Doc/Fest 2016 – LGBT

Ain’t no party like a Doc/Fest LGBT party!

 Sheffield Doc/Fest 16 proudly presents six documentaries from and about the LGBT community with a World premiere, 2 EU premieres, 3 UK premieres and a nominee for the Youth Jury Award in this year’s programme, plus the world’s most social android Bina48, which was co-developed by Martine Rothblatt, the high-profile US transgender CEO, in the image of her wife Bina Aspen. With additional LGBT interest in Talks and Sessions, a performance from dancer Storyboard P, who’s been described by the New Yorker as “the Basquiat of street dancing” and the New York Times as “an extraordinary mover”, and the Voguing, Strike a Pose Party, with Vogue performers from the renowned House of Lady Di, London based Vogue House, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 looks set to be a truly celebratory year of LGBT culture and ideas.

Films:
The 160 strong Doc/Fest Film Programme, curated by Claire Aguilar, includes:
Storyboard P, a stranger in Sweden directed by Matthew D’Arcy

Youth Jury Award / World premiere / Sweden / 2016 / 52 min

Storyboard P glides smoothly through the snow, carving shapes with his slender limbs. Though he has been sleeping rough in Stockholm for a while now, he is still flush with self-belief. “My vision takes it to an art level,” the Brooklyn native asserts. Will the talented dancer finally get his break? Director Matt D’Arcy chronicles Storyboard’s early steps towards international stardom.
Special Event: Live Performance from Storyboard P

Following the world premiere screening of Storyboard P, a stranger in Sweden on Sat 11 Jun the man himself will take to the stage to perform his own inimitable genre of street dance: flex.

Kiki directed by Sara Jordenö

UK premiere / United States, Sweden / 2016 / 94 min

For New York’s LBGT people of colour, Kiki dance clubs provide a safe haven. Part of New York’s voguing ballroom scene, it offers family and friendship to those who have often have neither. This vibrant film, which won the Teddy award at Berlinale, journeys beyond the glitz and the glamour into difficulties that Kiki devotees face – and are determined to overcome.

 

Strike a Pose directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan

UK premiere / Belgium, Netherlands / 2016 / 83 min

Madonna’s “Blond Ambition” tour was accompanied by the controversial documentary “Truth or Dare”. Perhaps to the majesty’s chagrin, the breakout stars were her seven backup dancers, six of whom were gay. After having lived through the LGBT sea change of the 1990s, where are they now? Strike a Pose brings the legendary crew back together for the first time in over 20 years.

Special Event: Vogue, Strike a Pose Party!

To celebrate the vogueing theme at this year’s Doc/Fest the Saturday night party

‘Vogue, Strike a Pose!’, will include Vogue performers from the renowned House of Lady Di, London based Vogue House plus an accompanying DJ. These incredible performers have graced the global stage and travel extensively to judge Kiki Balls. Alongside competitions, they host monthly open sessions where they welcome both experienced ‘voguers’ and newcomers to the scene and encourage freedom of expression, respect and love of voguing. So, if you didn’t come to party, don’t bother knocking on the door!

Out Run directed by S. Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons

EU premiere / United States / 2016 / 75 min

Despite their visibility, the Filipino transgender community faces a harsh climate of trans phobia in the heavily Catholic and conservative country. But change is in the air. Outrun follows three charismatic transgender women in their grassroots efforts to win seats for Ladlad candidates – the world’s first LGBT political party. Can they convince the voters that they have a role to play in society outside of hairstylists, entertainers and sex workers?

Uncle Howard directed by Aaron Brookner

UK premiere / United Kingdom, United States / 2016 / 96 min

Known for his documentary about the Beat poet William S. Burroughs, Howard Brookner was an emerging director who died of AIDS in 1989. While restoring his oeuvre, Brookner’s filmmaker nephew Aaron uncovers a vast archive located in Burrough’s “bunker” apartment. He elicits the help of his uncle’s colleague Jim Jarmusch to recount the story of a young man immersed in the gritty glamour of New York City.

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four directed by Deborah S. Esquenazi

EU premiere / United States / 2015 / 89 min

Open lesbians in a homophobic Texas, the “San Antonio Four” were found guilty of gang raping two little girls in an era of satanic ritual abuse accusations and bunk science. Deborah S. Esquenazi’s extraordinarily intimate film follows them as they continue to fight for justice; movingly the four women never allow the shocking treatment they have endured to sour their friendships or faith.

