June 6, 2017

Screen Time: Week of June 5

From Danny Gold's "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast." Courtesy of HBO

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


If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast (Dir.: Danny Gold; Prod.: George Shapiro), currently available on HBO Now and HBO Go, celebrates the joy of ageing, as related by some of the most vital nonagenarians in the business—Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, Mel Brooks and Dick Van Dyke for starters, along with a host of runners, skydivers and woodworkers who live to stay off the obituary page.

Marie-Hélène Rebois' In the Steps of Tricia Brown, available on DVD through Icarus Films, follows the late choreographer as she and her troupe prepare her seminal 1979 work Glacial Decoy for a new production at the Paris Opera Ballet.

Another dance film, Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan's Strike a Pose, connects with dancers in Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition tour 25 years later, as they reflect on life with and without The Material Girl. The film comes out on DVD June 6 through Kino Lorber.

Political Animals, streaming on demand through Gravitas Ventures starting June 6, profiles four female LGBTQ  politicians who have lead the crusade in the California State Legislature for LGBTQ  equality and justice.