Category Archives: Film

On VOD: FREEDOM FIELDS

Coming to MUBI today, Tuesday, July 27:
FREEDOM FIELDS

Director:
Naziha Arebi

World Premiere:
Toronto 2018

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, BFI London, Minneapolis-St Paul, Docs Against Gravity, BlackStar

About:
A profile of three women and their soccer team in post-revolution Libya, as the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fade.

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On VOD: FOR MADMEN ONLY: THE STORIES OF DEL CLOSE

Coming to Apple TV+ today, Tuesday, July 27:
FOR MADMEN ONLY

Director:
Heather Ross

World Premiere:
SXSW 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
Chicago, Cleveland, Portland, RiverRun, Boulder, Calgary

About:
Del Close, the hidden architect of modern comedy, reveals his creative process by writing an autobiographical comic book.

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On TV: BUDDY GUY: THE BLUES CHASE THE BLUES AWAY

Coming to PBS’s American Masters tomorrow, Tuesday, July 27:
BUDDY GUY: THE BLUES CHASE THE BLUES AWAY

Director:
Devin Amar, Matt Mitchener, Charles Todd

World Premiere:
American Masters PBS broadcast (July 2021)

About:
An exploration of the life and career of the legendary blues guitarist, a pioneer of Chicago’s West Side sound and major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

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In Virtual Release: LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY

Coming to the Metrograph’s virtual cinema today, Monday, July 26:
LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY

Director:
Werner Herzog

World Premiere:
Telluride 1997

Select Festivals:
IDFA, San Francisco, Portland

About:
German-born Dieter Dengler relates his service as a US naval pilot in the Vietnam War, when he was shot down and taken prisoner by the Pathet Lao during his first mission.

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On TV: MAYOR

Coming to PBS’s POV today, Monday, July 26:
MAYOR

Director:
David Osit

World Premiere:
True/False 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, CPH:DOX, IDFA, Hot Docs, Full Frame, Camden, Maryland, DokuFest

About:
A portrait of the Christian mayor of Ramallah, Palestine.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: PLAYING WITH SHARKS

Coming to Disney+ today, Friday, July 23:
PLAYING WITH SHARKS

Director:
Sally Aitken

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, Doc Edge, Boulder, Washington DC Environmental, EarthX, Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, DocLands, Mountainfilm

About:
A tribute to a pioneering shark conservationist and underwater cinematographer.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: VAL

Coming to theatres today, Friday, July 23:
VAL

Director:
Ting Poo, Leo Scott

World Premiere:
Cannes 2021

About:
A portrait of Val Kilmer, constructed from more than 40 years of the actor’s self-documentation.

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In Theatres & On VOD: AILEY

Photo by Jack Mitchell

Coming to theatres and VOD tomorrow, Friday, July 23:
AILEY

Director:
Jamila Wignot

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Tribeca, Frameline, Provincetown, Thessaloniki Doc

About:
A revealing, moving portrait of pioneering choreographer Alvin Ailey.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: STUNTMAN

Coming to Disney+ tomorrow, Friday, July 23:
STUNTMAN

Director:
Kurt Mattila

World Premiere:
Los Angeles Film Festival 2018

About:
Veteran Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun sets out to fulfill Evel Knievel’s unfulfilled dream of crossing the Snake River in a rocket.

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On TV/VOD: WOODSTOCK 99: PEACE, LOVE, AND RAGE

Coming to HBO and HBO Max this Friday, July 23:
WOODSTOCK 99: PEACE, LOVE, AND RAGE

Director:
Garret Price

World Premiere:
HBO/HBO Max release (July 2021)

About:
The story of the ill-fated music festival, promoted to echo the unity and counterculture idealism of the original 1969 concert, but which instead devolved into riots, looting, and sexual assaults.

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