On Thursday, November 10, in just over two weeks, DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, kicks off its seventh edition. As the fest’s Director of Programming, I’ve led the film selection, and, as in years past, will briefly profile programming here in the lead-up to opening night, beginning with two of our highest profile sections:
CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY
Director: Matt Tyrnauer
In the 1960s, writer and activist Jane Jacobs fights against NYC’s most ruthless power broker, Robert Moses, and his draconian urban redevelopment plans.
Expected to attend: Director Matt Tyrnauer; Producers Robert Hammond, Corey Reeser
CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY
Director: John Scheinfeld
An exploration of the life and music of legendary jazz saxophonist, composer and tireless innovator, John Coltrane.
Expected to attend: Director John Scheinfeld
CAPTIVE: COLA KIDNAP
Director: Jesse Vile
Preview of two episodes of a new Netflix docuseries produced by Simon Chinn (SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN) focusing on the life and death stakes of different hostage situations.
Expected to attend: Producer Simon Chinn, Executive Producer Doug Liman
CITY OF JOY
Director: Madeleine Gavin
A chronicle of resilience as female survivors of violence create a revolutionary community in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Expected to attend: Director Madeleine Gavin, subjects Eve Ensler, Dr Denis Mukwege, Jane Mukunila, and Christine Schuler Deschryver
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
Directors: Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato
The filmed version of Jonny Donahoe’s acclaimed one-man show, a life-affirming answer to suicide full of poignancy, humor and audience participation.
Expected to attend: Directors Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato, Co-Producer Lisa Heller
MARATHON: THE PATRIOTS DAY BOMBING
Directors: Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg
A powerful look back at the Boston Marathon bombing following the manhunt for the terrorists while survivors contend with the aftermath.
Expected to attend: Directors Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg, Producers Jake Abraham & Jameka Autry
THE PULITZER AT 100
Director: Kirk Simon
Oscar®-winning director Kirk Simon examines the rich legacy of the Pulitzer Prize.
Expected to attend: Director Kirk Simon, Pulitzer winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and two-time Pulitzer winner Sheri Fink from The New York Times
SOUNDBREAKING: STORIES FROM THE CUTTING EDGE OF RECORDED MUSIC
Directors: Jeff Dupre & Maro Chermayeff
Featuring hundreds of original interviews with some of the most celebrated musicians of all time, this preview of two episodes of a new PBS docuseries chronicles the history of music recording.
Expected to attend: Directors Jeff Dupre & Maro Chermayeff, subject Giles Martin
Why You Should Attend:
Our Galas bookend the festival, affording audiences the opportunity to become acquainted with pivotal figures in NYC history and in the music world, respectively. CITIZEN JANE’s director Matt Tyrnauer was behind the Oscar shortlisted VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR (2008), while CHASING TRANE’s director John Scheinfeld tackled another music icon in his previous film, THE US VS JOHN LENNON (2006).
Last year’s Special Events section offered the world premiere of MAKING A MURDERER; this year’s gives viewers a sneak peek at Netflix’s newest docuseries, as well as at PBS’s new show. High profile special guests so far include Eve Ensler (THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES), Doug Liman (THE BOURNE IDENTITY), Simon Chinn (SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN), Pulitzer Prize winners, and more.
To purchase tickets, click on the individual titles above, and follow links for ticketing, where still available. Or consider purchasing one of DOC NYC’s Pass options for access to a variety of programming.