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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.

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AFI DOCS PRESENTED BY AUDI LAUNCHES INAUGURAL POLICY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM CONNECTING FILMMAKERS AND POLICYMAKERS IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL

Program includes a Film and Politics Boot Camp in the U.S. Capitol, Strategic Meetings with Policymakers and other Political Networking Opportunities


BEST KEPT SECRET, THE CRASH REEL, GIDEONS ARMY, I LEARN AMERICA, and LOST FOR LIFE selected for pro-bono advocacy support by top Washington advocates


Washington, DC, June 18, 2013 – AFI Docs presented by Audi (formerly Silverdocs) announced today their inaugural Policy Engagement Program designed to connect filmmakers making social issue documentaries with policymakers to maximize their impact on the issues their films cover.  The program includes a Film and Politics Boot camp in the U.S. Capitol on June 20th, pre-festival guidance and counsel, a networking lunch, and for a select number of films strategic meetings with elected and appointed officials who have responsibility for the issues covered in their films.


“The expansion of this year’s festival into the heart of Washington, DC provided an opportunity to engage leaders with our filmmakers in a way that is unprecedented and that will distinguish AFI Docs for years to come,” said Sky Sitney, AFI DOCS festival director. “We are very excited about this new addition to the festival, and so are our filmmakers. This is not only a great opportunity for them to connect with policymakers, but also for elected and appointed officials to connect with strong artistic voices that are interested in their causes.”


After the Boot camp, filmmakers have the opportunity to schedule independent meetings with Congressional Members and staff from regions and committees as well as Federal agencies related to their films. The filmmakers behind GIDEON’S ARMY, I LEARNED AMERICA, BEST KEPT SECRET, THE CRASH REEL and LOST FOR LIFE were selected for personalized, targeted pro bono advocacy support by leading advocates.


The Bi-partisan panelists include former and current staffers from the house, senate, administration and prominent NGO’s, most of which have experience working with filmmakers.  Panelists and full schedule can be found below.




JUNE 20, 2013 SCHEDULE:


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Film and Politics Boot camp


10:00 a.m. Campaigns and Elections Panel includes Sery Kim, former Deputy Coalitions Director for the Romney for President Campaign and former health counsel to Chairman Darrell Issa at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (R), and Matt Thornton, former Senior Communications Adviser at American Bridge "Super PAC" and Communications Director for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D).


10:30 a.m. Congress and the Executive Branch Panel includes Minh Ta, Chief of Staff for Rep. Gwen Moore (D) and former Legislative Director for Rep. Keith Ellison (D), MJ Henshaw, Press Secretary and Legislative Aide for Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R), Clark Mica, former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Bush Administration) and Will Jenkins, Director of Communications at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Obama Administration) and former Director of Communications for Senator Jim Webb (D).


11:20 a.m. Advocacy and Lobbying Panel includes Heather White, Executive Director of the Environmental Working Group, Michael Bracy, Founder, the Future of Music Coalition and Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg, the Director of Government Affairs for the National Association for the Self-Employed and President of Women in Government Relations.



12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch with DC Insiders. Filmmakers have the opportunity to have more in depth conversations with some of the DC insiders over lunch in the Capitol. 


1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Strategic Afternoon Policymaker Meetings


3:30 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m.  AFI DOCS and Chicken & Egg Present “Capital Cocktails”


About AFI DOCS presented by Audi

AFI DOCS presented by Audi (formerly Silverdocs) is an internationally recognized event that honors excellence in filmmaking, supports the diverse voices and free expression of independent storytellers and celebrates the power of documentary to improve our understanding of the world.  Now in its 11th year, the festival is embarking on a transformational chapter in its history with an expansion into landmark Washington, DC venues and with the AFI Catalyst Sessions which serve as stimuli for national public discourse and an opportunity to engage our nations leaders with filmmakers striving to shine a light on the greatest issues of today.  The festival historically has attracted over 27,000 documentary enthusiasts, policymakers and thought leaders.  Visit AFI.com/AFIDOCS and connect on twitter.com/AFIDOCS, facebook.com/AFIDOCS and youtube.com/AFI.


About the American Film Institute

AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.  AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.  AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – now in its 41st year; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 MOVIES television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI Fest presented by Audi, AFI Docs presented by Audi and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory, renowned for the quality of its instructors and speakers, and its notable alumni. 


For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute and youtube.com/AFI.



About Audi 

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