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DOC NYC 2021: 12 Must-See Films at America’s Biggest Documentary Festival

The documentary festival’s stacked 2021 lineup includes films about Kenny G, Dionne Warwick, and Dean Martin.

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time doc

“Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time”

Like many of its festival brethren, this year’s DOC NYC is returning to an in-person format after going virtual for its 2020 edition. But while the country’s largest documentary festival will be happily welcoming audiences back throughout New York City, a variety of films will still be available for virtual viewing (learn more about them right here). It’s the best of both worlds!

This year’s lineup encompasses a predictably wide range of subjects, from stories about unique personalities to insightful examinations of everything from birth control and high school football. The 2021 lineup includes more than 120 feature-length documentaries, including 32 world premieres and 34 U.S. premieres. World premieres include films on figures such as NBA legend Kevin Garnett, recently passed rapper DMX, rat pack crooner Dean Martin, and the late literary icon Kurt Vonnegut. They join previously announced titles on Kenny G and Dionne Warwick, as well as Matthew Heineman’s “The First Wave,” a penetrating look at the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic in New York City.

Here are a dozen highlights we’re most excited to see. Browse the full lineup and purchase tickets right here. DOC NYC runs November 10 – 28.

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