Category Archives: Film Festivals

In Virtual Release: BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS

Coming to virtual release, first as a special one-day only benefit, today, Tuesday, July 7, and then expanding this Friday, July 10:
BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS

Directors:
Bill Ross, Turner Ross

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Berlin, CPH:DOX, True/False, Big Sky Doc, Calgary Underground

About:
A chronicle of the patrons and staff of a dive bar on what is meant to be its final day.

I profiled the film before Sundance here.

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On TV: WELCOME TO CHECHNYA

Coming to HBO tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30:
WELCOME TO CHECHNYA

Director:
David France

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Berlin, True/False, One World, Miami, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Thessaloniki Doc, Sheffield, Human Rights Watch

About:
An exposé of Chechnya’s state-sanctioned policy to rid Chechnya of LGBTQ+ individuals.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV: TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM

photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Coming to PBS’s American Masters tomorrow, Tuesday, June 23:
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM

Director:
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Miami, Cleveland, Montclair, Wisconsin

About:
An intimate profile of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning literary icon.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: DISCLOSURE

Coming to Netflix today, Friday, June 19:
DISCLOSURE

Director:
Sam Feder

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, Tribeca

About:
An exploration of the representation of transgender lives in film and television.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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AFI Docs 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 18th AFI Docs

Dates:
June 17-21 (online)

About:
Available online throughout the US, this Washington DC event showcases nearly 30 new feature and episodic documentaries. Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch 2020: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 31st Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Dates:
June 11-20 (online)

About:
The NYC edition of this respected event presents eleven documentary features, available online throughout the US.

BELLY OF THE BEAST

Among the lineup’s offerings are the world premiere of Erika Cohn’s BELLY OF THE BEAST, an exposé of the illegal practice of involuntary sterilizations in California’s women’s prisons. Other selections include Christina Antonakos-Wallace’s FROM HERE, which contemplates belonging and identity through the stories of four immigrants in Berlin and NYC; Sanjay Rawal’s GATHER, about indigenous efforts to reclaim their food sovereignty; Mira Jargil’s REUNITED, about a Syrian family separated across three countries; Juliana Fanjul’s RADIO SILENCE, about a crusading Mexican radio journalist who risks her life to fight against fake news and government corruption; and Ursula Liang’s DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL, about the aftermath of the killing of a black man by a Chinese American police officer.

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Sydney 2020: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 67th Sydney Film Festival

Dates:
June 10-21 (online)

About:
This long-running Australian event holds an online edition this year, focused on documentaries, female filmmakers from Europe, and shorts, offering Aussie audiences 12 nonfiction features among its 19 feature presentations. Continue reading

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On DVD/VOD: ADVOCATE

Coming to DVD and VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, June 9:
ADVOCATE

Directors:
Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Docaviv, IDFA, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Sheffield, Thessaloniki Doc, Krakow, Human Rights Watch, Doc Edge, Philadelphia, Other Israel, United Nations Association, Antenna, UK Jewish, San Francisco Jewish

Notable Recognition:
The doc was shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

About:
An exploration of the Israeli justice system through a passionate Israeli attorney working for Palestinian defendants.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV: BE WATER

Coming to ESPN’s 30 for 30 series this Sunday, June 7:
BE WATER

Director:
Bao Nguyen

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

About:
A reflection on the brief but impactful career of legendary actor Bruce Lee.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: THE INFILTRATORS

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2:
THE INFILTRATORS

Directors:
Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Hot Docs, Miami, NY Latino, Montclair, Calgary, Hawaii

About:
A hybrid docufiction project detailing the mission of undocumented youth to be detained by Border Patrol.

I profiled the film before Sundance here.

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