Announcing DCTV Presents Fall 2019

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DCTV ANNOUNCES FALL 2019 LINEUP OF
DCTV PRESENTS DOCUMENTARY
SCREENING + EVENT SERIES
Sept–Nov: Weekly Monday Nights + Select Matinees
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

New York, NY (August 28, 2019) - Screening some of the of the most anticipated new documentary films, including Hassan Fazili’s Midnight Traveler and Brett Story’s The Hottest August, DCTV Presents Fall 2019 illuminates first-hand accounts of great issues plaguing our time – climate change, refugee migration, the enduring legacy of racism – forging new perspectives, a sense of direction and hope.

We’ll be kicking things off accordingly with DocuMixer: Fall FestiFall (Sep 9), a filmmaker mixer co-presented with good friends from Women Make Movies. The following Monday, we host our first evening screening, a sneak peek of the Sundance-winning Midnight Traveler (Sep 16), a first-hand account of the perilous trek towards asylum juxtaposed with the unbreakable love of family.

Three times the charm, we welcome back Brett Story (The Prison in Twelve Landscapes) and her work with another special sneak peek. The Hottest August (Sep 23) interviews sweaty New Yorkers caught in the macabre developments of global warming, weaving a diaristic chronicle of the summer month, a microcosm of our current day. Swarm Season (Nov 4) ponders climate change through a slightly different lens: honeybees in the volcanic island of Hawaii. Having had its US Premiere at this year’s prestigious Art of the Real, we’re grateful to bring the film back to NY.

Women Make Moves rejoins, along with POV, for The Feeling of Being Watched (Oct 7), an investigative documentary about the secret surveillance of an Arab-American community in Chicago, code-named “Operation Vulgar Betrayal.” Audiences then have the opportunity to view a documentary-in-progress and engage in behind-the-scenes feedback at DocuClub NY: Saudade (Oct 21).

This Fall will once again include special programming for families and seniors. Our first senior matinee is the close-to-life documentary, América (Sep 19). This thoughtful film about three brothers and their ninety-three year old grandmother “blows up an intimate family portrait on to a large, cinematic canvas” says The Guardian. The following month, we screen the latest from the DCTV Presents alum filmmaker behind The New Black, Yoruba Richen’s The Green Book: Guide to Freedom (Oct 17), a historical exploration into the real story of Victor H. Green’s The Negro Motorist Green Book during the Jim Crow era. After last year’s controversial Best Picture win at the Oscars, this film feels timely as ever.

For a new strand within our family programming, Cry Baby Matinees will feature grown-up films for new parents to enjoy with infants in tow. This season, we screen Blowin’ Up (Oct 4), an eye-opening look into a broken criminal justice system and a team of rebel legal workers who change the way women arrested for prostitution are prosecuted. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “A true justice league of wonder women in action."

We then pass the mic on to our youth filmmaking cohort at Best of PRO-TV 2019 (Oct 28), which highlights exceptional work created in our program, followed by a Q&A with the young filmmakers. The Fall season concludes with abstract artist Mark Street and his latest Work Songs (Nov 18), an interstitial exploration of how workers find meaning in their jobs.

DCTV Presents will take place on weekly Monday nights at 7pm plus as select noontime matinees. Many events are free this Fall, with ticketed events starting at only $5, and a Season Pass to attend it all for only $25. Each evening event includes a discussion with filmmakers or special guests, including filmmakers Brett Story, Su Kim, Sarah Christman, and Mark Street.

See the lineup below, and click each event for more details.

DCTV Presents Fall 2019

Mixer
MON 9/9 7PM
DOCUMIXER: FILM FESTIFALL
co-presented with WMM

Screening + Q&A
MON 9/16 7PM
MIDNIGHT TRAVELER
Hassan Fazili / 2019 / 90 min
with Producer Su Kim

Senior Matinee
THU 9/19 12PM
AMÉRICA
Erick Stoll + Chase Whiteside / 2018 / 52 min

Screening + Q&A
MON 9/23 7PM
THE HOTTEST AUGUST
Brett Story / 2019 / 94 min
with Director/Producer Brett Story + Producer Danielle Varga

Cry Baby Matinee
Fri 10/4 12PM
BLOWIN’ UP
Stephanie Wang-Breal / 2018 / 82 min

Screening + Q&A
MON 10/7 7PM
THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED
Assia Boundaoui / 2018 / 82 min
with special guests TBA. co-presented with WMM + POV

Senior Matinee
THU 10/17 12PM
THE GREEN BOOK: GUIDE TO FREEDOM
Yoruba Richen / 2019 / 60 min

Work-In-Progress
MON 10/21 7PM
DOCUCLUB NY: SAUDADE
Theresa Ortolani / WIP
with filmmakers. co-presented with IDA

Youth Media
Mon 10/28 7PM
BEST OF PRO-TV 2019
with young filmmakers

Screening + Q&A
MON 11/4 7PM
SWARM SEASON
Sarah Christman / 2019 / 86 min
with Director Sarah Christman

Screening + Q&A
MON 11/18 7PM
WORK SONGS
Mark Street / 2019 / 68 min
with Director Mark Street

Tickets and Season Passes are now on sale. Visit dctvpresents.eventbrite.com.

About DCTV + DCTV Presents

DCTV has been a community of and for documentary filmmakers since 1972, providing programs and resources for aspiring to established filmmakers, including hands-on workshops, versatile space rentals, and free youth media programs – all under the same roof as our award-winning documentary production house.

Our signature screening + event series, DCTV Presents, highlights and champions groundbreaking nonfiction film. From screening films by emerging artists to hosting master classes and panel discussions led by renowned innovators in the industry, this series offers the public a unique and inclusive opportunity to share, support, and embrace truly independent art.

Evening events include discussions with filmmakers or special guests and time to engage with our community over drinks and popcorn. Our firehouse is your firehouse.

Press Contact

Rachel Baron | rachel@dctvny.org