The eight-part series looks at high-profile hostage crises and was conceived and produced by Simon Chinn’s Lightbox Entertainment in tandem with The Bourne Identity director and producer Dave Bartis’ Hypnotic. DOC NYC will screen the Jesse Vile-directed episode “Cola Kidnap” (pictured).
The doc is among 18 world premieres and 19 U.S. premieres in this year’s line-up, which comprises more than 250 films.
Among the world premieres is director Madeleine Gavin’s City of Joy, about female survivors of violence who created a revolutionary community in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The doc is presented by The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler.
World of Wonder founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey are bringing their HBO-backed film Every Brilliant Thing to New York for a world premiere. The doc is a filmed version of British comedian Jonny Donahoe’s hit one-man show about depression and follows the pair’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, which debuted at Sundance in January and is playing in DOC NYC’s Short List program.
Every Brilliant Thing is screening in the festival’s Special Events program, as is Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern’s HBO doc about the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing; Kirk Simon‘s The Pulitzer at 100; and two episodes of Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre‘s PBS series Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music, which premiered at SXSW.
The festival’s closing night film is John Scheinfeld‘s Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, which world premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. The festival’s previously announced opening night film is Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.
Other world premieres include Charlie Ebersol’s ESPN Films-backed This Was the XFL, about pro-wrestling promoter Vince McMahon’s short-lived football league; Sarah Price’s L7: Pretend That We’re Dead, about the seminal grunge band; Tomas Leach’s Errol Morris-exec produced The Lure, about the search for an eccentric millionaire’s buried treasure; and Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s GMO doc Food Evolution, which is narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Docs having their North American premieres at DOC NYC include Thomas Lennon’s Sacred, which was shot around the world by 40 different filmmaking teams; Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Holm’s Janus Films-backed David Lynch: The Art Life, an intimate look at the Twin Peaks helmer’s artistic process; and Louise Osmond’s Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach, about the making of the titular director’s recent Palme d’Or winner, I, Daniel Blake.
Maya Zinshtein‘s Forever Pure, Alex Pitstra’s Bezness As Usual, Irene Taylor Brodsky‘s Beware the Slenderman, Erin Heidenreich’s Girl Unbound: The War to Be Her, Jay Cheel’s How to Build A Time Machine, Christy Garland’s Cheer Up, Brendan Byrne‘s Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Susanne Regina Meures’ and Tony Guma and John Rose’s The Sixth Beatle will continue their festival runs at DOC NYC.
Last week, DOC NYC announced its list of industry conference sessions and speakers, which includes Laura Poitras, Stanley Nelson and Tom Quinn, among many others. The festival’s Short List program will screen big-name docs and festival favorites from the past year such as Weiner, Cameraperson, Fire At Sea, Miss Sharon Jones! and I Am Not Your Negro.
For the complete list of films, visit the festival’s website. DOC NYC takes place from Nov. 10 to 17.