America’s largest documentary festival, DOC NYC, is on (and online) right now, so it is only fair to pay our respects in this month’s particularly doc-friendly edition of the column. Get to know the full DOC NYC lineup thanks to Gary Tranc’s list of all screening titles, and read all about one of the Winners’ Circle selections in this interview with In the Rearview filmmaker Maciek Hamela.
For now, we have docs aplenty (Albert Brooks! Shere Hite!) and we’re shouting out a couple of more-than-deserving fiction features, too—casting our minds back, for a moment, to Cannes with Aki Kaurismäki’s latest, but also Toronto, with Letterboxd member and actor-writer-filmmaker Joanna Arnow, who has opinions about the phrase “cringe comedy”. Plus: The feeling that the time for watching something has definitely not passed.