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  • THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2017 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

    ***PHOTOS AVAILABLE AT AFIDOCSPRESS.AFI.COM***​Best Feature Goes to STEPBest Short Goes to FISH STORYMariska Hargitay, Bill Nye, Laura Poitras, Morgan Spurlockand More Celebrate Documentary Film at the 15th Edition of AFI DOCSFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 19, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute has announced the AFI DOCS 2017 Audience Award winners, concluding the five-day festival in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.  This year's Audience Award for Best Feature went to STEP, directed by Amanda Lipitz.

  • AT&T RETURNS TO AFI DOCS AS PRESENTING SPONSOR

    Festival Sponsors Include Cultural Institutions, Major Companies and FoundationsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 2, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) is proud to announce the sponsors for AFI DOCS 2017.

  • AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2017 IMPACT LAB PARTICIPANTS

    Two-Day Intensive Leads to Greater Issue Advocacy, Grants and DistributionFive 2016 AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grant Recipients Received Distribution DealsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 30, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced this year's AFI DOCS Impact Lab participants.

  • 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.

AFI DOCS PRESENTED BY AUDI OFFERS WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

CAUCUS by AJ Schnack Is Festival’s Closing Night Film

Washington, DC, June 22, 2013 – AFI DOCS presented by Audi celebrates its 2013 run with full schedule of Saturday and Sunday screenings of which the highlight is a closing night screening of CAUCUS, directed by AJ Schnack. The event and weekend screenings further AFI DOCS mission to bring filmmakers, our nation’s leaders and audiences together in the heart of Washington, DC.

WHAT: CAUCUS

While the GOP leadership race in 2012 played itself out for the nation on primetime television with camera ready sound bytes and speeches, a documentary film crew led by filmmaker AJ Schnack went behind the scenes to capture the not-so-ready-for-primetime moments that culminate in a fascinating view of the lead-up to the crucial Iowa caucus. The documentary features conservative hopefuls Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and a particularly intimate view of Rick Santorum. Filmmakers AJ Schnack and Nathan Truesdell along with campaign specialists Matt Betnon, Alice Stewart , and R.C. Hammond (TBC) will participate in a post-screening question and answer session moderated by Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post.

WHO: AJ Schnack , Filmmaker
Nathan Truesdell , Producer
Matt Beynon , Deputy Communications Director for Santorum
Alice Stewart , Communications Director for Bachmann
R.C. Hammond , Gingrich Campaign Spokesman (TBC)
Chris Cilliza , Washington Post Political
Sky Sitney , Festival Director

WHEN: Saturday, June 22, 2012
7:30 p.m. Press Check-in
7:45 p.m. Photo Opportunity
8:00 p.m. Screening

WHERE: National Portrait Gallery, 8 th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC

Accredited media can use their pass to enter the screening but must arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Non-accredited press wishing to attend should RSVP to Molly Ellison at molly.p.ellison@gmail.com .

American Airlines, the official airline of AFI, is a proud sponsor of AFI DOCS presented by Audi


OTHER SATURDAY EVENTS:

10:00 a.m. Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams presents GOD LOVES UGANDA. Blending vérité style with candid testimonials, Williams tracks a group of missionaries from the evangelical Christian right as they take their religious crusade from the comfort of Middle America to the ravaged villages of a fiercely divided Uganda. GOD LOVES UGANDA paints a disturbing portrait of religious fundamentalism taken to extremes.

10:30 a.m. Filmmaker Patrick Creadon and subject Emily Polliton present IF YOU BUILD IT, a David and Goliath story for the recession era, documenting 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.

11:00 a.m. Filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine and subjects Scott Berns and Audrey Gordon present the East Coast Premiere of LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM. Progeria is an extremely rare and fatal disease in which children suffer the afflictions of accelerated aging. Sam Berns is one such child who shares his life with remarkable grace and courage. Meanwhile, Berns’ physician parents work tirelessly to find a way to help their son and other children combat the deadly disease.

11:00 a.m. Filmmaker Dawn Porter presents GIDEON’S ARMY. In this smart, insightful documentary, Porter sheds light on the plight of one of our country’s most valuable and unsung warriors: the public defender. Following a small group of dedicated public defenders in the South, GIDEON’S ARMY highlights the daily battles they face within a flawed legal system.

12:00 p.m. Filmmakers Gitte Peng and Jean-Michel Dissard and all five student subjects present the World Premiere of I LEARN AMERICA. At a public high school in New York City dedicated to serving newly arrived immigrants, teenage students from more than 50 countries come together in a unique educational experience. I LEARN AMERICA follows four students over the course of a year as they search for a future of their own.

