Iconic American weekly magazine The New Yorker is launching The New Yorker Documentary, a new video doc series available on the mag’s website and its YouTube channel, featuring titles also screening at DOC NYC.
The New Yorker Documentary will feature true, human stories told by different filmmakers in a variety of lengths and styles, covering everything from a funeral director confronting AIDS in his community, to a human-rights activist battling the stigma of albinism, to a young girl fleeing violence in Guatemala.
The first film in the series, Departing Gesture, is directed by Jonathan Napolitano and Brian Bolster, and is now available. The 11-minute project tells the story of Trey Sebrell, a funeral director in Ridgeland, Mississippi, who buries the unclaimed bodies of those who have died from AIDS in the face of societal shame and ignorance. The film won the grand jury award for best documentary short at the Florida Film Festival in April.
More projects launching this fall include LAZARUS, from director David Darg and producer Brynn Mooser, about Malawian street musician Lazarus Chigwandali and his rise to global recording artist and human-rights activist, bringing attention to people with albinism, which premieres Oct. 28; A Line Birds Cannot See (pictured), from director Amy Bench, about E.L., a young Guatemalan girl who flees violence at home and struggles to be reunited with her mother in Houston, streaming Nov. 14 after a screening at DOC NYC Nov. 11; and The Last Conversation, from director Sara Joe Wolansky, chronicling the last conversation between a couple of 59 years, accidentally recorded on their answering machine two days before one of them died, screening at DOC NYC Nov. 10 and 12 before streaming Nov. 14.
“Good documentary storytelling leads viewers to confirm some truth, deepening our understanding of who we are,” said Soo-Jeong Kang, The New Yorker‘s executive producer of video, in a statement. “Just like the magazine, the New Yorker‘s video team brings you stories that will make you care emotionally, intellectually, and aesthetically, and fill you with wonder.”
The New Yorker Documentary begins rolling out on the mag’s website today (October 22).