Three documentaries screening at this year's New York Film Festival are biographical portraits of artists. There's Michael Epstein's 'LennonNYC,' about the final years of John Lennon, Martin Scorsese's 'A Letter to Elia,' a tribute to legendary filmmaker Elia Kazan, and the greatest of the three, 'Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff,' Craig McCall's look at the titular cinematographer, who is best known for his work with Powell and Pressburger ('Black Narcissus,' 'The Red Shoes').

You can find my thoughts on each of these films after the jump.