Documentaries by Michel Gondry and Errol Morris will bookend the fourth annual DOC NYC film festival next month.
Gondry’s Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (pictured), in which the French filmmaker interviews linguist Chomsky and animates his ideas, will have its world premiere at the festival as the closing night gala film.
Another conversational doc, Morris’s The Unknown Known – about former U.S. secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld – will continue its festival run as DOC NYC’s opening night gala. The NYC premiere following screenings in Venice, Telluride and Toronto.
Other gala screenings include the U.S. premiere of directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s Finding Vivian Maier and the New York premiere of Dori Berinstein’s Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love, about the “Chorus Line” songwriter.
In total, the festival will host 131 films and events, including 72 feature film screenings, 39 short films and 20 panels and masterclasses.
“New Yorkers love memorable characters and this festival is overflowing with them,” said DOC NYC artistic director Thom Powers in a statement. “The films range from profound and mysterious to humorous and sexually provocative. Not only can you experience unforgettable stories on the big screen, you can also meet many of the makers, participants and other documentary lovers.”
Five films will screen in conjunction with conversations with the filmmakers and special guests. Oliver Stone will present a screening of his Showtime series The Untold History of the United States; director Simon Trevor and producer Arne Glimcher will discuss White Gold, a doc about the ivory trade that is world premiering at the festival; and director Julian Jones and actor Peter Capaldi will present Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D, another world premiere.
Author Jonathan Franzen will also participate in a Q&A about Douglas Kass’ Emptying the Skies documentary based his on his New Yorker essay; and director Chuck Workman will present his visual essay What is Cinema?
Director Michael Kleinman’s WEB, about Peruvian children who participate in the One Laptop per Child program, will also world premiere at DOC NYC.
There are two juried competitions:Viewfinders, for films with distinctive directorial visions, and the Metropolis competition, which focuses on docs rooted in New York City. Additional programs will focus on music docs, art and design docs, midnight docs, American Perspectives and International Perspectives.
The conference programming is organized into four thematic days: Shoot Your Doc (November 18), Finish Your Doc (November 19), Fund Your Doc (November 20), and Reach Your Audience (November 21).
There will also be a program of 10 films programmers have identified as ones to watch during awards season: 20 Feet From Stardom, The Act of Killing, Blackfish, The Crash Reel, Dirty Wars, First Cousin Once Removed, Gideon’s Army, God Loves Uganda, The Square and Stories We Tell.
DOC NYC will take place from November 14 to 21 at IFC Center (323 Sixth Ave.) and the SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd St.). Check out the full line-up at DOC NYC’s website.