2016 DOC NYC in Focus: Sonic Cinema

we-wrote-this-yesterday-keyDOC NYC kicks off in just a few days. My programming preview continues with our ever-popular music doc section: Sonic Cinema

Sonic Cinema

the_ballad_of_fred_herschTHE BALLAD OF FRED HERSCH
Directors: Charlotte Lagarde & Carrie Lozano
NYC PREMIERE

Acclaimed pianist Fred Hersch transforms his darkest hours into an innovative multimedia jazz theatre experience.

bang_the_bert_berns_storyBANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY
Directors: Brett Berns & Bob Sarles
NYC PREMIERE

Prolific songwriter and producer Bert Berns was behind such classics as “Piece of My Heart” and “Twist and Shout,” while also launching the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond.

l7L7: PRETEND WE’RE DEAD
Director: Sarah Price
WORLD PREMIERE

Grab your backstage pass and take a visceral immersion into the 1990s with one of its seminal grunge punk bands, L7.

raving_iranRAVING IRAN
Director: Susanne Regina Meures
US PREMIERE

An unexpected invitation offers a taste of freedom to Iranian underground DJs risking imprisonment for pursuing their passion.

serenadeSERENADE FOR HAITI
Director: Owsley Brown
WORLD PREMIERE

This portrait of a classical music school in Haiti is a poignant testament to resilience, hope and the power of music.

terry kathTHE TERRY KATH EXPERIENCE
Director: Michelle Kath Sinclair
US PREMIERE

A trip into the mind of the most underrated guitarists in rock history, original Chicago band member Terry Kath.

WE WROTE THIS YESTERDAY (pictured above)
Director: Sam Wrench
WORLD PREMIERE

While on tour through South Africa, the Grammy Award-winning Mumford & Sons attempt to write and record a mini-album in just two days.

the_wonderful_kingdom_of_papa_alaevTHE WONDERFUL KINGDOM OF PAPA ALAEV
Directors: Tal Barda & Noam Pinchas
US PREMIERE

As the controlling patriarch of a family folk rock group ages, the future of the family business is in jeopardy.

Why You Should Attend:
Owing the popularity of the music doc subgenre, this is one of DOC NYC’s perennial strands, exploring a range of artists and musical styles, from early rock and roll to ’90s grunge, modern jazz piano to world folk rock – with special guests in attendance including L7 and others!

More Info:
For full descriptions, a list of expected special guests, and 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.

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