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  • LAURA POITRAS NAMED 2017 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

    AFI DOCS Will Celebrate Academy Award®-Winning Documentarian on June 16FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 23, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to Laura Poitras — the groundbreaking filmmaker best known for her Academy Award®-winning Edward Snowden portrait CITIZENFOUR (2014) — as the festival's 2017 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.Each year, the AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors a master of the nonfiction art form.  Taking place at the Newseum on June 16, the Symposium will include an in-depth conversation with Poitras along with clips from her acclaimed works.  Poitras' latest film RISK (2016), a six-year project following WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was released by Neon on May 5 and will air on Showtime this summer.  Poitras' impressive documentary catalog also includes THE OATH (2010), MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY (2006) and FLAG WARS (2003). "Poitras has the extraordinary instinct and ability to put her camera in the heart of history as it unfolds, regardless of the risk," said Michael Lumpkin, Director, AFI DOCS.  "Using her keen eye, Poitras reveals worlds just beyond what we can see.  We are honored to celebrate her remarkable career and dedication to the documentary form." Poitras' first feature-length documentary, FLAG WARS, was nominated for an Emmy® and won a Peabody Award, cementing her stature as a top-notch documentarian from the outset.  Next, she was nominated for a Best Documentary Feature Academy Award® for MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY, the first installment in her post-9/11 trilogy.  In 2015, Poitras won the Academy Award® for CITIZENFOUR.  That same year, Poitras co-founded Field of Vision, an entity that commissions and creates original short-form nonfiction films about global events. Poitras joins a renowned list of Guggenheim Symposium honorees:  Charles Guggenheim (2003), Barbara Kopple (2004), Martin Scorsese (2006), Jonathan Demme (2007), Spike Lee (2008), Albert Maysles (2009), Frederick Wiseman (2010), Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker (2011), Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (2012), Errol Morris (2013), Alex Gibney (2014), Stanley Nelson (2015) and Werner Herzog (2016).AFI DOCS is proud to have AT&T return as this year's Presenting Sponsor.  Passes and tickets to AFI DOCS, including the Charles Guggenheim Symposium, are now on sale at AFI.com/afidocs.About AFI DOCSAFI DOCS is the American Film Institute's annual documentary festival in Washington, DC.  Presenting the year's best documentaries, AFI DOCS is the only festival in the U.S.

  • THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2017 FORUM

    Forum Features Spotlight on Virtual Reality, Canadian Docs, Impact of Conservative Docs, Nonfiction Podcasts and More  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 22, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the 2017 AFI DOCS Forum.  Open to all AFI DOCS passholders and festival filmmakers, the four-day Forum will take place June 15–18 at the AFI DOCS Festival Hub at the District Architecture Center in Washington, DC.  The Forum will present a variety of networking and professional development events for filmmakers, industry professionals and those with a passion for nonfiction storytelling.  Highlights include an examination of the rising surge of conservative documentaries, virtual reality presentations, talks on funding, female-focused docs and much more."We are excited to present a thought-provoking program of panels and presentations to attendees of the AFI DOCS Forum," said Michael Lumpkin, Director of AFI DOCS.  "Filmmakers and documentary film-lovers will convene to discuss the state of the industry, the latest trends and address the issues facing nonfiction storytellers today.  The Forum offers the unique opportunity to connect filmmakers and industry insiders outside of the movie theater."The Forum will offer presentations examining topics such as nonfiction storytelling in a "post-truth" world; emerging trends in documentary funding; and the latest programs to support women-centered initiatives in documentary filmmaking.Additional Forum programming includes a panel with AFI DOCS Canadian filmmakers to discuss Canada's role in creating the documentary form; a panel with short-documentary filmmakers and funders to discuss and support the model; a session with NPR on nonfiction podcasts; and a documentary case study and screening of the St.

  • AFI DOCS 2017 REVEALS FULL SLATE OF FILMS

    103 Films From 28 Countries Including Three World Premieres and 11 Spotlight Screenings Will Screen June 14–18 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MDFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 12, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the full slate of films for AFI DOCS 2017, a five-day documentary celebration in the nation's capital.  Each year, the festival is committed to providing artists with the opportunity to present powerfully told, artfully constructed stories — and to connect audiences and filmmakers with policy leaders.

