DOC NYC film fest 2018 lineup/tix: ‘Dennis & Lois’, ‘Documentary Now!’, more
The 2018 edition of the DOC NYC film festival happens November 8-15 at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village and Chelsea’s SVA Theatre and Cinepolis Chelsea. The lineup has been announced, including the world premiere of Dennis and Lois, the long-in-the-works film about famed superfans Dennis and Lois, who used to sell merch for The Ramones and have a Happy Mondays song named after them. If you need more music documentaries, there’s the fest’s Sonic Cinema series which this year includes:
- THE 5 BROWNS: DIGGING THROUGH THE DARKNESS
Dir: Ben Niles (NYC PREMIERE)
Siblings and Juilliard-trained piano virtuosos, the 5 Browns confront a disturbing secret and use music to recover from its impact on their family.
- 16 BARS
Dir: Samuel Bathrick (NYC PREMIERE)
Grammy winner Todd Thomas—aka “Speech” of Arrested Development—leads a unique collaborative music workshop in a Virginia state penitentiary.
- ECHO IN THE CANYON
Dir: Andrew Slater (NYC PREMIERE)
Musician Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers explores the 1960s musicians who fostered folk rock tradition in the community of Laurel Canyon.
- I USED TO BE NORMAL: A BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY
Dir: Jessica Leski (NYC PREMIERE)
Profiling the ardent fans who find joy in their devotion of boy bands such as New Kids on the Block, N*Sync, One Direction and The Beatles.
- IT MUST SCHWING! THE BLUE NOTE STORY
Dir: Eric Friedler (NYC PREMIERE)
Executive produced by Wim Wenders and featuring a swinging jazz soundtrack, this history of Blue Note Records profiles the company’s two Jewish German refugee founders.
- RUDEBOY: THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS
Dir: Nicolas Jack Davies (U.S. PREMIERE)
Set to great Jamaican music, a creative exploration of the pioneering 1960s label behind “Rudy, A Message to You,” “You Can Get if You Really Want” and more.
- THE SHOW’S THE THING: THE LEGENDARY PROMOTERS OF ROCK
Dir: Molly Bernstein, Philip Dolin (WORLD PREMIERE)
This untold chapter of rock history reveals the influential live music promoters behind the rise of the Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, David Bowie and more.
- TEDDY PENDERGRASS: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME
Dir: Olivia Lichtenstein (NYC PREMIERE)
This definitive bio, set to a soulful soundtrack, tells the story of Teddy Pendergrass, poised to be the biggest R&B artist ever—until tragedy struck.
DOC NYC will also host a screening of the premiere episode of the new season of Fred Armisen, John Mulaney and Seth Meyers’ IFC series Documentary Now! which is titled “Original Cast Album: Co-op” and is a parody of D.A. Pennebaker’s 1970 film Original Cast Album: Company.
There are more than 300 films showing at DOC NYC this year and you can head to their website for full lineup, schedule, and tickets.
Trailers for some of the music documentaries at this year’s fest are below.
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