Stranger Than Ficiton, a weekly documentary series held at the IFC Center in New York and hosted by Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen, this year launches its first summer edition that runs from June 2 – August 9. The summer slate includes “Senna,” winner of the Sundance Audience Award, and the U.S. premiere of “You’ve Been Trumped,” which went over well at Hot Docs in Toronto.
Below is the full lineup. For more on the summer edition click here.
SPRING CLOSING NIGHT – Tues. MAY 31
Sundance Audience Award winner, Buck profiles the real life horse whisperer who overcame an abusive childhood to teach a gentler approach to training horses.
Q&A w/ dir Cindy Meehl
THURSDAY SPECIAL – Thurs, June 2
“Bobby Fischer Against the World” (2011)
Oscar nominated dir Liz Garbus explores the enigma of the chess master from Brooklyn.
Q&A w/ dir Liz Garbus
SUMMER OPENING NIGHT – Tues. June 7
Sundance audience prize winner looks at dramatic life of Brazilian Formula One race car driver Ayrton Senna.
Tues. June 14
“Brick City” (2011)
Set in Newark, NJ, like a real life version of The Wire. Filmmakers will screen 2 episodes of the acclaimed series and discuss its making.
Q&A w/ Marc Levin & Mark Benjamin
Tues. June 21
“Back to Life” (2010)
Set in Acapulco, romance blossoms between Mexican scuba instructor and New York model; plus a shark hunt.
Q&A w/ dir Carlos Hagerman
Tues. June 28
“The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” (2011)
St Louis’ Pruitt-Igoe housing projects started as model of progress and ended as failure. What went wrong?
Q&A w/ dir Chad Freidrichs
THURS. NIGHT SPECIAL – Thurs. June 30
“Between Two Worlds” (2011)
Tracing the American Jewish debate over Israel, this doc sensitively explores politics, censorship and history.
Q&A w/ dirs Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman
Tues. July 5
“Mission to Malay” (1964)
Rarely seen cinema verite gem from Drew Associates. Pioneering woman director Hope Ryden follows Peace Corps nurse on island adventure.
Q&A w/ dir Hope Ryden
THURS. NIGHT SPECIAL – Thurs. July 7
“You’ve Been Trumped” (2011)
Donald Trump meets resistance in small town Scotland when he sets out to build a golf resort on environmentally sensitive coastland.
Q&A w/ dir Anthony Baxter
Tues. July 12
“16 in Webster Groves” and “Webster Groves Revisited”
Co-presented with Paley Center,two classic CBS documentaries by the late Arthur Barron examines teenagers in 1960s middle America
Q&A w/ Ron Simon, Paley Center curator.
Tues. July 19
Brilliant, overlooked personal doc by director of Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters, examines his mentoring relationship to a troubled youth.
Q&A w/ dir Steve James
Tues. July 26
“Better This World” (2011)
Two young men are arrested for domestic terrorism at 2008 Republican convention. What’s the real story?
Q&A w/ dirs Kelly Duane & Katie Galloway
Tues. Aug 2
“Soul Power” (2008)
Chronicling the Zaire ’74 concert with James Brown, Miriam Makeba, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz, and others from the team behind When We Were Kings.
Q&A w/ dir Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte
Tues. Aug 2
CLOSING NIGHT – TBA