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DOC NYC — A Documentary Film Festival November 10-17

By Annika Andersson, Contributing Writer, November 7, 2016

As the temperatures drop, along with the leaves and daylight hours, the time has come to go indoors. America’s largest documentary festival DOC NYC kicks off with over 250 films and more than 300 filmmakers and special guests appearing in person at the IFC Center, Cinepolis Chelsea and the SVA Theatre. The growth of the festival reflects the growing interest in documentaries, and the caliber of films lined up will not disappoint. New Yorkers (and visitors) can catch the 7th edition of the annual festival between November 10-17.

For more information on the festival click here; and read below for three films you can catch during the festival, before they open in movie theaters next year.

Citizen Jane

The festival begins on Thursday with no less than three opening night gala screenings of Matt Tyrnour’s anticipated new film Citizen Jane. The documentary is his follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Valentino: The Last Emperor, about the life of the iconic haute couture designer Valentino Garavani. This time, Tyrnour documents the story of activist Jane Jacobs battling power broker Robert Moses in the 1960’s, who wanted to construct a roadway through the heart of historic Manhattan neighborhood Greenwich Village. Citizen Jane celebrates the power of the people to push back against bullying developers, which perhaps serves as a much needed reminder of our powers to unite to push back equally bullying developers of today.

Citizen Jane premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and will have it’s U.S. premiere at SVA Theatre on November 10. The filmmakers are expected to attend the first two screenings at 7:00 & 7:30 p.m. for Q&A’s, while a third screening only is scheduled at 9:45 p.m.

David Lynch: The Art Life

Another anticipated documentary shown during DOC NYC is David Lynch: The Art Life. We may all know director David Lynch through his distinctive, dreamlike films Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, but perhaps be less familiar with the fact that he began his creative explorations through art. Directors Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, and Olivia Neergaard-Holm paints a fascinating portrait of David Lynch the artist, following him from his childhood up until the point just before his public break through as a filmmaker. Lynch narrates the documentary himself, which is done in the same slow paced, dreamlike mode as his own films.

David Lynch: The Art Life was nominated for awards recently at the both the London Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, and will have it’s North American premiere at 9:30 p.m. at the SVA Theatre on Sunday, November 13.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

Filmmaker John Scheinfeld, known for The U.S. vs. John Lennon, has now turned his camera lens on to another musical icon; saxophonist and composer John Coltrane. The result is a masterly told biography over Coltrane’s much too short life, using archive materials, colorful animated murals, interviews with former colleagues and distinguished fans such as former president Bill Clinton. All is threaded together to the tunes of his vast musical legacy, from his magnum opus “A Love Supreme” to his beloved cover version of “My Favorite Things,” and readings of his own words by Denzel Washington.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and will have it’s New York City premiere on Thursday November 17, shown at 7 p.m. at the SVA Theatre as DOC NYC’s closing night gala film. Director John Scheinfeld is expected to attend for a Q&A.


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