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SXSW 2019: Additional Features Announced

SXSW has announced the remainder of its feature film line-up today, for a total of 131 projects. Following is the list of documentary features just revealed, broken down by section:

Festival Favorites:

THE HOTTEST AUGUST

APOLLO 11
Director: Todd Douglas Miller
A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin.

AQUARELA
Director:Victor Kossakovsky
A deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Filmed at 96 frames per second, it’s a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and will of Earth’s most precious element.

THE HOTTEST AUGUST
Director: Brett Story
A film about climate change, disguised as a portrait of collective anxiety.

THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY
Director: Alex Gibney
Elizabeth Holmes was once the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, heralded as the next Steve Jobs. Then, overnight, her $10-billion-dollar company dissolved. The rise and fall of Theranos is a window into the psychology of fraud.

KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE
Director: Rachel Lears
Four women run for Congress, overcoming personal adversity to battle powerful political machines across the country. One of their races will change the country forever.

MAIDEN
Director: Alex Holmes
In a moving portrait of resilience, Alex Holmes chronicles the unprecedented journey of 24-year-old Tracy Edwards and the first all-female sailing crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.

PAHOKEE
Directors: Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
In a small agricultural town in the Florida Everglades, hopes for the future are concentrated on the youth. Four teens face heartbreak and celebrate in the rituals of an extraordinary senior year.

RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS
Director: Janice Engel
Six-feet of Texas trouble, Molly Ivins, a legendary journalist and a warrior for the Bill of Rights, fought Good Old Boy corruption with razor-sharp wit that left both sides of the aisle laughing and craving ink in her columns. Raise Hell y’all!

Documentary Spotlight:

SALVAGE

I AM RICHARD PRYOR
Director: Jesse James Miller
The life story of the legendary performer and iconic social satirist, who transcended race and social barriers by delivering his honest irreverent and biting humor to America’s stages and living rooms until his death at 65.

SALVAGE
Director: Amy C Elliott
The Yellowknife dump, and its massive, unrestricted salvage area, has long played a central role in this remote Canadian city’s civic and social life. Can a colorful group of thrifty locals save it from city bureaucrats determined to close it down?

STATE OF PRIDE
Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Fifty years after the Stonewall uprising, Oscar winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman travel to three diverse communities – Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama – for an unflinching look at LGBTQ Pride.

24 Beats Per Second:

IRIS: A SPACE OPERA BY JUSTICE

IRIS: A SPACE OPERA BY JUSTICE
Directors: Andre Chemetoff, Armand Beraud
Iris is a film adaptation of Justice’s Woman World Wide live show from 2017-2018, which is widely regarded as the greatest live electronic concert created. Recorded in an empty and invisible space, Iris focuses on the impressive production and music.

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Film Comment Selects 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 19th Film Comment Selects

Dates:
February 6-10

About:
The editors of Film Comment curate an eclectic mix of new and retrospective films, including five recent works of nonfiction.

LOS REYES

The two North American doc premieres are two IDFA debuts: Yang Zhang’s UP THE MOUNTAIN, about life in a remote Chinese mountain village, centered around a master artist; and Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff’s LOS REYES, about two stray dogs living in a Chilean skatepark.

ABSENCE

The event also presents the US premieres of Ekta Mittal’s hybrid ABSENCE, on loss felt by women whose husbands and sons have left as part of economic migration; and of Victor Moreno’s THE HIDDEN CITY, a city symphony set in Madrid’s underground. Rounding out the nonfiction offerings is Beata Bubenec’s FLIGHT OF A BULLET, which follows combat in Ukraine in a single-take.

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On VOD: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, February 5:
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

Director:
RaMell Ross

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, True/False, New Directors/New Films, Full Frame, Sheffield, Ambulante, Champs-Élysées, Maryland, DOK.fest Munich, Martha’s Vineyard African American, San Francisco, Montclair

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

About:
An impressionistic portrait of two young African American men in the American South.

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

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2019 Sundance Awards

The winners of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival were announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday night. w(n)td will resume regular posting starting Monday, but for now, a list of the awards follows: Continue reading

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Special Note: w(n)td & 2019 Sundance

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival begins tonight, Thursday, January 24, and runs through Sunday, February 3. w(n)td will be on hiatus for the duration while I’m busy with my responsibilities as a Programming Associate for the festival. Regular daily weekday posting will not resume until Monday, February 4.

To catch up with Sundance doc programming, here are links to my series of 2019 Sundance documentary profiles, divided by festival section:

US Documentary Competition

ALWAYS IN SEASON | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Washington Post

AMERICAN FACTORY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Steven Bognar

APOLLO 11 | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Neon CNN Films

BEDLAM | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by AJ Eaton

HAIL SATAN? | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Naiti Gámez

JAWLINE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Rachel Lears

MIDNIGHT FAMILY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Luke Lorentzen

MIKE WALLACE IS HERE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by CBS News

MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Irene Taylor Brodsky

ONE CHILD NATION | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Nanfu Wang

PAHOKEE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Patrick Bresnan

TIGERLAND | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Discovery/RadicalMedia

UNTITLED AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

WHERE’S MY ROY COHN? | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Ap/REX/Shutterstock

 

World Cinema Documentary Competition

ADVOCATE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Philippe Bellaiche

COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Tore Vollan

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Beniamino Barrese

THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Orlando Brito

GAZA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Andrew McConnell

HONEYLAND | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Samir Ljuma

LAPÜ | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Angello Faccini

THE MAGIC LIFE OF V | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Aleksandar Valeriev Stanishev

MIDNIGHT TRAVELER | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Lutfallah Bakhtary

SEA OF SHADOWS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Richard Ladkani

SHOOTING THE MAFIA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

STIEG LARSSON: THE MAN WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Per Jarl

 

Documentary Premieres

ASK DR RUTH | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by David Paul Jacobson

THE BRINK | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

THE GREAT HACK | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

HALSTON | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Berry Berenson Perkins

THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Drew Kelly

LOVE, ANTOSHA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Anton Yelchin

MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Nicholas Broomfield

MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by New Zealand Herald

MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Guy Le Querrec

RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Robert Bedell

TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

UNTOUCHABLE | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Barbara Alper/Getty Images

WORDS FROM A BEAR | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jeffrey Palmer

 

Next

THE INFILTRATORS | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Lisa Rinzler

 

Midnight

MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Dan O’Bannon

 

Kids

THE ELEPHANT QUEEN | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Janna Deeble

 

New Frontier

AQUARELA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Photo by Victor Kossakovsky

WALDEN | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

 

Spotlight

ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Edward Burtynsky

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

MAIDEN | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Tracy Edwards

 

Special Events

LEAVING NEVERLAND | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

LORENA | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

THIS IS PERSONAL | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

 

Indie Episodic

WU-TANG CLAN: OF MICS AND MEN | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

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On DVD: STUDIO 54

Coming to DVD next Tuesday, January 29:
STUDIO 54

Director:
Matt Tyrnauer

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Tribeca, Full Frame, CPH:DOX, Reykjavik, Provincetown, Santa Barbara, Hot Springs Doc, Savannah, Vancouver, Sidewalk, Outfest, Frameline

About:
A look back at the meteoric rise and crushing fall of the legendary NYC nightclub.

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

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Slamdance 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 25th Slamdance Film Festival

Dates:
January 25-31

About:
The smaller, alternative January Park City film festival has an anniversary year, screening 10 docs among its nearly 30 features. Continue reading

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