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DOC NYC unveils opening film, industry conference lineup

Penny Lane’s Listening to Kenny G is continuing its run on the festival circuit following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, with a prime slot as the opening ...
October 8, 2021

Penny Lane’s Listening to Kenny G is continuing its run on the festival circuit following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, with a prime slot as the opening film for the upcoming DOC NYC conference.

The conference runs from November 10-28, and returns to an in-person format following an online edition in 2020. The opening film, which profiles the Grammy-winning soft jazz musician while exploring the range of reaction to his music from audiences and critics alike, is slated to screen at New York City’s SVA Theater, with a post-screening conversation featuring Lane and Kenny G.

The Pro component of the event, meanwhile, kicks off on November 11 and marks the first program for the festival crafted by its new director of industry & education, Malikkah Rollins. Speakers included at this year’s conference include filmmakers Julie Cohen, Dawn Porter, David France, Sam Pollard and Sonia Kennebeck.

Sessions will be grouped over themed days during the Pro component of the event: Funding Day, Producing Day, Mastering Your Craft: Cinematography, Mastering Your Craft: Editing, Doc Series Day, Journalism and Documentary Day, Audience Engagement and Distribution Day, and Legal for Docs Day.

In terms of health and safety protocols, all staff and guests of the festival, aged 12 and up, will be required to show proof of vaccination as well as photo ID to attend DOC NYC screening and events.

For more information on this year’s lineup, visit the DOC NYC website here.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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