Announcing DCTV Presents Winter 2019


January 23rd, 2019 | by Rachel Baron

The days are short and the nights are long, but a brand new season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film, is on the horizon. This season’s batch of films range from the deeply personal to the omnipresent, exploring themes of community and belonging. Taking place Monday nights, February thru March, this program will feature a kick-off mixer plus the opportunity to watch and discuss bold new documentary films.

With its season kick-off event, DCTV turns up the heat, if you will, with The Big Filmmaker Chill (Feb 4). Co-presented with Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, this filmmaker mixer will feature a DJ set from King Size Queen (filmmaker Paul Rowley), plus libation from The Brooklyn Brewery.

Then, in tribute to the feathered creatures who have temporarily left us for warmer climates, as well the surrounding unconventional people who inspire us, comes For The Birds (Feb 11). Richard Miron’s surprising and empathetic film follows a stubborn woman who shares her home with her husband and 200 fowl to the dismay of local animal advocacy groups. “Observational cinema at its very best” (Hammer to Nail), this recent New Orleans Film Festival winner peers into a sensitive tale about affinity and acceptance. Through another female perspective, right after its World Premiere at DOC NYC, we screen To Kid Or Not To Kid (Feb 25). Filmmaker Maxine Trump turns the camera on herself to explore the many impacts of her decision to not have children.

March then begins with another beloved DocuClub NY (March 4) followed by Astray Taylor’s (Zizek!, Examined Life) new What Is Democracy? (March 11). Described by Masha Gessen as “...a documentary essay in the guise of an investigation. The movie is radically democratic…” (The New Yorker), Taylor’s latest explores its titular query by traversing the globe, interviewing celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers.

The season’s final screenings examine the tension between the hope for redemption and the specter of the past for those marginalized in U.S. society. In I’m Leaving Now (March 18), Felipe, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, struggles with whether or not to return home to his wife and children after 16 years of living apart. Shot over two years in the heart of Brooklyn’s immigrant community, Ya Me Voy (I'm Leaving Now) is a searingly intimate portrait which “manages to give humanity to the immigration story by allowing it to encompass complex emotions as well as economic and political realities” (POV). 16 Bars (March 25) follows inmates in Richmond, VA as they attempt to transcend the cycle of incarceration. This inspiring work features a unique rehabilitation effort behind bars with prisoners collaborating on music with Grammy-winning Todd “Speech” Thomas from iconic activist hip-hop group Arrested Development.

DCTV invites you to spend another winter in the company of powerful films and lively discussion at the firehouse! All events are Mondays at 7pm, and each film’s director will join us for in-person Q&As. See lineup below.

DCTV Presents Winter 2019:

2/4: The Big Filmmaker Chill
Co-presented with BFC

2/11: For The Birds
Q&A with Director Richard Miron, Editor Jeffrey Star, and Producer Holly Meehl

2/25: To Kid Or Not To Kid
Q&A with Director Maxine Trump

3/4: DocuClub NY
Selected film TBA
Co-presented with IDA

3/11: What Is Democracy?
Q&A with Director Astra Taylor

3/18: I’m Leaving Now
Q&A with Directors Lindsey Cordero + Armando Croda and Writer/Producer Josh Alexander

3/25: 16 Bars
Q&A with Director Sam Bathrick, Producer Adam Barton, and DP Alex Cullen

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