The Intl. Documentary Assn.’s seventh annual showcase will open with the L.A. preem of “Breakfast With Hunter” and feature the world premiere of “Beah: A Black Woman Speaks.”
Event, formerly dubbed Doctober and renamed Infact, has been moved forward to Aug. 22-28 due to an earlier entry deadline of Sept. 1 for Oscar consideration of documentaries. The Academy requires that docus must be exhibited on theatrical screens for paid admission in Los Angeles County or Manhattan for at least seven consecutive days.
The eight short films and 11 feature-length docs will unspool at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. IDA noted that 11 films at its showcase have gone on to be nominated for Oscars, with “The Last Days” and “The Personals” taking home Academy Awards.
“Beah” was produced by Jonathan Demme, Joe Viola, Neda Armian and Lisa Gay Hamilton, who also directed. The film chronicles the story of Beah Richards, an actress, teacher, poet and social activist.
Other features include “Bus 174,” based on a hijacking in Rio de Janeiro; “Cosmic Africa,” about African skylore and featuring African astronomer Thebe Medupe; “Gabriel Orozco,” the portrait of a Mexican artist; “Inheritance: A Fisherman’s Story,” in which a fisherman confronts the mining company responsible for destroying his livelihood; “The Kidnapping of Ingrid Bettancourt,” the story of a Colombian presidential candidate held hostage; “Liberty: 3 Stories about Life and Death,” set amid lesbian families; “Refugee,” based on a 25-year-old who travels to Cambodia for the first time since he escaped as a child; “Sunset Story,” set in a retirement home for political progressives; and “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.”
Event also features short films (40 minutes or less): “America’s Deadliest Storm: Galveston Island 1900”; “An Unlikely Friendship,” based on the relationship between a black woman activist and a Klansman; “Beyond Words,” the journey of an Iranian-born filmmaker who travels to Kurdistan; “Chernobyl Heart,” which examines the effects of radiation after the nuclear accident; “Ferry Tales,” set in the Staten Island ferry bathroom; “Love in an Elevator,” focused on dating in a New York City nursing home; “Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones,” based on the work of a photographer in Buffalo; and “Olivia’s Puzzle,” which looks into a regular day in the lives of two Goan girls.