Category Archives: Recommendations

On VOD: 44 PAGES

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24:
44 PAGES

Director:
Tony Shaff

Premiere:
SXSW Edu 2017

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Dallas, Sarasota, Cleveland, RiverRun, Nashville, Sidewalk, Indie Memphis, St Louis,

About:
A behind the scenes look at the most popular children’s magazine in the world.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24:
BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY

Directors:
David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg

Premiere:
SXSW 2017

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, San Francisco, Hot Docs, Telluride Mountainfilm, Seattle, Human Rights Watch, AFI Docs, Hot Springs Doc, Traverse City, Los Angeles, Provincetown

About:
A revealing profile of the well-known educational television personality turned science advocate.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: LOOK & SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY


Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens this coming Monday, April 23:
LOOK & SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY

Director:
Laura Dunn

Co-Director:
Jef Sewell

Premiere:
SXSW 2016 (earlier version titled THE SEER)

Select Festivals:
Sundance, Nantucket, Hot Docs, Montclair, Berlin, Nashville, RiverRun

About:
A profile of the outspoken author and environmentalist through his immediate surroundings.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: KILLING FOR LOVE

New to DVD this week:
KILLING FOR LOVE

Directors:
Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger

Premiere:
Munich 2016

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, Denver, RiverRun, Virginia, DocsDF, DMZ Docs, Docs Barcelona, Docaviv, Reykjavik, Durban, Krakow, Doc Edge, Docs Against Gravity, Turkey

About:
A brutal double homicide reveals secrets, lies, and the limits of the American justice system.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: 44 PAGES

Coming to theatres today, Wednesday, April 18:
44 PAGES

Director:
Tony Shaff

Premiere:
SXSW Edu 2017

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Dallas, Sarasota, Cleveland, RiverRun, Nashville, Sidewalk, Indie Memphis, St Louis,

About:
A behind the scenes look at the most popular children’s magazine in the world.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
Since 1946, kids across the country, and, eventually, around the world, have enjoyed Highlights magazine, a staple at doctors’ offices known for its instructive Goofus and Gallant feature and hidden-picture illustrations. Shaff’s heartwarming film follows the creation of the magazine’s landmark 70th anniversary issue, from initial editorial meetings through cover and feature designs, to the finished product, offering an inside look at the family-owned publication and the passionate staff that serves “the world’s most important people:” children.

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On TV: BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY

Coming to PBS’s POV tomorrow, Wednesday, April 18:
BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY

Directors:
David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg

Premiere:
SXSW 2017

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, San Francisco, Hot Docs, Telluride Mountainfilm, Seattle, Human Rights Watch, AFI Docs, Hot Springs Doc, Traverse City, Los Angeles, Provincetown

About:
A revealing profile of the well-known educational television personality turned science advocate.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Tribeca 2018: Documentary Overview


Festival:
The 17th Tribeca Film Festival

Dates:
April 18-29

About:
The popular NYC event includes just over 50 new nonfiction features and series, nearly half of the lineup, including its bookends: Lisa D’Apolito’s intimate biography of Gilda Radner, LOVE, GILDA, opens the festival; while Liz Garbus’ docuseries, THE FOURTH ESTATE, an inside look at The New York Times‘ coverage of the Trump administration, is the fest’s closing night screening. I’ll be serving on the jury for the 2018 Albert Maysles Award (Best New Documentary Director Award), and am looking forward to watching all the films in my category over the next week. Continue reading

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