DCTV breaks ground for doc-only theater in NYC

Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), a Manhattan-based documentary resource center, is opening an all-doc theater, which boasts an advisory panel including Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock and Barbara Kopple.
May 9, 2013

A Manhattan-based doc resource center, Downtown Community Television Center, is opening a first-of-its-kind U.S. documentary theater, which boasts an advisory panel including Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock and Barbara Kopple.

DCTV’s 73-seat theater, first announced last year, will be built on the ground floor of the New York City firehouse where the center has been housed since 1979. It will feature a 3D and 4K digital camera projection system, and is expected to open in early 2015.

As well as boasting the interactive capability to host live events that can be “aired” over the Internet, the theater will also provide theatrical runs to non-fiction filmmakers for Academy Award qualification.

In addition to Moore, Kopple and Spurlock, the advisory council includes filmmakers Liz Garbus, Alex Gibney, Matthew O’Neill, Daniel J. Chalfen, Ellen Goosenberg, Cáitrín McKiernan, Alexandra Pelosi, Sam Pollard, and Alan and Susan Raymond. Producer Abigail Disney, HBO Documentary Film president Sheila Nevins and actors Brooke Adams and James Gandolfini round out the council.

DCTV was founded by husband and wife filmmakers Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno in 1972.

“New York City is the worldwide capital for documentary filmmaking,” said Alpert. “We have more documentarians per square inch than any place on the globe. For people who love docs, this is their home. This theater is a place that celebrates their work.”

“The entire doc community has put their shoulder behind this project,” he offered, adding that “there isn’t often an opportunity for us all to work collectively.”

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