Category Archives: Sundance

In Theatres: THE MOLE AGENT

Coming to NYC’s Quad Cinema tomorrow, Friday, March 19:
THE MOLE AGENT

Director:
Maite Alberdi

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, Hot Docs, Full Frame, True/False, San Sebastian, New Directors/NewFilms, Miami, Karlovy Vary, Cleveland

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

About:
An 83-year-old man becomes an undercover spy in a Chilean retirement home.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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93rd Oscars: Best Documentary Nominees

Oscar nominations were announced this morning, including the documentaries listed below. Congratulations to all the nominees – four of which were on the DOC NYC Short List – and good luck on Sunday, April 25!

Documentary Feature:

COLLECTIVE
CRIP CAMP
THE MOLE AGENT
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER
TIME

Documentary Short Subject:
Colette
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song for Latasha

International Feature Film:
Denmark, ANOTHER ROUND
Hong Kong, BETTER DAYS

Romania, COLLECTIVE


Romania, COLLECTIVE (the only documentary)
Tunisia, THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN
Bosnia and Herzegovina, QUO VADIS, AIDA?

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In Theatres (Redux): TIME

Coming to the IFC Center as part of its What’d We Miss? series today, Friday, March 12:
TIME

Director:
Garrett Bradley

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

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

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

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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In Theatres: WELCOME TO CHECHNYA

Coming to the newly re-opened IFC Center as part of its What’d We Miss? series tomorrow, Saturday, March 6:
WELCOME TO CHECHNYA

Director:
David France

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Berlin, True/False, One World, Miami, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Thessaloniki Doc, Sheffield, Human Rights Watch

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

About:
An exposé of Chechnya’s state-sanctioned policy to rid Chechnya of LGBTQ+ individuals.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres (Redux): COLLECTIVE

Coming to the newly re-opened IFC Center as part of its What’d We Miss? series today, Friday, March 5:
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

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

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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In Theatres: THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS

Coming to select theatres tomorrow, Friday, March 5:
THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS

Director:
Michael Dweck and 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: UNTITLED PIZZA MOVIE

Coming to virtual cinemas via Metrograph beginning tomorrow, Friday, February 26:
UNTITLED PIZZA MOVIE

Director:
David Shapiro

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

About:
The filmmaker revisits a long-unfinished project to make sense of the passing of his friend and collaborator.

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

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On DVD: COLLECTIVE

Coming to DVD today, February 23:
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

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

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: TOKYO IDOLS

Coming to OVID.tv today, Thursday, February 18:
TOKYO IDOLS

Director:
Kyoko Miyake

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Nashville, Docville, Hot Docs, DOXA, Documentary Edge

About:
An examination of sexuality and social media popularity via a distinctly Japanese popular culture phenomenon.

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

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On TV: PAHOKEE

Coming to The WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16:
PAHOKEE

Directors:
Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, SXSW, San Francisco, DokuFest, Sarasota, Denver, Maryland, Hamptons, Visions du Reel, Miami, Encounters, Sidewalk, Montclair, Los Angeles Latino, Bentonville, IFF Boston, Ashland

About:
Four teenagers are followed through their senior year of high school in the Florida Everglades.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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