Category Archives: Sundance

On DVD: SOME KIND OF HEAVEN

photo by David Bolen

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, April 13:
SOME KIND OF HEAVEN

Director:
Lance Oppenheim

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Rotterdam, Doc Fortnight, Visions du Reel, New Zealand, Florida, Atlanta, Philadelphia

About:
A profile of several residents of America’s largest retirement community.

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

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On DVD: ACASA, MY HOME

photo by Mircea Topoleanu

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, April 6:
ACASA, MY HOME

Director:
Radu Ciorniciuc

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, Docaviv, DOK.fest Munich, Thessaloniki Doc, Doc Edge, One World, Moscow Doc, Sarajevo, Cartagena, Krakow, Transilvania, Zurich, Cologne, El Gouna

About:
A Roma family is forced to leave their self-sufficient life off the grid for the city.

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

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On VOD: CODED BIAS

Coming to Netflix today, Monday, April 5:
CODED BIAS

Director:
Shalini Kantayya

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Human Rights Watch, Hot Docs, Full Frame, SXSW, San Francisco, Hamptons, Provincetown, New Zealand, Melbourne, DokuFest, BlackStar, Docaviv, Warsaw, Mill Valley, Denver

About:
An exploration of the disturbing gender and racial bias prevalent in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres (Redux): THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS

Coming to the newly re-opened Film Forum today, Friday, April 2:
THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS

Director:
Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, New York, San Sebastian, Zurich, Hamptons, Mill Valley, El Gouna, Aspen, Taipei Golden Horse, Thessaloniki Doc, Stockholm, Singapore

Notable Recognition:
The doc has been shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

About:
Enter the secretive world of the only people–and dogs–who are able to find the elusive white Alba truffle, the most expensive ingredient in the world.

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

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In Virtual Release: MAŁNI – TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE

Coming to virtual cinemas via the Metrograph tomorrow, Friday, April 2:
MAŁNI – TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE

Director:
Sky Hopinka

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
True/False, Dokufest, BlackStar, Milwaukee, RIDM, Vienna, ImagineNative, Art of the Real

About:
A poetic reflection on indigenous language, myths, and the spirit world.

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

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On TV: CODED BIAS

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens today, Monday, March 22:
CODED BIAS

Director:
Shalini Kantayya

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Human Rights Watch, Hot Docs, Full Frame, SXSW, San Francisco, Hamptons, Provincetown, New Zealand, Melbourne, DokuFest, BlackStar, Docaviv, Warsaw, Mill Valley, Denver

About:
An exploration of the disturbing gender and racial bias prevalent in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD

Coming to the IFC Center as part of its What’d We Miss? series today, Friday, March 19:
DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD

Director:
Kirsten Johnson

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
True/False, CPH:DOX, Doc10

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

About:
The filmmaker approaches her father’s mortality with inventiveness and dark humor.

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

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In Theatres: CRIP CAMP

photo by Steve Honigsbaum

Coming to NYC’s Quad Cinema tomorrow, Friday, March 19:
CRIP CAMP

Directors:
Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht

Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Documentary Fortnight, True/False, San Francisco, Human Rights Watch London, ReelAbilities, Miami

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

About:
A chronicle of the origins of America’s disability rights movement.

My pre-Sundance doc profile may be found here.

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In Theatres: BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS

Coming to the IFC Center as part of its What’d We Miss? series tomorrow, Friday, March 19:
BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS

Directors:
Bill Ross, Turner Ross

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Berlin, CPH:DOX, True/False, Big Sky Doc, Calgary Underground

About:
A chronicle of the patrons and staff of a dive bar on what is meant to be its final day.

I profiled the film before Sundance here.

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On VOD: MAX RICHTER’S SLEEP

photo by Rahi Rezvani

Coming to VOD via MUBI tomorrow, Friday, March 19:
MAX RICHTER’S SLEEP

Director:
Natalie Johns

World Premiere:
IDFA 2019

Select Festivals:
Sundance, CPH:DOX, Docs Against Gravity, Gent, Brisbane

About:
An immersion into the making of an eight-hour piece to be experienced during sleep.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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