2017 DOC NYC in Focus: Centerstage

REBELS ON POINTE


Today’s look at DOC NYC continues with a newly returned section spotlighting the performing arts:

Centerstage

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL
Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright
NYC PREMIERE

AMERICAN IDOL contestant and RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE judge Todrick Hall races to complete an autobiographical musical and take the live show on the road to his devoted fans.

GETTING NAKED

GETTING NAKED: A BURLESQUE STORY
Director: James Lester
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Uncovering New York City’s neo-burlesque subculture, this entertaining film offers a lingering look at several sexy denizens of the nightlife scene.

THE PROBLEM WITH APU

THE PROBLEM WITH APU
Director: Michael Melamedoff
WORLD PREMIERE

South Asian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his long-standing “nemesis,” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, better known as the Kwik-E-Mart owner on THE SIMPSONS.

REBELS ON POINTE
Director: Bobbi Jo Hart
NYC PREMIERE

A globetrotting profile of NYC’s beloved Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male dance troupe that fuses camp humor with classical ballet performed in drag.

REPEAT ATTENDERS

REPEAT ATTENDERS
Director: Mark Dooley
WORLD PREMIERE

An entertaining portrait of musical theatre superfans, for whom shows like LES MIZ, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, and CATS are an obsession, a refuge and a place where they belong.

SAMMY DAVIS, JR: I’VE GOTTA BE ME

SAMMY DAVIS, JR: I’VE GOTTA BE ME
Director: Sam Pollard
NYC PREMIERE

A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.

SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART

SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART
Director: Tracy Heather Strain
NYC PREMIERE

A moving account of the life of black playwright, communist, feminist, lesbian and outspoken trailblazer Lorraine Hansberry (A RAISIN IN THE SUN).

STANDING UP

STANDING UP
Director: Jonathan Miller
WORLD PREMIERE

An Egyptian lawyer, a couch-surfing custodian and an Orthodox Jew walk into a comedy club… and end up starring in a film about three unlikely aspiring stand-up comics.

More Info:
For full descriptions, a list of expected special guests, screening details, 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 several Pass options for access to a variety of programming.

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