The New York Film Academy returns to its partnership with IFC Center to present Stranger Than Fiction. For its 2018 winter season, Stranger Than Fiction is hosted by film producer and Toronto International Film Festival documentary programmer Thom Powers, and Oscar-nominated documentarian and New York Film Academy alum Raphaela Neihausen.
“If you crave documentaries that generate passionate discussion, you’ll get more than your money’s worth from this lineup,” STF Artistic Director Thom Powers said in IFC’s press release.
Now in its 14th year, Stranger Than Fiction is a weekly documentary film series that will now present nine seminal documentaries in keeping with its tradition of screening cutting-edge documentaries. After each screening, a Q&A will be held with each film’s director or another special guest, providing audiences with a truly exclusive and unforgettable experience. Stranger Than Fiction is sponsored by the New York Film Academy Documentary Filmmaking Department and presented by IFC Center.
Stranger Than Fiction’s Opening Night festivities will commence with a screening of Sundance smash Seeing Allred, before exploring a lineup that will include serials and a Netflix original, and reflects the dynamically changing, cutting-edge documentary industry.
Here is this year’s full Stranger Than Fiction lineup, co-presented by the New York Film Academy:
Feb 6: Seeing Allred (2018, 96 min, dir Roberta Grossman & Sophie Sartain)
+ guest TBA
Feb 13: Control Room (2004, 84 min)
+ Q&A w/ dir Jehane Noujaim
Feb 20: This is Congo (2017, 91 min)
+ Q&A w/ dir Daniel McCabe
Feb 27: Flint Town (2018, two episodes totaling 90 min)
+ Q&A w/ dirs. Zackary Canepari, Jessica Dimmock, Drea Cooper
March 1: Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death (2017, 125 min)
+ Q&A w/ dir Helen Whitney
March 6: Oh, Rick! (2017, 78 min)
+ Q&A w/ dirs Dustin Sussman, Aaron Rosenbloom & subject Rick Crom
March 13: Wild, Wild Country (2018, two episodes totaling 120 min)
+ Q&A w/ dirs Chapman Way, Maclain Way & exec prod Mark Duplass
March 20: Occupation: Dreamland (2005, 78 min)
+ Q&A w/ dir Ian Olds
March 27: Closing Night: The China Hustle (2018, 84 min)
+ Q&A w/ dir Jed Rothstein
Screenings are held 7 p.m. Tuesdays (& one Thursday) at IFC Center, February 6 – March 27. The general public is welcome to attend Stranger Than Fiction screenings for $17, while IFC Center members enjoy a discounted ticket price of $14. Season Passes are available for $99 ($80 for IFC members), and cover admission to all 9 screenings. For more information, visit Stranger Than Fiction or IFC Center.