THE GREAT HACK

Filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim were on the 2013 DOC NYC Short List for their Academy Award nominated film THE SQUARE. Now they investigate how Cambridge Analytica attempted to influence Brexit and the 2016 U.S. elections. As the data company blows up into an international scandal, the film follows Cambridge Analytica insider Brittany Kaiser, […]

SHORT LIST SHORTS: LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD + ST LOUIS SUPERMAN

LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) DIR: Carol Dysinger In the war-torn city of Kabul, a class of young girls from disadvantaged neighborhoods learns to read, write—and skateboard—in director Carol Dysinger’s love letter to a place she has filmed in for the last fifteen years. Courtesy of Lifetime Films/A&E IndieFilms. (USA/UK, […]

SHORT LISTS SHORTS: FIRE IN PARADISE + GHOSTS OF SUGAR LAND

FIRE IN PARADISE DIR: Drea Cooper, Zachary Canepari On the morning of November 8, 2018, a seemingly small fire broke out in Butte County, California near the town of Paradise. Over the course of a few short hours, it grew into the country’s deadliest wildfire in over a century, killing 85 people and destroying Paradise. […]

THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY

In 1985, Brazil reclaimed democracy after decades of military dictatorship. At the heart of the country’s democratic reforms was the progressive Workers’ Party, which elected Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva the nation’s president in 2002, followed by his protege, Dilma Rousseff, its first female leader, in 2010. But neither could escape the powerful dual forces […]

DIEGO MARADONA

Filmmaker Asif Kapadia was on the 2015 Short List for his Oscar®-winning film Amy. Now he returns with this stunning portrait of Argentine football star Diego Maradona, focusing on the player’s legend-making years in Italy. Since Kapadia’s breakthrough documentary Senna, he’s employed a virtuoso approach to archival footage that’s used to depict Maradona’s exploits on […]

COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD

In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld was killed in a suspicious plane crash while en route to defuse a crisis in Congo. The diplomat’s advocacy for African postcolonial independence led many to conclude he had been assassinated by powerful enemies, but the case has remained unsolved for nearly 60 years. Enter filmmaker-provocateur Mads Brügger, […]

SHORTS: WAYS OF SEEING

A moment in time, captured in these observational docs. (TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 87 MIN) Easter Snap | Director: RaMell Ross An examination of five men who resurrect the homestead ritual of hog processing in the Deep South. (USA, 14 MIN) Ataguttak the Hunter | Director: Uncredited In the remote hamlet of Arivat, Nunavut, trace Ataguttak’s coming of age as […]

1275 DAYS

NYC PREMIERE In Elkhart, Indiana, 16-year old Blake Layman attempts to rob a home, only to see his friend and accomplice, Danzele, lose his life to the homeowner’s gun. Even though Blake did not pull the trigger, he faces a 55-year prison sentence under the felony murder rule. Directors Katie Green and Carlye Rubin chart […]

ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN

Bruce Franks Jr., a 34-year-old Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community. Courtesy of MTV. Co-presented by Film Fatales, NYWIFT & ROOFTOP FILMS

AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA

NYC PREMIERE Paul Lima has spent over a decade seeking justice for his slain father, Albert. Though convicted, Albert’s murderer has remained free in Honduras. Frustrated with the failings of the legal system, Paul takes the unorthodox—and highly dangerous—step of hiring two bounty hunters to track down the killer and finally make him pay. This riveting […]