NYFF ’16: “Bright Lights”, “ABACUS” join doc line-up

The New York Film Festival's doc slate includes the latest from Steve James and Errol Morris as well as HBO's Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (pictured).
August 25, 2016

The latest films by Steve James and Errol Morris, and a doc about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds have joined the New York Film Festival line-up.

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.

In Uncle Howard, Aaron Brookner delves into the personal archival footage of his uncle, filmmaker Howard Brookner (whose Burroughs screened at last year’s 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.

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