DOC NYC ’18 slates “The Biggest Little Farm” as opening film

John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm will open the 2018 edition of the DOC NYC film festival. The film (pictured) had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and shortly ...
September 27, 2018

John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm will open the 2018 edition of the DOC NYC film festival.

The film (pictured) had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and shortly thereafter, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. There, it inked a deal with New York-based distributor Neon, for a U.S. theatrical release set for the early spring of 2019.

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles John Chester and his wife Molly over eight years as they create a sustainable family farm outside of Los Angeles, California.

The festival also announced its seventh annual DOC NYC Short List: Features, a selection of the year’s top 15 award contenders for feature documentary.

New this year, the festival will host its inaugural 2018 DOC NYC Short List: Short Films, selecting the year’s top 12 award contenders for the documentary short category.

All of the DOC NYC Short List titles will be shown during the festival, with the director or other special guests present for their primary screening. Also, most of the Short List directors or other collaborators will take part in the DOC NYC Short List Day of conversations on Nov. 9.

DOC NYC runs Nov. 8-15 in New York City.

Short List: Doc Features

Crime + Punishment (IFC Films / Hulu)
Dir: Stephen Maing

Fahrenheit 11/9 (Briarcliff Entertainment)
Dir: Michael Moore

Free Solo (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Dirs: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin

Hale County This Morning, This Evening (Cinema Guild)
Dir: RaMell Ross

Jane Fonda: A Life In Five Acts (HBO Documentary Films)
Dir: Susan Lacy

Minding The Gap (Magnolia Pictures / Hulu)
Dir: Bing Liu

On Her Shoulders (Oscilloscope Laboratories / RYOT)
Dir: Alexandria Bombach

Pope Francis: A Man Of His World (Focus Features)
Dir: Wim Wenders

Quincy (Netflix)
Dir: Rashida Jones & Alan Hicks

RBG (Magnolia Pictures / Participant Media/ CNN Films)
Dirs: Betsy West & Julie Cohen

Reversing Roe (Netflix)
Dirs: Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern

The Sentence (HBO Documentary Films)
Dir: Rudy Valdez

Shirkers (Netflix)
Dir: Sandi Tan

Three Identical Strangers (NEON / CNN Films)
Dir: Tim Wardle

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Focus Features)
Dir: Morgan Neville

Short List: Doc Shorts

All the shorts selected will be screened during the DOC NYC festival in programs to be announced in mid-October.

’63 Boycott (Kartemquin)
Dir: Gordon Quinn

Earthrise (New York Times Op-Docs / POV)
Dir: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

End Game (Netflix)
Dirs: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman

The Girl And The Picture (USC Shoah Foundation / Cause & Affect Media)
Dir: Vanessa Roth

The Head & The Hand (Lost Time Media)
Dir: Marc Serpa Francoeur

Lessons From A School Shooting: Notes From Dunblane (Netflix)
Dir: Kim A. Snyder

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes (New York Times Op-Docs)
Dir: Charlie Tyrell

RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee (HBO Documentary Films)
Dir: Cathy Chermol Schrijver

Sidelined (A&E IndieFilms / Lifetime Films)
Dir: Galen Summer

Take Back The Harbor (Discovery / Motto Pictures)
Dirs: Kristi Jacobson & Roger Ross Williams

We Are Not Done Yet (HBO Documentary Films)
Dir: Sareen Hairabedian

Zion (Netflix)
Dir: Floyd Russ

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