Firelight Media x DOC NYC 2022

Firelight Media
7 min readOct 27, 2022

Firelight Media is proud to announce that 15+ filmmakers from our network will be featured at DOC NYC and DOC NYC PRO via screenings, panels, fellowships, and special recognition.

Firelight Media is pleased to announce that 15+ Firelight Media-supported filmmakers will be featured at the 2022 DOC NYC Festival and at DOC NYC PRO!

The 13th annual edition of DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the US, will take place November 9 through 27 in theaters in New York City and online. For the last nine years, DOC NYC has screened the documentary feature that went on to win the Academy Award and 24 of the last 25 Oscar-nominated documentary features.

The DOC NYC PRO conference, which will take place November 10 through 17 at Cinépolis Chelsea, aims to empower filmmakers as they take the next steps in their careers. Firelight Media will co-present the panel “Beyond Resilience: Editing While BIPOC” with the BIPOC Doc Editors group on Editing Day, November 13 — find more details below.

Read on to learn more about Firelight Media’s involvement in this year’s festival, including our Beyond Resilience panel, film screenings by Documentary Lab alumni — including World Premieres and DOC NYC Short List screenings, DOC NYC PRO presentations featuring Firelight-supported filmmakers, and Firelight Family being recognized with special awards and honors.

DOC NYC PRO Panel | Beyond Resilience: Editing While BIPOC

On Sunday, November 13, as part of DOC NYC PRO’s Editing Day, Firelight Media joins the BIPOC DOC Editors group in presenting “Beyond Resilience: Editing While BIPOC.” This panel will explore how authorship plays out in complex, often messy ways during the creative process in the edit room. The panel will shine a critical light on these dynamics, and in response, ask: What does a fruitful, creative collaboration look like when issues of voice, power, and authorship are navigated?

Moderated by Carla Gutierrez (Julia), panelists include Rebecca Adorno (Homeroom), Jason Pollard (Louis Armstrong’s Black and Blues) and Gerardo del Valle from the Firelight Media and BIPOC Docs Editor’s Group communities. (Note: Editing Day tickets are sold out but 4-day passes to other DOC NYC PRO days are available here.)

DOC NYC Short List Screening: Isabel Castro’s ‘Mija’

Mija, the documentary feature debut by Documentary Lab alum Isabel Castro, will screen as part of DOC NYC’s influential Short List screening series. Mija takes us into the world of Chicano pop music through the eyes of a young Mexican -American talent manager Doris Muñoz as she handles the superstar Cuco and the emerging singer Jacks Haupt. Growing up in California with undocumented family members, she scarcely saw images of accomplished Latinas in American media. She asks: how do you become what you can’t see? The film will screen on Friday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 15 in NYC. Learn More + Get Tickets

World Premiere: Ursula Liang’s ‘Jeanette Lee Vs.’

Documentary Lab alum and FRONTLINE/Firelight Fellow Ursula Liang’s new film Jeanette Lee Vs. will have its World Premiere at DOC NYC on November 12 and November 15 in NYC, and online from November 13 through November 27. The film tells the story of Jeanette Lee, aka Black Widow, who dominated pool halls and competitions in the ’90s and early 2000s. The Asian American icon brought style, power, and skill to the billiards scene. With her recent cancer diagnosis, Lee recounts growing up in NYC, her storied career and the hidden challenges she faced. Learn More + Get Tickets

World Premiere: Dawn Porter’s ‘Cirque du Soleil: Without a Net’

Documentary Lab alum Dawn Porter’s new film Cirque du Soleil: Without a Net will have its World Premiere on Sunday, November 13 and will screen online from November 14 through November 27. The film follows Cirque du Soleil as it moves to reboot its flagship production, O, more than a year after an abrupt global shutdown. Both performers and crew members face uncertainty as they work to return to their world-class standards in time for the (re)opening night curtain in Las Vegas. Learn More + Get Tickets

Porter also serves as Executive Producer on the film Aftershock, which puts a spotlight on the crisis of Black maternal deaths in the United States by focusing on the cases of two New York City mothers, Shamony Gibson and Amber Isaac, who died during childbirth-related complications in recent years. We watch how their bereaved families become activists on this issue. The film will screen in NYC on November 16 and 17, and online from November 17 through November 27. Learn More + Get Tickets

