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Sundance Documentaries Coming in February

The following past Sundance Film Festival documentaries or docuseries are scheduled for release this month:

>February 3 & February 5:
Streaming: Showtime, On TV: Showtime

MURDER IN BIG HORN
Sundance 2023

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jeff Hutchens | courtesy of SHOWTIME

Director:
Razelle Benally, Matthew Galkin

About:
The deaths of a group of Native American women in rural Montana are the focus as Native families, journalists, and local law enforcement reveal a violent crisis set in motion almost 200 years ago.

>February 7:
On VOD

TO THE END
Sundance 2022

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Director:
Rachel Lears

About:
Stopping the climate crisis is a question of political courage, and the clock is ticking. Over three years of turbulence and crisis, four remarkable young women of color fight for a Green New Deal, igniting a historic shift in US climate politics.

>February 7:
On TV: HBO, Streaming: HBO Max

ALL THE BREATHES
Sundance 2022

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Director:
Shaunak Sen

About:
Against the darkening backdrop of Delhi’s apocalyptic air and escalating violence, two brothers devote their lives to protect one casualty of the turbulent times: the bird known as the Black Kite.

>February 10:
In Theatres: Anthology Film Archives

SEARCHERS
Sundance 2021

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Director:
Pacho Velez

About:
An exploration of online dating apps and the need for human connection during a time of enforced isolation.

>February 14:
On DVD/VOD

FRAMING AGNES
Sundance 2022

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Ava Benjamin Shorr

Director:
Chase Joynt

About:
After discovering case files from a 1950s gender clinic, a cast of transgender actors turn a talk show inside out to confront the legacy of a young trans woman forced to choose between honesty and access.

>February 21:
On DVD

CALENDAR GIRLS
Sundance 2022

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Love Martinsen

Director:
Maria Loohufvud, Love Martinsen

About:
A coming-of-golden-age look at Florida’s most dedicated dance team for women over 60, shaking up the outdated image of “the little old lady,” and calling for everyone to dance their hearts out, while they still can.

>February 24:
On VOD

MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM
Sundance 2022

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Rebecca Greenfield

Director:
Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace

About:
An immersive journey through the New York music scene of the early 2000s. Set against the backdrop of 9/11, the film tells the story of how a new generation kickstarted a musical rebirth for New York City that reverberated around the world. Inspired by the book by Lizzy Goodman.

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On VOD: THE MISSION

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Photo by Antti Savolainen

Coming to VOD next Friday, January 27:
THE MISSION

Director:
Tania Anderson

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
Göteborg, Thessaloniki Doc, Zurich, Beldocs, Docs Against Gravity

About:
A revelation of the inner lives of young Mormon missionaries, as they leave their homes for the first time and embark upon the most emotionally, physically, and psychologically challenging period of their life.

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On DVD: BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER

Coming to DVD this coming Tuesday, January 24:
BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER

Director:
Nina Menkes

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
Berlin, CPH:DOX, IDFA, Karlovy Vary, Thessaloniki Doc, BFI London, Jeonju, Istanbul, Beldocs, Docaviv, Frameline, Encounters, Bergen, Ambulante

About:
Based on Nina Menkes’ acclaimed talk “Sex & Power: The Visual Language of Cinema,” this is a mesmerizing journey into how shot design intersects with the twin epidemics of sexual abuse/assault and employment discrimination against women.

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On DVD: ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL

Coming to DVD in re-release this Friday, January 20:
ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL

Director:
Sacha Gervasi

World Premiere:
Sundance 2008

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Chicago, Bergen, Biografilm, Docville, Göteborg, Helsinki, San Francisco Jewish

About:
An influential but obscure Canadian 1980s metal band attempts to mount a comeback and finally get their long-deserved due.

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Streaming: THE WOBBLIES

Coming to OVID this Thursday, January 19:
THE WOBBLIES

Director:
Stewart Bird, Deborah Shaffer

World Premiere:
New York Film Festival 1979

About:
The story of radical labor union the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), better known as the Wobblies, which championed the formation of “one big union” for all unskilled laborers, regardless of their race and gender.

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On DVD: LOUDMOUTH

Coming to DVD today,Tuesday, January 17:
LOUDMOUTH

Director:
Josh Alexander

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2022

About:
A disruptive spotlight on Reverend Al Sharpton – the pastoral prodigy turned political firebrand turned media establishment figure.

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On TV: ZORA NEALE HURSTON: CLAIMING A SPACE

Courtesy PBS/American Experience

Coming to PBS’s American Experience tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17:
ZORA NEALE HURSTON: CLAIMING A SPACE

Director:
Tracy Heather Strain

World Premiere:
American Experience (January 2023)

About:
An in-depth biography of the influential author, whose groundbreaking anthropological work would challenge assumptions about race, gender, and cultural superiority that had long defined the field in the 19th century.

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On TV: THE BIG PAYBACK

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens today, Monday, January 16:
THE BIG PAYBACK

Director:
Erika Alexander, Whitney Dow

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2022

About:
Evanston IL Alderwoman Simmons leads her constituents through a historic campaign for reparations for the Black community. 

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Streaming: MURF THE SURF: JEWELS, JESUS AND MAYHEM IN THE USA

Coming to MGM+ this Sunday, January 15:
MURF THE SURF: JEWELS, JESUS AND MAYHEM IN THE USA

Director:
RJ Cutler

World Premiere:
MGM+ (January 2023)

About:
A docuseries on one of the most complicated and notorious American crime figures ever, Jack Roland Murphy, who became America’s very first true crime television superstar in 1964.

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On VOD: LOUDMOUTH

Coming to VOD today, Friday, January 13:
LOUDMOUTH

Director:
Josh Alexander

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2022

About:
A disruptive spotlight on Reverend Al Sharpton – the pastoral prodigy turned political firebrand turned media establishment figure.

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