Category Archives: Recommendations

On TV: ABOUT LOVE

Coming to POV tonight, Monday, August 10:
ABOUT LOVE

Director:
Archana Atul Phadke

World Premiere:
Sheffield 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, DMZ Docs, Mumbai

About:
An observational portrait of three generations of the filmmaker’s family.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
In this intimate and often funny observational portrait, director Archana Phadke trains her camera on three generations of her family, all living together in the same home in Mumbai. As the household prepares for her brother Rohan’s wedding, Archana – determined, like her sister, to remain single – captures the rhythms of the ever-busy household. Coming into particular focus are Archana’s long-suffering grandmother, Neela, who tends to her ailing, sexist husband, and her mother, Maneesha, who confesses a secret escape from her own feelings of marital frustration.

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In Theatres & In Virtual Release: A THOUSAND CUTS

Coming to select theatres and virtual cinema today, Friday, August 7:
A THOUSAND CUTS

Director:
Ramona Diaz

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, SXSW, AFI Docs, Full Frame, San Francisco, Cleveland

About:
A chilling look at the assault on fundamental democratic freedoms in the Philippines.

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

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In Virtual Release: RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT

Coming to virtual cinemas tomorrow, Friday, August 7:
RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT

Directors:
Marlon Johnson and Anne Flatté

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2019

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, SXSW EDU, San Francisco, Miami, Salem

About:
The co-founder of a celebrated Louisville drum corps passes the torch to the next generation.

The film screened at DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
For 30 years, the indefatigable Nardie White has offered a path to empowerment for African-American youth in Louisville KY through his River City Drum Corps. White has dedicated his life to teaching communities about their Pan-African roots, but with retirement approaching, he must train his successor. Set against the backdrop of the American South and featuring glorious drum battles, this uplifting film is a timely reminder of the incredible change one person can create.

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DokuFest 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 19th DokuFest

Dates:
August 7-25 (online)

About:
More than 60 new and recent features make up the online edition of this noted event based in Prizren, Kosovo. Continue reading

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In Theatres & In Virtual Release: CREEM: AMERICA’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MAGAZINE

Coming to select theatres and to virtual cinemas this Friday, August 7:
CREEM: AMERICA’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MAGAZINE

Director:
Scott Crawford

World Premiere:
SXSW 2019 (under its original title, BOY HOWDY! THE STORY OF CREEM MAGAZINE)

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Freep, Cleveland, Maryland, Asbury Park

About:
The history of the influential Detroit-based rock publication.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
Cheekily declaring itself “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine,” CREEM launched in 1969 Detroit as an irreverent upstart to rival the pre-eminent rock publication of the day, Rolling Stone. Scrappy, subversive, and gleefully puerile, the magazine soon became wildly popular, thanks in large part to its forward-thinking publisher, Barry Kramer, and its gonzo journalist, Lester Bangs. Scott Crawford’s film offers a riotous look back on CREEM‘s history, the dysfunctional family of outsiders behind its pages, and its lasting impact on music and culture.

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On DVD: CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, August 4:
CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Director:
Justin Pemberton

World Premiere:
Sydney 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Melbourne, New Zealand, Jerusalem, Hamburg

About:
An adaptation of the unexpected international bestselling economics book.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: RED PENGUINS

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, August 4:
RED PENGUINS

Director:
Gabe Polsky

World Premiere:
Toronto 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hamptons, Palm Springs, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Santa Barbara, Miami Jewish

About:
A look back at an American-backed hockey team in post-Soviet Russia.

The film screened at DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Filmmaker Gabe Polsky’s previous film, RED ARMY, was an entertaining history of Soviet hockey players migrating to the United States. Now he examines a reverse trend after the Soviet Union’s collapse, when American hustlers tried bringing capitalism to Moscow by investing in its hockey team. This dark comedy contains strippers, gangsters, and live bears serving beer on ice. It’s a lively history lesson that helps us understand relations between the US and Russia today.

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On TV: THE GO-GO’S

photo by Lynn Goldsmith

Coming to Showtime tonight, Friday, July 31:
THE GO-GO’S

Director:
Alison Ellwood

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Sheffield

About:
A look back at the history of the 1980s pop phenomenon band.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres, Virtual Release, & VOD: REBUILDING PARADISE

Coming to select theatres, virtual cinema, and VOD today, Friday, July 31:
REBUILDING PARADISE

Director:
Ron Howard

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Tribeca, AFI Docs

About:
A chronicle of the fate of a town caught in the November 2018 Camp Fire.

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

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In Theatres: BOYS STATE

Coming to select theatres tomorrow, Friday, July 31:
BOYS STATE

Directors:
Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
SXSW, New Directors/New Films, AFI Docs, Nantucket, Full Frame, San Francisco

About:
A group of high school boys create a mock government at an annual civics program hosted by the American Legion in Austin.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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