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DOC NYC Preview and Picks

DOC NYC Preview and Picks

Beginning tonight, I will be spending my nights and weekend at the new DOC NYC festival of documentary storytelling through Tuesday, November 9th. I’ve been invited to be a juror of the event’s Viewfinders competition of international entries, which means I will be plenty busy with that program’s titles. However, I’m also looking forward to a repeat viewing of Werner Herzog’s 3-D doc “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” which I think is amazing on so many levels, as well as hopefully catching a few early screenings of Kevin Brownlow’s film history docs and late night screenings of classic concert films. I’ve written up a preview and selected some personal recommendations over at Cinematical, and here’s an excerpt highlighting one of my picks that I think could be very popular with general movie lovers:

‘Make Believe’ – Teens and magic. No, it’s not the anticipated new ‘Harry Potter’ film. It’s the recent Los Angeles Film Festival winner I’ve been dying to see (I’m recommending it on faith) that follows a few young competitors from all over the globe hoping to be named the best teen magician in the world. Looks like ‘Spellbound’ meets Chris Nolan’s ‘The Prestige.’

It’s a film I’m highlighting sight-unseen, and I actually don’t think I’ll be able to fit it into my schedule this weekend. So hopefully it’s good enough (the LAFF win implies that it is) to warrant additional screenings/bookings in NYC in the future, or at least easily accessible DVD distribution. There’s a trailer for it included in my preview, which you can read the rest of here.

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