Laura Israel’s “Windfall” received the Grand Jury Prize in the Viewfinders section at the inaugural DOC NYC over the weekend, capping the new documentary film festival in New York City, which closed with a screening of Errol Morris’s latest, “Tabloid” at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. “Windfall” explores the darker side of “green” energy through the tale of one upstate town.
In DOC NYC’s “Metropolis” section, which spotlights six films that tell New York stories (including four world premieres and one US premiere), “To Be Heard” received the Grand Jury Prize as well as the Audience Award. Directed by Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, Deborah Shaffer and Amy Sultan, the film follows the lives of three Bronx teenagers whose involvement with a radical poetry workshop transforms their lives. Additionally, a Special Jury Prize was given to Josef “Birdman” Astor’s “Lost Bohemia,” the story of the last days of the artists’ residential studios above Carnegie Hall.
DOC NYC takes place at IFC Center the Ziegfeld Theatre and at New York University. The fest opened Wednesday November 3 and continues through November 9th with encore screenings of the competition films and award-winners, as well as a tribute to acclaimed film historian and filmmaker Kevin Brownlow.