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, CPH:DOX, Docs Against Gravity

About:
An exploration of the impact of factory farming on our food production.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
America’s desire for cheaper, more convenient food has fueled the demise of traditional agriculture and the birth of factory farming. Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer and produced and narrated by Natalie Portman, this unflinching exposé features hidden-camera footage exposing animal abuse and the toxic conditions under which our food is produced. Christopher Quinn’s film is an eye-opening look at the American food production industry and the devastating costs of our dietary choices.

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In Theatres: BELIEVER

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 15:
BELIEVER

Director:
Don Argott

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Montclair, Miami, Outfest

About:
A Mormon rockstar advocates for inclusion and acceptance of LGBT people in the Church of Latter Day Saints.

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

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