On DVD: COW

New to DVD this week:
COW

Director:
Andrea Arnold

World Premiere:
Cannes 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Telluride, IDFA, Busan, BFI London, Melbourne, Jerusalem, Beijing, Hamburg, Hamptons, Reykjavik, Mill Valley, Chicago, Jihlava, AFI Fest, Tokyo, Rio

About:
A close-up portrait of the daily lives of two cows.

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On VOD: EXPOSING MUYBRIDGE

New to VOD this week:
EXPOSING MUYBRIDGE

Director:
Marc Shaffer

World Premiere:
DOC NYC 2021

Select Festivals:
Sheffield, Palm Springs, Jerusalem, New Zealand, Boulder, Sonoma, Milwaukee, DocLands, Minneapolis-St Paul

About:
A complex look into the compelling life and times of the father of cinema: Eadweard Muybridge.

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Special Screening & In Theatres: MIJA

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Isabel Castro

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3 and to theatres this Friday, August 5:
MIJA

Director:
Isabel Castro

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
True/False, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Los Angeles Latino, Miami, Cleveland, RiverRun, Maryland, San Francisco

About:
When Doris, a young, ambitious music manager whose undocumented family depends on her ability to launch pop stars, loses her biggest client, she hustles to discover new talent and finds Jacks, another daughter of immigrants for whom “making it” isn’t just a dream: it’s a necessity.

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Locarno 2022: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 75th Locarno Film Festival

Dates:
August 3-13

About:
Just under a third of the approximately 80 new feature presentations at this noted Swiss festival are nonfiction.

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On DVD & Streaming: FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK

Coming to DVD and streaming tomorrow, Tuesday, August 2:
FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK

Director:
Bobbi Jo Hart

World Premiere:
Hot Docs 2021

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, DOXA, Inside Out, Frameline, Outfest, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Santa Barbara, Athena, Cleveland, In-Edit, Hawaii, Doc’n Roll, Woodstock, Florida

About:
Ferocious female rockers Fanny, who shattered glass ceilings in the ’70s, collecting fans like David Bowie before being buried in retro record bins, reunite fifty years later with a new record deal and a chance to rewrite history.

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On TV: HE’S MY BROTHER

Coming to PBS’s POV today, Monday, August 1:
HE’S MY BROTHER

Director:
Cille Hannibal

World Premiere:
CPH:DOX 2021

Select Festivals:
DOK.Fest Munich, Thessaloniki Doc, Melbourne, Docs Against Gravity

About:
What does the world feel like with three senses?

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Special Screening: I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE

Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films tomorrow, Saturday, July 30:
I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE

Director:
Reid Davenport

World Premiere:
Sundance 2022

Select Festivals:
True/False, San Francisco, Hot Docs, Sydney

About:
Spurred by the spectacle of a circus tent that goes up outside his Oakland apartment, a disabled filmmaker launches into an unflinching meditation on freakdom, (in)visibility, and the pursuit of individual agency.

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In Theatres: BLUE ISLAND

Coming to theatres today, Friday, July 29:
BLUE ISLAND

Director:
Chan Tze Woon

World Premiere:
Rotterdam 2022

Select Festivals:
New Directors/New Films, Hot Docs, Taiwan Doc

About:
A docufiction exploring Hong Kong’s protest movement and ensuing crackdown in the context of its history of rebellion.

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In Theatres & On VOD: MY TREE

Coming to theatres and VOD tomorrow, Friday, July 29:
MY TREE

Director:
Jason Sherman

World Premiere:
Hot Docs 2021

About:
Forty years after receiving a tree for his bar mitzvah, planted in Israel in his name, the filmmaker searches it out, discovering many uncomfortable truths stemming from his gift.

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On DVD: THE TORCH

New to DVD this week:
THE TORCH

Director:
Jim Farrell

World Premiere:
Chicago 2019

About:
Guitar icon Buddy Guy reflects on his legacy and passes along the blues lessons he himself received from legends Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf to a phenom of the next generation.

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