“The Kingmaker”, “Knock Down the House” make DOC NYC short list

DOC NYC unveiled its short lists for the festival’s 10th anniversary today (Sept. 26), with The Cave, The Elephant Queen, The Kingmaker and Knock Down The House securing spots in the Short ...
September 26, 2019

DOC NYC unveiled its short lists for the festival’s 10th anniversary today (Sept. 26), with The Cave, The Elephant Queen, The Kingmaker and Knock Down The House securing spots in the Short List: Features section.

The festival’s Features and Shorts sections comprise a curated selection of non-fiction films that the DOC NYC programming team considers to be top contenders for Oscars and other awards.

For the first time, the Short List: Features will vie for juried awards in four categories: directing, producing, cinematography and editing.

DOC NYC will also launch a new section, Winner’s Circle, highlighting films that have won top prizes at international festivals but may “fly below the radar” of American audiences.

Michael Apted and Martin Scorsese, the two recipients of DOC NYC’s previously announced Visionaries Lifetime Achievement Awards, will also have their latest documentary films screened: 63 Up and Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, respectively.

Returning for its second year, DOC NYC’s 40 under 40 list honors documentary talents in the disciplines of directing, producing, editing and cinematography.

Honorees include: Shane Boris, producer of The Edge of Democracy; Alan Hicks, director of Quincy; Nicholas Ma, producer of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; Clair Popkin, cinematographer for Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates; Sofian Khan, director/producer of The Interpreters; Alexandria Bombach, director of On Her Shoulders; Crystal Moselle, director/producer of The Wolfpack; Nico Opper, director/producer of The F Word; Deia Schlosberg, director/producer of The Story of Plastic; and Rob Hatch-Miller, director/producer of Other Music.

For a full list of the festival’s 40 under 40 talents, visit DOC NYC’s website.

DOC NYC’s 10th edition runs Nov. 6 to 15.

Short List Features:

American Factory (Netflix)
Dir: Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar

The Apollo (HBO Documentary Films)
Dir: Roger Ross Williams

Apollo 11 (NEON)
Dir: Todd Douglas Miller

Ask Dr. Ruth (Hulu/Magnolia Pictures)
Dir: Ryan White

The Biggest Little Farm (Neon)
Dir: John Chester

The Cave (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Dir: Feras Fayyad

Diego Maradona (HBO Sports)
Dir: Asif Kapadia

The Edge of Democracy (Netflix)
Dir: Petra Costa

The Elephant Queen (Apple)
Dir: Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone

For Sama (PBS Distribution/Frontline)
Dir: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

The Great Hack (Netflix)
Dir: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim

Honeyland (Neon)
Dir: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

The Kingmaker (Showtime Documentary Films)
Dir: Lauren Greenfield

Knock Down the House (pictured, Netflix)
Dir: Rachel Lears

One Child Nation (Amazon Studios)
Dir: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

Winner’s Circle:

Advocate (Film Movement)
Dir: Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaïche
Winner: DocAviv (Israel), Krakow (Poland), Thessaloniki (Greece)

Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Magnolia Pictures)
Dir: Mads Brügger
Winner: It’s All True (Brazil)

The Fourth Kingdom (El Cuarto Reino)
Dir: Adán Aliaga, Àlex Lora Cercos
Winner: DocumentaMadrid (Spain)

Hope Frozen
Dir: Pailin Wedel
Winner: Hot Docs (Canada)

Midnight Family (1091 Media)
Dir: Luke Lorentzen
Winner: Sheffield (UK), Hong Kong

Midnight Traveler (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Dir: Hassan Fazili
Winner: Doc Edge (New Zealand)

Sea of Shadows (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Dir: Richard Ladkani
Winner: Sundance Audience Award



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