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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 OFFERS WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday Spotlight Screenings: THE ARMOR OF LIGHT and
World Premiere of FIRST AND 17

Closing Night Screening of MAVIS! from filmmaker Jessica Edwards

Washington, DC, Saturday, June 20, 2015 — Weekend highlights include the world premiere of The Washington Post Strand film FIRST AND 17 from director Brad Horn and the Spotlight Screening of THE ARMOR OF LIGHT from director Abigail Disney.  AFI DOCS concludes the 2015 festival on Sunday night with the Closing Night Screening of MAVIS! and panel discussion with director Jessica Edwards and film subject Julian Bond. 

WORLD PREMIERE OF FIRST AND 17

Saturday, June 20 at 3:15 p.m. at the Naval Heritage Center:  The film follows Da’Shawn Hand, the top-ranked high school football recruit of 2013, as he navigates the pressures of being aggressively pursued by more than 90 colleges.  Panel includes director Brad Horn and film subject Karibi Dede, moderated by Matt Brooks, high school sports editor for The Washington Post.  FIRST AND 17 is a film by The Washington Post.

THE ARMOR OF LIGHT SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

Saturday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Naval Heritage Center:  Abigail Disney’s directorial debut follows a prominent evangelical Christian leader who begins to reconsider his moral and political assumptions about gun rights after a major tragedy hits close to home.  Panel includes director Abigail Disney, film subjects Reverend Rob Schenck and Lucy McBath, moderated by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, religion reporter for The Washington Post.

MAVIS! CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING

This compelling and musical documentary traces the life of the remarkable woman with the unstoppable voice, Mavis Staples, the legendary gospel and R&B singer.

WHO:             Director Jessica Edwards and film subject Julian Bond

WHEN:           Sunday, June 21, 2015
                     6:00 p.m.  Press check-in
                     6:15 p.m.  Photo opportunity
                     7:00 p.m.  Screening and panel with director Jessica Edwards and film subject Julian Bond

WHERE:         National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC
(use G Street entrance)

Space is limited for the screenings and Closing Night.  Media wishing to attend the screenings should RSVP to gabrielle@prcollaborative.com and afidocspr@gmail.com.

A LOOK BACK AT FRIDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

The two-day filmmaker conference wrapped up on Friday in our nation’s capital.  The conference, part of the 2015 edition of AFI DOCS’ Filmmaker Engagement Program, was presented in partnership with the International Documentary Association.  Friday's conference schedule included filmmaker meetings with documentary funders and a discussion with PBS about their renewed commitment to expand the reach and visibility of independent documentaries on PBS.

Legendary filmmaker Stanley Nelson was honored at the Guggenheim Symposium at the National Archives.  The program included a presentation of Nelson's work and a discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker, moderated by The Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday.

Friday's Spotlight Screenings included MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED followed by a panel discussion with director Greg Whiteley and executive producer Ted Dintersmith, moderated by The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss, and THE DIPLOMAT followed by a panel discussion with director David Holbrooke and producer Stacey Reiss, moderated by The Atlantic's Steve Clemons.

Hi-res photos are available for download from the conference in the Press Room of AFI.com/AFIDOCS.com.

OTHER SATURDAY EVENTS:

11:00 a.m.  PEACE OFFICER
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
A former Utah sheriff investigates the increased militarization of police forces following the death of his son-in-law during a police standoff.  Expected guests include directors Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber and film subject Lawrence Dub.

11:15 a.m.  SHORTS PROGRAM 4: UNDER WATER
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
Featuring WATERLILIES, OBJECT, GIOVANNI AND THE WATER BALLET, WOMEN IN SINK.  Expected guests include WATERLILIES producer Daniel Hegarty; OBJECT editor Kasia Boniecka; and WOMEN IN SINK director Iris Zaki and associate producer Rachel Geffen.

11:15 a.m.  KING GEORGES
AFI SILVER THEATRE 1
Take a look behind the scenes of five-star French restaurant Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia, run by its famously demanding owner and chef, Georges Perrier.  Expected guests include director Erika Frankel and film subject Georges Perrier.

