The 56th New York Film Festival
September 28-October 14
The storied Film Society of Lincoln Center event presents approximately 20 docs among its more than 50 new features, a slight drop compared to last year.
Two of the fest’s 30 offerings in its Main Slate go to nonfiction or essay titles – Frederick Wiseman’s MONROVIA, INDIANA
, a portrait of a small town; and Jean-Luc Godard’s THE IMAGE BOOK
, an essay film examining the modern Arab world – while the Special Events section includes Morgan Neville’s THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD
, on the making of Orson Welles’ THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND; and the Retrospective features three docs on cinema, including Pamela B. Green’s BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ
, on the pioneering but little-remembered female director.
THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM
A dozen nonfiction titles screen in the fest’s Spotlight on Documentaries, including the world premieres of Mark Bozek’s THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM
, on the late, beloved New York Times
street photographer; and Tom Surgal’s FIRE MUSIC
, a tribute to free jazz. Among the many notable remaining selections are titles that made their debuts at other prestigious Fall festivals, including Errol Morris’ AMERICAN DHARMA
, on Steve Bannon; Charles Ferguson’s WATERGATE
, on Nixon’s downfall; and James Longley’s ANGELS ARE MADE OF LIGHT
, a longitudinal look at the youth of Kabul.