News: Distribution for “Jig” and “Ride, Rise, Roar”

Competition-based documentaries are pretty common right now, with recent theatrical releases including “Make Believe” (teen magic championship) and “Louder Than a Bomb” (teen poetry slam championship). The next one for your radar is Sue Bourne’s “Jig,” a doc about the Irish Dancing World Championships that will hit screens in NYC, Boston, Toronto and Chicago on June 17th. Now officially announced as the doc’s distributor is Screen Media Films, a good fit since they also just handled the release of “White Irish Drinkers.” They must have a thing for the Emerald Isle. Anyway, I’m seeing “Jig” soon and should have a review up ahead of its opening. So stay tuned.

– I missed this last fall at DOC NYC, but the David Byrne concert film “Ride, Rise, Roar” will hit DVD on May 31st care of Eagle Rock Entertainment, according to Pitchfork. Click on that link to see an eight-minute clip from the doc featuring the song “I Feel My Stuff.”

– A short doc titled “Raindrops Over Rwanda” is at the center of a social media campaign for Explore.org benefiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center. For more info and a trailer, head over to indieWIRE. Also visit the film’s Facebook page for a simple way to help out.

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About Christopher Campbell
I am a blogger for Documentary Channel and Movies.com, where I write the Doc Talk column. I prefer real stories to fake ones. I tweet here: @thefilmcynic

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