3 items from 2016
The election will be over in six days, but this cycle has been unprecedented in so many ways — most of them bad — that it’s likely to take years of hindsight and any number of books and movies to fully understand. Jeff Deutchman will start that process with “11/8/16,” a documentary he’s producing that will be directed by a huge group of directors that includes David Lowery, Lena Dunham and Yung Chang. The Orchard will both fund and produce the project, which is being executive produced by Dana O’Keefe, Brad Navin, Paul Davidson and Danielle Digiacomo.
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More than 30 filmmakers total will document Election Day, from early morning until the polls close and the results are announced, in a follow-up to Deutchman’s earlier “11/4/08.” “This election has started to feel like it is testing the »
- Michael Nordine
Ryan and Amy Green designed their video game “That Dragon, Cancer” with a highly unusual purpose in mind: not to amuse or entertain, but rather to capture and demystify what it’s like to care for a terminally ill child. That experience is accessed on an even more intimate level in David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s “Thank You for Playing,” a documentary that works as both an emotional portrait of a slow-motion family tragedy and a slippery inquiry into the therapeutic properties of making art. Raising, but not always answering, difficult questions about the advisability of coping with grief through the creative process, this alternately poignant and perplexing film is presently in limited theatrical release, and is set to air on PBS’ “Pov” series later this year.
One would have to play it to be sure, but based purely on the abundant footage we see here, “That Dragon, Cancer »
- Justin Chang
FilmBuff has licensed worldwide rights to distribute Thank You For Playing, the Tribeca Film Festival documentary from David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall that follows indie video game developer Ryan Green as he created That Dragon, Cancer, a game based on his youngest son's battle with terminal cancer. The game was released this month, and FilmBuff plans a platform release of the docu on March 18 followed by VOD. "This is an emotionally complex and artistically… »
3 items from 2016
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