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  • AFI DOCS 2015 ANNOUNCES DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

    The American Film Institute’s 13th Annual Documentary FestivalWill Be Held June 17-21, 2015LOS ANGELES, CA, October 8, 2014 – The American Film Institute’s international documentary film festival, AFI DOCS 2015 will take place June 17–21, 2015 in and around the nation’s capital – with the goal to inspire change by bringing together the nation’s leaders and leading artists.  Located in Washington, DC’s Penn Quarter, as well as the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD, AFI DOCS continues the American Film Institute’s legacy in Washington, DC where it was born of a presidential mandate in 1965.  AFI DOCS presents a diverse slate of documentaries ranging in topics from national politics, education and health to music, sports, nature and culture.Submissions are now open and filmmakers are invited to submit feature and short documentaries at AFI.com/AFIDOCS or through Withoutabox.com. This year AFI DOCS will have three deadlines – early, regular and late submission dates for both short films (40 minutes and under) and feature films.December 12, 2014 - Early submission deadline for both features and shortsJanuary 30, 2015 - Regular submission deadline for both features and shortsMarch 2, 2015 - Late submission deadline for both features and shortsJune 17–21, 2015 - AFI DOCSAFI DOCS is the only festival in the U.S.

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCE FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THURSDAY INCLUDE

    The Spotlight Screening of E-TEAMThree AFI Catalyst ScreeningsThe Second Annual Policy Engagement Program on Capitol HillFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, June 19, 2014 – AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of events that includes the festival’s Spotlight Screening of E-TEAM, directed by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman;three AFI Catalyst Screenings dedicated to public discourse and the second annual Policy Engagement Program, which brings filmmakers to the U.S.

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEKEND INCLUDE

    Saturday Closing Night Film: LIFE ITSELFSunday Spotlight Screening: FREEDOM SUMMERFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, WASHINGTON, DC, June 21, 2014 – AFI DOCS presents a full weekend of films in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD including the Closing Night screening of LIFE ITSELF, directed by Steve James, and a Spotlight Screening of FREEDOM SUMMER, directed by Stanley Nelson.

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR FRIDAY INCLUDE

    Academy Award®-winning Director Alex Gibney to Be Honored at Guggenheim SymposiumSpotlight Screening: GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE MEAFI Catalyst Screening: THE HOMESTRETCHWashington, DC, Friday, June 20, 2014 – Friday features a full day of films and events at AFI Docs 2014 including the Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoring Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and the Spotlight Screening of GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, by filmmaker James Keach.

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCES FILMMAKER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

    Tickets Now Available for Catalyst Screenings with Filmmakers and Policy LeadersFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Monday, June 16, 2014, Washington, DC – AFI DOCS announced details today for the AFI DOCS Filmmaker Enrichment Program, a series of professional development sessions which embody the mandate of the festival – to bring together the nation’s leaders and the nation’s leading artists.The new program includes both a Policy Engagement Series — an opportunity for festival filmmakers to meet with congressional and federal agency staff and Impact Panels dedicated to helping filmmakers amplify their message within stakeholder communities. Also announced today are details for the AFI DOCS Catalyst Screenings.  These are film screenings followed by discussions on diverse subjects  – homeless youth seeking an education, skyrocketing college tuition and government overreach.

  • AT&T JOINS AFI DOCS 2014 AS A PRESENTING SPONSOR

  • AFI DOCS UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF 2014 FILMS

    Celebration of Documentaries Presents84 Films from 28 Countries June 18–22Festival Opens with World Premiere of HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEYCloses with LIFE ITSELF and Celebrates Alex Gibney as Guggenheim HonoreeNew Events Include Catalyst Screenings and the Filmmaker Engagement ProgramWashington, DC – AFI DOCS announced today its full slate of films for the 2014 festival, which runs from June 18 - 22 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.  The festival will showcase 84 films representing 28 countries, including four World, three U.S.

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCES ‘HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY’ AND ‘LIFE ITSELF’ AS OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT SELECTIONS

    Actor Hal Holbrook Introduces the World Premiere as Opening Night America’s Movie Critic Roger Ebert is Celebrated as Closing Night

  • ALEX GIBNEY NAMED 2014 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

    Filmmakers and Policy Leaders to Attend June 20, 2014 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium at National Archives in Washington, DCMAY 1, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – The American Film Institute announced today that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to Academy Award® winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney as its 2014 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim honoree during its 12th edition held June 18-22, 2014 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD.

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  • AFI DOCS 2015 ANNOUNCES DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

    The American Film Institute’s 13th Annual Documentary FestivalWill Be Held June 17-21, 2015LOS ANGELES, CA, October 8, 2014 – The American Film Institute’s international documentary film festival, AFI DOCS 2015 will take place June 17–21, 2015 in and around the nation’s capital – with the goal to inspire change by bringing together the nation’s leaders and leading artists.  Located in Washington, DC’s Penn Quarter, as well as the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD, AFI DOCS continues the American Film Institute’s legacy in Washington, DC where it was born of a presidential mandate in 1965.  AFI DOCS presents a diverse slate of documentaries ranging in topics from national politics, education and health to music, sports, nature and culture.Submissions are now open and filmmakers are invited to submit feature and short documentaries at AFI.com/AFIDOCS or through Withoutabox.com. This year AFI DOCS will have three deadlines – early, regular and late submission dates for both short films (40 minutes and under) and feature films.December 12, 2014 - Early submission deadline for both features and shortsJanuary 30, 2015 - Regular submission deadline for both features and shortsMarch 2, 2015 - Late submission deadline for both features and shortsJune 17–21, 2015 - AFI DOCSAFI DOCS is the only festival in the U.S.

