DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, starts this week, running Nov. 13 to 20.
Its dramatic lineup includes 153 films and events, and it’s hosting approximately 200 documentary makers and special guests, all of whom are expected, in person, to present their films to New York City audiences.
The leadership sponsor is HBO Documentary Films. Media sponsors are WNET and New York magazine. Other major sponsors are A&E IndieFilms, History Films and the SundanceNow Doc Club. The festival is produced by the IFC Center.
Here are a few of the films that feature the work of African-Americans or have African-American culture as the focal point.
“Althea” by director Rex Miller. In the 1950s, long before Arthur Ashe or Venus and Serena Williams, Althea Gibson was the first African-American tennis player to win Grand Slam tournaments. Breaking the color barrier of international tennis, her singles win at Wimbledon drew worldwide attention and was celebrated with a ticker-tape parade along Broadway. Reintroducing the pioneering athlete to a new generation, Rex Miller’s bittersweet tribute reveals how a street kid from Harlem reached the pinnacle of an unlikely sport during the height of racial segregation. 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14, IFC Center. Miller and producers Nancy Buirski and Elisabeth Haviland James are expected to attend.
“Rubble Kings” by director Shan Nicholson. Confronting a bankrupt, decaying city and the dashed hopes of the civil rights generation, African-American and Latino teenagers violently took over some neighborhoods of 1970s New York. The South Bronx became a war zone ruled by gangs such as the Savage Skulls and the Ghetto Brothers. 9:15 p.m., Sunday Nov. 16, 2014, SVA Theatre.
“The Chaperone” by Fraser Munden and Neil Rathbone. This action-packed, animated film tells the true story of what happened when a drunken motorcycle gang invaded a school dance in 1970s Montreal. 9:15 p.m., Sunday Nov. 16, 2014, SVA Theatre.
Other gems include “Brothers of the Black List” by director Sean Gallagher; “Hoop Dreams” by director Steve James (newly restored for its 20th anniversary); “Keep On Keepin’ On” by director Alan Hicks; “Little White Lie” by director Lacey Schwartz; “Monsieur Le President” by director Victoria Campbell; “A Murder in the Park“ by co-directors Shawn Rech and Brandon Kimber; “Some Kind of Spark” by director Ben Niles; “Stop“ by director Spencer Wolff; and “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” by director Nick Broomfield.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.docnyc.net/schedule. Tickets can also be obtained at the IFC Center box office.