Category Archives: Film Festivals

Urbanworld 2017: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 21st Urbanworld Film Festival

Dates:
September 20-24

About:
This NYC event, which showcases film and episodic content by African American and multicultural filmmakers, presents approximately two dozen feature-length presentations, with documentaries consisting of less than half that number. Continue reading

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In Theatres & On VOD: STRONG ISLAND

Coming to theatres and to VOD via Netflix tomorrow, Friday, September 15:
STRONG ISLAND

Director:
Yance Ford

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
Berlin, True/False, Thessaloniki Doc, New Directors/NewFilms, CPH:DOX, Full Frame, Hot Docs, Montclair, Encounters, Sheffield, AFI Docs

About:
The filmmaker interrogates the 1992 murder of his brother, which went unprosecuted, and its personal aftermath.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: TROPHY

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, September 8:
TROPHY

Directors:
Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
SXSW,CPH:DOX, Full Frame, Dallas, Encounters, Jerusalem, Melbourne, Moscow, Sun Valley, Montclair

About:
An exploration of the complex intersections between wildlife conservation and big game hunting.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Toronto 2017: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival

Dates:
September 7-17

About:
The annual North American Fall mecca for the film industry has deliberately slimmed down its lineup, offering just over 250 features vs last year’s near 300, with nonfiction accounting for just under 40 slots, compared to last year’s approximately 60 doc or hybrid presentations. Continue reading

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In Theatres: MOTHERLAND

Coming to theatres this Friday, September 8:
MOTHERLAND

Director:
Ramona Diaz

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Berlin, Docville, San Francisco, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Montclair, Docaviv, Sheffield, Sydney, Melbourne, Moscow

About:
An immersion into the world’s busiest maternity ward.

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

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In Theatres: SCHOOL LIFE

Coming to theatres this Friday, September 8:
SCHOOL LIFE

Director:
Neasa Ní Chianáin

Co-Director:
David Rane

Premiere:
IDFA 2016

Select Festivals:
Sundance, Nantucket, Hot Docs, Dublin, Visions du Reel, Guth Gafa, Docville, San Francisco, Sofia

About:
A pair of teachers contemplate retirement after decades at an unforgettable Irish private boarding school.

I previously profiled the doc before Sundance, under its original title, IN LOCO PARENTIS.

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Telluride 2017: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 44th Telluride Film Festival

Dates:
September 1-4

About:
The influential Labor Day weekend event, which keeps its lineup a secret until the day before its start, offers up 15 new and recent documentaries among its nearly 40 features this year – nonfiction showing a slight dip in representation relative to last year’s program. Continue reading

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