Category Archives: Recommendations

On VOD: THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET

Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, February 12:
THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET

Director:
Jeremy Workman

Premiere:
SXSW 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Denver, IFF Boston, Nashville, RiverRun, Newport Beach, deadCENTER, Heartland, Bergen, Woodstock, Hot Springs Doc

About:
A man explores NYC by walking every single one of its streets.

I previously wrote about the film here.

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On TV: STUDIO 54

Coming to A&E tonight, Monday, February 11:
STUDIO 54

Director:
Matt Tyrnauer

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Tribeca, Full Frame, CPH:DOX, Reykjavik, Provincetown, Santa Barbara, Hot Springs Doc, Savannah, Vancouver, Sidewalk, Outfest, Frameline

About:
A look back at the meteoric rise and crushing fall of the legendary NYC nightclub.

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

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On TV: WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE

Coming to PBS’s AfroPoP tonight, Monday, February 11:
WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE

Director:
Emily Harrold

Premiere:
New Orleans 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hot Springs Doc, Cucalorus, Toronto Black, Oxford,

About:
A portrait of a young African-American politician in the South.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
When he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2005, Bakari Sellers became the youngest African-American elected official in US history. In this candid profile, the charismatic Democrat sets his sights on becoming the state’s lieutenant governor, a role not held by an African American since 1876. Emily Harrold offers an eye-opening look at the legacy of racism in American politics as she follows Sellers through his campaign and beyond, including the tragic shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME church.

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Special Screening: FOR THE BIRDS

Coming to NYC’s DCTV screening series tonight, Monday, February 11:
FOR THE BIRDS

Director:
Richard Miron

Premiere:
Sheffield 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, New Orleans, Hamptons, Thessaloniki Doc, AFI Docs, DocPoint, Antenna Doc, Cork, Austin, Planet in Focus, Woodstock

About:
An obsessive bird lover struggles to properly care for her flock.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
Birds hold a special place in Kathy’s heart. In the upstate New York home she shares with her husband, Gary, she has accumulated more than 200 pet chickens, geese, ducks, and turkeys over the past decade. This unusual behavior draws the attention of local activists and animal welfare officers. As a legal custody battle ensues over her birds, Kathy is forced to defend herself, and the situation puts a strain on her relationship with Gary. Richard Miron crafts a sensitive, nuanced, and ultimately hopeful portrait of a woman reckoning with unwanted change.

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On TV: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, February 11:
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

Director:
RaMell Ross

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, True/False, New Directors/New Films, Full Frame, Sheffield, Ambulante, Champs-Élysées, Maryland, DOK.fest Munich, Martha’s Vineyard African American, San Francisco, Montclair

Notable Recognition:
The documentary has been nominated for the Academy Awards.

About:
An impressionistic portrait of two young African American men in the American South.

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

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On TV: MARGARET: THE REBEL PRINCESS

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Coming to PBS this Sunday, February 10 and next Sunday, February 17:
MARGARET: THE REBEL PRINCESS

Director:
Hannah Berryman

Premiere:
BBC (September 2018)

About:
A two-part docuseries exploring the rebellious life of Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister, Princess Margaret.

Popularized for a modern-day audience by the series THE CROWN, Margaret Rose Windsor was a boundary-pushing public figure at a time of great change in Britain. Hannah Berryman’s two-part biography draws from an extensive archive as well as the reflections of close friends and associates, plus appealing animation, to offer an entertaining and illuminating sense of the ever-unpredictable iconoclast who transformed the public’s idea of what a royal should or shouldn’t do. Taking a strictly chronological approach, the first part briefly sketches out Elizabeth’s path to the throne, and the resultant impact on her sister Margaret, who dutifully fulfills royal obligations but eventually attracts media attention for her affair with the older, married Peter Townsend, and later due to her romance with the womanizing commoner Antony Armstrong-Jones. The second part follows the troubled path of that marriage, her sensational trip to America, divorce, and further scandals, as Margaret rides the wave of societal changes that bring more and more scrutiny to the monarchy.

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On TV: WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

photo by Jim Judkis

Coming to both HBO and PBS tomorrow, Saturday, February 9:
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Director:
Morgan Neville

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, SXSW, True/False, San Francisco, Montclair, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis St Paul, Wisconsin, Boulder, Miami

Notable Recognition:
The doc was shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

About:
A moving exploration of the enduring impact of children’s television show host Fred Rogers on generations of viewers through his pioneering program, MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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