DOC NYC 2019: Golda

The biggest selling point on Golda is newly discovered footage of the late Israeli prime minister taped just a few months before her passing. Long before Margaret Thatcher was the Iron Lady, the title belonged to Golda Meir.  Born in Ukraine and later living in Milwaukee, Meir would eventually make aliyah.  While she would later be active in Israeli politics, ill health forced her to retire in 1966.  Retirement would be short-lived as Meier would…

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DOC NYC 2019: The Rabbi Goes West

The Rabbi Goes West is a documentary profile about Chaim Bruk, a Chabad Lubavitch rabbi, who ventured west to set up a Chabad center in Montana. So did you hear the one about the Chasidic rabbi that moved to Montana?  If you haven’t yet, you will now!  Co-directors Gerald Peary and Amy Geller follow Rabbi Chaim Bruk around Montana as he sets forth to make good on a promise.  The promise being that every Jew…

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DOC NYC 2019: Narrowsburg

Narrowsburg tells one of those stranger-than-fiction stories that could honestly make the translation from documentary to narrative feature. Think about it.  This is film is telling the story of a long con.  If you’re one of the people who lived it, it’s an experience that you probably don’t want to live through again.  Narrowsburg was going to be the “Sundance of the East.”  Or so the small town’s citizens were being told from festival organizers. …

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DOC NYC 2018: The Show’s The Thing

The Show’s The Thing: The Legendary Promoters of Rock pays tribute to the great concert promoters who helped pave the way for new territory in rock and roll music. What we know today as the rock concert is not what it was during the 1950s and 1960s.  Things more or less started to change in the 1960s.  This was when Bill Graham and Frank Barsalona entered the picture.  Frank Barsalona, who later started Premiere Talent Agency…

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DOC NYC 2018: The Orange Years

The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story is a documentary that takes us back in time to the glory years of the Nickelodeon network. It’s no surprise to see Adam F. Goldberg attached to the documentary as an executive producer.  If his ABC series, The Goldbergs, is any indication, the man has a serious love for everything pop culture.  But enough about Adam, this film isn’t about him.  No, it’s about the slime–I mean, Nickelodeon. Nick…

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Cracked Up: The Darker Side of Darrell Hammond

While Darrell Hammond grew his fame from appearing on Saturday Night Live, Cracked Up shows a darker side of the comedian. Darrell Hammond grew up with some sense of being surrounded by evil.  He was a victim of child abuse.  No child should go through what Hammond experienced.  By opening up in the documentary, maybe Hammond will inspire others with similar experience to do the same. To those who decide to watch the documentary thinking…

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DOC NYC 2018: Under the Wire

A companion piece to A Private War, Under the Wire tells the incredible true story of Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy in their own words. Marie Colvin’s story may have physically come to an end in Homs but her legacy extends far beyond the reaches of Syria.  Her colleagues at the Sunday Times make sure of this.  More importantly, photojournalist Paul Conroy has written their story in the book of the same name. Marie and…

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DOC NYC 2018: City of Joel

City of Joel takes a both-sides approach while documenting the Village of Kiryas Joel and the Chasdic enclave’s plans to annex land. The discussion surrounding Kiryas Joel is an interesting one.  This is a Chasidic community that grew too large for South Williamsburg in Brooklyn.  Thus, members of the community were forced to move to a different town in order to grow their community.  If you’re unfamiliar with Chasidic Jews, these are very large families. …

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DOC NYC 2018: Family in Transition

Family in Transition profiles the Tzuk family’s experience in northern Israel as Amit Tzuk undergoes a gender transition. Transitioning is not a decision that is made lightly.  Some of us transition at a young age while others hold out for as long as possible.  Transitioning isn’t without risks.  There’s the people we care about and transitioning means possibly losing them.  Losing her wife is a risk that Amit makes by coming out as a woman. …

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DOC NYC 2018: Little Miss Westie profiles Trans Siblings

Little Miss Westie profiles the McCarthy family during one of the most troubling times for families with transgender children. Chris and Shelley McCarthy are parents to not one but two transgender children, Ren and Luca.  The film takes its title from the Little Miss Westie pageant, where Ren hopes to compete as the first transgender girl.  Besides this, the film focuses on the family at a time when they are dealing with so many changes. …

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