Barbara Kopple, Sam Pollard, Julia Bacha docs to premiere at DOC NYC

DOC NYC has unveiled the full lineup for its eighth edition, set to take place Nov. 9th through Nov. 16th. Screening at the festival are 111 feature-length documentaries, including 23 world ...
October 11, 2017

DOC NYC has unveiled the full lineup for its eighth edition, set to take place Nov. 9th through Nov. 16th.

Screening at the festival are 111 feature-length documentaries, including 23 world premieres of films by Barbara Kopple, Sam Pollard, Lenny Feinberg and Julia Bacha. Over 350 filmmakers and special guests are scheduled to participate in panels or present their films.

DOC NYC categorizes its films using 18 sections, which include two new strands: ‘New World Order’, which focuses on global issues in the news; and ‘Centerstage’, which looks at performing and performers.

In the ‘Centerpiece’ strand is the world premiere of Rachel Dretzin’s Far from the Tree, an adaptation of Andrew Solomon’s bestselling book of the same title. The book and doc look at parents confronting the concept of “normalcy” via an examination of their children.

Two world premieres are set to compete in the festival’s Viewfinders Competition: Guy Fiorita’s Mole Man, which chronicles an autistic man’s struggle to maintain the home he’s built; and Julia Bacha’s Naila and the Uprising, which looks at the key role that women played in the Palestinian uprising known as the First Intifada.

Vying in the Metropolis Competition are the world premieres of five films. Prudence Katze and William Lehman’s The Iron Triangle chronicles gentrification through the lens of auto repair shop workers in Queens, New York, while Alice Elliott’s Miracle on 42nd Street unveils a history of Manhattan Plaza.

Dustin Sussman and Aaron Rosenbloom’s Oh, Rick! is a profile of comedian Rick Crom; Peter Gordon’s Still Waters looks at an after-school program in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighbourhood; and finally, David Wexler’s Vigilante: The Incredible True Story of Curtis Sliwa and the Guardian Angels is a history of New York City as witnessed through the lens of Curtis Silwa, founder of the crime prevention patrol the Guardian Angels.

The ‘American Perspectives’ strand includes world premieres of Lenny Feinberg’s Father’s Kingdom, looking at African-American spiritual leader Father Divine; The Growing Season by Evan Briggs, a portrait of aging set in a nursing-home-cum-preschool-program; and Sam Pollard’s Maynard, a look at Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson.

Ann S. Kim and Priya Giri Desai’s Lovesick is the sole world premiere screening under the ‘International Perspectives’ banner. The film looks at Dr. Suniti Solomon’s work in India, which involves serving as a matchmaker for HIV-positive patients.

The ‘New World Order’ strand features the world premiere of Talya Tibbon and Joshua Bennett’s Sky and Ground, which follows a family as they journey from Syria to asylum in Germany.

Meanwhile, ‘Centerstage’ features the world premiere of Michael Melamedoff’s The Problem with Apu, which sees South Asian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu examining the character of The Simpsons’ Kwik-E-Mart owner; Mark Dooley’s Repeat Attenders, on musical superfans; and Jonathan Miller’s Standing Up, which looks at three unlikely stand-up comics.

In the ‘True Crime’ strand are the world premieres of Barbara Kopple’s A Murder in Mansfield (pictured), about the legacy of Noreen Boyle’s 1989 murder in Mansfield, Ohio; and King Adz’s The Iconoclast, which examines a Dutch art connoisseur and descendant of Rembrandt.

Hot Grease, from Sam Wainwright Douglas, Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson, is the sole world premiere in the festival’s ‘Science Nonfiction’ strand. The film looks at the growing industry of biodiesel.

The world premiere of Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer’s Rodents of Unusual Size is screening under the ‘Wildlife’ strand, and looks at bounty hunters and other Gulf residents and their efforts to defend Louisiana from an invasive swamp rat.

Under the ‘Modern Family’ banner is the world premiere of 6 Weeks to Mother’s Day, Marvin Blunte’s examination of a democratic school in a remote jungle in Thailand.

And finally, the ‘Sonic Cinema’ strand brings the world premieres of Ian McFarland’s The Godfathers of Hardcore, which looks at punk musicians Vinnie Stigma and Roger Miret, of American hardcore punk band Agnostic Front; and Brent Wilson’s Streetlight Harmonies, a chronicle of doo wop’s evolution.

DOC NYC previously announced the its ‘Short List’ lineup – 15 films that will be highlighted at the festival.

For a full program schedule, visit DOC NYC’s website.

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