Starting on November 3 with a special screening of Werner Herzog’s 3D Cave of Forgotten Dreams, the first annual DOC NYC festival will launch in Manhattan. Spearheaded by Toronto Film Festival programmer Thom Powers, DOC NYC has a great program for a first-year event, and I’m excited to check it out. The Viewfinders Competition program feels both expansive and intimate; there are international festival favorites like Armadillo by Janus Metz and small-town America stories like Kati with an I by Robert Greene. The festival will wrap on November 9, extended two extra days than originally planned.
Herzog is also scheduled to screen some of his earlier work, including My Best Fiend and Wings of Hope. Errol Morris, Herzog’s “rival” and another documentary legend, will present his new film Tabloid as well as some retrospectibe screenings of great classics like the offbeat Gates of Heaven and the essential Thin Blue Line. Amid all these new and old documentary films, what’s also exciting, is the idea of having a thriving film festival in Greenwich Village. DOC NYC will based around NYU and the IFC Center, which means that you never know what surprises are in store.