Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Documentary Edge Festival line up unveiled

Documentary Edge Festival line up unveiled

A stellar line-up of 43 features and 14 shorts from home and across the globe have been announced  at the programme launch of the 10th Documentary Edge Festival, coming to Auckland’s Q Theatre and Wellington’s Roxy Cinema this May and June. For the full line-up, visit the Festival website:
Fraud or Genuis? Banned from screening in the USA, The Forecaster examines Martin Armstrong, a financial mastermind who used the number pi in the nineties to predict economic turning points with astounding precision. He was named Economist of the Decade by Equity Magazine. After refusing to hand over his secret model to the FBI, he was incarcerated for seven years for contempt of court, without a trial. Now free from prison, he reveals the prediction of the century – for October 2015!

Following its International Premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs in April, Frame by Frame will be winging it to local screens. After decades of war and an oppressive Taliban regime, four Afghan photojournalists face the realities of building a free press in a country abandoned – reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves. "Frame by Frame is a work of profound immediacy, in sync with the photographers’ commitment and hope." – The Hollywood Reporter

Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969 – 2003). By threading Smith’s music through the dense yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in – Portland, New York, Los Angeles –Heaven Adores You presents a visual journey and explores the impact his prolific songwriting continues to have on fans, friends and fellow musicians.

Award-winning Director Erik Greenberg Anjou’s Deli Man is the story of the American deli – and the story of Jewish immigrants: their migration, upward mobility and western assimilation. A mouth-watering salute to 160 years of gastronomic bliss. We are pleased to announce that Greenberg Anjou will attend.

Anger consumes a dozen combat vets long after their return from the front. The warriors in Laurent B├ęcue-Renard’s award-winning Of Men and War have returned to the USA, but their minds are stuck out on the battlefield.  At a first-of-its-kind PTSD therapy centre, the film's protagonists resolve to end the ongoing destruction, as they attempt to make peace with themselves, their past and their families. Their therapist is a Vietnam vet himself, helping the young men forge meaning from their trauma.

Joining Erik Greenberg Anjou (Deli Man) in New Zealand are the Directors of Opening and Closing Night films, Sweet Micky for President and (T)ERROR. There will be more fantastic international and local talent taking part in the Festival – watch this space!

20th May – 1st June – Documentary Edge Festival: Auckland – Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
3rd – 14th June – Documentary Edge Festival: Wellington – The Roxy Cinema, Miramar
29th May – Screen Edge Forum – AUT, Auckland
4th June – Screen Edge Forum – Park Road Post, Wellington

For more information and to keep up to speed with the latest news regarding the 2015 season, visit

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