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FILM REVIEW: Atomic Homefront (Cammisa, 2017): USA

Posted and reviewed by Larry Gleeson

Rebecca Cammisa knows a story when she sees one. Cammisa received a tip from a St. Screen Shot 2017-07-13 at 4.57.23 PMLouis reporter about a situation unfolding in North County (St. Louis) communities. The “situation” has been festering for over 70 years. St. Louis has a little known secret  – one among many I’m sure. During World War II (WWII), St. Louis was one of the nation’s atomic weapons manufacturing locations. The well-known Mallinckrodt Corporation, in addition to a few other entities, was contracted to carry out war time operations related to to our country’s Manhattan Project atomic program including uranium processing. Using traditional documentary film techniques such as the direct interview, voice-over narration, emotional testimonials and non-diagectic musical scoring, Cammisa gets right into the controversy that pits local residents against the federal government with Atomic Homefront, an HBO Documentary Film.

Here’s why Cammisa made her film. After the atomic bomb uranium processing was mv5bywyyzgizmjktowqxyi00mzq0lweyzwmtmdq3ogqwmzkwnzcyxkeyxkfqcgdeqxvymty5otuwma-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_completed, the radioactive waste was deposited in several areas in and around St. Louis and its surrounding communities. A few areas, like the one Cammisa focuses on in her timely film, is the Coldwater Creek area. Here the waste lay in piles exposed to the elements, including rainfall, along Latty Avenue until 1973. The radioactive material ran off into the nearby creek where neighborhood children played. Moreover, when the creek flooded water made its way into nearby homes. Increased cancer rates associated with the radioactive isotope have been, and, are being reported. Cammisa chose to include a heart-wrenching, on-camera interview with a sixteen-year- old male on death’s doorstep. His mother believed she had been contaminated by the radioactive materials and had passed it on to her son. The son heroically states he wanted to “help others” by going on camera.

But there’s more to the situation than the radioactive runoff in the Coldwater Creek area. After receiving numerous complaints of the god-awful stench emanating from the Latty Avenue piles of radioactive waste, the piles were illegally dump into the periphery, West Lake neighborhood landfill, which became an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund site in 1990. Now the EPA is responsible for the oversight and cleanup. But what about the odorific stench? Somehow, it’s still emanating and making it into the air making nearby residents cringe and worry about what’s being ingested with each and every breath. And, the “situation” doesn’t end there.

The EPA set up air monitoring sites and the radioactive particles are under levels know to cause harm and advised residents to close their windows. That didn’t sit well with those moms I mentioned earlier. They’ve gotten together and formed Just Moms STL,  a strong group of moms-turned advocates that believe their communities are being poisoned and have vowed to continue fighting until the EPA removes the waste or relocates nearby residents – neither of which or likely to happen anytime soon as the EPA lacks funding. And as reported in the Washington Post on March 28th, 2017, President Trump signs order at the EPA to dismantle environmental protections.

Unbelievably, for the last seven an uncontrolled subterranean fire has been burning in closed areas of the landfill and recently has been migrating towards the buried radioactive waste. And for the last seven years, Republic Services, a waste management company, has been stating the fire is contained and there is no threat from the radiation. Yet, in 2016, the EPA has clearly identified radiologically impacted material had migrated within 700 feet of the fire and was moving closer. What would happen if the radioactive particles attached to the smoldering vapors and became airborne migrating into the communities potentially miles away? Undaunted, Republic Services insists the site is in a “safe and managed state.”

Atomic Homefront highlights St. Louis an example of how radioactive “situations” are sometime just swept under the rug by the federal and private agencies charged with overseeing them. What the federal government knew, knows or doesn’t know is smoldering underneath the center of Camissa latest documentary, Atomic Homefront. A 1988 film nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary, Radio Bikini, highlights another atomic, highly, radioactive “situation” from WWII with a bit more of an historical treatment. Personally, I would have appreciated that from Cammisa as I trained on ground, as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, adjacent to the Weldon Springs, Missouri site (another radiologically contaminated dumping site). Nevertheless, Cammisa presents a powerful portrait of Just Moms STL with Atomic Homefront and poses questions sure to stimulate dialogue. Highly recommended.

*The local EPA office would not allow Atomic Homefront to record any meetings with concerned residents who were demanding answers to this sordid state of affairs.

 

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Audience Award Winners at AFI DOCS 2017

Posted by Larry Gleeson

THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES
AFI DOCS 2017 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

Best Feature Goes to STEP
Best Short Goes to FISH STORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 19, 2017, WASHINGTON, DCThe 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. This year’s Audience Award for Best Short went to FISH STORY, directed by Charlie Lyne.

With 112 films from 28 countries, this year’s AFI DOCS presented films and discussions on topics ranging from the environment and sports to politics and art, along with profiles of extraordinary individuals. Among the attendees were filmmakers and notables including Trish Adlesic and Mariska Hargitay (I AM EVIDENCE), Matthew Heineman (CITY OF GHOSTS), Michael Pack (THE FALL OF NEWT GINGRICH), Laura Poitras (AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree), Samuel Pollard (ACORN AND THE FIRESTORM), Morgan Spurlock (NO MAN’S LAND, TOUGH GUYS), as well as scientist Bill Nye (BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY) and Owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Ted Leonsis.

This year’s festival was one of spirited audience engagement — with discussion and examination of issues led by some of the nation’s top journalists: ABC News’ Political Director Rick Klein; Climatewire’s Emily Holden and Scott Waldman; CQ Roll Call Deputy Editor Jason Dick; FRONTLINE Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath; Governing Magazine’s Mattie Quinn; NPR podcast “Invisibilia” hosts Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin, and “Dispatches” podcast host Morgan Givens; NPR’s “The Big Listen” host Lauren Ober; PBS NewsHour correspondent John Yang; The Undefeated’s Culture Writer Soraya Nadia McDonald and Senior Writer Clinton Yates; Variety’s Senior Editor Ted Johnson; and The Washington Post’s Chief Film Critic Ann Hornaday, Food and Dining Editor Joe Yonan, Opinion Writer Alyssa Rosenberg, National Reporter Wesley Lowery and Style Writer Monica Hesse.

