GALA: Sun. Nov. 7, 2010 – 7pm (NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts)

Tabloid is a return to my favorite genre,” writes Errol Morris. “Sick, sad and funny, but, of course, it’s more than that. It is a meditation on how we are shaped by the media and even more powerfully, by ourselves.” At the center of the story is Joyce, a former Miss Wyoming with an IQ of 168. Morris writes, “Joyce is a woman profoundly influenced by her dreams and, in a sense, she was living in a movie long before she came to star in my film.”

DOC NYC audiences have the opportunity to watch Tabloid in juxtaposition to three of Morris’ earlier films Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line and A Brief History of Time that are playing in the festival’s Spotlight section. This spectrum of his work exemplifies how Morris has expanded the creative expectations of non-fiction filmmaking. Tabloid returns to a question that’s often been an undercurrent in Morris’ work: How do we uncover the truth when so many false versions exist?

The gala screening will be followed by a Q&A with Morris discussing the strange trip of making this film.

Director: Errol Morris
Year: 2010