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCE FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THURSDAY INCLUDE

    The Spotlight Screening of E-TEAMThree AFI Catalyst ScreeningsThe Second Annual Policy Engagement Program on Capitol HillFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, June 19, 2014 – AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of events that includes the festival’s Spotlight Screening of E-TEAM, directed by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman;three AFI Catalyst Screenings dedicated to public discourse and the second annual Policy Engagement Program, which brings filmmakers to the U.S.

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEKEND INCLUDE

    Saturday Closing Night Film: LIFE ITSELFSunday Spotlight Screening: FREEDOM SUMMERFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, WASHINGTON, DC, June 21, 2014 – AFI DOCS presents a full weekend of films in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD including the Closing Night screening of LIFE ITSELF, directed by Steve James, and a Spotlight Screening of FREEDOM SUMMER, directed by Stanley Nelson.

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR FRIDAY INCLUDE

    Academy Award®-winning Director Alex Gibney to Be Honored at Guggenheim SymposiumSpotlight Screening: GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE MEAFI Catalyst Screening: THE HOMESTRETCHWashington, DC, Friday, June 20, 2014 – Friday features a full day of films and events at AFI Docs 2014 including the Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoring Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and the Spotlight Screening of GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, by filmmaker James Keach.

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  • AFI DOCS 2015 ANNOUNCES DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

    The American Film Institute’s 13th Annual Documentary FestivalWill Be Held June 17-21, 2015LOS ANGELES, CA, October 8, 2014 – The American Film Institute’s international documentary film festival, AFI DOCS 2015 will take place June 17–21, 2015 in and around the nation’s capital – with the goal to inspire change by bringing together the nation’s leaders and leading artists.  Located in Washington, DC’s Penn Quarter, as well as the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD, AFI DOCS continues the American Film Institute’s legacy in Washington, DC where it was born of a presidential mandate in 1965.  AFI DOCS presents a diverse slate of documentaries ranging in topics from national politics, education and health to music, sports, nature and culture.Submissions are now open and filmmakers are invited to submit feature and short documentaries at AFI.com/AFIDOCS or through Withoutabox.com. This year AFI DOCS will have three deadlines – early, regular and late submission dates for both short films (40 minutes and under) and feature films.December 12, 2014 - Early submission deadline for both features and shortsJanuary 30, 2015 - Regular submission deadline for both features and shortsMarch 2, 2015 - Late submission deadline for both features and shortsJune 17–21, 2015 - AFI DOCSAFI DOCS is the only festival in the U.S.

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCE FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THURSDAY INCLUDE

    The Spotlight Screening of E-TEAMThree AFI Catalyst ScreeningsThe Second Annual Policy Engagement Program on Capitol HillFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, June 19, 2014 – AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of events that includes the festival’s Spotlight Screening of E-TEAM, directed by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman;three AFI Catalyst Screenings dedicated to public discourse and the second annual Policy Engagement Program, which brings filmmakers to the U.S.

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEKEND INCLUDE

    Saturday Closing Night Film: LIFE ITSELFSunday Spotlight Screening: FREEDOM SUMMERFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, WASHINGTON, DC, June 21, 2014 – AFI DOCS presents a full weekend of films in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD including the Closing Night screening of LIFE ITSELF, directed by Steve James, and a Spotlight Screening of FREEDOM SUMMER, directed by Stanley Nelson.

  • FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR FRIDAY INCLUDE

    Academy Award®-winning Director Alex Gibney to Be Honored at Guggenheim SymposiumSpotlight Screening: GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE MEAFI Catalyst Screening: THE HOMESTRETCHWashington, DC, Friday, June 20, 2014 – Friday features a full day of films and events at AFI Docs 2014 including the Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoring Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and the Spotlight Screening of GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, by filmmaker James Keach.

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCES FILMMAKER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

    Tickets Now Available for Catalyst Screenings with Filmmakers and Policy LeadersFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Monday, June 16, 2014, Washington, DC – AFI DOCS announced details today for the AFI DOCS Filmmaker Enrichment Program, a series of professional development sessions which embody the mandate of the festival – to bring together the nation’s leaders and the nation’s leading artists.The new program includes both a Policy Engagement Series — an opportunity for festival filmmakers to meet with congressional and federal agency staff and Impact Panels dedicated to helping filmmakers amplify their message within stakeholder communities. Also announced today are details for the AFI DOCS Catalyst Screenings.  These are film screenings followed by discussions on diverse subjects  – homeless youth seeking an education, skyrocketing college tuition and government overreach.

