Category Archives: Recommendations

Thessaloniki Doc 2021 Overview (Part Two)

Festival:
The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
June 24-July 4

About:
This notable Greek nonfiction event returns to theatres following a local online presentation in March.

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On DVD: MIRACLE FISHING: KIDNAPPED ABROAD

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Thursday, June 24:
MIRACLE FISHING: KIDNAPPED ABROAD

Director:
Miles Hargrove

Co-Director:
Christopher Birge

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, AFI Docs, Sidewalk, Dallas, Brisbane, Trinidad & Tobago

About:
A kidnapped man’s family and friends are forced to negotiate for his release.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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AFI Docs 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 19th AFI Docs

Dates:
June 22-27

About:
This Washington DC event showcases approximately 30 new feature and episodic documentaries, presented in a hybrid format.

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On TV: TWO GODS

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, June 21:
TWO GODS

Director:
Zeshawn Ali

World Premiere:
Full Frame 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, BlackStar, Montclair, Hot Docs, Camden

About:
A Black Muslim casket maker mentors two boys.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: THE SPARKS BROTHERS

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 18:
THE SPARKS BROTHERS

Director:
Edgar Wright

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Hot Docs, IFF Boston, San Francisco Doc

About:
A tribute to the influential but overlooked band Sparks.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: A CRIME ON THE BAYOU

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 18:
A CRIME ON THE BAYOU

Director:
Nancy Buirski

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2020

Select Festivals:
New Orleans, San Francisco Jewish, Big Sky Doc, Atlanta Jewish, Hamptons Docs

About:
An unjustly arrested Black man and his young Jewish attorney form a lifelong friendship.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Filmmaker Nancy Buirski tells the story of a lasting bond formed between an unjustly arrested Black man, Gary Duncan, and Richard Sobol, his young Jewish attorney. In 1966, 19-year-old Duncan faces the white supremacist court system in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, for daring to touch a white boy’s arm. Standing united, the pair takes Duncan’s case all the way to the US Supreme Court to fight for the rights of all Americans to a fair trial.

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In Virtual Release: THE AMERICAN SECTOR

Coming to virtual cinemas today, Friday, June 18:
THE AMERICAN SECTOR

Director:
Courtney Stephens, Pacho Velez

World Premiere:
Berlin 2020

Select Festivals:
Art of the Real, Docaviv, Camden, AFI Fest, RIDM, Maryland

About:
A road trip tracking several of the remnants of the Berlin Wall now held by American collectors and institutions.

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In Theatres: RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, June 18:
RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

Director:
Mariem Pérez Riera

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland, Atlanta, Sarasota, Tribeca, Provincetown

About:
A profile of the pioneering, EGOT-winning star of stage and screen.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: FTA

Coming to Netflix today, Tuesday, June 15:
FTA

Director:
Francine Parker

World Premiere:
Theatrical release (July 1972)

About:
A chronicle of the controversial anti-Vietnam War political vaudeville tour of American military bases, fronted by Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: US KIDS

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, May 15:
US KIDS

Director:
Kim A Snyder

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Sheffield, Doc Edge, Mountainfilm, Full Frame, Miami, Martha’s Vineyard, NewportFilm, Calgary, GlobeDocs, Bergen, Hamptons, Mill Valley

About:
The young survivors of the Parkland school shooting are followed over a transformative year and a half.

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

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