Steven Spielberg Doc to Debut at New York Film Festival

THR Steven Spielberg fixed shot_03_0124 - H 2016
Austin Hargrave

THR Steven Spielberg fixed shot_03_0124 - H 2016

The HBO title, directed by Susan Lacy, features interviews with Francis Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Tom Hanks, John Williams and Janusz Kaminski.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center on Monday announced a few buzzy additions to the upcoming New York Film Festival.

The fest will include the world premiere of Spielberg, Susan Lacy’s documentary chronicling the notable career of Steven Spielberg. The film spans from his early love of moviemaking while growing up in all-American suburbia, through his rise to fame with Jaws, to his establishment of a film-and-TV empire with DreamWorks, and beyond. The HBO title — which includes interviews with Francis Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Tom Hanks, John Williams and Spielberg's longtime DP Janusz Kaminski, as well as Spielberg's family members — will debut at the fest with Spielberg and Lacy in attendance.

The lineup’s Retrospective section, honoring the late actor and director Robert Mitchum, will also screen Bruce Weber’s Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast, a work-in-progress portrait of Mitchum that Weber began shooting more than twenty years ago.

Along with Spielberg, the Special Events section also includes the unveiling of Jennifer Lebeau’s Trouble No More, a concert film experience that features long-lost footage from Bob Dylan’s ’79-’80 tour with the words of Luc Sante; and Susan Froemke’s Metropolitan Opera doc The Opera House. Additional highlights also include Claude Lanzmann’s four-film series Four Sisters, created from 1970s interviews with four female Holocaust survivors; Rory Kennedy’s Without a Net, examining the many technologically underserved schools in the U.S.; and a new restoration of G.W. Pabst’s silent magnum opus Pandora’s Box, screening with a new orchestral score by Jonathan Ragonese.

The fest will also hold a career-spanning conversation with Wonder Wheel star Kate Winslet, and a master class with Vittorio Storaro and Ed Lachman — the cinematographers of Wonder Wheel and Wonderstruck, respectively.

The 55th New York Film Festival is set to run Sept. 28-Oct. 15. It will open with the world premiere of Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying, close with the debut of Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel and showcase Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck as its centerpiece.