Presented in collaboration with NBCUniversal, the third edition of the AFI DOCS Impact Lab provided participating filmmakers with professional development in preparation for advancing their causes and meetings with policy leaders and advocates.

As part of AFI DOCS 2017, AFI and The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands invited select filmmakers and public policy experts to a roundtable to explore ways documentary film can impact worldwide efforts on behalf of women and girls. The conversation allowed NGO leaders and government officials to interact with content creators to discuss new ways to strengthen narratives that advocate for women and girls.

Six films with AFI Conservatory alumni credits were included in this year’s festival: 32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE, ATOMIC HOMEFRONT, BRIMSTONE & GLORY, CHAVELA, TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON and WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME”.

MORE ABOUT THE AUDIENCE AWARD-WINNING FILMS:

STEP
Meet the “Lethal Ladies,” the amazing step dance team from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. Amanda Lipitz’s inspiring portrait will have you cheering as the Ladies attempt to finish first in the city’s dance competition and to become the first women in their families to go to college.

FISH STORY
FISH STORY investigates a mysterious gathering rumored to have taken place in 1980s Wales, at which an unlikely group of people with one thing in common came together.

AT&T is the presenting sponsor of AFI DOCS 2017. American Airlines returned as the official airline of AFI. Official Sponsors included the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NBCUniversal and VIZIO. Major Sponsors included the CrossCurrents Foundation; CuriosityStream; DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment; Embassy of Canada; Embrey Family Foundation; IMDbPro; Maryland Film Office; Participant Media; and Yorktel.

About the American Film Institute
Celebrating its golden milestone, the American Film Institute began its mission on June 5, 1967 — to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. Established by Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential mandate in the White House Rose Garden, AFI is America’s promise to educate today’s audiences and tomorrow’s artists. The Institute was anchored by a foundation of luminaries from the film community including Gregory Peck as Chair, Sidney Poitier as Vice Chair, George Stevens, Jr., as Director and CEO with board members Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Jack Valenti.

In 1969, AFI opened the Center for Advanced Film Studies, now called the AFI Conservatory, an elite MFA program whose inaugural class included Terrence Malik, Caleb Deschanel and Paul Schrader. The program’s acclaimed film and television alumni include Andrea Arnold, Darren Aronofsky, Julie Dash, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, David Lynch and Robert Richardson, among others.

In addition to the AFI Conservatory, AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding movies and TV series 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 and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute, and youtube.com/AFI.

About AFI DOCS
AFI 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. dedicated to screenings and events that connect audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders in the heart 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, Stanley Nelson, D A Pennebaker, Agnès Varda and Frederick Wiseman. Now in its 15th year, the festival will be held June 14–18, 2017, in landmark Washington, DC, venues and at the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. Visit AFI.com/AFIDOCS and connect on twitter.com/AFIDOCS, facebook.com/AFIDOCS, youtube.com/AFI and instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We offer the nation’s best data network* and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.** We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.

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*Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q3+Q4 2016 across 121 markets.

**Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.

(Sources: Gabrielle Flamand, AFI DOCS PR, gabrielle@prcollaborative.com or Liza Ameen, American Film Institute, lameen@AFI.com.)

 

 

Posted by Larry Gleeson

AFI DOCS WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

Programming Includes Spotlight Screenings of DOLORES and WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME” at the Newseum, and the World Premieres of ATOMIC HOMEFRONT and SAVING BRINTON

Screening of BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY with Bill Nye in Person

Closing Night Screening of YEAR OF THE SCAB  From Director John Dorsey

Washington, DC, Saturday, June 17, 2017 — Weekend highlights include the Spotlight Screenings of DOLORES and WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME” at the Newseum, and the world premiere of ATOMIC HOMEFRONT (directed by AFI Directing Workshop for Women alumna Rebecca Cammisa, appearing in person).  Bill Nye joins audiences for the screening of BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY.  AFI DOCS concludes the 2017 festival with the Closing Night Screening of YEAR OF THE SCAB, followed by a panel discussion with director John Dorsey.

 WHO: Director Peter Bratt

WHAT:  DOLORES – SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

This film honors activist Dolores Huerta — who fought alongside Cesar Chavez to advance labor and civil rights causes beginning in the 1960s — as she reflects on the accomplishments and sacrifices of her passionate career.

WHERE:  Newseum, Annenberg Theater, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

WHEN: Saturday, June 17      6:15 p.m.     Screening followed by Panel with director Peter  Bratt moderated by Variety’s Ted Johnson
 

WHO: Director Rudi Dolezal         

WHAT: WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME” – SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

An intimate portrait of Whitney Houston through those who were closest to her.  This illuminating tale of a pop diva and her tragic trajectory tells the singer’s story from supremely talented teenage gospel singer in her New Jersey church to chart-topping, iconic American chanteuse.

WHERE:  Newseum, Annenberg Theater, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington,DC 

WHEN: Saturday, June 17 9:00 p.m. Screening followed by a panel discussion with director Rudi Dolezal moderated by The Undefeated’s Soraya McDonald.

 

Tickets for select screenings are still available. Order online at AFI.com/AFIDOCS. Same day tickets must be purchased in-person at festival venues: Landmark E Street Cinema, the Newseum and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF SAVING BRINTON

 

Saturday, June 17 at 4:15 p.m.  SAVING BRINTON at the AFI Silver Theatre 2.  In his position as small-town Iowa historian and collector, Michael Zahs lucked into the acquisition of one of the rarest collections of turn-of-the-century cinema. Now turning his obsession into purpose, Zahs sets out to restore and exhibit his treasure trove of newsreels, home movies and lost films.  Expected guests include directors Tommy Haines, John Richard and Andrew Sherburne, film subject Michael Zahs, producers JT Haines and Trish McDonald, The Library of Congress’ George Willeman and Film Professor Kathy Fuller Seeley.

