Short video interview at Film Society of Lincoln Center.  Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman shot this “using a 1986 Jupiter-9 85mm vintage Russian lens known for its ‘swirly bokeh’.”

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.