Category Archives: Sundance

In Theatres & On VOD: COLLECTIVE

Coming to select theatres and to VOD today, November 20:
COLLECTIVE

Director:
Alexander Nanau

World Premiere:
Venice 2019

Select Festivals:
Sundance, DOC NYC, Toronto, IDFA, Zurich, Goteborg, Thessaloniki Doc, Docaviv, Docs Against Gravity, Docville, Moscow, Hamptons, Montclair

About:
An investigation reveals disturbing corruption in Romanian state agencies following a fatal nightclub fire in Bucharest.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST

Coming to VOD via Shudder today, Thursday, November 19:
LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST

Director:
Alexandre O Philippe

World Premiere:
Venice 2019

Select Festivals:
Sundance, London, Sitges, Docs Against Gravity

About:
A dissection of the 1973 horror classic through an extensive conversation with its director.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: AGGIE

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, November 17:
AGGIE

Director:
Catherine Gund

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Cleveland, San Francisco, Ashland, Salem

About:
The filmmaker profiles her mother, the influential art collector, philanthropist, and social justice advocate, Agnes Gund.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Virtual Release: CODED BIAS

Coming to virtual cinemas tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11:
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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On TV: REBUILDING PARADISE

Coming to Nat Geo this Sunday, November 8:
REBUILDING PARADISE

Director:
Ron Howard

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Tribeca, AFI Docs

About:
A chronicle of the fate of a town caught in the November 2018 Camp Fire.

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

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In Virtual Release: US KIDS

Coming to virtual cinemas today, Friday, October 30:
US KIDS

Director:
Kim A Snyder

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Sheffield, Doc Edge, Mountainfilm, Full Frame, Miami, Martha’s Vineyard, NewportFilm, Calgary, GlobeDocs, Bergen, Hamptons, Mill Valley

About:
The young survivors of the Parkland school shooting are followed over a transformative year and a half.

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

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On TV/VOD: CITY SO REAL

Coming to NatGeo tomorrow, Thursday, October 29 and then to Hulu on Friday, October 30:
CITY SO REAL

Director:
Steve James

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, AFI Docs, Denver, Chicago, St Louis, Full Frame

About:
An expansive five-part portrait of modern-day Chicago against the backdrop of a contentious mayoral race and police trial.

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

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On TV: FEELS GOOD MAN

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, October 19:
FEELS GOOD MAN

Director:
Arthur Jones

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
True/False, SXSW, Big Sky Doc, Taipei, Fantasia, Sidewalk, Kyiv

About:
An exploration of the unpredictable development of an influential Internet meme.

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

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On VOD: TIME

Coming to Amazon Prime tomorrow, Friday, October 16:
TIME

Director:
Garrett Bradley

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
New York, London, Hamptons, Miami, Zurich, Camden, Mill Valley

About:
A longitudinal portrait of a marriage and a family separated by incarceration.

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

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On DVD: HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY: THE REN & STIMPY STORY

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, October 13:
HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY: THE REN & STIMPY STORY

Directors:
Ron Cicero and Kimo Easterwood

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Big Sky Doc, San Francisco, Cleveland

About:
An exploration of the groundbreaking animated series and its controversial creator.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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