Category Archives: Sundance

On TV & Streaming: THE PRINCESS

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Kent Gavin

Coming to HBO and HBO Max tomorrow, Saturday, August 13:
THE PRINCESS

Director:
Ed Perkins

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
Biografilm

About:
Princess Diana’s story is told exclusively through contemporaneous archive, creating a bold and immersive narrative of her life and death, illuminating the profound impact she had, and demonstrating how the public’s attitude to the monarchy was, and still is, shaped by these events.

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Special Screening: RIOTSVILLE, USA

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Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films tomorrow, Saturday, August 13:
RIOTSVILLE, USA

Director:
Sierra Pettengill

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
New Directors/New Films, True/False, CPH:DOX, Seattle, Freep, San Francisco, Traverse City

About:
Footage shot by the media and government of a fictional town built by the US military explores the militarization of the police and the reaction of a nation to the uprisings of the late 1960s, creating a counter-narrative to a critical moment in American history.

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In Theatres: FREE CHOL SOO LEE

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Grant Din

Coming to theatres today, Friday, August 12:
FREE CHOL SOO LEE

Director:
Julie Ha, Eugene Yi

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
BAMcinemaFest, Santa Barbara, Milwaukee, CAAMFest, Los Angeles, Asian Pacific, Asian American fests in New York, Seattle, San Diego, Denver, Chicago, Austin

About:
After a Korean immigrant is wrongly convicted of a 1973 San Francisco Chinatown gang murder, Asian Americans unite as never before to free Chol Soo Lee.

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On TV: PRESIDENT

Coming to PBS’s POV tonight, Monday, August 8:
PRESIDENT

Director:
Camilla Nielsson

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, AFI Docs, Docaviv, Thessaloniki Doc, Dokufest, Encounters, DMZ Docs, Melbourne, Docville, Zurich, Montclair, Philadelphia

Notable Recognition:
The doc was shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

About:
The leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition party seeks a free and fair election.

I previously wrote about the doc before Sundance here.

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Streaming: THE NOTORIOUS MR BOUT

Coming to Film Movement Plus tomorrow, Friday, August 5:
THE NOTORIOUS MR BOUT

Director:
Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin

World Premiere:
Sundance 2014

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, True/False, Little Rock, Miami, BAMcinemaFest

About:
A portrait of an infamous Russian international arms smuggler.

I previously profiled the film before Sundance here.

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Special Screening & In Theatres: MIJA

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Isabel Castro

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3 and to theatres this Friday, August 5:
MIJA

Director:
Isabel Castro

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
True/False, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Los Angeles Latino, Miami, Cleveland, RiverRun, Maryland, San Francisco

About:
When Doris, a young, ambitious music manager whose undocumented family depends on her ability to launch pop stars, loses her biggest client, she hustles to discover new talent and finds Jacks, another daughter of immigrants for whom “making it” isn’t just a dream: it’s a necessity.

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Special Screening: I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films tomorrow, Saturday, July 30:
I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE

Director:
Reid Davenport

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
True/False, San Francisco, Hot Docs, Sydney

About:
Spurred by the spectacle of a circus tent that goes up outside his Oakland apartment, a disabled filmmaker launches into an unflinching meditation on freakdom, (in)visibility, and the pursuit of individual agency.

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On TV & Streaming: WE MET IN VIRTUAL REALITY

Coming to HBO and HBO Max tomorrow, Wednesday, July 27:
WE MET IN VIRTUAL REALITY

Director:
Joe Hunting

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
True/False, CPH:DOX, Maryland

About:
Filmed entirely inside the world of VR, this vérité documentary captures the excitement and surprising intimacy of a burgeoning cultural movement, demonstrating the power of online connection in an isolated world.

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In Theatres: MY OLD SCHOOL

Photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Coming to theatres today, Friday, July 22:
MY OLD SCHOOL

Director:
Jono McLeod

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Thessaloniki Doc, Docs Against Gravity

About:
The astonishing true story of Scotland’s most notorious imposter.

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Special Screening: WE MET IN VIRTUAL REALITY

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films tomorrow, Thursday, July 21:
WE MET IN VIRTUAL REALITY

Director:
Joe Hunting

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
True/False, CPH:DOX, Maryland

About:
Filmed entirely inside the world of VR, this vérité documentary captures the excitement and surprising intimacy of a burgeoning cultural movement, demonstrating the power of online connection in an isolated world.

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