On TV: JACK & YAYA

Coming to The WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed tomorrow, Tuesday, June 22:
JACK & YAYA

Director:
Jennifer Bagley

World Premiere:
qFlix Philadelphia 2019

Select Festivals:
Inside Out, Seattle Translations, Hell’s Half Mile, BFI Flare

About:
A portrait of two transgender friends who have known each other since they were toddlers.

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On TV: TWO GODS

Coming to PBS’s Independent Lens tonight, Monday, June 21:
TWO GODS

Director:
Zeshawn Ali

World Premiere:
Full Frame 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, BlackStar, Montclair, Hot Docs, Camden

About:
A Black Muslim casket maker mentors two boys.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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In Theatres: THE SPARKS BROTHERS

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 18:
THE SPARKS BROTHERS

Director:
Edgar Wright

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
SXSW, Hot Docs, IFF Boston, San Francisco Doc

About:
A tribute to the influential but overlooked band Sparks.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: A CRIME ON THE BAYOU

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 18:
A CRIME ON THE BAYOU

Director:
Nancy Buirski

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2020

Select Festivals:
New Orleans, San Francisco Jewish, Big Sky Doc, Atlanta Jewish, Hamptons Docs

About:
An unjustly arrested Black man and his young Jewish attorney form a lifelong friendship.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Filmmaker Nancy Buirski tells the story of a lasting bond formed between an unjustly arrested Black man, Gary Duncan, and Richard Sobol, his young Jewish attorney. In 1966, 19-year-old Duncan faces the white supremacist court system in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, for daring to touch a white boy’s arm. Standing united, the pair takes Duncan’s case all the way to the US Supreme Court to fight for the rights of all Americans to a fair trial.

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In Theatres: LFG

Coming to theatres today, Friday, June 18:
LFG

Director:
Andrea Nix Fine, Sean Fine

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2021

About:
An inside look at the US women’s national soccer league and their continuing fight for equal pay in an effort to create real change in women’s sports.

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In Virtual Release: THE AMERICAN SECTOR

Coming to virtual cinemas today, Friday, June 18:
THE AMERICAN SECTOR

Director:
Courtney Stephens, Pacho Velez

World Premiere:
Berlin 2020

Select Festivals:
Art of the Real, Docaviv, Camden, AFI Fest, RIDM, Maryland

About:
A road trip tracking several of the remnants of the Berlin Wall now held by American collectors and institutions.

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In Virtual Release: THE FRENCH

Coming to the Metrograph’s virtual cinema tomorrow, Friday, June 18:
THE FRENCH

Director:
William Klein

World Premiere:
Perspectives du Cinéma Français 1982

About:
An unprecedented all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the 1981 French Open.

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In Theatres: RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, June 18:
RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

Director:
Mariem Pérez Riera

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland, Atlanta, Sarasota, Tribeca, Provincetown

About:
A profile of the pioneering, EGOT-winning star of stage and screen.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV/VOD: RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER

Coming to National Geographic and Hulu tomorrow, Friday, June 18:
RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER

Director:
Dawn Porter

World Premiere:
National Geographic/Hulu release (June 2021)

About:
A focus on the two-day Tulsa Massacre in 1921 that led to the murder of hundreds of Black people and left thousands homeless and displaced.

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In Theatres/Virtual Release: TRUMAN & TENNESSEE: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION

Coming to theatres and to virtual cinemas tomorrow, Friday, June 18:
TRUMAN & TENNESSEE: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION

Director:
Lisa Immordino Vreeland

World Premiere:
Telluride 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
Hamptons, Full Frame, NewFest, Seattle, Glasgow

About:
The work, lives, and personal journeys of two iconic American artists coalesce with creative combustion in this innovative dual-portrait.

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