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF ATOMIC HOMEFRONT

Saturday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m.  ATOMIC HOMEFRONT at Landmark E Street Cinema Theater 1.  A major metropolitan area in the United States lies dangerously close to a large landfill containing radioactive waste — and an escalating underground fire.  As concerned citizens attempt to halt a potential catastrophe, they discover that they may be running out of time to save their homes, health and lives.  Spotlight Screening.  Expected guests include director Rebecca Cammisa.  Q&A moderated by Governing Magazine’s Mattie Quinn.

 

BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY SCREENING WITH BILL NYE

Sunday, June 18 at 5:45 p.m.  BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY at Landmark E Street Cinema Theater 1.  The beloved TV personality finds himself in the fight of his life as he goes up against those seeking to debunk and diminish the scientific principles that he’s spent his entire career teaching.  In an age where science is constantly under attack, can Bill Nye help save the day?  Expected guests include directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, and film subject Bill Nye.  Q&A moderated by Climatewire’s Scott Waldman.

 

YEAR OF THE SCAB CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING

 Sunday, June 18, 7:00 PM followed by a panel discussion with director John Dorsey at the Newseum, Annenberg Theater, 555 Pennsylvania AVE NW, Washington, DC

In September 1987, for the first time in U.S. history, replacement football players took the field amidst a union strike.  Seen as a second chance for these “scab” players, the ’87 season became a memorable one for the Washington Redskins. A don’t miss opportunity to see up front and personal the trials and tribulations of the key persons involved.

 

AFI DOCS FORUM:  DAYS THREE AND DAY FOUR

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.  Festival filmmakers and industry professionals will meet at the AFI DOCS Festival Hub and the Newseum, for the final two days of the AFI DOCS Forum.  Each day the Forum explores a unique topic with keynote presentations, conversations, panel discussions, VR demonstrations and micro-meetings.  Saturday and Sunday’s AFI DOCS Forum schedule includes:

 

Saturday, June 17, 10:00 a.m.:  Short Order: Making and Distributing Rapid Response Short Docs

Short doesn’t always mean fast in documentary filmmaking, but there are major advantages to making and distributing short docs on a speedy timeline.  This panel of makers and funders addresses a faster approach to shorts, outlines available opportunities for support and explores key partnerships vital to working in this mode.  Panelists include Brandon Kramer (THE MESSY TRUTH), Kate Mclean (GUT HACK, BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY) and Laura Poitras (RISK).  Moderated by Loira Limbal, Vice President, Firelight Media. 

Saturday, June 17, 1:00 p.m.:  In With the New: The Latest Trends in Documentary Distribution
Staying current with the latest distribution trends is critical to filmmakers’ success in reaching audiences and generating revenue.  This panel of industry experts and new players in the distribution space examines the current state of documentary distribution and explains the evolving relationship between theatrical, broadcast and online platforms.  Panelist include Dan O’Meara, Vice President, Special Projects & Documentary, NEON, and Michael Tuckman, Founder, mTuckman Media.  Moderated by Andrea Meditch (THE CAGE FIGHTER).

 

Saturday, June 17, 3:00 p.m.:  VR Exhibition at the Newseum
Immerse yourself in the latest and best in virtual reality (VR) by experiencing our curated selection of amazing and wide-ranging VR documentaries.  VR experiences include:  AFTER SOLITARY, CHASING CORAL: THE VR EXPERIENCE, MELTING ICE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S THE PROTECTORS: WALK IN THE RANGER’S SHOES, OPERATION ASPEN, THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE, UNDER THE CANOPY, UNDERWORLD and WE WHO REMAIN. 

Saturday, June 17, 4:30 p.m.:  No More: How VR is Having Real-World Impact at the Newseum
With lightning speed, VR has emerged as a viable storytelling platform and a major force in documentary. Driving VR’s rise is its huge promise for building stronger empathy in audiences and connecting people to powerful, real-world stories and social issues. This panel will explore how filmmakers and organizations are using VR to change hearts and minds.  Panelists include Cassandra Herrman and Lauren Mucciolo, lead artists (AFTER SOLITARY); Imraan Ismail, lead artist (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICS THE PROTECTORS: WALK IN THE RANGER’S SHOES); Hunter Holcombe, Executive Producer, AJ+; and Will Villota, Vice President of Brand, Conservation International. Moderated by Mitch Gelman, Chief Technology Officer, Newseum.

 

Sunday, June 18, 12:30 p.m.:  Moving the Needle: How Programs for Filmmakers Are Making a Difference in Gender Parity

Talk is cheap, but these organizations are making a difference by putting major support and resources behind women-centered initiatives that are giving women filmmakers real opportunities to bolster their own careers, as well as transform the broader documentary landscape.  Panelists include Claire Aguilar, Director Programming & Policy, International Documentary Association; Lynn Hughes, Co-Chair, Women’s Impact Network, Producers Guild of America; Terry Lawler, Executive Director, New York Women in Film & Video; and Christa Scharfenberg, Head of Studio, Glassbreaker Films, Center for Investigative Reporting.  Moderated by Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director, Women Make Movies.

 

Sunday, June 18, 2:00 p.m.:  Hear Me Now: The Art of Nonfiction Podcasting
This special session illuminates the process of creating nonfiction podcasts.  In part one, panelists, including podcasters and NPR, discuss the unique challenges of podcasting.  In part two, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, two of the hosts of the hugely popular NPR podcast “Invisibilia,” present a case study from their new season.  Panelists include Morgan Givens, Host, “Dispatches;” Steve Nelson, Director of Programming, NPR; Christa Scharfenberg, Head of Studio, Center for Investigative Reporting; “Invisibilia’s” Hanna Rosin, Liana Simonds and Alix Spiegal.  Moderated by “The Big Listen’s” host Lauren Ober.

 

Sunday, June 18, 4:00 p.m.:  Talking Pictures with Ann Hornaday

In her latest book “Talking Pictures,” The Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday guides us through the craft of movie-making, explaining how to watch and evaluate every piece of the process.  The book reveals how many of the same skills and techniques used to create fiction works are also used in documentaries.  Join Hornaday at the Festival Hub as she talks pictures and signs copies of her new book.
A LOOK BACK AT FRIDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS

 

The Charles Guggenheim Symposium paid tribute to groundbreaking filmmaker Laura Poitras.  The Symposium included an in-depth conversation with Poitras along with clips from her acclaimed works, which include this year’s Julian Assange doc RISK, her Academy Award®-winning Edward Snowden portrait CITIZENFOUR (2014), THE OATH (2010), MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY (2006) and FLAG WARS (2003).

