“Do I Sound Gay?” to open 2014 DOC NYC fest

Director David Thorpe's humorous documentary (pictured) about connections between sexuality and speech will open the fifth annual DOC NYC film festival.
September 18, 2014

The fifth annual DOC NYC film festival will open with the U.S. premiere of director David Thorpe’s Do I Sound Gay? (pictured).

The film, which made its world premiere in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Mavericks program earlier this month, follows the director as he examines the connections between sexuality and speech in an attempt to make his voice sound less gay. Interviewees featured in the doc include Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Dan Savage, David Sedaris and George Takei.

Do I Sound Gay? will screen on November 13. The festival runs through November 20 and will feature more than 125 films. The full line-up will be revealed on October 15.

This year’s festival will once again take place at IFC Center and the SVA Theatre in Chelsea as well as at new venue the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas.

Organizers have expanded this year’s industry conference, Doc-A-Thon, from four to six days. The programming will encompass panels, masterclasses, case studies and day-long events focused on cinematography, producing, editing, composing, post-production, financing, distribution and marketing.

The festival has also beefed up the Short List section, which will showcase 15 docs from this year expected to do well on best-of-lists and on the awards circuit. Last year, nine of the 10 docs screened made the Academy Awards’ best feature doc shortlist.

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