What You Should See at DOC NYC

Jessica Cronstein for Urban Omnibus |

Where: The IFC Center and NYU Kimmel Center
When: Nov. 2 – Nov. 10
Price: $16 for adults with varying discounts for seniors, children and members. $125 for an all-access pass.

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve shared some of the highlights from the Red Hook Film Festival and the Architecture & Design Film Festival. Continuing on with a look at architectural-, urbanistical- or design-oriented cinematic events happening around New York City, this week we’re taking a look at DOC NYC: New York’s Documentary Film Festival

The DOC NYC film festival seeks to cross disciplines, fields and generations in order to introduce a new audience to documentary films. While the film festival’s primary themes are not architecture or urbanism, there are plenty of films that engage design as subject matter. Here are some of the highlights:

“This Space Available”

IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave.
Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 1:15 p.m.


A trailer for “This Space Available.”

Signage and advertisements have taken over the airspace of cities around the world. According to “This Space Available,” this type of “visual pollution” has changed how we see and use public space. Director Gwenaëlle Gobé follows a number of activists in New York City, as well as around the world, who are trying to reclaim the airspace for the public.

“Shorts: NYC Uncovered”

NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, 4th Floor
Nov. 6 at 11:15 a.m.


 A trailer for “Home Game,” produced by Suzannah Herbert.

What hidden worlds and communities are scattered across the five boroughs of New York City? “Shorts: NYC Uncovered” features four short films that reveal some of the lesser seen parts of the city. “Racing Towards Red Hook” (21 min, Jessica Scott) highlights a fixed-gear bike race, profiling a number of the competitors. “Vulture Culture” (21 min, Eric Rockey) reveals a community formed around scavenging food from dumpsters. “Home Game” (37 min, Suzannah Herbert) documents a soccer team composed of homeless men.

“Page One: Inside the New York Times

NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, 4th Floor
Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m.


A trailer for “Page One,” directed by Andrew Rossi.

The New York Times, arguably, still sets the agenda for what stories are newsworthy and what topics are important. But the newspaper industry is in the midst of tremendous change, facing a world in which paperless is king and information is available everywhere. “Page One: Inside the New York Times” reveals the inner workings of the institution, through the lens of the team that covers the media business.

“Brooklyn Boheme”

IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave.
Nov. 9, 9:30 p.m.


 A trailer for “Brooklyn Boheme,” directed by Nelson George.

Fort Greene, Brooklyn gave rise to “an African-American arts movement in the late 20th century as vibrant as the Harlem Renaissance.” For “Brooklyn Boheme,” director Nelson George teams up with Diana Paragas to interview some of the leaders of that movement, including Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Branford Marsalis, Saul Williams and Lorna Simpson.

Jessica Cronstein is a designer and writer interested in the point at which the social, cultural and physical growth of a city intersect. She has just completed her M.Arch at Rice University and lives in New York City.

Read the full post at Urban Omnibus.


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