  • AT&T JOINS AFI DOCS 2014 AS A PRESENTING SPONSOR

  • AFI DOCS UNVEILS FULL SLATE OF 2014 FILMS

    Celebration of Documentaries Presents84 Films from 28 Countries June 18–22Festival Opens with World Premiere of HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEYCloses with LIFE ITSELF and Celebrates Alex Gibney as Guggenheim HonoreeNew Events Include Catalyst Screenings and the Filmmaker Engagement ProgramWashington, DC – AFI DOCS announced today its full slate of films for the 2014 festival, which runs from June 18 - 22 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.  The festival will showcase 84 films representing 28 countries, including four World, three U.S.

  • AFI DOCS ANNOUNCES ‘HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY’ AND ‘LIFE ITSELF’ AS OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT SELECTIONS

    Actor Hal Holbrook Introduces the World Premiere as Opening Night America’s Movie Critic Roger Ebert is Celebrated as Closing Night

  • ALEX GIBNEY NAMED 2014 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

    Filmmakers and Policy Leaders to Attend June 20, 2014 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium at National Archives in Washington, DCMAY 1, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – The American Film Institute announced today that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to Academy Award® winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney as its 2014 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim honoree during its 12th edition held June 18-22, 2014 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD.

AFI DOCS ANNOUNCES ‘HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY’ AND ‘LIFE ITSELF’ AS OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT SELECTIONS

Actor Hal Holbrook Introduces the World Premiere as Opening Night

America’s Movie Critic Roger Ebert is Celebrated as Closing Night

May 15, 2014, WASHINGTON, DC – AFI DOCS Documentary Festival announced the World Premiere of HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY and LIFE ITSELF as the Opening and Closing Night films, respectively, for this year’s installment of the festival. 

Actor Hal Holbrook will introduce the World Premiere and open AFI DOCS on June 18 at the Newseum.  HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY, directed by Scott Teems, celebrates Holbrook, the renowned performer of the one-man show, ”Mark Twain Tonight!”  The film is an intimate portrait of the actor and the play he has performed continuously over the past six decades.

LIFE ITSELF, directed by Steve James (HOOP DREAMS), pays tribute to the beloved movie critic Roger Ebert.  The film will be presented on June 21 at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

“HOLBROOK/TWAIN and LIFE ITSELF invite audiences into the lives of two iconic individuals – Hal Holbrook and Roger Ebert,“ said Christine O’Malley, AFI DOCS Interim Festival Director.  “We are presenting their stories in landmark American venues dedicated to culture and history.  We could not be more thrilled to bookend the festival with these exceptional films.”

For 60 consecutive years, Holbrook has been touring with his Tony® and Emmy® Award-winning one-man show, ”Mark Twain Tonight!,“ in which he portrays the renowned American writer and satirist.  It is regarded as the longest-running one-man show in the history of theater.  In HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY, Teems (THAT EVENING SUN) takes audiences behind the scenes for an intimate peek at the actor’s life and to examine Mark Twain’s timeless influence in America.

“AFI DOCS is the ideal festival to premiere our film, because both Twain’s writings and Holbrook’s one-man masterpiece remain strikingly relevant and timely observations of this wonderful and conflicted country of ours,” said Teems.  “The themes and ideas presented in our film align beautifully with AFI DOCS, and we couldn’t be happier to premiere the film in Washington, DC.”

James’ documentary about Ebert, LIFE ITSELF, is a complete look at one of the nation’s most influential film critics.  Based on Ebert’s 2011 memoir of the same name, James paints a vivid portrait of the critic, whose genuine love of movies helped him remain a relevant voice in film even after his physical voice had been silenced from a devastating battle with cancer.

”We are thrilled to have our film selected as the Closing Night screening for AFI DOCS, a film festival with which I've had a long and wonderful relationship,” said James.  “Roger loved documentaries and, as a critic, had a profound impact on the success of so many of them over the years.  To be honored at one of the very best festivals devoted to the art form would have greatly pleased him.”

At AFI DOCS, screenings and discussions will continue to connect audiences, artists, issue experts, film subjects and policy leaders.  Tickets will be available in June, and details will be announced in the coming weeks at AFIDOCS.com.

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 of AFI DOCS.

About the Newseum
The mission of the Newseum is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through education, information and entertainment.  One of the top attractions in Washington, DC, the Newseum’s 250,000-square-foot news museum offers visitors a state-of-the-art experience that blends news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.  The Newseum Institute serves as a forum for First Amendment study, exploration and education.  The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including the Freedom Forum.  For more information, visit newseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the National Portrait Gallery
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through the people who have shaped its culture.  Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.  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, Albert Maysles, Errol Morris, D A Pennebaker and Frederick Wiseman.  Now in its 12th year, the festival will be held June 18-22, 2014 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 history 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 42nd 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 facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute, twitter.com/AmericanFilm and youtube.com/AFI.

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CONTACT:
Lauren Selman, AFI DOCS, 301.651.5152 or lselman@AFI.com
Liza Ameen, American Film Institute, 323.856.7885 or lameen@AFI.com