Alternate Realities Summit:
The Alternate Realities Summit on Sunday 12 June presents a day of intriguing panels and playful presentations from the leading voices in interactive factual storytelling and virtual reality and brings together experts from documentary film and broadcast, theatre, journalism, engineering and neuroscience. The opening keynote speech will be given be given for the first time ever by an android: Bina48 who was co-developed by Martine Rothblatt, the high-profile US transgender CEO, in the image of her wife Bina Aspen. The concept of intelligent machines is no longer science fiction, it is a reality – but whose values and lifestyles are influencing the design of this new species? Join Ramona Pringle, Director of the Love, War + Robots project, in conversation with Bina48, as they discuss love, war and identity. Followed by Q&A with Bruce Duncan, Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation.

Talks and Sessions:

The Absolutely Adventurous Joanna Lumley in Conversation

Doc/Fest and ITV are thrilled to welcome an Absolutely Fabulous legend to this year’s Festival: Joanna Lumley OBE. Her documentary work has included epic journeys to discover diverse cultures and continents and intimate portraits of pop icons. This will be a rare opportunity to hear her discuss her experiences on films as well her future documentary work. This event will be British Sign Language interpreted.

Adam Buxton Presents a BUG Special: David Bowie Live

Ground control to Major Tom: feast your eyes and ears as the BFI’s sell-out music video show, BUG, returns to Sheffield Doc/Fest for a Bowie musical extravaganza. Hosted by the brilliant comedian Adam Buxton, this is Adam’s love letter to the Thin White Duke, originally put together to coincide with the V&A’s ‘David Bowie is Making a Scene’ and Buxton’s own BBC6 music documentary on the legendary pop star. Adam Buxton Presents a BUG Special: David Bowie promises to bring you out of your City Hall seats and up to the starman waiting in the sky.

Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square supported by Wellcome Trust:

About Last Night… daily review including Kiki
Join Charlie Phillips of The Guardian in conversation with Twiggy Pucci Garcon, co-writer and protagonist of Kiki

Part of a series of free-of-charge conversations and creative exchanges inspired by extraordinary talent, ground-breaking films and interactive and virtual reality storytelling.

 

Doc/Fest 2016 – Jewish History

The past revisited: Jewish history at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016

At Sheffield Doc/Fest we explore entirely new ways of looking at the past via documentary film and Alternative Realities. This year’s festival premieres pioneering approaches to Jewish history, including a World premiere from USC Shoah Foundation in the AR Summit, plus extensive Talks and Sessions exploring archive and subjects of historical sensitivity. The film programme boasts no less than 4 new works dealing with Jewish stories past and present including a World premiere, 2 UK premieres and 2 competing for the coveted Grand Jury Award in 2016.

Films:

The 160 strong film programme, curated by Claire Aguilar, includes:

 Brothers directed by Wojciech Staroń

Grand Jury Award / UK premiere / Poland / 2015 / 70 min

After almost 80 years in exile, brothers Mieczysław and Alfons Kułakowski return to their native Poland from Siberia and Kazakhstan. They slowly rebuild a simple co-existence despite their different temperaments. Over a number of years, director Wojciech Staroń pays the nonagenarians regular visits to quietly observe their endurance and, most of all, to celebrate their deep affection for one another.

Destination Unknown directed by Claire Ferguson

World premiere / United Kingdom, United States / 2016 / 80 min

They endured the death camps. They hid in remote farms. They fought as partisans in Polish forests. But when the war ended, the struggles of the Holocaust survivors were only just beginning. Destination Unknown paints a uniquely intimate portrait of survival, revealing pain that has never faded, but which has not crushed the human spirit.

No Home Movie directed by Chantal Akerman

Belgium, France / 2015 / 115 min

Chantal Akerman documents the life of her mother Natalia Akerman, a Polish immigrant and Auschwitz survivor. Focusing on conversations between Akerman and her mother, and using a home movie format to document small family moments, the film ends a few months before her mother’s death and before Akerman took her own life in October 2015.

The Settlers directed by Shimon Dotan

Grand Jury Award / UK premiere / France, Germany, Israel / 2016 / 110 min

Hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers today live in the middle of the Palestinian population in the West Bank. In an archive rich, thought provoking film Shimon Dotan traces their history, painting a picture of an often-haphazard movement in which a small number of extremists have succeeded in controlling the narrative – helping ensure that peace in the region remains elusive.

