Spring Festivals!

April 04, 2019
Spring Festivals!

Festival season is ramping up and our prolific SocDoc alum are screening at major festivals across North America. Here’s a rundown of where SocDocers and their films are at over the next few months: 

New Directors/New Films

Daniela Alatorre (class of 2015) produced Midnight Family which just has its New York premiere at MoMA as part of New Directors/New Films, after premiering at Sundance earlier this year. The film, directed by Luke Lorentzen, offers a vivid and intense ride-along with one of Mexico City’s family-run private ambulances.


Tribeca Film Festival
The Boxers of Brule Jessie Adler’s 2018 thesis film (pictured at top), has its New York premiere in the Tribeca Short Documentary Category. The film follows ‘Shaionna, a young Lakota woman, who creates a girls’ boxing team to combat the youth suicide epidemic threatening the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation’. The Boxers of Brule was produced by Hanna Nordenswan (2018). It screens at Village East Cinema on Sat 4th May and Sun 5th May. 

A Tale Of Two Kitchens, produced by Daniela Alatorre (Class of 2015), 'explores how a restaurant is a place of dignity and community across Mexico City and San Francisco’. The film is directed by Trisha Ziff will have its world premiere on Sunday 28th of April, before streaming around the US on Netflix. The film is part of the Rio Grande, Rio Bravo project, executive produced by Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, which aims to tell stories about the relationship between Mexico and the U.S.

Faculty Toby Shimin is consulting editor on The Dog Doc, directed by Cindy Meehl

Feature doc American Factory offers a ‘wry look at what happens when America’s economic vulnerability comes toe-to-toe with a new era of ambitious Chinese expansion’. Alumnae Lulu Men (2016), Siyan Liu (2015) and Danni Wang (2015) were all field producers on the film, which was picked up by Netflix after it premiered to rave reviews at Sundance. The film is directed by Oscar-nominees Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, and is also having its international Premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs later this month. 

Also at HotDocs:
A 3-Minute Hug, produced by Daniela Alatorre and a part of the Rio Grande Rio Bravo project; Confucian Dream - directed by former student Mijie Li; Mr. Toilet: The Worlds #2 Man, featuring cinematograph by Siyan Liu (2015); Well Groomed, AP'd by Dana Kalmey (2013)

And, across the sea, Moscow Film Festival is premiering 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). 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.

Double Feature! SocDoc thesis films Audry Funk (Yiwei Chen, 2018) and Rail Fan (James Stuart, 2017) are screening together at the NYC Independent Film Festival May 8 & 9.