11:30 a.m.  SHORTS PROGRAM 2:  WHAT REMAINS
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
Featuring MEND AND MAKE DO, BODY TEAM 12, LOSERS - A FILM ABOUT LOSS, DEAR ARAUCARIA, A STRONG BEAT, WHO STOLE THE RUBY SLIPPERS?, LAST REEL.  Expected guests include BODY TEAM 12 director David Darg and producer Bryn Mooser; DEAR ARAUCARIA director Matt Houghton and producer Zoe Potkin; A STRONG BEAT director Daniel Addelson and film subject Erin Roberts; WHO STOLE THE RUBY SLIPPERS? director Theodore James and producer Bruna Raynaud-Matsin.

11:45 a.m.  THE THREE HIKERS
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
In 2009, when American hikers Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal mistakenly wandered off the beaten path near Iraq’s poorly marked border with Iran, they quickly experienced the draconian consequences of their error.  Expected guests include director Natalie Avital, film subject/hiker Josh Fattal and film subject Nora Shourd, mother of hiker Sarah Shourd.

1:00 p.m.  RADICAL GRACE
NAVAL HERITAGE CENTER
When you hear the words “feminist,” “activism” and “politics,” Catholic nuns are not usually the first thing that come to mind. However, this group of nuns is turning tradition on its ear.  Expected guests include director Rebecca Parrish, producers Nicole Bernardi-Reis and Danny Alpert and film subjects Sister Simone Campbell and Sister Chris Schenk.

1:30p.m.  HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
As they prepare for their first formal dance, a high-functioning co-ed group of autistic teenagers learns the intricacies of social interaction.  Expected guests include director Alexandra Shiva and producer Bari Pearlman.

1:45 p.m.  ATTACKING THE DEVIL: HAROLD EVANS AND THE LAST NAZI WAR CRIME
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
Sunday Times editor Sir Harold Evans uses his newspaper to shed light on the harmful effects of the drug thalidomide during the late 1960s and early ‘70s.  Expected guests include director Jacqui Morris and producer Steve Milne.

1:45 p.m.  THE DIPLOMAT
AFI SILVER THEATRE 1
The son of the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke unflinchingly examines the career of his brash and talented father, whose life had global reach and unquestioned historical impact.  Expected guests include director David Holbrooke and producer Stacey Reiss.

2:00 p.m.  THE LOOK OF SILENCE
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
In his follow-up to THE ACT OF KILLING, director Joshua Oppenheimer continues to unearth the ghosts of Indonesia’s violent past, shifting his focus from the perpetrators to those left in the aftermath.

2:15 p.m.  CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
Though computer science touches every aspect of life, women are barely represented in a coding community urgently seeking millions of skilled workers.  CODE asks, “Why?”  Expected guests include director Robin Hauser Reynolds, producer Staci Hartman and film subject Aliya Rahman.

3:00 p.m.  SALAM NEIGHBOR
REGAL GALLERY PLACE
A film team spends one month living in Jordan’s Syrian Za’tari refugee camp to uncover the personal stories behind a rapidly growing global crisis.  World Premiere.  Expected guests include directors Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, producers Salam Darwaza and Mohab Khattab and editors Mohammed El Manasterly and Jennifer Tiexiera. World Premiere.

3:45 p.m.  FRESH DRESSED
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
This fun and colorful history of hip-hop fashion looks at how the fresh trends that were born on urban streets found their way into mainstream America.  Expected guests include director Sacha Jenkins.

4:15 p.m.  CITY OF GOLD
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold as he ventures off the beaten path in search of the most adventurous cuisine that Los Angeles has to offer and enjoy the fascinating personal stories that are often served up for dessert.

4:15 p.m.  VERY SEMI-SERIOUS
AFI SILVER THEATRE 1
This fascinating, funny film explores the history and process of The New Yorker’s iconic cartoons through the lens of its cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff.  Expected guests include producer Davina Pardo and film subject Liana Finck.

