Shorts, curated by programmer Opal H. Bennett:
SHORTS: THE BIG APPLE
New York, NY. It’s a helluva town. Seven films explore the city, from the lives of immigrant cabbies to the World Trade Center memorial.
SHORTS: THE CREATIVE SPARK
On artists, performers and designers. Eight films profile graffiti to woodworking, architecture to art in Havana.
SHORTS: DRAWN TOGETHER
Life, animated. Nine films offer a creative use of animation to tell stories about Christmas, clowns, film pioneers and more.
SHORTS: GENERATION Z
The hopes and dreams of the youngest generation. Seven films detail young love, youth activism, refugee life and more.
SHORTS: I’M A SURVIVOR
Contemplating life and death and finding grace. Six films offer hope in the face of life’s curveballs, from illness to accident.
History is made, for better or worse. Three films explore the legacy of both private and public actions.
SHORTS: QUEERLY BELOVED
Life, loud and proud. Four films detail the diversity of LGBTQ experience.
SHORTS: SPACES UNKNOWN
Unexpected moments and unusual discoveries. Six surprising stories about fake news, rhino guardians and more.
SHORTS: THIS IS AMERICA, 2018
The states of the nation. Seven stories offer seven stories about Alabama quilters, a Texas pastor, New Orleans politicians and more.
SHORTS: THIS SPORTING LIFE
Athletes, on and off the field. Six portraits of boxing, climbing, football and more.
DOC NYC U, showcasing some of the city’s top student documentary filmmaking programs:
Columbia University ShowcaseStudents in The Documentary Project at Columbia Journalism School learn to write, film and narrate the stories of our time, from deadline reporting to profile writing and documentary features. Successful candidates have leveraged their work to include magazine features, NPR radio stories and newspaper articles.
Hunter College ShowcaseHunter College’s MFA Program in Integrated Media Arts (IMA) offers advanced studies in nonfiction media making. The IMA Program educates multidisciplinary, socially engaged media makers in a diverse range of skills across the media landscape. Working with faculty from film, video, emerging media and journalism backgrounds, students learn to conceptualize, create and distribute innovative, politically and socially engaged expression using contemporary media technologies.
New York Film Academy ShowcaseNew York Film Academy Documentary Department students learn to make films by making films. Hands-on, intensive MFA and one-year Conservatory programs pair rigorous instruction with close mentoring by a world class faculty to support students from around the world as they create their own documentary films. Alumni have received an Emmy® Award, multiple Academy Award®- and Emmy Award nominations and honors at Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, SXSW and Toronto. NYFA has been named one of The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Top American Film Schools,” Variety‘s “Stellar Film Schools” and The Independent’s “10 Best Academic Programs for Documentary Filmmakers.”
New York University ShowcaseNYU’s NewsDoc program prepares students to report and produce for traditional and nontraditional media. Emphasizing not only the story, but the storytelling, the program’s goal is for students to be skilled in both form and content, able tell a story by effectively using all aspects of the medium. The program culminates with each student producing, shooting and editing a 30-minute documentary.
School of Visual Arts ShowcaseThe School of Visual Arts’ MFA Social Documentary Film program teaches the artistic skills and techniques needed to tell compelling true stories that stimulate meaningful dialogue. SocDoc not only teaches the fundamentals of good storytelling, but guides students toward a career in the thriving documentary industry. Program alumni have won Student Academy Awards® and have had their films screened theatrically, on television and in festivals worldwide.
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.