2012 DOC NYC in Focus: PORTRAITS

The sixth and final of this year’s DOC NYC shorts program also proved to be one of the first programs to sell out, even after we moved it to a larger theatre. As noted by its straightforward title, I programmed this collection as a spotlight on compelling documentary subjects – from a blind photographer to a lightbulb fanatic to an underground Puerto Rican Botox purveyor.

DOC NYC Program Description:

PORTRAITS:
Thursday, November 15 at 9:45pm
Profiles of unique individuals. New Yorker FLO (10 min, Riley Hooper) hasn’t let multiple sclerosis, lung cancer, or even blindness stop her from taking photos. BLACK CHEROKEE (22 min, Sam Cullman, Benjamin Rosen) performs his singular art for commuters on the FDR, even as he must care for his ailing father. THE GLOBE COLLECTOR (7 min, Summer DeRoche) is an electronics savant whose passion for lightbulbs is infectious.CROOKED LINES (19 min, Lucy Walker) reunites part of the team behind WASTE LAND to tell the story of a young man who might have been Brazil’s best hope for Olympic gold in rowing. A gay Puerto Rican man dispenses advice and injections from his clandestine home clinic in THE NEEDLE (40 min, Carmen Oquendo-Villar, Jose Correa Vigier).

Why You Should Attend:
A strong character can make a documentary indelible – this collection introduces you to five such non-fiction subjects. It’s also notable that this program features new work by two Oscar nominees – Lucy Walker (WASTE LAND and THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM) and Sam Cullman (IF A TREE FALLS).

More Info:
While this program is sold out, a limited number of tickets may be released 15 minutes before showtime on a first come, first served basis. Get to the IFC Center early if you want to take a chance.

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