Oscar's Docs, 1955-2002: American Stories
February 2-14, 2013
This year Oscar's Docs, the annual collaboration between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and MoMA's Department of Film, highlights documentary films that explore the history, culture, and politics of the United States. These Oscar nominees and winners reveal stories of the nation's many complicated facets-ugly, funny, terrifying, and inspiring. This wide range of shorts and feature-length films celebrates issues of art, science, invention, politics, religion, labor, education, aging, race, and sexuality.
Alejandro Landes's Porfirio
February 8-14, 2013
Paralyzed from the waist down by a stray bullet, the title character in Alejandro Landes's remarkable film spends his days selling minutes on his cell phone, flirting with his comely neighbor-and secretly plotting his revenge. Landes worked on the film for five years, creating a tale that joins the most intimate details of Porfirio's day-to-day life with the astonishing recreation of his attempt to hijack an airplane.
Documentary Fortnight 2013: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media
February 15-March 4, 2013
Since 2001, every February has marked the return of Documentary Fortnight, MoMA's annual two-week showcase of recent nonfiction film and media. The festival includes an international selection of films and thematic programs that extend the idea of the documentary form, examine the relationship between contemporary art and nonfiction filmmaking, and reflect on new areas of nonfiction practice. This year's thematic programs include New Cuban Shorts, recent documentary films by emerging Cuban filmmakers on Cuban life and history, which have never been screened in the U.S.; POV at 25, which highlights award-winning films from the past 25 years of television's longest-running showcase for independent documentary, plus a sneak preview of the upcoming season; and panel discussions with Documentary Fortnight 2013 filmmakers on critical issues in nonfiction film practice. The majority of films in the festival are premieres, and filmmakers will be present at most screenings.