John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm will open the 2018 edition of the DOC NYC film festival.
The film (pictured) had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and shortly thereafter, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. There, it inked a deal with New York-based distributor Neon, for a U.S. theatrical release set for the early spring of 2019.
The Biggest Little Farm chronicles John Chester and his wife Molly over eight years as they create a sustainable family farm outside of Los Angeles, California.
The festival also announced its seventh annual DOC NYC Short List: Features, a selection of the year’s top 15 award contenders for feature documentary.
New this year, the festival will host its inaugural 2018 DOC NYC Short List: Short Films, selecting the year’s top 12 award contenders for the documentary short category.
All of the DOC NYC Short List titles will be shown during the festival, with the director or other special guests present for their primary screening. Also, most of the Short List directors or other collaborators will take part in the DOC NYC Short List Day of conversations on Nov. 9.
DOC NYC runs Nov. 8-15 in New York City.
Short List: Doc Features
Crime + Punishment (IFC Films / Hulu)
Dir: Stephen Maing
Fahrenheit 11/9 (Briarcliff Entertainment)
Dir: Michael Moore
Free Solo (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Dirs: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (Cinema Guild)
Dir: RaMell Ross
Jane Fonda: A Life In Five Acts (HBO Documentary Films)
Dir: Susan Lacy
Minding The Gap (Magnolia Pictures / Hulu)
Dir: Bing Liu
On Her Shoulders (Oscilloscope Laboratories / RYOT)
Dir: Alexandria Bombach
Pope Francis: A Man Of His World (Focus Features)
Dir: Wim Wenders
Dir: Rashida Jones & Alan Hicks
RBG (Magnolia Pictures / Participant Media/ CNN Films)
Dirs: Betsy West & Julie Cohen
The Sentence (HBO Documentary Films)
Dir: Rudy Valdez
Dir: Sandi Tan
Three Identical Strangers (NEON / CNN Films)
Dir: Tim Wardle
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Focus Features)
Dir: Morgan Neville
Short List: Doc Shorts
All the shorts selected will be screened during the DOC NYC festival in programs to be announced in mid-October.
’63 Boycott (Kartemquin)
Dir: Gordon Quinn
Earthrise (New York Times Op-Docs / POV)
Dir: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
The Girl And The Picture (USC Shoah Foundation / Cause & Affect Media)
Dir: Vanessa Roth
The Head & The Hand (Lost Time Media)
Dir: Marc Serpa Francoeur
Lessons From A School Shooting: Notes From Dunblane (Netflix)
Dir: Kim A. Snyder
My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes (New York Times Op-Docs)
Dir: Charlie Tyrell
RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee (HBO Documentary Films)
Dir: Cathy Chermol Schrijver
Sidelined (A&E IndieFilms / Lifetime Films)
Dir: Galen Summer
Take Back The Harbor (Discovery / Motto Pictures)
Dirs: Kristi Jacobson & Roger Ross Williams
We Are Not Done Yet (HBO Documentary Films)
Dir: Sareen Hairabedian
Dir: Floyd Russ