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Camden 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 16th Camden International Film Festival

Dates:
October 1-12

About:
This Maine nonfiction event, delayed from its typical September dates by the pandemic, returns with a hybrid format of online and drive-in offerings of just over 30 documentary features. Continue reading

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In Virtual Release: SOFTIE

Coming to virtual cinemas today, Friday, September 18:
SOFTIE

Director:
Sam Soko

Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, BlackStar, Durban, Encounters, Salem, Galway, DOXA, Thin Line

About:
A chronicle of the personal and professional challenges facing an idealistic Kenyan political activist as he decides to run for office.

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

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New York Film Festival 2020: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 58th New York Film Festival

Dates:
September 17-October 11

About:
This beloved program of Film at Lincoln Center presents approximately 45 new features in a hybrid online and in-person format, among them 18 works of nonfiction. Continue reading

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Toronto 2020: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 45th Toronto International Film Festival

Dates:
September 10-19

About:
One of the world’s premier film events tackles the pandemic with a trimmed down schedule and a hybrid online and in-person model. Of its approximately 50 new features, 16 are nonfiction. Continue reading

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On VOD: THE SOCIAL DILEMMA

Coming to Netflix tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9:
THE SOCIAL DILEMMA

Director:
Jeff Orlowski

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

About:
An exposé of the insidious hidden systems of control behind our increasingly networked world.

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

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SF DocFest 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 19th SF DocFest

Dates:
September 3-20

About:
Emerging after the postponement of its typical late May/early June dates, this Northern Californian event goes online with just under 30 nonfiction features. Continue reading

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On VOD: FEELS GOOD MAN

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Friday, September 4:
FEELS GOOD MAN

Director:
Arthur Jones

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
True/False, SXSW, Big Sky Doc, Taipei, Fantasia, Sidewalk, Kyiv

About:
An exploration of the unpredictable development of an influential Internet meme.

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

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Docaviv 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 22nd Docaviv: Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
September 3-12

About:
Rescheduled from its usual May dates, this well-curated Israeli event will present nearly 90 new documentary features in an online format, though some drive-in events are also being planned. Continue reading

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On DVD/VOD: THE MOLE AGENT

Coming to DVD and VOD today, Tuesday, September 1:
THE MOLE AGENT

Director:
Maite Alberdi

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, Full Frame, True/False, San Sebastian, New Directors/NewFilms, Miami, Karlovy Vary, Cleveland

About:
An 83-year-old man becomes an undercover spy in a Chilean retirement home.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Venice 2020: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 77th Venice International Film Festival

Dates:
September 2-12

About:
The world’s oldest festival is also the first major Fall event to take place in theatres in the COVID-19 era, albeit with a somewhat truncated lineup of approximately 60 new features – 15 of those nonfiction. In addition, the autonomous parallel sidebars offer eight documentaries among their approximately 30 selections. Continue reading

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