New York-based documentary festival DOC NYC is to host a retrospective of work by late director Richard Leacock (pictured), who passed away in March, at its second annual event this November.
The festival will honor the vérité pioneer by showcasing his contributions to classics such as Primary and Crisis, as well as rarer efforts such as Chiefs and Happy Mother’s Day, which will be introduced by noted filmmakers and Leacock family members.
Elsewhere, the event – which takes place from November 2-10 at venues including the IFC Center, NYU – will feature a number of new sections for its second year.
The “Icons” section will celebrate the genre of biographical documentaries, while the “American Perspectives” section will cover “the vitality of American doc-making on diverse topics from across the country.” Both will show around four to six new films.
The “International Perspectives” strand, meanwhile, will encompass topics from around the world, while the “Short List” will showcase a selection of outstanding docs previously released in 2011 that are expected to be contenders in the forthcoming awards season.
Finally, “Doc Shorts” will present notable achievements in short form, showing some 15 new works.
“We’re building on the success of our inaugural festival by listening to our audience, and it was clear there was a demand for more films and more opportunities to meet the filmmakers,” said DOC NYC artistic director Thom Powers, who also serves as lead doc programmer for TIFF.
In addition to showcasing films, discussions that analyze the craft and business of documentary filmmaking will be spread across three thematic days: “State of the Industry” on November 2; “State of the Indie Doc” on November 3; and “State of the Art” on November 4.