Category Archives: Recommendations

In Virtual Release: URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: INTO HER OWN

Coming to virtual theatrical today, Friday, May 29:
URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: INTO HER OWN

Director:
Daniel Traub

World Premiere:
Vancouver 2019

Select Festivals:
Berkshire, Architecture Design Art, Hamptons Doc

About:
A portrait of the noted sculptor.

Ursula von Rydingsvard is known for her monumental sculptures, composed of highly manipulated cedar, with work featured at MoMA, the Met, the Whitney, the Art Institute of Chicago, and numerous other notable institutions, as well as public art projects that encourage viewers’ tactile engagement. Filmmaker Daniel Traub offers audiences an intimate look at von Rydingsvard’s Brooklyn studio and the collaborative process that goes into her work, while also exploring her background as a Polish native born during WWII, who emigrated to a small working class Connecticut town as a child. Though soft-spoken, the artist speaks volumes as she relates the impact of her violent father and schizophrenic husband on her development as an artist, and how this background primed her to move to NYC in the 1970s to focus on art as a career. While somewhat limited by a too-brief running time, Traub’s film succeeds in paying von Rydingsvard her due, while enticing newcomers to her work to seek out more information.

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On DVD: RUDEBOY: THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS

New to DVD this week:
RUDEBOY: THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS

Director:
Nicolas Jack Davies

World Premiere:
London 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, CPH:DOX, Doc’n’Roll, Glastonbury, Thessaloniki Doc

About:
The history of the pioneering label that popularized Jamaican music in the UK and beyond.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Hot Docs 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 27th Hot Docs

Dates:
May 28-June 6 (some selections until June 24) (online)

About:
North America’s largest documentary event goes online this year, presenting nearly 100 new features to Ontario audiences, including the world premieres noted below. Continue reading

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On DVD: ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND

New to DVD this week:
ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND

Director:
Daniel Roher

World Premiere:
Toronto 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, Boulder, Miami Jewish, Calgary

About:
A candid recounting of the history of the legendary music group.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: ON THE RECORD

photo by Martyna Starosta

Coming to HBO Max today, Wednesday, May 27:
ON THE RECORD

Director:
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

About:
A groundbreaking investigation of sexual assault in the music industry.

My pre-Sundance doc profile may be found here.

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On DVD: MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, May 26:
MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Director:
Luke Lorentzen

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, New Directors/New Films, Sheffield DocFest, CPH:DOX, Hong Kong, Cartagena, Ambulante, Guadalajara, Docville, Full Frame, San Francisco, Freep, Doc10, Sydney, Krakow

Notable Recognition:
The doc was shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

About:
A Mexico City family struggles to make a living as ragtag private paramedics, facing cut-throat competition to respond to patients in need of urgent help.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: THE TRADE (SEASON ONE AND TWO)

Season Two | photo by Ross McDonnell

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26:
THE TRADE (SEASON ONE AND TWO)

Director:
Matthew Heineman

World Premiere:
Sundance 2018 (Season One) and Sundance 2020 (Season Two)

About:
A gripping docuseries examining complex illegal activities – America’s opioid epidemic (Season One) and human trafficking (Season Two).

I profiled the docuseries before Sundance here and here.

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