With a week of DOC NYC kicking off tonight, Indiewire’s latest curated selections for Hulu’s Documentaries page spotlights past films with indelible New York characters. Watch these and other docs now for free!
Aviva Kempner introduced a new generation to Gertrude Berg in “Yoo Hoo, Mrs Goldberg,” whose popular programs made a mark in early radio and TV programming, and brought a positive representation of Jewish family life to broad audiences. For a look at another acclaimed, multi-talented Jewish celebrity, check out Dori Berinstein’s “Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love” at DOC NYC.
Though unassuming, the subject of Richard Press’ “Bill Cunningham New York,” has been documenting street fashion for The New York Times for decades. There are several photographer focused films at DOC NYC, including John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s “Finding Vivian Maier” and Tomas Leach’s Saul Leiter portrait, “In No Great Hurry.”
“Herb and Dorothy” by Megumi Sasaki famously revealed the story of a middle-class couple who quietly amassed one of the largest collections of minimalist art out of their small NYC apartment. Art takes the spotlight in such DOC NYC films as Doug Pray’s “Levitated Mass” and Jeremy Workman’s “Magical Universe.”
One of the earliest successful films on hip hop culture, Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant’s “Style Wars” explores the graffiti artists of NYC in the early 1980s. The battle over street art continues in modern day Brazil in Marcelo Mesquita and Guilherme Valiengo’s “Grey City (Cidade Cinza)” at DOC NYC.
Finally, another look back at NYC’s troubled past comes in Marc Levin’s “Mr Untouchable,” the story of Nicky Barnes, the most powerful African-American drug kingpin in 1970s NYC. The crime-ridden era is also explored in DOC NYC’s “Patrolman P,” Ido Mizrahy’s look at the notorious police corruption scandals of the time.
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Indiewire @ Hulu Docs” is a regular column spotlighting the Iw-curated selections on Hulu’s Documentaries page, a unique collaboration between the two sites. Be sure to check out the great non-fiction projects available to watch free of charge. Disclosure: Some of the selections are titles provided to Hulu by SnagFilms, the parent company of Indiewire.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Basil Tsiokos is a Programming Associate, Documentary Features for Sundance, Senior Programmer for DOC NYC, and a consultant to documentary filmmakers and festivals. Follow him on Twitter (@1basil1) and visit his blog (what (not) to doc).