Yale University Hosts First-Ever New Haven-Centric Documentary Film Festival

Jun 26, 2014

A quartet of New Haven filmmakers have organized a documentary film festival this Sunday at Yale University.

The first ever NHdocs: a shot of reality from New Haven was hatched by the four New Haven filmmakers at the Big Sky Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. Despite working in the same genre in the same city, the filmmakers barely knew each other before the Montana event.

The four documentaries being screened on Sunday cover a range of topics, from the the story of how people in New Haven's Hill neighborhood fought to save their homes from gentrification, to a surprising interview with documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, to a look at the mysterious life of New Haven activist Kit Bricca.

The festival closes with New Haven filmmaker Gorman Bechard's intimate look at the life of Grant Hart, the drummer for the influential '80s punk band Hüsker Dü . Bechard says Grant's life and personality were a perfect fit for a documentary. "Everything from being ripped off by his label, to his band breaking up because of the horrible drug addiction, the ups and downs, being called one of the most influential bands, and yet not really selling all that well," Bechard said.

The event starts this Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium on the Yale University campus.