DOC NYC reveals inaugural Spring Showcase slate

Documentary festival DOC NYC has unveiled the line-up for the inaugural edition of its Spring Showcase. The four-week online Showcase will give audiences an opportunity to view some of the year’s ...
May 14, 2021

Documentary festival DOC NYC has unveiled the line-up for the inaugural edition of its Spring Showcase.

The four-week online Showcase will give audiences an opportunity to view some of the year’s most talked about non-fiction episodic series and films, paired with exclusive conversations featuring the creative teams behind them.

“DOC NYC is excited to create a spring focal point to build upon our annual fall festival, now in its 12th year,” said the festival’s executive director Raphaela Neihausen. “We’re living through a period of rapid expansion of the documentary field, and we’re thrilled to offer a new opportunity to discover a diverse array of important non-fiction work. Over the last year, DOC NYC has expanded our professional and educational programming for filmmakers beyond the fall season, with great results. With Spring Showcase, we’re aiming to do the same for documentary-loving audiences as well.”

The first Spring Showcase lineup spans a wide range of non-fiction formats and subjects, from hosted series to biographies, vérité films and multi-part cultural explorations, covering everything from culinary history to city politics, pop music, and the inner workings of intimate relationships.

Spring Showcase programming is co-presented by ’30 for 30′, Apple TV+, BBC SELECT, FX Networks, Hulu, MTV Documentary Films, National Geographic, Netflix, and Showtime Documentary Films.

The free online event runs from May 24 to June 20, and is available throughout the U.S.

Below is the Spring Showcase lineup, listed chronologically with project descriptions courtesy of DOC NYC. For exact times visit the festival website.

Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge

Episode 1: Beyond Belief &Episode 2: The Dark Side of Pleasure

Featuring an exclusive conversation with writer and presenter Louis Theroux. Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge features Louis looking back and reconnecting with his most notable American contributors.

The Infinite Race

Featuring an exclusive conversation with filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz and film editor Flavia de Souza. The Tarahumara people inspired a barefoot, ultrarunning craze all across the world. But back in Mexico, they’ve been forgotten as their homes and communities were ravaged by drug cartels and violence.

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America 

Episode 1:Our Roots

Featuring an exclusive conversation with executive producers Fabienne Toback and Karis Jagger; and series producer Shoshana Guy. Food writer Stephen Satterfield embarks on a vibrant and powerful culinary journey that celebrates the courage, artistry, and resourcefulness of the African American people.

The Year Earth Changed

Featuring an exclusive conversation with executive producer Alice Keens-SoperDavid Attenborough narrates an astonishing look at how lockdown set nature free.

76 Days 

Featuring an exclusive conversation with director/producer Hao Wu. Set in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, 76 Days — a raw and intimate film recently nominated for the 2021 Peabody Awards — captures the struggles and human resilience in the battle to survive the pandemic in Wuhan, China.

City So Real 

Episode 1: Welcome to Chicago

Featuring an exclusive conversation with director/producer/cinematographer/editor Steve James and producer/sound recordist Zak Piper. Steve James’ fascinating portrait of Chicago, set against the backdrop of its historic 2019 mayoral election, and the tumultuous 2020 summer of COVID-19 and social upheaval.

Couples Therapy

Episode 201 Featuring an exclusive conversation with director/executive producer Josh Kriegman, director Kim Roberts, executive producer Elyse Steinberg and psychoanalyst and psychologist Dr. Orna Guralnik. Couples Therapy follows eight months of therapy sessions with Dr. Orna Guralnik, deftly guiding couples through honest confrontation with each other, revealing real-life struggles and extraordinary breakthroughs.

Secrets of the Whales

Episode 1: Orca Dynasty

Featuring an exclusive conversation with National Geographic explorer & photographer/producer Brian Skerry and composer Raphaelle Thibaut. Secrets of the Whales is an epic journey within the world’s oceans and seas, offering cinematic storytelling and breathtaking images of the planet’s whales.

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi

Episodes: Burritos at the Border & The Gullah Way

Featuring an exclusive conversation with host/executive producer Padma Lakshmi. A journey across America, exploring the rich, diverse food culture of various immigrant groups, seeking out people who have shaped what American food is today.

The Social Dilemma

Featuring an exclusive conversation with director Jeff Orlowski and producer Larissa Rhodes. In The Social Dilemma, key tech insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.

Framing Britney Spears

Featuring an exclusive conversation with producer/director Samantha Stark, showrunner/executive producer Mary Robertson and story editor Liz Day. Her rise was a global phenomenon. Her downfall was a cruel national sport. Britney Spears and lawyers tied to her conservatorship battle over who should control her life.

Pretend It’s a City

Episode 1: Pretend It’s a City

Featuring an exclusive conversation with series subject/executive producer Fran Lebowitz. Directed by Lebowitz’s longtime friend Martin Scorsese, Pretend It’s a City is a dose of NYC attitude that sparks pangs of delight, fury and recognition.

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything

Episodes 101: What’s Happening and 103: Changes

Featuring an exclusive conversation with executive producer/series director Asif Kapadia, executive producer James Gay-Rees, executive producer/editor Chris King, series producer/director Danielle Peck and director James RoganA tumultuous era sparked a year of unprecedented musical innovation.

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry

Featuring an exclusive conversation with director/writer/producer R.J. Cutler, cinematographer Jenna Rosher, editor Greg Finton and editor Lindsay Utz. Follow this extraordinary teen as she tours and records the album that changes her life.



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