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On DVD: WEINER

weinerComing to DVD today, Tuesday, August 23: WEINER

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s immersive look at an infamous political campaign had its world premiere at Sundance this year, where it won a grand jury prize. Screenings followed at True/False, New Directors/NewFilms, Hot Docs, Full Frame, Sarasota, RiverRun, Nashville, IFF Boston, San Francisco, Montclair, and Sydney, among other events.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE

kate plays christineComing to theatres tomorrow, Wednesday, August 24: KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE

Robert Greene’s provocative exploration of performance and empathy made its debut at Sundance this year, where it won a special jury prize. The film went on to screen at Nantucket, Berlin, True/False, Indielisboa, DocAviv, Sydney, BAMcinemaFest, New Zealand, Melbourne, and Sydney.

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

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In Theatres & On VOD: LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD

lo and beholdComing to theatres and VOD today, Friday, August 19: LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD

Werner Herzog’s far-ranging musings on the impact of the web debuted at Sundance earlier this year. Its fest circuit has also included Nantucket, San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland, AFI Docs, BAMcinemaFest, Florida, Traverse City, and Hot Docs.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE

when two worldsComing to theatres today, Wednesday, August 17: WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE

Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel’s chronicle of the clash between indigenous activists and Peru’s power elite debuted at Sundance earlier this year, where it picked up a special jury award. Additional screenings included Nantucket, Documenta Madrid, Riverrun, Minneapois-St Paul, Hot Docs, Montclair, Human Rights Watch, Sheffield, Shanghai, AFI Docs, and Docufest Kosovo.

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

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Special Screening: AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY

author jtComing to NYC’s Rooftop Films tomorrow, Thursday, August 18: AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY

Jeff Feuerzeig’s revealing look at a literary world controversy made its world premiere at Sundance this year. Screening berths followed at Nantucket, True/False, Full Frame, San Francisco, DocAviv, Seattle, Sheffield, Sundance London, Provincetown, Open City Doc, New Zealand, Greenwich, Sidewalk, and BAMcinemaFest, among others.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Sarajevo 2016: Documentary Overview

cfdb0c44d6883de8540b8e66e2e30d97_XLToday, Friday, August 12 kicks off the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s premier cinema event. Running through Saturday, August 20, the festival presents over 100 new features, among them nearly 40 works of nonfiction.

four passportsThe Documentary Competition, focused on work from the Balkans, includes such titles as: Mladen Kovacevic’s WALL OF DEATH, AND ALL THAT, a melancholy portrait of a motorcycle stunt-riding Serbian grandmother; Berke Bas and Melis Birder’s BAGLAR, about a Kurdish basketball team; Đorđe Čenić and Hermann Peseckas’ DOWN THERE, an autobiographical look back at Yugoslavian guest workers in Austria; Siniša Vidović’s KORIDA, an exploration of Bosnian bullfights; Mihajlo Jevtic’s FOUR PASSPORTS (pictured), a personal reflection on national identity and leaving home; and Tarik Hodžić’s SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO, which focuses on a music concert held against the odds in the midst of the siege of the capital – the latter also the subject of out of competition title THE SIEGE, by Rémy Ourdan and Patrick Chauvel.

sarajevo-rosesAmong the other nonfiction offerings elsewhere in the program are several titles in the national cinema showcase BH Film, including: Damir Pirić’s ROCK ‘N’ WAR… OR JUST BECAUSE IT’S FRIDAY, which details the importance of the wartime music scene in Bosnia; Roger M Richards’ SARAJEVO ROSES (pictured), a two decade long portrait of Sarajevo residents before, during, and after the war; Hari Šečić’s SEARCHING FOR HOME, a portrait of a Srebrenica survivor living as a refugee in the US; and Benjamin Dizdarević’s CUT, about a man on a mission to share his love of 35mm film.

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On VOD: WEINER

weinerComing to VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, August 9: WEINER

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s behind-the-scenes look at an unfolding political scandal debuted at Sundance earlier this year, picking up a grand jury prize. The film went on to screen at True/False, New Directors/NewFilms, Hot Docs, Full Frame, Sarasota, RiverRun, Nashville, IFF Boston, San Francisco, Montclair, and Sydney, among other events.

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

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