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DOC NYC unveils inaugural “40 Under 40″

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 ...
October 18, 2018

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.

Earlier this month, the New York-set film festival unveiled its entire lineup, which includes world premieres from Barbara Kopple, Havana Marking, Jed Rothstein and Clay Tweel, among others.

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

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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