4:30 p.m.  LOVE MARRIAGE IN KABUL
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
In Afghanistan, Abdul and Fatemeh have fallen in love and wish to marry, but their voices in the matter all but disappear within the complex negotiations and exchanges of money that must occur between the two extended families before an agreement can be made.  Expected guests include director Amin Palangi.

4:30 p.m.  I WANT TO BE A KING
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
Abbas runs a B&B-like tourist destination out of his Iranian home, but with the success of his business, his plans grow increasingly ambitious and outlandish.

6:00 p.m.  THE BLACK PANTHERS:  VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
Director Stanley Nelson offers a fascinating account of activist group the Black Panthers and its place in America’s history.  Panel with Guggenheim Honoree and director Stanley Nelson and producer Laurens Grant, moderated by TIFF Documentary Programmer Thom Powers.

6:30 p.m.  STEVE JOBS:  THE MAN IN THE MACHINE
AFI SILVER THEATRE 1
Alex Gibney takes a candid and critical look at Steve Jobs, the iconic visionary behind Apple Inc., whose impact helped define the tech industry.  Expected guests include director Alex Gibney.

6:30 p.m.  LISTEN TO ME MARLON
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
Drawing on hundreds of hours of previously unheard personal audio recordings, filmmaker Stevan Riley lets actor Marlon Brando tell his extraordinary life’s journey from beyond the grave.

6:45 p.m.  WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
Nina Simone trained as a classical pianist but evolved into one of jazz music’s most beloved and complex figures. Lending her voice to the civil rights movement, Simone battled demons that ultimately drove her into a self-imposed exile.  Expected guests include producer Jayson Jackson.

6:45 p.m.  PEGGY GUGGENHEIM:  ART ADDICT
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
Born into New York’s prominent Guggenheim family, Peggy Guggenheim made her own mark as one of the premier art collectors and exhibitors of her day.

8:30 p.m.  LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE & ANGER
NAVAL HERITAGE CENTER
A portrait of outspoken writer and AIDS activist Larry Kramer, one of the most fiery, passionate, complicated and fascinating people you will ever get to know.  Expected guests include director Jean Carlomusto and co-producer Shanti Avirgan.

8:45 p.m.  THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
The prankster activists known as The Yes Men are at it again. Traveling the globe posing as corporate and government spokesmen, the mischievous pair stages elaborate stunts designed to draw attention to the issue of climate change.  Expected guests include Yes Men member Mike Bonanno.

9:15 p.m.  THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
Was Chernobyl really an accident? Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich investigates an unusual conspiracy theory behind the infamous disaster.  Expected guests include director Chad Gracia and film subject Fedor Alexandrovich.

9:15 p.m.  A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
Unseen for more than 40 years, Les Blank’s portrait of singer-songwriter Leon Russell is a brilliantly freewheeling and poetic film experience ready for rediscovery.

9:15 p.m.  TYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
After years of mistreatment, Tyke the circus elephant goes on a rampage in this tragic and unforgettable tale of performing-animal abuse.  Expected guests include directors Susan Lambert and Stefan Moore.

9:30 p.m.  ALL THINGS MUST PASS
AFI SILVER THEARE 1
Explore the rise and fall of Tower Records in this fascinating account of the iconic titan of the music business, which closed its doors in 2006.

OTHER SUNDAY EVENTS:

11:00 a.m.  SHORTS PROGRAM 1:  TOO MUCH TIME
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
Featuring THE TIMEKEEPER, SANDORKRAUT, HANGAR B, KATSUO-BUSHI, THE 414S: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS, A WEE NIGHT IN, BORN TO BE MILD.  Expected guests include THE TIMEKEEPER director Katherine Wells, cinematographer Sam Price-Waldman and film subject Demetrios Mataskis; SANDORKRAUT director Emily Lobsenz; HANGAR B director Thomas Beug; KATSUO-BUSHI producer Mika Nishide; THE 414S director Michael T. Vollmann and producer Chris James Thompson; A WEE NIGHT IN director Stuart Edwards; and BORN TO BE MILD film subject Leland Carlson.