Alternate Realities: Interactive Exhibition:
The free-of-charge Alternate Realities exhibitions curated by Mark Atkin feature 26 virtual reality and interactive projects.

 New Dimensions in Testimony

World premiere / Heather Maio / USA / 2016

The USC Shoah Foundation’s New Dimensions in Testimony invites you to have a conversation with the scanned image of a holocaust survivor powered by sophisticated natural language processing software that allows you to ask him questions about his experiences and get a natural response.

Talks and Sessions:

Documentary and Trauma: a Survivor’s Guide

The pressure on documentary filmmakers to deliver stories that demonstrate in-depth access about difficult and traumatic issues is greater than ever before. But are we properly equipped to do the best job? A panel of expert filmmakers and trauma experts discuss the different approaches now being used. How do we cope, how do we protect vulnerable contributors and how do we depict the issues we witness in the best way?

Evidence Based Storytelling with Christian Humborg

Oscar-winner Spotlight showed the power of investigative journalism. Correctiv.org is using the same techniques to expose the criminal networks behind refugee smuggling in the Mediterranean, finding out who really downed MH17 in Ukraine, and uncovering the structure of a Neo-Nazi terror cell in Germany. Find out what the ingredients of investigative journalism are, how to make people talk and how to captivate your audience with a story.

Innovation in Archive

Immerse yourself in the opportunities and creative potential of archives and meet curators, commissioners and producers working at the cutting edge of documentary. The panel will explore ways that filmmakers and artists are combining archive and new technologies to engage audiences across TV, cinema, VR, galleries and exhibition spaces, and what the future holds for film heritage. Supported by Creative Skillset.

BAFTA Masterclass: Working with Archive

Archive is an essential tool in the documentarians’ toolbox. In this masterclass we hear from filmmakers from both film and television who have creatively used archive footage to tell their stories. We will discuss how archive can be used in storytelling, how to make archive footage resonate with an audience and explore the relationship between director and archive producer. Supported by BAFTA and Creative Skillset.

Doc/Fest Exchange On Tudor Square Supported By Wellcome Trust:

 Digging Deeper… Doc/Fest Alternate Realities: Interactive

With Emma Cooper and Stephen Smith

Emma Cooper from Rocket talks to Professor Stephen Smith about the making of the ground-breaking New Dimensions in Testimony project from Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities: Interactive Exhibition.

Part of a series of free-of-charge conversations and creative exchanges inspired by extraordinary talent, groundbreaking films and interactive and virtual reality storytelling.

 

Doc/Fest 2016 – Food and Wine

Sample the new Food & Wine strand at Doc/Fe(a)st 2016!

New on the menu for Doc/Fest 16, the Food & Wine strand takes us on a culinary tour of global stories, featuring 4 UK premieres, 1 EU premiere, an Environmental Award nominee plus a competitor for the coveted Grand Jury Award at this year’s festival.

 Films:

The 160 strong Doc/Fest Film Programme, curated by Claire Aguilar, includes:

Miso Hungry directed by Tim Delmastro

EU premiere / Australia, Japan / 2015 / 90 min

Nearing forty, and weighing double what he should, comedian Craig Anderson knows that something has to change. At the encouragement of director Tim Delmastro, he forgoes his McDonald’s laden diet and opts instead for a Japanese one. We follow the amiable Australian to Japan where he navigates everything from mastering chopsticks to the mysteries of a green tea ceremony – and lots and lots of tofu.

Seed: The Untold Story directed by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz

Environmental Award / UK premiere / United States / 2016 / 93 min

For life-long environmental activist Vandana Shiva, farmers are now living in an age of “seed slavery”. With large agro-tech companies like Monsanto dominating, limiting and contaminating what we eat, multiple counter-efforts have emerged globally in response. Directors Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz present an eloquent and urgent case for saving seed, for protecting life’s very foundation.

Noma: My Perfect Storm directed by Pierre Deschamps

UK premiere / United Kingdom / 2015 / 95 min

With automatic access to genius, René Redzepi plays with wilderness and interprets a forgotten edible world into a language we all understand. A modern ugly duckling, bullied by his peers, Redzepi found his home in the no man’s land and transformed into swan. Noma: My Perfect Storm is a creative journey into the mind of René Redzepi.

