Category Archives: Releases

On VOD: MR SOUL!

Coming to HBO Max this Sunday, August 1:
MR SOUL!

Director:
Melissa Haizlip

Co-Director:
Sam Pollard

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2018

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, True/False, AFI Docs, New Orleans, Rotterdam, Durban, BlackStar, Urbanworld, Pan African, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, London, Indie Memphis, Woodstock, Heartland

About:
A portrait of the pioneer behind SOUL!, the acclaimed African-American public television cultural variety show.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: ROAD RUNNERS

Coming to The WORLD Channel’s Doc World this Sunday, August 1:
ROAD RUNNERS

Director:
Mike Todd

World Premiere:
Doc World broadcast (August 2021)

About:
Young Montego Bay athletes prepare to compete in Jamaica’s greatest sporting event.

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In Theatres & On VOD: SABAYA

Coming to theatres and VOD today, Friday, July 30:
SABAYA

Director:
Hogir Hirori

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, CPH:DOX, True/False, Docaviv, Hong Kong, Moscow, Melbourne

About:
An immersion into dangerous efforts to rescue Yazidi women and girls from their horrific fate as ISIS sex slaves.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: PRAY AWAY

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, July 30:
PRAY AWAY

Director:
Kristine Stolakis

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
Telluride, Hot Docs, Florida, Doc10, AFI Docs

About:
A powerful exposé on gay conversion programs, revealing the damage inflicted by shame and repression through intimate testimonies from current members and former leaders of the pray the gay away movement.

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In Theatres & On DVD/VOD: FINDING KENDRICK JOHNSON

Coming to theatres and to DVD/VOD tomorrow, Friday, July 30:
FINDING KENDRICK JOHNSON

Director:
Jason Pollock

World Premiere:
DVD/VOD release (July 2021)

About:
An investigation of an apparent coverup in the death of a Black high school student in Georgia, whose body was found rolled up in a gym mattress.

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In Theatres & On VOD: ENEMIES OF THE STATE

Coming to theatres and to VOD tomorrow, Friday, July 30:
ENEMIES OF THE STATE

Director:
Sonia Kennebeck

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Toronto, CPH:DOX, Calgary, Glasgow

About:
Everything is not as it seems for an American family that flees to Canada to protect their hacker son from US government persecution.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Director Sonia Kennebeck investigates the strange case of Anonymous hacktivist Matt DeHart and his claims of persecution by the US government. He and his parents fled the US seeking asylum in Canada after law enforcement brought charges against him for child pornography. DeHart counters that he’s being framed, targeted for his support of Wikileaks, and that he was tortured in a US prison. Unfolding like an espionage mystery, the film follows a multiyear quest for truth, with unexpected twists and turns until the very end.

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Special Screening: BRING YOUR OWN BRIGADE

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films this Friday, July 30:
BRING YOUR OWN BRIGADE

Director:
Lucy Walker

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

About:
A compelling and comprehensive essay exploring the history and causes of wildfires.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: KRABI, 2562

Coming to MUBI this Friday, July 30:
KRABI, 2562

Director:
Ben Rivers, Anocha Suwichakornpong

World Premiere:
Locarno 2019

Select Festivals:
Toronto, Rotterdam, BFI London, Busan, Vancouver, Hamburg, Vienna, Thessaloniki, Porto/Post/Doc, Singapore, Glasgow, Göteborg, Beijing

About:
In the popular Thai destination town of Krabi, the local folklore and histories are promoted as attractions, while the labor force is hidden from the tourists’ eyes.

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On DVD: KENNY SCHARF: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

New to DVD this week:
KENNY SCHARF: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

Director:
Malia Scharf, Max Basch

World Premiere:
SXSW 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Revelation, Provincetown, Montclair, Atlantic

About:
A portrait of artist Kenny Scharf, whose work fuses popular culture and fine art.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Virtual Release: MY BEST FIEND

Coming to the Metrograph’s virtual cinema this Thursday, July 29:
MY BEST FIEND

Director:
Werner Herzog

World Premiere:
Cannes 1999

Select Festivals:
Telluride, Edinburgh, Montreal, São Paulo, Chicago, Portland, Singapore, Bergen, Jakarta, Thessaloniki Doc

About:
An exploration of the love-hate relationship between the director and the unforgettable actor of five of his best-known films, Klaus Kinski.

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