Category Archives: Movie Preview

April 16

HOT DOCS-Any Given Day (Beti Films) Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (levelFILM) My Tree (Hawkeye Pictures)

Any Given Day (Beti Films)Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (levelFILM)My Tree (Hawkeye Pictures) Any Given Day Hot Docs Premiere:April 29, 2021 Hot Docs Site Page Producers: Beti FilmsDirected by: Margaret Byrne Living with mental illness takes energy, and a lot is often wasted on managing the court system, substance abuse and poverty instead of basic […]

April 16

The Illuminating and Intimate Campaign-Trail Portrait Documentary Follows María de Jesús Patricio, aka Marichuy, the First Indigenous Woman to Run for the Mexican Presidency

Luciana Kaplan’s THE SPOKESWOMAN Will Have its International Premiere at the 2021 Edition of Hot Docs The Illuminating and Intimate Campaign-Trail Portrait Documentary Follows María de Jesús Patricio, aka Marichuy, the First Indigenous Woman to Run for the Mexican Presidency cVeteran Mexican-Argentine filmmaker Luciana Kaplan (Eufrosina’s Revolution; Rush Hour) is set to return to Toronto’s Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival for […]

March 07

Land of Big Numbers (Mariner, 2021), a collection of 10 short stories by Te-Ping Chen

In my junior year of college, I  had the chance to study abroad. I chose Rennes, France, because I wanted to live with a French family—I wanted to be forced to speak, think, dream in French. In the eight months leading up to the trip, I sweated and saved, packed and repacked, and conjugated verb […]

March 07

THE SPEED CUBERS IS INCLUDED ON THE OSCAR® SHORTLIST OF FILMS NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION

THE SPEED CUBERS IS INCLUDED ON THE OSCAR® SHORTLIST OF FILMS NOW UNDER CONSIDERATIONFOR THIS YEAR’S ACADEMY AWARD® FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT Nominee – Critics Choice Documentary Awards Best Documentary Short “Perfectly tender and gripping.”– Esquire “Terrifically paced, touching, informative, and tense and unlike many movies (shorts or features) it feels like it’s exactly the right length.”– The […]

March 02

ISLANDS-Directed and Written by Martin Edralin Produced by Martin Edralin, Priscilla Galvez

ISLANDS-Directed and Written by Martin EdralinProduced by Martin Edralin, Priscilla GalvezStarring Rogelio Balagtas, Sheila Lotuaco, Esteban Comilang,Vangie Alcasid, Pablo Quiogue, Isys Szuky, Maximus Szuky WORLD PREMIERE – 2021 SXSW Film Festival – Narrative Competition About ISLANDSJoshua, a timid, middle-aged Filipino immigrant has lived in the comfort of his parents’ home his entire life. He pleads with God to find […]

March 02

PERIODS DON’T STOP FOR PANDEMICS: AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY ON PERIOD POVERTY HITS ALL MAJOR STREAMING PLATFORMS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

PERIODS DON’T STOP FOR PANDEMICS:  AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY ON PERIOD POVERTY HITS ALL MAJOR STREAMING PLATFORMS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY  Urgent and timely Canadian film Pandora’s Box: Lifting the Lid on Menstruation, headed by female production team, releases on March 8th.Pandora’s Box: Lifting the Lid on Menstruation streams March 8th.March 1, 2021 (Toronto, ON) – From IR Films, a co-production company founded by Media One Creative and Diva International, makers of the DivaCup, and Canadian Screen […]

February 26

“Stories From the Land”, a podcast dedicated to Indigenous storytelling, has been adapted into a documentary series by Wanderer Entertainment Inc. for CBC Short Docs.

