DOC NYC Shows 13 SocDoc Films

October 24, 2017
DOC NYC Shows 13 SocDoc Films
Fall is upon us and that means DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, is right around the corner.  SVA SocDoc is thrilled to announce a full lineup of alumni and faculty films and panels. DOC NYC runs November 9-16, 2017. Our students and faculty will be attending the Doc NYC Pro Conference, and taking in many films at the festival. Hope to see you at some of the incredible films our alumni and faculty are working on! 
 
DOC NYC U: SVA SocDoc Showcase
Friday, Nov 10, 2017, 5:00 PM, IFC Center
SVA’s showcase includes the following films by current SocDoc students: The Keeper of Earth and Time (USA, 11 min., Tiantian Wang) profiles a curator of a room filled with dirt, operator of one of the oldest clock towers in New York City and an abstract artist in his own right. After 30 years in NYC, an experimental musician goes back to nature to find inner peace and bring ideas of silence to her music in Sound Fever (USA, 11 min., Ziyu Tang). This Girl Blinks (USA, 15 min., Lifei Diao) profiles the designer of some of NYC’s most unusual jewelry. In Time Relationship (USA, 7 min., Bailin Li), a young Chinese barber runs a stylized vintage barbershop in Flushing, Queens. A filmmaker explores What Could Have Been (USA, 12 min., Hanna Nordenswan), had hearts not been broken in the past. Fighting to protect clean water, the women of Oceti Sakowin Camp call White Buffalo Calf Woman (USA, 5 min., Jessie Adler), a sacred Lakota omen of change, in a prayer walk to the Dakota Access Pipeline police blockade. Please get in touch if you would like a ticket to this screening.
 
DOC NYC PRO: State of Documentary Day - WHAT’S YOUR POV? panel
Thursday, Nov. 9, 10:30AM-11:40AM, Cineopolis Chelsea
It’s important to have a great story to tell, but you also need to know how to make it come to life. Nanfu Wang (I Am Another You), Jennifer Brea (Unrest) and Drew Xanthopoulos (The Sensitives) discuss not only how to find a great story, but how to ensure that your film’s style matches the subject. Moderator: Rose Vincelli Gustine (faculty). Co-presented by SVA MFA Social Documentary FilmPlease get in touch if you would like a ticket to this panel.
 
32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide
Years after the suicide of her sister Ruth, a talented but troubled artist, director Hope Litoff tries to make sense of her loss. Directed by Hope Litoff; Produced by Beth Levison (faculty), Edited by Toby Shimin (faculty), Story Advisor: Richard Hankin (faculty); Production Coordinator Sarah Wainio (Class of 2016); Prapaporn Pinyopusarerk (Class of 2016), Production Assistant.

Cradle of Champions
Three amateur boxers compete for glory and life-changing opportunities in New York City's legendary Golden Gloves tournament. Directed by Bartle Bull; Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz, ASC; Additional Photography Kirsten Johnson; Additional Sound by Mark Mandler (all faculty); Add'l Camera Op & Line Producer, Megan Blackburn; Additiional Camera Ops Jenni Morello, Lucas Smith; Assistant Editor: Inaya Graciana Yusuf; PAs Nori Mizukami, Megan Orr, Scott Ruderman, Justin Thomas (all alumni)

The Iron Triangle
Workers and owners of auto repair shops in Queens' Willets Point face off against gentrification and urban renewal for the future of their livelihoods and community. Directed by Prudence Katze, William Lehman; Edited by Yuki Kokubo (former SocDoc student)
 
Maynard
Director Sam Pollard (faculty) constructs a portrait of charismatic trailblazer Maynard Jackson, who became Atlanta’s first black mayor in 1973.

One Of Us
One of Us profiles three members of New York’s Hasidic Jewish community who wish to explore more secular lives. To do so puts them at risk of leaving behind their families and facing hostile opposition. Directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. Cinematography by Jenni Morello (Class of 2011).

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Just Gotta Be Me
A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man, in this exhilarating addition to the PBS American Masters series. Directed by Sam Pollard (faculty); Additional Sound by Mark Mandler (faculty)
 
Sky & Ground
A compelling, ground-level immersion into the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time,
accompanying a large, extended family by foot from Syria to asylum in Germany. Directed by Talya Tibbon & Joshua Bennett, produced by Maro Chermayeff (department chair), Cinematography by Axel Baumann (faculty)

AND - Faculty Sam Pollard and Ross Kauffman and alumnus Jenni Morello are on panels during Doc NYC PRO's Mastering Your Craft: Cinematography day. 
Huge congrats to Producing faculty Thom Powers on the line up - he is Artistic Director and co-founder of DOC NYC.

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