Category Archives: Film Festivals

On VOD: INVENTING TOMORROW

New to VOD via Amazon Prime this week:
INVENTING TOMORROW

Director:
Laura Nix

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, Seattle, Sydney, Melbourne, San Francisco, Full Frame, AFI Docs, Woods Hole, Greenwich, Montclair, Dokufest

About:
A profile of several international students pursuing answers to environmental issues in their science fair projects.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres & On VOD: THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY

Coming to theatres and to Hulu today, Friday, August 16:
THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY

Director:
Ben Berman

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, BAMcinemaFest, Sydney, New Zealand, San Francisco Jewish, Sheffield

About:
An attempt to chronicle a dying magician’s final tour grows increasingly bizarre.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Sarajevo 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 25th Sarajevo Film Festival

Dates:
August 16-23

About:
Celebrating an anniversary year, this Bosnian and Herzegovinan event – founded during the siege of Sarajevo – presents 35 documentaries among its approximately 100 new or recent features. Continue reading

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In Theatres: AQUARELA

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, August 16:
AQUARELA

Director:
Victor Kossakovsky

World Premiere:
Venice 2018

Select Festivals:
Sundance, IDFA, SXSW, CPH:DOX, London, BAFICI, Zurich, Göteborg, El Gouna, DocPoint, Glasgow, Revelation Perth, Docs Against Gravity, Biografilm, Istanbul

About:
A round-the-world exploration of water in its various forms.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, August 16:
COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD

Director:
Mads Brügger

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, True/False, Hot Docs, Thessaloniki Doc, Göteborg, One World, Movies That Matter, AFI Docs, Docville, It’s All True, Moscow, Docs Against Gravity, DocsBarcelona, Seattle, Transilvania, Greenwich, Encounters, Biografilm, Docaviv, Munich, Melbourne

About:
A provocative investigation of the 1961 death of the United Nations Secretary-General.

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

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On VOD: HALSTON

photo by Berry Berenson Perkins

Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, August 13:
HALSTON

Director:
Frédéric Tcheng

Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Tribeca, Seattle, Montclair, Sarasota

About:
An exploration of the life and legacy of America’s first celebrity designer.

My pre-Sundance doc profile may be found here.

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New York Latino 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 16th New York Latino Film Festival

Dates:
August 12-18

About:
Seven docs screen among more than 20 new features in this event highlighting the work of Latinx filmmakers and talent.

RAUL JULIA: THE WORLD’S A STAGE

These titles include Sundance award-winning hybrid THE INFILTRATORS, Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra’s story of undocumented youth intentionally seeking detention by Border Patrol; Chelsea Hernandez’s SXSW-debuting BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM, an exposé of dangerous practices and abuses of immigrant labor in construction; Ben DeJesus’ RAUL JULIA: THE WORLD’S A STAGE, an upcoming American Masters/Voces profile of the acclaimed actor; Pat McGee’s THE DEPORTED, which explores individuals caught up in deportation proceedings; Michael Dominic’s CLEAN HANDS, a longitudinal portrait of a Nicaraguan family living in extreme poverty; HBO Latino’s FARRUKO: EN LETRA DE OTRO, a concert doc on the Emmy-winning reggaeton performer; and Maceo Frost’s TOO BEAUTIFUL: OUR RIGHT TO FIGHT, about a female boxer in Cuba, where women are banned from the sport.

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