Category Archives: Film Festivals

On DVD: N SCOTT MOMADAY: WORDS FROM A BEAR

New to DVD this week:
N SCOTT MOMADAY: WORDS FROM A BEAR

Director:
Jeffrey Palmer

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Traverse City, deadCENTER, Milwaukee, ImagineNATIVE, Seattle

About:
On the work and influence of Pulitzer Prize-winning Native American author, N Scott Momaday.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY

photo by Drew Kelly

New to digital download via HBO this week:
THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY

Director:
Alex Gibney

Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
SXSW

About:
An investigation into the high-profile rise and fall of discredited health tech company Theranos.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: SHOOTING THE MAFIA

Coming to theatres today, Friday, November 22:
SHOOTING THE MAFIA

Director:
Kim Longinotto

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Berlin, CPH:DOX, Docs Against Gravity, Biografilm, London, Vilnius, Zurich

About:
A portrait of an acclaimed Sicilian photographer and her lifetime bravely bearing witness to the Mafia’s crimes.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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IDFA 2019 Overview, Part Two

Festival:
The 32nd IDFA

Dates:
November 20-December 1

About:
Yesterday’s post on the largest documentary festival in the world covered its competitive sections, while today’s looks at non-competitive programming. Continue reading

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On VOD: A FILM UNFINISHED

New to OVID.tv this week:
A FILM UNFINISHED

Director:
Yael Hersonski

World Premiere:
Sundance 2010

Select Festivals:
Berlin, Full Frame, Hot Docs, Jerusalem, Silverdocs, EDOC, Beldocs, Rio, Taiwan, Melbourne, Milwaukee, Tallgrass, San Francisco Jewish

About:
A searing exposé of the hot yoga entrepreneur Bikram Choudhury, accused by multiple women of sexual assault.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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IDFA 2019 Overview, Part One

Festival:
The 32nd IDFA

Dates:
November 20-December 1

About:
This is the first of two posts on the lineup of the world’s biggest documentary film festival, which presents approximately 170 new and recent features, in addition to many more retrospective offerings. Today’s post covers the competition sections, while tomorrow’s will spotlight non-competitive strands. Continue reading

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On DVD: COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, November 19:
COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD

Director:
Mads Brügger

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, True/False, Hot Docs, Thessaloniki Doc, Göteborg, One World, Movies That Matter, AFI Docs, Docville, It’s All True, Moscow, Docs Against Gravity, DocsBarcelona, Seattle, Transilvania, Greenwich, Encounters, Biografilm, Docaviv, Munich, Melbourne

About:
A provocative investigation of the 1961 death of the United Nations Secretary-General.

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

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