Category Archives: Recommendations

In Theatres: ROLL RED ROLL

Coming to theatres today, Friday, March 22:
ROLL RED ROLL

Director:
Nancy Schwartzman

Premiere:
Tribeca 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, New Orleans, Hot Docs, Traverse City, Hamptons, Denver, Göteborg, Guanajuato, Globe Docs, Sidewalk, Santa Barbara, Double Exposure, Bend, Tallgrass, Hot Springs Doc, Big Sky Doc, SF Jewish, Human Rights Watch

About:
An exploration of rape and its cover-up in a small town.

I previously wrote about the film for Nantucket’s program, saying:
After a teenage girl is raped by members of the Steubenville OH high school football team, a true-crime blogger investigates the social media generated during the incident and discovers shocking details about the crime – including the identities of both perpetrators and bystanders – and her reporting brings national attention to the small town. Powerful and topical in the era of Time’s Up and #MeToo, Nancy Schwartzman’s searing film speaks to an unconscionable culture of complicity and denial about sexual assault not only in Steubenville, but in society as a whole.

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On DVD/VOD: ACROCATS!

New to DVD and VOD this week:
ACROCATS!

Director:
Jacob Feiring

Premiere:
Hot Springs Doc 2017

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Big Sky Doc, SF Doc, Florida, Sidewalk

About:
A behind-the-scenes look at a traveling cat circus.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
Samantha Martin has been training animals since she was a kid. Spurred by a midlife crisis to quit her day job, she creates The Amazing Acrocats, a traveling cat circus. But driving around in an undependable RV full of moody felines isn’t as glamorous – or lucrative – as it sounds. As debt mounts, and success seems elusive, how long can Samantha hold out for circus stardom?

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On DVD: THE LAST RESORT

New to DVD this week:
THE LAST RESORT

Directors:
Dennis Scholl and Kareem Tabsch

Premiere:
Miami Jewish 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Virginia, Key West, Jewish fests in Toronto, Rochester, and Cleveland

About:
A revealing revisitation of Jewish life in 1970s Miami.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: ON HER SHOULDERS

New to DVD this week:
ON HER SHOULDERS

Director:
Alexandria Bombach

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, SXSW, Hot Docs, Sheffield, AFI Docs, Full Frame, Human Rights Watch, SF Jewish, Jerusalem, Dokufest, Melbourne, Sun Valley, Doc 10, Ashland, Cleveland, Kansas City, Sarasota, Montclair, Maryland, Dallas, Nashville, Seattle, Warsaw, Biografilm, Heartland

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

About:
A look at the burden carried by a young woman as she advocates for her people on the global stage.

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

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On DVD: HILLBILLY

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, March 19:
HILLBILLY

Directors:
Sally Rubin and Ashley York

Premiere:
Nashville 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Los Angeles, Traverse City, SF DocFest, Hot Springs Doc, Heartland, Southern Circuit

About:
A personal exploration of the representation of rural America.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS

CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS

Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, March 19:
CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS

Director:
Bartle Bull

Premiere:
Santa Barbara 2017

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, St Louis, Big Sky Doc, Southern Circuit, Manchester

About:
A portrait of three boxers vying for the Golden Gloves.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC, saying:
Since the 1920s, New York City’s amateur boxers have competed for glory in the Golden Gloves. The legendary annual boxing tournament now lasts three months and attracts 500 fighters, among them Titus Williams, James Wilkins, and Nisa Rodriguez. Director Bartle Bull and his collaborators, including acclaimed cinematographers Tom Hurwitz and Kirsten Johnson, follow these scrappy young athletes as they fight for their Golden Gloves dreams and the life-changing opportunities that may follow victory.

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CPH:DOX 2019 Overview

Festival:
The 16th CPH:DOX

Dates:
March 20-31

About:
The celebrated Danish nonfiction event offers more than 170 doc and hybrid features, with the addition of a sidebar of fiction in this year’s edition. Continue reading

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