NYC DOC Film Festival Begins Downtown Tomorrow Nov. 8 Spotlighting Documentaries Far and Near to NYC

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For the third year, DOC NYC, a film festival held in downtown NYC dedicated to showcasing documentary films and filmmakers from around the world, will take place beginning tomorrow, Thursday, November 8th through Monday, November 12th.

One film of note, of many, is Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation which will be screened Saturday, November 10th at 4:30 p.m. at the School of Visual Arts. The organizers are expecting attendance from director Laura Archibald, as well as Pete Seeger, Lucy Simon, and more (to be confirmed). The film features interviews with Seeger, Carly Simon, Judy Collins, Kris Kristofferson, Arlo Guthrie, Peter Yarrow, Michelle Phillips among others. Billed as a story about “community, courage and – most importantly – music,” it highlights performances shot during that time period as well as “rare archival footage.”

Some other films of note being shown during the five day festival (although some go outside those dates) include: 56 Up (Sunday 11/11); Birders: The Central Park Effect (Monday 11/12); Drivers Wanted (on driving a taxi in NYC!, Sunday 11/11); Fight to Live, directed by Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple on the FDA’s impediments to break throughs in health treatment, the film asks the question: “What rights should you have in a life or death battle to survive versus what decisions should the government make for you?” (Saturday 11/10);  A Master Class in Editing your Documentary (Tuesday 11/12) — note: there are many other “master classes” addressing various topics on making and then funding/distributing your documentary; Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal (Saturday 11/10);

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The Lost Bird Project, a touching story on an artist’s wish to pay homage to five birds that have gone extinct in modern times (Tuesday 11/13); Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Super Heroines (Sunday 11/11, Tuesday 11/13);  Zipper which follows an amusement park owner in Coney Island and the all too familiar story in NYC of “greed, politics, land use and public policy.” (Saturday 11/10, Thursday 11/15 at IFC)

The primary location will be nearby IFC Waverly Center at West 3rd Street as well as School of Visual Arts in Chelsea.

To view the DOC NYC films alphabetically with short descriptions, visit here.
Schedule by date is here.

And, yes, The Bitter End is still open!

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