Category Archives: Film Festivals

Special Screening: BRING YOUR OWN BRIGADE

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films this Friday, July 30:
BRING YOUR OWN BRIGADE

Director:
Lucy Walker

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

About:
A compelling and comprehensive essay exploring the history and causes of wildfires.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: PLAYING WITH SHARKS

Coming to Disney+ today, Friday, July 23:
PLAYING WITH SHARKS

Director:
Sally Aitken

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, Doc Edge, Boulder, Washington DC Environmental, EarthX, Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, DocLands, Mountainfilm

About:
A tribute to a pioneering shark conservationist and underwater cinematographer.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres & On VOD: AILEY

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Coming to theatres and VOD tomorrow, Friday, July 23:
AILEY

Director:
Jamila Wignot

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Tribeca, Frameline, Provincetown, Thessaloniki Doc

About:
A revealing, moving portrait of pioneering choreographer Alvin Ailey.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Special Screening: TAMING THE GARDEN

Coming to Rooftop Films tomorrow, Friday, July 9:
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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On DVD: STREET GANG: HOW WE GOT TO SESAME STREET

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, July 6:
STREET GANG: HOW WE GOT TO SESAME STREET

Director:
Marilyn Agrelo

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Seattle, San Francisco

About:
A look back at the origins of the pioneering children’s television powerhouse.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Cannes 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 74th Cannes Film Festival

Dates:
July 6-17

About:
After postponing and then cancelling its 2020 edition, the most influential cinema event in the world returns with a robust slate of nearly 100 new features, counting two dozen docs among that number – although none in either Competition or Un Certain Regard. Its parallel sidebars, meanwhile, offer just three nonfiction works among their combined 37 slots.

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In Theatres & On VOD: SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)

Expanding to theatres nationwide and coming to Hulu today, Friday, July 2:
SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)

Director:
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, True/False, AFI Docs, Provincetown, DocLands, Minneapolis/St Paul, San Francisco Doc

About:
A joyous and thoughtful revisitation of a long overlooked part of Black music history.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: PHILLY DA

Coming to Topic today, Thursday, July 1:
PHILLY DA

Director:
Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, Nicole Salazar

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Berlin, RiverRun, Philadelphia Jewish

About:
An outspoken district attorney attempts to reform a broken criminal justice system in this docuseries.

I profiled the series before Sundance here.

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Docaviv 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 23rd Docaviv: Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
July 1-10

About:
This well-respected Israeli event presents 90 new documentary features in-person and online.

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In Theatres & On VOD: REBEL HEARTS

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 25 and to Discovery+ this Sunday, June 27:
REBEL HEARTS

Director:
Pedro Kos

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Miami, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, Milwaukee, Cleveland

About:
The story of an unlikely group of radically progressive nuns.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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