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NYFA Documentary Graduates to Premiere at Prestigious DOC NYC Film Festival

The New York Film Academy Documentary Department is proud to officially announce five of its recent graduates will premiere their new films at DOC NYC.

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 29, 2015

The New York Film Academy Documentary Department is proud to officially announce that five of its students will be screening their documentary shorts at DOC NYC this upcoming November 13th at 10:30am.

Considered America’s largest documentary film festival and voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world,” the eight-day festival is based at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theater and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinema, and showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. The films chosen had to have been produced within the last year, be NYC-centric and meet a few other criteria.

"Every NYFA film programmed absolutely deserves to premiere at such an important festival," says NYFA’s Documentary Chair Andrea Swift. "At once entertaining and important, each of the five tells a surprising story in a voice all to its own."

The five New York Film Academy student films to screen are:

by Lara-Ann de Wet
In Limpopo, South Africa, the village grannies lace up their soccer boots and start kicking their way down the field — even through centuries of oppressive taboos. They play a game of soccer and eventually begin to break into the laughter and traditional song that help fuel their singular struggle for decent lives and a league of their own.

by Colleen Shaw
An 18-year-old star athlete wakes to discover he can't move. Struck by an aneurism during homecoming, he's now trapped inside the nightmare known as “Locked In Syndrome.” Three years later, he’s still there being fed through a tube. Medical wisdom says he will be "locked in" for life, but medical wisdom hasn’t met Patrick Stein.

Patrick can still blink his eyes, and that’s enough to wage a surprisingly cinematic fight for a “real life” — starting with the demand for his right to risk death for just one taste of real food.

by Amy J. Wright
The tradition of cowboying is alive and well—in Brooklyn. And as Black as it ever was. Take a glimpse into the lives of the men and women who comprise The Federation of Black Cowboys. From trail riding in Virginia, to giving riding lessons to kids back in Brooklyn, The Federation ensures that the legacy of America's forgotten black cowboys will live on for generations to come.

A woman takes a picture of herself in the mirrorTHE HAPPIEST FAMILY by Camille Bildsøe
When Camille was twelve years old, the world, as she knew it, fell apart. Most of the next 3 years are missing from her memory. Today, 9 years later, she pieces them together from her brother's memories and from the tabloids that daily heralded her family's very public collapse.

by Andrew Linga, Rachael Peltzer, William Nestlehutt, Sasha-Gay Lewis, Jimmie Julion, IvoreeMyles, Denis Perez; Produced by Gary Bencheghib, Edited by Andrea Fumagalli

Discovered floating off the coast of Belize, Freya was so badly injured she couldn’t even dive down to escape the birds pecking at the stump of what had been her front flipper. The endangered sea turtle had survived a serious shark attack and is struggling for her life. The odds are not in her favor, but with a handful of volunteer rescuers working around the clock to save her, Freya at least has a fighting chance.

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