Michel Gondry Premiere Animates DOC NYC Slate

Errol Morris' 'The Unknown Known" will open the 72-feature lineup, which includes 11 world premieres

DOC NYC, the Gotham documentary festival that launched in 2010, has lined up a broad slate with 11 world premieres, including the debut of Michel Gondry’s doc “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky.”

Film, in which Gondry interviews linguist Chomsky and illustrates his ideas with animation, will close the fourth annual festival, which launches this year with the New York City bow of Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld pic “The Unknown Known.” DOC NYC lineup will encompass 72 features and 39 shorts, which fest organizers bill as the largest documentary festival in country.

Other titles screening as galas during DOC NYC include John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s “Finding Vivian Maier,” about a little-known photographer, and “Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love,” Dori Berinstein’s look at the late songsmith of “A Chorus Line.”

Festival slate is divided into about a dozen sections including two juried, competitive categories: “Viewfinders,” a section focused on strong directorial visions, and “Metropolis,” a collection of Gotham-centric titles. “American Perspectives,” “International Perspectives,” “Sonic Cinema,” “Art + Design” and “Midnight Docs” also are among the categories on tap.

The list of world preems set for the fest includes “White Gold,” Simon Trevor’s investigation of the ivory trade; Julian Jones’ “Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D”; and “WEB,” Michael Kleinman’s film following Peruvian children in the One Laptop Per Child program, among others.

Also as part of the festival, Oliver Stone will present the never-before-broadcast prologue to his Showtime skein “The Untold History of the United States.” Other notable docs on the 2013 slate include James Franco-produced “Kink” and a roster of films selected by fest programmers as likely awards-season contenders, including “The Square,” “The Act of Killing ” and “20 Feet from Stardom.”

The 2013 edition of DOC NYC, which will screen films at Manhattan venues IFC Center and SVA Theater, runs Nov. 14-21.

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