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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

  • The Washington Post sponsored the World Premiere screening of THE THREE HIKERS with (L-R) moderator Ishaan Tharoor, Director Natalie Avital, and film subjects Josh Fattal and Nora ShourdThe Washington Post sponsored the World Premiere screening of THE THREE HIKERS with (L-R) moderator Ishaan Tharoor, Director Natalie Avital, and film subjects Josh Fattal and Nora Shourd
  • ALLEN AND ALINEA filmmaker Daniel Addelson and his wife Karla at the Producers Guild of America AFI DOCS happy hour at the Gibson ShowroomALLEN AND ALINEA filmmaker Daniel Addelson and his wife Karla at the Producers Guild of America AFI DOCS happy hour at the Gibson Showroom
  • REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM filmmakers Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nye, and Jared P. Scott at their screening in the Naval Heritage CenterREQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM filmmakers Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nye, and Jared P. Scott at their screening in the Naval Heritage Center
  • WELCOME TO LEITH filmmakers Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher Walker at the post-screening Q&AWELCOME TO LEITH filmmakers Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher Walker at the post-screening Q&A
  • Filmmaker Stanley Nelson and Producer Laurens Grant of THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTIONFilmmaker Stanley Nelson and Producer Laurens Grant of THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION
  • (L-R) American Film Institute President, Bob Gazzale, with RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER filmmaker Dawn Porter and AFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin(L-R) American Film Institute President, Bob Gazzale, with RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER filmmaker Dawn Porter and AFI DOCS Festival Director, Michael Lumpkin
  • John Hoffman, EVP of Documentaries and Specials greets the audience at the screening of RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPERJohn Hoffman, EVP of Documentaries and Specials greets the audience at the screening of RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER
  • Filmmaker Dawn Porter of RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER welcoming audiences to the NewseumFilmmaker Dawn Porter of RISE: THE PROMISE OF MY BROTHER’S KEEPER welcoming audiences to the Newseum
  • Panelists speak to Newseum audiences about the My Brother’s Keeper initiative at AFI DOCSPanelists speak to Newseum audiences about the My Brother’s Keeper initiative at AFI DOCS
  • (L-R) Dr. S Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore Country Public Schools, Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, FCC, Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, Anthony Bharataji Joplin, Supervisor & Counselor, Youth Guidance’s (L-R) Dr. S Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore Country Public Schools, Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, FCC, Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, Anthony Bharataji Joplin, Supervisor & Counselor, Youth Guidance’s
  • Director Marc Silver, Ron Davis and Lucy McBath and Te-Nehisi Coates at the 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS post-screening Q&A, sponsored by The AtlanticDirector Marc Silver, Ron Davis and Lucy McBath and Te-Nehisi Coates at the 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS post-screening Q&A, sponsored by The Atlantic
  • (L-R) Te-Nehisi Coates from The Atlantic with Lucy McBath, Marc Silver and Ron Davis at the screening of 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS(L-R) Te-Nehisi Coates from The Atlantic with Lucy McBath, Marc Silver and Ron Davis at the screening of 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS
  • (L-R) Jordan Davis’ mother Lucy McBath, filmmaker Marc Silver and Jordan’s father Ron Davis from 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS(L-R) Jordan Davis’ mother Lucy McBath, filmmaker Marc Silver and Jordan’s father Ron Davis from 3 ½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS
  • AFI DOCS Head Programmer, Andrea Passafiume moderates the FROM THIS DAY FORWARD post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Sharon Shattuck and film subject Trisha Shattuck on SkypeAFI DOCS Head Programmer, Andrea Passafiume moderates the FROM THIS DAY FORWARD post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Sharon Shattuck and film subject Trisha Shattuck on Skype
  • Matthew Heineman, director of CARTEL LAND sponsored by The Washington Post, welcomes audiences to the AFI Silver screeningMatthew Heineman, director of CARTEL LAND sponsored by The Washington Post, welcomes audiences to the AFI Silver screening
  • Stanley Nelson welcomes the AFI DOCS crowd to his screening of THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION sponsored by the Corporation for Public BroadcastingStanley Nelson welcomes the AFI DOCS crowd to his screening of THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION sponsored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • (L-R) AFI Silver’s Josh Gardner moderates the FRAME BY FRAME post-screening Q&A with Associate Producer, Baktash Ahadi, Photojournalist Najibullah Musafer, and co-Directors Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli, sponsored by The Washington Post(L-R) AFI Silver’s Josh Gardner moderates the FRAME BY FRAME post-screening Q&A with Associate Producer, Baktash Ahadi, Photojournalist Najibullah Musafer, and co-Directors Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli, sponsored by The Washington Post
  • FRAME BY FRAME co-directors Mo Scarpelli (L) and Alexandria Bombach (R) and photojournalist Najibullah MusaferFRAME BY FRAME co-directors Mo Scarpelli (L) and Alexandria Bombach (R) and photojournalist Najibullah Musafer
  • BEST OF ENEMIES filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon during their post-screening Q&A at the AFI Silver TheatreBEST OF ENEMIES filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon during their post-screening Q&A at the AFI Silver Theatre
  • SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Filmmakers (L-R) of WHO STOLE THE RUBY SLIPPERS, Bruna Raynaud-Matsin and Theodore James, David Darg of BODY TEAM 12, Steven Bognar of THE LAST REEL and filmmaker Daniel Addelson and subject Erin Roberts of A STRONG BEAT during the post-sSHORTS PROGRAM 2 Filmmakers (L-R) of WHO STOLE THE RUBY SLIPPERS, Bruna Raynaud-Matsin and Theodore James, David Darg of BODY TEAM 12, Steven Bognar of THE LAST REEL and filmmaker Daniel Addelson and subject Erin Roberts of A STRONG BEAT during the post-s
  • TYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW Filmmakers Stefan Moore (L) and Susan Lambert  (R) with PAWS President Ed StewartTYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW Filmmakers Stefan Moore (L) and Susan Lambert (R) with PAWS President Ed Stewart
  • (L-R) INDIA’S DAUGHTER US Campaign Director, Peggy Cafferty and Filmmaker Leslee Udwin(L-R) INDIA’S DAUGHTER US Campaign Director, Peggy Cafferty and Filmmaker Leslee Udwin
  • Attendees of the AFI DOCS Filmmaker Conference listening intently to the “The Filmmaker as Journalists: Managing Risk in Investigative Documentary Work” panelAttendees of the AFI DOCS Filmmaker Conference listening intently to the “The Filmmaker as Journalists: Managing Risk in Investigative Documentary Work” panel
  • (L-R) Moderator Carrie Lozano, award winning journalist and filmmaker, Jay Ward Brown, LSKS Managing Partner, Raney Aronson-Rath, Executive Producer of FRONTLINE PBS, Bernardo Ruiz, award winning documentary filmmaker, and Giovanna Chesler, Director of th(L-R) Moderator Carrie Lozano, award winning journalist and filmmaker, Jay Ward Brown, LSKS Managing Partner, Raney Aronson-Rath, Executive Producer of FRONTLINE PBS, Bernardo Ruiz, award winning documentary filmmaker, and Giovanna Chesler, Director of th
  • AFI DOCS Festival Director welcomes attendees to the 2015 Filmmaker ConferenceAFI DOCS Festival Director welcomes attendees to the 2015 Filmmaker Conference
  • FRONTLINE PBS Executive Producer, Raney Aronson-Rath giving a keynote speech at the AFI DOCS Filmmaker ConferenceFRONTLINE PBS Executive Producer, Raney Aronson-Rath giving a keynote speech at the AFI DOCS Filmmaker Conference