Features
Watch Uncanny Short Films ‘Playground,’ ‘Bailu Dream’ and ‘Quantum’ for Free

This week’s Doc Alliance retrospective features films that were shown at last year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam. Three of them, ‘Playground, ‘Bailu Dream’ and ‘Quantum,’ are uncanny, geographically disorienting short films. Watch them for free through February 14th.

Awards
‘The Look of Silence’ Sweeps the 9th Cinema Eye Honors

‘The Look of Silence’ took three top prizes at the 9th Cinema Eye Honors, with other awards going to ‘Amy,’ ‘Cartel Land,’ ‘Heart of a Dog’ and more of the year’s most critically acclaimed nonfiction films.

Home Viewing
‘Jim: The James Foley Story’ Frustratingly Separates Heroism From Journalism

Directed by Brian Oakes, ‘Jim: The James Foley Story’ is a biographical portrait of journalist James Foley, who was murdered in Syria by ISIS in 2014. The film tells his whole story, from his youth in New Hampshire to his time embedded with the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan, his 44-day captivity in Libya after the revolution and his nearly two years in an ISIS prison.

Podcast
‘The Realness’ Episode 15: ’12 O’Clock Boys’

In this week’s episode, Daniel and Christopher are joined by Kristy Puchko (Cinema Blend; PopCrush) to discuss Lotfy Nathan’s ’12 O’Clock Boys,’ which is one of the most critically acclaimed and honored docs of 2014 so far. Somehow the three of us are united in not thinking it’s such a great film, though it is definitely one with a lot to discuss.