Category Archives: Recommendations

Sundance 2020: New Frontier Announced

This post is a pointer to the third lineup announcement for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. This year’s selections in the New Frontier section may be found here.

Already announced are the films in the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, NEXT, Documentary Premieres, Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, and Kids sections, as well as the Indie Episodic, Special Events, and Shorts lineups.

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On DVD: THE FEUD

Photo courtesy Library of Congress

New to DVD this week:
THE FEUD

Director:
Randall MacLowry

World Premiere:
American Experience (September 2019)

About:
An in-depth look at the legendary conflict between the Hatfields and the McCoys.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: COLLEGE BEHIND BARS

New to DVD this week:
COLLEGE BEHIND BARS

Director:
Lynn Novick

World Premiere:
New York Film Festival 2019

Select Festivals:
Harlem Doc Fest

About:
A four-part chronicle of incarcerated individuals seeking higher eduction degrees while serving time.

I previously wrote about the docuseries here.

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Sundance 2020: Indie Episodic, Special Events, & Shorts Announced

This post is a pointer to the second lineup announcement for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, revealing Indie Episodic, Special Events, and Shorts programming, which may be found here.

Earlier lineup announcements include the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, NEXT, Documentary Premieres, Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, and Kids sections.

Still to come is information on the New Frontier section.

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On VOD: UNDER THE SUN

under the sunComing to OVID.tv today, Tuesday, December 10:
UNDER THE SUN

Director:
Vitaly Mansky

World Premiere:
DOK.Leipzig

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, IDFA, Hot Docs, Tallinn Black Nights, Jihlava, DocPoint, SXSW, DOXA, San Francisco, Seattle

About:
An authorized portrait of a typical North Korean family becomes a subversive look at life in North Korea.

I previously wrote about the film here.

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On TV: MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS

Coming to HBO tomorrow, Wednesday, December 11:
MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS

Director:
Irene Taylor Brodsky

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, Portland, AFI Docs, Mountainfilm, Martha’s Vineyard, Provincetown

About:
A personal meditation on deafness through the experiences of the filmmaker’s son, her parents, and Beethoven.

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

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On DVD: WORLDS OF URSULA K LE GUIN

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, December 10:
WORLDS OF URSULA K LE GUIN

Director:
Arwen Curry

World Premiere:
Sheffield 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Ashland, Mill Valley, BendFilm, Austin, Boston Sci-Fi, Berlin Sci-Fi, Sebastopol Doc, Belfast, Newport Beach

About:
An intimate portrait of the pioneering author.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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