4th Annual New Haven Documentary Film Festival

Eleven days of memorable documentaries—from the best local productions to the internationally renowned. Premieres include Stephen Dest’s I am Shakespeare: The Henry Green Story (2017), about a New Haven high school student with a double life, and Sebi Medina-Tayac’s look at a small town in rural Mexico—many of whose residents now live in Fair Haven (Tlaxcala Dreams, 2017). Jim O'Connor’s Food Haven (2017) celebrates New Haven’s culinary scene while Jennifer Abod’s The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen (2016) celebrates the life of longtime New Haven resident and dance guru. And much, much more!

Second Wave Verité: The Cinema of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

Award-winning documentarians Pennebaker and Hegedus have played a crucial role revitalizing the cinema verité tradition in the digital era. Our selection of their recent documentaries spans twenty-five years of filmmaking from a behind-the-scenes look at Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign for president (The War Room) to Unlocking the Cage, their animal rights feature that was first shown in 2016, but will be screened in a newly updated version. The filmmakers will be present to discuss their films over the long weekend.

Screenings & Conversations

Screening: I Am Shakespeare: The Henry Green Story

Poignantly chronicles the turbulent life of a young man living in an impoverished inner-city and his remarkable return from death.
(Stephen Dest, 2017)

Thu, June 1, 2017, 7:00pm  Details
1 hr 15 min

NHDOCS: SATURDAY, JUNE 3

Events and Film Screening

Film Screenings

Sat, June 3, 2017, 12:30pm  Details

NHdocs: Sunday, June 4

Events and Film Screenings

Sun, June 4, 2017, 11:00am  Details

NHdocs: Monday, June 5

Film Screenings

Mon, June 5, 2017, 6:30pm  Details
2 hrs 30 min

NHdocs: Tuesday, June 6

Events and Film Screening

Film Screenings

Tue, June 6, 2017, 12:00pm  Details

NHdocs: Wednesday, June 7

Events and Film Screening

Film Screenings

Wed, June 7, 2017, 7:00pm  Details

NHdocs: Thursday, June 8

Events and Film Screening

Film Screenings

Thu, June 8, 2017, 3:00pm  Details

NHdocs: Friday, June 9

Events and Film Screening

Film Screenings

Fri, June 9, 2017, 7:00pm  Details

Screening: Startup.com

The Cinema of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

A look at a real-life start-up GovWorks.

Fri, June 9, 2017, 7:00pm  Details
2 hrs

NHdocs: Saturday, June 10

Events and Film Screening

Film Screenings

Sat, June 10, 2017, 1:00pm  Details

Screening: The War Room

The Cinema of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the Clinton for President campaign.

Sat, June 10, 2017, 1:00pm  Details
1 hr 45 min

Screening: God Spoke: Al Franken

The Cinema of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

A cinema verite pursuit of Al Franken follows the life of the former Saturday Night Live comedian turned best-selling author and political satirist.

Sat, June 10, 2017, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

Screening: Kings of Pastry

The Cinema of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

Sixteen contenders seek the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France ("MOF"), France's highest honor in the sublime art of patisserie.

Sat, June 10, 2017, 7:00pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

Screening: Unlocking the Cage

The Cinema of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

Filmmakers follow animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans.

Sun, June 11, 2017, 1:00pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

NHdocs: Sunday June 11

Events and Film Screening

Film Screenings

Sun, June 11, 2017, 1:00pm  Details

Film Panel: "Unlocking the Cage" and Animal Rights

The Cinema of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

A panel discussion with filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker about animal rights and their documentary film Unlocking the Cage.

Sun, June 11, 2017, 3:30pm  Details
1 hr