Category Archives: Recommendations

On DVD/VOD: MOONAGE DAYDREAM

Coming to DVD and VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, November 15:
MOONAGE DAYDREAM

Director:
Brett Morgen

World Premiere:
Cannes 2022

Select Festivals:
Toronto, Karlovy Vary, Deauville, Jerusalem

About:
An artful and life-affirming journey through David Bowie’s creative life, grappling with spirituality, transience, isolation, creativity, and time to reveal the celebrated icon in his own voice.

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Streaming: FIRE OF LOVE

Coming to Disney+ today, Friday, November 11:
FIRE OF LOVE

Director:
Sara Dosa

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, True/False, SXSW, New Directors/New Films, Docaviv, Visions du Reel, Docville, Sydney, Seattle, San Francisco, Cleveland, Ashland, RiverRun, Sun Valley, Provincetown

About:
This story of the doomed love triangle between intrepid scientists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft and the volcanoes they captured in their explosive archival footage.

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In Theatres: NOTHING LASTS FOREVER

Coming to theatres this Friday, November 4:
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER

Director:
Jason Kohn

World Premiere:
Berlin 2022

Select Festivals:
IDFA, SXSW, CPH:DOX, Docs Against Gravity, Camden, Bergen, Philadelphia, BAMcinemaFest

About:
This thriller-like investigation into the disruptive infiltration of synthetic diamonds into the jewelry market turns into an inquiry of the universal themes of value, the real, and the symbolic.

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In Theatres: MIDWIVES

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Coming to theatres this Friday, November 11:
MIDWIVES

Director:
Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, IDFA, Cleveland, San Francisco, Human Rights Watch, DMZ Docs, Docaviv, Zurich, Brisbane, Bergen, Cork

About:
Two midwives—one Buddhist, the other Muslim⁠—work side-by-side in a makeshift clinic in Myanmar.

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Streaming: WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST

photo by Pierre Verdy | Courtesy Sundance Institute

Coming to OVID tomorrow, Thursday, November 10:
WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST

Director:
Lorna Tucker

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
True/False, CPH:DOX, BAFICI, Docs Against Gravity, Provincetown, Cleveland

About:
A candid profile of the uncompromising British designer.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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DOC NYC 2022 Overview

Festival:
The 13th DOC NYC

Dates:
November 9-27

About:
More than 100 new and recent features are presented by America’s largest documentary festival.

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IDFA 2022 Overview

Festival:
The 35th IDFA

Dates:
November 9-20

About:
Nearly 150 new and recent documentary features make up the lineup of the largest nonfiction event in the world.

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On DVD: DEAR SANTA

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, November 8:
DEAR SANTA

Director:
Dana Nachman

World Premiere:
Heartland 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC

About:
Volunteers for the USPS’s Operation Santa answer letters to Santa.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Streaming: KIMJONGILIA

Coming to OVID today, Tuesday, November 8:
KIMJONGILIA

Director:
NC Heikin

World Premiere:
Sundance 2009

Select Festivals:
San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Busan, Warsaw, Leeds, Stockholm, Palm Springs, Thessaloniki Doc, Reykjavik

About:
North Korean defectors tell their stories of repression, escape and hope.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Rebecca Greenfield

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8:
MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM

Director:
Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Docaviv, BFI London, IndieLisboa, Sydney, Nashville, San Sebastián, Reykjavik, Athens, Brisbane

About:
An immersive journey through the New York music scene of the early 2000s. Set against the backdrop of 9/11, the film tells the story of how a new generation kickstarted a musical rebirth for New York City that reverberated around the world. Inspired by the book by Lizzy Goodman.

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