THE CASE AGAINST 8*
Directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White
Directed by Aleksey Fedorchenko
Blurring the line between fiction and nonfiction, Russian filmmaker Aleksey Fedorchenko uses the culture and language of the Mari ethnic group that lives in Russia and Ukraine as a launching point for a series of vignettes. This is no anthropological study; rather, the filmmaker revels in the folklore and mythology of the pantheistic Mari—perhaps the best way to understand a people whose life is so different from our own.
Directed by Fernando Eimbcke
DEEP CITY: THE BIRTH OF THE MIAMI SOUND*
Directed by Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson, and Chad Tingle
The last decade has seen a slew of crate-digging compilations and retrospectives that document the regional music of the ’60s that has mostly been forgotten. Now it is Miami’s turn. This doc tells the story of Deep City Records, a label that released soul and R&B out of a small record store. Though it’s now been overshadowed by giants like Motown and Stax, many future stars passed through Deep City’s rotation.
Directed by Cheryl Dunn
Street-photography heavyweights like Jamel Shabazz, Elliott Erwitt, part-time Baltimorean Martha Cooper, and Boogie appear in this documentary, which explores New York street photography over nine decades—from the invention of the portable camera to the present.
EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL*
Directed by Darius Clark Monroe
Directed by Riley Stearns
A man who works as a counselor reintegrating former cult members finds himself down and out, unable to draw an audience on his tour for a failed book. When a family approaches him and asks him to help find their daughter, the large amount of money they offer catches his attention.
Directed by Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel
Helmed by Academy Award-winning documentarian Daniel Junge, Fight Church takes look at Pastor Paul Burress, who also—oddly enough—trains members of his church in mixed martial arts, something Burress practices at an amateur level. Burress faces off verbally with another religious figure in this film, which examines the culture of the aggressive sport in conflict with biblical values.
Directed by Sarah Violet-Bliss and Charles Rogers
Directed by Stanley Nelson