DOC NYC, the premier documentary festival in New York City, is offering two great films, one by an Irish director and another about Ethel Kennedy.
In the aftermath of the hurricane Sandy organizers are trying to ensure a good turnout for these films, since the filmmakers will likely be in attendance. Below are brief summaries of the films.
Men at Lunch 7:30 pm, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, School of Visual Arts Theatre & 3:15 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, IFC Center
Director Seán Ó Cualáín, an accomplished documentary director for both TG4 and RTÉ in Ireland, comes to DOC NYC for the US premiere of his newest work, Men at Lunch. The film tells the story of the iconic 1932 photo of workmen sitting on a girder at the 69th floor of Rockefeller Center, calmly having their lunch. He uses the photo to explore the larger story of the immigrant (and often Irish) workers who built New York.
Ethel 6:45 pm, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, School of Visual Arts Theatre
The Kennedys are probably the most famous Irish American family in recent American history and their legacy continues to fascinate generations of Americans. This documentary explores the amazing life of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy, through her personal relationships and devotion to her family. In addition, Rory Kennedy, who directed the film - is expected to attend.