Stranger Than Fiction highlights top docs
Stranger Than Fiction, New York’s best documentary film series, officially kicks off its fall season next week but begins in earnest Wednesday, with a sneak preview of “Muscle Shoals,” about the eponymous Alabama town’s heralded role in the music industry. Here’s what you’ll find at the IFC Center over the next nine weeks, thanks to ace husband-and-wife programming team Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen, who’ll bring with them the filmmakers for Q&As.
Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Iconic artists testify to the “Muscle Shoals sound” and the town’s enormous impact on rock ’n’ roll and blues, with a particular focus on FAME Studios. The movie opens in theaters Sept. 27.
Sept. 24, 8 p.m.
He’s long gone now, but here’s your chance to relive Jeremy Lin’s out-of-nowhere, meteoric rise with the Knicks during that magical February 2012. The film hits theaters Oct. 4.
Oct. 1, 8 p.m.
Talk about topical subjects: This film from Rachel Boynton (“Our Brand Is Crisis”) looks at the oil industry’s impact on Africa.
‘Escape From Tomorrow’
Oct. 8, 8 p.m.
It’s not a documentary per se, but trust us when we say that you’ve never seen anything like this surreal movie about a family man losing his mind at Disney World, which was shot on the sly in the park. It opens theatrically Oct. 11.
‘Capturing the Friedmans’
Oct. 15, 8 p.m.
Charges of sodomy, sexual abuse and child molestation tear apart a middle-class family living in Great Neck, Long Island in this shocking documentary.
-- “The New Public,” Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
-- “Born Into Brothels,” Oct. 29, 8 p.m.
-- “Calvet,” Nov. 5, 8 p.m.
-- “Shotgun Freeway: Drives Through Lost L.A.,” Nov. 12, 8 p.m.
(With Scott A. Rosenberg)
Stranger Than Fiction runs from Wednesday through Nov. 12 weekly at IFC Center. Tickets are $16. STF passes are available. 323 Sixth Ave., stfdocs.com.