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DOC NYC Kicks Off with 'Artifact' & 'Venus and Serena'; High-Profile Oscar Hopefuls

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 7, 2012 at 3:37PM

DOC NYC, in its third year, runs November 8-15 and kicks off with two opening night films, "Artifact" and "Venus and Serena," which premiered amidst controversy at TIFF. Director Bartholomew Cubbins' "Artifact," making its US premiere, follows Jared Leto's band Thirty Seconds to Mars, while Maiken Baird and Michelle Major "Venus and Serena" grants audiences unprecedented access into the lives of the tennis world's famous Williams' sisters.
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Searching for Sugar Man

DOC NYC, in its third year, runs November 8-15 and kicks off with two opening night films, "Artifact" and "Venus and Serena," which premiered amidst controversy at TIFF. Director Bartholomew Cubbins' "Artifact," making its US premiere, follows Jared Leto's band Thirty Seconds to Mars, while Maiken Baird and Michelle Major "Venus and Serena" grants audiences unprecedented access into the lives of the tennis world's famous Williams' sisters. The festival will close with Ken Burns' "The Central Park Five."

Also playing at the festival are several high-profile docs and possible Oscar contenders including Malik Bendjelloul's "Searching for Sugar Man" and Bart Layton's "The Imposter" (which both recently topped the Cinema Eye nominations), Amy Berg's "West of Memphis," Rory Kennedy's "Ethel," David France's "How to Survive a Plague," and Alex Gibney's "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God."

Many other films, including Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore's "Birth Story" (exclusive clip), Alison Klayman's "Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry" and Joe Berlinger's "Under African Skies," as well as several world and US premieres will screen at DOC NYC. For more on the festival, its special guests and events, go here.

This article is related to: Festivals, Festivals, Documentaries, Documentary, Awards


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.