U.S. Premiere: ‘Love in the Time of Fentanyl,’ Produced by Monika Navarro and Robinder Uppal

Love in the Time of Fentanyl, the new film by Colin Askey, produced by Firelight Media’s Senior Director of Artist Programs Monika Navarro and Spark Fund grantee Robinder Uppal, centers on Vancouver, Canada, which is ground zero of the opioid crisis in Canada with fentanyl overdose deaths at an all-time high. To save lives and support their marginalized community, a group of current and former drug users volunteer at the Overdose Prevention Society (OPS), a safe injection site. The film screen on Tuesday, November 15 in NYC and online from November 16 through November 27. Learn More + Get Tickets

Screening: Jon-Sesrie Goff’s ‘After Sherman’

In After Sherman, Documentary Lab alum Jon-Sesrie Goff turns his lens towards the South Carolina landscape, the notion of home, a community of friends and loved ones, his father, Reverend Dr. Norvel Goff, and himself. Expertly deploying personal and historical archival footage, observational and experimental techniques, the film is a poignant polyphonic exploration about how systemic racial discrimination and violence has affected generations in the South. The film will screen in NYC on November 11 and online from November 12 through November 27. Learn More + Get Tickets

World Premiere: ‘Makeover Movie’ Documentary Short by Sue Ding

Sue Ding, series producer for Firelight Media’s and the Center for Asian American Media’s upcoming short film collection HOMEGROWN: Future Visions will have the World Premiere of her short film Makeover Movie. In the documentary short film, young women comment on the 100-year-old trope of the movie-makeover: from 1920s silent films through the present day. The film will screen in NYC on November 15 and online from November 9 through November 27. Learn More + Get Tickets

DOC NYC PRO: Presentations by Firelight Media-Supported Filmmakers

The DOC NYC PRO conference, which will take place November 10–17 at Cinépolis Chelsea, aims to empower filmmakers as they take the next steps in their careers. The conference provides opportunities to be in community, listening, sharing, discussing, learning, and being challenged.

In addition to Firelight Media’s own co-presented panel “Beyond Resilience: Editing While BIPOC,” presented with the BIPOC DOC Editors group on Sunday, November 13, several Firelight Media-supported filmmakers will present case studies and join panel discussions throughout the conference. Firelight Media family presenting at the conference include Documentary Lab alumni Dawn Porter, Isabel Castro, Byron Hurt, and Sian-Pierre Regis, along with current Documentary Lab Fellow Gerardo del Valle. Learn More + Get Tickets

40 Under 40: Bao Nguyen and Nicole Docta

Now in its fifth year, DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 list shines a spotlight on emerging talent. This year’s list includes Documentary Lab alum Bao Nguyen and Nicole Docta, Firelight Media’s Special Initiatives Producer. Learn More

The DOC NYC x Video Consortium Storytelling Incubator: Sara Khaki & Mohammad Reza Eyni and Patrick Lee

Left to Right: Patrick G. Lee, Mohammad Reza Eyni, and Sara Khaki

The DOC NYC x Video Consortium Storytelling Incubator, an initiative from DOC NYC and the Video Consortium, provides first-time feature documentary filmmakers with hands-on creative consultation and professional guidance from established industry voices. This year’s cohort includes Documentary Lab alum Patrick Lee and current Documentary Lab Fellows Sara Khaki and Mohammad Reza Eyni. Learn More

Industry Roundtables: Firelight Media, Damon Davis

DOC NYC’s Industry Roundtables program is designed to facilitate face-to-face meetings between leading industry decision-makers and filmmakers with works-in-progress. This year’s Roundtable participants include Firelight Media as an organization and Documentary Lab alum Damon Davis, whose work-in-progress Chain of Rocks was selected as one of 36 projects to attend roundtable sessions. Learn More

Learn more about DOC NYC 2022 and DOC NYC PRO and get tickets and passes by visiting their website at Please confirm showtimes and ticket information via their website.

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