2018 DOC NYC in Focus: Short List: Features

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? | photo by Jim Judkis

Festival:
DOC NYC

Dates:
November 8-15

Section:
Short List: Features, our picks for the most accomplished docs of the year, and potential awards contenders:

CRIME + PUNISHMENT
Director: Stephen Maing

With unparalleled access to the whistle-blowing NYPD 12, this compelling Sundance prize-winner exposes systemic police corruption.

FAHRENHEIT 11/9
Director: Michael Moore

“One of Moore’s best and most incisively funny films” (Rolling Stone) seeks to understand the rise of Donald Trump and the resistance against him.

FREE SOLO
Directors: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin

Alex Honnold aims to be the first climber to ascend free solo–without safety ropes–the 3,000-foot cliff of El Capitan in California’s Yosemite Park.

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING
Director: RaMell Ross

In this lyrical portrait of two young African-American men in the American South, “you witness a new cinematic language being born” (Village Voice).

JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS
Director: Susan Lacy

This candid and entertaining portrait explores Jane Fonda’s many facets: sex symbol, Academy Award winner, controversial activist, tycoon’s wife and fitness mogul.

MINDING THE GAP
Director: Bing Liu

Bing Liu films his skateboarding friends Zack and Keire over a decade, capturing the legacy of troubled relationships with their fathers.

ON HER SHOULDERS
Director: Alexandria Bombach

Before Nadia Murad was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, this portrait captures the young Yazidi activist as she advocates for her minority community.

POPE FRANCIS: A MAN OF HIS WORD
Director: Wim Wenders

The Oscar-nominated director of PINA and BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB now trains his camera on the Argentine pontiff who leads the Catholic Church.

QUINCY
Directors: Rashida Jones, Alan Hicks

Following the now 85-year-old producer Quincy Jones over three years on the road as he reflects on collaborators, from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson.

RBG
Directors: Betsy West, Julie Cohen

In this vivid history, we watch Ruth Bader Ginsburg go from trailblazing ACLU lawyer to the key liberal voice on the conservative Supreme Court.

REVERSING ROE
Directors: Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg

Acclaimed filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern trace the legacy of Roe v. Wade as reproductive rights are increasingly at risk.

THE SENTENCE
Director: Rudy Valdez

For ten years, Rudy Valdez captures the lives of his nieces while their mother serves a harsh prison term due to mandatory minimum sentencing.

SHIRKERS
Director: Sandi Tan

Sundance Directing Award winner Sandi Tan solves a mystery from her youth in Singapore, when her mysterious older mentor stole her first film.

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
Director: Tim Wardle

When triplets separated at birth discovered each other in 1980, it was a media sensation, but the truth behind their past proves both surprising and disturbing.

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
Director: Morgan Neville

Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville tells the story of Fred Rogers, who influenced generations of children through his pioneering TV program.

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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