Announcing Fall 2018 DCTV Presents


By Rachel Baron | September 4th, 2018

DCTV announces the fall season of its signature DCTV Presents screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film. Taking place Monday nights, September thru December, this program will feature exciting new documentary films with the filmmakers, plus a masterclass, demo, and mixers.

We begin with some educational highlights for curious audiences. First, we will be visited by long-time DCTV friend and Oscar nominated filmmaker with Performative Documentary with Yance Ford (Sep 17). Focused on Ford’s compelling practice of weaving filmmaking and performance, this masterclass is a prime opportunity to hear from one of today’s most exciting voices in storytelling, and offers a taste of our upcoming 2018 Docu Work-In-Progress Lab, which Ford also facilitates. Next, we partner with Blackmagic Design once again for Filming with the URSA Mini Pro (Sep 24). Part demo, part mixer, this free event will offer attendees a chance to play with the celebrated camera and meet other industry professionals.

October ushers in a wave of original and recent documentary films set in NYC. DocuClub NY: The Fourth Kingdom (Oct 1), the latest work-in-progress, refers to a kingdom of plastics, a redemption center in New York frequented by immigrants and underdogs. Following, we screen Crime + Punishment (Oct 15), an investigation that “leaves no stone unturned” (Shadow and Act) into the lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in NYC. The film won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Social Impact at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

We then move away from the city and traditional documentary form with Hale County This Morning, This Evening (Oct 22). Winner of the Special Jury Award for Creative Vision at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Hale County allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South, composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community. The Rest I Make Up (Oct 29), hailed by Richard Brody as “a revelation and exaltation of the artistic essence,” (The New Yorker) is the product of an unlikely partnership between artistic luminaries. In this loving tribute, noted Cuban-American playwright Maria Irene Fornes gradually stops writing due to dementia, only to strike up a friendship and collaboration with first-time filmmaker Michelle Memran.

We kick off November with a gathering for non-fiction friends and lovers. Co-presented with IFP, the DOC NYC Happy Hour (Nov 5) celebrates the 2018 DOC NYC festival and the documentary community at large. Following, filmmaker and programmer Samara Grace Chadwick joins us with 1999 (Nov 19), an impassioned, impressionistic revist to her former high school Mathier-Martin, which was the site of a traumatic suicide wave. Penny Lane’s The Pain of Others (Nov 26) is another kind of exploration of epidemic; a found footage documentary about Morgellons. This mysterious illness, whose sufferers have parasites under the skin, has been contested by the mainstream medical community. “Morgies” turn to Youtube, at once a source of community and healing and frightening echo chamber. Lane will also screen her short, Normal Appearances, an unsettling supercut of the women of #BachelorNation watching themselves being watched.

The season concludes on a youthful note in time for the holidays, as we present films made in this year’s PRO-TV youth media programs. The annual Best of PRO-TV 2018 (Dec 3) includes short pieces on critical issues, all created by our young artists.

It’s going to be another packed season and we can’t wait to have you join us at the firehouse! See lineup below.

DCTV Presents Fall 2018:

9/17, 7pm: Performative Documentary with Yance Ford

9/24, 6pm: Filming with the URSA Mini Pro
Co-presented with Blackmagic Design

10/1, 7pm: DocuClub NY: The Fourth Kingdom
Feedback Discussion with Directors Adán Aliaga and Àlex Lora and Producer Isa Feliu
Co-presented with International Documentary Association

10/15, 7pm: Crime + Punishment
Q&A with Director Stephen Maing

10/22, 7pm: Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Q&A with Director RaMell Ross

10/29, 7pm: The Rest I Make Up
Q&A with Director Michelle Memra
Co-presented with Women Make Movies

11/5, 6pm: DOC NYC Happy Hour
Co-presented with IFP

11/19, 7pm: 1999
Q&A with Director Samara Grace Chadwick

11/26, 7pm: The Pain of Others
with Normal Appearances
Q&A with Director Penny Lane

12/3, 6pm: Best of PRO-TV 2018
Q&A with young filmmakers

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