Category Archives: Film Festivals

In Theatres & On VOD: JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS SUPERPOWER

Coming to theatres and to VOD via Netflix tomorrow, Friday, May 26:
JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS SUPERPOWER

Director:
Joe Piscatella

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Human Rights Watch London, Hot Docs,

About:
The story of an unlikely champion for Hong Kong’s sovereignty from China.

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

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In Theatres: LONG STRANGE TRIP

Coming to theatres across the US for tonight only, Thursday, May 25, and through June 2 in NYC/LA:
LONG STRANGE TRIP

Director:
Amir Bar-Lev

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
True/False, SXSW, San Francisco, Hot Docs, Full Frame,

About:
An epic history of the legendary Grateful Dead.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: UNLOCKING THE CAGE

unlocking the cageComing to DVD today, Tuesday, May 23:
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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In Theatres: LEGION OF BROTHERS

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, May 19:
LEGION OF BROTHERS

Director:
Greg Barker

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
Minneapolis-St Paul

About:
Green Berets relate their secret missions to overthrow the Taliban after 9/11.

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

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Cannes 2017: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 70th anniversary Cannes Film Festival

Dates:
May 11-20

About:
Nearly 100 features screen within the prestigious official festival and its two autonomous sidebars, Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, though documentaries remain underrepresented, numbering fewer than 20. Continue reading

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Special Screening: STEP

Coming to NYC’s Stranger Than Fiction series tomorrow, Tuesday, May 16:
STEP

Director:
Amanda Lipitz

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, True/False, Seattle, San Francisco, Wisconsin, Montclair

About:
Members of an African-American Baltimore high school stepping team pursue their goals of higher education.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Docaviv 2017 Overview

Festival:
The 19th annual Docaviv

Dates:
May 11-20

About:
Nearly 100 new features screen as part of this Tel Aviv, Israel documentary festival. Continue reading

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