×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

2016 New York Film Festival to Open With Ava DuVernay Documentary ‘The 13th’

Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary “The 13th” will open the 2016 New York Film Festival, marking the first time the fest has opened with a nonfiction film.

Set for an October release from Netflix, “The 13th” investigates the high rate of incarceration in the U.S., particularly of African Americans. DuVernay, whose directing credits include  “Selma” and “Middle of Nowhere,” traces a historical throughline from “The Birth of a Nation” up through Black Lives Matter, incorporating archival footage and interviews with figures including Angela Davis (pictured above), Cory Booker and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The selection of the 2016 opener lends an air of topical urgency to this year’s NYFF, with the subject of the documentary chiming with current events that have pushed tensions between police and the African-American community to a high. It also gives DuVernay’s film a high-profile slot in a tightly curated festival with strong awards-season cache. Past films to open the fest have included “The Social Network” (2010), “Life of Pi” (2012), “Gone Girl” (2014) and last year’s “The Walk.”

No other selections in the 2016 lineup have yet been announced for the festival, presented every year by Film Society of Lincoln Center.

“The 13th,” which takes its title from the Constitution’s 13th Amendment, will open NYFF Sept. 30 ahead of a debut on Netflix and in theaters Oct. 7. The 2016 edition of NYFF runs Sept. 30-Oct. 16.

 

More Film

  • Late Afternoon, an animated short written

    Cartoon Saloon's 'Late Afternoon' Takes Tender Look at a Woman With Dementia

    Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary “The 13th” will open the 2016 New York Film Festival, marking the first time the fest has opened with a nonfiction film. Set for an October release from Netflix, “The 13th” investigates the high rate of incarceration in the U.S., particularly of African Americans. DuVernay, whose directing credits include  “Selma” and […]

  • Kim Porter'Can't Stop, Won't Stop: The

    Model and Actress Kim Porter Found Dead at 47

    Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary “The 13th” will open the 2016 New York Film Festival, marking the first time the fest has opened with a nonfiction film. Set for an October release from Netflix, “The 13th” investigates the high rate of incarceration in the U.S., particularly of African Americans. DuVernay, whose directing credits include  “Selma” and […]

  • CAA HQ LA

    CAA Promotes Four Trainees to Brand Executives, Motion Picture and Sports Agents

    Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary “The 13th” will open the 2016 New York Film Festival, marking the first time the fest has opened with a nonfiction film. Set for an October release from Netflix, “The 13th” investigates the high rate of incarceration in the U.S., particularly of African Americans. DuVernay, whose directing credits include  “Selma” and […]

  • Maura Tierney as Karen Barbour and

    Jumping in Time Works for 'Beautiful Boy' Storytelling Structure

    Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary “The 13th” will open the 2016 New York Film Festival, marking the first time the fest has opened with a nonfiction film. Set for an October release from Netflix, “The 13th” investigates the high rate of incarceration in the U.S., particularly of African Americans. DuVernay, whose directing credits include  “Selma” and […]

  • Docu Filmmaker Daniel Rosenfeld on Tango

    Docu Filmmaker Daniel Rosenfeld on Tango Musician Astor Piazzolla

    Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary “The 13th” will open the 2016 New York Film Festival, marking the first time the fest has opened with a nonfiction film. Set for an October release from Netflix, “The 13th” investigates the high rate of incarceration in the U.S., particularly of African Americans. DuVernay, whose directing credits include  “Selma” and […]

  • MGM Q3 2018 Earnings: Strong Revenue

    MGM Sees Strong Revenue Gains Due to TV Content

    Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary “The 13th” will open the 2016 New York Film Festival, marking the first time the fest has opened with a nonfiction film. Set for an October release from Netflix, “The 13th” investigates the high rate of incarceration in the U.S., particularly of African Americans. DuVernay, whose directing credits include  “Selma” and […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    Apple Taps A24 to Produce Slate of Films

    Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary “The 13th” will open the 2016 New York Film Festival, marking the first time the fest has opened with a nonfiction film. Set for an October release from Netflix, “The 13th” investigates the high rate of incarceration in the U.S., particularly of African Americans. DuVernay, whose directing credits include  “Selma” and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content