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New York Festival Showcases Television Documentaries

New York Festival Showcases Television Documentaries

New York Festival Showcases Television Documentaries

by Eugene Hernandez

Edith Hahn’s forged identification card. The Holocaust survivor is the subject of Liz Garbus’ “The Nazi Officer’s Wife.”

Courtesy of Moxie Firecracker

A noncompetitive festival of telvision documentaries opens this week at New York’s Museum of Television and Radio, offering a showcase for new work. It will run from April 24th – May 4th in Manhattan. The 2003 Television Documentary Festival will present the premieres alongside a retrospective, panel discussions, works-in-progress and Q & A sessions. Also on tap is a youth doc event.

Among the fifteen films on tap are: Thom Powers’ “Guns & Mothers,” about gun control; Madeline Gavin, Judith Katz and Gary Sunshine’s “What I Want My Words To Do To You,” about a writing workshop at a women’s correctional facility; Robert Weide’s work in progress showing of “Kurt Vonnegut: American Made”; Liz Garbus’ “The Nazi Officer’s Wife,” about a Holocaust survivor who escaped and married a Nazi Party member; and Deborah Dickson’s “American Masters: The Education of Gore Vidal.”

Other screenings include a work-in-progress screening of Hector Galan’s “Visiones: Latino Art and Culture,” including a panel of participants and a showing of Alexandra Pelosi and Aaron Lubarsky’s “Journeys With George.” Also on tap is a screening of “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” with a Q & A featuring director D.A. Pennebaker.

Docu-Jam: A Youth Documentary Showcase will present screenings of eight doc shorts created by younger people. The work, by young people who were trained to document their own lives at local media centers, highlights such themes as cultural identity, family and community life.

The festival’s Vietnam Verite retrospective will include a look at the way that the war in Vietnam was covered with handheld 16mm camera and mobile sound equipment. Among the showings are Frederick Wiseman’s “Basic Training” and Beryl Fox’s “The Mills of the Gods.”

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