DOC NYC Selects is an in-person, ongoing screening series that serves as an extension of DOC NYC’s annual fall festival. The Summer 2024 edition of DOC NYC Selects will run for four consecutive weeks, June 27 – July 16, at New York’s IFC Center, with filmmakers in person, and post-screening gatherings at Greenwich Village’s nearby Bar Veloce.


In a landmark Supreme Court case pitting Asian American plaintiffs against Harvard University, activists on both sides wrestle with hard truths about race and equality, as the fate of affirmative action hangs in the balance.

Less than one-hundred miles above our heads is where some of the most valuable real estate in the universe lives; Low Earth Orbit. This is an extraterrestrial land grab, a galactic Wild West where the cowboys are visionaries, tinkerers, and capitalists dead set on owning the future.

The story of Christopher Reeve is an astonishing rise from unknown actor to iconic movie star, and his definitive portrayal of Clark Kent/Superman set the benchmark for the superhero cinematic universes that dominate cinema today. Reeve portrayed the Man of Steel in four Superman films and played dozens of other roles that displayed his talent and range as an actor, before being injured in a near-fatal horse-riding accident in 1995 that left him paralyzed from the neck down. After becoming a quadriplegic, he became a charismatic leader and activist in the quest to find a cure for spinal cord injuries, as well as a passionate advocate for disability rights and care – all while continuing his career in cinema in front of and behind the camera and dedicating himself to his beloved family.

DOC NYC Selects: Summer 2024 events are on sale now at and Single screening tickets are $18 ($15 for seniors and $12 for IFC Center members) each. A Series Season Pass, good for all four Summer 2024 screenings in the DOC NYC Selects series, is available for $55 ($35 for IFC Center members). For questions about accessibility at the screening, please email

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DOC NYC Selects: Summer 2024 – Program Details and Schedule

Thursday, June 27, 7pm
Summer Edition Opening Night
Directors: Hao Wu, Miao Wang
Producers: Hao Wu, Miao Wang

NYC PREMIERE Screening exactly a year to the day that a landmark US Supreme Court ruling dismantled key aspects of affirmative action in higher education, filmmakers Hao Wu and Miao Wang examine the factors that led to the high-stakes lawsuit filed by Asian American plaintiffs against Harvard University, and the wide-ranging fallout from the decision. The screening will be followed by an on-stage conversation with filmmaker Miao Wang and executive producer Amanda Spain.  

Tuesday, July 2, 7pm
Director: Lucy Walker
Producers: Charlie Corwin, Michael D. Ratner, Miranda Sherman, Dalia Burde, Christopher Newman

NYC PREMIERE Lhakpa Sherpa is the first Nepali woman to summit and descend Mount Everest – but how she navigated her life as a single mother and immigrant is an even more heroic tale. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker illuminates the inspiring world of a remarkable woman who continues to venture forth from her new life in Connecticut (where she works as a dishwasher at Whole Foods) to actively scale the Earth’s greatest peaks. The screening will be followed by an on-stage conversation with Lhakpa Sherpa and filmmaker Lucy Walker. 

Tuesday, July 9, 7pm
Director: Ross Kauffman
Producers: Jaye Callahan, Ashlee Vance, Adam McKay, Todd Schulman, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Craig H. Shepherd, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Tina Nguyen, John Khoury, Maiken Baird, Rachel Crane

NYC PREMIERE Humanity’s next great frontier lies just above our heads in the further reaches of our planet’s atmosphere. It’s a fast-paced and high-stakes race in which rockets and satellites are taking over Low Earth orbit to gain control over our planet. Oscar-winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman follows the rollercoaster journey – exhilarating triumphs to gut-wrenching setbacks – of tech startups vying for a piece of this unchartered territory. Beneath the shiny veneer of progress is the dark side of capitalism’s insatiable appetite for profit. The screening will be followed by an on-stage conversation with filmmaker Ross Kauffman.

Tuesday, July 16, 7pm
Summer Edition Closing Night
Directors: Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui
Producers: Lizzie Gillett, Robert Ford, Ian Bonhôte

Filmmakers Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui (McQueen) soar to new heights with their emotional and deeply moving account of the story of the late Christopher Reeve, who became an iconic movie star as the Man of Steel in the blockbuster Superman films of the late 1970s and 80s – until a near-fatal accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. This epic documentary details Reeve’s pivot to determined activism for spinal cord injury cures and disability rights and care, a journey that his three children, Matthew, Alexandra, and Will, would eventually continue after his untimely death. The screening will be followed by an on-stage conversation with Will Reeve and filmmakers Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui.     

Note: Guest participation subject to change.