Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

DOC NYC is a new festival celebrating documentary storytelling in film, photography, radio and other innovative formats. The festival takes place in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village with opening and closing events held at the Skirball Center.

Organized by the team behind the acclaimed Stranger Than Fiction screening series at the IFC Center, DOC NYC’s Advisory Board includes Academy Award-winners Barbara Kopple and Michael Moore. Festival programming will range from world premieres to retrospectives to panels, assembling the world's leading creators for dialogue, inspiration and incubation of ideas.  

Please click through to the festival's website to read about the following DOC NYC events taking place at the Skirball Center this year: 

November 3, 7pm
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

presented in 3-D

Werner Herzog, the visionary director of Grizzly Man, takes us back in time over 32,000 years to explore the earliest known images of mankind in the Chauvet caves of southern France. Discovered in 1994, the caves are only accessible to a small number of researchers. By filming in 3-D, Herzog enriches our experience of one of the world’s great art treasures. His distinct narration and interviews with cave experts make this an unforgettable journey.

Just as the cave art of Lascaux left Picasso in awe, the works at Chauvet are breathtaking in their artistry. The 3-D format proves essential in communicating the contoured surfaces on which the charcoal figures are drawn. Beyond the walls, Herzog uses 3-D to render the cave’s stalagmites like a crystal cathedral and to capture stunning aerial shots of the nearby Pont-d’Arc natural bridge.

This DOC NYC opening gala screening will be followed by a Q&A with Herzog discussing the film and his search for what he calls “ecstatic truth.”

November 7, 3pm
The Road to Carnegie Hall

Young musicians from the world over are plucked from obscurity when they win online auditions for a prestigious Carnegie Hall concert. With only two days to rehearse a complicated program under classical masters Michael Tilson Thomas and Tan Dun, the musicians face language barriers, jet lag, a daunting schedule and the temptations of New York City. In an elegant and inspiring finish, the members of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra perform the most widely covered event in Carnegie Hall history.

Following the film, audiences will be treated to a short live performance by the celebrated young cellist Joshua Roman.

November 7, 7pm

“Tabloid is a return to my favorite genre,” writes Errol Morris. “Sick, sad and funny, but, of course, it’s more than that. It is a meditation on how we are shaped by the media and even more powerfully, by ourselves.” At the center of the story is Joyce, a former Miss Wyoming with an IQ of 168. Morris writes, “Joyce is a woman profoundly influenced by her dreams and, in a sense, she was living in a movie long before she came to star in my film.”

DOC NYC audiences have the opportunity to watch Tabloid in juxtaposition to three of Morris’ earlier films Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line and A Brief History of Time that are playing in the festival’s Spotlight section. This spectrum of his work exemplifies how Morris has expanded the creative expectations of non-fiction filmmaking. Tabloid returns to a question that’s often been an undercurrent in Morris’ work: How do we uncover the truth when so many false versions exist?

The DOC NYC closing gala screening will be followed by a Q&A with Morris discussing the strange trip of making this film.

DOC NYC is co-presented by the IFC Center, NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.