On VOD: NOTES ON BLINDNESS

New to VOD via Netflix this week:
NOTES ON BLINDNESS

Directors:
Peter Middleton and James Spinney

Premiere:
Sundance 2016

Select Festivals:
Karlovy Vary, Sheffield, Tribeca, Cleveland, Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand, Jerusalem, San Francisco

About:
An immersive recreation of a man’s experience of losing his sight.

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

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On VOD: NALEDI: A BABY ELEPHANT’S TALE

naledi_a_baby_elephant_taleComing to VOD via Netflix tomorrow, Friday, March 17:
NALEDI: A BABY ELEPHANT’S TALE

Directors:
Ben Bowie and Geoff Luck

Premiere:
Seattle 2016

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hot Springs Doc, Virginia, Fairhope, Wildscreen, Ajyal Youth

About:
A baby elephant’s fight for survival underscores the need to protect the endangered species.

I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC, saying:
In addition to conducting an ambitious, pioneering census of Africa’s elephant population, Botswana’s Abu Camp provides a refuge for rescued pachyderms until they can be returned to the wild. When Naledi, a one-month-old calf born at the camp, is suddenly orphaned, her very survival depends on the camp’s guardians. The struggle to save the life of the unforgettable Naledi plays out against the larger fight to protect the continent’s endangered giants from extinction.

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In Theatres: PS JERUSALEM

Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, March 17:
PS JERUSALEM

Director:
Danae Elon

Premiere:
Toronto 2015

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, RIDM, Haifa, Berlin, Toronto Jewish, Biografilm, New Horizons, Melbourne

About:
A chronicle of three years in Jerusalem with the filmmaker’s family uncovers the city’s tensions.

Elon, who grew up in Jerusalem, relocated her Brooklyn-based family back to her homeland following the death of her father, celebrated leftwing intellectual and author Amos Elon. Though recognizing the divisiveness in the country around issues of religion and race, she feels drawn to the city, and, in some ways perhaps, hopes to counter the more extremist views with a more liberal perspective. Adjusting to life in this new country, however, proves to be a challenge, particularly for her husband Philip, a French-Algerian Jew who is forced to confront racism in what’s meant to be a welcoming society. Serving at the same time as both a reflection on fundamental questions at the heart of the state of Israel and a study in family dynamics, Elon’s film is a thought-provoking piece of personal filmmaking.

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On DVD: GARY NUMAN: ANDROID IN LA LA LAND

numanNew to DVD this week:
GARY NUMAN: ANDROID IN LA LA LAND

Directors:
Steve Read and Rob Alexander

Premiere:
SXSW 2016

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Helsinki, CIMMFest, East End

About:
A portrait of the legendary British synthpop musician as he relocates to Los Angeles to record a new album.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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CPH:DOX 2017 Overview

CPH:DOX, the popular, eclectic Danish documentary festival, returns tomorrow, Thursday, March 16 for its 14th edition, having skipped its 2016 event as it shifted its dates from November to its new berth in March. More than 170 documentary features will screen at this year’s event, which will wrap on Sunday, March 26, including the highlights below: Continue reading

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On DVD: THE CREEPING GARDEN

thecreepinggarden-still1Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, March 14:
THE CREEPING GARDEN

Directors:
Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp

Premiere:
Fantasia 2014

Notable Festivals:
Hot Docs, Fantastic Fest, Imagine Science, CPH:DOX, Leeds, Cleveland, New Horizons, Revelation, DOXA

About:
An ode to the wonderfully weird slime mold.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA

accidentalComing to DVD today, Tuesday, March 14:
ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA

Director:
Matt Ornstein

Premiere:
SXSW 2016

Select Festivals:
Cleveland, Atlanta, Nashville, Montclair, Bergen

About:
A portrait of an African-American man who befriends KKK members.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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