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The Pool (Kino Lorber) — What makes Chris Smith’s The Pool so special is how it uses such a seemingly simple framework to speak so profoundly about many different elements of human nature. Without being forceful or pushy, Smith has produced a beautiful, tender film that thoughtfully addresses issues of adolescent yearning, universal poverty, and parental sorrow, without ever feeling like he’s trying to speak so deeply. He lets these themes emerge from the inside-out, not the outside-in, using a direct, unadorned style to produce a work that is suffused with documentary-like realism and symbolic poetry at the exact same time. The Pool is a quiet marvel of a movie. Read the full HTN review. Available on DVD.


In Our Nature (New Video) — Available on DVD.

Somewhere Between (Docurama) — Available on DVD.

Paul Williams Still Alive (Virgil Films and Entertainment) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

The Ballad of Narayama (Criterion) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Have Not Seen Yet But Really/Kinda/Sorta/Maybe Wanna

Side By Side (New Video) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Little White Lies (MPI Home Video) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Yelling To The Sky (MPI Home Video) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Flight (Paramount) — Available on DVD, 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy/UltraViolet, and at Amazon Instant.

A Late Quartet (20th Century Fox) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Celeste and Jesse Forever (Sony) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

Deadfall (Magnolia) — Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Circus (Sony) — Available on DVD.

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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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