12:15 p.m. Filmmaker Penny Lane presents OUR NIXON. Among the stranger remnants of the Watergate era are some 500 reels of Super 8 home movies created by aspiring – and conspiring – filmmakers named Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Chapin. This recently released FBI treasure, with commentary from the secret White House tapes, reveals extraordinary access to everyday intrigues of the Nixon White House. Jake Tapper of CNN will moderate a post-screening discussion.

12:15 p.m. Filmmaker Jacqui Morris and subject Don McCullin present MCCULLIN. British photojournalist Don McCullin escaped a hardscrabble childhood to create many of the most profound images of late-20th century wars on three continents. A pensive yet vulnerable McCullin looks back on his career with wistful, sometimes haunted memories touching on the essence of war and his ambivalence about documenting horrific events.

12:45 p.m. In RENT A FAMILY, INC., filmmaker Kaspar Astrup documents a service in Japan that offers actors to stand in for family members, their presence providing support at negotiations and filling weddings. Struggling and depressed, Ryuichi runs one such company, sending himself to fill in for those who need family members and, in many ways, to get away from his own.

1:30 p.m. Filmmaker Yoruba Richen and subject Sharon Lettman-Hicks present THE NEW BLACK. This thought-provoking film examines how African-American voters have become bitterly divided on the issue of gay marriage because of homophobia rampant in one of the pillars of the African-American community – the church. Focusing on the fight for marriage equality in Maryland, it argues that this hot-button issue is a matter of civil rights.

1:30 p.m. Filmmaker Samantha Buck and subjects Janet Mino and subjects present BEST KEPT SECRET. 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.”

2:30 p.m. Filmmaker Barbara Kopple presents RUNNING FROM CRAZY. The Hemingways have long been one of America’s most notable families, from literary legend Ernest Hemingway to his famous model granddaughter Margaux and her sister, Academy Award ® -nominated actress Mariel. Behind closed doors, however, the family has been plagued by mental illness, substance abuse and suicide, which seems to carry from one generation to the next. Media personality and author Thom Hartmann will moderate a post-screening discussion.

2:45 p.m. Filmmaker Jason Osder presents LET THE FIRE BURN. On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia authorities battling the black liberation group MOVE dropped incendiary explosives onto an Osage Avenue row house. The ensuing inferno killed five children and six adults, destroying 61 homes. This unfathomable saga of simmering fanaticism is adeptly retold without commentary, using archival footage including previously withheld materials.

3:00 p.m. Filmmakers Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman present REMOTE AREA MEDICAL. People wait for more than a day outside the Bristol Motor Speedway, lining up not for tickets but for necessary medical and dental procedures that are otherwise beyond their means. Telling stories from those who rely on the clinics, REMOTE AREA MEDICAL serves as a sobering look at life for the uninsured.

3:45 p.m. AFTER TILLER, directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, chronicles the last four physicians providing late-term abortions in the United States after the 2009 murder of George Tiller. These four – two women, two men – provide exceptionally intimate access to their professional and personal domains, revealing nuanced decisions likely to surprise viewers on either side of the great abortion divide.

3:45 p.m. Filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling presents CUTIE AND THE BOXER. When Noriko moved to New York City, her plans to study art were derailed by love. Now, 40 years into her marriage to Ushio, a painter many years her senior, Noriko seeks her own artistic identity as her 80-year-old husband struggles to establish his legacy. This is a poignant portrait of marriage, sacrifice, aging and dedication.

5:15 p.m. Filmmaker Matt Wolf presents 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.

5:30 p.m. Filmmaker Joshua Rofé and several subjects, including Scott Budnick who was an executive producer of THE HANGOVER, present the World Premiere of LOST FOR LIFE. Is it right for juvenile offenders to receive lifetime prison sentences without parole? Can some killers truly change and make a meaningful contribution to society as free men? This thought-provoking film explores the complex issue with input from both the perpetrators – all charged with first-degree murder – and the victims’ families.

6:00 p.m. DRAGON GIRLS by Inigo Westmeier tells the tale of three adolescent girls studying to become fighters at the largest kung fu academy in China. These three faces (among 26,000) spend every waking moment training, managing injuries and coping with the school’s intense (and often abusive) discipline policies.

6:00 p.m. Filmmakers Anna Fitch and Banker White 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.

7:30 p.m. Filmmaker Cecilia Peck and former Miss World Linar Abargil present BRAVE MISS WORLD. Two months before she was crowned Miss World in 1998, Linor Abargil, an Israeli beauty queen, was raped in a violent attack by an acquaintance. Ten years later she is ready to talk about her ordeal as she travels the world to hear the stories of other rape victims and help them speak out.