Ants on a Shrimp directed by Maurice Dekkers

UK premiere / Netherlands / 2015 / 88 min

Three floors below ground at Tokyo’s Mandarin Oriental, the R&D team of acclaimed Copenhagen restaurant NOMA have been working 20-hour days to develop a special 14-course taster menu for a Japanese audience. With the arrival of head chef René Redzepi, the crew are shocked into self-reflection. Director Maurice Dekkers documents how two different food cultures clash and inspire one another.

Sour Grapes directed by Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas

Grand Jury Award / UK premiere / UK, France / 2016 / 85 min

With an encyclopaedic knowledge of wine, young Rudy Kurniawan was the king seller of burgundies. But who was he, and how did he get his hands on such rare vintages?

 City of Gold directed by Laura Gabbert

United States / 2015 / 96 min

City of Gold chronicles Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s deep and complex relationship with the food and culture of Los Angeles. Gold was one of the first critics to review small family owned restaurants in far-flung ethnic enclaves, with the stroke of his pen changing the lives of countless recent immigrants cooking the food of their homeland.

Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square supported by Wellcome Trust

Digging Deeper…Ants on a shrimp and Miso Hungry
Food Anthropologist Kaoari O’Connor journeys into the Japanese culinary experiments that gave birth to Ants on a Shrimp and Miso Hungry

Part of a series of free-of-charge conversations and creative exchanges inspired by extraordinary talent, groundbreaking films and interactive and virtual reality storytelling.

Doc/Fest 2016 – Environment

THE ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE AT SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST

Sheffield Doc/Fest is committed to highlighting environmental and climate change stories, with 11 documentary films including 9 in competition for the Environmental Award, a VR project in Alternate Realities, a dedicated session in the Talks & Sessions programme and a pitch in the Marketplace. Also in Doc/Fest Exchange  a conversation with conservation specialist Helen Anne Curry and directors Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel.

FILMS:
The 160 strong Doc/Fest Film Programme, curated by Claire Aguilar, includes:

Death by Design directed by Sue Williams

Environmental Award / EU premiere / United States / 2015 / 73 min

Just what is the cost of our digital dependency? Director Sue Williams debunks the notion that electronics is a “clean” industry by investigating a number of environmental and health catastrophes wrought by production of our gadgets. From early poisonous practices in Silicon Valley, to China’s ongoing dumping of chemicals this is a story that isn’t being told – but can no longer be ignored.

Seed: The Untold Story directed by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz

Environmental Award / UK premiere United States / 2016 / 93 min

For life-long environmental activist Vandana Shiva, farmers are now living in an age of “seed slavery”. With large agro-tech companies like Monsanto dominating, limiting and contaminating what we eat, multiple counter-efforts have emerged globally in response. Directors Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz present an eloquent and urgent case for saving seed, for protecting life’s very foundation.

There Will Be Water directed by Per Liebeck

Environmental Award / world premiere / Denmark / 2016 / 58 min

With the world rapidly running out of water, British engineer Bill Watts has a big idea: turning salt water into an energy source, and using large desert areas to produce energy, food and clean water. Funded by the Norwegian government, businesses and international organisations Mr Watts sets out to “green the desert”. But turning his light bulb moment into a viable commercial prospect proves a difficult nut to crack.

Freightened – The Real Price of Shipping directed by Denis Delestrac

Environmental Award / UK premiere / Spain, France / 2016 / 84 min

“Sea blindness” refers to the shroud of secrecy that allows hugely lucrative shipping companies to shirk labour, ecological and ethical responsibilities. As trade globalises, so do goods and services – at an alarming cost. Director Denis Delestrac exposes the devastating effects of freight shipping and suggests workable solutions that prioritise consumer awareness as well as commercial accountability.

Kivalina, with The Living Forest directed by Gina Abatemarco

Enviromental Award / UK premiere / United States / 2015 / 64 min

The angry waves, like a roaring beast waiting to gobble us up,” the woman notes as she regards the dark sea just beyond her Alaskan village of Kivalina. With the land of the Iñupiats exploited for oil and their way of life damaged by toxic pollutants, the residents are desperate to be relocated. Kivalina articulates the environmental and cultural cost of global warming.

Zud directed by Marta Minorowicz

Environmental Award / UK premiere / Germany, Poland / 2016 / 84 min

In Polish director Marta Minorowicz’s beautifully lensed docudrama, Mongolian herdsmen play people much like themselves to tell the story of 11 year-old Sukhbat. When a harsh winter kills off his nomadic family’s livestock, Sukhbat is recalled from school to help out. Under his father’s guidance Sukhbat tames a wild horse in order to race him, but nature continues to be unforgiving in this harshest of terrains.

