2018 DOC NYC in Focus: Sonic Cinema

THE SHOW’S THE THING | Janis and Tina at Madison Square Garden, November 27, 1969. Photograph by & © Amalie R. Rothschild

Festival:
DOC NYC

Dates:
November 8-15

Section:
Sonic Cinema, films on music and musicians:

THE 5 BROWNS: DIGGING THROUGH THE DARKNESS
Director: Ben Niles
NYC PREMIERE

Siblings and Juilliard-trained piano virtuosos, the 5 Browns confront a disturbing secret and use music to recover from its impact on their family.

16 BARS
Director: Samuel Bathrick
NYC PREMIERE

Grammy winner Todd Thomas—aka “Speech” of Arrested Development—leads a unique collaborative music workshop in a Virginia state jail.

ECHO IN THE CANYON
Director: Andrew Slater
NYC PREMIERE

Musician Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers explores the 1960s musicians who fostered folk rock tradition in the community of Laurel Canyon.

I USED TO BE NORMAL: A BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY
Director: Jessica Leski
NYC PREMIERE

Profiling the ardent fans who find joy in their devotion of boy bands such as New Kids on the Block, N*Sync, One Direction and The Beatles.

IT MUST SCHWING! THE BLUE NOTE STORY
Director: Eric Friedler
NYC PREMIERE

Executive produced by Wim Wenders and featuring a swinging jazz soundtrack, this history of Blue Note Records profiles the company’s two Jewish German refugee founders.

RUDEBOY: THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS
Director: Nicolas Jack Davies
US PREMIERE

Set to great Jamaican music, a creative exploration of the pioneering 1960s label behind “Rudy, A Message to You,” “You Can Get if You Really Want,” and more.

THE SHOW’S THE THING: THE LEGENDARY PROMOTERS OF ROCK
Directors: Molly Bernstein, Philip Dolin
WORLD PREMIERE

This untold chapter of rock history reveals the influential live music promoters behind the rise of the Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, David Bowie, and more.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME
Director: Olivia Lichtenstein
NYC PREMIERE

This definitive bio, set to a soulful soundtrack, tells the story of Teddy Pendergrass, poised to be the biggest R&B artist ever—until tragedy struck.

More Info:
For full descriptions, a list of expected guests, screening details, and to purchase tickets, click on the individual titles above, and follow links for ticketing, where still available. Note that anything indicating Rush Only may still have tickets available day-of at the venue. Or consider purchasing one of DOC NYC’s several Pass options for access to a variety of programming.

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