Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) will temporarily convert its landmark firehouse in New York's Chinatown into a party space October 11 to celebrate the center's 40th anniversary. Among the evening's honorees will be Sheila Nevins and the HBO Documentary Films team, plus DCTV board chair Cora Weiss. HBO stalwart James Gandolfini will act as honorary chair.
Since its founding in 1972, DCTV has become one of the country's most prominent documentary film centers, lending support to filmmakers and students alike by providing everything from equipment rentals to post-production assistance.
The host committee is expected to include such documentary luminaries as Joe Berlinger ("Paradise Lost"), Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") and Barbara Kopple ("Shut Up and Sing"), among many others. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and the novelist Pete Hamill will also be on hand.
Tickets to the DCTV 40th Anniversary Celebration are available to the general public and can be purchased at www.dctvny.org.