Footprint directed by Valentina Canavesio

Environmental Award / world premiere / United States, France / 2016 / 82 min

Footprint takes a dizzying spin around the globe witnessing population explosions, overconsumption, limited resources, and expert testimony as to what a world straining at its limits can sustain. We spend time with indigenous health workers, activists, and the ordinary people who all challenge the idea that our world can continue to support the weight of humanity’s footprint on it.

The Age of Consequences directed by Jared P. Scott

Environmental Award / international premiere / United States / 2016 / 80 min

“How does climate change interact with other pre-existing problems?” According to a host of high-level US military and security experts consulted here, droughts and floods are “threat multipliers” to the conflicts of the world. Skilfully turning the environmental question into one of international security, director Jared P. Scott shows how natural disasters driven by global warming will be the linchpin to 21st century politics.

Born to Be Free directed by Gayane Petrosyan

Environmental Award / world premiere / United Kingdom, Russian Federation / 2016 / 90 min

Born to be Free is a revelatory investigation by three intrepid free-diving journalists, Gaya, Tanya and Julia, into the global trade in wild sea mammals. Their journey takes us to the most remote corners of Russia and witnesses, for the very first time, the shocking treatment that whales, dolphins and walruses are subjected to and discovers the corruption at the heart of this cruel international business.

When Two Worlds Collide directed by Matthew Orzel and Heidi Brandenburg

UK premiere / United States, Peru / 2016 / 100 min

President Alan Garcia intends to make the most of Peru’s rich natural resources. Yet his grand, moneymaking scheme is coming up against Alberto Pizango, the formidable force behind the indigenous peoples’ resistance. “The accumulation of money and wealth: we call that savage,” he remarks. The “Best First Feature” winner at Sundance examines the battle against the ongoing plundering of native territories.

Behemoth directed by Zhao Liang

China, France / 2015 / 90 min

A powerful visual journey to Magnolia, where beautiful grasslands are being overrun by mountains destroyed by coal mining, blackening the surrounding landscape and its people. Mesmerizing and dreamlike in its stark bird’s eye observations of the industrial processes at work, this is a nearly silent trip into Dante’s circle of hell from Zhao Liang, one of China’s most talented filmmakers.

ALTERNATE REALITIES: VIRTUAL REALITIES ARCADE, SITE GALLERY & THE SPACE:
The free-of-charge Alternate Realities exhibitions curated by Mark Atkin feature 26 virtual reality and interactive projects.

Collisions by Lynette Wallworth

VR Award / UK premiere / USA, Australia, 2015

Collisions is a virtual reality journey to the land of the indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian desert. Nyarri’s first contact with Western culture came in the 1950’s via a dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology. 65 years later Wallwork carried cutting edge video technology into the desert so Mr. Morgan could share his story. Reflecting on the event, in this most magical of immersive experiences, Nyarri offers to viewers his experience of the impact of destructive technology and the Martu perspective on caring for the planet for future generations.
TALKS & SESSIONS:

How to Pitch Your Climate Change Idea, supported by IBT

Tue 14 June, 10.00-11.30, ITV Town Hall Reception Rooms

Moderator: Tom Heap, BBC Countryfile. Participants: Aiden Hansell,

Love Productions; Tony Dallamore, Boundless; Richard Bowron, Love Productions, Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual Formats, BBC.
Climate change is one of the most important issues of our time, but engaging mainstream audiences is a huge creative challenge. We talk to the heads of development from three leading independent producers to find out from them what works and what doesn’t. And we’ll hear from a leading broadcaster about his own experience of commissioning climate change ideas.

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IBT Climate Change Pitch
Tue 14 June, 14.00, Cutlers’ Hall, Hadfield Hall
Moderator Tom Heap, BBC Countryfile. Participants: Helen Hawken, Discovery Networks International, John Hay, Channel 4, Tom Edwards, BBC.

Climate change has been given renewed impetus by last December’s UN talks in Paris. A global consensus has now been reached about the need for urgent action. But engaging mainstream audiences is a huge challenge. Broadcasters are keen to give it more airtime, but they want a fresh approach. Shortlisted filmmakers will pitch their creative solutions at the IBT Climate Change Pitch and the winning pitch will receive £4,000 in development funding.

