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New Orleans 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 29th New Orleans Film Festival

Dates:
October 17-25

About:
Filmmakers and industry continue to be drawn to this popular and well-regarded Southern regional event, which presents nearly 40 docs among its 60+ feature offerings.

WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE

Among the films competing in the Documentary Competition are: Emily Harrold’s WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE, which follows Bakari Sellers uphill struggle as he runs for lieutenant governor in South Carolina; Nadia Shihab’s JADDOLAND, a portrait of the filmmaker’s mother, an Iraqi artist in Texas; and Hao Zhang’s GIMME A FAITH, which follows evangelical Christian Chinese students studied in North Carolina.

BUCKJUMPING

The Louisiana Competition’s nonfiction titles include: Mark K Brockway and Timothy Givens’ MISSISSIPPI MADAM: THE LIFE OF NELLIE JACKSON, about an African-American divorcee-turned-brothel madam; Allison Bohl Dehart and Peter Dehart’s BENDING LINES: THE SCULPTURE OF ROBERT WIGGS, a portrait of an artist and his unique scientific approach to his work; and Lily Keber’s BUCKJUMPING, a look at New Orleans’ dance traditions.

THIS TACO TRUCK KILLS FASCISTS

Other sections featuring documentaries include: Spotlight Films, with upcoming DOC NYC opening night selection, John Chester’s THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, which follows a couple’s odyssey to establish a biodynamic farm; Caribbean Voices, with Jose Hiriart’s PÉP SOUVREN (SOVEREIGN PEOPLE), about activists fighting for true democracy in Haiti; and Change-Makers, which includes Harry Moses’ GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, a case study exposing the injustices in New Orleans’ criminal justice system; Ada McMahon and Wendi Moore-O’Neal’s THIS LITTLE LIGHT, about a woman forced to stay closeted to do relief work post-Katrina; and Rodrigo Dorfman’s THIS TACO TRUCK KILLS FASCISTS, about a traveling theatre project exposing the impact of immigration on New Orleans.

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DOC NYC 2018 Lineup Announced

As DOC NYC’s Director of Programming, I’m excited to share that the full lineup for America’s largest documentary festival has just been revealed. DOC NYC’s ninth edition will run November 8-15, and includes 135 features, representing 42 world premieres, 3 international premieres, 4 North American premieres, 7 US premieres, and 68 NYC premieres, in addition to short films and our parallel DOC NYC PRO series of industry programming.

Our website has full information here, and ticketing is live now.

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London 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 62nd BFI London Film Festival

Dates:
October 10-21

About:
This noted UK event presents more than 200 new features, but has reduced the number of nonfiction offerings substantially this year, with just over 40 docs compared to last year’s nearly 60. Continue reading

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Hamptons 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 26th Hamptons International Film Festival

Dates:
October 4-8

About:
This well-respected Long Island event presents 30 documentaries out of its 70 feature offerings. Continue reading

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New York Film Festival 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 56th New York Film Festival

Dates:
September 28-October 14

About:
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. Continue reading

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Los Angeles 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 24th Los Angeles Film Festival

Dates:
September 20-28

About:
Film Independent’s annual festival makes the move to the Fall this year, once again presenting two dozen documentaries among its 70 feature offerings. Continue reading

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Urbanworld 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 22nd annual Urbanworld Film Festival

Dates:
September 19-23

About:
Just seven documentaries appear among the 25 features presented at the long-running NYC event, which celebrates work by African American and multicultural filmmakers. Continue reading

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