Document This! 14 Kickstarted Films to Watch at DOC NYC This Month

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Pier Kids by Elegance Bratton
Pier Kids by Elegance Bratton

This year, DOC NYC—New York’s documentary film festival—celebrates its 10th anniversary. The festival, which includes more than 300 films, shows, and events, takes place at three Manhattan theaters, with dozens of special guests attending in person.

We’re proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the Kickstarter Film community, especially the 14 Kickstarter-funded works (14! Count ‘em!) that will be screened at the festival, which takes place November 6–15.

Blessed Child by Cara Jones
Blessed Child by Cara Jones

BLESSED CHILD
Director Cara Jones was brought up in the Unification Church of Reverend Sun Myung Moon—commonly known as the Moonies—where her parents are high-ranking members. After Jones separates from the church, she must come to terms with the shift in her relationship with her parents and with the impact of this unusual background on her family.
Sat Nov 9, 2019, 7:40 PM | Cinepolis Chelsea
Wed Nov 13, 2019, 10:15 AM | Cinepolis Chelsea

BOY HOWDY! THE STORY OF CREEM MAGAZINE
CREEM launched in 1969 Detroit as an irreverent upstart to rival the pre-eminent rock publication of the day, Rolling Stone. Boy Howdy! offers a riotous look back at CREEM‘s history, the dysfunctional family of outsiders behind its pages and its lasting impact on music and culture.
Wed Nov 13, 2019, 9:45 PM | SVA Theatre

BUSTER WILLIAMS BASS TO INFINITY
Jazz bassist Buster Williams played with Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Sarah Vaughan, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker and Nancy Wilson, amongst others. Bass to Infinity spends some time with Williams and his present-day collaborators—Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Reid, Christian McBride, Carmen Lundy, Kenny Barron and more—in a toe-tapping celebration of the soul and magic of jazz.
Tue Nov 12, 2019, 7:25 PM | IFC Center
Thu Nov 14, 2019, 12:45 PM | IFC Center

BUSY INSIDE
Karen Marshall, a respected therapist who specializes in the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder, has a unique perspective, as she juggles 17 personalities of her own. Director Olga Lvoff sensitively explores the intricacies of DID and the methods surrounding its treatment.
Fri Nov 8, 2019, 10:15 AM | Cinepolis Chelsea
Mon Nov 11, 2019, 5:00 PM | IFC Center

THE GREAT AMERICAN LIE
A timely look at the deep roots of systemic inequalities that have made possible the ever-widening income gap that threatens the fabric of our democracy. Cultural critics, academics and other notables explore the gendered nature of core American values and how this has contributed to making the American Dream an impossible goal for most.
Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:25 PM | IFC Center

Hurdle by Michael Rowley
Hurdle by Michael Rowley

HURDLE
Two Palestinian youths strive for freedom and self-worth in a community consumed with violence. Sami, a parkour coach, leads leaping young men across the stunning cityscape of Jerusalem. Using creative outlets, Sami and Mohammad self-actualize a different way of living and inspire the next generation to dream beyond the politics of their conflicted land.
Wed Nov 13, 2019, 9:30 PM | IFC Center

Knock Down the House by Rachel Lears | Netflix
Knock Down the House by Rachel Lears | Netflix

KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE
This film captures Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she conducts a long-shot campaign for Congress while still working as a bartender. It also follows three other first-time female candidates, revealing that AOC’s effort wasn’t a fluke but part of a fervent grassroots movement.
Thu Nov 7, 2019, 2:45 PM | Cinepolis Chelsea
Mon Nov 11, 2019, 8:50 PM | Cinepolis Chelsea

LYDIA LUNCH - THE WAR IS NEVER OVER
American singer, writer and actress Lydia Lunch helped birth the No Wave music scene in the late 1970s and early ’80s—and she’s still killing it today. Fellow No Wave pioneer Beth B constructs a lively portrait of this innovative performer, whose confrontational artistry resonates loudly in today’s feminist landscape.
 Sat Nov 9, 2019, 7:05 PM | IFC Center

MR. TOILET: THE WORLD'S #2 MAN
When charismatic Singaporean millionaire Jack Sim learned that nearly a third of the world doesn’t have access to proper sanitation, he set out to make a difference through his World Toilet Foundation. Using humor to get attention for his cause, Sim plunges into his biggest challenge—securing six million toilets as part of India’s sanitation initiative.
Thu Nov 14, 2019, 7:30 PM | Cinepolis Chelsea

NARROWSBURG
In 1999, small town Narrowsburg, NY, was poised to become the “Sundance of the East”—or so Jocelyne and Richard Castellano would have local residents believe. As the duo secures investment in a feature film production and convinces locals they can become stars, the stage is set for a stranger-than-fiction tale of Hollywood dreams, deceit and delusions.
Sun Nov 10, 2019, 4:20 PM | SVA Theatre

NOTHING FANCY: DIANA KENNEDY
Diana Kennedy fell in love with Mexican food over 60 years ago, and has made it her mission to document and celebrate the regional varieties of Mexico’s cuisine ever since, becoming the world’s leading authority. Now in her 90s, the celebrated British-born chef and cookbook author is still as feisty and no-nonsense as ever.
Thu Nov 7, 2019, 5:10 PM | Cinepolis Chelsea

PIER KIDS
Caught up in the precariousness of survival and self-preservation, homeless queer and trans youth of color hang out at Christopher Street Pier, forging their own chosen family. Pier Kids is as real as it gets, and with intimate, immersive access to the hazardous life of its vulnerable but fearless protagonists.
Fri Nov 8, 2019, 9:30 PM | IFC Center
Wed Nov 13, 2019, 2:50 PM | IFC Center

The Rabbi Goes West by Gerald Peary & Amy Geller
The Rabbi Goes West by Gerald Peary & Amy Geller

THE RABBI GOES WEST
A Hasidic rabbi relocates from Brooklyn, New York, to Bozeman, Montana, with the hopes of spreading Chabad—his brand of orthodox practice—throughout “Big Sky Country.” As his prominence grows in the state, he faces both neo-Nazi threats and resistance from members of the established Jewish community in Montana.
Sun Nov 10, 2019, 7:30 PM | Cinepolis Chelsea

RED DOG
The seedy Oklahoma City strip club the Red Dog Saloon was an emblem of the 1970s oil boom. It also served as the childhood home of award-winning musician Luke Dick and his infamous go-go dancing mother Kim. This quirky, high-spirited film reconstructs the culture and times of the strip club, and explores Kim and Luke’s unorthodox life there.
Sun Nov 10, 2019, 9:20 PM | Cinepolis Chelsea