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eagle huntressComing to DVD and VOD today, Tuesday, February 7:

Otto Bell

Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
Toronto, Karlovy Vary, New Zealand, Melbourne, Warsaw, Hamptons, Mill Valley, Chicago, London, Aspen, Denver, Hawaii

Notable Recognition:
The doc was shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

A young girl challenges ancient tradition to become Mongolia’s first distaff eagle hunter.

I profiled the film before Sundance here.

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art houseNew to DVD/VOD: ART HOUSE

Don Freeman’s exploration of a number of artists’ houses premiered at a standalone screening in New Jersey in 2014. Other screenings have included Palm Beach, Newport Beach, and the Milan Design fests.

Photographer turned filmmaker Freeman profiles nearly a dozen “handmade” homes, dwellings that reflect their artists’ or designers’ aesthetics and which were often slowly built over the course of several years, in contrast to industrialized, cookie-cutter assemblages. The well-shot film is meant to be a celebration of this inventive, individualized approach to architecture, but despite showcasing a range of often fascinating homes, including Frederic Church’s Olana, Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti, and Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Freeman’s approach feels like a series of excruciatingly slow slideshows for Architectural Digest more than a holistic longform documentary, made even more challenging for general audiences to watch due to its intrusive, off-putting score.

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2014 DOC NYC in Focus: Viewfinders

1201x782-KEY-IMAGE-KASAMAYAKI_1_KEY-copy-1-1160x652Today’s DOC NYC 2014 preview continues with the first of our two feature competitions: Viewfinders, showcasing films with with distinct directorial visions. Continue reading

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