November 12, 2021


Screens Friday, November 12 at 2:00pm (IFC Center) – purchase tickets here Selma Blair made her name as an actress in Hollywood hits such as Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde. But in 2018, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As she adapts to living with the illness with humor and unflinching candor, filmmaker Rachel Fleit documents […]

October 26, 2021


Filmmaker Robert Greene has pushed the boundaries of collaborative documentary in innovative films such as Kate Plays Christine and Bisbee ‘17. In Procession, he deepens his practice of collaboration to document a drama-therapy project working with six men in Kansas City, Missouri who were abused by Catholic priests as children. “Greene’s process — free of […]

October 26, 2021


Acclaimed musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson makes his directorial debut shaping a treasure trove of footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. The film features a Who’s Who of Black performers representing the music of Motown, Latin America, Africa, gospel, blues, and more. As a master DJ, Questlove knows exactly how to mix classic performances with […]

October 26, 2021


Anthony Bourdain touched countless lives as the best-selling author of Kitchen Confidential and globe-trotting TV host. His intensity, curiosity and humor radiated off the page and the television screen, leaving a tremendous sense of loss after his suicide in 2018. Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville creates a multi-sided portrait of Bourdain, drawing upon extensive unseen footage […]

October 26, 2021


Filmmaker Todd Haynes has previously portrayed fictionalized musicians in Velvet Goldmine and I’m Not There. Now he turns to documentary to explore The Velvet Underground and the 1960s New York scene of experimental art, music, and film. He conducts new interviews with surviving band members and eyewitnesses, including Jonathan Richman who brings vivid memories of […]

October 26, 2021


The Oscar-nominated directors of RBG deliver a touching portrait of the iconic television chef Julia Child. She defied expectations for women of her time by traveling abroad, mastering French cuisine, and then, in her fifties, becoming a celebrity on public television with The French Chef and inventing the genre of cooking shows. We watch how […]

October 26, 2021


Director Peter Nicks is the recipient of DOC NYC’s 2021 Robert and Anne Drew Award that honors excellence in observational documentary. Following his films The Waiting Room and The Force, Homeroom completes a thematic trilogy exploring different institutions in Oakland, California. Here, we follow the senior class of Oakland High School through the tumultuous year […]

October 26, 2021


Flee uses animation to tell the story of Amin Nawabi (a pseudonym), who fled Afghanistan as a boy, relying on human smugglers to reach Denmark. Filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen met Nawabi when they were both in high school. Now in his thirties, Nawabi shares stories about his life’s journey that he’s long kept secret from […]

October 26, 2021


Using khat, a stimulant leaf chewed by Sufi Imams seeking eternity, as a connecting thread, Faya Dayi takes us on an ethereal journey through Harar, Ethiopia, dipping into the lives of its Oromo denizens as we follow the crop from harvest to consumption. In this hypnotic tribute to the beauty of the land of her […]

October 26, 2021


Academy Award-nominee Lucy Walker focuses on one day in California’s 2018 megafire season to discover why these infernos are growing more common. Contrasting the experiences of wealthy Malibu in the southern end of the state with middle class Paradise in the north, Walker mixes personal reportage with history to deliver an in-depth understanding. The result, […]