PaleyDocFest to kick off with 'Toots'

Festival starts Oct. 16 in New York

The Paley Center for Media's PaleyDocFest, which runs from Oct. 16-27 in New York, will kick off with Kristi Jacobson's "Toots," a documentary about the celebrated saloon keeper Toots Shor. Jacabson, Gay Talese, Periane Conerly and LeRoy Neiman will take part in a Q&A accompanying the film.

The fest will include the New York premieres of "Johnny Cash's America," "Running the Sahara" and "American Masters: Jerome Robbins - Something to Dance About."

It will also include a special preview of "Sweet Dreams."

"The Paley Center for Media has a deep commitment to documentaries. We believe in the power of this art form to inspire and to tell stories in a way that captures the imagination and expands our horizons," Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media, said. "In our vast collection of documentaries, we offer some of the most well-known and celebrated documentaries on subjects as wide-ranging as the greatest rock bands to politics and global poverty. This year's PaleyDocFest will once again offer an opportunity to see new documentaries, with a selection of innovative, important films, some of which will have their NY premiere in our theaters."

On Oct. 27, actress Liv Ullman will attend a screening of Richard Kaplan's 1979 documentary "A Look at Liv: Norway's Liv Ullmann; Liv Ullmann's Norway."

Filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon will return to the festival with their their latest docu, "Johnny Cash's America."

Judy Kinberg's "American Masters: Jerome Robbins - Something to Dance About" will look at the life and career of the celebrated director/choreographer.

Directed by James Moll and executive produced by Matt Damon, "Running the Sahara "is the true story of three men who attempt to run across all 4,300 miles of the Sahara Desert.

Eric Scott Latek's "Sweet Dreams" is a study of one man in Federal Hill, the "wiseguy belt" of Providence, R.I.

The fest will also include the Youth Documentary Showcase and the Art of the Documentary Pitch Workshop.