Category Archives: Sundance

In Theatres: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, December 6:
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER

Director:
Beniamino Barrese

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Cartagena, DokuFest, Docs Against Gravity, Transilvania, Shanghai, Munich, Biografilm, MakeDox, Taipei, Frameline

About:
The filmmaker films his mother as she plans to leave the modern world behind.

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

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In Theatres: MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, December 6:
MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Director:
Luke Lorentzen

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, New Directors/New Films, Sheffield DocFest, CPH:DOX, Hong Kong, Cartagena, Ambulante, Guadalajara, Docville, Full Frame, San Francisco, Freep, Doc10, Sydney, Krakow

About:
A Mexico City family struggles to make a living as ragtag private paramedics, facing cut-throat competition to respond to patients in need of urgent help.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Sundance 2020: Feature Lineup Announced

The initial lineup has been announced for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 23-February 2). Today’ announcement includes the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, NEXT, Documentary Premieres, Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, and Kids, and may be found here.

Pointers for other sections – Shorts, Indie Episodic, Special Events, and New Frontier – will follow as they are announced in the coming weeks.

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On DVD/VOD: RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS

photo by Robert Bedell

Coming to DVD and VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3:
RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS

Director:
Janice Engel

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
SXSW, San Francisco, AFI Docs, Seattle, Full Frame, Minneapolis-St Paul, 51 Fest

About:
An appreciation of the late liberal Texas journalist and personality.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: N SCOTT MOMADAY: WORDS FROM A BEAR

New to DVD this week:
N SCOTT MOMADAY: WORDS FROM A BEAR

Director:
Jeffrey Palmer

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Traverse City, deadCENTER, Milwaukee, ImagineNATIVE, Seattle

About:
On the work and influence of Pulitzer Prize-winning Native American author, N Scott Momaday.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY

photo by Drew Kelly

New to digital download via HBO this week:
THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY

Director:
Alex Gibney

Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
SXSW

About:
An investigation into the high-profile rise and fall of discredited health tech company Theranos.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: SHOOTING THE MAFIA

Coming to theatres today, Friday, November 22:
SHOOTING THE MAFIA

Director:
Kim Longinotto

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Berlin, CPH:DOX, Docs Against Gravity, Biografilm, London, Vilnius, Zurich

About:
A portrait of an acclaimed Sicilian photographer and her lifetime bravely bearing witness to the Mafia’s crimes.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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