 

The four-day AFI DOCS Forum wrapped its second day Friday in the nation’s capital.  Friday’s Forum focused on the role of truth in storytelling, within a “post-truth” world.  The media’s purpose to educate the public and the expanding roles of journalism and documentary film were also highlighted.
Photos and a recap from the day’s events will be made available for download in the pressroom at afidocspress.afi.com.

 

OTHER SATURDAY EVENTS:

 

11:00 a.m.  ANATOMY OF A MALE BALLET DANCER

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American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Marcelo Gomes recounts a lifelong dedication to his art while sharing stories from his personal life.  The film is an intimate portrait of a man at the top of his game, who knows that his body can only withstand the rigors of the profession for so long.  Expected guests include directors James Pellerito and David Barba.

 

11:00 a.m.  AN INSIGNIFICANT MAN

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Hailed as “a real-life HOUSE OF CARDS” and a “non-fiction political thriller,” Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s AN INSIGNIFICANT MAN provides an up-close look at the birth of India’s Common Man Party and the rise of its populist leader, Arvind Kejriwal, who boldly challenges government corruption.  Expected guests include director Vinay Shukla.
11:15 a.m.  SCHOOL LIFE

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For nearly five decades, eccentric and brilliant couple Amanda and John have nurtured legions of students through Headfort, Ireland’s last boarding prep school.  Progressive pedagogy plays out in a rambling, old-school institution as beloved by its pupils as by the aging couple contemplating a future away from this place of deep roots.

 

11:15 a.m.  32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE

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In December 2008, Ruth Litoff took her own life and left behind a legacy of art, love and tragedy. Years later, her sister Hope undertakes a mission to understand Ruth’s illness and her desire to end her life.  32 PILLS documents Hope’s painful journey and serves as a poignant tribute to her beloved sister. Expected guests include producer Beth Levison.
12:00 p.m.  MUHI – GENERALLY TEMPORARY

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MUHI tells the story of a young boy from Gaza, separated from his family, whose very existence depends on the loving care he receives from an Israeli hospital.  This deeply affecting film makes a compelling case against the border walls that divide families and communities. Expected guests include directors Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander and Tamir Elterman.

 

1:15 p.m.  LA LIBERTAD DEL DIABLO

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In only a decade, Mexico’s drug wars have left more than 100,000 dead and 30,000 missing. Everardo González’s haunting documentary goes beyond the headlines to give a human face to the conflict.  The masked testimonies of both victims and perpetrators offer a powerful and chilling reminder of the systemic violence that has infiltrated Mexican society. Expected guests include director Everardo González.

 

1:30 p.m.  CINE SAO PAULO
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Once a grand movie palace, the Cine Sao Paulo in Brazil is now crumbled into ruin.  Enter Dom Chico, whose father once owned the theater, as he attempts to restore it to its former glory.  The film is a love letter to both the movies and the dreamers who love them.  Expected guests include director Ricardo Martensen.

 

1:45 p.m.  THE FORCE
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This compelling exposé focuses on the Oakland Police Department as they undergo efforts to reform an agency riven by years of corruption and criminal activity.  This troubling and timely portrait of a police force in crisis won the Best Director Prize at Sundance.  Expected guests include director Peter Nicks.

 

1:45 p.m.  LEANING INTO THE WIND – ANDY GOLDSWORTHY
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Thomas Riedelsheimer’s documentary RIVERS AND TIDES (2001) became a box office smash, delighting audiences with its profile of iconoclastic British artist Andy Goldsworthy.  In LEANING INTO THE WIND, Goldsworthy continues his quest to create ephemeral, transformative works of art in unlikely places around the globe.

 

2:30 p.m.  LOOK TO THE RIGHT: A CONVERSATION WITH ANN HORNADAY AND MICHAEL PACK

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In recent years, conservative documentaries have achieved impressive reach with audiences despite being largely absent from the festival, art-house and TV circuits.  Filmmaker Michael Pack (THE FALL OF NEWT GINGRICH) discusses how these films connect with viewers, their impact on politics and the connection between production values and policy.
3:30 p.m.  LA CHANA
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Winner of the Audience Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, LA CHANA celebrates the incomparable talent and spirit of Spain’s greatest gypsy flamenco dancer as she reflects on her storied past while preparing for a return to the stage in her 70s.  Expected guests include director Lucija Stojevic.

 

3:45 p.m.  STRONG ISLAND
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In 1992, Yance Ford’s brother William was shot to death when he confronted a white mechanic about a car repair.  The all-white grand jury chose not to bring charges.  In this searing, deeply moving and personal journey, Ford confronts the truths about what happened and examines the gaping hole that William’s death left in the family.  Expected guests include director Yance Ford.  Q&A moderated by The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery.

 

4:15 p.m.  MAMA COLONEL
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In a country still recovering from the scars of war, the headstrong Colonel Honorine Munyole leads a special police unit in the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo — with the mission to serve and protect the women and children of her country when no one else will.  Spotlight Screening.  Expected guests include director Dieudo Hamadi and film subject Colonel Honorine (schedules permitting).

 

4:30 p.m.  DINA
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The titular heroine of this delightful portrait follows a 49-year-old woman who copes with autism while beginning a fledgling romance with Scott, a Walmart door greeter.  This tender story of overcoming obstacles and finding love won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Expected guests include directors Antonio Santini and Daniel Sickles, and film subjects Dina Buno and Scott Levin.
6:00 p.m.  DRIES
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Style icon Iris Apfel calls him a treasure, yet few outside fashion circles know Belgian designer Dries Van Noten’s name.  Director Reiner Holzemer’s visually sumptuous portrait provides behind-the-scenes access to the designer’s stunning sartorial creations, his artistic process and his private world.  Expected guests include director Reiner Holzemer.

