The Hottest August
In Brett Story’s silently harrowing The Hottest August, the documentarian goes to all five New York City boroughs in August 2017 and interviews people about the summer heat and climate change. Eschewing the didacticism of other documentaries about climate change that are more interested in possible solutions, the film is interested in how people are coping with a crisis that is surely forthcoming. The film, edited for television, is streaming for free on PBS’s Independent Lens website and apps until May 19th.
Open to the World
In her new documentary short, the artist, director, and author Miranda July discusses one of her latest projects, an interfaith charity shop in the upscale London department store Selfridges. Influenced by the vast amounts of faith-based charity shops in London and islamophobia faced by Islamic Relief, one of the charities, she collaborated with Artangel to open the shop, which splits it’s profits between a Christian, Jewish, and Muslim charity, inside one of the most expensive department stores in London (the shop is figuratively next to a Vetements). The documentary short is streaming for free on Artangel’s website.