The first all-virtual edition of the DOC New York City festival of nonfiction movies revealed its 2020 lineup on Thursday, with 107 function documentaries about everybody from John Belushi to Jamal Khashoggi and Pope Francis to Frank Zappa,
The lineup for the festival, which runs from Nov. 11 through Nov. 19 and will occur completely online, includes 23 world premieres, amongst them Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker’s “The Meaning of Hitler,” Nancy Burski’s “A Criminal offense on the Bayou,” Gong Cheng and Yung Chang’s “Wuhan Wuhan” and Jeff Daniels’ “Television Event.”
DOC NYC, which introduced in 2010, is the biggest celebration of nonfiction films in the United States. This year the festival transitioned to a totally online event separated into 14 themed sections, two of which are competitive areas that will award prizes.
The competitive Viewfinders section includes 11 movies, consisting of movies set in Venezuela (” A La Calle”), Puerto Rico (” Landfall”), the Dominican Republic (” Stateless”) and the West Bank (” The Watching Cubicle”).
The City competition is comprised totally of movies set in New york city, amongst them films about NYPD detective-turned-informant Bob Leuci (” Blue Code of Silence”), style queen Ruth Finley (” Calendar Girl”), dancer Costs T. Jones (” Can You Bring It”) and artist Dash Snow (” Minutes Like This Never Last”).
The Winner’s Circle area showcases 8 movies that have won awards at popular global festivals, consisting of Katrine Philp’s “Beautiful Something Left,” David Osit’s “Mayor,” Jerry Rothwell’s “The Reason I Leap” and Estephan Wagner and Marianne Hougen-Moraga’s “Tunes of Repression.”
The Masters area consists of new work from such well-known filmmakers as Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (” 9to5: The Story of a Motion”), Alex Gibney (” Crazy, Not Crazy”), Sam Pollard (” MLK/FBI”) and Errol Morris (” My Psychedelic Romance”).
In the American Viewpoints section, movies handle the United States Postal Service in “Dear Santa,” opioid dependency in “For the Love of Rutland,” ethnic tensions in “Hamtramck, U.S.A.,” celeb dining establishments in “Dining establishment Hustle” and female police officers in “Ladies in Blue.”
International Viewpoints consists of “76 Days” and “Wuhan Wuhan,” both shot in the city at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic; “When Upon a Time in Venezuela,” embeded in a floating village ravaged by pollution; and “Summerwar,” which follows 2 boys in a Ukrainian paramilitary camp.
The Investigations section consists of movies on the killing of Kim Jong-un’s half bro (” Assassins”), the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (” The Dissident”), a pro-Israel lobby in Washington, DC (” Kings of Capitol Hill”) and U.S.-Soviet stress during the Cold War (” The Jump” and “Neithe