December 11, 2017

Screen Time: Week of December 11

From Bill Morrison's 'Dawson City: Frozen Time.' Courtesy of Kino Lorber.

Screen Time is your curated weekly guide to excellent documentaries and nonfiction programs that you can watch at home.

Newly streaming at Filmstruck is Bill Morrison's Dawson City: Frozen Time, which pieces together the bizarre true history of a collection of some 500 films dating from 1910s - 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. The film won an IDA Documentary Award for Best Editing.

Currently streaming on MUBI is Jeff Malmberg's Marwencol. After a vicious attack leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard. The film won an SXSW Grand Jury Prize, and Malmberg was the 2010 IDA Emerging Documentary Filmmaker honoree.

Currently streaming at Netflix is Jacob LaMendola's Long Shot. When Juan Catalan is arrested for a murder he didn't commit, he builds his case for innocence around raw footage from a popular TV show. The film was nominated for Best Short at the IDA Documentary Awards.

Currently steaming on Fandor is C. Scott Willis' The Woodmans, which tells the tragic story of Francesca Woodman, a young photographer renowned for her extraordinary self-portraits. The Washington Post says it "tells the compelling, if slightly disturbing, story of a family coming to grips with love, ego, resentment and loss."