Deets: The New York Film Festival was founded in 1962 and is produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center which aims to demonstrate the development of international film art and contemporary trends in content, form, and style.
The festival is highly competitive with an average of 30 feature films in the Main Slate which are chosen by the five member Selection Committee.
In addition to the Main Slate (features), NYFF offers a comprehensive selection of sidebar programs including:
► Short film selections with programs focused on New York, Documentaries, Animation, and Genre Film
► Projections, NYFF's annual exploration of Avant-Garde cinema
► Convergence, the festival's immersive storytelling program exploring interactive film, game play and design, and transmedia
Opening Night Film: Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th is the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival.
Date: Friday, September 20, 2016 @ 5PM
Hot Spot: Alice Tully Hall, NYC
Deets: Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and the prison industry in the U.S. is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. A Netflix original documentary.
Who You May Spot: Ava DuVernay, Malkia Cyril, Khalil Gibran Muhmmad, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Gabourey Sidibe, Hill Harper, Chloë Sevigny, André Holland, Julie Menin (Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment), Lesli Klainberg (FSLC Executive Director), Eugene Hernandez (FSLC Deputy Director), Kent Jones(Director of NYFF, Chair of Selection Committee), Dennis Lim (FSLC Director of Programming, NYFF Selection Committee), Florence Almozini (FSLC Associate Director of Programming, NYFF Selection Committee), Amy Taubin (Contributing Editor, Film Comment, NYFF Selection Committee), Gavin Smith (NYFF Selection Committee)