 

6:30 p.m.  THE WORK
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A moving story of redemption and renewal unfolds in this remarkable vérité film that follows a group of “outsiders” into California’s Folsom Prison to join inmates in an intense four-day therapy session.  THE WORK garnered the top documentary prize at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival.  Expected guests include director Jairus McLeary and producer Alice Henty.

 

6:30 p.m.  NOBODY SPEAK: TRIALS OF THE FREE PRESS
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When online gossip rag Gawker published a sex tape involving Hulk Hogan, the former wrestler sued, but who was the mysterious billionaire bankrolling his legal fees?  Using this salacious trial as just one example, NOBODY SPEAK is a cautionary tale about the dangers of the super-rich controlling the message and the media.  Expected guests include director Brian Knappenberger.  Moderated by The Washington Post’s Alyssa Rosenberg.

 

7:00 p.m.  CITY OF GHOSTS
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From Matthew Heineman, the Academy Award®-nominated director of CARTEL LAND, comes this harrowing tale of courage under fire that follows the men behind “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a group of heroic citizen journalists who are fiercely determined to bring to light ISIS’ atrocities in their home city of Raqqa, Syria.  Expected guests include director Matthew Heineman.

 

8:30 p.m.  STRAD STYLE
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A chance social media encounter leads a Stradivarius-obsessed, amateur violinmaker living in rural Ohio to mount the seemingly impossible task of crafting an exact replica of one of the classical music world’s most famous violins, Guarneri’s Il Cannone, in time for a famed European virtuoso’s upcoming tour.  Expected guests include director Stefan Avalos.

 

9:00 p.m.  CHAVELA
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 6
The dramatic, soulful interpretations of Mexican lesbian singer Chavela Vargas paved the way for women seeking equality in a traditionally male world.  A renowned nightclub performer reduced to alcoholic impoverishment, Vargas made a triumphant comeback in her 70s that secured her reputation as an artist of uncompromising passion and independence.  Expected guests include directors Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi.

 

9:00 p.m.  A GRAY STATE
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
In 2010, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran turned filmmaker David Crowley began crowdfunding a large-scale action film forewarning of a future America gone police state.  As chronicled here via his obsessive video journaling, he became a rising star among fringe right-wing groups over the next five years, all the while spiraling toward a violent, tragic and inexplicable end.  Expected guests include director Erik Nelson.
9:30 p.m.  BRIMSTONE & GLORY
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 1
BRIMSTONE & GLORY offers a front row seat to the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico.  With stunning cinematography, dynamic music and little dialogue, this film captures the city’s celebration of the patron saint of fireworks and lets viewers experience sparkle, chaos, flames and brimstone in all their glory.  Expected guests include director Viktor Jakovleski and producer Kellen Quinn.
Preceded by short film:  RIDERS OF THE WELL OF DEATH

9:30 p.m. 
SPETTACOLO
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
For the past 50 years, the residents of a tiny hilltop hamlet in Tuscany have come together each summer to mount an original play about their own lives in the town’s medieval piazza.  From the filmmakers of MARWENCOL (2010), SPETTACOLO is a delightful portrait of small-town Italian life.
OTHER SUNDAY EVENTS:

 

11:15 a.m.  SPETTACOLO
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 6
For the past 50 years, the residents of a tiny hilltop hamlet in Tuscany have come together each summer to mount an original play about their own lives in the town’s medieval piazza.  From the filmmakers of MARWENCOL (2010), SPETTACOLO is a delightful portrait of small-town Italian life.

 

11:30 a.m.  STRAD STYLE
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
A chance social media encounter leads a Stradivarius-obsessed, amateur violinmaker living in rural Ohio to mount the seemingly impossible task of crafting an exact replica of one of the classical music world’s most famous violins, Guarneri’s Il Cannone, in time for a famed European virtuoso’s upcoming tour.  Expected guests include director Stefan Avalos.

 

11:30 a.m.  A SUITABLE GIRL
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 7
Tradition, modernity and gender roles converge in this honest portrait of three young women in India as they — and their parents — contemplate their marriage prospects, careers and future happiness.  Expected guests include directors Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana.

11:30 a.m.  DRIES
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
Style icon Iris Apfel calls him a treasure, yet few outside fashion circles know Belgian designer Dries Van Noten’s name.  This artful portrait provides behind-the-scenes access to the designer’s stunning sartorial creations.  Expected guests include director Reiner Holzemer.

12:00 p.m.  THE FARTHEST
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THATER 1
An iconic space mission gets a cinematic treatment worthy of its impact.  Through the most perilous points of the solar system and beyond, this chronicle of NASA’s Voyager program provides an awe-inspiring view of an unparalleled human achievement.  Expected guests include director Emer Reynolds.  Q&A moderated by Dr. Matthew Shindell, Planetary Science and Exploration Curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

1:45 p.m.  TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 6
TAKE EVERY WAVE tells the incredible story of big-wave surfing pioneer Laird Hamilton.  Filmmaker Rory Kennedy juxtaposes a wealth of archival footage along with a breathtaking view of Hamilton’s current surfing adventures off the island of Kauai.
1:45 p.m.  SHORTS PROGRAM 6: THE UNEXPECTED
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
Featured films:  BALLOONFEST, FISH STORY, THE FORESHORE, GORAN THE CAMEL MAN, GUT HACK, THE HANGING, and LONG TERM PARKING.  Expected guests include FISH STORY director Charlie Lyne, GUT HACK director Kate McLean, and THE HANGING director Geoffrey Feinberg.
2:00 p.m.  THE OPPOSITION
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 7
In this riveting David-and-Goliath tale, a community of native Papua New Guineans battle developers who try to claim their homeland for a seaside tourist resort.  Expected guests include director Hollie Fifer.

 

2:00 p.m.  STILL TOMORROW
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
A farmer born with cerebral palsy, Yu Xinhua has been called China’s Emily Dickinson.  Her frankly sexual poem “Crossing Half of China to Sleep With You” became an overnight sensation.  Although fame brought her financial independence, Yu struggles to obtain a divorce while yearning for true love.

 

2:30 p.m.  STEP
AFI SILVER THEATRE 1
Meet the “Lethal Ladies,” the amazing step dance team from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.  Amanda Lipitz’s inspiring portrait will have you cheering as the Ladies attempt to finish first in the city’s dance competition and to become the first women in their families to go to college.  Expected guests include film subjects Coach G and Paula Dofat.