DOC/FEST EXCHANGE IN TUDOR SQUARE SUPPORTED BY WELLCOME TRUST:

Creative Exchange… ideas behind SEED: The Untold Story
Conservation specialist Helen Anne Curry and directors Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel discuss global efforts to protect seed varieties and why it matters to the future of food.

Part of a series of free-of-charge conversations and creative exchanges inspired by extraordinary talent, groundbreaking films and interactive and virtual reality storytelling.

 

Doc/Fest 2016 – Disability

DISABILITY AT DOC/FEST

 Across the Film, Alternate Realities and Talks & Sessions programme and free-of-charge daily talks at Doc/Fest Exchange in Tudor Square, the Festival offers many perspectives on disability. In addition to the programme, this year Doc/Fest is pleased to announce a number of events with wider accessibility for a disabled audience – British Sign Language interpreted talks (BSL); Closed Caption screenings (CCS) and Audio Described Screenings https://sheffdocfest.com/view/accessibility

Films:

The 160 strong Doc/Fest Film Programme, curated by Claire Aguilar, includes:

Notes on Blindness directed by James Spinney and Peter Middleton

Grand Jury Award / UK premiere / United Kingdom, France / 2016 / 86 min

When John Hull’s sight finally vanished completely after decades of deterioration, the writer and academic decided to document his new world on audio cassettes. In this innovative hybrid feature, following on from the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, co-directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney use actors to lip sync the diaries, telling the story of Hull’s complex and articulate engagement with his condition.

 

The Extraordinary Case of Alex Lewis directed by Leonardo Machado

United Kingdom / 2016 / 60 min

The Extraordinary Case of Alex Lewis charts a man’s fight to rebuild his relationships with his partner and son after a devastating infection took his limbs, parts of his face and his independence. This intimate film follows Alex’s extraordinary story as he, his partner and his three-year-old son come to terms with their new lives.

 

Life Animated directed by Roger Ross Williams
United States / 2016 / 91 min

After years of silence as a child, Owen Suskind amazed his family by beginning to communicate through his biggest passion: Disney films. Now leaving home, Owen is learning that not every step in life has a Disney guru. Director Roger Ross Williams (God Loves Uganda) returns to Doc/Fest with a masterful film about how one close-knit family navigates life with autism.

Alternate Realities: Virtual Reality Arcade, Site Gallery & The Space:

The free-of-charge Alternate Realities exhibitions curated by Mark Atkin feature 26 virtual reality and interactive projects.

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness EU premiere / James Spinney, Peter Middleton, Amaury La Burthe, Arnaud Colinart / United Kingdom, France / 2016 / 25 min

After losing his sight in 1983 John Hull began keeping an audio diary. John’s recordings form a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, documenting his extraordinary journey into ‘a world beyond sight’.

Talks & Sessions:

 Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, a Film and VR Autopsy
Moderator Ingrid Kopp. Participants: Lili Blumers , Philippa Kowarsky , Lizzie Francke , Arnaud Colinart , Mike Brett ,Peter Middleton

Following the UK Premiere, the Notes on Blindness team share insights on creating and distributing film and virtual reality together for the first time. From early conversations at Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket to touring the project across the UK, its creators, funders and distributors discuss the challenges in building a successful model for funding and touring cinema and VR together.

Supported by This Way and Film Audience Network

A Reasonable Adjusted Debate: Disability On and Off Screen
Moderator: Karen Hoy

Participants: Adam Pearson , Alex Usborne , Amanda Ariss , Ade Rawcliffe


We know that people with disabilities are vastly underrepresented in the world of factual TV and documentaries. In theory – and in law – a “reasonable adjustment” to working conditions should allow them to compete. But do we always understand what constitutes a disability, let alone a “reasonable adjustment”? With an inspired and inspiring expert panel, we’ll engage directly with some solutions to disability underemployment.

Doc/Fest Exchange At Tudor Square supported by Wellcome Trust

About Last Night… daily review including Life, Animated
Comedian Chella Quint and autism specialist Megan Freeth illuminate fresh perspectives on living with autism through the lens of Life, Animated

Part of a series of free-of-charge conversations and creative exchanges inspired by extraordinary talent, groundbreaking films and interactive and virtual reality storytelling.

Doc/Fest 2016 – Dance

Get Up & Dance at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016!

