Category Archives: Film Festivals

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

Coming to theatres in NYC and LA tomorrow, Friday, June 25:
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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Thessaloniki Doc 2021 Overview (Part Two)

Festival:
The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
June 24-July 4

About:
This notable Greek nonfiction event returns to theatres following a local online presentation in March.

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AFI Docs 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 19th AFI Docs

Dates:
June 22-27

About:
This Washington DC event showcases approximately 30 new feature and episodic documentaries, presented in a hybrid format.

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In Theatres: THE SPARKS BROTHERS

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 18:
THE SPARKS BROTHERS

Director:
Edgar Wright

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Hot Docs, IFF Boston, San Francisco Doc

About:
A tribute to the influential but overlooked band Sparks.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, June 18:
RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

Director:
Mariem Pérez Riera

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland, Atlanta, Sarasota, Tribeca, Provincetown

About:
A profile of the pioneering, EGOT-winning star of stage and screen.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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