AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY

NYC PREMIERE In 2013 artist Ai Weiwei and curator Cheryl Haines created an interactive art installation on San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island. Formerly imprisoned by the Chinese government for his art and political activism, Ai uses his experiences as inspiration. Through a unique combination of kites, Legos and postcards, Ai and Haines pay tribute to prisoners of […]

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 12:15 PM

ALEX DA CORTE: 57 VARIETIES

Artist Alex Da Corte combines personal narrative, art-historical references and television characters to create a contemporary portrait of America in 57 parts.

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:15 AM

AMERICAN MUSLIM

NYC PREMIERE Though they each came to New York City from different parts of the world, Aber, Shamsi, Kobir, Debbie and Mohamed share a common identity as Muslim Americans. In the age of Trump, they must also confront the reality of heightened Islamophobia. Tracking their experiences from the beginning of the Muslim ban to the Supreme […]

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 2:50 PM

BEDLAM

NYC PREMIERE Director Kenneth Paul Rosenberg exposes the sobering truth behind America’s failure to properly care for the mentally ill over the past half-century. Offering both critical historical context and grounded contemporary profiles of individuals forced to reckon with the ineffectual status quo, from hospital and prison staff to the mentally ill and their families, Bedlam […]

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 5:10 PM

BETTY FEEDS THE ANIMALS

Betty loves animals so much that she puts 30 bowls of food outside of her home to feed them every day.

Wed Nov 13, 2019, 5:05 PM

BUSTER WILLIAMS BASS TO INFINITY

WORLD PREMIERE. Jazz bassist Buster Williams’ storied career includes playing with past greats Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Sarah Vaughan, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker and Nancy Wilson, amongst others. Spend some time with Williams and his present-day collaborators—icons Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Reid, Christian McBride, Carmen Lundy, Kenny Barron and more—as they jam, tell tales and create […]

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 7:25 PM
Thu Nov 14, 2019, 12:45 PM

BUSY INSIDE

NYC PREMIERE Karen Marshall is a respected therapist who specializes in the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder, a condition formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, often linked to a history of childhood abuse. Karen has a unique perspective on the disorder, as she juggles 17 personalities of her own. Director Olga Lvoff sensitively explores the […]

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 5:00 PM

CATHERINE OPIE B. 1961

Queer communities, high school football players, freeways and Elizabeth Taylor all have in common the lens of American artist and photographer, Catherine Opie.

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:15 AM

CONSCIENCE POINT

NYC PREMIERE As one of America’s wealthiest communities has developed around them in Southampton, NY, the indigenous Shinnecock Nation of Eastern Long Island fights to maintain both their time-honored traditions and their land. After suffering years of indignation by the presence of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, a regular host of the US Open, the Nation’s leaders […]

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 2:40 PM

DOC NYC U: CUNY BROOKLYN COLLEGE

The Film Department at CUNY Brooklyn College prepares students to become professionals in the motion picture industry. Its rich and diverse programs offer the invaluable experience of hands-on learning and peer collaboration, training students in all aspects of the discipline of the moving image, from the aesthetic to the technical. DOC NYC U is co-presented by Kanopy […]

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 11:00 AM

ELLIOTT ERWITT, SILENCE SOUNDS GOOD

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Charming and engaging, with a youthful curiosity well into his 80s, Elliott Erwitt has always let his photos speak for themselves. His iconic black-and-white shots of presidents, popes, celebrities and everyday folks span over six decades and multiple countries. Narrated by his assistant, this film takes us inside his extensive photo archives and […]

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 4:30 PM

HUNGRY TO LEARN

WORLD PREMIERE The cost of college is forcing students to make choices that put eating regular meals and their education at odds. Director Geeta Gandbhir and executive producer Soledad O’Brien’s poignant film follows four college students as they navigate food insecurity in their attempt to change their lives for the better. Homelessness, abandonment and mental […]

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 12:40 PM

HURDLE

NYC PREMIERE In this visceral film, two Palestinian youths strive for freedom and self-worth in a community consumed with violence. Sami, a parkour coach, leads leaping young men across the stunning cityscape of Jerusalem. Mohammad teaches a new way of seeing to dozens of youthful photographers who dream of a world without walls. Using these creative […]

Wed Nov 13, 2019, 9:30 PM

JACKSON POLLOCK: BLUE POLES

The fulsome story of Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles is put into an art historical context, explaining why it’s often discussed as one of the greatest paintings in history.

