DOCNYC – In Your Home

Young girls in a ballet class

With an impressive line-up of documentary films, DOCNYC comes your screens, beginning next week!

From Wednesday, November 11th to Thursday, November 19th, experience the festival the Wall Street Journal has called “an essential summit for all kinds of documentary filmmaking”.

This year, the festival is online, and you can watch films on a vast array of topics – including science – and ones focused on NYC lives:

Five Years North

“After making the dangerous journey from his native Guatemala to New York City, 15-year-old Luis struggles to balance attending school and finding work to support his family back home. Meanwhile, Judy, a Cuban-American ICE agent, faces her own internal conflict with the shifting enforcement priorities of her longtime career, from targeting criminals to nonviolent undocumented individuals. As these two worlds near a collision, their parallel tales present a complex and nuanced take on both immigration and civic duty.”

A young boy wearing the Statue of Liberty crown and an american flag

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones And D-Man In The Waters” (World Premiere)

“Beginning in 1980s New York City, this film chronicles the love story between dancers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, the diverse dance company they founded, and the painful devastation of AIDS on the arts community, as told through the company’s signature performance piece D-Man in the Waters. Following a millennial dance troupe’s efforts to re-interpret the piece for their generation, directors Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz offer an engrossing examination of dance, love, and loss—and the power of art to move through pain.”

Man instructing his dance troupe

The Vasulka Effect

“Artists Steina and Woody Vasulka escaped the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia to find refuge in New York City. There, they founded the legendary art and performance gallery The Kitchen. Their groundbreaking installations were at the heart of New York’s art scene in the 1960s, where they shared wild nights with the likes of Andy Warhol, Laurie Anderson, Nam June Paik, and Candy Darling. Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir’s intimate portrait reintroduces the Vasulkas for a new generation, as the couple, now retired in Santa Fe, reckon with age, mortality, debt, and the future of their artistic archive.”

Two artists in a black and white photo from the 60s among video equipment

On Pointe” (World Premiere)

“Ballet lovers of all ages won’t want to miss this sneak preview of the pilot episode of On Pointe. The six-part Disney+ docuseries captures a season in New York City at the School of American Ballet. We watch students ages 8 to 18 follow their dreams to launch careers. For many, that starts with performing in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker onstage at Lincoln Center. Filmed before the pandemic, On Pointe is an emotional reminder of New York as a hub of young talent.”

Young girls in a ballet class