Category Archives: Recommendations

On DVD: ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLE

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19:
ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLE

Director:
Leslie Iwerks

Premiere:
New Orleans 2016

Select Festivals:
Miami, Mill Valley, Santa Barbara, Boulder, Dallas,

About:
A profile of the New Orleans restaurateur, known for Commander’s Palace.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES

key-image-the-age-of-consequences-pf-pictures-mike-mcsweeney-copyComing to Starz this coming Monday, September 18:
THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES

Director:
Jared P Scott

Premiere:
Hot Docs 2016

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Sheffield, Telluride Mountainfilm, Antenna Doc, Waimea Ocean Festival, Wild & Scenic

About:
Global unrest viewed through the lens of climate change.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: RAT FILM

Coming to theatres today, Friday, September 15:
RAT FILM

Director:
Theo Anthony

Premiere:
Locarno 2016

Select Festivals:
Rotterdam, True/False, SXSW, Florida, Maryland, Art of the Real, Docaviv, Doclisboa, Vancouver, Mar del Plata, Torino

About:
A provocative essay about Baltimore’s rodents emerges as a simultaneous cultural anthropology of race and class.

I previously wrote about the film here.

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In Theatres & On VOD: STRONG ISLAND

Coming to theatres and to VOD via Netflix tomorrow, Friday, September 15:
STRONG ISLAND

Director:
Yance Ford

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
Berlin, True/False, Thessaloniki Doc, New Directors/NewFilms, CPH:DOX, Full Frame, Hot Docs, Montclair, Encounters, Sheffield, AFI Docs

About:
The filmmaker interrogates the 1992 murder of his brother, which went unprosecuted, and its personal aftermath.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV: KEVYN AUCOIN: BEAUTY & THE BEAST IN ME

Coming to Logo tonight, Thursday, September 14:
KEVYN AUCOIN: BEAUTY & THE BEAST IN ME

Director:
Lori Kaye

Premiere:
Outfest 2017

About:
A portrait of a beloved celebrity makeup artist.

Recognized as a celebrity in his own right, Kevyn Aucoin crafted a wildly successful career working with supermodels, actresses, performers, and cosmetics companies, and as an author of beauty books beginning in the early 1980s. After his untimely death in 2002, a treasure trove of video recordings taped by Aucoin were discovered, providing an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at his life and work. Kaye combines these with period interviews with the artist and with family, past boyfriends, and a host of celebrity clients/friends, including Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Paulina Porizkova, Andie MacDowell, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Elevating her project from simple tribute, however, the filmmaker grounds much of the narrative in an exploration of Aucoin’s feelings of being an outsider: given away for adoption as a newborn, realizing at the age of six that he was gay, and growing up in conservative Louisiana worked a number on him. While his adoptive parents came to accept his sexuality, his biological mother, interviewed here, re-scarred Aucoin after he found her as an adult when she rejected him due to her religious beliefs. Kaye constructs an insightful look at Aucoin’s life and career spent battling these demons.

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On DVD: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS

3lVpPx_musicofstrangers_01_o3_8728480_1439322355_720_370_90New to DVD this week:
THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO YO MA & THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

Director:
Morgan Neville

Premiere:
Toronto 2015

Select Festivals:
Berlin, True/False, San Francisco, Montclair, DocAviv, Los Angeles, Sydney, Provincetown, Biografilm

About:
A profile of the acclaimed cellist and the collective of international musicians he founded to explore crosscultural creativity.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: THE REAGAN SHOW


Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, September 12:
THE REAGAN SHOW

Directors:
Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill

Premiere:
Tribeca 2017

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Montclair, Seattle, AFI Docs

About:
In 1918, Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan took on the role of a lifetime: the 40th President of the United States.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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