Category Archives: Releases

On DVD: THE FEUD

Photo courtesy Library of Congress

New to DVD this week:
THE FEUD

Director:
Randall MacLowry

World Premiere:
American Experience (September 2019)

About:
An in-depth look at the legendary conflict between the Hatfields and the McCoys.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: COLLEGE BEHIND BARS

New to DVD this week:
COLLEGE BEHIND BARS

Director:
Lynn Novick

World Premiere:
New York Film Festival 2019

Select Festivals:
Harlem Doc Fest

About:
A four-part chronicle of incarcerated individuals seeking higher eduction degrees while serving time.

I previously wrote about the docuseries here.

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On VOD: UNDER THE SUN

under the sunComing to OVID.tv today, Tuesday, December 10:
UNDER THE SUN

Director:
Vitaly Mansky

World Premiere:
DOK.Leipzig

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, IDFA, Hot Docs, Tallinn Black Nights, Jihlava, DocPoint, SXSW, DOXA, San Francisco, Seattle

About:
An authorized portrait of a typical North Korean family becomes a subversive look at life in North Korea.

I previously wrote about the film here.

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On TV: MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS

Coming to HBO tomorrow, Wednesday, December 11:
MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS

Director:
Irene Taylor Brodsky

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, Portland, AFI Docs, Mountainfilm, Martha’s Vineyard, Provincetown

About:
A personal meditation on deafness through the experiences of the filmmaker’s son, her parents, and Beethoven.

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

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On DVD: BLACK MOTHER

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, December 10:
BLACK MOTHER

Director:
Khalik Allah

Premiere:
True/False 2018

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Sheffield, New Directors/New Films, Sarasota, Montclair

About:
An essay offering a meditation on Jamaican identity, history, and spirituality.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: WORLDS OF URSULA K LE GUIN

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, December 10:
WORLDS OF URSULA K LE GUIN

Director:
Arwen Curry

World Premiere:
Sheffield 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Ashland, Mill Valley, BendFilm, Austin, Boston Sci-Fi, Berlin Sci-Fi, Sebastopol Doc, Belfast, Newport Beach

About:
An intimate portrait of the pioneering author.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: A GERMAN YOUTH

Coming to theatres today, Friday, December 6:
A GERMAN YOUTH

Director:
Jean-Gabriel Périot

Premiere:
Berlin 2015

Select Festivals:
IDFA, Art of the Real, Cinéma du Réel, Visions du Réel, BAFICI, San Francisco, IndieLisboa, Docaviv, Moscow, Transilvania, Melbourne, Sarajevo, Bergen, Hamptons, New Horizons

About:
A rich portrait of key members of the Red Army Faction, composed entirely through found footage.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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