The POV Doc NYC 2020 Hub
Stay tuned to the DOC NYC Hub for complete coverage screening at this year’s festival. DOC NYC runs Nov. 11-19.
Feature docs and short docs screening in DOC NYC’s most high-profile stream devoted to award season contenders.
- 76 Days -Pat Mullen
-Director Hao Wu discusses his intense observational portrait of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China.
- Boys State – PM
-Directors Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine talk about their Sundance Grand Jury prize winner that brilliantly captures the polarization of American politics.
- Collective – PM
-Alexander Nanau’s film is a bold portrait of journalism in action. The film is also Romania’s submission in the Best International Feature category.
- Crip Camp – PM
-Directed by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, this Sundance Audience Award winner chronicles the fight for disability rights.
- Dick Johnson Is Dead – Jason Gorber
-The maverick director of Cameraperson returns with a personal project, a living wake for her father.
- The Fight – PM
-Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Desprese offer a dizzying portrait of the American Civil Liberties Union and its rapidly-paced battle to defend America against the Trump administration’s war on human rights.
- I Am Greta – PM
-Greta Thunberg truly is an inspiration, but this profile of the young Swedish eco-activist is an exercise in public relations.
- MLK/FBI – Marc Glassman
-The prolific Sam Pollard uses recently declassified files to examine J. Edgar Hoover’s campaign of surveillance and harassment against Martin Luther King, Jr.
- On the Record – JG
-Directors Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering give the music industry its #MeToo moment in this controversial doc.
- Time – Inge Coolsaet
-Garrett Bradley positions herself as a modern doc filmmaker: not as standard-bearer of a cause, but as a storyteller channeling strong emotions and affecting narratives.
- The Truffle Hunters – JG
-Directors Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw discuss their delectable, doggy-filled doc about the joy of truffles.
- Welcome to Chechnya – IC
-David France’s film passionate fights for LGBTQ rights through compelling characters and unique technology.
- Sing Me a Lullaby – PM
-Director Tiffany Hsiung brings a personal film 15 years in the making full circle.
- Now Is the Time – PM
-Director Chris Auchter discusses his NFB film Now Is the Time, which revisits Robert Davidson’s landmark totem pole carving of 1969.
- No Crying at the Dinner Table – PM
-Carol Nguyen’s award winning film delicately probes subjects such as death, love, intimacy, connection, and cultural identity.
Interviews and Features
Conversations with directors elsewhere in the festival.
- Hot Dogs: Elizabeth Lo Discusses Her Festival Winner Stray – PM
-An interview with the director on her exquisitely-shot portrait of dogs in Istanbul, which won the prize for Best International Feature at Hot Docs.
- Jerry Rothwell and David Mitchell on The Reason I Jump and Rethinking Autism – PM
-Doc gives Naoki Higashida’s ground-breaking book about the experiences of people with autism a film treatment
- Michèle Stephenson on Stateless and the Battle of Narratives – PM
-The director discusses her winner of Hot Docs’ Special Jury Prize for Canadian features, a compelling study of institutionalized racism past and present.
- Radical Health: A Threat to the Nation – Dina Lobo
-Mia Donovan discusses her new film Dope Is Death.
- Strokes of Insight: Benjamin Ree discusses The Painter and the Thief – JG
-The director of the Sundance sensation on crafting parallel stories and bringing this unusual true crime tale to the screen.
- Sona Rising – Matt Hays
-In Shut Up Sona, filmmaker Deepti Gupta profiles one of India’s most popular and controversial singers.
- Cecilia Aldarondo Talks Landfall and the Power of Puerto Ricans – Justine Smith
-The director discusses her community-based approach to filmmaking.
See the ‘Short List section above for additional titles in review.
- 9/11 Kids – PM
- 9to5: The Story of a Movement – PM
- 40 Years a Prisoner – PM
- 76 Days – MG
- Acasa, My Home – IC
- Assassins – JG
- Bare – PM
- Boys State – JG
- A Crime on the Bayou – PM
- The Dissident – JG
- Enemies of the State – PM
- For the Love of Rutland – PM
- Influence – SC
- The Last Out – PM
- Lessons of Love – TH
- Lift Like a Girl – MG
- Love & Stuff – LL
- Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art – PM
- No Ordinary Man – PM
- The Truffle Hunters – PM
- Two Gods – JG
- The Walrus and the Whistleblower – PM
- The Water Walker – PM