Secret Ava DuVernay Documentary The 13th to open NYFF

Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States … ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and the prison industry in the U.S. is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.

The film was carefully kept a secret until the announcement that it was opening the New York Film Festival which hints that it may be being positioned as a contender for the Oscars. Recent films that opened the NYFF and went on to success at the Oscars include Gone Girl, Captain PhillipsLife of PiThe Social Network, The Queen.

Filmmaker Alex Horwitz arranged to follow the creators and original cast of an obscure new musical called Hamilton from its early days at the Public Theater in New York… and wound up chronicling the birth of one of the great Broadway hits of the century so far. The resulting documentary film, Hamilton’s America, will get its world premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival.


Screenings are scheduled for October 1 at 6:45 PM at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center, and October 2 at 9 PM at the same venue. Click here to order tickets.

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NYFF54 Ticket Information – there’s a lot of it, but the basics are that VIP pass fulfillment is going on now & general admission goes on sale on September 11 at noon. member/student tickets are $15 & general admission is $20 ($2 surcharge for tickets ordered online). $7 rush tickets available 1 hour prior to showtime may be available – the list of rush screenings will be announced in the daily festival newsletter & on the NYFF website each day for the next day’s screenings.