DOC NYC has announced that it will showcase director Greg Barker’s The Final Year as its 2017 opening night film.
The feature follows key members of Barack Obama’s administration during his last year in office. After the doc screens, there will be a conversation with Barker along with the film subject Ben Rhodes, who served as the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, and other senior Obama administration officials.
The Final Year had its world premiere this September at the Toronto International Film Festival and is slated to have its New York City premiere at the festival Nov. 9.
DOC NYC has also revealed key awards being given at the Nov. 9 Visionaries Tribute: filmmaking duo Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady will receive the Robert and Anne Drew Award for observational filmmaking, while Cara Mertes, director of the JustFilms initiative at The Ford Foundation, will receive the Leading Light Award for serving documentary in a role other than filmmaking.
Previously announced in August were two Lifetime Achievement Awards that will be given to filmmaker Errol Morris, who directed such docs as The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War and Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films.
DOC NYC also announced the lineup for its Short List section, which includes 15 nonfiction films that will be highlighted for special attention. In addition to screening the 15 films, the festival will hold a Short List Day on Nov.10, featuring discussions with members of the film teams.
DOC NYC runs Nov. 9-16 2017, in New York City.
DOC NYC 2017 Short List
Abacus: Small Enough To Jail (PBS Distribution)
Director: Steve James
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography (Neon / Netflix)
Director: Errol Morris
Chasing Coral (Netflix)
Director: Jeff Orlowski
City Of Ghosts (Amazon Studios / A&E IndieFilms / IFC Films)
Director: Matthew Heineman
Dina (The Orchard)
Director: Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles
Faces Places (Cohen Media Group)
Director: Agnès Varda, JR
The Final Year (Motto Pictures / Passion Pictures)
Director: Greg Barker
The Force (Kino Lorber / PBS Independent Lens)
Director: Peter Nicks
Director: Bryan Fogel
Jane (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Director: Brett Morgen
Kedi (Oscilloscope Laboratories / YouTube Red)
Director: Ceyda Torun
One Of Us (Netflix)
Director: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Risk (Neon / Showtime Documentary Films)
Director: Laura Poitras
Step (Fox Searchlight)
Director: Amanda Lipitz
Strong Island (Netflix)
Director: Yance Ford