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Stranger Than Fiction Fall Season

If you’re in New York, please join us at the IFC Center for the 14th season of Stranger Than Fiction. The Tuesday night documentary series is held at the IFC Center, hosted by Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen. STF presents an eclectic mix of documentaries – sneak previews and classics – followed by discussions with the filmmakers and post-show receptions.

STF will return in the fall. Stay tuned for our lineup announcement.

All screenings held at the IFC Center:

Documentary All-Stars! in Detroit – October 7









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Detroit native Thom Powers, host of the indispensable Pure Nonfiction podcast and celebrated documentary programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival, will bring a stellar lineup of documentary filmmakers to the stage of the DFT for a one-night-only, live event, never to be repeated. Filmmakers Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, Miss Sharon Jones!), Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself), Nelson George (A Ballerina’s Tale) and others will share clips and behind the scenes stories of their favorite documentaries, and discuss the challenges and joys of non-fiction cinema with the audience. Co-presented by the Freep Film Festival.

The Detroit Film Theatre is supported by your tri county millage investment. General admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

7:00 PM | Sat, Oct 7

$9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students, DIA Members

Detroit Film Theatre
5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit , MI 48202

Montclair Film Festival Panels

Check out Thom Powers at two Pure Nonfiction panels! Both panels are free to attend.

The Unspoken Consequences of Photojournalism

When: Saturday, April 29 @ 1:00 pm

Where: Cinema505 (505 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair NJ)

Montclair-based documentary photographer Ed Kashi and filmmaker Julie Winokur (Talking Eyes Media) are married with two children, but their work frequently puts them on the road. Last year, Kashi wrote an essay called “The Unspoken Consequences of a Photojournalist’s Life,” published in Time, that candidly explores the personal pressures of constant travel. In this conversation, Pure Nonfiction podcast host Thom Powers interviews Kashi and Winokur about balancing work and family.


From Hoop Dreams To Chinatown

When: Sunday, May 7 @ 12:15 pm

Where: Cinema505 (505 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair NJ)

Chicago-based filmmaker Steve James has an extraordinary documentary career that includes “Hoop Dreams” about high school basketball players; “The Interrupters” about former gang members dedicated to ending street violence; “Life Itself” about film critic Roger Ebert”; and his latest film playing at MFF, “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” about the family behind a Chinatown bank defending themselves against prosecution. Pure Nonfiction podcast host interviews James about his career.

DOC NYC: November 8 – 15, 2018

DOC NYC burst upon the scene in 2010 with an inaugural event that was hailed as “ambitious” (New York Times) and “selective but eclectic” (Village Voice). By 2014, DOC NYC had become America’s largest documentary film festival and voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world”. Based at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theater and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinema, the eight-day festival showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. It also seeks to make connections that happen “only in New York.”

In 2017, the festival showcased 300+ films & events, presented by 300+ filmmakers & special guests. Past guests include Hillary Clinton, Eric Clapton, Jim Carrey, Al Sharpton, Susan Sarandon, Martin Scorsese, Big Bird, Sarah Polley, Jared Leto, Steve Madden, Noam Chomsky, Ricki Lake, Michael Moore, Michel Gondry, Omar Epps, Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, Jonathan Franzen, Kathleen Hanna, Spandau Ballet, Greil Marcus, Grace Lee Boggs, Bela Fleck, Nat Hentoff, Chuck Workman, and The Mekons. Audience attendees have included Harry Belafonte, Rosario Dawson, Fred Armisen, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Stipe, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Russell Simmons, Darren Aronofsky, Cornel West, Naomi Watts, among others.

Toronto International Film Festival: September 7 – 17


Candid and unscripted: the best non-fiction cinema from around the world. Programmed by Thom Powers.

​Azmaish: A Journey Through the Subcontinent - Sabiha Sumar

BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat - Sara Driver

Cocaine Prison - Voileta Ayala

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars - Lili Fini Zanuck

Ex Libris - The New York Public Library - Frederick Wiseman

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami - Sophie Fiennes

Jane - Brett Morgen

Jim & Andy: the Great Beyond - the story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman with a very special, contractually obligated mention of Tony Clifton - Chris Smith

Living Proof - Matt Embry

Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle - Gustavo Salmerón 

Love Means Zero - Jason Kohn

Makala - Emmanuel Gras

Of Sheep and Men - Karim Sayad

One of Us - Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me - Sam Pollard

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood - Matt Tyrnauer

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart - Tracy Heather Strain

Silas - Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! - Morgan Spurlock

The Carter Effect - Sean Menard

The China Hustle - Jed Rothstein

The Final Year - Greg Barker

The Gospel According to André - Kate Novack

The Judge - Erika Cohn

The Legend of the Ugly King - Hüseyin Tabak

The Other Side of Everything - Mila Turajlic

There is a House Here - Alan Zweig

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