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New York Film Festival adds “Tim’s Vermeer,” “The Dog”

The New York Film Festival has added documentaries The Dog, Who is Dayani Cristal? (pictured) and Tim's Vermeer to its line-up.
August 27, 2013

The New York Film Festival has added documentaries The Dog, Who is Dayani Cristal? (pictured) and Tim’s Vermeer to its line-up.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has unveiled the docs screening in the ‘Motion Portraits,’ ‘How Democracy Works Now,’ and ‘Applied Sciences’ sections.

In ‘Motion Portraits,’ docs focus on cinematic portraiture, and include Nancy Buirski’s Afternoon Of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, about the wife and muse to George Balanchine; Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren’s The Dog, which is about the man who inspired Dog Day Afternoon; and Nadav Schirman’s In The Darkroom, about the wife of Carlos the Jackal.

Other titles include Marc Silver’s Who Is Dayani Cristal?, a hybrid doc on the mystery of a body found on the Arizona border; Joaquim Pinto’s self-portrait What Now? Remind Me; and Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s Manakamana, about the people taking the cable car to and from a mountaintop temple in Nepal.

Mitra Farahani’s Fifi Howls From Happiness, on Iranian painter Bahman Mohasses, will screen with Laura Mulvey, Faysal Abdullah and Mark Lewis’s 23rd August 2008, which is about Iraq’s leftist intelligentsia, told through a portrait of an Iraqi journalist’s brother.

In the ‘How Democracy Works Now’ section, a series of documentaries on immigration reform by Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson will screen. The docs are part of a 12-year-long project, and 10 films out of the 12-part series are completed, and will screen together.

Applied Sciences will feature Ben Lewis’ Google And the World Brain, on Google’s plan to digitize every book ever written; Mark Levinson’s Particle Fever, on the CERN super-collider and the search for the Higgs-Boson particle; and Penn and Teller’s Tim’s Vermeer, in which tech genius Tim Jenison attempts to re-paint The Music Lesson.

“Within each group is a selection of films united by one common thread, though quite different in aesthetic approach and orientation – which means that they can be compared, contrasted, and experienced in dialogue with one another,” said NYFF director of programming and selection committee chair Kent Jones.

“In the case of the 10 films in the series ‘How Democracy Works Now,’ all made by the filmmaking team of Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson, we have something unprecedented: a richly detailed and comprehensive picture of our own democratic experiment in the midst of massive change.”

These films will join the previously announced doc selections in screening at the festival. The New York Film Festival runs from September 27 to October 13.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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