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Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, Errol Morris films among DOC NYC lineup

DOC NYC has revealed the lineup for its 11th edition, running online Nov. 11 to 19, including films from Oscar-winning filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (American Factory) and acclaimed ...
October 15, 2020

DOC NYC has revealed the lineup for its 11th edition, running online Nov. 11 to 19, including films from Oscar-winning filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (American Factory) and acclaimed director Errol Morris.

The 2020 festival features 107 feature-length documentaries among more than 200 films. Included are 23 world premieres, 12 international or North American premieres and seven U.S. premieres.

Of the features selected, 53% are directed or co-directed by women and 34% by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) directors.

Selected to run in DOC NYC’s Masters section, which offers a spotlight on the newest work from non-fiction auteurs, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar’s 9to5: The Story of a Movement (pictured) tells the story of a campaign against the abuse of female workers by their male bosses, beginning in early 1970s Cleveland; while Errol Morris’ My Psychedelic Love Story explores the dark side of Timothy Leary, the late American psychologist known for his strong advocacy of psychedelic drugs.

World premieres at the festival include Nelson G. Navarrete and Maxx Caicedo’s A La Calle; Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker’s The Meaning of Hitler; Gong Cheng and Yung Chang’s Wuhan Wuhan; Sian-Pierre Regis’s Duty Free; Noah Hutton’s In Silico; Nancy Buirski’s A Crime on the Bayou; Jeff Daniels’s Television Event; Ilinca Calugareanu’s A Cops and Robbers Story; Frank Matson’s Restaurant Hustle 2020: All On The Line; Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz’s Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters; and Cheryl Dunn’s Moments Like This Never Last, among others.

Among this year’s international, North American and U.S. premieres are Mor Loushy’s Kings of Capitol Hill; Oliver Murray’s Ronnie’s; Ulrike Ottinger’s Paris Calligrammes; Siji Awoyinka’s Elder’s Corner; Meng Han’s Smog Town; Justin Staple’s American Rapstar; Mayye Zayed’s Lift Like a Girl; Sam Osborn and Nick Capezzera’s Universe; Magnus Skatvold and Greg Mallozzi’s Blue Code of Silence; and Julien Temple’s Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane McGowan.

DOC NYC’s feature programming is curated in 14 sections, including two competition sections.

The Viewfinders Competition, recognizing 11 films demonstrating distinct directorial vision, includes Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s The Viewing Booth; Loira Limbal’s Through the Night; Cecilia Aldarondo’s Landfall; and Bruno Santamaría’s Things We Dare Not Do.

The 10 films of the Metropolis Competition are dedicated to stories set in New York City, and include Chris McKim’s Wojnarowicz; Christian D. Bruun’s Calendar Girl; and Raquel Cepeda’s La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla.

Winner’s Circle highlights eight films that have won awards at Oscar-qualifying international festivals, and includes David Osit’s Mayor; Elizabeth Lo’s Stray; Radu Ciorniciuc’s Acasa, My Home; and Katrine Philp’s Beautiful Something Left Behind.

DOC NYC’s Investigations section features Maya Zinshtein’s ‘Til Kingdom Come and John Dower’s The Mystery of D.B. Cooper; while the activism-focused Fight the Power section includes Jeff Kaufman’s Nasrin and Ashley O’Shay’s Unapologetic.

Films selected for Portraits include Rebecca Richman Cohen’s Weed & Wine and Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt’s No Ordinary Man. Among the titles selected for the sports-focused Jock Docs section are José Permar’s Off the Road and Sami Khan and Michael Gassert’s The Last Out.

In the Behind the Scenes section, DOC NYC has slated R.J. Cutler’s Belushi and Mo Scarpelli’s El Father Plays Himself; while titles in the Arts & Culture section include Larissa Bills’s Disney+ series On Pointe and Sachi Cunningham and Vayabobo’s Crutch.

The Sonic Cinema section will screen Alex Winter’s Zappa and Robert Yapkowitz and Richard Peete’s In My Own Time: A Portrait of Karen Dalton.

National and global takes on issues are featured in American Perspectives and International Perspectives and include Eden Wurmfeld and Margaret Munzer Loeb’s Chasing Childhood, Deirdre Fishel’s Women in Blue and Maia Lekow and Christopher King’s The Letter.

DOC NYC also puts a Spotlight on Canada this year, presenting work by Canadian filmmakers, including 9/11 Kids, Stateless and The Walrus and the Whistleblower.

To see the full lineup, visit DOC NYC’s website.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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