On VOD: LOVE IT WAS NOT

Coming to VOD this Friday, December 3:
LOVE IT WAS NOT

Director:
Maya Sarfaty

World Premiere:
Docaviv 2020

Select Festivals:
IDFA, Hot Docs

About:
The unbelievable and tragic love story of Helena, a young Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz, and Austrian SS officer Franz Wunsch.

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In Theatres: TRY HARDER!

Coming to theatres this Friday, December 3:
TRY HARDER!

Director:
Debbie Lum

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, AFI Docs, Full Frame, CAAMFest, Milwaukee, Provincetown, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Philadelphia, Virginia

About:
The graduating class of a competitive San Francisco High School is followed through its harrowing college application process.

I previously wrote about the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: SO LATE SO SOON

Coming to theatres this Thursday, December 2:
SO LATE SO SOON

Director:
Daniel Hymanson

World Premiere:
True/False 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Cleveland, Big Sky Doc, Indie Memphis

About:
An exploration of the artistic process and life of a long-married couple.

The film screened at DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
An intimate portrait of the energetic and beautifully eccentric Chicago-based artists Jackie Seiden and Don Seiden, married for five decades. Director Daniel Hymanson follows the couple over time while they face their impending fragility with raw honesty and eerie elegance. Graciously shot, the documentary offers a privileged window into their art making, domesticity, frictions, and the ultimate project of aging and caring for each other.

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On TV & Streaming: ADRIENNE

Coming to HBO and HBO Max tomorrow, Wednesday, December 1:
ADRIENNE

Director:
Andy Ostroy

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2021

About:
The death of acclaimed actress-filmmaker-screenwriter Adrienne Shelly sends her husband on a search for answers.

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On DVD: KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORY

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, November 30:
KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORY

Director:
Posy Dixon

World Premiere:
Doc’n Roll 2019

Select Festivals:
New Orleans, Frameline, Indielisboa, Melbourne Doc, Thessaloniki Doc, BFI Flare, Calgary Underground

About:
After three decades of releasing album after album in relative obscurity, a Black transgender trailblazing musician finally finds success at the age of 74.

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Streaming: 14 PEAKS: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

Coming to Netflix today, Monday, November 29:
14 PEAKS: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

Director:
Torquil Jones

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2021

About:
In 2019, Nepalese mountain climber Nirmal “Nims” Purja set out to do the unthinkable by climbing the world’s fourteen highest summits in less than seven months.

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On TV & Streaming: LIFE OF CRIME 1984-2020

Coming to HBO and HBO Max tomorrow Tuesday, November 30:
LIFE OF CRIME 1984-2020

Director:
Jon Alpert

World Premiere:
Venice 2021

About:
Over a thirty-six year period, this film follows Rob, Freddie, and Deliris on a relentless ride through the streets and prisons of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city. 

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On TV: CUSP

Coming to Showtime today, Friday, November 26:
CUSP

Director:
Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Camden, AFI Docs, Stockholm

About:
An intimate chronicle of the lives of three teenage girls in a Texas military town.

I previously wrote about the doc before Sundance here.

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Streaming: BURNING

Coming to Amazon Prime Video today, Friday, November 26:
BURNING

Director:
Eva Orner

World Premiere:
Toronto 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Sydney, Heartland, Hot Springs Doc

About:
A look at the devastating fires in Australia and the lack of political will to address climate change.

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In Theatres & On VOD: LADY BUDS

Coming to theatres and VOD today, Friday, November 26:
LADY BUDS

Director:
Chris J Russo

World Premiere:
Hot Docs 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Outfest, Mill Valley, Seattle Queer, Denver, Docs Mx

About:
From a Latinx LGBTQ activist to a Black Catholic school principal, six small businesswomen hit California’s newly legal cannabis trade, but struggle as aggressive regulations upend the market.

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