Category Archives: Recommendations

On DVD/VOD: SEARCHING FOR MR RUGOFF

Coming to DVD and VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7:
SEARCHING FOR MR RUGOFF

Director:
Ira Deutchman

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2019

Select Festivals:
Palm Springs, Cleveland, Wisconsin, Galway, Mill Valley

About:
A look back at the outsized personality behind legendary art house distributor Cinema 5.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: MAU

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7:
MAU

Director:
Benji Bergmann, Jono Bergmann

World Premiere:
SXSW 2021

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Tallinn Black Nights

About:
The unlikely story of design visionary Bruce Mau and his ever-optimistic push for massive change.

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In Theatres & On VOD: WE ARE THE THOUSAND

Coming to theatres and VOD today, Friday, June 3:
WE ARE THE THOUSAND

Director:
Anita Rivaroli

World Premiere:
SXSW 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
IDFA, Hot Docs, Melbourne, Docs Against Gravity, Thessaloniki Doc

About:
An uplifting, inspiring, and emotional music documentary about a seemingly impossible plan to record a song by the Foo Fighters with a thousand musicians.

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On TV: JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS

Coming to PBS’s American Masters tomorrow, Friday, June 3:
JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS

Director:
Tracie Holder, Karen Thorsen

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2012

Select Festivals:
AFI Docs, Rio, Brisbane, Ashland, San Francisco Jewish, Havana

About:
A portrait of the founder of The Public Theater, who believed in the democratization of theatre for all, spearheading free performances of Shakespeare in the Park and producing groundbreaking plays in his legendary NYC venue.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Special Screening: THE JANES

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films this Friday, June 3:
THE JANES

Director:
Tia Lessin, Emma Pildes

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
San Francisco, Cleveland, Athena, Minneapolis-St Paul

About:
The story of “Jane,” a group of women in Chicago who built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, and illegal abortions before Roe v Wade.

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Streaming: WE FEED PEOPLE

Coming to Disney+ today, Friday, May 27:
WE FEED PEOPLE

Director:
Ron Howard

World Premiere:
SXSW 2022

About:
The story of renowned chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen’s evolution over a 12 year period.

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In Theatres: FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK

Coming to theatres today, Friday, May 27:
FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK

Director:
Bobbi Jo Hart

World Premiere:
Hot Docs 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, DOXA, Inside Out, Frameline, Outfest, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Santa Barbara, Athena, Cleveland, In-Edit, Hawaii, Doc’n Roll, Woodstock, Florida

About:
Ferocious female rockers Fanny, who shattered glass ceilings in the ’70s, collecting fans like David Bowie before being buried in retro record bins, reunite fifty years later with a new record deal and a chance to rewrite history.

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Docaviv 2022 Overview

Festival:
The 24th Docaviv: Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
May 26-June 5

About:
This notable Israeli nonfiction event returns to its regular May berth with approximately 100 new and recent documentary features.

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On VOD: SINCE I BEEN DOWN

Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, May 24:
SINCE I BEEN DOWN

Director:
Gilda Sheppard

World Premiere:
Cleveland 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Big Sky, Freep, Sebastopol Doc, Portland, Thin Line, Montreal Black

About:
Despite serving life without parole, a man works to improve others’ lives. 

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Special Screening: BITTERBRUSH

Coming to NYC’s Pure Nonfiction tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24:
BITTERBRUSH

Director:
Emelie Mahdavian

World Premiere:
Telluride 2021

Select Festivals:
Visions du Réel, San Francisco, Sydney

About:
Two women set up camp at a tiny cabin and begin their season of work, to feed their dreams: to own their own livestock, to have true independence, and to start a family. 

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