New York’s IFC Center once again presents Stranger Than Fiction (STF), a weekly documentary series that plays host to a number of influential documentaries, both new and old. This year Alex Gibney’s “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” will kick-off STF’s winter slate on January 10th with a post-screening Q&A with the Oscar-winning director. Gibney’s new film explores the intricate chain of events surrounding the sex scandal that rocked the political career and personal life of the former Governor of New York.
Highlights from the schedule include screenings of Albert Maysles & Muffie Meyer’s “Grey Gardens” and Barbara Kopple’s “Harlan County USA” with respective appearances from the filmmakers.
Below is the complete line-up with the corresponding dates: [Synopses provided by the IFC Center]
Tues. January 11 – “Enemies of the People” (2010)
Winner of Sundance special jury prize, one of the most lauded films of the year, Cambodian journalist Thet Sambath explores the mysteries of the killing fields.
Q&A w/ co-dir Rob Lemkin
Wed. January 19 – “Grey Gardens” (1976)
Nothing compares to this cult classic about reclusive relatives of Jackie O. – Big Edie and Little Edie Beale – living in a decaying East Hampton.
Q&A w. filmmakers Albert Maysles & Muffie Meyer
Tues. January 25 – “Schmatta: From Rags to Riches to Rags” (2009)
Explore New York’s garment district in this poignant history, full of unforgettable characters.
Q&A w/ dir Marc Levin
Tues. February 1 – “Poster Girl” (2010)
Robynn Murray was literally a poster girl for Army recruiting, but after facing combat in Iraq, she takes a dissenting view of the military.
Q&A w/ dir Sara Nesson
Tues. February 8 – “Nobody’s Business” (1996)
Dir. Alan Berliner brings his innovative style to profile his father Oscar. “Brilliantly funny and piercingly real” (USA Today). Plus Berliner’s rare 1980 short “City Edition.”
Q&A w/ dir Alan Berliner
Tues. February 15 – “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control” (1997)
Errol Morris weaves unlikely characters – lion tamer, topiary gardener, mole rat expert, robot designer – into magical film. Screening honors Karen Schmeer Editing Fellowship.
Q&A w/ friends of the late Karen Schmeer
Tues. February 22 – “Rock School” (2005)
“Art of the Steal” dir. Don Argott follows the unorthodox teacher Paul Green who motivates misfit kids with rock and roll. “Irresistibly entertaining” (Variety).
Q&A w/ dir Don Argott
Tues. March 1 – “Love on Delivery” (2007)
Cannes prize-winning dir of “Armadillo” follows broker of marriages between Thai women & Danish men, numbering
in hundreds. Strange, poignant, & beautifully photographed.
Q&A w/ dir Janus Metz & collaborator Sine Plambech
Tues. March 8 – “Theater of War” (2008)
Going behind the scenes with Meryl Streep & Tony Kushner on “Mother Courage” while examining the work of Bertolt Brecht. “Inspired, inspiring” (Manohla Dargis, NY Times).
Q&A w/ dir John Walter
Tues. March 15 – “Harlan County USA” (1976)
This Oscar-winning film belongs in the canon of great documentary making for its compassionate look at the clash between coal miners and a corporation.
Q&A w/ dir Barbara Kopple