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Documentary Fortnight 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 19th Documentary Fortnight

Dates:
February 5-19

About:
This year’s edition of MoMA’s annual nonfiction showcase presents more than 30 new and recent features, hybrids, shorts, VR, and performances. Continue reading

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On DVD: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, February 4:
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER

Director:
Beniamino Barrese

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Cartagena, DokuFest, Docs Against Gravity, Transilvania, Shanghai, Munich, Biografilm, MakeDox, Taipei, Frameline

About:
The filmmaker films his mother as she plans to leave the modern world behind.

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

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On TV: MCMILLION$

MCMILLION$ | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jeff Dolen

Coming to HBO beginning tonight, Monday, February 3:
MCMILLION$

Directors:
James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

About:
A look back at a stranger-than-fiction true crime tale of fast food and fraud.

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

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2020 Sundance Awards

The winners of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival were announced at an awards ceremony this past Saturday night, which also included the public reveal of Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program head Tabitha Jackson as the festival’s new Festival Director, replacing longtime head John Cooper. The 2020 ceremony may be viewed in full here. A list of the awards follows: Continue reading

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Special Note: w(n)td & 2020 Sundance

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival begins tonight, Thursday, January 23, and runs through Sunday, February 2. w(n)td will be on hiatus for the duration while I’m busy with my responsibilities as a Programming Associate for the festival. Regular daily weekday posting will resume on Monday, February 3.

To catch up with Sundance doc programming, here are links to my series of 2020 Sundance documentary profiles, divided by festival section:

US Documentary Competition

BE WATER | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

BOYS STATE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Thorsten Thielow

CODED BIAS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

THE COST OF SILENCE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by John Wathan

CRIP CAMP | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Steve Honigsbaum

DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by John Wakayama Carey

FEELS GOOD MAN | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Kurt Keppeler and Christian Bruno

THE FIGHT | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Sean McGing

MUCHO MUCHO AMOR | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Giovan Cordero

SPACESHIP EARTH | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Phillipe Plailly Science Photo Library

A THOUSAND CUTS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

TIME | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

US KIDS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

WELCOME TO CHECHNYA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

WHIRLYBIRD | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Los Angeles News Service

World Cinema Documentary Competition

ACASA, MY HOME | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Mircea Topoleanu

THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

EPICENTRO | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Hubert Sauper

INFLUENCE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Mark Bugyra

INTO THE DEEP | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

THE MOLE AGENT | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Alvaro Reyes

ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by John Marquez

THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Benjamin Ree

THE REASON I JUMP | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jerry Rothwell

SAUDI RUNAWAY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

SOFTIE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Sam Soko

THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Documentary Premieres

AGGIE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

ASSASSINS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

THE DISSIDENT | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jamal Khashoggi

GIVING VOICE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jonathon Narducci

THE GO-GO’S | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Lynn Goldsmith

HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY: THE REN & STIMPY STORY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Chris Gore

MISS AMERICANA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

NATALIE WOOD: WHAT REMAINS BEHIND | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

OKAVANGO: RIVER OF DREAMS (DIRECTOR’S CUT) | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Beverly Joubert

ON THE RECORD | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Martyna Starosta

REBUILDING PARADISE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Noah Berger

THE SOCIAL DILEMMA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

VIVOS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Ai Weiwei

Next

SOME KIND OF HEAVEN | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by David Bolen

New Frontier

BLKNWS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

MAŁNI – TOWARD THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Spotlight

COLLECTIVE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Special Events

HILLARY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

LANCE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Nick Higgins

LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

LOVE FRAUD | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Alex Takats

MAX RICHTER’S SLEEP | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Rahi Rezvani

MCMILLION$ | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jeff Dolen

SIEMPRE, LUIS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Carlos Garciade Dios

THE TRADE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Ross McDonnell

WE ARE FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Bryant Fisher

Indie Episodic

CITY SO REAL | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Steve James

UNTITLED PIZZA MOVIE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jonathan Kovel

From the Collection

BORN INTO BROTHELS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

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On VOD: MISS AMERICANA

MISS AMERICANA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Coming to Netflix next Friday, January 31:
MISS AMERICANA

Director:
Lana Wilson

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

About:
A revealing look at acclaimed pop star Taylor Swift.

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

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2020 Sundance Docs in Focus: BORN INTO BROTHELS

BORN INTO BROTHELS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

BORN INTO BROTHELS
Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman capture several children of prostitutes living in Calcutta as they learn photography.

Festival Section:
From the Collection
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