Docs In Sight
2014 brings many more films and thematic slates to DOC NYC, the festival that has staked its claim as New Yorks documentary festival and Americas largest documentary film festival.
What does it mean to gather in the cinema in the context of a death? Most retrospectives in this city come on the heels of something positive, like a new film or the celebration of a centennial. The Derek Jarman series being held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this month is different.
For 17 years, Views from the Avant-Garde, a sidebar program to the New York Film Festival, was the United Statess defining institution for the locus of films and videos that constitute what we still, half-heartedly, call the avant-garde.
A different approach can be sniffed out in the documentaries of Brazilian documentarian Eduardo Coutinho. The filmmaker was stabbed to death by his schizophrenic son last February at the age of 80, a net loss not just for world cinema but for the documentary form at large.
One common element to many of the most interesting films at this years BFI London Film Festival (LFF) is a direct or indirect connection to Eastern Europe.