STORIES FROM THE LANDA Four-Part Short Doc SeriesHosted by Ryan McMahonPremieres Friday, March 12, 2021 on CBC Gem Stories From the Land, a podcast dedicated to Indigenous storytelling, has been adapted into a documentary series by Wanderer Entertainment Inc. for CBC Short Docs. The four part series, narrated and hosted by Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon, will premiere on the […]

February 19

Now Transmitting: Highlights from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

The Circle Cinema Satellite Screen in Tulsa, Oklahoma. By Virginia YappWednesday, February 17th, 2021 In our 40 years as an Institute, we’ve never hosted a Sundance Film Festival quite like 2021’s. And that’s thanks in large part to you, our adventurous audiences from all 50 states and 120 countries, who joined us (and our friends at […]

February 16

OSCAR SHORTLISTED! Composer Kris Bowers co-directed the short docu contender A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION – Now Streaming on The New York Times Op-Docs

A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmaker Ben Proudfoot and Emmy®-winning composer Kris Bowers (Green Book, When They See Us, Bridgerton) Executive Produced by Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay World Premiere – 2021 Sundance Film Festival  About the Film A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION The new short subject documentary A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION tells the story of virtuoso […]

February 03

2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED

TOP ROW: CODA, COURTESY OF SUNDANCE INSTITUTE; SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED), PHOTO BY MASS DISTRACTION MEDIA; FLEE, COURTESY OF SUNDANCE INSTITUTE. BOTTOM ROW: HIVE, PHOTO BY ALEXANDER BLOOM; WRITING WITH FIRE, COURTESY OF SUNDANCE INSTITUTE; MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY, COURTESY OF SUNDANCE INSTITUTE. Park City, UT — After […]

February 01

A co-production of C35 Films, the Center for Asian American Media, and WORLD Channel, America ReFramed’s -FIRST VOTE Directed by Yi Chen

A co-production of C35 Films, the Center for Asian American Media, and WORLD Channel, America ReFramed’s FIRST VOTE offers unparalleled access to a diverse cross-section of politically engaged Chinese Americans. The film weaves their stories from the presidential election of 2016 to the 2018 midterms and explores the intersections between immigration, voting rights, and racial justice. Directed by Yi Chen, a […]

January 31

A-DOC: ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY NETWORK AND OPEN YOUR EYES & THINK MF TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE A HISTORIC YEAR FOR ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY AWARDS CONTENDERS

A-DOC: ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY NETWORK AND OPEN YOUR EYES & THINK MF TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE A HISTORIC YEAR FOR ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY AWARDS CONTENDERS A-DOC            http://bit.ly/adoc-youtubeOYEATMF      https://bit.ly/39u0iua ABOUT:  A-DOC:ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY NETWORKA-Doc is a national network that works to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field.  Asian American documentary filmmakers […]

January 30

CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA (CAAM) IN ASSOCIATION WITH MTV DOCUMENTARY FILMS PRESENTS -FINDING YINGYING DIRECT BY-JIAYAN “JENNY” SHI

Yingying Zhang, was a 26-year-old Chinese student, who comes to the U.S. to study. In her detailed and beautiful diaries, the aspiring young scientist and teacher is full of optimism, hoping to also be married and a mother someday. Within weeks of her arrival, Yingying disappears from the campus. Through exclusive access to Yingying’s family […]

January 27

Director David Midell (NightLights) has been nominated for the “Someone to Watch Award” Independent Spirit Award honor in connection with his feature film, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

Chicago-bred writer/director David Midell (NightLights) has been nominated for the “Someone to Watch Award” Independent Spirit Award honor in connection with his feature film, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, it was announced this morning by Film Independent, the sanctioning body for The Independent Spirit Awards. Midell’s nomination comes in the “Someone To Watch” category, which […]

January 24

AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY – “SOFTIE” DIRECTED BY SAM SOKO

“A marvel of narrative storytelling…”-Filmmaker Magazine“A compelling act of defiance”“a powerful and personal election biopic… as intimate as it is brave”-The Film Stage“…tremendous film”-The Times (UK)  “…RIVETING!” – VarietyBoniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan […]