DocAlliance – the Power of Documentary

Newsletter  from DocAlliance with generous offers to watch films FOR FREE in the month of May.

Strong recommendation from me to (re)watch Jørgen Leth and Ole John’s ”66 Scenes from America” (photo: Andy Warhol and Jørgen Leth). This classic  was made in 1982 and was totally financed by the National Film Board of Denmark (Statens Filmcentral). I was on the programme committee that decided to commission the film which – as many of Jørgen Leth’s film – has Dan Holmberg as cinematographer, whose postcard approach to the theme, ”Americana”, contributed to the success of the film that in 1989, in connection with the 50 year celebration of the Canadian Film Board, was placed on the list of the 100 Best Documentaries ever.

The film was commissioned on the basis of one or two pages from the

filmmakers, if I remember right, those were the days (!), and when Leth and John came back to me with a rough cut they were proud as two school boys: We promised you 40 scenes, you get 66!

Other American documentaries are offered by DocAlliance under the headline ”Fragments of the USA”, go to the website, the films are for free May 4-10.

From May 11 to 17 the films for free streaming are – I quote from the newsletter: “Who cares about truth anymore? Let’s leave that to journalists.” Meet one of the most remarkable talents of contemporary Argentine documentary Mauro Andrizzi. Make use of the first opportunity to watch the director’s films online; his global hits Iraqi Short Films as well as his films premiered in Venice In the Future and Accidentes Gloriosos are available for free streaming.

From May 18 to 31 the films for streaming are – another quote: Have you only heard about Iran in the political news? Do not miss the opportunity to meet contemporary Iranian documentary. The selection of the most interesting films of the past years, including the visually impressive portrait Tinar, the urban legend Street Sultans as well as the narrative from the western micro-world My Name Is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns is available from May 18 to 31 for free!



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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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