Coming to theatres and to Hulu tomorrow, Friday, October 8: JACINTA
Director: Jessica Earnshaw
World Premiere: Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)
Select Festivals: DOC NYC, New Orleans, IDFA, Camden, Zurich, Woodstock, Hot Springs Doc, AFI Fest, Rocky Mountain Women’s, Athena, Big Sky Doc, Cleveland, Florida, Mountainfilm
About: After being released from the same prison in which her mother is incarcerated, a woman struggles to break the generational cycle of addiction and trauma.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read: This profoundly moving family portrait explores the cyclical nature of addiction and generational trauma. Jessica Earnshaw’s film opens as Jacinta is incarcerated alongside her mother, Rosemary. After the younger woman is released from jail, she attempts to reconnect with her daughter, Caylynn. As she fights to remain sober amid the pressures of post-correctional life, Jacinta finds herself in a daily battle with temptation. This insightful and ultimately hopeful documentary provides unparalleled access to the devastation wrought by addiction.
Coming to theatres tomorrow, Thursday, October 7: THE RESCUE
Director: Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
World Premiere: Telluride 2021
Select Festivals: Toronto, Mill Valley, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Hot Springs Doc, Hamptons
About: The harrowing tale of the rescue attempts of a group of 12 teenage athletes and their coach, who became stranded deep underground, as rapidly rising water filled a labyrinthine network of caves they were exploring
Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, October 5 and to virtual cinemas this Friday, October 8: WITKIN & WITKIN
Director: Trisha Ziff
World Premiere: Morelia 2017
Select Festivals: DOC NYC, Los Cabos, San Francisco DocFest, Hot Docs, AFI Docs
About: Gifted twin brothers—photographer Joel-Peter Witkin and painter Jerome Witkin—reunite for a joint show.
The film screened at DOC NYC, for which our program notes read: Joel-Peter Witkin is a celebrated photographer, known for dark tableaux full of disturbing images. His identical twin brother Jerome is an equally acclaimed figurative painter, whose work explores sociohistorical themes. These two gifted artists rarely communicate with one another, maintaining separate lives despite their shared upbringing. Told almost entirely by the women in their lives, Trisha Ziff’s intimate film explores themes of love, loss, and distance, while showcasing the Witkins’ fascinating bodies of work. When they reunite for their first-ever joint exhibition, will the brothers’ artistic collaboration change their perspectives on their own – or each other’s – work and lives?