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NYFF slates Netflix docs, “Jane”, Gibney’s “No Stone Unturned”

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has revealed the doc lineup for the upcoming 55th New York Film Festival. This year’s slate of non-fiction features includes world premieres of two Netflix ...
August 24, 2017

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has revealed the doc lineup for the upcoming 55th New York Film Festival.

This year’s slate of non-fiction features includes world premieres of two Netflix originals: Griffin Dunne’s Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold and Myles Kane and Josh Koury’s Voyeur, a film that captures the investigations explored in Gay Talese’s book The Voyeur’s Motel.

Also on the festival slate is Alex Gibney‘s No Stone Unturned, which offers a critical look into the 1994 Loughinisland massacre in Ireland. Earlier this year, producers of the film withdrew it from the Tribeca Film Festival and Toronto’s Hot Docs due to an undisclosed legal matter.

The slate also sees returning NYFF filmmaker Rebecca Miller offer a tender portrait of her father in Arthur Miller: Writer. Other notable subjects include Jean-Michel Basquiat, who commanded the downtown New York scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s in Sara Driver’s BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat; and primatologist Jane Goodall’s original expedition to contact chimpanzee populations is revisited by 50-year-old National Geographic footage in director Brett Morgen’s Jane (pictured).

Also spotlighted are NYFF alums Travis Wilkerson’s Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, in which Wilkerson confronts his family’s white supremacist roots; the North American premiere of Nancy Buirski’s The Rape of Recy Taylor, about the 1944 case of a black woman who was raped by several white men; Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki’s El mar la mar, a 16mm meditation on the dangerous trek from Mexico to the U.S. through the Sonoran Desert; the North American premiere of Abel Ferrara’s Piazza Vittorio, a portrait of Rome’s largest public square; and three music films by Mathieu Amalric: C’est presque au bout du monde, Zorn, and Music Is Music.

Also on tap in the doc section is Vanessa Redgrave’s directorial debut, Sea Sorrow, a call to the West to provide aid to the global refugee crisis; and Barbet Schroeder’s The Venerable W., which profiles an Islamophobic Burmese Buddhist monk.

The New York Film Festival runs from Sept. 28–Oct. 15.

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