In Theatres: THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES

Coming to theatres this Friday, March 15:
THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES

Director:
Mark Cousins

Premiere:
Cannes 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Karlovy Vary, Antenna Doc, Haifa, Taipei Golden Horse, Morelia, Dokufest, Melbourne, Biografilm

About:
A new perspective on the creativity of iconic filmmaker Orson Welles.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Esteemed film historian Mark Cousins (THE STORY OF FILM) takes a novel approach to Orson Welles by studying the legendary filmmaker’s paintings, drawings, and doodles. Granted exclusive access to Welles’ private artwork, Cousins presents an unorthodox portrait, and one informed by the documentarian’s signature personal essayistic approach. Critic Todd McCarthy writes, “Freshly conceived, mordantly whimsical, light on its feet and fleet of mind, THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES rightly makes no extensive claims for Welles’ drawing and painting skills, but positions them honestly as one heretofore overlooked aspect of the man’s polymorphously abundant talent.”

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On VOD: TRUST MACHINE: THE STORY OF BLOCKCHAIN

Coming to VOD this Friday, March 15:
TRUST MACHINE: THE STORY OF BLOCKCHAIN

Director:
Alex Winter

Premiere:
NYC theatrical (October 2018)

Select Festivals:
Tallinn Black Nights

About:
An exploration of the technology behind not only cryptocurrency, but decentralization of information as a whole.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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Special Screening: THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY

THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Drew Kelly

Coming to NYC’s Pure Nonfiction at IFC Center this Thursday, March 14:
THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY

Director:
Alex Gibney

Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
SXSW

About:
An investigation into the high-profile rise and fall of discredited health tech company Theranos.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, March 12:
DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES

Director:
Alexis Bloom

Premiere:
Toronto 2018

Select Festivals:
New York, Hamptons, AFI Fest, Philadelphia, Indie Memphis, Virginia

About:
The rise and fall of the master manipulator behind Fox News.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: OVER THE LIMIT

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12:
OVER THE LIMIT

Director:
Marta Prus

Premiere:
IDFA 2017

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Moscow Doc, Visions du Reél, DOK.fest Munich, DocsBarcelona, Zagreb Dox, Krakow, Docpoint, Göteborg, Thessaloniki Doc, One World, Ambulante

About:
A brutally candid look at a rhythmic gymnast’s Olympic training.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: CHEF FLYNN

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12:
CHEF FLYNN

Director:
Cameron Yates

Premiere:
Sundance 2018

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Berlin, Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, SXSW, San Francisco, Cleveland, BAFICI, Docaviv, Sydney, Nashville, Traverse City, DMZ Docs, Film Columbia

About:
A compelling coming of age portrait of a talented young chef.

My pre-Sundance profile of the doc may be found here.

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In Theatres: ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS

Coming to theatres today, Friday, March 8:
ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS

Director:
Gabrielle Brady

Premiere:
Visions du Reel 2018

Select Festivals:
Tribeca, Docaviv, Edinburgh, Guanajuato, New Zealand, Melbourne, Dokufest, Camden, Reykjavik, Adelaide, Athens, Goteborg, DocPoint, ZagrebDox, RIDM, DOK Leipzig, New Zealand, Tallin Black Nights, Docs Against Gravity

About:
An impressionistic portrait of migration and limbo on Australia’s Christmas Island.

Christmas Island is a remote Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, and, as legend has it, is haunted by the titular spirits of the Chinese laborers who were brought there over a century ago to work its phosphate mines. But in Brady’s metaphor-heavy meditation, other, living ghosts now find themselves trapped on the island: asylum seekers. Unlike Christmas Island’s cast of red crabs making their dangerous migratory journey to the ocean, helped to safely cross roadways by conscientious residents, these human migrants are instead confined to a detention center for indefinite periods of time. Help comes in the form of trauma counselor Poh Lin Lee, whose sessions with her detainee are threaded through this project, but Lee herself is growing more and more demoralized by the limbo her patients are forced to endure. Brady doesn’t always successfully integrate the various threads here, preferencing atmosphere and immersion over clarity and engagement at times, but she nevertheless has crafted a thoughtful look at the ongoing crisis of migration in a distinctive way.

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