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Reviews From the 2018 AFI DOCS Film Festival
For the Birds
Directed by Richard Miron
Kathy Murphy, the central figure in Richard Miron’s captivating For the Birds, is the kind of person who you instantly regret entering into conversation with. She is antisocial and paranoid, and her hygiene falls well outside of social norms. She spends most of her day caring for the dozens of geese, chickens, and turkeys that have taken over the home she and her husband share in upstate New York. After a neighbor reports the unsanitary conditions, Murphy engages in a pitched battle with sanctuary workers and, eventually, local authorities to keep her beloved flock. As she refuses to give in to the authorities, she puts her marriage and even her freedom at risk.
It’s a gripping tale, and the film’s greatest achievement may be how it methodically changes our perception of its protagonist. It would have been easy to mock or judge Murphy—despite her affection for the birds, they are clearly better off at a well-run sanctuary—but Miron’s steady and sympathetic eye persistently searches for her humanity.
As tensions escalate and Murphy begins to unravel from the strain of the fight, For the Birds unveils a deeply humanistic bent (it’s executive produced by S-Town’s Brian Reed and shares the podcast’s gentle empathy). What emerges is a satisfying, even thrilling inquiry into mental illness, animal welfare, and the thin line between altruism and self-interest. It’s a film not to be missed. —Noah Gittell
Friday, June 15, 6 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; Saturday, June 16, 2 p.m., Landmark E Street Cinema.
Eclectic as ever, this month Sheffield Doc/Fest presents its films alongside virtual and augmented reality experiences and numerous talks and discussions. Once again, screenings are split across thematic strands, including Doc/Think, Doc/Rhythm and Doc/Visions. The focus of our preview is on these three, and some of the other most filmically interesting and thought-provoking films Doc/Fest 2018 has to offer.
Contrasting with films about human-animal relations from the Doc/Love strand – see For The Birds and Mountain
The New York Times
March 3, 2016, Andy Webster
Review: ‘Trapped,’ a Documentary, Looks at Abortion Clinics in the South
With the Supreme Court’s hearing of a challenge to a 2013 Texas law imposing stringent requirements on abortion providers comes Dawn Porter’s “Trapped,” the winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking and an urgent, vital examination of Southern abortion clinics. The film’s subjects face so-called TRAP laws (the letters stand for targeted regulation of abortion providers), whose critics say aim to close clinics or reduce their number by placing unaffordable or unfeasible demands on them.
Numerous news outlets pick up John Oliver’s LAST WEEK TONIGHT segment on abortion laws including TRAPPED clips.
ALTERNET: John Oliver: Mississippi Now Has Four Times as Many S’s as Abortion Clinics
ABOVE THE LAW: John Oliver Makes An Excellent Case for Reproductive Freedom
BROADWAY WORLD: John Oliver Takes On Abortion Laws on LAST WEEK
BUSTLE: John Oliver Challenges Abortion Laws By Dropping Truth Bombs Left & Right
COSMOPOLITAN: Watch John Oliver Explain How Anti-Abortion Laws Have Gone “Too F*cking Far”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: John Oliver analyzes how state laws limit women’s access to abortion
ESQUIRE: John Oliver Tackles Our Ridiculous Anti-Abortion Laws
FLAVORWIRE: John Oliver Explains Why We Need Stronger Legal Protections for Abortion
THE FRISKY: John Oliver Is Back And Talking About Our Ridiculous Anti-Abortion Laws
GRIST: John Oliver explains what’s going on with abortion legislation
HUFFINGTON POST: John Oliver Attacks Insane Abortion Laws That Place Undue Burden On Women
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIME: John Oliver Criticizes State Abortion Laws After Kasich Signs Ohio Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood
JEZEBEL: LAST WEEK TONIGHT Notices That Abortion Laws In The United States Are Extremely Fucked Up and Bad
LAST WEEK TONIGHT: John Oliver on Abortion Laws
MARIE CLAIRE: John Oliver Magnificently Tackled Abortion on ‘Last Week Tonight’
THE MARY SUE: John Oliver Expounds Upon Abortion Law Antics Happening Right Now
MASHABLE: John Oliver to states with extreme abortion laws: ‘You’ve gone too far’
MEDIA ITE: John Oliver Defends a Woman’s Right to Choose in Blistering Abortion Laws Segment
MONSTERS AND CRITICS: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Baby sloths and abortion truths
MOVIE MOM REVIEWS TRAPPED: Nell Minow – a parents eye on media, culture, and values
NEWSWEEK: JOHN OLIVER EXAMINES THE REAL-WORLD EFFECTS OF RESTRICTIVE ABORTION LAWS
PLAYBACK STL: Piece on TRAPPED at the Athena Film Festival
RAW STORY: John Oliver absolutely destroys GOP lawmakers whose restrictive anti-abortion laws go ‘too f*cking far’
ROLLING STONE: Watch John Oliver Highlight Absurdity of Abortion Laws
*SALON: John Oliver lays bare the South’s abortion-clinic nightmare: “Mississippi now has four times as many S’s as it does abortion clinics”
SAN DIEGO FREE PRESS: John Oliver Takes on Abortion. Yes, He Goes ‘There’—and He Goes There Well
SELF: John Oliver Shed Some Much-Needed Light On Abortion Restrictions In The United States
SLATE: John Oliver Breaks Down the Nightmarish Consequences of Ridiculous State Abortion Laws
SPLITSIDER: John Oliver Explains Anti-Abortion Laws and Shares Some Cute Sloths on ‘Last Week Tonight’
TALKING POINTS MEMO: John Oliver Brings A Sloth On Set To Soften Talking About Abortion Laws
TECH TIMES: John Oliver Uses A Bucket Of Sloths To Take US Abortion Clinic Access To Task
TIME: John Oliver Tackles Abortion On Last Week Tonight
TV OVER MIND: Last Week Tonight: John Oliver Discusses Abortion Laws, Hollywood Whitewashing
UPROXX: John Oliver Runs Down The Scary State Of Today’s Abortion Laws
UPWORTHY: Watch John Oliver powerfully take on absurd abortion restriction laws.
VANITY FAIR: John Oliver Escapes the “Shadow of Jon Stewart” with Searing Segment on Nightmare Abortion Laws
VOX: John Oliver on how states’ abortion restrictions make the procedure impossible for women
THE WEEK: John Oliver conscripts adorable sloths to soften an adult talk about onerous abortion laws