Category Archives: Releases

On DVD & Digital Download: NARCISSISTER ORGAN PLAYER

photo by PJ Norman

New to DVD and digital download this week:
NARCISSISTER ORGAN PLAYER

Director:
Narcissister

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Locarno, Frameline, Outfest, Stockholm

About:
Against the backdrop of her provocative and inventive performance, Narcissister reflects on the personal impact of her mother’s illness and death.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: FREE SOLO

Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, February 12:
FREE SOLO

Directors:
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

Premiere:
Telluride 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Toronto, Los Angeles

Notable Recognition:
The documentary has been nominated for the Academy Awards.

About:
The chronicle of a man’s attempt to be the first person to scale a notorious cliff wall without ropes or safety gear.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD/VOD: ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX FASHION & DISCO

Coming to DVD and VOD today, Tuesday, February 12:
ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX FASHION & DISCO

Director:
James Crump

Premiere:
London 2017

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, Guadalajara

About:
A portrait of an unheralded figure in the 1970s fashion scene.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET

Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, February 12:
THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET

Director:
Jeremy Workman

Premiere:
SXSW 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Denver, IFF Boston, Nashville, RiverRun, Newport Beach, deadCENTER, Heartland, Bergen, Woodstock, Hot Springs Doc

About:
A man explores NYC by walking every single one of its streets.

I previously wrote about the film here.

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On TV: SEALAB

Coming to PBS’s American Experience today, Monday, February 11:
SEALAB

Director:
Stephen Ives

Premiere:
American Experience (February 2019)

About:
The story of the pioneering US Navy project which expanded the limits of deep sea diving.

Even as America’s astronauts were inspiring the country with their brave exploration of the final frontier, another group of pioneers were poised to challenge another great unknown – the unforgiving and dangerous deeps of the ocean. As revealed in Stephen Ives’ informative film, these aquanauts were part of Sealab, an experimental project conceived by Dr George Bond, a rural Appalachian doctor on a mission to expand humans’ ability to explore the ocean by expanding our ability to endure the pressures of the ocean floor and to successfully escape its dangers. Under Bond’s leadership, the program successfully broke deep sea diving records and trained the next generation of undersea explorers, though a tragic accident unfortunately led to its premature conclusion. While following in the standard American Experience mode, the doc impresses with its archival footage as it reveals the largely forgotten story of Sealab.

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On TV: WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE

Coming to PBS’s AfroPoP tonight, Monday, February 11:
WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE

Director:
Emily Harrold

Premiere:
New Orleans 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hot Springs Doc, Cucalorus, Toronto Black, Oxford,

About:
A portrait of a young African-American politician in the South.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
When he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2005, Bakari Sellers became the youngest African-American elected official in US history. In this candid profile, the charismatic Democrat sets his sights on becoming the state’s lieutenant governor, a role not held by an African American since 1876. Emily Harrold offers an eye-opening look at the legacy of racism in American politics as she follows Sellers through his campaign and beyond, including the tragic shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME church.

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On TV: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, February 11:
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 has been 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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