On VOD: PLAYING WITH SHARKS

Coming to Disney+ today, Friday, July 23:
PLAYING WITH SHARKS

Director:
Sally Aitken

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Hot Docs, Doc Edge, Boulder, Washington DC Environmental, EarthX, Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, DocLands, Mountainfilm

About:
A tribute to a pioneering shark conservationist and underwater cinematographer.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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In Theatres: VAL

Coming to theatres today, Friday, July 23:
VAL

Director:
Ting Poo, Leo Scott

World Premiere:
Cannes 2021

About:
A portrait of Val Kilmer, constructed from more than 40 years of the actor’s self-documentation.

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In Theatres & On VOD: AILEY

Photo by Jack Mitchell

Coming to theatres and VOD tomorrow, Friday, July 23:
AILEY

Director:
Jamila Wignot

World Premiere:
Sundance 2021

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Tribeca, Frameline, Provincetown, Thessaloniki Doc

About:
A revealing, moving portrait of pioneering choreographer Alvin Ailey.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On VOD: STUNTMAN

Coming to Disney+ tomorrow, Friday, July 23:
STUNTMAN

Director:
Kurt Mattila

World Premiere:
Los Angeles Film Festival 2018

About:
Veteran Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun sets out to fulfill Evel Knievel’s unfulfilled dream of crossing the Snake River in a rocket.

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On TV/VOD: WOODSTOCK 99: PEACE, LOVE, AND RAGE

Coming to HBO and HBO Max this Friday, July 23:
WOODSTOCK 99: PEACE, LOVE, AND RAGE

Director:
Garret Price

World Premiere:
HBO/HBO Max release (July 2021)

About:
The story of the ill-fated music festival, promoted to echo the unity and counterculture idealism of the original 1969 concert, but which instead devolved into riots, looting, and sexual assaults.

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In Theatres: ALL THE STREETS ARE SILENT: THE CONVERGENCE OF HIP HOP AND SKATEBOARDING (1987-1997)

Coming to theatres this Friday, July 23:
ALL THE STREETS ARE SILENT: THE CONVERGENCE OF HIP HOP AND SKATEBOARDING (1987-1997)

Director:
Jeremy Elkin

World Premiere:
theatrical release (July 2021)

About:
An exploration of the impact from the interplay between the subcultures of skateboarding and hip hop in late 80s and early 90s downtown NYC.

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On DVD: BILLY GRAHAM

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, July 20:
BILLY GRAHAM

Director:
Sarah Colt

World Premiere:
American Experience (May 2021)

About:
An exploration of the life and career of the popular evangelist and his influence on American politics and culture.

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In Virtual Release: LESSONS OF DARKNESS

Coming to the Metrograph’s virtual cinema this Thursday, July 22:
LESSONS OF DARKNESS

Director:
Werner Herzog

World Premiere:
Berlin 1992

Select Festivals:
Melbourne, Toronto

About:
An apocalyptic vision featuring the oil well fires in Kuwait after the Gulf-War, as a whole world burst into flames.

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On DVD: TULSA: THE FIRE AND THE FORGOTTEN

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, July 20:
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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On DVD: THE GO-GO BOYS: THE INSIDE STORY OF CANNON FILMS

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, July 20:
THE GO-GO BOYS: THE INSIDE STORY OF CANNON FILMS

Director:
Hilla Medalia

World Premiere:
Cannes 2014

Select Festivals:
Jerusalem, Deauville, Strasbourg, Rio, Sitges, Haifa, Jewish fests in New York, Atlanta, Miami, Boulder, Toronto, San Francisco, San Diego, and Hartford

About:
Cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus relate the unlikely rise and inevitable fall of their legendary independent film company, Cannon Films.

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