Category Archives: Releases

On VOD: SEARCHING EVA

Already on MUBI and expanding to other VOD platforms today, Tuesday, June 2:
SEARCHING EVA

Director:
Pia Hellenthal

World Premiere:
Berlin 2019

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, IDFA, Hot Docs, Jeonju, Docs Against Gravity, Biografilm, AFI Fest,

About:
A portrait of Eva, a sex worker, model, and writer who explores her sexual autonomy and lives her life online.

Born in Italy and now living in Berlin, Eva Collè is a millennial who appears to have attracted a dedicated following on social media through some combination of a forthright message of self-empowerment and an openness about her body and sexuality. While she inspires many of her followers to be self-assured and reject outside judgement and criticism, others are, of course, critical and even moralizing, as their messages are displayed intermittently throughout the film. As Eva looks for an apartment, takes on low-paying modeling gigs and more lucrative sex work, and hangs out with family, friends, and lovers, filmmaker Pia Hellenthal follows her, giving her strangely reserved protagonist even more attention. While some viewers may concur with Eva’s followers that her life is like an indie movie, others will find it much ado about not much at all, with Eva’s musings growing quickly tiresome.

Note: Since the conclusion of filming, the protagonist, known as Eva and identified as female in the film, has since elected to be called Adam and now goes by male pronouns. Adam does not have an issue with his previous name and female pronouns being used in the context of discussing the film.

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On DVD: REWIND

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2:
REWIND

Director:
Sasha Joseph Neulinger

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2019

Select Festivals:
BFI London, Traverse City, Palm Springs, Denver, Mill Valley, Nashville, Rome, Heartland, Big Sky Doc, Atlanta Jewish

About:
A filmmaker confronts his traumatic past.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: THE INFILTRATORS

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2:
THE INFILTRATORS

Directors:
Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Hot Docs, Miami, NY Latino, Montclair, Calgary, Hawaii

About:
A hybrid docufiction project detailing the mission of undocumented youth to be detained by Border Patrol.

I profiled the film before Sundance here.

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In Virtual Release: URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: INTO HER OWN

Coming to virtual theatrical today, Friday, May 29:
URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: INTO HER OWN

Director:
Daniel Traub

World Premiere:
Vancouver 2019

Select Festivals:
Berkshire, Architecture Design Art, Hamptons Doc

About:
A portrait of the noted sculptor.

Ursula von Rydingsvard is known for her monumental sculptures, composed of highly manipulated cedar, with work featured at MoMA, the Met, the Whitney, the Art Institute of Chicago, and numerous other notable institutions, as well as public art projects that encourage viewers’ tactile engagement. Filmmaker Daniel Traub offers audiences an intimate look at von Rydingsvard’s Brooklyn studio and the collaborative process that goes into her work, while also exploring her background as a Polish native born during WWII, who emigrated to a small working class Connecticut town as a child. Though soft-spoken, the artist speaks volumes as she relates the impact of her violent father and schizophrenic husband on her development as an artist, and how this background primed her to move to NYC in the 1970s to focus on art as a career. While somewhat limited by a too-brief running time, Traub’s film succeeds in paying von Rydingsvard her due, while enticing newcomers to her work to seek out more information.

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On VOD: STREET FIGHTING MEN

New to VOD this week:
STREET FIGHTING MEN

Director:
Andrew James

World Premiere:
IFF Boston 2017

Select Festivals:
San Francisco DocFest, Big Sky Doc, Freep, St Louis, Brooklyn, Rhode Island

About:
An observational portrait of three African-American men of different generations living in Detroit.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: RUDEBOY: THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS

New to DVD this week:
RUDEBOY: THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS

Director:
Nicolas Jack Davies

World Premiere:
London 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, CPH:DOX, Doc’n’Roll, Glastonbury, Thessaloniki Doc

About:
The history of the pioneering label that popularized Jamaican music in the UK and beyond.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND

New to DVD this week:
ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND

Director:
Daniel Roher

World Premiere:
Toronto 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, Boulder, Miami Jewish, Calgary

About:
A candid recounting of the history of the legendary music group.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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