For most of the month of November (1 - 21), the Jacob Burns Film Center in Westchester County (NY) brings its Global Watch 2007: Crisis, Culture and Human Rights documentary festival to its beautiful theater in downtown Pleasantville. I've seen many a first-run doc there, usually followed by an enthusiastic filmmaker Q&A or discussion. Lot of movie folk around these parts.
This program includes some of the year's hottest docs, such as Nanking, War/Dance, 9 Star Hotel, Meeting Resistance, Banished and Taxi to the Darkside--most fresh off the festival circuit and/or currently in theatrical release for Oscar shortlisting and qualification. Filmmaker, Jason Kohn, will be there with his operatic and hypnotic Manda Bala, one of the strongest, most imaginative nonfiction films I've seen in recent memory. And, Mr. Kohn, can be mighty entertaining, too.
Interestingly, they've chosen the same opening nighter as this past year's Silverdocs, the story of celebrated local boy Pete Seeger. Here's the rest of the program, films, times, dates and special guest appearances. If you're in that neck of the woods this month, buy a ticket to a show there--you won't be disappointed.
In fact, you New Yorkers can make a weekend of it--take the train up Friday afternoon out of Grand Central, check in to a charming local B&B, buy some movie tickets, eat at one of the many lovely local eateries (you might even spot Bill and Hil) and make your own damn festival. It'll be like Woodstock without all the tie-dye and slow service.