With more stellar documentaries being released every year — just look at the ones that didn’t make the cut for the 2013 Oscars — Boston audiences have reason to celebrate our very own all-documentary series. The DocYard, created in 2010 by local indie film champions Sara Archambault, Sean Flynn, and Ben Fowlie, began its 2013 winter program last week and will run to April 22, at the Brattle Theatre. Not only does the series showcase top-notch new documentaries, it also brings the filmmakers along for post-screening audience talks.
The next DocYard screening (Jan. 28) is “Only the Young,” which took home the Emerging Cinematic Vision Award last year at Maine’s Camden International Film Festival, the all-doc event founded by Fowlie. The film also won the best doc award at Silverdocs and the audience award at the AFI Fest. Director Jason Tippet will be on hand for the post-screening Q&A. “Only the Young” is a cinéma-vérité meditation on the lives of two young men living in a small desert town in Southern California. The boys, innocent yet rebellious skateboarding enthusiasts whose parents are absent and uninterested, live in a foreclosed home in a town full of overgrown lots and empty swimming pools. Tippet observes their day-to-day lives and in doing so manages to create something profound about the essence of adolescence.