Spring Showcase 2022

DOC NYC’s second annual Spring Showcase returned from May 20th – June 19th, 2022. Viewers had free access to 15 of this year’s most talked-about nonfiction films and series, paired with exclusive conversations featuring the creative teams behind them.

2022 Spring Showcase Events:

Click the links below for more info and to RSVP:

Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition – Q&A with Host/Executive Producer Padma Lakshmi.
Screened May 20 – 21

Dear… – Q&A with Director/Cinematographer Jenna Rosher, Executive Producer/Showrunner Donny Jackson and Executive Producer Jane Cha Cutler.
Screened May 23 – 24

They Call Me Magic 
Screened May 25 – 26

30 for 30: Once Upon a Time in Queens – Q&A with Director Nick Davis.
Screened May 27 – 28

Lucy and Desi – Q&A with Director/Producer Amy Poehler, Producer Jeanne Elfant Festa, Producer Justin Wilkes and Editor Robert A. Martinez.
Screened May 29 – 30
Additional in-person screened June 7, 7:30pm, with pre-recorded Q&A.

Fauci – Q&A with Director John Hoffman, Director Janet Tobias and Producer Dan Cogan.
Screened May 31 – June 1

The Big Conn – Q&A with Executive Producers/Directors James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte.
Screened June 2 – 3

Prehistoric Planet – Q&A with Executive Producer Michael Gunton.
Screened June 4 – 5

No Responders Left Behind – Q&A with Director/Writer/Producer Rob Lindsay and Documentary Subject/9/11 Activist John Feal and Producer Kelly Zemnickis.
Screened June 6 – 7

We Need to Talk About Cosby – Q&A with Director/Executive Producer W. Kamau Bell, Executive Producer/Showrunner Katie A. King and Documentary Subject/Cosby Survivor Lili Bernard.
Screened June 8 – 9

Downfall: The Case Against Boeing – Q&A with Director/Producer Rory Kennedy.
Screened June 10 – 11

14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible – Q&A with Director Torquil Jones.
Screened June 12 – 13

We Feed People – Q&A with Producers Sara Bernstein and Meredith Kaulfers and Editor Andrew Morreale.
Screened June 14 – 15

Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. – Q&A with Director and Executive Producer Chris Smith.
Screened June 16 – 17

Fin – Q&A with Writer/Director Eli Roth and Documentary Subject/Conservationist Regi Domingo.
Screened June 18 – 19
Additional in-person screening was on June 9, 7pm; Q&A with Writer/Director Eli Roth.


All prerecorded conversations and select shows will have closed captioning. To inquire about accessibility for any DOC NYC events, please email accessibility@docnyc.net.

Week 1

Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition, from award-winning host and executive producer Padma Lakshmi, explores the rich and diverse food culture of immigrant groups across America.

Emboldened by actress Sandra Oh’s “It’s an Honor Just to Be Asian” proclamation at the Emmys, a journalist starts an Asian American pride movement; Laird Hamilton’s surfing innovations give a triple amputee encouragement to adapt the sport to his body.

The accomplishments and global impact of Earvin “Magic” Johnson, both on and off the court; featuring interviews with Magic Johnson, his family members and others.

Once Upon a Time in Queens tells the story of the 1986 Mets and their incredible season in the greatest city in the world, a fairy tale that will never be forgotten, and never seen again.

Week 2

From director Amy Poehler, Lucy and Desi explores the unlikely partnership and enduring legacy of one of the most prolific power couples in entertainment history.

A portrait of Dr. Anthony Fauci, a public servant, scientist, physician, husband and father whose career spans seven presidents and bookended by two pandemics: HIV/AIDS, which shaped him, and COVID-19, which has tested him beyond all expectations.

The true story of larger-than-life attorney Eric C. Conn who stole more than half a billion dollars in the largest Social Security fraud case in history. Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Experience the wonders of our world like never before in this epic docuseries from Jon Favreau and the producers of Planet Earth.  Travel back 66 million years to when majestic dinosaurs and extraordinary creatures roamed the lands, seas and skies.

Week 3

No Responders Left Behind follows social activist John Feal, FDNY hero Ray Pfeifer, and Jon Stewart in their fight for health benefits and compensation for 9/11 first responders.

W. Kamau Bell’s exploration of Bill Cosby’s descent from “America’s Dad” to alleged sexual predator through a candid, first of its kind conversation about the man.

Week 4

Follows the intrepid journey of mountaineer Nirmal “Nimsdai” Purja and team of Sherpas as they climb 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks in seven months.

We Feed People, from Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, spotlights renowned chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen’s incredible mission and evolution over 12 years, from being a scrappy group of grassroots volunteers to becoming one of the most highly regarded humanitarian aid organizations in the disaster relief sector.

Restaurateur Sarma Melngailis and her deceitful husband stiffed employees and investors out of nearly $2 million. But was Sarma a villain — or a victim?

Fueled by his fascination, fear and love of sharks, award-winning filmmaker Eli Roth travels the globe exposing the horrors and environmental devastation of the shark fin trade.