12:00 p.m.  SHORTS PROGRAM 4:  UNDER WATER
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
Featuring WATERLILIES, OBJECT, GIOVANNI AND THE WATER BALLET, WOMEN IN SINK.  Expected guests include WATERLILIES producer Daniel Hegarty; OBJECT editor Kasia Boniecka; and WOMEN IN SINK director Iris Zaki and associate producer Rachel Geffen.

12:00 p.m.  LOVE MARRIAGE IN KABUL
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
In Afghanistan, Abdul and Fatemeh have fallen in love and wish to marry, but their voices in the matter all but disappear within the complex negotiations and exchanges of money that must occur between the two extended families before an agreement can be made.  Expected guests include director Amin Palangi.

12:00 p.m.  HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
AFI SILVER THEATRE 1
As they prepare for their first formal dance, a high-functioning co-ed group of autistic teenagers learns the intricacies of social interaction.  Expected guests include director Alexandra Shiva and producer Bari Pearlman.

12:00 p.m.  CODE:  DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP     
NAVAL HERITAGE CENTER
Though computer science touches every aspect of life, women are barely represented in a coding community urgently seeking millions of skilled workers. CODE asks, “Why?”  Expected guests include director Robin Hauser Reynolds, producer Staci Hartman and film subject Aliya Rahman.

12:15 p.m.  MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
The American education system has remained virtually unchanged for more than 100 years. In today’s highly competitive age of information and technology, experimental schools such as San Diego’s High Tech High aim to change that.  Expected guests include director Greg Whiteley and executive producer Ted Dintersmith.

1:15 p.m.  IN TRANSIT
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
Legendary documentary pioneer Albert Maysles captures a cross-section of people in transitional stages of life as they journey across America by train.  Expected guests include directors Lynn True and Nelson Walker.

2:15 p.m.  WELCOME TO LEITH
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
When notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb decides to settle in Leith, North Dakota, the townspeople work together to evict their unwanted neighbor.  Expected guests include directors Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker.

2:15 p.m.  STEVE JOBS:  THE MAN IN THE MACHINE
NAVAL HERITAGE CENTER
Alex Gibney takes a candid and critical look at Steve Jobs, the iconic visionary behind Apple Inc., whose impact helped define the tech industry.  Expected guests include director Alex Gibney.

2:15 p.m.  THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
The prankster activists known as The Yes Men are at it again. Traveling the globe posing as corporate and government spokesmen, the mischievous pair stages elaborate stunts designed to draw attention to the issue of climate change.  Expected guests include Yes Men member Mike Bonanno.

2:30 p.m.  FIRST AND 17
AFI SILVER THEATRE 1
Da’Shawn Hand, the top-ranked high school football recruit of 2013, navigates the pressures of being aggressively pursued by more than 90 colleges.  Expected guests include director Brad Horn and film subject Karibi Dede.

2:30 p.m.  ALTHEA
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
Tennis great Althea Gibson rose from the tough streets of Harlem to become the first athlete of color to win Wimbledon. Rex Miller’s documentary tells the story of a strong and resilient champion.  Expected guests include director Rex Miller, editor/producer Elisabeth Haviland James and USA Today sports writer Doug Smith.

3:45 p.m.  OF MEN AND WAR
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
The devastating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on returning American combat soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are explored in this essential testimony documented by French filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard over the course of five years.  Expected guests include director Laurent Bécue-Renard.

4:30 p.m.  ALL THINGS MUST PASS
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
Explore the rise and fall of Tower Records in this fascinating account of the iconic titan of the music business, which closed its doors in 2006.

4:45 p.m.  ATTACKING THE DEVIL:  HAROLD EVANS AND THE LAST NAZI WARM CRIME
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
Sunday Times editor Sir Harold Evans uses his newspaper to shed light on the harmful effects of the drug thalidomide during the late 1960s and early ‘70s.  Expected guests include director Jacqui Morris and producer Steve Milne.

5:00 p.m.  THE ARMOR OF LIGHT
AFI SILVER THEATRE 1
Abigail Disney’s directorial debut follows a prominent evangelical Christian leader who begins to reconsider his moral and political assumptions about gun rights after a major tragedy hits close to home.  Expected guests include film subjects Reverend Rob Schenck and Lucy McBath.

