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2022 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: INSTANT LIFE

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Instant Life
Destitute without electricity and running water, Yolanda Signorelli Von Braunhut has lost control of her late husband Harold’s iconic Amazing Live Sea Monkeys novelty. Yet she alone knows their secret formula, and from her crumbling estate on the Potomac, Yolanda wages legal and existential battles to fully win them back.

Directors/Producers:
Mark Becker, Aaron Schock

Festival Section:
Indie Episodic

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2022 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: THREE MINUTES – A LENGTHENING

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Three Minutes – A Lengthening
Three minutes of footage are the only moving images known of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk in Poland before the Holocaust. An examination of that film — in color, random, full of life — reveals historical and personal dimensions.

Director:
Bianca Stigter

Producer:
Floor Onrust

Festival Section:
Spotlight

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2022 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM

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Meet Me In The Bathroom
An immersive journey through the New York music scene of the early 2000s. Set against the backdrop of 9/11, the film tells the story of how a new generation kickstarted a musical rebirth for New York City that reverberated around the world. Inspired by the book by Lizzy Goodman.

Director:
Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace

Producers:
Vivienne Perry, Sam Bridger, Marisa Clifford, Thomas Benski, Danny Gabai, Suroosh Alvi

Festival Section:
Midnight

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On TV: NOT GOING QUIETLY

Coming to PBS’s POV on Monday, January 24:
NOT GOING QUIETLY

Director:
Nicholas Bruckman

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Oxford, Cleveland, Annapolis, Provincetown, San Francisco Jewish

About:
When a young father chances to meet a powerful senator on an airplane, their exchange goes viral, sparking one of the most unlikely political movements in a generation.

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Streaming: WHIRLYBIRD

Coming to MUBI this Saturday, January 22:
WHIRLYBIRD

Director:
Matt Yoka

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
AFI Docs, Full Frame, Calgary, Rocky Mountain Women’s, Sun Valley

About:
The story of a marriage’s fraying against the backdrop of cutthroat news reporting in 1990s Los Angeles.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Streaming: TAMING THE GARDEN

Coming to MUBI this Wednesday, January 19:
TAMING THE GARDEN

Director:
Salomé Jashi

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Berlin, CPH:DOX, New Directors/New Films, Shanghai, Cinéma du Réel

About:
An artful look at the unusual disruption caused by the removal and transport of several massive trees from small Georgian villages.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: TIME

Coming to DVD via The Criterion Collection tomorrow, Tuesday, January 18:
TIME

Director:
Garrett Bradley

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

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

Notable Recognition:
The doc was nominated 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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2022 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY

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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY
Can you separate the art from the artist? Should you even try? While there are many people about whom we could ask those questions, none poses a tougher challenge than Bill Cosby.

Director:
W Kamau Bell

Producers:
Andrew Fried, Katie A King, Geraldine L Porras, Dane Lillegard, Sarina Roma, Jordan Wynn

Festival Section:
Premieres

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2022 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: TO THE END

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To The End
Stopping the climate crisis is a question of political courage, and the clock is ticking. Over three years of turbulence and crisis, four remarkable young women of color fight for a Green New Deal, igniting a historic shift in US climate politics.

Director:
Rachel Lears

Producers:
Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick

Festival Section:
Premieres

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2022 Sundance Don’t Miss Docs: THE PRINCESS

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The Princess
Princess Diana’s story is told exclusively through contemporaneous archive creating a bold and immersive narrative of her life and death. Turning the camera back on ourselves, it also illuminates the profound impact she had and how the public’s attitude to the monarchy was, and still is, shaped by these events.

Director:
Ed Perkins

Producers:
Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn

Festival Section:
Premieres

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