On Wednesday (August 24), organizers unveiled the 15 titles that make up the event’s documentary slate, including Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens’ Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (pictured), an HBO-backed doc about the mother-daughter acting duo.
Several films are heading to New York following screenings in Toronto: Steve James’ New York-set ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail, Errol Morris’ The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya‘s The Cinema Travelers, Raoul Peck’s James Baldwin doc I Am Not Your Negro, Kasper Collin‘s I Called Him Morgan, and Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker’s Karl Marx City.
Bill Morrison‘s archival film Dawson City: Frozen Time will make its North American debut in New York following its world premiere in Venice, while Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Hissen Habré: A Chadian Tragedy, which debuted at Cannes, continues its festival run at NYFF.
HBO is further represented in the line-up through Olatz López Garmendia’s Patria O Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death, a look at the current state of Cuba.
Shimon Dotan’s The Settlers, Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’, Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger’s Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan and Mohamed Siam’s Whose Country round out the doc program.
Previously announced docs screening in New York include Ava DuVerney’s festival opener The 13th; Jim Jarmusch’s Gimme Danger, about rocker Iggy Pop; Gianfranco Rosi’s Berlinale winner Fire At Sea; Lonny Price’s Atlas Media-produced Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened; and Alex Horwitz’s Hamilton’s America, about the popular Broadway musical.
The New York Film Festival runs from September 30 to October 16 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.