The stories of dancers old and young, black and white, queer and straight, male and female are told across the Get Up And Dance strand at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, including a live performance by Storyboard P who’s been described by the New Yorker as “the Basquiat of street dancing” and the New York Times as “an extraordinary mover” as well as a “superlative eccentric”. Five UK film premieres, one world premiere, a Youth Jury Award nominee plus numerous Talks and Sessions and a whole lot of voguing going on! So don’t just sit there – get up and dance at Doc/Fest ‘16!

Films:
The 160 strong Doc/Fest Film Programme, curated by Claire Aguilar, includes:

Storyboard P, a stranger in Sweden directed by Matthew D’Arcy
Youth Jury Award / World premiere / Sweden / 2016 / 52 min
Storyboard P glides smoothly through the snow, carving shapes with his slender limbs. Though he has been sleeping rough in Stockholm for a while now, he is still flush with self-belief. “My vision takes it to an art level,” the Brooklyn native asserts. Will the talented dancer finally get his break? Director Matt D’Arcy chronicles Storyboard’s early steps towards international stardom.

Special Event: Live Performance from Storyboard P
Following the world premiere screening of Storyboard P, a stranger in Sweden on Sat 11 Jun the man himself will take to the stage to perform his own inimitable genre of street dance: flex.

Strike a Pose directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan
UK premiere / Belgium, Netherlands / 2016 / 83 min
Madonna’s “Blond Ambition” tour was accompanied by the controversial documentary “Truth or Dare”. Perhaps to the majesty’s chagrin, the breakout stars were her seven backup dancers, six of whom were gay. After having lived through the LGBT sea change of the 1990s, where are they now? Strike a Pose brings the legendary crew back together for the first time in over 20 years.

Kiki directed by Sara Jordenö
UK premiere / United States, Sweden / 2016 / 94 min
For New York’s LBGT people of colour, Kiki dance clubs provide a safe haven. Part of New York’s voguing ballroom scene, it offers family and friendship to those who have often have neither. This vibrant film, which won the Teddy award at Berlinale, journeys beyond the glitz and the glamour into difficulties that Kiki devotees face – and are determined to overcome. Come and join co-writer Twiggy Pucci Garcon for a post-screening Q&A on Saturday 11 June and the Vogue, Strike a Pose Party! that evening.

Special Event: Vogue, Strike a Pose Party!
To celebrate the voguing theme at this year’s Doc/Fest the Saturday night party
“Vogue, Strike a Pose!”, will include Vogue performers from the renowned House of Lady Di, London based Vogue House plus an accompanying DJ. These incredible performers have graced the global stage and travel extensively to judge Kiki Balls. Alongside competitions, they host monthly open sessions where they welcome both
experienced ‘voguers’ and newcomers to the scene and encourage freedom of
expression, respect and love of voguing. So, if you didn’t come to party, don’t bother knocking on the door!

League of Exotique Dancers directed by Rama Rau
UK premiere / Canada / 2016 / 90 min
The unabashed sexual confidence that this group of legendary burlesque elders exuded back in the early ‘60s was seen less as empowerment than as sleaze. But thanks to the recent feminist reclamation of the art of the tease, the chutzpah of these women is will finally be acknowledged. Acclaimed director Rama Rau tells their amazing stories and follows them to their big Las Vegas comeback.

Our Last Tango directed by German Kral
UK premiere /Argentina, Germany / 2015 / 85 min
The first couple of tango, Juan and Maria Nieves, have experienced their share of pain and passion in their six decades as dancing partners. Combining behind-the-scene discussions and breath-taking choreographic re-enactments directed by Maria herself, Our Last Tango (by Wim Wenders’s erstwhile protégé German Kral) is a wonderfully imaginative tribute to the Argentinian dance form.

Reset directed by Alban Teurlai and Thierry Demaizière
UK premiere / France / 2015 / 110 min
Stunningly gorgeous and delicate in both subject and treatment, Reset depicts renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied (best known for choreographing the dance sequences in Black Swan) as he attempts to rejuvenate the Paris Opera Ballet in his new position as Director. With appearances by composer Nico Muhly, Opera alumna Aurélie Dupont and designer Iris van Herpen, Reset is a delightfully aesthetic affair.

Mr Gaga directed by Tomer Heymann
Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Sweden / 2015 / 100 min
Immerse yourself in the world of modern dance through the vision of Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. Through extensive archive, observational footage and beautifully filmed dance sequences, Doc/Fest returnee Tomer Heymann focuses on the fascinating stories underpinning Naharin’s creative process, and how an untrained veteran spurned the tutelage of the dance world’s maestros to become one of the most talented choreographers working today.

