Category Archives: Recommendations

In Theatres: DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, July 19:
DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME

Director:
AJ Eaton

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, SXSW, Santa Barbara, Sun Valley, Seattle, Revelation Perth, Boulder

About:
A candid, warts and all portrait of the rock and roll legend.

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

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Outfest 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 37th Outfest

Dates:
July 18-28

About:
Nearly 70 feature are included in the lineup of this venerable LGBTQ event, including 24 documentaries. Continue reading

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Special Screening: THE GREAT HACK

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films tomorrow, Thursday, July 18:
THE GREAT HACK

Directors:
Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Sheffield, Traverse City, NewportFILM, Martha’s Vineyard

About:
A disturbing investigation into data and privacy in the modern digital age.

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

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On VOD: THE EXPERIMENTAL CITY

New to VOD this week:
THE EXPERIMENTAL CITY

Director:
Chad Freidrichs

World Premiere:
Chicago 2017

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Denver, St Louis, Big Sky Doc, Planet in Focus, DC Environmental, Salem, Sarasota, Revelation Perth, Architecture & Design fests in New York City, Washington DC, Los Angles, Rotterdam, Milan, Zurich, Copenhagen, and New Orleans

About:
A chronicle of an almost successful attempt to build the city of the future.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
In the 1960s, frustrated by the growing problem of urban pollution, Athelstan Spilhaus, a visionary scientist and futurist comic strip writer, assembled a team of experts to develop a bold experiment: the Minnesota Experimental City (MXC). MXC would be the city of the future, a domed metropolis for 250,000 pioneering residents, built from scratch and using cutting-edge technology to prevent urban sprawl and pollution. Things didn’t quite go as planned, as explored in Chad Friedrichs’ fascinating look back at the would-be city of tomorrow.

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On TV: BISBEE ’17

Coming to PBS’s POV this coming Monday, July 15:
BISBEE ’17

Director:
Robert Greene

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, True/False, CPH:DOX, Visions du Reel, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, BAMcinemaFest, Sydney, Jeonju, Minneapolis/St Paul, Cleveland

About:
An old town on the Arizona-Mexico border collectively confronts the darkest episode in its history.

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

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In Theatres: SEA OF SHADOWS

Coming to theatres today, Friday, July 12:
SEA OF SHADOWS

Director:
Richard Ladkani

Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Ambulante, Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, Hong Kong

About:
An investigation into efforts to save an endangered whale species caught in the crossfire of a lucrative black market battle.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: GENERAL MAGIC

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, July 12:
GENERAL MAGIC

Directors:
Matt Maude and Sarah Kerruish

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2018

Select Festival:
Palm Springs, Cleveland, Florida, Doc Edge, Sidewalk, Philadelphia, Hot Springs Doc, Milwaukee, Denver, Hawaii

About:
A look back at an ahead-of-its-time tech company.

Smartphones have become ubiquitous in just over a decade, but, in 1990, the very idea of a handheld computer was so out there, that one of the companies that developed the concept was called General Magic. A spinoff of Apple just a few years after the introduction of the Macintosh, the company drew together some of the leading minds in technology, as well as partnerships with AT&T and Sony, promising groundbreaking developments. Fortunately for directors Matt Maude and Sarah Kerruish, company insiders also did a remarkable job of documenting their efforts, including filming key moments that are included in this intriguing if somewhat hagiographic history lesson of ambition, forward-thinking, and failure. The film chronicles the company’s efforts to develop, produce, and market the Magic Link, which, upon its release in 1994, was an expensive, clunky misfire that led to General Magic’s bankruptcy. Key players in the firm went on to make magic elsewhere, however, and, as the film argues, the principles behind the Magic Link informed the next couple of decades’ worth of invention that fundamentally have altered society’s relationship to technology.

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