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by Sata Cissokho
October 28th, 2011

New York’s largest documentary festival Doc NYC kicks off on Wed., November 2, and not only will you get to see great feature and short documentaries from all over the world, but you’ll also have a chance to have a talk with Werner Herzog, Michael Moore or Charlotte Rampling. Just to name a few.

The Festival runs from Nov. 2-10 and offers a mix of screenings, Q&As, and discussion panels exploring the topics of distribution, financing, promotion, and the art of documentary filmmaking.

A little tip: the $125 Insider Pass grants access to all films, panels and events starting before 5:00pm Monday-Friday at the IFC Center, which means dozens of screenings and talks over seven days!

You can find the whole schedule here but here is a list of not-to-be-missed events:

Tribute to Richard Leacock. If you’re not familiar with Richard Leacock, he is one of the pioneers of the Cinéma Vérité genre in America.

  • A rought cut of Jane Weiner’s  Ricky on Leacock (Formerly On Being There with Ricky Leacock), a portrait of the legendary filmmaker shot over 38 years, will be screened at the IFC Center (Fri. Nov. 4, 6:30pm at IFC Center)
  • Richard Leacock’s docs will be screened all week long so try to catch some of them like the observational diary of his life in Paris ( Les Oeufs à la Coque de Richard Leacock - Mon. Nov. 7, 4:30pm) or the behind-the-scenes of the 1960 Wisconsin primary opposing soon-to-be president John F. Kennedy to Hubert Humphrey (Primary, Sat. Nov. 5, 4:45pm)

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story. Stan Lee has played a role in creating an astounding number of legendary pop culture characters, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk. Now in his late 80s, he remains a vibrant personality. Sun. Nov. 6, 2:00pm at NYU’s Kimmel Ctr. 4th Floor and Thu. Nov. 10, 2:45pm at IFC Center.

The Island President. The story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other wolrd leader has ever faced -the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. The screening will be on Tues. Nov. 8, 8:30pm at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and will be followed by discussion with director Jon Shenk and Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore.

Also Lucy Walker’s The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (one of our 2011 grantees!) will be screened Mon. Nov. 7 at 8:30pm as part of ‘Shorts: Views of Japan’

The panels will take place on Nov. 2 (State of the Industry), Nov. 3 (State of the Indie Doc) and Nov. 4 (State of the Art)

Visit docnyc.net for full schedule, film details, and to purchase tickets

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