Category Archives: Recommendations

On DVD: THE BIG SCARY “S” WORD

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, October 12:
THE BIG SCARY “S” WORD

Director:
Yael Bridge

World Premiere:
Mill Valley 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hot Docs, AFI Fest, Big Sky Doc, Cleveland, Wisconsin, Mountainfilm, DOXA, Thessaloniki Doc, Melbourne Doc

About:
A comprehensive exploration of the ideology of socialism, increasingly attracting both supporters and detractors in a polarized America.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: WITKIN & WITKIN

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, October 12:
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.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: CURED

Coming to Independent Lens today, Monday, October 11:
CURED

Director:
Bennett Singer, Patrick Sammon

World Premiere:
Outfest 2020

Select Festivals:
NewFest, Frameline, BFI Flare, Cleveland, Vancouver, Image+Nation

About:
The David-versus-Goliath struggle that led the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973.

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In Theatres & Streaming: JACINTA

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.  

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In Theatres: THE RESCUE

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

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Hamptons 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 29th Hamptons International Film Festival

Dates:
October 7-13

About:
Nearly half of the 40+ features screening at this Long Island event are nonfiction, including several premieres such as the selections below.

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On DVD: NOT GOING QUIETLY

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, October 5:
NOT GOING QUIETLY

Director:
Nicholas Bruckman

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Oxford, Cleveland, Annapolis, Provincetown, San Francisco Jewish

About:
When a young father chances to meet a powerful senator on an airplane, their exchange goes viral, sparking one of the most unlikely political movements in a generation.

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On DVD & In Virtual Release: WITKIN & WITKIN

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?

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On TV: RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

Coming to PBS’s American Masters tomorrow, Tuesday, October 5:
RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

Director:
Mariem Pérez Riera

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland, Atlanta, Sarasota, Tribeca, Provincetown

About:
A profile of the pioneering, EGOT-winning star of stage and screen.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV: FIVE YEARS NORTH

Coming to The WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed series tomorrow, Tuesday, October 5:
FIVE YEARS NORTH

Director:
Zach Ingrasci, Chris Temple

World Premiere:
Full Frame 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Seattle, Mountainfilm

About:
An exploration of the complexity of the immigration debate through the stories of an undocumented Guatemalan teenager and a Cuban-American ICE agent.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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