Films by five Doc Studies alums and one Media Studies grad have been selected for this year’s DOC/NYC.
Congratulations — Naiara Eizaguirre, Nathan Reich, Maya Mumma, Eric Rockey, Yael Bridge & Heidi Gelover.
LEFT ON PURPOSE (FEATURE)
NOV. 13, 9.30PM & NOV. 16, 12.30PM
Co-Producer: YAEL BRIDGE
Left on Purpose began as a portrait of the life of Mayer Vishner, an antiwar Yippie activist. In the midst of filming, the aging radical informs director Justin Schein that, having had his fill of solitude and depression, he intends instead to make the project about his death – and he wants his suicide captured on camera. Forced to break down the barrier between filmmaker and subject, Schein struggles with the ethics of intervening in the literal life-or-death story unfolding before his eyes.
A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES: PEACEKEEPERS (FEATURE)
NOV 14, 4:30PM & NOV 16, 2015 5:15PM
Editor: MAYA MUMMA
Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (Saving Face) teams with filmmaker Geeta Gandbhir to follow a group of Bangladeshi women police officers on a UN peacekeeping mission to Haiti. We come to feel the emotional toll of a risky and grueling year abroad. Muslim women are often kept at a distance in the Western media. This film offers a rare and up-close look as they make the best of a difficult situation.
CONE PHONES (short)
NOV. 15, 11.45AM
by HEIDI GELOVER
Cone Phones explores the relationship between actuality and sound through children at play in Union Square playground.
HEAVY FOG TONIGHT (short)
NOV. 16, 5PM
by NATHAN REICH
Conrad Milster, 79, chief engineer since 1967 at New York City’s oldest running steam power plant, prepares for his last annual steam whistle show.
PINK BOY (short)
NOV. 16, 5PM
by ERIC ROCKEY
Two butch lesbians raise a 6-year-old boy who likes to wear tutus to school, and have to navigate a tricky terrain living in conservative Florida.
RESIDENT ALIEN (short)
NOV. 19, 9.30PM
by NAIARA EIZAGUIRRE
15-year-old Carlos saw his best friend shot dead in front of him in Honduras and escaped gang violence by fleeing to his grandmother in the U.S., but his undocumented status leaves him vulnerable to deportation.