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The Doc Edge Collection 2014

This article contains links to screeNZ coverage of the Documentary Edge Festival and Screen Edge Forum 2014.

Before things got under way in May, there were the inevitable announcements. The Festival teased out some early titles, then announced a strong, if rather US-centric, line up of international titles alongside a pretty decent crop of local fare, much of it from familiar faces, and including a special fundraiser screening in Wellington.

Organisers also spent time teasing out the Forum programme and announcing over 10,000 good reasons to enter the Forum’s DOC Pitch competition.

Immediately it was announced for the festival, the selection of Brent Hodge’s A Brony Tale looked a canny move, receiving much praise out of its Tribeca premiere. Ahead of his visit here Canadian-Kiwi director Brent Hodge talked A Brony Tale with us soon after that premiere.

The awards this year came in two parts, first the Festival Awards and later the Industry Awards. Peter Burger and Charlotte Purdy’s Erebus: Operation Overdue was a winner at both.

The biggest international name on the guest list, Steve James, was too big for one article so it’s Part One and Part Two. James delivered two titles to the festival, a restored Hoop Dreams and the fresh-from-Cannes Life Itself, a masterclass to the Forum, and exited having been named the Doc Edge Superhero at the Industry awards.

American producer Robert May, a collaborator with James on a couple of projects, found the subject matter for his directorial debut Kids for Cash much closer to home.

The calibre of the international guests was especially high this year, with Doc of the Dead director Alexander Philippe making a second trip to NZ in three years, following his appearance with Doc Edge opening film The People vs George Lucas in 2011.

Also visiting were filmmakers Pegi Vail and Melvin Estrella, Part One and Part Two.

NZ On Air’s Glenn Usmar contributed to a discussion about primetime programming; guests Steven Seidenberg and Leland Ling from China’s largest producer of documentary, LIC Beijing, offered a primer on the differences between what one might expect here and there when trying to pitch a doco.

Other locals joining the party were the team from Loading Docs, which launched its 10-strong line-up of short docos a couple of days ahead of the Forum opening.

Turning back the clock, Keva Rosenfeld revisited his 1980s feature doco All American High to entertaining effect.

The Doc Edge Festival ran 21 May – 2 June at Q Theatre, Auckland; and 5 – 15 June at The Roxy, Miramar, Wellington. The Screen Edge Forum ran 28 – 29 May at AUT, Auckland.

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