On VOD: THE SOUND OF IDENTITY

Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, June 1:
THE SOUND OF IDENTITY

Director:
James Kicklighter

World Premiere:
Macon 2020

Select Festivals:
OutShine, Desperado

About:
A profile of Lucia Lucas at the Tulsa Opera, which marked the first time an openly trans woman performed in a principal role.

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Full Frame 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 24th Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
June 2-6

About:
After cancelling its 2020 edition, this Durham NC doc event returns with an online presentation that includes just over 20 new and recent nonfiction features.

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On VOD: JULIA SCOTTI: FUNNY THAT WAY

Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, June 1:
JULIA SCOTTI: FUNNY THAT WAY

Director:
Susan Sandler

World Premiere:
Nantucket 2020

Select Festivals:
NewFest, Athena, Sebastopol Doc, Austin LGBT

About:
Decades after appearing on bills with Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, trans stand-up comic Julia Scotti returns to the stage.

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On TV: THE LEGACY OF BLACK WALL STREET

Coming to Discovery+ and OWN in two parts, tonight, Tuesday, June 1 and next Tuesday, June 8:
THE LEGACY OF BLACK WALL STREET

Director:
Deborah Riley Draper

World Premiere:
Discovery+/OWN broadcast (June 2021)

About:
A commemoration of the legacy of Tulsa OK’s Greenwood District which focuses on celebrating the Black pioneers who built Black Wall Street and who have inspired the present-day Black community.

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On TV: THE FALCONER

Coming to The WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed tomorrow, Tuesday, June 1:
THE FALCONER

Director:
Annie Kaempfer

World Premiere:
Mill Valley 2020

Select Festivals:
Big Sky Doc, BendFilm, Thin Line, Washington DC Environmental, Atlanta

About:
A portrait of one of the few African-American falconers in the United States, as he passes on his love of the sport to the next generation.

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On DVD: STRAY

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, June 1:
STRAY

Director:
Elizabeth Lo

World Premiere:
Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hot Docs, London, Bergen, RIDM, Stockholm, San Diego Asian

About:
A dogs’-eye view of Istanbul.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: DREAMLAND: THE BURNING OF BLACK WALL STREET

Coming to CNN tonight, Monday, May 31:
DREAMLAND: THE BURNING OF BLACK WALL STREET

Director:
Salima Koroma 

World Premiere:
CNN broadcast (May 2021)

About:
An exploration of the history of the Black cultural renaissance that existed in the Greenwood district of Tulsa OK, and the race massacre of late May and June 1921 that that left an indelible, though too-long ignored, stain on American history.

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On TV: TULSA: THE FIRE AND THE FORGOTTEN

Coming to PBS tonight, Monday, May 31:
TULSA: THE FIRE AND THE FORGOTTEN

Director:
Jonathan Silvers

World Premiere:
Human Rights Watch online preview (April-May 2021)

About:
An examination of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre on the 100th anniversary of the crime and in the context of other racial massacres and police killings.

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In Theatres: AHEAD OF THE CURVE

Coming to theatres today, Friday, May 28:
AHEAD OF THE CURVE

Director:
Jen Rainin

Co-Director:
Rivkah Beth Medow

World Premiere:
Frameline 2020

Select Festivals:
NewFest, Outfest, Image+Nation, Athena, Cleveland

About:
A triumphant chronicle of historic lesbian publication Curve Magazine and its trailblazing founder.

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In Theatres: FIVE YEARS NORTH

Coming to theatres today, Friday, May 28:
FIVE YEARS NORTH

Director:
Zach Ingrasci, Chris Temple

World Premiere:
Full Frame 2020 (unscreened)

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Seattle, Mountainfilm

About:
An exploration of the complexity of the immigration debate through the stories of an undocumented Guatemalan teenager and a Cuban-American ICE agent.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
After making the dangerous journey from his native Guatemala to New York City, 15-year-old Luis struggles to balance attending school and finding work to support his family back home. Meanwhile, Judy, a Cuban-American ICE agent, faces her own internal conflict with the shifting enforcement priorities of her longtime career, from targeting criminals to nonviolent undocumented individuals. As these two worlds near a collision, their parallel tales present a complex and nuanced take on both immigration and civic duty.   

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