5:00 p.m.  REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD:  AMERICAN SPRING 2014
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
During the spring of 2014, more than 8,000 individuals lost their lives to gun violence in the United States.  REQUIEM focuses on these gun tragedies, weaving a series of vignettes from police footage, 911 calls and social media.  Expected guests include directors Nick Doob and Shari Cookson.

5:15 p.m.  AMONG THE BELIEVERS
NAVAL HERITAGE CENTER
Within Pakistan’s borders a violent clash of ideologies between radical Muslim extremists and moderates is shaping the path of the country’s future.  Expected guests include directors Hemal Trivedi, and Mohammed Ali Naqvil and producer Jonathan Goodman Levitt.

7:00 p.m.  THE CHINESE MAYOR
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
Mayor Geng Yanbo has ambitious plans to refurbish and develop the Chinese city of Datong. But progress comes with a price.

7:00 p.m.  SHORTS PROGRAM 3:  PARENTAL GUIDANCE
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
Featuring CROOKED CANDY, MIDNIGHT THREE & SIX, COBBLER, LETTING YOU GO, A CONVERSATION WITH MY BLACK SON, THE LAND.  Expected guests include COBBLER co-producer Priya Giga; A CONVERSATION WITH MY BLACK SON directors Blair Foster and Geeta Gandbhir; and THE LAND director Erin Davis.

7:15 p.m.  UNCERTAIN
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA
Stunningly beautiful and disarmingly funny, UNCERTAIN delivers a portrait of the literal and figurative troubled waters of Uncertain, Texas, a 94-resident town on the brink of extinction.

7:15 p.m.  RADICAL GRACE
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
When you hear the words “feminist,” “activism” and “politics,” Catholic nuns are not usually the first thing that come to mind. However, this group of nuns is turning tradition on its ear.  Expected guests include director Rebecca Parrish, producers Nicole Bernardi-Reis and Danny Alpert and film subjects Sister Simone Campbell and Sister Chris Schenk.

7:30 p.m.  DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD
NAVAL HERITAGE CENTER
Take a fascinating look into the history of National Lampoon, the hilariously twisted, profane and influential humor magazine that launched an astounding number of successful comedy careers.  Expected guests include director Douglas Tirola and producer Susan Bedusa.

7:30 p.m.  LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE & ANGER
AFI SILVER THEATRE 1
A portrait of outspoken writer and AIDS activist Larry Kramer, one of the most fiery, passionate, complicated and fascinating people you will ever get to know.  Expected guests include director Jean Carlomusto and co-producer Shanti Avirgan.

American Airlines is the official airline of AFI and a proud sponsor of the festival.  The Washington Post is proud to be a major media sponsor and presenter of The Washington Post Film Strand at AFI DOCS.

About the National Portrait Gallery
The mission of the National Portrait Gallery is to tell the story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation's history, development and culture.  The National Portrait Gallery, part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, is located at Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, DC.  Smithsonian Information:  202.633.1000.  Website:  npg.si.edu.

About AFI DOCS
AFI DOCS is the American Film Institute’s annual documentary festival in the Washington, DC area.  Presenting the year’s best documentaries, AFI DOCS is the only festival in the U.S. dedicated to screenings and events that connect audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders in the seat of our nation’s government.  The AFI DOCS advisory board includes Ken Burns, Davis Guggenheim, Chris Hegedus, Werner Herzog, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, D A Pennebaker and Frederick Wiseman.  Now in its 13th year, the festival will be held June 17–21, 2015 in landmark Washington, DC venues and the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.  Visit AFI.com/afidocs and connect on twitter.com/afidocs, facebook.com/afidocs and youtube.com/AFI.

About the American Film Institute
The American Film Institute, founded in the White House Rose Garden in 1965, is an educational arts organization committed to excellence in film.  AFI is America’s promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.  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 43rd 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; year-round exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory.  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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Gabrielle Flamand, AFI DOCS PR, 202.339.9598 or gabrielle@prcollaborative.com
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