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  • AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2018 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS 

     ***PHOTOS AVAILABLE HERE***Best Feature Goes to MR.

  • NBC NEWS' "MEET THE PRESS" JOINS AFI DOCS AS A MEDIA SPONSOR

    "Meet the Press" Presents a Strand of Four Films Moderated by NBC News Journalists,Including Moderator Chuck Todd FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 13, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that NBC News' "Meet the Press" has joined AFI DOCS 2018 as a media sponsor.

  • AT&T RETURNS TO AFI DOCS AS PRESENTING SPONSOR

    FESTIVAL SPONSORS INCLUDECORPORATIONS, CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS,ARTS ASSOCIATIONS AND PHILANTHROPISTSFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — June 13, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the AFI DOCS 2018 festival sponsors — with AT&T returning this year as Presenting Sponsor, which represents the top level of support.

  • AFI DOCS AND RABEN_IMPACT ANNOUNCE 2018 AFI DOCS IMPACT LAB FILM PROJECTS

    Four Features and One Short Selected for the AFI DOCS Impact Lab FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 5, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS — the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival in the nation's capital, supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T — has announced the five films selected for the fourth annual AFI DOCS Impact Lab in partnership with RABEN_IMPACT.

  • AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2018 FORUM

    AFI DOCS Forum Will Feature Discussions on the Rise of Short Filmmaking, the State of Documentary Filmmaking in the DC Region, Resources for Filmmakers and More FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 23, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS — the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival in the nation's capital, supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T — has announced its 2018 Forum.

  • STEVE JAMES NAMED 2018 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

    AFI DOCS Will Celebrate Academy Award®-Nominated Filmmaker on June 14 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 18, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS — the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival in the nation's capital, supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T — has announced that it will pay tribute to Steve James as the 2018 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.

  • AFI DOCS 2018 UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF FILMS

    AFI DOCS 2018UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF FILMS 92 Films From 22 Countries, Including Five World Premieres,Will Screen June 13–17 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 11, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS has announced its full slate of films for 2018 — with AT&T returning as Presenting Sponsor of the American Film Institute's five-day documentary film festival in the nation's capital.

  • AFI DOCS 2018 ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS, CENTERPIECE AND SPECIAL SCREENINGS

    PERSONAL STATEMENT and UNITED SKATES to Bookend Five-Day Festival in Nation's Capital AT&T Returns as Presenting Sponsor FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 4, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — AFI DOCS has announced its Opening and Closing Night films, and Centerpiece and Special Screenings — with AT&T returning as Presenting Sponsor of the festival for the fifth consecutive year.

AFI DOCS PRESENTED BY AUDI OFFERS THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Gala Screening: HERBLOCK – THE BLACK & THE WHITE

All-Day Forum:  AFI Catalyst Sessions: The Art of Moving Reality

First-Ever:  AFI DOCS Film and Politics Bootcamp on Capitol Hill

Washington, 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. Capitol Building to meet with members of Congress.  These events and the festival screenings further AFI DOCS’ mission to bring filmmakers, our nation’s leaders and audiences together in the heart of Washington, DC.

WHAT:         HERBLOCK – THE BLACK & THE WHITE 

Filmmaker Michael Stevens paints a lively portrait of influential Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herbert Block whose distinguished 55-year career spanning 13 presidents earned him three Pulitzer Prizes and the Medal of Freedom.  Luminaries, including Carl Bernstein, Lewis Black, Ben Bradlee, Ted Koppel, Jon Stewart and Bob Woodward contribute their insights into Block’s life, work and indelible influence.  The film’s director, Michael Stevens, and producer George Stevens, Jr., Founder of the American Film Institute, will attend along with notables in the film.

