DOC NYC 2019 - SocDoc in Abundance!

October 21, 2019
DOC NYC 2019 - SocDoc in Abundance!
We are thrilled to see so many SocDoc filmmakers a part of this year’s DOC NYC line-up! DOC NYC, America's largeset documentary festival, is entering it's tenth year, November 6-15, 2019. We are proud long-time supporters of the festival; their only education partner. The festival’s Artistic Director and founder is faculty Thom Powers, who serves as Artistic Director. Our students, alumni & faculty will be out in force at the festival. Take a look at some of their films, or hear from them on the DOC NYC Pro panels. The film and panels line up is below - See you at DOC NYC!

DOC NYC U: SVA  MFA Social Documentary Student Showcase
Fri Nov 8, 2019, 4:15 PM | Cinepolis Chelsea
Kostya | Director: Oxana Onipko - Kostya is trying to redeem himself from his alcoholism. Drive | Director: Rohan Shrivinas Rao - Jacob gets nostalgic about driving a cab in the ‘70, but, with rideshare companies and increased taxes, his livelihood is at stake.  Wood Carver: Deborah Mills | Director: Shuming Zhang - Deborah’s craft is slowly disappearing, but she’s trying to bring it back.  All About Evie | Director: Adam Evans - A filmmaker’s late-night excursions into the increasingly baffling world of online chatbots.  The Cure | Director: Yingzi Zhang - A young tattoo artist uses her art as an outlet to heal herself after a series of heartbreaking experiencesProspect Park | Director: Catherine Finsness - A pleasant immersion into Brooklyn’s beloved Prospect Park.  A Little Mess | Director: Jamie Deredorian Delia - (pictured above) Artist Lydia Ricci utilizes scraps from her childhood home to create miniature sculptures of nostalgic objects.
BUSY INSIDE - directed, edited & filmed by Olga Lvoff (2013), with producer Victor Ilyuhkin (2014), cinematographer Justin Ervin (2013), co-producer Rose Vincelli Gustine (staff), and associate producer Sarah Rachael Wainio (2016).  NYC Premiere! The film follows Marshay, a young musician coming to terms with her plural selves, and Karen -- Marshay's therapist -- who deftly manages 17 alter-egos of her own, along with a respected career supporting others with Dissociative Identity Disorder. (pictured below)

CHRISTIAN SCOTT ATUNDE ADJUAH (Working Title) | Directed by: Amitabh Joshi, Erik Spink (both 2013)  From the Harlem Stage, to the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, to the Blue Note in New York City, Christian aTunde Adjuah uses music to break down cultural walls.
ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS – edited by Toby Shimin (faculty)
An intimate portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls.  
THE KINGMAKER – cinematography by Jerry Risius - Centering on the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines whose behind-the-scenes influence of her husband Ferdinand's presidency rocketed her to the global political stage.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Alan Berliner - For the last 40 years, Berliner has compulsively clipped his favorite photos from The New York Times. Now he transforms that collection into his greatest work—a profound and playful visual essay reflecting on photojournalism and what will be lost if print newspapers go away.
MIDNIGHT FAMILY Daniela Alatorre (class of 2015) produced this festival favorite which offers a vivid and intense ride-along with one of Mexico City’s family-run private ambulances.
TIGHTROPE: AMERICANS REACHING FOR HOPE – co-directed, produced and executive produced by department chair Maro Chermayeff; Edited by David Hoon Newman (2016); and consulting produced by Mira Chang; archival consultant Amy Schewel; and additional camera by Axel Baumann (all faculty) How did the idea of “rugged individualism” become a curse for everyday Americans? Distraught over the loss of too many childhood classmates, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explore the causes and costs of opioid addiction, poverty and incarceration plaguing America, from the inner city to small towns like Kristof’s hometown of Yamhill, Oregon.
Also showing at the festival:
AMERICAN FACTORY - Lulu Men (2016), Siyan Liu (2015) and Danni Wang (2015) were all field producers & additional camera.
ASK DR. RUTH - Additional Camera Jenni Morello (2011)
THE GREAT HACK – Co-Editor: Andrès Aria (2013)
LYDIA LUNCH - THE WAR IS NEVER OVERAom Prapaporn Pinyopusarerk (2016): Additional Editing & Additional Camera; Nottapon Boonprakob (2017) & Megan Orr (2016) - Additional Camera; and Sarah Rachael Wainio (2016) was the film’s Kickstarter manager
MR. TOILET: THE WORLD'S #2 MAN featuring cinematography by Siyan Liu (2015)

Over at the DOC NYC Pro Conference
Thurs. Nov. 7 - First Time Filmmaker Day
11:30 AM – 12:40 PM Building Your Team – with SocDoc Director of Operations Rose Vincelli Gustine
1:30 PM – 2:40 PM Funding an Independent Documentary – with director Chelsi Bullard (2017)
3:00 PM – 4:10 PM In-Depth with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn discussing TIGHTROPE: AMERICANS REACHING FOR HOPE with the film’s director (and SocDoc Department Chair) Maro Chermayeff
Sat. Nov. 9 - Editing
10:00 AM – 11:10 AM In-depth with Alan Berliner, director of LETTER TO THE EDITOR and SocDoc Faculty
1:30 PM – 2:40 PM Editing to Develop Characters – with faculty editor Toby Shimin (ERNIE & JOE)
Sun. Nov. 10 - Cinematography
1:45 PM – 2:55 PM Building Your Career: Cinematography - Co-presented by SVA MFA Social Documentary Film. Cinematographers Nausheen Dadabhuoy (The Town I Live In), and SocDoc alumni Amitabh Joshi (A LITTLE WISDOM, 2013) and Jenni Morello (ONE OF US, 2011) share insights on building a cinematography career.
Mon. Nov. 11 - Focus on Doc Series
10:00 AM – 11:10 AM Developing Your Series – with SocDoc producer Mira Chang
Mon. Nov. 11 - Pitch Perfect - Faculty Judith Helfand is a pitch trainer & moderator for this program
Tues. Nov. 12 - Producing
10:00 AM – 11:10 AM Creative Producing - with SocDoc producer Beth Levison
Thurs. Nov. 14 - Podcasts
3:00 PM – 4:10 PM In-depth with Brian Reed on S-Town - moderated by SocDoc faculty Thom Powers

»Last but not least, alumna Yuqi Kang (2016), director of LITTLE WIDSOM, DOC NYC 2018’s winning feature, has been named to the festival’s “40 under 40” list honoring young talent in the industry.