Category Archives: Recommendations

Streaming: INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR

Coming to Discovery+ tomorrow, Thursday, October 21:
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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On DVD: ON BROADWAY

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, October 19:
ON BROADWAY

Director:
Oren Jacoby

World Premiere:
Hamptons 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, New York Jewish, RiverRun, Atlanta Jewish, Miami Jewish, Sedona, Boulder Jewish

About:
A history of and love letter to Broadway.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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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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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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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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In Theatres & Streaming: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13 and to Apple TV+ this Friday, October 15:
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

Director:
Todd Haynes

World Premiere:
Cannes 2021

Select Festivals:
New York Film Festival, Telluride, San Sebastian, Zurich, BFI London, Chicago

About:
An exploration of how The Velvet Underground became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions.

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On DVD: THE BIG SCARY “S” WORD

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, October 12:
THE BIG SCARY “S” WORD

Director:
Yael Bridge

World Premiere:
Mill Valley 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hot Docs, AFI Fest, Big Sky Doc, Cleveland, Wisconsin, Mountainfilm, DOXA, Thessaloniki Doc, Melbourne Doc

About:
A comprehensive exploration of the ideology of socialism, increasingly attracting both supporters and detractors in a polarized America.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: WITKIN & WITKIN

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, October 12:
WITKIN & WITKIN

Director:
Trisha Ziff

World Premiere:
Morelia 2017

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Los Cabos, San Francisco DocFest, Hot Docs, AFI Docs

About:
Gifted twin brothers—photographer Joel-Peter Witkin and painter Jerome Witkin—reunite for a joint show.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: CURED

Coming to Independent Lens today, Monday, October 11:
CURED

Director:
Bennett Singer, Patrick Sammon

World Premiere:
Outfest 2020

Select Festivals:
NewFest, Frameline, BFI Flare, Cleveland, Vancouver, Image+Nation

About:
The David-versus-Goliath struggle that led the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973.

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In Theatres & Streaming: JACINTA

Coming to theatres and to Hulu tomorrow, Friday, October 8:
JACINTA

Director:
Jessica Earnshaw

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, New Orleans, IDFA, Camden, Zurich, Woodstock, Hot Springs Doc, AFI Fest, Rocky Mountain Women’s, Athena, Big Sky Doc, Cleveland, Florida, Mountainfilm

About:
After being released from the same prison in which her mother is incarcerated, a woman struggles to break the generational cycle of addiction and trauma.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
This profoundly moving family portrait explores the cyclical nature of addiction and generational trauma. Jessica Earnshaw’s film opens as Jacinta is incarcerated alongside her mother, Rosemary. After the younger woman is released from jail, she attempts to reconnect with her daughter, Caylynn. As she fights to remain sober amid the pressures of post-correctional life, Jacinta finds herself in a daily battle with temptation. This insightful and ultimately hopeful documentary provides unparalleled access to the devastation wrought by addiction.  

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