American documentary festival DOC NYC has unveiled the full lineup for its ninth edition.
Screening at the festival are 135 feature-length documentaries, including 42 world premieres and 17 U.S. or North American premieres. Over 500 filmmakers and special guests are scheduled to participate in panels or present their films.
DOC NYC, which runs Nov. 8-15 in New York, categorizes its films using 21 sections, which include five new strands: ‘Photography on Film’; ‘Portraits’; ‘True Love’; ‘Series Showcase’, offering world premieres of new episodic programs; and ‘In the System’, which offers an inside look at institutions.
As previously announced, the festival will open with the New York premiere of John Chester‘s The Biggest Little Farm, which chronicles the director and his wife’s attempts to create a sustainable family farm outside of Los Angeles.
DOC NYC, meanwhile, will close with the world premiere of Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists, an intimate portrait of newspaper columnists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill from Jonathan Alter, John Block and Steve McCarthy.
The 2018 edition of the festival’s centerpiece presentation will also feature Alex Buono’s world premiere of “Original Cast Album: Co-op”, an episode of IFC’s Documentary Now! mockumentary series which pays homage to D.A. Pennebaker’s classic doc Original Cast Album: Company.
World premieres at the festival include two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple‘s New Homeland (pictured), which follows refugee boys from war-torn Syria and Iraq to a Canadian summer camp; Jed Rothstein’s Enemies: The President, Justice & The FBI, a Showtime documentary series; Havana Marking and Sam Hobkinson’s The Kleptocrats, following investigative journalists uncovering the intricacies of the Malaysian financial scandal; and Clay Tweel’s Out of Omaha, a coming-of-age tale of twin African-American brothers filmed over eight years.
Also slated to have their world premieres at DOC NYC are Michelle Esrick’s Cracked Up, a portrait of Saturday Night Live alumnus Darrell Hammond; Harry Mavromichalis’ Olympia, on Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis; Andrew Shea’s Buzz, about Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger; Ofra Bloch’s exploration of complex tensions between Germans, Jews and Palestinians in Afterward; Rauzar Alexander’s Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy, on the Julliard drama teacher who trained Meryl Streep and Viola Davis, among others; Alyssa Bolsey’s Beyond the Bolex, a personal history of the iconic camera; and Molly Bernstein and Philip Dolin’s The Show’s the Thing: The Legendary Promoters of Rock, which presents an untold chapter of rock history.
DOC NYC previously announced its ‘Short List’ lineup – 15 films that will be highlighted at the festival.
For a full program schedule, visit DOC NYC’s website.
The ninth edition of DOC NYC runs Nov. 8-15 at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village and Chelsea’s SVA Theatre and Cinepolis Chelsea.