Category Archives: Film Festivals

In Virtual Release & On VOD: SPACESHIP EARTH

photo by Phillipe Plailly Science Photo Library

Coming to virtual theatrical, VOD and more tomorrow, Friday, May 8:
SPACESHIP EARTH

Director:
Matt Wolf

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

About:
The strange but true – and uncannily topical – story of the ill-fated Biosphere 2 project.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV: NATALIE WOOD: WHAT REMAINS BEHIND

Coming to HBO tonight, Tuesday, May 5:
NATALIE WOOD: WHAT REMAINS BEHIND

Director:
Laurent Bouzereau

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

About:
A revisitation of the life and career of the three-time Oscar-nominated actress.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Virtual Release: THE INFILTRATORS

Coming to virtual theatrical this Friday, May 1, partially benefitting the Museum of the Moving Image, among other theatres:
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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In Virtual Release: PAHOKEE

Coming to virtual theatrical today, Friday, April 24:
PAHOKEE

Directors:
Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, SXSW, San Francisco, DokuFest, Sarasota, Denver, Maryland, Hamptons, Visions du Reel, Miami, Encounters, Sidewalk, Montclair, Los Angeles Latino, Bentonville, IFF Boston, Ashland

About:
Four teenagers are followed through their senior year of high school in the Florida Everglades.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Visions du Réel 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 51st Cinéma du Réel

Dates:
April 17-May 2 (online)

About:
This well-respected Swiss nonfiction event remarkably has been able to respond quickly to the COVID-19 crisis, transitioning to a robust online edition, most of which is available worldwide for free. Continue reading

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On TV: BEDLAM

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens this coming Monday, April 13:
BEDLAM

Director:
Kenneth Paul Rosenberg

Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Double Exposure, Hot Springs, Martha’s Vineyard, Pan African, Boston Jewish, ReelAbilities

About:
An exposé of America’s failure to properly care for the mentally ill.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Now on VOD:
MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Director:
Luke Lorentzen

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, New Directors/New Films, Sheffield DocFest, CPH:DOX, Hong Kong, Cartagena, Ambulante, Guadalajara, Docville, Full Frame, San Francisco, Freep, Doc10, Sydney, Krakow

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

About:
A Mexico City family struggles to make a living as ragtag private paramedics, facing cut-throat competition to respond to patients in need of urgent help.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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