Today’s DOC NYC 2014 preview continues with the first of our two feature competitions: Viewfinders, showcasing films with with distinct directorial visions.
DOC NYC Viewfinders Competition
Directors: Dan Rybicky & Aaron Wickenden
After the filmmakers meet octogenarian artist Peter Anton, they become enmeshed in his life, helping to stage an exhibition of his work.
Expected to attend: Dan Rybicky & Aaron Wickenden
Director: Sherief Elkatsha
Shot before, during and after the revolution, this entertaining film explores Cairo from the street level through the perspectives of its drivers.
Expected to attend: Sherief Elkatsha
Directors: Mike Attie & Meghan O’Hara
By now, the idea of Civil War re-enactment is familiar, but the subjects of this intriguing film relive the battles of a far more surprising conflict: Vietnam.
Expected to attend: Mike Attie & Meghan O’Hara
KASAMAYAKI (pictured above)
Director: Yuki Kokubo
Following the devastation of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Yuki visits her estranged parents in Kasama, Japan, a rural artist community, in the hopes of making sense of their past.
Expected to attend: Yuki Kokubo
THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST
Director: Gabriel London
Sentenced to four years in prison in 1978, Mark DeFriest’s numerous escapes have kept him incarcerated for over three decades.
Expected to attend: Gabriel London
MEET THE PATELS
Directors: Geeta V Patel & Ravi V Patel
Nearing 30, first-generation Indian-American Ravi Patel breaks up with his secret, white girlfriend to seek the Indian woman of his parents’ dreams—who should also be named Patel, keeping with tradition.
Expected to attend: Ravi V Patel
MONSIEUR LE PRÉSIDENT
Director: Victoria Campbell
Volunteering in Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, the filmmaker encounters Gaston, a charming voodoo priest who shows leadership during the emergency.
Expected to attend: Victoria Campbell
Director: Jessica Solce
A provocative exploration of the contentious issue of gun control through profiles of two men at opposite ends of the debate.
Expected to attend: Jessica Solce, film subjects Greg Bokor and Cody Wilson
SONG FROM THE FOREST
Director: Michael Obert
An American musicologist who abandoned modern civilization to join an African pygmy tribe brings his son to New York City.
Expected to attend: Michael Obert, Alex Tondowski (Producer), film subjects Jim Jarmusch, Sarah Driver, Wanda Boeke, and Steven Sarno
THE WOUND AND THE GIFT
Director: Linda Hoaglund
All over the world, people save animals that were bred, abused, or sold on the black market, with an impact on both rescuer and rescued.
Expected to attend: Linda Hoaglund
Why You Should Attend:
Past winners of the Viewfinders competition have included A WORLD NOT OURS, INFORMANT, SCENES OF A CRIME, and WINDFALL. This year’s selections include four world premieres, covering a diverse range of topics, from the gun debate and the dark side of relief work to family dynamics and an unforgettable outsider artist. The latter film, ALMOST THERE, marks the directorial debut of Aaron Wickenden, whose editing credits include FINDING VIVIAN MAIER, THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI, and the INTERRUPTERS.
Several of the competition titles have already impressed at other major festivals: SONG FROM THE FOREST won at IDFA, while CAIRO DRIVE was recognized at Abu Dhabi, and MEET THE PATELS picked up two awards at Traverse City, an audience award at Los Angeles, and made the top ten of Hot Docs’ audience favorites.
THE WOUND AND THE GIFT marks Linda Hoaglund’s third time at DOC NYC following 2010’s ANPO: ART X WAR and last year’s THINGS LEFT BEHIND. Producer Daniel Chalfen, another DOC NYC alumni with last year’s TOWN HALL, 2012’s CODE OF THE WEST, and 2010’s THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MCKINLEY NOLAN, is represented in the competition by both THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST and IN COUNTRY.
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