 

3:00 p.m.  QUEST
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 1
QUEST follows the Raineys, a close-knit, North Philadelphia family as they face innumerable struggles from the 2008 election to today.  The film is a powerful and deeply moving portrait that shows how much can change — and how much can remain the same — over the course of eight years.  Expected guests include director Jon Olshefski, and film subjects The Rainey Family.

 

4:00 p.m.  NEW CHEFS ON THE BLOCK
AFI SILVER THEATER 2
Opening a new restaurant is not for the faint of heart.  Time, money, stress, repeat.   Two DC-area chefs put everything on the line to open two very different establishments — Frank Linn’s Frankly…Pizza! and Aaron Silverman’s Rose’s Luxury.  Spotlight Screening.  Expected guests include director Dustin Harrison-Atlas and film subjects Tim Carman of The Washington Post, Frank Linn and Kate Diamond.

 

4:15 p.m.  SAVING BRINTON
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA 7
In his position as small-town Iowa historian and collector, Michael Zahs lucked into the acquisition of one of the rarest collections of turn-of-the-century cinema.  Now turning his obsession into purpose, Zahs sets out to restore and exhibit his treasure trove of newsreels, home movies and lost films.  Expected guests include directors Tommy Haines, John Richard, and Andrew Sherburne and film subject Michael Zahs.
4:30 p.m.  ANATOMY OF A MALE BALLET DANCER
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
In this intimate portrait of an extraordinary talent, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Marcelo Gomes is at the top of his game, but knows that his body can only withstand the rigors of the profession for so long.  Expected guests include directors James Pellerito and David Barba.

 

4:45 p.m.  THE PARIS OPERA
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 6
Documenting a season at the Paris Opera — a period set against terror attacks, ballet corps mutiny and a bull preparing for its stage debut — this portrait captures the majesty and chaos of a grand artistic institution.

6:30 p.m.  SCHOOL LIFE
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
For nearly five decades, eccentric and brilliant couple Amanda and John have nurtured legions of students through Headfort, Ireland’s last boarding prep school.  They contemplate a future away from this rambling and beloved place of deep roots. 

6:45 p.m.  EL MAR LA MAR
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
A poetic and enigmatic work, EL MAR LA MAR captures life and death at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing, pondering the terrain and the stories of the Sonoran Desert to understand the objects and lives left behind.  Expected guests include director J.P. Sniadecki.

6:45 p.m.  CINE SAO PAULO
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 7
Once a grand movie palace, the Cine Sao Paulo in Brazil is now crumbled into ruin. Enter Dom Chico, whose father once owned the theater, as he attempts to restore it to its former glory.  Expected guests include director Ricardo Martensen.


7:30 p.m. 
STRONG ISLAND
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 6
Yance Ford’s searing, deeply moving and personal journey explores the circumstances surrounding his brother William’s 1992 Long Island death by a white mechanic and the deep wounds caused by the incident’s aftermath.  Expected guests include director Yance Ford.


8:30 p.m. 
LEANING INTO THE WIND – ANDY GOLDSWORTHY
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 1
Director Thomas Riedelsheimer reconnects with artist Andy Goldsworthy, subject of his popular documentary RIVERS AND TIDES (2001), who continues his quest to create ephemeral, transformative works of art in unlikely places around the globe.

9:00 p.m.  LA LIBERTAD DEL DIABLO
LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 7
Victims and perpetrators of drug violence in Mexico offer chilling testimonies in this stunning documentary. Their masked recollections are a powerful reminder of the systemic violence that has infiltrated Mexican society.  Expected guests include director Everardo González.

 

9:00 p.m.  BRIMSTONE & GLORY
AFI SILVER THEATRE 2
Bold, booming and beautiful, BRIMSTONE & GLORY transports viewers to Tultepec, Mexico — the country’s pyrotechnic capital — which honors the patron saint of fireworks in an eye-popping annual festival. Expected guests include director Viktor Jakovleski and producer Kellen Quinn.
Preceded by short film:  RIDERS OF THE WELL OF DEATH

 

9:15 p.m.  ATOMIC HOMEFRONT
AFI SILVER THEATRE 3
A large landfill containing both radioactive waste and an underground fire is threatening homes, health and lives in one of our major metropolitan areas. Can a group of concerned citizens prevent a potential catastrophe?  Spotlight Screening.  Expected guests include director Rebecca Cammisa.

 

About the American Film Institute
Celebrating its golden milestone, the American Film Institute began its mission on June 5, 1967 — to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. Established by Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential mandate in the White House Rose Garden, AFI is America’s promise to educate today’s audiences and tomorrow’s artists. The Institute was anchored by a foundation of luminaries from the film community including Gregory Peck as Chair, Sidney Poitier as Vice Chair, George Stevens, Jr., as Director and CEO with board members Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Jack Valenti.

 

In 1969, AFI opened the Center for Advanced Film Studies, now called the AFI Conservatory, an elite MFA program whose inaugural class included Terrence Malik, Caleb Deschanel and Paul Schrader. The program’s acclaimed film and television alumni include Andrea Arnold, Darren Aronofsky, Julie Dash, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, David Lynch and Robert Richardson, among others.

 

In addition to the AFI Conservatory, AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding movies and TV series 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 and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute, instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute and youtube.com/AFI.

About AFI DOCS
AFI 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. dedicated to screenings and events that connect audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders in the heart of our nation’s government.  The AFI DOCS advisory board includes Ken Burns, Davis Guggenheim, Chris Hegedus, Werner Herzog, Rory Kennedy, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, Stanley Nelson, D A Pennebaker, Agnès Varda and Frederick Wiseman.  Now in its 15th year, the festival will be held June 14–18, 2017, in landmark Washington, DC, venues and at the historic AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD.  Visit AFI.com/AFIDOCS and connect on twitter.com/AFIDOCS, facebook.com/AFIDOCS, youtube.com/AFI and instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute.

