American documentary festival DOC NYC and Topic Studios, First Look Media’s entertainment studio, have revealed the inaugural DOC NYC 40 Under 40 List.
Women (22) and filmmakers of color make up more than half of the first-ever list, which aims to honor 40 documentary talents under the age of 40.
Included in the inaugural list are Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lyric R. Cabral (pictured left), who has directed (T)error and the upcoming The Rashomon Effect, about the fatal shooting of an unarmed African American teen; New York-based director Erin Lee Carr (right), whose credits include HBO’s Mommy Dead and Dearest and the forthcoming At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, about the Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics sexual assault scandal; and Algerian-American filmmaker and investigative journalist Assia Boundaoui, director of the award-winning The Feeling of Being Watched and co-producer on Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma.
The DOC NYC 40 Under 40 List was selected by the festival team consisting of Thom Powers, artistic director; Deborah Rudolph, director of development; Basil Tsiokos, director of programming; and Opal H. Bennett, shorts programmer.
Honorees will be treated to a day of industry networking events at the DOC NYC PRO conference on Nov. 12 and celebrated at a luncheon on Nov 13.
“The DOC NYC 40 Under 40 List, co-presented with Topic, demonstrates a diverse talent pool across race, gender and documentary discipline, from directors and producers to cinematographers and editors. For decision-makers seeking out rising stars, this list is a great resource,” said Powers in a statement.
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.
Honorees are listed below and identified with one notable credit. For more information and honoree biographies, click here.
Khalik Allah, director, Black Mother
Reuben Atlas, director, ACORN and the Firestorm
Jameka Autry, producer, Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing
Susan Bedusa, producer, Bisbee ’17
Joe Bender, cinematographer, The Truth About Killer Robots
Elan Bogarín, director, 306 Hollywood
Assia Boundaoui, director, The Feeling of Being Watched
Garrett Bradley, director, The Earth Is Humming
Caitlin Mae Burke, producer, Obit
Lyric Cabral, director, (T)ERROR
Erin Lee Carr, director, Mommy Dead and Dearest
Erin Casper, editor, Roll Red Roll
Steph Ching, director, After Spring
Nausheen Dadabhoy, cinematographer, The War to Be Her
Jessica Devaney, producer, The Feeling of Being Watched
Derek Doneen, director, The Price of Free
Sara Dosa, director, The Last Season
Mariam Dwedar, cinematographer, Explorer: Fighting ISIS
Sabaah Folayan, director, Whose Streets?
Mark Grieco, director, Marmato
Nadia Hallgren, director, She’s the Ticket
Quenell Jones, cinematographer, Hustlers Convention
Myles Kane, director, Voyeur
Jon Kasbe, director, When Lambs Become Lions
Ross McDonnell, director, Elián
Ellen Martinez, director, After Spring
Darius Clark Monroe, director, Evolution of a Criminal
Jenni Morello, cinematographer, One of Us
Smriti Mundhra, director, A Suitable Girl
Rachel Pikelny, producer, A Good Man
Maxim Pozdorovkin, director, The Truth About Killer Robots
Antonio Santini, director, Dina
Robin Schwartz, editor, Legion of Brothers
Andrew Sherburne, director, Saving Brinton
Dan Sickles, director, Dina
Nathan Truesdell, director, Balloonfest
Danielle Varga, co-producer, Cameraperson
Tyler H. Walk, editor, How to Survive a Plague
Lana Wilson, director, The Departure
Farihah Zaman, director, Feast of the Epiphany