DOC NYC to honor three veteran filmmakers

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DOC NYC, America's largest documentary film festival (Nov. 12-19, 2015), will kick off on Nov. 12 with the second annual Visionaries Tribute at an afternoon luncheon presenting Lifetime Achievement Awards to filmmakers Jon Alpert, Barbara Kopple and Frederick Wiseman.

In the evening, Kopple will present the U.S. premiere of her new film Miss Sharon Jones! as the Opening Night selection for DOC NYC’s sixth annual edition. The film follows the soul performer Sharon Jones as she battles cancer and prepares for a comeback with her band The Dap-Kings. The Visionaries luncheon will take place at a New York City restaurant announced in the fall; the Opening Night film screening takes place at Chelsea’s SVA Theatre.

“We’re delighted to give Lifetime Achievement Awards to three extraordinary filmmakers who continue to dazzle us with outstanding new work,” said DOC NYC artistic director Thom Powers. “On November 12, there’ll be a gathering of documentary talent like none other.”

The event’s host committee consists of over 40 documentary veterans, including the Oscar-winning filmmakers Laura Poitras, Morgan Neville, Alex Gibney and Michael Moore.

HBO Documentary Filmsreturns as the Leadership Sponsor of DOC NYC and this year will be the co-presenter of the Visionaries Tribute.

The complete lineup for DOC NYC’s 2015 edition will be announced in mid-October. For more information, go to