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TODAY AT THE AFI DOCS FORUM

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Saturday, June 17

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., AFI DOCS Festival Hub at the District Architecture Center (DAC), 421 7th St. NW in Washington, DC.

3:00 p.m. Special VR Program at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington, DC.

Day Three of the AFI DOCS Forum includes panels on making and distributing short docs on a speedy timeline; VR Exhibition to view the best and latest in virtual reality; and a special VR program at the Newseum on how VR emerged as a powerful storytelling platform in documentary filmmaking.

The Forum will present a variety of networking and professional development events for filmmakers, industry professionals and those with a passion for nonfiction storytelling. Open to all AFI DOCS passholders, each day of the Forum will include breakfast and lunch.

Today’s full schedule is as follows:

9:30 a.m.
Morning Refreshments

10:00 a.m.
Short Order: Making and Distributing Rapid Response Short Docs
Short doesn’t always mean fast in documentary filmmaking, but there are major advantages to making and distributing short docs on a speedy timeline. This panel of makers and funders addresses a faster approach to shorts, outlines available opportunities for support and explores key partnerships vital to working in this mode.

Moderator:

Panelists:

11:30 a.m.
VR Exhibition
View a curated selection of the latest and best in virtual reality (VR).

1:00 p.m.
In With the New: The Latest Trends in Documentary Distribution
Staying current with the latest distribution trends is critical to filmmakers’ success in reaching audiences and generating revenue. This panel of industry experts and new players in the distribution space examines the current state of documentary distribution and explains the evolving relationship between theatrical, broadcast and online platforms.

Moderator:

Panelists:

SPECIAL VR PROGRAM AT THE NEWSEUM
Open to all AFI DOCS Passholders
Use the Newseum’s C Street Entrance at the back of the building.

3:00 p.m.
VR EXHIBITION

4:30 p.m.
Virtual No More: How VR Is Having Real-World Impact
Hosted by the Newseum at the Knight TV Studio, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001.

With lightning speed, VR has emerged as a viable storytelling platform and a major force in documentary. Driving VR’s rise is its huge promise for building stronger empathy in audiences and connecting people to powerful, real-world stories and social issues. This panel will explore how filmmakers and organizations are using VR to change hearts and minds.

Moderator: Mitch Gelman, Chief Technology Officer, Newseum

Panelists:

AFI DOCS FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Posted by Larry Gleeson

AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium With Honoree Laura Poitras

Spotlight Screening of AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER at the Newseum and World Premiere of RECRUITING FOR JIHAD

Day Two of the AFI DOCS Forum

 

Washington, DC, Friday, June 16, 2017 — AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of Friday’s events that include the Charles Guggenheim Symposium celebrating Academy Award ®-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras.  The Symposium will include a conversation with Poitras and Director of Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Cara Mertes.  The Newseum will host the Spotlight Screening of AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, and the extended international version of RECRUITING FOR JIHAD will have its world premiere.  Also, the 2017 AFI DOCS Forum is in its second day at the Festival Hub in the District Architecture Center.  These events and festival screenings further the mission of AFI DOCS: to bring filmmakers, our nation’s leaders and audiences together in the heart of Washington, DC.

 

 

WHO: Poitras, Mertes and AFI President & CEO Bob Gazzale

WHAT: GUGGENHEIM SYMPOSIUM

This year’s Symposium pays tribute to groundbreaking filmmaker Laura Poitras, with clips from her acclaimed works along with an in-depth discussion moderated by Director of Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Cara Mertes.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Newseum, Annenberg Theater, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 

 

WHO: Director Jon Shenk and ClimateWire’s Emily Holden

WHAT: AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL:  TRUTH TO POWER – SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

This timely sequel to Academy Award®-winning documentary AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH (2006) takes up with former Vice President Al Gore and his efforts to educate the public — and those in power — about climate change and the crisis facing our planet.

WHEN:  8:30 p.m.     Screening begins

10:10 p.m.   Panel with Shenk moderated by Holden

WHERE:  Newseum, Annenberg Theater, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 

Tickets for select screenings are still available. Order online at AFI.com/AFIDOCS. Same day tickets must be purchased in-person at festival venues: Landmark E Street Cinema, the Newseum and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

WORLD PREMIERE OF RECRUITING FOR JIHAD’S

EXTENDED INTERNATIONAL VERSION

 

8:45 p.m.  RECRUITING FOR JIHAD at Landmark E Street Cinema Theatre 6.  Journalist Adel Khan Farooq gains unparalleled and unsettling access into the shrouded world of jihadism. He shadows Norwegian Muslim Ubaydullah Hussain — a polarizing figure — as he recruits young converts aiming to travel to Syria and join ISIS.  Farooq casually encounters soon-to-be jihadists as he documents this notorious but largely unknown world.  Expected guests include directors Adel Khan Farooq and Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen.

 

AFI DOCS FORUM:  DAY TWO

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.  Festival filmmakers and industry professionals will meet at the AFI DOCS Festival Hub at the District Architecture Center (DAC) for day two of the four-day AFI DOCS Forum.  Open to all AFI DOCS passholders, each day of the Forum includes breakfast and lunch. Each day the Forum will explore a unique topic with keynote presentations, conversations, panel discussions and micro-meetings.  Friday’s AFI DOCS Forum schedule, sponsored by Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will include:

 

10:00 a.m.  Truth in Storytelling
How do we engage a post-truth society, with its fake news, hate speech and misleading narratives that further antagonism toward objective, fact-based sources for news and information?  Public media journalists and independent documentary filmmakers participate in a conversation about reporting and nonfiction storytelling in a post-truth world.

 

11:30 a.m.  Documentary Film in Service of a Civil Society

All locally owned and operated, public television stations help citizens and communities understand the issues they face at home and regionally, enabling them to develop solutions based on facts and rooted in community partnerships.  As localism is seen increasingly as a way to bridge the widening partisan divide, representatives of public broadcasters from across the country discuss the role of public media in their communities and the expanding roles of journalism and documentary film in activating civic engagement and creating a more equitable society.