  • AFI DOCS 2017 ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS

    Bryan Fogel's ICARUS and John Dorsey's YEAR OF THE SCABto Bookend Five-Day Festival AT&T Returns as Presenting Sponsor  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 4, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute's annual documentary celebration in the nation's capital, has announced the Opening and Closing Night films for its 15th annual edition.

Videos

  • VIRUNGA filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel and Producer  Joanna Natasegara at their screening at the AFI Silver TheatreVIRUNGA filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel and Producer Joanna Natasegara at their screening at the AFI Silver Theatre
  • At the post-screening Q&A of THE HOMESTRETCH (L-R) filmmakers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly speak with film subjects Maria Rivera, Roque Sanchez, Anthony Lynch and Kasey WhiteAt the post-screening Q&A of THE HOMESTRETCH (L-R) filmmakers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly speak with film subjects Maria Rivera, Roque Sanchez, Anthony Lynch and Kasey White
  • Film subjects and filmmaker Laura Naylor of THE FIX at the post-screening Q&AFilm subjects and filmmaker Laura Naylor of THE FIX at the post-screening Q&A
  • DIOR AND I filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng at his screeningDIOR AND I filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng at his screening
  • After his AFI DOCS screening of THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, we caught up with Director Ian Cheney walking past ChinatownAfter his AFI DOCS screening of THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, we caught up with Director Ian Cheney walking past Chinatown
  • AFI DOCS guests attend a festival networking happy hour at Penn Social, sponsored 
by CNN AFI DOCS guests attend a festival networking happy hour at Penn Social, sponsored by CNN
  • AT&T provided a charging station to AFI DOCS guests at the festival Hub, Penn 
Social AT&T provided a charging station to AFI DOCS guests at the festival Hub, Penn Social
  • (L-R) E-TEAM film subject Carroll Bogert, Human Rights Watch, filmmakers Katy 
Chevigny and Ross Kauffman, and post-screening moderator Michael Hirsh from 
Politico Magazine at the Portrait Gallery (L-R) E-TEAM film subject Carroll Bogert, Human Rights Watch, filmmakers Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman, and post-screening moderator Michael Hirsh from Politico Magazine at the Portrait Gallery
  • THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY filmmaker Brian Knappenberger at the post-screening Q&A with David Segal of Demand Progress, Ben Wikler of The Good Fight and moderator Cecilia Kang of The Washington PostTHE INTERNET’S OWN BOY filmmaker Brian Knappenberger at the post-screening Q&A with David Segal of Demand Progress, Ben Wikler of The Good Fight and moderator Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post
  • YOU WON’T REGRET THAT TATTOO filmmakers Michelle Woodward and Angie Bird YOU WON’T REGRET THAT TATTOO filmmakers Michelle Woodward and Angie Bird
  • THE NEWBURGH STING co-directors Kate Davis and David Heilbroner at the Portrait GalleryTHE NEWBURGH STING co-directors Kate Davis and David Heilbroner at the Portrait Gallery
  • (L-R) Filmmaker Kate Davis, Salam al-Marayati,  Nihad Awad, filmmaker David Heilbroner, Mike German, and film subject Sam Braverman(L-R) Filmmaker Kate Davis, Salam al-Marayati, Nihad Awad, filmmaker David Heilbroner, Mike German, and film subject Sam Braverman
  • E-TEAM filmmakers Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny introduce their film as the Spotlight Screening at the Portrait GalleryE-TEAM filmmakers Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny introduce their film as the Spotlight Screening at the Portrait Gallery
  • Filmmakers Allison Berg and Keith Frank Keraudren of THE DOG at their screening at AFI Silver TheatreFilmmakers Allison Berg and Keith Frank Keraudren of THE DOG at their screening at AFI Silver Theatre
  • The Washington Post’s Dana Priest moderates a Q&A with SILENCED filmmaker James SpioneThe Washington Post’s Dana Priest moderates a Q&A with SILENCED filmmaker James Spione
