AFI DOCS PRESENTED BY AUDI MARKS JFK’S PASSING 50 YEARS AGO WITH OPENING NIGHT SCREENING OF LETTERS TO JACKIE
Oscar®-winning Director Bill Couturié Debuts Theatrical Premiere
Letter Writers Gretchen Lundstrom, John Clark, and Janis Hirsch in Attendance
Washington, 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. Film subjects John Clark, Janis Hirsch and Gretchen Lundstrom, whose letters are featured in the film will also be in attendance.
When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the world came to a crashing halt as the nation grieved for its leader whose promise of a brighter future was cut tragically short. During this time the president’s widow, Jacqueline Kennedy, received thousands of letters from the public offering their heartfelt condolences. Oscar®-winning filmmaker Bill Couturié’s film focuses on these deeply personal letters that flooded in from all over the country to comfort a woman they greatly admired who was not just the fashionable First Lady, but also a wife and a mother. Set against a treasure trove of archival footage taken during the Kennedy era, the moving letters are read by twenty of today’s top actors. The screening will be followed by a gala reception in recognition of this historic moment in American history.
WHAT: LETTERS TO JACKIE OPENING NIGHT SCREENING EVENT
AND THEATRICAL PREMIERE
WHO: Bill Couturié, Director
Anne Sandkuhler, Producer
Mark Brewer, Editor
Ellen Fitzpatrick, Author, Letters to Jackie
John Clark, Subject, letter writer
Janis Hirsch, Subject, letter writer
Gretchen Lundstrom, Subject, letter writer
Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO
Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America
Sky Sitney, Festival Director
WHEN: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
6:45 p.m. Press Check-in
7:15 p.m. Red Carpet Arrivals
7:30 p.m. Screening Begins
WHERE: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
TLC will premiere LETTERS TO JACKIE as a special television event in November 2013. Timothy Kuryak, Howard Lee, Eileen O'Neill and Amy Winter serve as executive producers for TLC. Amblin/DreamWorks Television co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank executive produced the film.
Space is limited for screening and reception. All media may not be accommodated. Media wishing to attend the screening or red carpet arrivals should RSVP to Lauren Selman at [email protected]
American Airlines, the official airline of AFI, is a proud sponsor of AFI DOCS presented by Audi.
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, policy-makers and thought leaders. Visit AFI.com/AFIDOCS and connect on twitter.com/AFIDOCS, facebook.com/AFIDOCS and youtube.com/AFI.
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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.
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