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TOP PICKS

NOTHING COMPARES
dir. Kathryn Ferguson

"In an era where our relationship to celebrity, especially young women in the spotlight, is facing a reckoning, Nothing Compares mounts a compelling argument for the reassessment of yet another intense, intensely interesting musician demonized far beyond the scope of her actions."

—Shayna Maci Warner
(Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival)

 

INTIMATE DISTANCES
dir. Phillip Warnell

Intimate Distances is uncannily prescient in its close attention to the social organisation of urban space, and also acutely attuned to the privileges of class and colour that tend to govern interactions between strangers in such spaces.”

—Maeve Connolly
(Co-Director, ARC Masters Programme at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin)

 

MY IMAGINARY COUNTRY
dir. Patricio Guzman

“Veteran documentarian Patricio Guzmán turns his gaze on the social outburst sparked in Chile in October 2019, in a gut-wrenching and beautiful account of change happening before our eyes.”

—Diana Cadavid
(Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival)

 
NEW RELEASES
THE AMERICAN DREAM AND OTHER FAIRY TALES
dir. Abigail E. Disney & Kathleen Hughes

“Lays bare the rotten core of the American dream and its promise of upward mobility.”
—Beatrice Loayza, The New York Times
 
 
ESCAPE FROM KABUL
dir. Jamie Roberts

“Terse, painfully precise. A close-quarters kind of war film that moves in tight and leaves little room to breathe.”
—Chris Barsanti, The Playlist
 
 
GOLDA MARIA
dir. Patrick Sobelman & Hugo Sobelman

“A testimony of inestimable human and historical value in memory of a woman who experienced a dramatically exceptional fate.”
—Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa
 
INVISIBLE DEMONS
dir. Rahul Jain
2021 DOC NYC Kaleidoscope Competition

“Through a series of arresting images, the director Rahul Jain presents a city on the verge of apocalypse.”
—Natalia Winkelman, New York Times
 
 
ME TO PLAY
dir. Jim Bernfield

Me to Play, a new documentary by Jim Bernfield, chronicles Jones and Moran’s journey from rehearsal to stage with empathy.”
—Orla Smith, The Film Stage
 
 
THE REAL BLING RING: HOLLYWOOD HEIST
dir. Miles Blayden-Ryall

“For Blayden-Ryall, the importance of his series is stepping back from the immediate hot-take of a decade ago—that these kids were criminals, full stop—and looking at the culture that created them.”
—Carla Sosenko, Newsweek
 
SHADOWLAND
dir. Alex Braverman, Stephen Bailey & Lindsay Eve Van Dyke

“Perhaps the more journalistically conservative, neutral approach taken by Shadowland is best, leaving it up to the viewer to either side with the carnival sideshow characters and their mad tilting at windmills, or continue to place our belief in science, math and reality.”
—Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
 
BOOK PICK
 
HYPERMODERN DOCUMENTARY DISCOURSE IN CINEMA
By Jarmo Valkola

"This book explores the unique phenomenon of hypermodern documentary discourse and its connections inside the development of documentary film. It provides an understanding of the ramifications of the theoretical and aesthetic qualities surrounding documentaries, and focuses specifically on the audiovisual analysis of hypermodern documentaries, drawing from the thought of the French philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky. The book investigates these ideas in the context of film and media studies and cognitive and phenomenological perspectives, offering a way to understand the main ideas, subjects and markers of hypermodern theoretical formulae and the conjecture of aesthetics in documentaries."

SHORT OF THE WEEK

THE DREAMLIFE OF GEORGIE STONE
Directed by Maya Newell
 
"Sharing her journey from child to teen activist, Georgie Stone looks back at her life and historic fight for transgender rights in this documentary."
 
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