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Sergei Loznitsa's Maidan (2014) / courtesy of Cinema Guild

New Adventures in Nonfiction

Ongoing

For several years now, the most consistently adventurous, unpredictable, intelligent, and dynamic films have been works of nonfiction. While never a simple, stodgy, info-based category of film—regardless of what some have claimed or assumed—today’s nonfiction filmmakers are newly committed to inventing new genres and modes, and to expanding, exploding, refining, and interrogating them as they happen. These are days of artistic masterpieces, crises de coeur, impeccably crafted yarns, and purposefully irreconcilable experiments all working within the deceptively nondescript “documentary” catchall. This ongoing series will showcase some of the most exciting and challenging works of recent nonfiction.

Organized by Curator of Film Eric Hynes

Upcoming Events in Series

Past Films in Series

A woman in bandana and sunglasses sits on a curb outside a building looking at her phone and smoking a cigarette
A mother lies with her new baby on her chest, as the woman looks down at her baby and smiles
Two women sit near an oil derrick outside, looking up and smoking, at night
A doctor in silhouette points at a chart of purple organisms
A young man sits over a sewing machine in a drab clothing factory
A closeup of a man inspecting a diamond with tweezers in front of a magnifying glass
A child sits in the backseat of a car, gripping the headrests of the front seats.
A woman lies on a bed during the daytime with her eyes closed and smiling
Two men smile and sit on the floor, relaxing
A woman lies on the floor with her hands behind her head, looking up and smiling, her cell phone behind her head.
In a green backyard, three generations of women, one in the foreground standing to the side, one in the middle picking fruit from a tree on a ladder, and another sitting in the background by a walker
A woman adjusts her bra in a mirror
A woman adjusts her bra in a mirror
A Black girl in a red jacket and a white girl in a blue jacket together walk against the backdrop of mountains
A serious looking man in a stocking cap walks before building rubble
A woman faces away from the camera in a room set for a celebration while a man in a soldier's uniform raises his arm
A serious looking man in a stocking cap walks before building rubble
A woman faces away from the camera in a room set for a celebration while a man in a soldier's uniform raises his arm
A young blond boy's face in closeup looking at camera
A man in glasses holds a microphone stand in a sound-proofed room all drenched in green light
A man in glasses holds a microphone stand in a sound-proofed room all drenched in green light
A man in glasses holds a microphone stand in a sound-proofed room all drenched in green light
A young girl stands in a misty field and laughs joyously, with two younger boys in the background
An image of a gigantic trash heap, as big as the green mountain next to it
Two women sit on a flowered couch against a lime green wall
An elderly woman in a rural, green area stands by the roadside holding a cluster of colorful balloons
A low-grade video image of a woman in a wedding dress and flowers in her hair, her profile reflected prismatically across the screen
Two women sit on a flowered couch against a lime green wall
An elderly woman in a rural, green area stands by the roadside holding a cluster of colorful balloons
A low-grade video image of a woman in a wedding dress and flowers in her hair, her profile reflected prismatically across the screen
An image of a man with his hands over his ears with images of clouds reflected on his head facing an identical man facing him
A man stands, back to camera, in front of an expansive green forest.
A reflection in a doorway of a man in a wheelchair, set against a red and yellow circus tent
An image of a woman in a sari and veil, with hands surrounding her veil as she looks down
An image of a woman in a sari and veil, with hands surrounding her veil as she looks down
a sea of faces all turned toward the camera at Maidan in Kyiv
a sea of faces all turned toward the camera at Maidan in Kyiv
A sun sets on the yellow horizon across an expanse of sea.
A man stands A man stands in front of a concrete building in front of a sign that says "to take courageous steps for freedom today"
A factory worker holds the head of a plastic mannequin, which is directly facing the camera.
A woman, her back to the camera, stares out at an Icelandic frozen landscape.
A man holds a mushroom up to his nose while crouching in the woods.
A man in silhouetted walks past the stars of a huge American flag
A crowd of face-masked people in China look towards the camera, many holding flowers and wearing red.