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Doc NYC is set to mark its fourth annual return from November 14-21 at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village and Chelsea's Sva Theatre. Having swiftly expanded into the largest documentary festival in the U.S., the week-long lineup will showcase 131 films and events including 72 feature-length film screenings, 39 shorts in addition to 20 panel discussions and master classes. The festival's highlights will include the opening night premiere of Errol Morris's "The Unknown Known" and a closing night world premiere of Michel Gondry's "Is The Man Who is Tall Happy?" Doc NYC will also feature a panel discussion with guest attendee Noam Chomsky as one of its main highlights. Echoing the anticipated special guest appearances Errol Morris, Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry, Oliver Stone, Sarah Polley, Kathleen Hanna, Ricki Lake, Jonathan Franzen, Grace Lee Boggs, Chuck Workman, Donna McKechnie, Nat Hentoff, Doug Pray and more, Doc NYC artistic director Thom Powers remarked, »
- Ramzi De Coster
Doc NYC, the Gotham documentary festival that launched in 2010, has lined up a broad slate with 11 world premieres, including the debut of Michel Gondry’s doc “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky.”
Film, in which Gondry interviews linguist Chomsky and illustrates his ideas with animation, will close the fourth annual festival, which launches this year with the New York City bow of Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld pic “The Unknown Known.” Doc NYC lineup will encompass 72 features and 39 shorts, which fest organizers bill as the largest documentary festival in country.
Other titles screening as galas during Doc NYC include John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s “Finding Vivian Maier,” about a little-known photographer, and “Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love,” Dori Berinstein’s look at the late songsmith of “A Chorus Line.”
Festival slate is divided into about a dozen sections including two juried, »
- Gordon Cox
I've come to the conclusion that Michel Gondry never sleeps. Either he's an insomniac or constantly high on caffeine, but his output is pretty incredible, especially in variety. With the trailer for his upcoming feature fiction film Mood Indigo only a few weeks old, there is now a trailer for a documentary project, Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?, about famed philosopher, linguist and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky.Based on interviews with Chomsky over several months, Gondry decided that, since the interviews were mainly audio only, he would animate much of the film. This is not only in keeping with his own sense of playfulness, but also Chomsky's incredibly sharp and wide-ranging analyses on topics from Us foreign policy to social psychology. It looks and sounds like...
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Michel Gondry is just full of surprises in 2013. He kicked off the New Year with a short film, dropped a fairly gorgeous trailer for his upcoming "Mood Indigo" and one project he told us way back in 2011 would be finished "within two years. Maximum," has been completed. We have to admit, we kind forgot he was working on a doucmentary about famed linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky, but the movie is now complete. Titled "Is The Tall Man Happy?" it's something Gondry has been quietly plugging away on for the last few years via a very involved process. "I’ve been interviewing him many times and I took all the sound, because I barely shot him… I shot him a few occasions but mostly it’s sound," Gondry said about the movie a couple years back. "I’m doing it in animation so I have my animation camera, it’s a Bolex 16mm. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
4 items from 2013
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