Category Archives: Releases

On DVD/VOD: STREETLIGHT HARMONIES

Coming to DVD/VOD today, Tuesday, March 31:
STREETLIGHT HARMONIES

Director:
Brent Wilson

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2017

Select Festivals:
Washington DC African Diaspora, Sound Unseen

About:
An exploration of the history of doo wop music.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Doo wop, featuring stellar vocal harmonies sung a cappella, was born on street corners in the 1950s. Soon, The Coasters, The Drifters, and Frankie Valli were singing their hearts out to America on Alan Freed’s influential radio show. In Brent Wilson’s doc, a who’s who of musicians trace the evolution of American pop music from doo wop and Phil Spector’s legendary “wall of sound” up through Motown, surf music, and the British Invasion. It’s a toe-tapping stroll down memory lane for music lovers of all ages.

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On TV: ONE CHILD NATION

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, March 30:
ONE CHILD NATION

Directors:
Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, True/False, Tribeca, Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, Sheffield, Full Frame, AFI Docs, DOXA, San Francisco, Seattle, Doc10, Docville, Florida, Sarasota, Sydney, New Zealand, Montclair, Biografilm, Human Rights Watch

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

About:
An expose of the unseen consequences of China’s one-child policy.

I profiled the film before Sundance here.

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On TV: THE INN AT LITTLE WASHINGTON

Coming to PBS tonight, Friday, March 27:
THE INN AT LITTLE WASHINGTON

Director:
Mira Chang

World Premiere:
Virginia 2019

About:
A profile of world-renowned Virginian restaurant in its 40th year as it seeks a three-star Micheline rating.

Located in rural Washington VA, the titular establishment is the creation of Patrick O’Connell, a largely self-taught chef. As filmmaker Mira Chang’s portrait begins, O’Connell and his dedicated staff are convinced their world-class food and distinctive atmosphere will merit their elevation from two to three Micheline stars. Her camera is on hand to capture the phone call which congratulates O’Connell on achieving… two stars. While disappointed, the colorful chef takes the news well and uses it to light a fire under his feet to prove the restaurant deserves a third star. Chang’s light but enjoyable film follows him over the next year in this mission, which also coincides with preparations for a special 40th anniversary celebration – a perfect excuse to recount the iconic Inn’s history. Along the way, O’Connell reveals how he braved homophobia and distrust – and, later, annoyance with the disruption caused by bringing an international spotlight on the sleepy town – to become a valued member of the community.

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On VOD: THE SETTLERS

settlersNew to OVID.tv this week:
THE SETTLERS

Director:
Shimon Dotan

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
New York, DocAviv, IDFA, Biografilm, Sheffield, SF Jewish, Bergen, Heartland

About:
A wide-reaching exploration of the impact of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories of the West Bank.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Virtual Release: HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME

Now available via Vimeo on Demand for an exclusive “virtual theatrical engagement,” partially benefitting Anthology Film Archive, through midnight EDT on Sunday, April 5:
HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME

Director:
Thomas Heise

World Premiere:
Berlin 2019

Select Festivals:
Toronto, IDFA, New York, Visions du Réel, RIDM, Jeonju, Torino

About:
An essay film exploring German history through three generations of the filmmaker’s family.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: LIFELINE/ CLYFFORD STILL

New to VOD this week:
LIFELINE/ CLYFFORD STILL

Director:
Dennis Scholl

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2019

About:
An in-depth exploration of the life and work of the American Abstract Expressionist artist.

I previously wrote about the doc hereL.

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On DVD: T-REX

t-rex-sigNew to DVD this week:
T-REX

Directors:
Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari

Premiere:
SXSW 2015

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, New Orleans, San Francisco, Traverse City, Camden, Hot Springs Doc, DOK Leipzig, Cucalorus, Athena, Atlantic

About:
A profile of a female boxer’s Olympic dreams.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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