JES FAN IN FLUX

A trained glass artist, Brooklyn-based sculptor Jes Fan creates elegant installation works that quietly question our most fundamental assumptions about gender, race and identity.

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:15 AM

LET’S GO TO ANTARCTICA!

Carlos is a human being who, at this very moment, is on a holiday in Antarctica.

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 10:15 AM

LYDIA LUNCH – THE WAR IS NEVER OVER

WORLD PREMIERE Turning trauma into precise and angry feminist rock, American singer, writer and actress Lydia Lunch helped birth the No Wave music scene in the late 1970s and early ’80s—and she’s still killing it today. Fellow No Wave pioneer Beth B constructs a lively portrait of this innovative performer, whose confrontational artistry resonates loudly […]

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 7:05 PM

LYUBOV – LOVE IN RUSSIAN

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Nobel Prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich is known for her oral history books on war and catastrophe. This film follows her as she embarks on a different project interviewing Russian people on their relationship to love. We get to watch one of the world’s greatest interviewers draw out a wide range of speakers […]

Thu Nov 14, 2019, 5:10 PM

MAGDALENA + MICHAEL

An inside look at legendary Los Angeles ceramicists Magdalena and Michael Frimkess, partners for nearly 60 years.

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:15 AM

ON BROADWAY

NYC PREMIERE For anyone who loves theater, this contemporary history of Broadway is a joy, packed with legendary stars and performances. Key players—Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen—take us behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking shows, from A Chorus Line to […]

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 7:00 PM
Tue Nov 12, 2019, 12:40 PM

RED PENGUINS

NYC PREMIERE Filmmaker Gabe Polsky was on the 2014 DOC NYC Short List for Red Army, his entertaining history of Soviet hockey players migrating to the United States. Now he examines a reverse trend after the Soviet Union’s collapse, when American hustlers tried bringing capitalism to Moscow by investing in its hockey team. This dark […]

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 9:15 PM

RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT

WORLD PREMIERE For 30 years, the indefatigable Nardie White has offered a path to empowerment for African-American youth in Louisville, KY through his River City Drum Corps. White has dedicated his life to teaching communities about their Pan-African roots, but with retirement approaching, he must train his successor. Set against the backdrop of the American […]

Wed Nov 13, 2019, 12:30 PM

SCHOOL OF SEDUCTION

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Three modern Cinderellas look for higher social status, security and happiness by learning the art of seduction in patriarchal post-communist Russia. Lida wants her lover to leave his family and marry her, Vika feels trapped in her relationship and is desperate to find passion again, while Diana dreams of marrying a rich […]

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 9:15 PM

SEARCHING FOR MR. RUGOFF

WORLD PREMIERE Searching for Mr. Rugoff reveals the untold story of the creative genius behind 1960s-’70s film distribution company Cinema 5. Filmmakers, critics, collaborators and family members paint a vivid portrait of Donald Rugoff, a volatile, self-destructive and fearless champion of independent and art films. Drawing from a rich archive and colorful interviews, veteran distributor, producer […]

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 7:00 PM

SHORTS: ART SCENES

Profiles of artists and their art. (TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 72 MIN) Jackson Pollock: Blue Poles | Director: Alison Chernick The fulsome story of Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles is put into an art historical context, explaining why it’s often discussed as one of the greatest paintings in history (USA/AUSTRALIA, 18 MIN) Alex Da Corte: 57 Varieties | Director: Ian […]

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:15 AM

SHORTS: EARTH LAB

Science is all around us. (TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 85 MIN) Let’s Go to Antarctica! | Director: Gonzaga Manso Carlos is a human being who, at this very moment, is on a holiday in Antarctica.  (SPAIN, 5 MIN) Solvable: Electrifying India | Director: Sam Eaton A solar power grid brings expansion and elevation to a rural Indian village. (USA, 11 […]

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 10:15 AM

THE BLESSED ASSURANCE

Every winter off the Georgia coast, fishermen reel in jellyfish from the same waters where shrimp once flourished.

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 10:15 AM

THE GREAT AMERICAN LIE

NYC PREMIERE Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s latest film is a timely look at the deep roots of systemic inequalities that have made possible the ever-widening income gap that threatens the fabric of our democracy. Cultural critics, academics and other notables explore the gendered nature of core American values—with “masculine” traits like individualism, power and money prioritized over […]

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:25 PM

THE LAST CONVERSATION

A son makes a surprising discovery on his elderly parents’ answering machine.

