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DAILY NEWS: New Docs Debut in New York and Ft. Lauderdale Fest Line Up

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire October 9, 2002 at 2:0AM

DAILY NEWS: New Docs Debut in New York and Ft. Lauderdale Fest Line Upby Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
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DAILY NEWS: New Docs Debut in New York and Ft. Lauderdale Fest Line Up



by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE


>> New York City Showcases Docs at IFP Market, New York Film Festival, and Frame by Frame


(indieWIRE: 10.09.02) -- Documentaries have been in the spotlight in New York
City over the past month, with theatrical screenings at the Frame by Frame
series, works-in-progress showings at the IFP Market, and a few docs among the
films at the 2002 New York Film Festival.


"Love and Diane," a U.S. premiere at the 40th NYFF at Lincoln Center, was
unveiled for press and industry yesterday morning at the Walter Reade
Theater
. Jennifer Dworkin's first feature is a powerful and accomplished
film about Diane Hazzard and her daughter, Love Hazzard, two women from broken homes who are trying to bring an HIV-positive baby into the world.
Young Donyeah, born just days before the film begins, grows up before our
eyes, but not before being sent into foster care as his family copes with
past problems and ongoing pain. This portrait of a formerly drug-addicted
grandmother and her daughter as they struggle with public assistance the
social services system, can be considered a wake-up call to America. At a
time when so much attention is focused upon problems overseas, "Love and
Diane" is a reminder that every day people are suffering trials,
tribulations, and tragedies in our own neighborhoods. The film will screen
just once at the New York Film Festival -- this Saturday (October 12th) at
11 a.m. Two other docs unveiled at the 2002 NYFF included Andre Heller and
Othmar Schmiderer's "Blind Spot, Hitler's Secretary" (Sony Pictures
Classics
), and Nicolas Filibert's "To Be and To Have" (New Yorker Films.)


A number of promising docs were shown at last week's IFP Market at the
Angelika Film Center. While it can be hard to accurately judge the quality
of a project from a 10