Category Archives: Film

On TV: BECOMING HELEN KELLER

Coming to PBS’s American Masters tomorrow, Tuesday, October 19:
BECOMING HELEN KELLER

Director:
Michael Pressman

World Premiere:
American Masters PBS broadcast (October 2021)

About:
An exploration of the complex life and legacy of the author, advocate, and human rights pioneer, Helen Keller, who used her celebrity and wit to champion rights for women, people with disabilities, and people living in poverty.

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On TV: LA CASA DE MAMA ICHA

Coming to PBS’s POV today, Monday, October 18:
LA CASA DE MAMA ICHA

Director:
Óscar Molina

World Premiere:
Cartagena 2020

Select Festivals:
Philadelphia Latino, Slamdance Miami, North Carolina Latino

About:
Decades ago, Mama Icha migrated to the United States to help her daughter with the care of her grandchildren; now, she feels near the end of her life and only thinks about one thing: going back to her native Colombian hometown.

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In Theatres: INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR

Coming to theatres today, Friday, October 15:
INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR

Director:
Rachel Fleit

World Premiere:
SXSW 2021

Select Festivals:
Hamptons

About:
In a quest to take control of her personal health after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, actor Selma Blair adapts to new ways of living while pursuing an experimental medical procedure.

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In Theatres: GORBACHEV. HEAVEN

Coming to theatres today, Friday, October 15:
GORBACHEV. HEAVEN

Director:
Vitaly Mansky

World Premiere:
IDFA 2020

Select Festivals:
Visions du Réel, Docaviv, Dokufest, Tallinn Black Nights, Sofia, Hong Kong, BelDocs, Docs Against Gravity

About:
Gorbachev, the architect of glasnost and perestroika, but condemned by his own people, lives out the last days of his life in an empty house in the suburbs near Moscow.

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In Theatres: ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS

Coming to theatres today, Friday, October 15:
ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS

Director:
Wang Qiong

World Premiere:
Rotterdam 2021

Select Festivals:
New York Film Festival, Hamburg, BFI London, San Diego Asian

About:
An intimate, deeply felt portrait of Jin and her family filmed by her sister.

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Streaming: CRUTCH

Coming to Discovery+ today, Thursday, October 14:
CRUTCH

Director:
Sachi Cunningham, Vayabobo

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2020

Select Festivals:
Cleveland, ReelAbilities, Bentonville

About:
From angry skatepunk to international provocateur, the emotional story of a one-of-a-kind artist’s struggle to be understood.

The film previously screened at DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Dance, art, performance, and disability politics converge in this entertaining and enlightening portrait of Bill Shannon, an internationally renowned artist, break dancer, and skate punk, who wields his crutches as tools of expression and instruments for audience provocation. The film journeys through a decade of intimate access and a lifetime of archival footage that includes Shannon’s stage work for Cirque du Soleil, the Sydney Opera House, the Tate Modern, and the Chicago MOCA.

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Streaming: FILM ABOUT A FATHER WHO

New to the Criterion Channel this week:
FILM ABOUT A FATHER WHO

Director:
Lynne Sachs

World Premiere:
Slamdance 2020

Select Festivals:
Doc Fortnight, Sheffield, Docaviv, Doclisboa, RIDM, Indie Memphis, Sarasota

About:
The filmmaker attempts to make sense of her wayward father.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Streaming: CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY

Coming to MUBI today, Wednesday, October 13:
CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY

Director:
Jonathan Perel

World Premiere:
Berlin 2020

Select Festivals:
IDFA, IndieLisboa, Art of the Real, BAFICI, Sheffield, Cinema du Reel, Havana, FIDM, Jihlava,

About:
Excerpts from a 2015 report demonstrating corporate responsibility during Argentina’s repressive dictatorship are related in front of several of the culpable companies’ factories.

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In Theatres/Virtual Release: DEEP BLUES (1991)

Coming to theatres and virtual cinemas today, Wednesday, October 13:
DEEP BLUES (1991)

Director:
Robert Mugge

Select Festivals:
Sundance

About:
A journey deep into the heart of the North Mississippi Hill Country and Mississippi Delta, exploring the rich musical history and vibrant contemporary performers of the region.

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On DVD: ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN

New to DVD this week:
ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN

Director:
Morgan Neville

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2021

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, AFI Docs

About:
A remarkably constructed portrait of the uncommon life and untimely death of the late storyteller, explorer, and chef.

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