Stranger Than Fiction, the weekly documentary film series programmed by Thom Powers and presented by IFC Center, will launch its ninth season on January 13, 2009 with a sneak preview of Ben Kempas’ “Upstream Battle.” Other films scheduled for the season include Rose Rosenblatt and Marion Lipschutz’s “Education of Shelby Knox,” Nina Davenport’s “Parallel Lines,” Morgan Dews’ “Must Read After My Death,” Lucia Small and Ed Pincus’s “Axe in the Attic,” Alan Berlinher’s “Intimate Stranger,” Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio’s “Girls Like Us,” Joseph Dorman’s “Arguing The World,” Jon Hart and Mathew Kaufman’s “American Swing,” and a tribute to William Greaves. “This season is dominated by New York talent,” said Powers in a statement. “It showcases the incredible diversity of the city’s documentary scene, including the strong presence of women directors, the stylistic innovations exemplified by Alan Berliner, and the breakthroughs of black filmmakers represented by the tribute to William Greaves. The STF winter season takes place at the IFC Center every Tuesday night at 8:00 pm for ten weeks, through March 17. Each event includes a discussion with the filmmakers, followed by a gathering at the nearby bar 99 Below. For more information, visit this website.