Category Archives: Film Festivals

In Virtual Release: UNTITLED PIZZA MOVIE

Coming to virtual cinemas via Metrograph beginning tomorrow, Friday, February 26:
UNTITLED PIZZA MOVIE

Director:
David Shapiro

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

About:
The filmmaker revisits a long-unfinished project to make sense of the passing of his friend and collaborator.

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

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On VOD: WINTER NOMADS

Coming to OVID.tv tomorrow, Thursday, February 25:
WINTER NOMADS

Director:
Manuel von Stürler

World Premiere:
Berlin 2012

Select Festivals:
IDFA, San Francisco, Thessaloniki Doc, ZagrebDox, Flahertiana, Reykjavik, Goteborg, Guth Gafa

About:
A grizzled veteran shepherd and a newcomer lead their flock all over the Swiss countryside to fatten them up before slaughter.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: COLLECTIVE

Coming to DVD today, February 23:
COLLECTIVE

Director:
Alexander Nanau

World Premiere:
Venice 2019

Select Festivals:
Sundance, DOC NYC, Toronto, IDFA, Zurich, Goteborg, Thessaloniki Doc, Docaviv, Docs Against Gravity, Docville, Moscow, Hamptons, Montclair

Notable Recognition:
The doc has been shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

About:
An investigation reveals disturbing corruption in Romanian state agencies following a fatal nightclub fire in Bucharest.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: TOKYO IDOLS

Coming to OVID.tv today, Thursday, February 18:
TOKYO IDOLS

Director:
Kyoko Miyake

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Nashville, Docville, Hot Docs, DOXA, Documentary Edge

About:
An examination of sexuality and social media popularity via a distinctly Japanese popular culture phenomenon.

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

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On TV: PAHOKEE

Coming to The WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16:
PAHOKEE

Directors:
Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, SXSW, San Francisco, DokuFest, Sarasota, Denver, Maryland, Hamptons, Visions du Reel, Miami, Encounters, Sidewalk, Montclair, Los Angeles Latino, Bentonville, IFF Boston, Ashland

About:
Four teenagers are followed through their senior year of high school in the Florida Everglades.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Slamdance 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 27th Slamdance Film Festival

Dates:
February 12-25

About:
Presented online – and a few weeks later than its usual concurrence with Sundance – this ever-scrappy event presents 25 features, with docs making up just over half that number, including the highlights below.

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93rd Oscars: Best Documentary Shortlist Announced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short Subject shortlists today. In addition, two documentary features are included on the International Feature Film shortlist. Congratulations to all the filmmakers – especially the Sundance, DOC NYC, and Nantucket Film Festival alumni represented.

The official lists are below, with links to my previous coverage, where applicable. The final nominees will be announced on March 15.

Documentary Feature:

76 DAYS
ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY
BOYS STATE
COLLECTIVE
CRIP CAMP
DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD
GUNDA
MLK/FBI
THE MOLE AGENT
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER
NOTTURNO
THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF
TIME
THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS
WELCOME TO CHECHNYA

Documentary Short Subject:
Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa
Call Center Blues
Colette
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
Hysterical Girl
A Love Song for Latasha
The Speed Cubers
What Would Sophia Loren Do?

International Feature Film:
Denmark, ANOTHER ROUND
Hong Kong, BETTER DAYS
Czech Republic, CHARLATAN

Romania, COLLECTIVE


Romania, COLLECTIVE
Russia, DEAR COMRADES
Mexico, I’M NO LONGER HERE
Norway, HOPE
Guatemala, LA LLORONA

Chile, THE MOLE AGENT

Chile, THE MOLE AGENT
Ivory Coast, NIGHT OF THE KINGS
Bosnia and Herzegovina, QUO VADIS, AIDA?
Iran, SUN CHILDREN
France, TWO OF US
Taiwan, A SUN
Tunisia, THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN

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On VOD: LIFE IN A DAY 2020

Coming to YouTube tomorrow, Saturday, February 6:
LIFE IN A DAY 2020

Director:
Kevin Macdonald

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

About:
A crowdsourced look at life around the world on a single day during the pandemic.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres & On VOD: A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX

Coming to select theatres and to VOD today, Friday, February 5:
A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX

Director:
Rodney Ascher

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

About:
A trip down the rabbit hole of simulation theory.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD/VOD: THE GO-GO’S

photo by Lynn Goldsmith

Coming to DVD and VOD this Friday, February 5:
THE GO-GO’S

Director:
Alison Ellwood

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Sheffield

About:
A look back at the history of the 1980s pop phenomenon band.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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