Terrific True Tales: At DOC NYC

Documentary films are fascinating, frequently telling a very complex story in under 90 minutes.

Documentaries need to tell a tale especially creatively to maintain interest. There are no actors to represent the characters. And truth is far more detailed than fiction.

Even when there are reenactments, they are but one of a myriad of creative devices that documentaries employ for audience engagement. Using interviews, footage, audio recordings, photos, text, illustrations, and other graphics as visuals, documentaries need to clearly show the information the audience is meant to absorb - and in an interesting way. 

In a few days, you can see these compelling movies - and the tactics they use, at the documentary film festival, "DOC NYC", at the nearby film and cultural hub, The Independent Film Center (IFC Center) in Greenwich Village (as well as at two Chelsea Venues).

DOC NYC Poster - Documentary film festival

"Documentary storytelling is flourishing like never before – encompassing reportage, memoir, history, humor and more. DOC NYC celebrates this cultural phenomenon and encourages its new directions."

The festival shows award-winning films like "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail", World Premieres of the compelling "The Growing Season" and "Far from the Tree", the NYC Premiere of "Cuba and The Cameraman", "12th and Clairmont" and "Fail State", and the US Premiere of the riveting "A Better Man" and David Bowie: The Last Five Years".

If you are especially intrigued by the documentary form, and are contemplating your own project, the festival also offers the "Doc NYC PRO" series which explores "new trends in content, financing, post-production and distribution".

A Better Man - at DOC NYC - Documentary film festival

(A Better Man)

Far From the Tree - at DOC NYC - Documentary film festival

(Far From the Tree)

David Bowie: The Last Five Years - at DOC NYC - Documentary film festival

(David Bowie: The Last Five Years)

Abacus - at DOC NYC - Documentary Film Festival