Press Release: DOC NYC Film Festival Running November 10-17

doc_photoDOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, runs November 10-17 at the IFC Center, Cinepolis Chelsea and the SVA Theatre. The 7th annual festival includes 110 feature-length documentaries (and 102 shorts) and will showcase over 250 films and events overall, with more than 300 filmmakers and special guests appearing in person. The festival also features DOC NYC PRO—a series of in-depth panels and masterclasses—and the Visionaries Tribute awards ceremony honoring major figures in the field of nonfiction film. DOC NYC is produced by the IFC Center.

Complete program & ticket info:

Please note the following DOC NYC films about True Crime:

AMANDA KNOX, Dirs. Brian McGinn, Rod Blackhurst (Short List)

The 2007 murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy is a case study in the vagaries of crime and punishment. Seattle native Amanda Knox was convicted for the crime and spent four years in prison before being exonerated. This gripping, atmospheric film revisits the story with unprecedented access to its key players and poses troubling questions as to why both the legal system and outside observers got so much wrong. Courtesy of Netflix. (90 min.) In person: Directors Brian McGinn, Rod Blackhurst

FRI. NOV. 11, 5:45 PM (Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St.)
WED. NOV. 16, 9:55 PM (Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St.)


BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN, Dir. Irene Taylor Brodsky (True Crime)

NYC PREMIERE – Offering a sensitive investigation of a disturbing true-life crime, Irene Taylor Brodsky chronicles the 2014 case of a pair of 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who attempted to murder their friend to appease the Slenderman, an Internet bogeyman they were convinced otherwise would harm their families. In the wake of this strange crime, the girls’ parents and authorities try to make sense of this Web legend and how quickly and firmly it became cemented in the minds of impressionable young people. Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films. (112 min.) In person: Director Irene Taylor Brodsky, subject Gladys Mae Murphy, moderator CNN’s Brian Stelter

SAT. NOV. 12, 6:45 PM (SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd St.)


O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA, Dir. Ezra Edelman (Short List)

More than 20 years after the media spectacle of the “trial of the century,” O.J. Simpson continues to fascinate the public. In this expansive, ambitious and provocative project, Ezra Edelman revisits not only the murder of Simpson’s ex-wife and its infamous aftermath, but the story of O.J.’s entire life, before and after. Encompassing America’s complicated relationship to race, celebrity, crime and the media, his rags to-riches-to-infamy story becomes, at the same time, a study of the history of race relations in Los Angeles, with ripple effects felt across the country. Courtesy of ESPN Films. (467 min.) In person: Director Ezra Edelman

Note: This program will screen in two parts on the same day, separated by an intermission.

MON. NOV. 14, 10:00 AM (IFC Center, 323 6th Ave.)


THE PROMISE, Dirs. Marcus Vetter, Karin Steinberger (True Crime)

NYC PREMIERE – On March 30, 1985, a small Virginia community was shocked by the brutal murders of wealthy residents Derek and Nancy Haysom. Suspicion soon fell on their daughter Elizabeth and her boyfriend Jens Söring, the son of a German diplomat. After a high-profile, televised trial – the first of its kind – the prosecution felt that justice had been served. But Elizabeth’s and Jens’s versions differ wildly, encompassing dark family secrets, selfless love and broken promises – leading to an indictment of the American justice system. What really happened on that fateful night, and why? (117 min.) In person: Director Karin Steinberger

SUN. NOV. 13, 8:45 PM (IFC Center, 323 6th Ave.)


UNSEEN, Dir. Laura Paglin (True Crime)

NYC PREMIERE – After a two-year period during which numerous African-American women were reported missing in Cleveland’s crime-ridden Mount Pleasant neighborhood, a reported rape leads police to a grisly discovery: a serial killer, ex-convict Anthony Sowell, operating virtually in plain sight. Why had police failed to investigate the missing-persons cases? Why did neighbors turn a blind eye to Sowell’s activities? Using the wrenching testimony of survivors, Unseen poses disturbing but necessary questions about marginalized lives and criminal justice. (77 min.) In person: Director Laura Paglin

FRI. NOV. 11, 9:45 PM (Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St.)
THU. NOV. 17, 12:30 PM (IFC Center, 323 6th Ave.)


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