August 29, 2019

The IDA Documentary Screening Series Announces Initial Los Angeles Lineup and Expansion to New York City

Los Angeles, CA (August 29, 2019) - The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced today the lineup of their annual Screening Series to begin September 9 with a screening of Todd Douglas Miller’s Sundance Award-winning, awe-inspiring epic Apollo 11 at the Century City 15 IMAX Theater. Additional IDA Documentary Screening Series highlights in Los Angeles include Honeyland (September 24), The Cave (October 2), Sea of Shadows (October 23), American Factory (November 1) and For Sama (November 5).

In addition to the always popular Los Angeles screenings, the Series has expanded to New York City. The Village East Cinemas will play host to some of the year’s best documentaries, bringing these curated films to an East Coast audience.

IndieWire and KRCW have returned again as exclusive media sponsors of the Screening Series. IndieWire will be posting written and video coverage of the screenings alongside KCRW’s community support. Both organizations will be contributing to the moderated conversations following the screenings.

Films selected for the IDA Documentary Screening Series receive exclusive access to an audience of tastemakers and documentary lovers. In addition to reaching the general public during Awards Season, the series brings some of the year’s most acclaimed documentary films to voting members of industry guilds and organizations.

"The films featured in the IDA Screening Series represent the broad range of vital work being made by documentary filmmakers,” says IDA Executive Director Simon Kilmurry. “These stories span the globe with artful and intimate stories of struggle and resilience of creativity and incredible human achievement.”

The Landmark will return as the host theater to the Series from September through the beginning of December. Several films will be shown at additional new venues across Los Angeles. All screenings are free to the public, with priority seating opportunities offered to IDA members and guild members. Each screening will conclude with a moderated Q&A with filmmakers and special guests.

Unless otherwise noted, all screenings will begin at 7:30 p.m. As the lineup for the IDA Documentary Screening Series continues to evolve, the updated schedule, including New York screenings, will be available at

The initial lineup of the Series in Los Angeles is as follows; all screenings will take place at The Landmark unless indicated otherwise:

9/9 - Apollo 11 (AMC Century City 15 IMAX - Director: Todd Douglas Miller)

9/12 - The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (Director: Ben Berman)

9/16 - Mike Wallace Is Here (Director: Avi Belkin)

9/17 - 5B (Co-Directors: Paul Haggis, Dan Krauss)

9/18 - 17 Blocks (Director: Davy Rothbart)

9/19 - Echo in the Canyon (Director: Andrew Slater)

9/22 - Who Will Write Our History (Universal Studios Lot Theater - Director: Roberta Grossman)

9/23 - One Child Nation (Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang)

9/24 - Honeyland (Directors: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov)

9/26 - The Elephant Queen (Directors: Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone)

10/2 - The Cave (Director: Tom Waller)

10/3 - The Kingmaker (Director: Lauren Greenfield)

10/7 - The River and the Wall (Director: Ben Masters)

10/10 - Moonlight Sonata: Deafness In Three Movements (NYC - Village East Cinema - Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky)

10/14 - An Evening With New York Times Op-Docs (various short films)

10/15 - The Brink (Director: Alison Klayman)

10/17 - On the President’s Orders (Directors: James Jones, Oliver Sarbil) 

10/21 - Knock Down The House (Director: Rachel Lears)

10/22 - Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)

10/23 - Sea of Shadows (Director: Richard Ladkani)

10/24 - The Great Hack (Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim)

10/28 - Ask Dr. Ruth (Director: Ryan White)

10/29 - The Edge Of Democracy (Director: Petra Costa)

11/1 - American Factory (Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum - Directors: Julia Reichert, Steve Bognar)

11/4 - Gay Chorus Deep South (Director: David Charles Rodrigues) with short film St. Louis Superman (Directors: Smriti Mundhra, Sami Kahn)

11/5 - For Sama (Directors: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts)

11/12 - For Sama (NYC - Village East Cinema - Directors Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts)

11/12 - Mosul (Director: Daniel Gabriel)

11/21 - National Geographic Documentary Films Shorts (various short films)

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