By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 17, 2013 at 1:45PM
DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in the US, will return for its fourth year to the IFC Center with an expansive lineup of films, panels and guests. Running November 14-21, the fest will showcase 131 films and events, including screenings of 72 feature-length films and 39 shorts, as well as 20 doc-related panel discussions and masterclasses.
Fests like this are key in helping Academy doc branch members winnow down the list of films they have to see for the upcoming awards season, amid complaints that there are far too many films to watch. But they did an excellent job last year with the short list of 15 under new rules. It will also help remind voters of movies released early in the year such as Sarah Polley's much-lauded autobiographical "Stories We Tell."
Among the highlights of DOC NYC:
-the NYC premiere of "The Unknown Known," presented by director Errol Morris, in which he engages in a verbal duel with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld over recent history.
-the US premiere of "Finding Vivian Maier" (dirs. John Maloof & Charlie Siskel) which uncovers one of the 20th century’s greatest photographers who kept her work secret.
-the world premiere of "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky," presented by director Michel Gondry and Noam Chomsky, in which Gondry interviews the esteemed linguist and brings his ideas to life with drawings.
-guests include Errol Morris, Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry, Oliver Stone, Sarah Polley, Kathleen Hanna, Ricki Lake, Jonathan Franzen, Grace Lee Boggs, Chuck Workman, Donna McKechnie, Nat Hentoff and Doug Pray.
For the complete sprawling lineup, including Special Screenings, the Viewfinders and Metropolis competition titles, American and International Perspectives showcases, Midnight Docs and more, visit the fest’s website.