Stranger Than Fiction, the weekly documentary series at New York’s IFC Center hosted by Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen, will start its fourteenth season September 28, 2010 with a screening of Jeff Malmberg’s SXSW winner “Marwencol.” Most of the fall’s screenings will feature Q&A’s with filmmakers and key figures in the film.
“Marwencol,” which tells the story of Mark Hogancamp, a man who, after suffering from a brutal beating, begins to develop an alternate universe in his backyard, where classic Barbie dolls and plastic soldiers become embroiled in a WWII saga. Stranger Than Fiction also honors Harvey Pekar with a screening of “American Splendor,” Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini’s biopic of the recently deceased artist. The series will also give the NY premieres of Francine Cavanaugh & Adams Wood’s “On Coal River” and John-Keith Wasson’s “Surviving Hitler: A Love Story,” which will close the series.
“We have a little of everything: art, politics, sex, glamour, activism, emotion, travel and history,” said Stranger Than Fiction Artistic Director Thom Powers (who also serves as documentary programmer for TIFF and programs for the newly formed DOC NYC). “ Many of these titles have won acclaim at festivals such as Sundance, SXSW and Silverdocs. We’re pleased to bring them to New York audiences. As the STF t-shirt says, ‘Tuesday is the new Friday.’”
The complete lineup of the Fall 2010 lineup, provided by IFC:
September 20: Pre-season Monday special — “The House of Steinbrenner” (2010, Q&A with director Barbara Kopple)
September 28: Opening Night — “Marwencol” (2010, Q&A w/ director Jeff Malmberg & editor of art magazine “Esopus” Tod Lippy)
October 5: “American Splendor” (2003, Q&A w/ actor Paul Giamatti, producer Ted Hope, directors Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini)
October 12: “On Coal River” (2010, Q&A w/ directors Francine Cavanaugh & Adams Wood)
October 19: “The Canal Street Madam” (2010, Q&A w/ director Cameron Yates & producer Mridu Chandra)
October 26: “Taking on the Kennedys” (1996, Q&A w/ director Joshua Seftel)
November 2: “Wo Ai Ni (I Love You), Mommy” (2010, Q&A w/ director Stephanie Wang-Breal)
November 9: “War Don Don” (2010, Q&A w/ director Rebecca Richman Cohen)
November 16: “12th & Delaware” (2010, Q&A w/ directors Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady)
November 23: “Marlene” (1984, Q&A to be announced)
November 30: Closing Night – “Surviving Hitler: A Love Story” (2010, Q&A w/ director John-Keith Wasson)