NYWIFT/HSBC Screening Series

Doc is a portrait of Harold Louis "Doc" Humes (1926-1992). Scientist, novelist, activist, inventor, filmmaker, architect, prophet, healer, and madman, Harold L. 'Doc' Humes was, by all accounts, an exhilarating, infuriating and terrifyingly brilliant man. His Oscar-nominated documentarian daughter Immy Humes has gathered testimonials from luminaries, including Norman Mailer, William Styron and Timothy Leary to tell a political, personal, and cultural tale of mental illness, politics, and creativity. Thanks to the film, Random House republished HL Humes’ two acclaimed novels, which had been out of print for 50 years. The film was shown at the Film Forum in New York and on PBS' Independent Lens.

Casual footage from the era captures the excitement of liberation and the headiness of artistic ferment. Immy imaginatively segues from unexpected angles, mapping out the complex historical, cultural and personal synapses that link the man to his times.

Immy Humes’ films and videos tell engaging real stories in a distinctive voice, recognizable for its intelligence, irony and humor. Her works treat serious underlying social and political themes in a variety of formats and styles. Her subjects have ranged widely, from madness to Bill Clinton to dogs. She is currently making The Army of the Unemployed, about our national jobs crisis, and Windfall, about apple growing in the U.S. and France in a globalizing economy. Her films have aired on POV (PBS), and many other TV channels here and abroad. She has won grants and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain, the NEA, NYSCA, Jerome, Robeson, Soros (now Sundance Fund), ITVS, NEH, CPB and other funders.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.