Documentary storytelling is flourishing like never before – encompassing reportage, memoir, history, humor and more. DOC NYC celebrates this cultural phenomenon and encourages its new directions.



IFC Center

IFC Center

DOC NYC‘s principle location is in Greenwich Village’s IFC Center (on Sixth Avenue at West Third Street).

IFC is easily accessible by subway:

– A/B/C/D/E/F/V trains to W. 4th St./Washington Square

– 1 train to the Christopher St./Sheridan Square.

SVA Theatre

DOC NYC also screens in the heart of Chelsea at the School of Visual Arts Theatre (on 333 West 23rd street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).

SVA is easily accessible by mass transit:

– C/E train to 23rd Street (at Eighth Avenue)

– 1 train to 23rd Street (at Seventh Avenue)

– F or PATH (from New Jersey) (at Sixth Avenue)

– Downtown M11 bus on Ninth Avenue

– Uptown M20 bus on Eight Avenue

– Crosstown M23 bus (stops at Eighth and Ninth Avenues)


Mission Statement

Among its missions, DOC NYCaims to:

  1. CURATE: guide audiences toward inspiring work.
  2. CROSS FERTILIZE: gather practitioners of many fields – filmmakers, writers, photographers and other storytellers to inspire each other.
  3. CROSS GENERATIONS: use the festival’s partnership with School of Visual Arts as a means for younger and older voices to communicate.
  4. CULTIVATE NEW AUDIENCES: attract newcomers with the excitement of a festival atmosphere.
  5. EXPAND DISTRIBUTION: help documentary storytellers make the most of emerging technologies such as video downloads, podcasts and electronic readers.
  6. CREATE SOCIAL SPACE: bring people together in theaters, lounges, and discussion spaces in Greenwich Village and Chelsea.
  7. MAKE THE MOST OF NYC: foster fresh connections between residents and expose visitors to the opportunities that happen only in New York.

For the past ten years, the team behind DOC NYC has been building a community around the weekly documentary film series Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC Center. In four years, DOC NYC has become the country’s largest documentary festival with over 130 films and events; and over 100 special guests. “DOC NYC has quickly become one of the city’s grandest cinema events,” wrote the Wall Street Journal.

Meet the Team

Festival Organizers:

Raphaela Neihausen

Raphaela Neihausen

DOC NYC Executive Director

Raphaela Neihausen is the executive director of the acclaimed documentary series Stranger Than Fiction that takes place at the IFC Center, hailed as “our favorite New York documentary series” (New York magazine) and  “Best Documentary Programming” in New York (Time Out magazine). She is also executive director of the Montclair Film Festival. She worked for seven years at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), advising Fortune 100 companies on strategic growth. Neihausen produced the documentary “Miss Gulag” (recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation and Sundance Documentary Fund) that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and went on to be broadcast all over the world. She speaks six languages and holds a BSFS/MA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.



Thom Powers

Thom Powers

DOC NYC Artistic Director

Thom Powers is the creator and host of the documentary series Stranger Than Fiction that takes place at the IFC Center. Powers serves as the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival for which he was profiled in The New York Times.” He also curates TIFF’s Mavericks conversation series, where he has conducted discussions with Bill Gates, Chris Rock, David Geffen, Neil Young and others. He taught at New York University for over 10 years and received an award for Teaching Excellence. He currently teaches for the School of Visual Arts Social Documentary graduate program. He is the artistic director of the Montclair Film Festival, programmer for the Miami International Film Festival and curator for SundanceNOW Doc Club. He co-founded the Cinema Eye Honors, an annual award for documentary excellence.



John Vanco

John Vanco

IFC Center Vice President and General Manager

Through his leadership roles in film distribution and exhibition over the last 15 years, John Vanco has strived to connect great works of cinema with appreciative audiences. Greenwich Village’s IFC Center, led by Vanco since its 2005 opening, is the bricks and mortar home of IFC Entertainment and serves as a focal point for the independent film community. As one of the founders of Cowboy Pictures, Vanco led the distribution efforts on behalf of dozens of foreign language, documentary and American fiction features, including works by Lynne Ramsay, David Gordon Green, Catherine Breillat and Shohei Imamura. Cowboy also programmed an innovative film calendar at a Manhattan cinema and managed the theatrical libraries of Janus Films and Pennebaker/Hegedus films. Previously, Vanco served in various capacities at Miramax, New Yorker Films and Fine Line Features.



>Harris Dew

Harris Dew

IFC Center Programs and Promotions

Harris Dew has worked in film programming and publicity for over 15 years, holding positions at New Yorker Films, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art and Film Forum. He has a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an MA in Film History from NYU.


>Harris Dew

Basil Tsiokos

DOC NYC Director of Programming

Basil Tsiokos has worked at DOC NYC for two years as a programmer. He also serves as Documentary Programming Associate for the Sundance Film Festival; and Film Program Director for the Nantucket Film Festival, among other roles. He holds a Masters degree from New York University in Cinema Studies and completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University.


>Harris Dew

Deborah Rudolph

DOC NYC Director of Development

Deborah Rudolph spent 12 years as Manager of Corporate Responsibility at HBO. She has also served as a consultant for the Camden International Film Festival and the True/False Film Festival.She graduated from NYU with a degree in Fine Arts, and has a Masters degree in Communications at Columbia University



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