8:30 p.m. In THE ACT OF KILLING filmmakers Joshua Oppenheimer , Christine Cynn and Anonymous present a disturbing and unforgettable view inside the complex psychology of Indonesian death squad leaders. Encouraging the killers to re-enact scenes of genocide in front of the camera, the filmmakers capture the men’s boastful pride and their slow realization of the full scope of their brutal crimes.

8:30 p.m. Former SeaWorld Trainer and film subject Samantha Berg presents BLACKFISH directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. When SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was mauled to death by a “killer whale,” the tragedy was dismissed as a freak accident. In actuality, it was one of many such violent incidents between well-meaning trainers and wild orcas living in captivity. BLACKFISH takes an unflinching look at the disturbing practices that keep marine parks in business.


SUNDAY EVENTS:

10:00 a.m. SHORTS PROGRAM 1: TRUTH BE TOLD featuring: NOT ANYMORE: A STORY OF A REVOLUTION, OUTLAWED IN PAKISTAN and STRAIGHT WITH YOU.

10:30 a.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.

11:00 a.m. Filmmaker Lotfy Nathan presents THE 12 O’CLOCK BOYS. Cruising recklessly through the streets of Baltimore, notorious dirt bike gang, the 12 O’Clock Boys, are heroes to some and a menace to others. Nathan’s debut feature follows a young boy named Pug over the course of several years as he strives to be accepted into their world.

11:00 a.m. Filmmaker Joshua Rofé, subjects and crew present LOST FOR LIFE. Is it right for juvenile offenders to receive lifetime prison sentences without parole? Can some killers truly change and make a meaningful contribution to society as free men? This thought-provoking film explores the complex issue with input from both the perpetrators – all charged with first-degree murder – and the victims’ families.

11:30 a.m. Filmmakers Gitte Peng , Jean-Michel Dissard and the five student subjects present I LEARN AMERICA. At a public high school in New York City dedicated to serving newly arrived immigrants, teenage students from more than 50 countries come together in a unique educational experience. I LEARN AMERICA follows four students over the course of a year as they search for a future of their own.

12:00 p.m. Filmmaker Tom Berninger presents MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS. This hilarious film follows indie band The National on the road for a year through the eyes of singer Matt Berninger’s bumbling brother, Tom. As tensions boil, the film Tom meant to make falls apart, and what evolves is a touching, authentic, and delightfully wry portrait of two brothers who could not be more different.

12:15 p.m. DRAGON GIRLS, directed by Inigo Westmeier, is a tale of three adolescent girls studying to become fighters at the largest kung fu academy in China. These three faces (among 26,000) spend every waking moment training, managing injuries and coping with the school’s intense (and often abusive) discipline policies.

1:15 p.m. In THE MACHINE WHICH MAKES EVERYTHING DISAPPEAR, a film director puts out a casting call for local townspeople in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and the taped “auditions” become the springboard for filmmaker Tinatin Gurchiani’s portrait of contemporary Eurasian life. As the citizens open up with surprising intimacy, the filmmaker follows some of them in their real lives with fascinating results.

1:15 p.m. Filmmakers Sean Fine , Andrea Nix Fine and subjects Scott Berns and Audrey Gordon present LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM. Progeria is an extremely rare and fatal disease in which children suffer the afflictions of accelerated aging. Sam Berns is one such child who shares his life with remarkable grace and courage. Meanwhile, Berns’ physician parents work tirelessly to find a way to help their son and other children combat the deadly disease.

1:15 p.m. Filmmaker Yoruba Richen and subject Sharon Lettman-Hicks present THE NEW BLACK. This thought-provoking film examines how African-American voters have become bitterly divided on the issue of gay marriage because of homophobia rampant in one of the pillars of the African-American community – the church. Focusing on the fight for marriage equality in Maryland, it argues that this hot-button issue is a matter of civil rights.

2:15 p.m. Filmmaker Grace Lee presents AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS. Lee set out in search of other Asian American women bearing the same name and found Grace Lee Boggs, a 97-year-old Chinese American philosopher, activist and force of nature whose remarkable life and work traversed the major social movements of the last century and warranted a film of her own.

2:45 p.m. Filmmaker Bill Siegel and subject Tom Krattenmaker present THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI. When charismatic fighter Cassius Clay embraced Islam and renamed himself Muhammad Ali, the boxing icon came under fire for refusing to serve in the Vietnam War. This enlightening film examines the tumultuous period in Ali’s life that saw him forced into a legal battle with the U.S. government that almost cost him his livelihood.

