2019 Sundance Docs in Focus: MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL

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MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
Stanley Nelson presents an expansive portrait of the life and work of the jazz pioneer.

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2019 Sundance Docs in Focus: MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN

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MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN
Hepi Mita reveals his late mother through her groundbreaking filmmaking.

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On DVD: THE DIPLOMAT

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, January 15:
THE DIPLOMAT

Director:
David Holbrooke

Premiere:
Tribeca 2015

Select Festivals:
San Francisco, Traverse City, Sarajevo, AFI Docs, Mountainfilm, Jerusalem

About:
A tribute to the director’s ambassador father.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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2019 Sundance Docs in Focus: MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE

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MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE
Nick Broomfield intimately reveals the love story behind the celebrated singer/songwriter and his muse.

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On VOD: FYRE FRAUD

New to Hulu this week:
FYRE FRAUD

Directors:
Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason

Premiere:
Hulu (January 2019)

About:
A chronicle of the disastrous 2017 music festival that was meant to rival Coachella.

Released just days before the Chris Smith helmed Netflix documentary FYRE: THE GREATEST PARTY THAT NEVER HAPPENED, Furst and Nason’s rival Hulu project gives its own spin on the debacle that was Fyre Festival. Conceived by Billy McFarland and musician Ja Rule, and heavily promoted to FOMO-averse, cash-flush Millennials by social media influencers, the Great Exuma, Bahamas music fest was sold as a generation-defining event, but instead generated global schadenfreude when reports spread about how ill-prepared organizers were for attendees. While dismissed by many as #whitepeopleproblems, the Fyre Festival disaster led to multiple lawsuits and accusations of fraud with serious jail time. The filmmakers back up from the epic fail everyone knows and loves to focus on McFarland, who is interviewed throughout, laying out his history of dodgy entrepreneurship – what many featured here instead call con jobs – and how he developed and mishandled Fyre. While delivering jaw-dropping behind-the-scenes details of the doomed event, the doc also offers surprising insight into the psychology of deception, the manipulation of perception, and the power of social media and branding.

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2019 Sundance Docs in Focus: LOVE, ANTOSHA

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LOVE, ANTOSHA
Garret Price presents a heartfelt portrait of the late Anton Yelchin.

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2019 Sundance Docs in Focus: THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY

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THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY
Alex Gibney examines the high-profile rise and fall of discredited health tech company Theranos.

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