Category Archives: Releases

In Theatres & On VOD: THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY

photo by Orlando Brito

Coming to theatres and to Netflix tonight, Wednesday, June 19:
THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY

Director:
Petra Costa

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, San Francisco, Montclair, IndieLisboa, Biografilm

About:
A cautionary tale about Brazil’s recent political scandals.

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

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On DVD: THE BRINK

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, June 18:
THE BRINK

Director:
Alison Klayman

Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Cleveland, Docville

About:
Steve Bannon, post-White House.

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

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On VOD: MEMORY GAMES

MEMORY GAMES

Coming to Netflix tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19:
MEMORY GAMES

Directors:
Janet Tobias and Claus Wehlisch

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2018

Select Festivals:
RiverRun, Docs Against Gravity, DocLands,

About:
A look at the unforgettable world championship of memory athletes.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
You won’t believe your eyes watching this competition of memory athletes. Quickly absorbing complex data, such as random sequences of numbers, through visualization techniques – represented here through creative animated sequences – the competitors repeat it back under high-pressure conditions. The film follows hopefuls from the US, Germany, and Sweden on their way to a world championship.

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On DVD: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, June 18:
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

Director:
RaMell Ross

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, True/False, New Directors/New Films, Full Frame, Sheffield, Ambulante, Champs-Élysées, Maryland, DOK.fest Munich, Martha’s Vineyard African American, San Francisco, Montclair

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

About:
An impressionistic portrait of two young African American men in the American South.

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

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On TV: THE LAVENDER SCARE

Coming to PBS tomorrow, Tuesday, June 17:
THE LAVENDER SCARE

Director:
Josh Howard

World Premiere:
qFLIX Philadelphia 2017

Select Festivals:
Virginia, Sun Valley, Frameline, Inside Out, LGBT fests in Sydney, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, Rochester, Austin, Miami, and Palm Springs

About:
A look back at the Cold War era panic over gays in the government.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: EMANUEL

Coming to theatres tonight, Monday, June 17 and this Wednesday, June 19 only:
EMANUEL

Director:
Brian Ivie

World Premiere:
Bentonville 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC

About:
The aftermath of the church shooting in Charleston.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
On June 17, 2015, national headlines blazed the story: Churchgoers gunned down during prayer service in Charleston, South Carolina. After a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, nine African Americans lay dead, leaving their families and the nation to grapple with this senseless act of terror. Featuring intimate interviews with survivors and family members, Brian Ivie tells a poignant story of justice and faith, love, and hate, examining the healing power of forgiveness.

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On TV: ROLL RED ROLL

Coming to PBS’s POV tonight, Monday, June 17:
ROLL RED ROLL

Director:
Nancy Schwartzman

Premiere:
Tribeca 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, New Orleans, Hot Docs, Traverse City, Hamptons, Denver, Göteborg, Guanajuato, Globe Docs, Sidewalk, Santa Barbara, Double Exposure, Bend, Tallgrass, Hot Springs Doc, Big Sky Doc, SF Jewish, Human Rights Watch

About:
An exploration of rape and its cover-up in a small town.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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