Happy Campers (Premieres Nov 14) by Amy Nicholson
Happy Campers (Premieres Nov 14) by Amy Nicholson
Best Documentary Festival DOC NYC Starts Next Week

(released 11/1/2023)

DOC NYC returns for the 14th annual November 8-16 in person and November 8-26 online. All film passes are now on sale. This will be the 10th annual DOC NYC VISIONARIES TRIBUTE to honor Michael Moore, Deborah Shaffer, Maite Alberdi, and Erika Dilday on November 8th. Lifetime Achievement honors will be presented to filmmakers Michael Moore and Deborah Shaffer. The Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence will go to Maite Alberdi (The Eternal Memory) and the Leading Light Award will go to Erika Dilday, Executive Director of American Documentary.

In-person events will take place at the festival's traditional venues: IFC Center and SVA Theater. This year, a new venue will include Village East Angelika.

Opening the festival on Nov. 8 at SVA Theater will be Clair Titley's jaw-dropping The Contestant, a breakout hit from the recent Toronto International Film Festival where it was described as "one hell of a wild ride" (Rolling Stone). The truly stranger-than-fiction story of the earliest days of "reality TV" in the 1990s features an aspiring Japanese comedian trapped alone and naked in an apartment for 15 months, unaware that his participation in a twisted reality show is being broadcast weekly to millions of viewers and has transformed him into a TV superstar.

Closing the festival on Nov. 16, also at SVA Theater, will be Sam Pollard and Llewellyn Smith's South to Black Power, about New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow and his provocative writings. The festival's Centerpiece screening on Nov. 11 at IFC Center is the world premiere of D.W. Young's Uncropped, a look back at the arts zeitgeist of 1970s and '80s NYC through the lens (and memories) of Village Voice and Observer photographer James Hamilton.

The Special Presentations section of the festival opens with legendary filmmaker Wim Wenders in-person presenting a 3D screening of Anselm, his breathtaking portrait of acclaimed German artist Anselm Kiefer.

DOC NYC PRO conference dedicated to the art and business of documentary storytelling is running November 9-16 at Village East by Angelika. DOC NYC PRO is co-presented by Apple Original Films. PRO day passes include access to the Festival Lounge for the day, including a pre-panel breakfast and evening happy hour for attendees (see below for a daily schedule).

The eight days of conference include:

Friday Nov 10 - Pitch Day
Saturday Nov 11 - Cinematography Day
Sunday Nov 12 - Editing Day
Monday Nov 13 - Journalism and Documentary Day
Tuesday Nov 14 - Music and Sound Day
Wednesday Nov 15 - The Business of Documentary Day
Thursday Nov 16 - Creative Distribution  Day

Explore the festival's website for the full schedule for the festival and PRO conference here: https://www.docnyc.net

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