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 10:35 AM

THE LOVE BUGS

Over 60 years, Lois and Charlie O’Brien, renowned entomologists, traveled to more than 67 countries, amassing the world’s largest private collection of insects.

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 10:15 AM

THE QUEEN’S MAN

WORLD PREMIERE Native New Yorker Steve Talt was formerly bodyguard to Farah Pahlavi, the wife of the Shah of Iran, but he remains her loyal servant to this day. Steve is on a mission to find Pahlavi’s stolen art collection, and enlists the help of retired mobsters and his 90-year-old neighbor to pursue the cold […]

Thu Nov 14, 2019, 7:30 PM

THE STORY OF PLASTIC

NYC PREMIERE Plastic, a seemingly indispensable product, has wrought all sorts of innovations, but at what cost? The plastic industry’s success depends on consumers discarding the product and purchasing new items, creating an endless supply of litter that lingers forever. Filmmaker Deia Schlosberg’s incredibly detailed investigation into the plastic-production pipeline will shock, horrify and forever […]

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 4:45 PM

THE WIND. A DOCUMENTARY THRILLER

US PREMIERE Fires, heart attacks, acts of madness and even suicide—these are the consequences of the halny wind. This destructive windstorm regularly wreaks havoc in Poland’s Tatra Mountains, impacting the lives of several characters and their animal companions. Brilliantly photographed and with special attention to soundscapes, Michal Bielawski’s mysterious tale of ecological revenge pushes the documentary […]

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 2:25 PM

UNSCHOOLED

WORLD PREMIERE Veteran educator Peter Bergson established the Natural Creativity Center on the outskirts of Philadelphia to offer an alternative to dehumanizing formal education. His unconventional method of “unschooling” favors self-motivation, empowering students to direct their own learning. After 30 years of success with suburban children, Bergson finds his philosophy and methods—and the assumptions they […]

Wed Nov 13, 2019, 10:15 AM

DOC NYC U: NYFA

New York Film Academy Documentary Department students learn to make films by making films. Hands-on, intensive MFA and one-year Conservatory programs pair rigorous instruction with close mentoring by a world class faculty to support students from around the world as they create their own documentary films. Alumni have received an Emmy® Award, multiple Academy Award®- […]

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 1:00 PM

DOC NYC U: NYU

NYU’s NewsDoc program prepares students to report and produce for traditional and nontraditional media. Emphasizing not only the story, but the storytelling, the program’s goal is for students to be skilled in both form and content, able tell a story by effectively using all aspects of the medium. The program culminates with each student producing, […]

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 3:00 PM

SHORTS: SPOTLIGHT ON DARIUS CLARK MONROE

A four-part meditation on racquet sports and the communities of characters it has attracted. Acclaimed filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe (Black 14, Random Acts of Flyness, Evolution of a Criminal) utilizes archival and original materials in this quadtych of neighborhoods, families and fervors. Followed by an extended discussion with the filmmaker. (TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 75 MIN) […]

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 5:05 PM

SING ME A SONG

US PREMIERE Ten years ago, director Thomas Balmès (Babies, Happiness) filmed in Bhutan with a seven-year-old Buddhist monk named Peyangki awaiting the arrival of electricity to his village. Now a decade later, Balmès returns to find Peyangki and the whole monastery obsessed with cell phones. With beautiful cinematography, the film captures nuance, humor and humanity. Witnessing […]

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 6:35 PM

MADAME

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE From a young age, filmmaker Stéphane Riethauser was groomed to become the golden heir to his family’s business—an alpha male who would fulfill their patriarchal expectations. His best friend and confidante was his grandmother Caroline, a self-made independent woman ahead of her time. After playing the part for several years, Stéphane matures into […]

Wed Nov 13, 2019, 7:05 PM

DOC NYC PRO: SHORT LIST: FEATURES

To experience the DOC NYC PRO lineup, purchase an individual PRO Themed Pass to hone in on a specific subject, or benefit from discounted pricing when you purchase Multi-Pass Packs to an assortment of topic strands. Or, buy an All Access Pass, which also includes admission to all festival screenings. Passes available here. DOC NYC PRO is co-presented by Kanopy. DOC NYC’s Short List […]

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 9:00 AM