Category Archives: Releases

Streaming: THE RESCUE

Coming to Disney+ tomorrow, Friday, December 3:
THE RESCUE

Director:
Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin

World Premiere:
Telluride 2021

Select Festivals:
Toronto, Mill Valley, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Hot Springs Doc, Hamptons

About:
The harrowing tale of the rescue attempts of a group of 12 teenage athletes and their coach, who became stranded deep underground, as rapidly rising water filled a labyrinthine network of caves they were exploring

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Streaming: KOSHIEN: JAPAN’S FIELD OF DREAMS

Coming to OVID.tv tomorrow, Friday, December 3:
KOSHIEN: JAPAN’S FIELD OF DREAMS

Director:
Ema Ryan Yamazaki

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2019

Select Festivals:
DMZ Docs

About:
An inside look at Japan’s popular national high school baseball championship.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: TIGRE GENTE

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, December 3:
TIGRE GENTE

Director:
Elizabeth Unger

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2021

About:
A Bolivian park ranger and a young Chinese journalist risk their lives to go undercover and investigate a new, deadly jaguar trade that’s sweeping South America.

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On TV & Streaming: LISTENING TO KENNY G

Coming to HBO & HBO Max tomorrow, Thursday, December 2:
LISTENING TO KENNY G

Director:
Penny Lane

World Premiere:
Toronto 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, Camden, Hamptons, Philadelphia, Montclair

About:
A witty and provocative profile of Grammy-winning saxophonist Kenny G that also asks a bigger question: what makes music good or bad?

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In Theatres & On VOD: CITIZEN ASHE

Coming to theatres & VOD this Friday, December 3:
CITIZEN ASHE

Director:
Sam Pollard, Rex Miller

World Premiere:
Telluride 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Camden, Hot Springs Doc, BFI London, AFI Fest, Chicago, Virginia

About:
A portrait of the trailblazing tennis player, the first and only Black man to win Wimbledon and the US and Australian Opens, and the first Black player on the US Davis Cup team.

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On VOD: LOVE IT WAS NOT

Coming to VOD this Friday, December 3:
LOVE IT WAS NOT

Director:
Maya Sarfaty

World Premiere:
Docaviv 2020

Select Festivals:
IDFA, Hot Docs

About:
The unbelievable and tragic love story of Helena, a young Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz, and Austrian SS officer Franz Wunsch.

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In Theatres: TRY HARDER!

Coming to theatres this Friday, December 3:
TRY HARDER!

Director:
Debbie Lum

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, AFI Docs, Full Frame, CAAMFest, Milwaukee, Provincetown, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Philadelphia, Virginia

About:
The graduating class of a competitive San Francisco High School is followed through its harrowing college application process.

I previously wrote about the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: SO LATE SO SOON

Coming to theatres this Thursday, December 2:
SO LATE SO SOON

Director:
Daniel Hymanson

World Premiere:
True/False 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Cleveland, Big Sky Doc, Indie Memphis

About:
An exploration of the artistic process and life of a long-married couple.

The film screened at DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
An intimate portrait of the energetic and beautifully eccentric Chicago-based artists Jackie Seiden and Don Seiden, married for five decades. Director Daniel Hymanson follows the couple over time while they face their impending fragility with raw honesty and eerie elegance. Graciously shot, the documentary offers a privileged window into their art making, domesticity, frictions, and the ultimate project of aging and caring for each other.

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On TV & Streaming: ADRIENNE

Coming to HBO and HBO Max tomorrow, Wednesday, December 1:
ADRIENNE

Director:
Andy Ostroy

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2021

About:
The death of acclaimed actress-filmmaker-screenwriter Adrienne Shelly sends her husband on a search for answers.

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On DVD: KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORY

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, November 30:
KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORY

Director:
Posy Dixon

World Premiere:
Doc’n Roll 2019

Select Festivals:
New Orleans, Frameline, Indielisboa, Melbourne Doc, Thessaloniki Doc, BFI Flare, Calgary Underground

About:
After three decades of releasing album after album in relative obscurity, a Black transgender trailblazing musician finally finds success at the age of 74.

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