Coincidence, or do we just have good taste (and for that matter, Zeitgeist as well)? It turns out that yesterday's announcement of the nominees for this year's Gotham Independent Film Awards featured two titles scheduled for Enzian this very weekend: Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Sundance and Full Frame-winning Katrina doc, TROUBLE THE WATER, and Guido Santi and Tina Mascara's poignant and remarkable relationship film, CHRIS & DON: A LOVE STORY. TROUBLE opens a week-long theatrical run on Friday the 24th, and CHRIS & DON plays once only on Sunday the 26th at 11:00 AM as part of the 6th annual Gay Orlando Film Festival. Both of these superb films happen to be distributed by Zeitgeist Films, an indie in New York City that has consistently demonstrated excellent taste in its acquisitions over the years.
Interestingly, two of the three remaining nominated docs also opened at Enzian, and the third would have had it not appeared on HBO prior to its theatrical release. Herzog's ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD played in July, and James Marsh's MAN ON WIRE opened in September. Marina Zenovich's fascinating ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED was one of my favorites at Sundance, but there's no way we can open a film after it's aired on television (let alone numerous times). So box office grosses for doc features may be down from a couple of years ago, but Enzian is certainly doing its part to keep fighting the good fight.