Audience Award for Best Feature goes to THE NEW BLACK Audience Award for Best Short goes to SLOMO Washington, DC, June 25, 2013 – AFI DOCS presented by Audi (formerly Silverdocs) announced today its distinguished Audience Award winners, culminating a five day festival including the screening of 53 films representing 30 countries in iconic DC locations on the National Mall and Penn Quarter area as well as at the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. The Festival hosted over 19,000 attendees, including 845 filmmakers, film subjects, journalists, industry, esteemed panelists and special guests, including Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, LETTERS TO JACKIE director Bill Couturié, AFI Trustee Emerita Ina Ginsburg, Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet, Attorney General Eric Holder, White House Staffer Frances Anne Holuba, Senator Robert Menendez, Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, HERBLOCK producer George Stevens Jr.
CAUCUS by AJ Schnack Is Festival’s Closing Night FilmWashington, DC, June 22, 2013 – AFI DOCS presented by Audi celebrates its 2013 run with full schedule of Saturday and Sunday screenings of which the highlight is a closing night screening of CAUCUS, directed by AJ Schnack.
Errol Morris Honored at Guggenheim SymposiumWorld Premiere of DOCUMENTED by Pulitzer Prize Winner Jose Antonio VargasWashington, DC, Friday, June 21, 2013 – AFI DOCS presented by Audi offers a full schedule of Friday events of which highlights are the Charles Guggenheim Symposium celebrating Errol Morris, one of the most significant and original voices in documentary cinema and the world premiere of DOCUMENTED by Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas. These Friday events and screenings further AFI DOCS mission to bring filmmakers, our nation’s leaders and audiences together in the heart of Washington, DC.WHAT: GUGGENHEIM SYMPOSIUMThis annual award honors the legacy of the late four-time Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim.
Gala Screening: HERBLOCK – THE BLACK & THE WHITEAll-Day Forum: AFI Catalyst Sessions: The Art of Moving Reality First-Ever: AFI DOCS Film and Politics Bootcamp on Capitol HillWashington, DC, Thursday, June 20, 2013 – AFI DOCS presented by Audi presents a full schedule of events that includes the festival’s gala screening of HERBLOCK – THE BLACK & THE WHITE, directed by Michael Stevens; four AFI Catalyst Sessions dedicated to public discourse and the inaugural AFI DOCS Film and Politics Bootcamp which brings filmmakers to the U.S.
Oscar®-winning Director Bill Couturié Debuts Theatrical Premiere Letter Writers Gretchen Lundstrom, John Clark, and Janis Hirsch in AttendanceWashington, DC, June 19, 2013 – AFI DOCS presented by Audi (formerly Silverdocs) opens its 2013 festival in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD with the theatrical premiere of LETTERS TO JACKIE, directed by Bill Couturié who presents a touching look at the nation 50 years ago.
Program includes a Film and Politics Boot Camp in the U.S.
Festival Opens with LETTERS TO JACKIE, Closes with CAUCUS, Celebrates with HERBLOCK and DOCUMENTED Errol Morris Named 2013 Guggenheim Honoree
HERBLOCK: THE BLACK & THE WHITE Directed by Michael Stevens and Produced by George Stevens, Jr. Traces Career and Influence of Washington Post Cartoonist Herb Block
Opening Gala LETTERS TO JACKIE written and directed by Bill CouturiéEmbraces the Nation's Mourning of President Kennedy's Assassination Fifty Years AgoCenterpiece Gala DOCUMENTED written and directed by Jose Antonio VargasFurther Raises Immigration to the Forefront of our Country's DialogueFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 22, 2013,WASHINGTON, DC – AFI Docs presented by Audi announced today the AFI Docs opening night gala at the Newseum will be the theatrical premiere of LETTERS TO JACKIE written and directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Bill Couturié.
RENOWNED FILM ARTISTS AND THE NATION'S LEADERS DISCUSS TODAY'S WORLD PRESENTED THROUGH DOCUMENTARY FILM .
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AFI Docs presented by Audi brings the best new documentaries to the Washington, DC, area with an expanded footprint in the heart of DC. The Festival has built a reputation for presenting compelling and engaging films that connect with audiences in theaters, and beyond. The Festival will run from Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday June 23.
Now in its 11th year, the festival serves as a launch pad for independent documentaries, and affords international filmmakers access to US audiences. Called the "Pre-eminent US Documentary Fest" by Screen International, the "premier showcase for documentary films" by The Hollywood Reporter, and "Non-fiction Nirvana" by Variety the 2012 edition screened sold-out shows to more than 27,000 participants who viewed the world's best new documentaries and experienced free outdoor screenings and performances, panel discussions and many special events.
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