  • 2014 AFI DOCS Festival Director, Christine O’Malley introduces SILENCED2014 AFI DOCS Festival Director, Christine O’Malley introduces SILENCED
  • (L-R) Filmmakers Jayisha Patel of A PARADISE, Bartek Swiderski of SATI and Lawrence Topham of FAST ICE answering audience questions after SHORTS PROGRAM: FACE THE MUSIC(L-R) Filmmakers Jayisha Patel of A PARADISE, Bartek Swiderski of SATI and Lawrence Topham of FAST ICE answering audience questions after SHORTS PROGRAM: FACE THE MUSIC
  • Will Jenkins, HHS, introduces filmmakers to the panelists of the Policy Engagement ProgramWill Jenkins, HHS, introduces filmmakers to the panelists of the Policy Engagement Program
  • (L-R) Sery Kim, Ken Spain and Cameron French meet filmmakers at the Capital(L-R) Sery Kim, Ken Spain and Cameron French meet filmmakers at the Capital
  • Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and documentarian Jose Antonio Vargas at Impact Panel “GETTING REAL — CREATING CHANGE FROM THE INSIDE OUT,”
presented by the International Documentary AssociationPulitzer Prize winning journalist and documentarian Jose Antonio Vargas at Impact Panel “GETTING REAL — CREATING CHANGE FROM THE INSIDE OUT,”
presented by the International Documentary Association
  • Filmmaker Alan Hicks introduces KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON at AFI DOCSFilmmaker Alan Hicks introduces KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON at AFI DOCS
  • Film subjects of THE HOMESTRETCH, Anthony Lynch, Kasey White and Roque Sanchez meet with Senator Blumenthal at the Capital Film subjects of THE HOMESTRETCH, Anthony Lynch, Kasey White and Roque Sanchez meet with Senator Blumenthal at the Capital
  • Francois Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the United States introduced the screening of feature film THE AGREEMENT and short film OF MANYFrancois Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the United States introduced the screening of feature film THE AGREEMENT and short film OF MANY
  • Linda G. Mills, Director of short film OF MANY at the post-screening Q&ALinda G. Mills, Director of short film OF MANY at the post-screening Q&A
  • AFI DOCS Programmer Andrea Passafiume (R) moderates a post-screening discussion with (L-R) Producer Joey Daoud and filmmaker Kareem Tabsch of CHERRY POP: THE STORY OF THE WORLD’S FANCIEST CAT, Jennifer Clymer of SHOWFOLK and Daniel Jewel of THE SECRET WORAFI DOCS Programmer Andrea Passafiume (R) moderates a post-screening discussion with (L-R) Producer Joey Daoud and filmmaker Kareem Tabsch of CHERRY POP: THE STORY OF THE WORLD’S FANCIEST CAT, Jennifer Clymer of SHOWFOLK and Daniel Jewel of THE SECRET WOR
  • Attendees screen IVORY TOWER at the Naval Heritage CenterAttendees screen IVORY TOWER at the Naval Heritage Center
  • (L-R) Anthony Carnevale, Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University; Jeff Selingo, author, College (Un)Bound and contributing editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education; filmmaker Andrew Rossi and moderator Christine Romans of CNN’s Ear(L-R) Anthony Carnevale, Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University; Jeff Selingo, author, College (Un)Bound and contributing editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education; filmmaker Andrew Rossi and moderator Christine Romans of CNN’s Ear
  • The Goethe theatre is ready to screen films from AFI DOCS 2014The Goethe theatre is ready to screen films from AFI DOCS 2014
  • Filmmaker Kareem Tabsch and Producer Joey Daoud of CHERRY POP: THE STORY OF THE WORLD’S FANCIEST CAT at their screening at the Goethe InstitutFilmmaker Kareem Tabsch and Producer Joey Daoud of CHERRY POP: THE STORY OF THE WORLD’S FANCIEST CAT at their screening at the Goethe Institut
  • Film subjects (L-R) John and Bonnie Raines, filmmaker Johanna Hamilton, film subject and former Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger and subject Carl Stern attend 1971 at the Portrait GalleryFilm subjects (L-R) John and Bonnie Raines, filmmaker Johanna Hamilton, film subject and former Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger and subject Carl Stern attend 1971 at the Portrait Gallery