2:45 p.m. Filmmaker Sini Anderson presents THE PUNK SINGER. Musician and feminist icon Kathleen Hanna blazed a politically minded musical trail whose influence can still be felt. Anderson’s film is an energetic and intimate look at Hanna’s life and work, from her days in Bikini Kill to her decision to step away from music in recent years.

3:30 p.m. In THE ACT OF KILLING filmmakers Joshua Oppenheimer , Christine Cynn and Anonymous present a disturbing and unforgettable view inside the complex psychology of Indonesian death squad leaders. Encouraging the killers to re-enact scenes of genocide in front of the camera, the filmmakers capture the men’s boastful pride and their slow realization of the full scope of their brutal crimes.

3:45 p.m. Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams presents GOD LOVES UGANDA. Blending vérité style with candid testimonials, Williams tracks a group of missionaries from the evangelical Christian right as they take their religious crusade from the comfort of Middle America to the ravaged villages of a fiercely divided Uganda. GOD LOVES UGANDA paints a disturbing portrait of religious fundamentalism taken to extremes.

3:45 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.

4:30 p.m. Filmmaker Greg “Freddy” Camalier presents MUSCLE SHOALS, where he 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.

5:00 p.m. Filmmaker Penny Lane presents OUR NIXON. Among the stranger remnants of the Watergate era are some 500 reels of Super 8 home movies created by aspiring – and conspiring – filmmakers named Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Chapin. This recently released FBI treasure, with commentary from the secret White House tapes, reveals extraordinary access to everyday intrigues of the Nixon White House. Bob Woodward , the investigative journalist that broke the Watergate scandal, moderates a post-screening discussion with filmmaker and other special guests.

6:00 p.m. APPROVED FOR ADOPTION directed by Jung and Laurent Boileau . Skilled Korean graphic novelist Jung was only five years old when he was adopted by a Belgian family who raised him as one of their own. Through a mixture of live action footage and his own beautiful animation, the adult Jung shares his story of growing up in a world where he always felt different.

6:00 p.m. Filmmaker Jacqui Morris and subject Don McCullin present MCCULLIN. British photojournalist Don McCullin escaped a hardscrabble childhood to create many of the most profound images of late-20th century wars on three continents. A pensive yet vulnerable McCullin looks back on his career with wistful, sometimes haunted memories touching on the essence of war and his ambivalence about documenting horrific events.

6:15 p.m. Filmmakers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson present AFTER TILLER. The 2009 murder of George Tiller in a Kansas Lutheran church left only four physicians providing late-term abortions in the United States. These four – two women, two men – provide exceptionally intimate access to their professional and personal domains, revealing nuanced decisions likely to surprise viewers on either side of the great abortion divide.

7:15 p.m. Filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth and subject Robert Reich present INEQUALITY FOR ALL. This riveting film takes an eye-opening look at the ever-widening gap in America’s income inequality and the dire threat it poses to the country’s future. Economic policy expert Robert Reich offers a passionate and fully accessible perspective on what happened to the vanishing American middle class and what might be done to fix it. Karen Tumulty , National Political Correspondent for The Washington Post, moderates a post-screening discussion with filmmaker.

7:30 p.m. Filmmaker Freida Mock presents ANITA. For three days in October 1991 a mesmerized nation watched as a composed yet demure Oklahoma law professor accused a Supreme Court nominee of flagrant, serial sexual harassment. With hard-earned discernment gleaned in the intervening years, Anita Hill recalls the events of that autumn and shares her remarkable personal history.

8:15 p.m. Filmmaker Jason Osder presents LET THE FIRE BURN. On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia authorities battling the black liberation group MOVE dropped incendiary explosives onto an Osage Avenue row house. The ensuing inferno killed five children and six adults, destroying 61 homes. This unfathomable saga of simmering fanaticism is adeptly retold without commentary, using archival footage including previously withheld materials.

8:30 p.m. Filmmaker Barbara Kopple presents RUNNING FROM CRAZY. The Hemingways have long been one of America’s most notable families, from literary legend Ernest Hemingway to his famous model granddaughter Margaux and her sister, Academy Award ® -nominated actress Mariel. Behind closed doors, however, the family has been plagued by mental illness, substance abuse and suicide, which seems to carry from one generation to the next.

8:45 p.m. Filmmaker Amy Browne, Tony Hale, Jeremy Kaplan, Brian Wilson and subjects present A WILL FOR THE WOODS. As lymphoma thwarts all attempts at treatment, Clark Wang makes his funeral plans. Rather than preserve his body with toxic chemicals, his last wish is for a “green” burial. Environmental preservation takes on a poignant intimacy in this touching portrait of a multi-faceted, ebullient advocate and his final legacy.

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 .

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