Talks and Sessions:
I Do it My Way: Directors Talk About Their Work
PARTICIPANTS: German Kral, Ian Duncan, Dawn Porter
“Be persistent, be fair, and be brave. You are the only one waiting for your film, everyone else’s attention you have to earn” – Dawn Porter, Director and Founder of Trilogy Films. A panel about the art of direction through conversations with three award-winning directors from the US, Latin America and the UK. Our Last Tango directed by German Kral, is screening at the festival.

Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square supported by Wellcome Trust:

About Last Night… daily review including Kiki
Join Charlie Phillips of The Guardian in conversation with Twiggy Pucci Garcon, co-writer and protagonist of Kiki.

About Last Night… daily review including Mr. Gaga
Dance filmmaker Alex Reuben and Science Communicator Erinma Ochu explore a life in dance through the lens of Mr. Gaga.

Part of a series of free-of-charge conversations and creative exchanges inspired by extraordinary talent, ground-breaking films and interactive and virtual reality storytelling.

Doc/Fest 2016 – Cities

Cities and the places we call home are explored from an international perspective at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, including 2 World premieres, an EU and a UK premiere and 2 films in competition for the festival Grand Jury and the Youth Jury Awards.

 Films:

The 160 strong Doc/Fest Film Programme, curated by Claire Aguilar, includes:

City 40 directed by Samira Goetschel

Grand Jury Award/ EU premiere/ United States / 2016 / 75 min

Welcome to “City 40”, whose residents have often enjoyed a higher than average standard living than other Soviet citizens – before dying prematurely of radiation poisoning. Director Samira Goetschel uses secret filming to take us inside City 40, one of many Russian cities, which has been closed to the outside world for decades. We follow some of the braver inhabitants battling for their voices to be heard, in a chilling manifestation of the nuclear arms race.

 City of Dreams: A Musical directed by Sam Benstead and Brian Hill

World premiere/ United Kingdom / 2015 / 77 min

City Of Dreams: A Musical is a dizzying and unique musical extravaganza. Set in a school in Dharavi, Mumbai, the biggest slum in Asia, it combines observational footage of the children’s daily lives, with songs reflecting their hopes and dreams. This is the very first Bollywood style documentary musical. But this is not a depressing examination of extreme poverty; it’s an uplifting celebration of human spirit and endeavour.

City of Gold directed by Laura Gabbert

United States / 2015 / 96 min

City of Gold chronicles Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s deep and complex relationship with the food and culture of Los Angeles. Gold was one of the first critics to review small family owned restaurants in far-flung ethnic enclaves, with the stroke of his pen changing the lives of countless recent immigrants cooking the food of their homeland.

 

Flotel Europa directed by Vladimir Tomic

Youth Jury Award/ UK premiere/ Denmark, Serbia / 2015 / 71 min

Director Vladimir Tomic boarded the Flotel Europa in Copenhagen as a teenager in the early 1990s, along with his older brother, mother and 1000 other refugees from the former Yugoslavia. Through video messages, they recounted their lives in limbo to loved ones back home. Via the refugees’ own home movies Tomic reflects back in this timely and unusual coming of age film.

India in a Day directed by Richie Mehta

World premiere/ United Kingdom, India / 2016 / 100 min

India in a Day is India’s largest crowd sourced documentary, the story of a single day, 10th October 2015. The film is a unique document, capturing a remarkable range of characters and personal reflections into what it means to be alive in India today, submitted by individuals from across the country.

The Rise and Fall of the High-rise

United Kingdom / 83 min

From the lowlife to the highlife and back again to the lowlife – a selection of archival films charting the evolution of the high-rise from the back-to-back slums of 1930s Kensington to the bright new hope of Sheffield’s ‘utopian’ Park Hill Estate. Then the streets-in-the-sky fell out of favour paving the way for the resurgence of low-rise living.

Doc/Fest Exchange In Tudor Square Supported By Wellcome Trust:

About Last Night… daily review including India in a day

Director Richard Metha discusses this groundbreaking, crowd sourced film, executive produced by Ridley Scott.

Part of a series of free-of-charge conversations and creative exchanges inspired by extraordinary talent, groundbreaking films and interactive and virtual reality storytelling.