Category Archives: Releases

On TV: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR: THE FIRST

Coming to PBS’s American Experience today, Monday, September 13:
SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR: THE FIRST

Director:
Michelle Ferrari

World Premiere:
PBS broadcast (September 2021)

About:
The story of the pioneering first woman on the US Supreme Court, who both reflected and shaped an era.

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On TV: DESERT ONE

Coming to History this Sunday, September 12:
DESERT ONE

Director:
Barbara Kopple

World Premiere:
Toronto 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, AFI Fest, Double Exposure, Palm Springs, Full Frame, Big Sky Doc

About:
An up-close look at the mission to free American hostages during the 1979 Iranian revolution

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: THE CAPOTE TAPES

Coming to theatres today, Friday, September 10:
THE CAPOTE TAPES

Director:
Ebs Burnough

World Premiere:
Toronto 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hamptons, Rio, Provincetown, Docs Against Gravity, RiverRun

About:
Using audio recordings, animation, and new on-camera interviews with people who knew him, the film explores the impact of Truman Capote’s explosive final, unfinished novel.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Truman Capote was a singular figure in the 20th century. He presented himself unapologetically on television at a time when most gay men took pains to avoid scrutiny. His books Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood were bestsellers and critical darlings.

Now Ebs Burnough’s film delivers a fresh portrait that reinvigorates our understanding of this vital writer. Among the film’s revelations are newly discovered tapes of interviews that The Paris Review co-founder George Plimpton conducted with Capote’s friends after his death.

The film dwells strongly on Capote’s final uncompleted novel, Answered Prayers, which set out to expose Manhattan’s social aristocracy after he befriended them. Plimpton’s tapes shed new light on what happened. They are interwoven with Capote’s notorious television appearances and insightful interviews with the likes of Dick Cavett and Jay McInerney. One unexpected interview is with Capote’s assistant, Kate Harrington, who he treated like an adopted daughter.

Filmmaker Ebs Burnough brings an understanding of elite cultural circles from his own distinguished career, which includes a stint in Obama’s White House. He navigates the complexities of Capote’s life with great skill. The film doesn’t shy away from Capote’s darker side, but it gloriously celebrates his towering achievements.

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In Theatres: FIRE MUSIC

Coming to theatres today, Friday, September 10:
FIRE MUSIC

Director:
Tom Surgal

World Premiere:
New York Film Festival 2018

Select Festivals:
Freep, Cleveland

About:
A showcase of the architects of free jazz, a movement whose radical brand of improvisation pushed harmonic and rhythmic boundaries, and produced landmark albums.

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On VOD: HOOD RIVER

Coming to VOD today, Friday, September 10:
HOOD RIVER

Director:
Steven Cantor, Jonathan Field

World Premiere:
SXSW 2020 (unscreened)

About:
In a small Oregon community, a high school soccer team struggles to overcome class and racial divide in a quest for team success.

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On TV: DETAINEE 001

Coming to Showtime tomorrow, Friday, September 10:
DETAINEE 001

Director:
Greg Barker

World Premiere:
Showtime broadcast (September 2021)

About:
A harrowing exploration of how American grappled with justice in the fog of war following the 9/11 attacks, through the sensationalized capture of John Walker Lindh, a radical mujahideen fighter who became known as “the American Taliban.”

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In Theatres: THE ALPINIST

Coming to theatres this Friday, September 10:
THE ALPINIST

Director:
Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen

World Premiere:
SXSW 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
Telluride (unscreened)

About:
A profile of Marc-André Leclerc, a free-spirited 23-year-old climber who makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history.

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In Theatres: THE WONDERFUL: STORIES FROM THE SPACE STATION

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, September 10:
THE WONDERFUL: STORIES FROM THE SPACE STATION

Director:
Clare Lewins

World Premiere:
DocEdge 2021

Select Festivals:
Moscow Doc

About:
Drawing on breathtaking archive and interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, colleagues, and family members, the personal testimonies from the men and women who have been part of the International Space Station.

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In Theatres: FAUCI

Coming to theatres this Friday, September 10:
FAUCI

Director:
John Hoffman, Janet Tobias

World Premiere:
Telluride 2021

About:
A surprisingly emotional biography of the immunologist who has advised every President since Ronald Reagan, America’s most visible public health expert.

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In Virtual Release: HERE FOR LIFE

Coming to the Metrograph’s virtual cinema this Friday, September 10:
HERE FOR LIFE

Director:
Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Adrian Jackson

World Premiere:
Locarno 2019

Select Festivals:
Art of the Real, Open City Doc

About:
In a city framed by capital and loss, ten unruly Londoners navigate their wild and wayward way, travelling on their own terms towards a co-existence far stronger than “community.”

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