Toronto Film Festival, IFP Week & PBS "POV" Include SocDoc Titles

August 02, 2017
Toronto Film Festival, IFP Week & PBS "POV" Include SocDoc Titles
It is just the middle of summer and our steadfast SocDoc alumni and faculty are covering themselves in glory! Like iridescent pearls, they are picking up the light from industry, networks and festivals alike and sending it back out into the world.  Here are just a few that we have strung together and we couldn’t be prouder!
Toronto Film Festival premieres two SocDoc films
Toronto Film Festival has recently unrolled it's line up - full of glittery high profile documentaries we can't wait to devour. Prolific filmmaker Sam Pollard, one of our Thesis Directing faculty, premieres his latest project there: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Just Gotta Be MeA 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.

Additionally, Oscar nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's latest, One Of Us, penetrates the insular world of New York’s Hasidic community, focusing on three individuals driven to break away despite threats of retaliation. SocDoc Alum Jenni Morello (class of 2011) is the film's Director of Photography. The film will be released via Netflix in the fall. 

SocDoc at IFP Film Week
IFP Week, the only International Co-Production Market in the U.S. featuring stories for all platforms, showcases original and provocative work, across a broad range of budgets, genres, sensibilities and platforms. Selected directors and producers will attend IFP Project Forum and take meetings with industry seeking new projects. Among the Documentary line up are several feature works in progress from alumni and faculty: 
Busy Inside directed by Olga Lvoff (class of 2013), produced by Victor Ilyuhkin (class of 2014), and executive produced by Alexandra Shiva. Karen, a therapist, treats those with Dissociative Identity Disorder — a multiple personality condition she also has. She and her patients seek to be themselves.
The Drum Also Waltzes: In Search of Max Roach directed and produced by Sam Pollard (Faculty) and Ben Shapiro. The Drum Also Waltzes explores the life of percussionist, composer Max Roach—his surprising musical legacy, cultural activism, and times of struggle and creative triumph.
The Evidence of Things Not Seen directed by Ja’Tovia Gary (class of 2014) and produced by Gina Duncan. The filmmaker embarks on an intimate and nonconventional journey to explore her most foundational relationships as well as the pivotal events that shape her identity.
Personal Statement directed by Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez and produced by Juliane Dressner and Beth Levison (Faculty). Three Brooklyn public school seniors overcome considerable challenges to get themselves and their classmates to college.

POV 30th Season
POV, American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, has begun it's 30th Season, including three of our faculty films. 

Swim Team
Airs October 2, 2017
Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning. Directed by Lara Stolman, edited and co-produced by Ann Collins (Faculty), with many SocDoc alumni on crew.
Airs October 23, 2017
A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson (Faculty). A work that combines documentary, autobiography and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. Directed by Kirsten Johnson.

Joe’s Violin
aired July 24, 2017
In the Oscar®-nominated Joe’s Violin, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx school girl Brianna Perez, proving that the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times, and that a small act can have a significant impact. Directed by by Kahane Cooperman; DP: Bob Richman (Faculty)