Over 110 feature films join the 2022 slate for DOC NYC. The festival announced the full line-up for this year’s event following the recent announcement of the opening night, closing night, and centrepiece films. DOC NYC’s slate includes seven Canadian features and three shorts as part of the Voices of Canada spotlight. The Canadian content at DOC NYC offers the world premiere of Big Fight in Little Chinatown in the festival’s International Competition. The film, directed by Karen Cho and produced by Bob Moore, observes how residents of Montreal and Vancouver’s Chinatown community rebuild in the aftermath of the pandemic. Cabin Music, directed by James Carson and produced by Carson, Kwesi Collisson, Kerry Gilfillan, screens in the U.S. Competition. DOC NYC will host the world premiere of Cabin Music, which is a biography of an innovative young pianist.
Also having its world premiere at the festival as part of Voices of Canada is Queen of the Deuce, directed by Valerie Kontakos and produced by Kontakos, Ed Barreveld, Despina Pavlaki. The film offers a portrait of a New York porn theatre matron who screened smut 24/7. Queen of the Deuce screens in the Metropolis Competition, which spotlights New York stories.
Rounding out the Voices of Canada series are Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On, directed by Madison Thomas; Category: Woman, directed by Phyllis Ellis; Hunting in Packs, directed by Chloe Sosa-Sims; and Love in the Time of Fentanyl, directed by Colin Askey. Fentanyl screens in the U.S. Competition, while the other docs screen in DOC NYC’s thematic strands. The three short docs in the Voices of Canada series are First Months of Freedom, directed by Kirss Li; The Goats of Monesiglio, directed by Emily Graves; and Violet Gave Willingly, directed by Claire Sanford.
The other titles in DOC NYC’s U.S. Competition are 26.2 to Life, directed by Christine Yoo; The 50, directed by Brenton Gieser; 1946: The Mistranslation that Shifted a Culture, directed by Sharon “Rocky” Roggio; Casa Susanna, directed by Sébastien Lifshitz; Coldwater Kitchen, directed by Brian Kaufman and Mark Kurlyandchik; Dear Thirteen, directed by Alexis Neophytides; Dusty & Stones, directed by Jesse Rudoy; Loan Wolves, directed by Blake Zeff, and Who Is Stan Smith?, directed by Danny Lee.
Joining Big Fight in Little Chinatown in the International Competition are: African Moot, directed by Shameela Seedat; Children of Las Brisas, directed by Marianela Maldonado; Closed Circuit, directed by Tal Inbar; Destiny, directed by Yaser Talebi; Fati’s Choice, directed by Fatimah Dadzie; Girl Gang, directed by Susanne Regina Meures; The Hamlet Syndrome, directed by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski; The Hermit of Treig, directed by Lizzie MackEnzie; How to Save a Dead Friend, directed by Marusya Syroechkovskaya; Ithaka, directed by Ben Lawrence; and Lázaro and the Shark: Cuba Under the Surface, directed by William Sobourin O’Reilly.
DOC NYC will announce the fifteen films for its prestigious Shortlist series, which spotlights some of the hottest award season contenders. The series is among the most reliable bellwethers for the Oscar race for Best Documentary Feature. The full line-up is available at DOCNYC.net.