DOC NYC: Nov 12 – 19, 2015

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Based at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theater and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinema, DOC NYC is an eight-day festival that showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. I Was Here First, a 2015 Collaborative Fellow short doc from the Living Los Sures project, will have it’s world premiere at the festival on tomorrow Nov 17 Purchase as part of the program DOC NYC Shorts: Points of View Purchase . Below, a few selections from the overall program.

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Screenshot 2015-11-03 16.20.29The Melting Family
Nicole Groton / USA / 90 min

Sunday, Nov 15

Nicole Groton’s candidly personal film chronicles the episodes that led a single nuclear unit to grow exponentially through seven divorces and remarriages, becoming a revealing portrait of modern-day families. Home videos anchor the filmmaker’s memories of a complex childhood, while family members deconstruct 20 years of romances, adulteries, births and unexpected deaths, and their profound impact on the extended clan. The Melting Family is a generous, insightful project that challenges conventional views of the “broken family.”


Ben Powell/ USA / 71 min buy generic prometrium

Sunday, Nov 15

Intimately capturing an under- acknowledged slice of American industry, Ben Powell’s vibrantly shot film follows the voyage of a Mississippi towboat and its precious cargo to its destination in New Orleans. The hardy crew, representing a diverse microcosm of American river culture, from ambitious newcomers to seasoned sea dogs, sign on for month-long tours of duty. Misfits on land, they find purpose – and a welcome paycheck – for their part in keeping this essential industrial economic ecosystem afloat.


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Nicolas Steiner/ Switzerland, Germany, USA /110 min Order

Saturday, Nov 14

Nicolas Steiner’s sublime exploration of lives lived on the fringe is set in a seemingly apocalyptic world that happens to be our own. Living above ground, April dons a spacesuit to simulate life on Mars as part of a remote science program in Utah, while Dave has left modern society for an abandoned military bunker in the California desert. Meanwhile, finding shelter below, in Las Vegas storm drains, are Lalo, Rick and Cindy, who contend with frequent, dangerous flooding to survive on their own terms.


Ian Cheney/ USA / 70 min

Monday, Nov 16

Without water, there is no life. Bluespace sets out on a creative expedition to two planets: Earth, where rising seas threaten our existence, and Mars, whose canals and ice offer science-fiction authors and astrobiologists the promise of terraforming and colonization. As climate and food scientists, riverkeepers and Sandy survivors explore the challenges facing waterfront cities like New York and Venice, Ian Cheney questions our future relationship with the natural world as one of potential lifesaving cooperation or ill-fated attempts at domination.


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Cosmo Feilding Mellen / UK / 90 min

Wednesday, Nov 18

A real-life Breaking Bad for the psychedelic set, The Sunshine Makers reveals the entertaining, untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counterculture. United in a utopian mission to save the planet through the consciousness- raising power of LSD, these underground chemists manufactured a massive amount of acid, including the gold standard for quality LSD, Orange Sunshine, as they tried to stay one step ahead of the feds.