WHO:          Michael Stevens, Filmmaker
                   George Stevens Jr., Producer, AFI Founder
                   Bob Gazzale, President & CEO, American Film Institute                                          Notable subjects featured in the film

WHEN:        Thursday, June 20, 2013
                   6:45 p.m. Press Check in
                   7:15 p.m. Photo Opportunity
                   7:30 p.m. Screening

WHERE:      Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

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

OTHER THURSDAY EVENTS:

10:00 a.m. Filmmaker Ariana Delawari and producers Yasmine Delawari Johnson and Emily Lynch present WE CAME HOME.  Afghan-American musician, Ariana Delawari, shares the personal story of how she re-connected with her homeland in this thought-provoking film.  Born in Los Angeles, Delawari’s life is turned upside down after 9/11.  When her parents move back to Kabul, she spends a decade documenting their transition and her own awakening, through music, to her Afghan heritage.

10:00 a.m. WHAT IS AN AMERICAN? (Immigration Catalyst Session)

As an extension of the AFI DOCS feature DOCUMENTED, an esteemed collection of our Nation's top policymakers and immigration reform advocates join to discuss and debate Immigration Reform and its role in America's present political culture.  Featuring Jim Avila, Senior National Correspondent for ABC News, Jose Antonio Vargas (Filmmaker, DOCUMENTED), Maria Teresa Kumar, Founding Executive Director of Voto Latino.

10:00 a.m. FILM AND POLITICS BOOTCAMP ON THE HILL.  The Bootcamp gives filmmakers a behind the scenes look at how Washington works as well as an opportunity to meet with DC insiders from the major sectors of influence in Washington.  The Workshops will be held at the U.S. Capitol Building and hosted by Members of Congress, followed by lunch and opportunities to engage directly with relevant policy makers.

11:15 a.m. Filmmaker Camilla Magid presents WHITE BLACK BOY. The sun is among the least of his worries for Shida, a Tanzanian boy with albinism.  Because witchdoctors believe in the mystical power of albinos’ limbs, the white-skinned are often hunted for a bounty.  WHITE BLACK BOY looks at Shida’s first year at a boarding school, where he is momentarily safe from harm.  North American Premiere.

11:45 a.m. WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION? (Education Catalyst Session)

Educators and policymakers assemble to discuss the state of education reform in America.  The panel will focus on issues surrounding the High School Drop-Out Crisis and discuss solutions looking towards the future.  Featuring Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Bernardo Ruiz(filmmaker, THE GRADUATES), Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association and Sarita Brown, President of Excelencia in Education (TBC)

12:00 p.m.  Filmmakers AJ Schnack and David Wilson present WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS. Branson, Missouri, is one of America's most popular tourist destinations where people from all over the country flock to enjoy a return to old-fashioned down-home wholesome entertainment. Amid the abundance of kitschy stage and music shows are an eclectic group of talented performers who have dedicated themselves to the show business Mecca of the Midwest. Come meet the colorful people who call Branson home and must cope with an uncertain future as the town faces economic adversity.

12:15 p.m. Filmmaker Marc Wiese presents CAMP 14: TOTAL CONTROL ZONE. Little is known about the shadowy world of North Korea, but former prisoner Shin Dong-hyuk has lived to tell his harrowing story.  Born inside a North Korean “death camp,” Shin knew of no other reality beyond the barbed-wire fences that encompassed a life of fear, hard labor, starvation and torture.

1:15 p.m. Filmmaker Matt Wolf and co-producer Andrew Goldman present TEENAGE. Those magical and often difficult years between childhood and adulthood didn’t always have a label.  In fact, the word “teenager” didn’t even exist until 1945.  This fascinating documentary, based on the Jon Savage book of the same name, illuminates the period in which teenagers emerged to claim their unique place in history.

1:30 p.m. WHAT IS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY? (Intellectual Property Catalyst Session)

Leaders from political, legislative and artistic sectors join to discuss the future of Intellectual Property rights in America's evolving digital culture.  Featuring John Simson, American University Business School, Grammy Foundation and Patricia Aufderheide, Professor in the School of Communication at American University and Director of the Center for Social Media.

