Category Archives: Recommendations

In Theatres: MAU

Coming to theatres today, Friday, May 13:
MAU

Director:
Benji Bergmann, Jono Bergmann

World Premiere:
SXSW 2021

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Tallinn Black Nights

About:
The unlikely story of design visionary Bruce Mau and his ever-optimistic push for massive change.

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Special Screening: HOLD YOUR FIRE

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films tonight, Monday, May 9:
HOLD YOUR FIRE

Director:
Stefan Forbes

World Premiere:
Toronto 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Palm Springs

About:
Captives, cops, and robbers in New York City’s longest hostage siege reflect in this suspenseful and enlightening take on an event long misunderstood.

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In Theatres & On VOD: WUHAN WUHAN

Coming to theatres and VOD this Friday, May 6:
WUHAN WUHAN

Director:
Yung Chang

World Premiere:
Hot Docs 2021

Select Festivals:
CAAMFest, DOXA, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Sarasota, Milwaukee, Minnesota-St Paul, DocEdge, Sebastopol Doc

About:
A look at Wuhan, China, at the peak of the pandemic lockdown, revealing the emotions and resilience at the core of our shared humanity.

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Streaming: DECADE OF FIRE

Coming to OVID.tv today, Tuesday, May 3:
DECADE OF FIRE

Directors:
Vivian Vazquez, Gretchen Hildebran

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2018

Select Festivals:
Full Frame, Cleveland, Chicago Latino, Harlem, Maryland

About:
A Bronx native revisits the truth behind the boroughs rash of arson in the 1970s.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: SINCE I BEEN DOWN

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, April 3:
SINCE I BEEN DOWN

Director:
Gilda Sheppard

World Premiere:
Cleveland 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Big Sky, Freep, Sebastopol Doc, Portland, Thin Line, Montreal Black

About:
Despite serving life without parole, a man works to improve others’ lives. 

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Streaming: NAILA AND THE UPRISING

Coming to OVID.tv tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3:
NAILA AND THE UPRISING

Director:
Julia Bacha

Premiere:
DOC NYC 2017

Select Festivals:
IDFA, Dubai, Human Rights Watch, Movies That Matter, Cleveland, It’s All True, Fajr, Seattle, Durban, SF Jewish, Global Peace, St Louis

About:
The untold story of the women behind the First Intifada.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Special Screening: BOYCOTT

Coming to NYC’s Pure Nonfiction series tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3:
BOYCOTT

Director:
Julia Bacha

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2021

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Hot Docs, Big Sky Doc, Human Rights Watch, DocLands, Atlanta, Milwaukee

About:
A look at the recent explosion of laws designed to penalize Americans who push boycotts against Israel.

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On TV: TRY HARDER!

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, May 2:
TRY HARDER!

Director:
Debbie Lum

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, AFI Docs, Full Frame, CAAMFest, Milwaukee, Provincetown, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Philadelphia, Virginia

About:
The graduating class of a competitive San Francisco High School is followed through its harrowing college application process.

I previously wrote about the doc before Sundance here.

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Streaming: DEAR MR BRODY

Coming to Discovery+ tomorrow, Thursday, April 28:
DEAR MR BRODY

Director:
Keith Maitland

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Telluride, SXSW, San Francisco Doc, Provincetown, Miami

About:
In 1970, eccentric hippie millionaire Michael Brody, Jr decided to give $25 million away to anyone who needed it, sparking a media frenzy and thousands of letters from strangers all requesting his help.

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Special Screening: BROTHER’S KEEPER

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Coming to NYC’s Paris Theater on 35mm for a 30th anniversary screening this Saturday, April 30:
BROTHER’S KEEPER

Directors:
Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofksy

World Premiere:
Sundance 1992

Select Festivals:
Toronto, Chicago

About:
The lives of the aging Ward brothers are upended when one is accused of murder.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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