Announcing Winter/Spring ‘18 DCTV Presents


January 29th, 2018 | by Rachel Baron

DCTV unveils a new season of the signature DCTV Presents screening and event series. Featuring timely documentary screenings with the filmmakers and special guests, plus a mixer and provocative panel, this season comes at an exciting moment for DCTV as they prepare for their documentary cinema opening in 2019.

The series’ programmer, DCTV’s Director of Public Programs, Dara Messinger, shares, “While anyone can rent space here for their own screening or event, the opportunity to put a stamp on DCTV’s own screenings and events, and forge more consistent programming has been incredibly exhilarating.” Winter/Spring ‘18 DCTV Presents will take place Monday nights starting at 7pm, Feb 5th – March 26th.

The series kicks off with two free events; jumping right in with the beloved work-in-progress strand co-presented with International Documentary Association, DocuClub NY. Andres Cabellero and Sofian Khan’s DocuClub NY: The Interpreters (Feb 5), follows the lives of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters, and the American veterans they worked with. DCTV then joins forces with IFP to bring emerging voices and seasoned professionals together after hours with Filmmaker Mixer: New Year New Me!

Ticketed events begin after President’s Day weekend with a screening of Dina (Feb 26). Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Dina reexamines the notion of love on-screen when the title character, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Noted in a Variety review, the film is dedicated to “bridging the difference gap that sets their subjects apart from the mainstream, which in this case means treating people with mental disabilities the way a Hollywood melodrama might a traditional couple.” Director/Producer Antonio Santini will join for a post-screening Q&A.

In the face of growing anxiety about the free press, DCTV and The Video Consortium gather local video journalists and non-fiction filmmakers for a panel on Documentation and the Reality of Fake News (Mar 5) to reflect on the credibility of journalism during a time that often seems stranger than fiction.

The Departure (Mar 12) and Do Donkeys Act (Mar 19) are both moving depictions of two unlikely subjects. Likened to a “haiku” by The New York Times, The Departure follows a punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan who has made a career out of counseling suicidal people finds himself at a crossroads, leading him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living? Emmy Award-winning Director/Producer Lana Wilson will join for a post-screening Q&A. In Do Donkeys Act, Willem Dafoe narrates a strange and surprisingly beautiful portrait about a group of donkeys recovering from abuse in a sanctuary. Point of View magazine writes, “Sensitive without being sentimental, and objective without lacking analysis, Do Donkeys Act is a remarkable work of anti-anthropocentrism, subverting human presumptions and power to glorify donkeys in a unique way.”

The season concludes with a new documentary that deepens the ongoing national conversation surrounding sexual harassment and asault. First-time filmmaker Attiya Khan’s A Better Man (Mar 26) bears witness to a series of intimate conversations between a former couple who lived through two years of domestic abuse. This film infuses new energy and possibility into the movement to end violence against women. Ms. Khan will join the post-screening Q&A via a live chat.

DCTV Presents Winter/Spring 2018:

2/5: DocuClub NY: The Interpreters
Q&A with Directors Andres Caballero and Sofian Khan • Co-presented with IDA

2/12: Filmmaker Mixer: New Year, New Me!
Co-presented with IFP

2/26: Dina
Q&A with Director Antonio Santini

3/5: Documentation and the Reality of Fake News
Co-presented with The Video Consortium

3/12: The Departure
Q&A with Director/Producer Lana Wilson and Editor David Teague

3/19: Do Donkeys Act?

3/26: A Better Man
Q&A with Director Attiya Khan via a live chat

Tickets for each event, plus DCTV’s new season passes are all on sale: