Werner Herzog’s latest doc, Into The Abyss (pictured), is to open next month’s DOC NYC festival in New York, playing as part of a program that includes The Island President, Lemon, First Position, Buck and an interview with director Jonathan Demme.
Buck will play as part of the festival’s ‘Short-List’ section, alongside three other films tipped to be major contenders in the forthcoming awards season: The Interrupters, Page One and Project Nim.
Among the special events, actor Charlotte Rampling will appear in person to present Charlotte Rampling: The Look; director Barbara Kopple will be on hand for A Force of Nature, her profile of journalist and philanthropist Ellen Ratner; and director Sarah McCarthy will be present for The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical, a unique Indo-twist on The Sound of Music.
Elsewhere, the American Perspectives section of the fest will feature six films with diverse views on the U.S. scene: Demme’s New Orleans doc I’m Carolyn Parker; Nelson George exploring a cultural renaissance in Brooklyn Boheme; a Harvard lesbian basketball star in No Look Pass; a rising star of Ultimate Fighting in Fightville; women in prison raising children in Mothers of Bedford; and a controversy over sex abuse in Baltimore’s Jewish community in Standing Silent.
As previously reported, the festival will also pay tribute to vérité pioneer Richard Leacock, who passed away earlier this year, showcasing his contributions to classics such as Primary and Crisis.
“Every day of the festival offers something special,” said DOC NYC artistic director Thom Powers. “If you’re looking for a memorable experience, you can’t beat the excitement and emotion of watching these documentaries with an audience.”
The festival takes place from November 2-10 in New York’s Greenwich Village.