Category Archives: Film Festivals

Special Screening, On TV, & Streaming: NAVALNY

Coming to NYC’s Pure Nonfiction series tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19, and to CNN and CNN+ this Sunday, April 24:
NAVALNY

Director:
Daniel Roher

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Docville, Cleveland, Hot Docs, San Francisco, Seattle, Sun Valley, Full Frame

About:
After Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent implicated in attacks on other opponents of the Russian government, he partners with journalists and international news organizations to investigate his attempted assassination and find proof of the Kremlin’s involvement. 

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In Theatres: NAVALNY

Coming to theatres for a limited engagement today, Monday, April 11 and tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12:
NAVALNY

Director:
Daniel Roher

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Docville, Cleveland, Hot Docs, San Francisco, Seattle, Sun Valley, Full Frame

About:
After Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent implicated in attacks on other opponents of the Russian government, he partners with journalists and international news organizations to investigate his attempted assassination and find proof of the Kremlin’s involvement. 

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Streaming: UNCLE HOWARD

Coming to OVID.tv today, Thursday, April 7:
UNCLE HOWARD

Director:
Aaron Brookner

World Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
Berlin, New York, Seattle, BAFICI, Jerusalem, Warsaw, San Sebastian, Biografilm, Cleveland

About:
The filmmaker sets out to rediscover his uncle’s pioneering films.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Streaming: WALCHENSEE FOREVER

Coming to Film Movement Plus today, Friday, April 1:
WALCHENSEE FOREVER

Director:
Janna Ji Wonders

World Premiere:
Berlin 2020

Select Festivals:
Thessaloniki Doc, Biografilm, Tempo Doc, Tallinn Black Nights, Taiwan Doc

About:
A personal exploration of the filmmaker’s family history, from Bavaria to Mexico, San Francisco to India.

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On TV: WRITING WITH FIRE

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens this coming Monday, March 28:
WRITING WITH FIRE

Director:
Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, IDFA, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, RIDM, BlackStar, Guadalajara, DocsMX, Double Exposure, Sydney, Yamagata Doc, Ambulante, Denver, San Diego Asian, Hawaii, Bergen, San Francisco, Krakow, Seattle, Thessaloniki Doc, One World, Shanghai

Notable Recognition:
The doc has been nominated for the Academy Awards.

About:
A chronicle of the trailblazing work of India’s only news outlet run by Dalit women–once known as “untouchable.”

I previously wrote about the doc before Sundance here.

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CPH:DOX 2022 Overview

Festival:
The 19th CPH:DOX

Dates:
March 23-April 3

About:
More than 160 new and recent features are included in this first-class Danish nonfiction event.

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On TV & Streaming: PHOENIX RISING

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Coming to HBO and HBO Max in two parts beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15:
PHOENIX RISING

Director:
Amy Berg

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

About:
Actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood takes her experience as a survivor of domestic violence to pursue justice, heal generational trauma, and reclaim her story in a culture that instinctively blames women. The film intimately charts her journey as she moves toward naming her infamous abuser for the first time.

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SXSW 2022: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 29th SXSW Film Festival

Dates:
March 11-20

About:
This Austin event makes its in-person return with a lineup of more than 100 new features and episodics – with docs making up more than half that number.

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Streaming: LUCY AND DESI

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Coming to Amazon Prime Video today, Friday, March 4:
LUCY AND DESI

Director:
Amy Poehler

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

About:
Through interviews and archival, a tribute to trailblazing icons in comedy and entertainment, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and the story of their lasting love.

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On VOD: FLEE

Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, February 1:
FLEE

Director:
Jonas Poher Rasmussen

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Telluride, Toronto, New York, Karlovy Vary, Visions du Reel, ZagrebDox, Camden, Docs Against Gravity, Jerusalem, Melbourne, Göteborg, Hong Kong, Helsinki, Nordisk Panorama, Zurich, Busan, Reykjavik, El Gouna

Notable Recognition:
The doc has been nominated for three Academy Awards.

About:
The affecting story of a former refugee who must confront the traumas of his past to move forward with his life.

I previously wrote about the doc before Sundance here.

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