Category Archives: Releases

On TV: NOT GOING QUIETLY

Coming to PBS’s POV on Monday, January 24:
NOT GOING QUIETLY

Director:
Nicholas Bruckman

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Oxford, Cleveland, Annapolis, Provincetown, San Francisco Jewish

About:
When a young father chances to meet a powerful senator on an airplane, their exchange goes viral, sparking one of the most unlikely political movements in a generation.

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Streaming: WHIRLYBIRD

Coming to MUBI this Saturday, January 22:
WHIRLYBIRD

Director:
Matt Yoka

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
AFI Docs, Full Frame, Calgary, Rocky Mountain Women’s, Sun Valley

About:
The story of a marriage’s fraying against the backdrop of cutthroat news reporting in 1990s Los Angeles.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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Streaming: TAMING THE GARDEN

Coming to MUBI this Wednesday, January 19:
TAMING THE GARDEN

Director:
Salomé Jashi

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Berlin, CPH:DOX, New Directors/New Films, Shanghai, Cinéma du Réel

About:
An artful look at the unusual disruption caused by the removal and transport of several massive trees from small Georgian villages.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: TIME

Coming to DVD via The Criterion Collection tomorrow, Tuesday, January 18:
TIME

Director:
Garrett Bradley

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
New York, London, Hamptons, Miami, Zurich, Camden, Mill Valley

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

About:
A longitudinal portrait of a marriage and a family separated by incarceration.

My pre-Sundance profile of the doc may be found here.

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On DVD: THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, January 18:
THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT

Director:
Julien Faraut

World Premiere:
Rotterdam 2021

Select Festivals:
Documentary Fortnight, Jeonju, Midnight Sun

About:
United by their jobs in a textile factory, a Japanese women’s volleyball team chases absolute perfection—and finds international superstardom—representing postwar Japan on the 1964 Olympic stage.

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In Theatres: WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA

Coming to theatres today, Friday, January 14:
WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA

Director:
Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler

World Premiere:
SXSW 2021

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, AFI Fest, Seattle, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Woodstock

About:
ACLU lawyer Jeffery Robinson’s shattering talk on the history of US anti-Black racism is interwoven with archival footage, interviews, and Robinson’s story, exploring the legacy of white supremacy and our collective responsibility to overcome it. 

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In Theatres & On VOD: A COPS AND ROBBERS STORY

Coming to theatres and VOD tomorrow, Friday, January 14:
A COPS AND ROBBERS STORY

Director:
Ilinca Calugareanu

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2020

Select Festivals:
Cleveland, Big Sky Doc

About:
An NYPD officer’s career is threatened by revelations about his former life of crime.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
In the 1980s, Corey Pegues found himself embroiled in a life of crime as a member of New York’s City’s infamous Supreme Team gang. After an incident forces Pegues away from the streets, he unexpectedly emerges as a rising star in the NYPD, his past unknown to his fellow officers. A decorated 21-year police career is threatened when his political stances and revelations about his former life cause strife within the police community. 

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On VOD: NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE RISE OF QUEER COMICS

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Friday, January 14:
NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE RISE OF QUEER COMICS

Director:
Vivian Kleiman

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2021

Select Festivals:
Sheffield, AFI Docs, Frameline, Outfest, Heartland, BendFilm, GlobeDocs

About:
A profile of five pioneers of queer comedy, as they tackle everything from the AIDS crisis and workplace discrimination to the search for love and a good haircut. 

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On VOD: A.RTIFICIAL I.MMORTALITY

New to VOD this week:
A.RTIFICIAL I.MMORTALITY

Director:
Ann Shin

World Premiere:
Hot Docs 2021

Select Festivals:
Busan, Warsaw, San Diego Asian, DocEdge, Imagine Science, Calgary

About:
If computers could let you live forever, would you?

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On DVD: MLK/FBI

New to DVD this week:
MLK/FBI

Director:
Sam Pollard

World Premiere:
Toronto 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, New York, Chicago, IDFA

About:
An exposé of the FBI’s adversarial relationship to the Civil Rights leader.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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