git clone https://github.com/nytimes/nginx-vod-module-docker ngvod
cd ngvod
docker build . 
docker run -d -p 3030:80 \
-v $PWD/videos:/opt/static/videos \
-v $PWD/nginx.conf:/usr/local/nginx/conf/nginx.conf \
docker exec -it goofy_container sh

using docker running alpine

to test

$ curl -X HEAD -I http://localhost:3030
HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
Server: nginx/1.16.1
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2019 22:07:59 GMT
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Length: 153
Connection: keep-alive

this is a good summary of “expected behaviour” but still no dice.