Netflix, AOL projects lead DOC NYC line-up

The sixth annual festival's line-up includes a sneak preview of Netflix doc series Making A Murderer and the world premiere of AOL Makers' Once And For All (pictured), which will be attended by Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
October 14, 2015

A documentary marking the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Women’s Conference, Amy Berg‘s Janis: Little Girl Blue and the Netflix series Making a Murderer will screen at this year’s DOC NYC festival.

Democratic presidential hopeful and former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton will attend the world premiere closing night screening of Michael Epstein and Dyllan McGee’s Once And For All (pictured).

The AOL Makers-produced film looks at the 1995 UN-backed conference that was the world’s largest gathering of women and included a speech by then-U.S. First Lady Clinton.

Other special events include a screening of Kent Jones‘ Hitchcock/Truffaut attended by director Martin Scorsese; a keynote conversation between director Jon Alpert and HBO Documentary Films’ Sheila Nevins around Alpert’s short film Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution; a sneak preview of Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos’ 10-part crime doc series for Netflix, Making A Murderer; and the world premiere of Molly Bernstein’s doc about photographer Rosamond Purcell, An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell, which will be attended by Purcell.

In all, the line-up features 200 films, 27 of which are world premieres and 15 of which are U.S. premieres.

Other world premieres include Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger‘s The Anthropologist, about anthropologists Margaret Mead and Susie Crate; Ian Cheney’s sci-fi doc Bluespace, about New York waterways; The Sunshine Makers, Cosmo Fielding-Mellen’s doc about psychedelic drug makers; and Thank You For Your Service, Tom Donahue’s look at mental health in the U.S. military.

There will also be a surprise screening of a soon-to-be-announced world premiere.

In addition, Janis: Little Girl Blue - Berg’s documentary look at the life of late rocker Janis Joplin – will make its New York premiere at the festival. The film, which previously screened at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, will get the gala treatment as DOC NYC’s centerpiece film.

Last week, distributor FilmRise acquired the U.S. theatrical rights for Janis and will open it in New York and Los Angeles on November 27 ahead of its broadcast premiere on PBS in 2016.

As previously reported, Barbara Kopple‘s Miss Sharon Jones! will open the festival, which runs from November 12 to 19.

DOC NYC programs films in 19 sections, including the competition program Viewfinders, the New York City-focused Metropolis program, a classic films section, a shorts program and thematic sections for films about performers, activism, sports and music.

Sections new this year include the food-focused Doc Eat Doc, diversity-focused Modern Family, the animal-focused The Wild Life and filmmaking-oriented Behind the Scenes. There will also be an inaugural section devoted to student films called DOC NYC U.

In addition to Clinton and Scorsese, guests set to attend the festival include comedian Gilbert Gottfried for Can We Take a Joke?, poet Sonia Sanchez for BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, actor Mary Louise Wilson for She’s the Best Thing In It, actor Omar Epps for Daddy Don’t Go, NSA whistle-blower Bill Binney for A Good American, avant-garde filmmaker Yvonne Rainer for Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer and chefs Georges Perrier and Nicholas Elmi for King Georges.

Additionally, all the directors whose films are included in DOC NYC’s festival favorites-type program, Short List, will participate in a 90-minute conversation on November 13.

Directors Kopple, Alpert and Frederick Wiseman will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards, while director Kim Longinotto and distributor Tom Quinn will receive Visionary Tribute Awards.

For the full DOC NYC line-up, visit the festival’s website.

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