On DVD: OFF THE RAILS

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, June 27:
OFF THE RAILS

Director:
Adam Irving

Premiere:
Full Frame 2016

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hot Docs, Sarasota, RiverRun, Newport Beach, San Francisco Doc, Provincetown, Sidewalk, Woods Hole, DocUtah, Hot Springs Doc, Savannah, Denver, St Louis

About:
The stranger-than-fiction story of a serial mass transit operator imposter.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Special Screening: SOUTHWEST OF SALEM

salemComing to NYC’s Queer/Art/Film today, Monday, June 26:
SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR

Director:
Deborah S Esquenazi

Premiere:
Tribeca 2016

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Sheffield, DocuWest, AFI Docs, Frameline, Outfest, Inside Out

About:
Four Latina lesbians seek exoneration for a shocking miscarriage of justice.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: NOWHERE TO HIDE

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 23:
NOWHERE TO HIDE

Director:
Zaradasht Ahmed

Premiere:
IDFA 2016

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Thessaloniki Doc, One World, Göteborg, Cleveland, Sarasota, Docs Against Gravity, Sydney, Seattle, DocAviv, Human Rights Watch NYC, London, and Toronto

About:
A personal tour through daily life in Iraq.

Ahmed provides an intimate, immersive view of the lives of everyday Iraqis through his protagonist, Nori Sharif, a nurse who he teaches to use a camera. When the film begins, in 2011, Nori and his fellow countrymen are hopeful that the withdrawal of American troops means that their independent nation might finally be permitted peace. By the time this powerful, evocative, and very personal film ends, it’s 2014, and the encroachment of ISIS forces Nori, his wife, and their four young children to flee for their lives. Nori initially captures moments from his work at the Jalawla Emergency Hospital, but this relative tranquility soon gives way to an increasingly unstable Iraq, which costs Nori his job, and, as the viewer is later shown, destroys the hospital. As the Sharifs try to find some sanctuary, Nori documents their dire situation, and that of their fellow Iraqis. He serves as an on-the-ground Everyman, a citizen, not a soldier, whose every moment is nevertheless consumed with the impact of war, making his collaboration with Ahmed a stark, human, and unforgettable chronicle of life in wartime.

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In Theatres: IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 23:
IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE

Director:
Patrick Shen

Premiere:
CPH:DOX 2015

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Atlanta, Cleveland, Ashland, Full Frame, Dallas, Docville, DOXA, Sheffield, San Francisco Green

About:
A meditation on silence in the cacophony of modern life.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres & On VOD: NOBODY SPEAK: TRIALS OF THE FREE PRESS

Coming to theatres and to VOD via Netflix tomorrow, Friday, June 23:
NOBODY SPEAK: TRIALS OF THE FREE PRESS

Director:
Brian Knappenberger

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, AFI Docs, SXSW, Sheffield, Human Rights Watch, San Francisco, Miami

About:
An investigation into the erosion of the freedom of the press in the face of financial inequity.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: IN TRANSIT

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, June 23:
IN TRANSIT

Directors:
Al Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker, and Ben Wu

Premiere:
Tribeca 2015

Select Festivals:
IDFA, Vancouver, Full Frame, Dokufest Kosovo, Camden, DMZ Docs, Docs DF, Docslisboa, RIDM, AFI Docs, Hamptons, Denver, DocAviv

About:
Documentary legend Al Maysles’ last film observes life aboard a cross-country train route.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: FOOD EVOLUTION

Coming to theatres this Friday, June 23:
FOOD EVOLUTION

Director:
Scott Hamilton Kennedy

Premiere:
DOC NYC 2016

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Cleveland, Seattle

About:
An exploration of the polarized debate surrounding GMOs.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
As society tackles the problem of feeding our expanding population safely and sustainably, a schism has arisen between scientists and consumers, motivated by fear and distrust. Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s film, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, explores the polarized debate surrounding GMOs. Looking at the real-world application of food science in the past and present, the film argues for sound science and open-mindedness in a culture that increasingly shows resistance to both.

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