Category Archives: Film Festivals

On VOD: MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Rebecca Greenfield

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8:
MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM

Director:
Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Docaviv, BFI London, IndieLisboa, Sydney, Nashville, San Sebastián, Reykjavik, Athens, Brisbane

About:
An immersive journey through the New York music scene of the early 2000s. Set against the backdrop of 9/11, the film tells the story of how a new generation kickstarted a musical rebirth for New York City that reverberated around the world. Inspired by the book by Lizzy Goodman.

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Streaming: KIMJONGILIA

Coming to OVID today, Tuesday, November 8:
KIMJONGILIA

Director:
NC Heikin

World Premiere:
Sundance 2009

Select Festivals:
San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Busan, Warsaw, Leeds, Stockholm, Palm Springs, Thessaloniki Doc, Reykjavik

About:
North Korean defectors tell their stories of repression, escape and hope.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Rebecca Greenfield

Coming to theatres today, Friday, November 4:
MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM

Director:
Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Docaviv, BFI London, IndieLisboa, Sydney, Nashville, San Sebastián, Reykjavik, Athens, Brisbane

About:
An immersive journey through the New York music scene of the early 2000s. Set against the backdrop of 9/11, the film tells the story of how a new generation kickstarted a musical rebirth for New York City that reverberated around the world. Inspired by the book by Lizzy Goodman.

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In Theatres: CALENDAR GIRLS

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Love Martinsen

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, November 4:
CALENDAR GIRLS

Director:
Maria Loohufvud, Love Martinsen

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
Thessaloniki Doc, Docs Against Gravity, Cork, Brisbane, Edinburgh, Helsinki

About:
A coming-of-golden-age look at Florida’s most dedicated dance team for women over 60, shaking up the outdated image of “the little old lady,” and calling for everyone to dance their hearts out, while they still can.

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Streaming: LAPÜ

Coming to OVID this Friday, November 4:
LAPÜ

Director:
Juan Pablo Polanco, César Alejandro Jaimes

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Berlin, CPH:DOX, Thessaloniki Doc, Cartagena, Documenta, San Francisco, Antenna Doc, DMZ Doc

About:
An indigenous Colombian woman goes on a vital spiritual journey.

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On TV: TIKTOK, BOOM.

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, Oct 24:
TIKTOK, BOOM.

Director:
Shalini Kantayya

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
SXSW, CPH:DOX, San Francisco, Hot Docs, Zurich

About:
With TikTok now crowned the world’s most downloaded app, these are the personal stories of a cultural phenomenon, told through an ensemble cast of Gen-Z natives, journalists, and experts alike. Why is an app, best known for people dancing, the target of so much controversy?

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In Theatres & Streaming: DESCENDANT

Coming to theatres and to Netflix today, Friday, October 21:
DESCENDANT

Director:
Margaret Brown

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
New York, SXSW, CPH:DOX, Camden, IFF Boston, Sidewalk, Mill Valley,

About:
After a century shrouded in secrecy and speculation, descendants of the Clotilda – the last known ship carrying enslaved Africans to the United States – reclaim their story.

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In Theatres: BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, October 21:
BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER

Director:
Nina Menkes

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
Berlin, CPH:DOX, IDFA, Karlovy Vary, Thessaloniki Doc, BFI London, Jeonju, Istanbul, Beldocs, Docaviv, Frameline, Encounters, Bergen, Ambulante

About:
Based on Nina Menkes’ acclaimed talk “Sex & Power: The Visual Language of Cinema,” this is a mesmerizing journey into how shot design intersects with the twin epidemics of sexual abuse/assault and employment discrimination against women.

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In Theatres: ALL THAT BREATHES

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, October 21:
ALL THAT BREATHES

Director:
Shaunak Sen

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
Cannes, New York, Docaviv, IDFA, BFI London, Busan, Krakow, Sydney, Dokufest, Hong Kong, Camden, Zurich, Athens, Vancouver, Hamptons, Hot Springs Doc, Bergen, Rome, Taipei Golden Horse, Stockholm, Montclair

About:
Against the darkening backdrop of Delhi’s apocalyptic air and escalating violence, two brothers devote their lives to protect one casualty of the turbulent times: the bird known as the Black Kite.

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In Theatres: TAMING THE GARDEN

Coming to theatres today, Monday, October 10:
TAMING THE GARDEN

Director:
Salomé Jashi

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Berlin, CPH:DOX, New Directors/New Films, Shanghai, Cinéma du Réel

About:
An artful look at the unusual disruption caused by the removal and transport of several massive trees from small Georgian villages.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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