Category Archives: Releases

Streaming & On TV: NOTHING COMPARES

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Andrew Catlin

Streaming on Showtime tomorrow, Friday, September 30 and coming to TV on Showtime on Sunday, October 2:
NOTHING COMPARES

Director:
Kathryn Ferguson

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Seattle, Hot Docs, San Francisco, Edinburgh, Indielisboa

About:
The story of Sinéad O’Connor’s phenomenal rise to worldwide fame and subsequent exile from the pop mainstream.

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Streaming: WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND

Coming to Netflix tomorrow, Friday, September 30:
WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND

Director:
Iliana Sosa

World Premiere:
SXSW 2022

Select Festivals:
Full Frame, Thin Line, RiverRun, Milwaukee, Philadelphia Latino, Los Angeles Latino, Cine Las Americas, Guanajuato, Camden, AFI Latin American, Tallgrass

About:
A gentle love letter to farmworkers, mutual caregivers, and transnational families through the filmmaker’s portrait of her grandfather.

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In Theatres/Virtual Release: INHOSPITABLE

Coming to theatres and virtual cinemas this Friday, September 30:
INHOSPITABLE

Director:
Sandra Alvarez

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2021

Select Festivals:
Miami

About:
Patients and activists band together to fight a multi-billion dollar nonprofit hospital system that limits vital care for vulnerable patients.

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On TV & Streaming: HOSTAGES

Courtesy of HBO

Coming to HBO and HBO Max tonight, Wednesday, September 28:
HOSTAGES

Director:
Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre, Joshua Bennett, Abbas Motlagh, Sam Pollard

World Premiere:
HBO broadcast (September 2022)

About:
A four-part docuseries on the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, focusing on both the experiences of those involved, as well as an historical chronicle of the tangled web of US/Iran relations in the decades leading up to the Iranian Revolution.

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Streaming: THE GREENAWAY ALPHABET

Coming to OVID today, Tuesday, September 27:
THE GREENAWAY ALPHABET

Director:
Saskia Boddeke

World Premiere:
IDFA 2017

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, BAFICI, Thessaloniki Doc, Biografilm, Tirana

About:
A playful profile of British director Peter Greenaway.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
Acclaimed filmmaker Peter Greenaway – perhaps best known for THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE, AND HER LOVER – is a lover of patterns and sequences, a motif that recurs throughout his work. In this playful portrait by his wife, multimedia artist Saskia Boddeke, Greenaway engages in an autobiographical alphabetic word association led by his perceptive 16-year-old daughter, Pip. As the father and daughter run through their ABCs, illustrated by scenes from his lavish body of work, a deeply personal, and surprisingly revealing, portrait of Greenaway emerges.

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On DVD: THE YOUTH GOVERNOR

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, September 27:
THE YOUTH GOVERNOR

Director:
Matt Halmy, Jaron Halmy

World Premiere:
Cleveland 2022

About:
In the halls of California’s Capitol, 4,000 teenagers run a fully functioning government complete
with legislators, party bosses, and elections, with three candidates emerging in the
race for the 72nd Youth Governor.

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In Theatres: ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL

Coming to theatres in re-release today, Tuesday, September 27:
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: SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN

Coming to OVID tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27:
SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN

Director:
Margarethe von Trotta

Premiere:
Cannes 2018

Select Festivals:
Toronto, New York, Karlovy Vary, Hong Kong, Reykjavik

About:
An appreciation of the legendary Swedish filmmaker.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Streaming: KARAMAY

Coming to OVID today, Monday, September 26:
KARAMAY

Director:
Xu Xin

World Premiere:
Locarno 2010

Select Festivals:
Cinema du Reel, MoMA Doc Fortnight, Vancouver, AFI Fest, Hong Kong, Jeonju

About:
A revisitation of the December 8, 1994 theatre fire that took the lives of 323 people in Xinjiang Province, China.

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On TV: DELIKADO

Coming to PBS’s POV tonight, Monday, September 26:
DELIKADO

Director:
Karl Malakunas

World Premiere:
Hot Docs 2022

Select Festivals:
Sheffield, DMZ Docs, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Sydney, Mountainfilm, Melbourne, Doc Edge, Human Rights Watch

About:
In the majestic tropical island of Palawan, three environmental crusaders confront murder, betrayal, and political corruption.

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