Category Archives: Recommendations

On VOD: ON THE RECORD

photo by Martyna Starosta

Coming to HBO Max today, Wednesday, May 27:
ON THE RECORD

Director:
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

About:
A groundbreaking investigation of sexual assault in the music industry.

My pre-Sundance doc profile may be found here.

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On DVD: MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, May 26:
MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Director:
Luke Lorentzen

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, New Directors/New Films, Sheffield DocFest, CPH:DOX, Hong Kong, Cartagena, Ambulante, Guadalajara, Docville, Full Frame, San Francisco, Freep, Doc10, Sydney, Krakow

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

About:
A Mexico City family struggles to make a living as ragtag private paramedics, facing cut-throat competition to respond to patients in need of urgent help.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: THE TRADE (SEASON ONE AND TWO)

Season Two | photo by Ross McDonnell

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26:
THE TRADE (SEASON ONE AND TWO)

Director:
Matthew Heineman

World Premiere:
Sundance 2018 (Season One) and Sundance 2020 (Season Two)

About:
A gripping docuseries examining complex illegal activities – America’s opioid epidemic (Season One) and human trafficking (Season Two).

I profiled the docuseries before Sundance here and here.

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On TV: MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL

Coming to The WORLD Channel’s Reel South tonight, Monday, May 25:
MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL

Director:
Alexander John Glustrom

World Premiere:
Full Frame 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, New Orleans, Hot Springs Doc, Washington DC Environmental, BendFilm, Raindance, Durban, Indie Grits, Montclair, Wild & Scenic, Planet in Focus

About:
An intimate profile of one man’s struggle against environmental racism.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Virtual Release: THE RABBI GOES WEST

Coming to virtual theatrical this Sunday, May 24:
THE RABBI GOES WEST

Directors:
Gerald Peary and Amy Geller

World Premiere:
San Francisco Jewish 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Vancouver, Jewish fests in Boston, Birmingham, Jerusalem, and Miami

About:
A Brooklyn transplant to Montana attempts to evangelize his strand of Hasidic Judaism.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: LANCE

Coming to ESPN in two parts, this Sunday, May 24 and next Sunday, May 31:
LANCE

Director:
Marina Zenovich

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

About:
The rise and fall of Lance Armstrong.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Virtual Release: KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL

Coming to virtual theatrical via Alamo Drafthouse tomorrow, Friday, May 22:
KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL

Director:
Amy Goldstein

World Premiere:
Los Angeles 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, DOK.Fest Munich, Sheffield, Cleveland, St Louis, Hot Springs Doc, ZagrebDox, Krakow, Doc Edge, Minneapolis-St Paul, Salem, Bentonville

About:
A portrait of the musician and actress.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Director Amy Goldstein crafts an intimate and inspiring portrait of British darling and powerhouse musician Kate Nash, whose meteoric rise to fame is quickly followed by a soul-crushing release from her major record label and devastating financial developments. Determined to make music on her own terms, Nash self-funds her third album, pursues acting opportunities, and produces her own world tour. Unfiltered and unfettered, Nash’s resilience will make you laugh, cry, and sing.

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