Category Archives: Film Festivals

In Theatres: CRIP CAMP

photo by Steve Honigsbaum

Coming to NYC’s Quad Cinema tomorrow, Friday, March 19:
CRIP CAMP

Directors:
Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht

Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Documentary Fortnight, True/False, San Francisco, Human Rights Watch London, ReelAbilities, Miami

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

About:
A chronicle of the origins of America’s disability rights movement.

My pre-Sundance doc profile may be found here.

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In Theatres: BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS

Coming to the IFC Center as part of its What’d We Miss? series tomorrow, Friday, March 19:
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 VOD: MAX RICHTER’S SLEEP

photo by Rahi Rezvani

Coming to VOD via MUBI tomorrow, Friday, March 19:
MAX RICHTER’S SLEEP

Director:
Natalie Johns

World Premiere:
IDFA 2019

Select Festivals:
Sundance, CPH:DOX, Docs Against Gravity, Gent, Brisbane

About:
An immersion into the making of an eight-hour piece to be experienced during sleep.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: THE MOLE AGENT

Coming to NYC’s Quad Cinema tomorrow, Friday, March 19:
THE MOLE AGENT

Director:
Maite Alberdi

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

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

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

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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Documentary Fortnight 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 20th Documentary Fortnight

Dates:
March 18-April 5

About:
The Museum of Modern Art’s annual exploration of international nonfiction and hybrid work presents nearly 20 features, in addition to short films and special retrospectives.

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SXSW 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 28th SXSW Film Festival

Dates:
March 16-20

About:
After being forced to cancel last year, this popular Austin event returns with an online festival showcasing approximately 80 new projects, nonfiction representing half that number.

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93rd Oscars: Best Documentary Nominees

Oscar nominations were announced this morning, including the documentaries listed below. Congratulations to all the nominees – four of which were on the DOC NYC Short List – and good luck on Sunday, April 25!

Documentary Feature:

COLLECTIVE
CRIP CAMP
THE MOLE AGENT
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER
TIME

Documentary Short Subject:
Colette
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song for Latasha

International Feature Film:
Denmark, ANOTHER ROUND
Hong Kong, BETTER DAYS

Romania, COLLECTIVE


Romania, COLLECTIVE (the only documentary)
Tunisia, THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN
Bosnia and Herzegovina, QUO VADIS, AIDA?

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In Theatres (Redux): TIME

Coming to the IFC Center as part of its What’d We Miss? series today, Friday, March 12:
TIME

Director:
Garrett Bradley

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
New York, London, Hamptons, Miami, Zurich, Camden, Mill Valley

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

About:
A longitudinal portrait of a marriage and a family separated by incarceration.

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

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Cinéma du Réel 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 43rd Cinéma du Réel

Dates:
March 12-21

About:
This Paris-based nonfiction event showcases more than 30 new and recent feature projects online this year.

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Tempo Documentary Festival 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 22nd Tempo Documentary Festival

Dates:
March 8-14

About:
Approximately two dozen new and recent features are presented in Sweden’s largest nonfiction event, which is presented online this year.

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