3:00 p.m. On July 22, 2011, Norway experienced its deadliest attack on native soil since World War II.  Through intimate interviews with survivors of the tragedy and the families of victims, John Appel’s powerful film WRONG TIME WRONG PLACE takes a haunting look at the result of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

3:00 p.m. Filmmakers Banker White and Anna Fitch present THE GENIUS OF MARIAN. White’s mother Pam is slowly succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease, which is the same fate that befell her own mother Marian, a noted artist, before her.  In this intimate portrait of a woman at her most vulnerable, Pam works to help preserve a meaningful personal legacy before it is too late.

3:15 p.m. SHORTS PROGRAM 1: TRUTH BE TOLD featuring: NOT ANYMORE: A STORY OF A REVOLUTION, OUTLAWED IN PAKISTAN and STRAIGHT WITH YOU. 

3:15 p.m. WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF HUMOR IN POLITICS? (Catalyst Session)

Celebrating AFI DOCS' featured screening of HERBLOCK - THE BLACK & THE WHITE, tracing the life and legacy of editorial cartoonist Herbert Block, a distinguished panel of artists, journalists and politicians join to discuss to discuss the role of humor in politics and how poking fun at our democracy influences the national conversation.  Featuring George Stevens, Jr. (Producer, HERBLOCK), Nick Galifianakis, cartoonist, writer and columnist for the Washington Post, Jason Grumet, President, Bipartisan Policy Center, and Mike Farah, President of Production, Funny or Die.

3:30 p.m. Filmmakers Patrick Creadon, Christine O'Malley and film subjects present IF YOU BUILD IT. A David and Goliath story for the recession era, IF YOU BUILD IT documents a year in the innovative “Studio H” architectural program.  The film examines the work of Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller who give the teens of a crumbling rural town a chance to build a better future. Jen Hughes, a design specialist for National Education Association (NEA), moderates a post-screening discussion with the filmmakers and subjects (pending).

5:30 p.m. Filmmaker Dan Krauss and subjects Eric Montalvo and Dr. Stephen Xenakis present THE KILL TEAM, a powerful portrait of wartime atrocities and the men who commit them.  This riveting film focuses on an American platoon in Afghanistan who waged a campaign of terror against the Afghani civilians they were sworn to protect.  A chilling look at the madness of war that very few will forget.

5:30 p.m. SHORTS PROGRAM 2: LIFE AND DEATH featuring: THE OTHER DAVE, SLOMO, VULTURES OF TIBET, WE WILL LIVE AGAIN and WHEN THE SONG DIES.

6:00 p.m. Filmmakers Samantha Buck and Danielle DiGiacomo and subject Janet Mino present BEST KEPT SECRET, introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Erik, Rahamid and Kareem, among others, have found an unexpected haven in a Newark, New Jersey public high school where a fiercely dedicated staff supports students such as themselves with autism and learning disabilities.  Looming over them, however, is a ticking clock where at the age of 21 they will “age out.”  After the screening, Erik Scott Badesch, President & COO of Autism Society, filmmakers and subjects will take part in a Q&A session.

7:45 p.m. Filmmaker Greg “Freddy” Camalier presents MUSCLE SHOALS. Filmmaker Greg “Freddy” Camalier chronicles the unique sound that emerged from the Deep South of 1960s America that would attract some of the most diverse musical talent of the time.  The place was Muscle Shoals, Alabama and this is the story of how its sound, and the people who created it, left its mark on music history. 

7:45 p.m. In EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD filmmaker, Daniel Dencik follows a motley crew of scientists and artists as they set sail for the frozen fjords of Northeast Greenland, which are accessible only because of the melting ice cap.  The stunning, unexplored landscapes of the Arctic form the backdrop of this madcap expedition to the end of the world.

8:45 p.m. Filmmaker Lucy Walker presents THE CRASH REEL.  A mere two months before the 2010 Winter Olympics, game-changing pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffered a traumatic brain injury that derailed his life, career and a much-anticipated rivalry with competitor Shaun White.  Oscar®-nominee Lucy Walker’s engaging, intimate portrayal of Pearce’s recuperation explores the understated heroism of a recovering champion.

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.

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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