'This is Home' refugee doc sets timely debut on EPIX channel

'This is Home' refugee doc sets timely debut on EPIX channel

Documentary filmmaker Alexandra Shiva’s latest film This Is Home: A Refugee Story, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, couldn’t be more timely. Addressing the process of refugees attempting to integrate and assimilate into life here in the United States,  Shiva captures the day-to-day struggles of four Syrian families. This candid and poignant story…

Female-directed documentaries set for Chicago's DOC10 festival

Female-directed documentaries set for Chicago's DOC10 festival

The 2018 DOC10 Film Festival, presented by Chicago Media Project (CMP), brings powerful nonfiction films to the robust Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago for one weekend, April 5-8.  The third annual festival “...is designed to be an intimate and highly engaging experience for the Chicago community” and curates the films from festivals such as Sundance…

NYC's Film Society of Lincoln Center presents “Jane Campion’s Own Stories” Retrospective

NYC's Film Society of Lincoln Center presents “Jane Campion’s Own Stories” Retrospective

Jane Campion, the pioneering New Zealand-born filmmaker known for her Oscar-winning film The Piano (1993) and now Sundance TV’s “Top of the Lake” series, is being honored with a retrospective look at her innovative film career. “Jane Campion’s Own Stories,” will run from September 8th through September 17th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center…

‘Whose Streets?’ documents aftermath of Ferguson riots, media coverage

‘Whose Streets?’ documents aftermath of Ferguson riots, media coverage

Whose Streets? opens in theaters August 11, perfectly timed with Kathryn Bigelow’s film Detroit as the two films address racial violence and police brutality.  While Bigelow’s film depicts a conflict from 50 years ago, Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’ film, Whose Streets? is a documentary, delving into the riots in Ferguson, MO following the murder…

Director Amanda Lipitz finds her ‘Step’ in new documentary

Director Amanda Lipitz finds her ‘Step’ in new documentary

Broadway producer and first-time documentary feature filmmaker, director, and producer Amanda Lipitz has made her way from the Sundance Film Festival to a 200 theater opening of her passion project, Step. The Baltimore native captured an inspirational story about three young women from the inner-city of Baltimore, all with various backgrounds, who attend the Baltimore…

‘Landline’ creators talk family dynamics, fidelity and all things '90s

‘Landline’ creators talk family dynamics, fidelity and all things '90s

Landline, the sophomore feature from filmmakers Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm, created buzz at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and continues to make quite a stir in theatrical release.  Starring Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, John Turturro, and Edie Falco, Robespierre also directed the film, set in New York City in the 1990s.   The film looks…