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On VOD: I AM SUN MU

IAMSUNMU-KEYNew to VOD this week: I AM SUN MU

Adam Sjöberg’s portrait of a dissident artist debuted at DMZ Docs last year. It went on to screen at DOC NYC, Boulder, Salem, Human Rights Watch London, Movies That Matter, Cleveland, and DocAviv, among others. It is now available on VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, XBOX, and Vimeo On Demand.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
After fleeing his native North Korea to defect to the south, the artist Sun Mu works under a defiant alias meaning “no boundaries” to criticize the repressive regime of Kim Jong-un. A former propaganda artist, he subverts familiar images which once glorified the Supreme Leader, transforming them into satirical political pop art. Offered an unlikely solo exhibition in China, the anonymous artist prepares his show undercover, potentially risking his own freedom and safety to expose the truth through art.

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On DVD: THE CASE OF THE THREE SIDED DREAM

Rahsaan1-710x450Coming to DVD tomorrow, Friday, August 26: THE CASE OF THE THREE SIDED DREAM

Adam Kahan’s profile of experimental jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk debuted at SXSW in 2014. It went on to screen at New Orleans, IDFA, Big Sky, Full Frame, Salem, Atlanta’s Pan African, Florida, and jazz fests in New York and Burlington, among other events.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: PAPIROSEN

24RDP_PAPIROSEN_SPAN-master1050New to DVD this week: PAPIROSEN

Gastón Solnicki’s generational portrait of his family debuted at Locarno in 2011. Other screenings have included Thessaloniki Doc, Rotterdam, BAFICI, Edinburgh, Jerusalem, San Sebastian, Jeonju, and the New York and San Francisco Jewish fests.

Solnicki captures four generations of his argumentative Argentine-Jewish family over more than fifty years. While most of the footage is his own, stemming from about ten years of recording, the director also mixes in Super 8 shot by other family members that goes back much further. Presented in an often jumbled manner, moving back and forth through time, the cacophony can overwhelm at times. Still, Solnicki’s intimate profile also forces the viewer into the role of silent witness, privy to the tortured imprint the Holocaust has left on his entire clan, from those who made the initial journey from Poland to Argentina in the 1940s, to their offspring who grew up feeling the consequences of this exodus: anger, sadness, and seemingly perpetual dissatisfaction.

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On DVD: WEINER

weinerComing to DVD today, Tuesday, August 23: WEINER

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s immersive look at an infamous political campaign had its world premiere at Sundance this year, where it won a grand jury prize. Screenings followed at True/False, New Directors/NewFilms, Hot Docs, Full Frame, Sarasota, RiverRun, Nashville, IFF Boston, San Francisco, Montclair, and Sydney, among other events.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE

kate plays christineComing to theatres tomorrow, Wednesday, August 24: KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE

Robert Greene’s provocative exploration of performance and empathy made its debut at Sundance this year, where it won a special jury prize. The film went on to screen at Nantucket, Berlin, True/False, Indielisboa, DocAviv, Sydney, BAMcinemaFest, New Zealand, Melbourne, and Sydney.

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

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On DVD: TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL

tabhunterconfidential006tabswimsuitComing to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, August 23: TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL

Jeffrey Schwarz’s look at the screen icon’s secrets made its bow at SXSW last year. Its fest circuit included Cleveland, Seattle, Maryland, Provincetown, Revelation, and LGBT fests all over the world.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD/VOD: THE OTHER SIDE

other sideComing to DVD and VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, August 23: THE OTHER SIDE

Roberto Minervini’s hybridized look at life on Louisiana’s margins debuted at Cannes last year. It went on to screen at Toronto, Karlovy Vary, Biografilm, Bergen, Rio, Palm Springs, True/False, Goteborg, Docs Against Gravity, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Art of the Real.

I previously wrote about the film here.

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