 

2:00 p.m.  Documentary Case Study: GENTLEMEN OF VISION + Nine Network of Public Media (St. Louis, MO)

In 2015, St. Louis independent documentary filmmaker Frank Popper and St. Louis PBS affiliate Nine Network began production on a documentary about the nationally acclaimed, competitive high school step team Gentlemen of Vision (GOV).  Following the team as they strived to win their national competitions, graduate from high school and overcome personal challenges, the documentary emerged from the Nine Network’s work on American Graduate, a national and local initiative to help young people succeed in school and in life — with the goal of increasing the graduation rate nationwide to 90% by the year 2020.

 

Photos and a recap from the day’s events will be made available for download in the pressroom at afidocspress.afi.com.

 

A LOOK BACK AT THURSDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS

Thursday, June 15, AFI DOCS kicked off the four-day AFI DOCS Forum at the District Architecture Center.  Day one of the Forum included filmmaker conversations and presentations on diversity and inclusion in the documentary field.  Thursday’s film programming included the Spotlight Screenings of MOSQUITO and THE REAGAN SHOW, followed by panel discussions at the Newseum.  Mariska Hargitay joined directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir for a screening and Q&A of I AM EVIDENCE.  TOUGH GUYS had its world premiere with producer Morgan Spurlock on Thursday at E Street Cinema.

 

OTHER FRIDAY EVENTS:

11:00 a.m.  THE GROWN-UPS

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 7

In Maite Alberdi’s delightful, award-winning portrait, a group of middle-aged adults with Down syndrome attend culinary classes in Chile.  The students navigate life, love and making the perfect pastries, while dreaming of living independently.

 

11:00 a.m.  CHAVELA

AFI SILVER THEATRE 2

The dramatic, soulful interpretations of Mexican lesbian singer Chavela Vargas paved the way for women seeking equality in a traditionally male world.  A renowned nightclub performer reduced to alcoholic impoverishment, Vargas made a triumphant comeback in her 70s that secured her reputation as an artist of uncompromising passion and independence.  Expected guests include director Daresha Kyi.

 

11:15 a.m.  WAITING FOR THE SUN

AFI SILVER THEATRE 3

China has the largest number of prisoners on death row worldwide. The children of the condemned face social stigma and few options.  Enter Grandma Zheng, a former prison guard who, via her orphanage Sun Valley, provides housing, education and a second chance for a normal life.

 

11:30 a.m.  SHORTS PROGRAM 2:  GREAT LOVES

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 6

Featured films:  BALANCÉ, CUCLI, HAVANA HOUSE, LADY EVA, LIFE, DEATH AND CHEERLEADING and THE TABLES.  Expected guests include HAVANA HOUSE director Gaspar González, LADY EVA director Dean Hamer, LIFE, DEATH AND CHEERLEADING director Claire Tailyour and THE TABLES director Jon Bunning.

 

1:00 p.m.  TROPHY

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 7

As man forces more animals to the edge of extinction, the search for how to save them has become only more complex.  TROPHY is a dark journey into the global commodification of big game animals in Africa and the consequences that result.  Expected guests include directors Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau.

 

1:30 p.m.  NOWHERE TO HIDE

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 1

A hospital worker films life in central Iraq’s “triangle of death” after American forces leave in 2011, capturing unforgettable images of his family’s survival and providing a brave view of a chaotic and brutal war zone.  Expected guests include director Zaradasht Ahmed and producer Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas.

 

1:30 p.m.  NO MAN’S LAND

AFI SILVER THEATRE 2

In 2016, a well-armed band of anti-government militants took control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.  NO MAN’S LAND is the riveting account of the siege that followed and its aftermath.  Expected guests include director David Byars.

 

1:45 p.m.  SHORTS PROGRAM 3: CLOSE TIES

AFI SILVER THEATRE 3

Featured films:  ALL GOOD THINGS, CLOSE TIES, EDITH+EDDIE and HOW THE AIR FEELS.  Expected guests include EDITH + EDDIE director Laura Checkoway and HOW THE AIR FEELS director Khaula Malik.

 

2:15 p.m.  SHORTS PROGRAM 7:  WORLD VIEWS      

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATER 6

Featured films:  ELECTION, HOMELAND, MONUMENT I MONUMENTO, MY DAUGHTER NORA, PICKET LINE and THE PRICE OF CERTAINTY.  Expected guests include THE PRICE OF CERTAINTY director Daniele Anastasion.

 

3:45 p.m.  UNREST

AFI SILVER THEATRE 2

When a mysterious illness robs newlywed and Harvard grad student Jennifer Brea of the life she dreamed of living, she reaches out to others grappling with a little-understood disease that primarily afflicts women.

 

4:00 p.m.  GENTLEMEN OF VISION

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 7

Produced by St. Louis PBS affiliate Nine Network, GENTLEMEN OF VISION profiles the struggles and triumphs shared by a competitive high school step team and their determined coach as they prepare for a key competition.  Expected guests include directors Jim Kirchherr and Frank Popper, and film subjects Amy Shaw and Marlon Wharton.

 

4:00 p.m.  NEW CHEFS ON THE BLOCK

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 1

Opening a new restaurant is not for the faint of heart.  Time, money, stress, repeat.  Two DC-area chefs put everything on the line to open two very different establishments — Frank Linn’s Frankly…Pizza! and Aaron Silverman’s Rose’s Luxury (Bon Appetit’s “Best New Restaurant in America” in 2014).  Expected guests include director Dustin Harrison-Atlas, film subjects Frank Linn and Kate Diamond, and The Washington Post’s Tim Carman.  Q&A moderated by The Washington Post’s Joe Yonan.

 

4:15 p.m.  A GREEK WINTER

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 6

In the wake of the Greek debt crisis, a spirited brother and sister from Thessaloniki must face the impossible choice of keeping their small family business afloat or helping neighbors in need.  Expected guests include director Ingeborg Jansen.

 

4:15 p.m.  THE CAGE FIGHTER

AFI SILVER THEATRE 3

In this unflinching and up-close portrait, a 40-year-old blue-collar dad is caught between his desire to make a comeback in mixed martial arts, and his family, who abhors his brutal hobby.  Expected guests include sound engineer Frank Scheuring.

 

6:00 p.m.  32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 7

In December 2008, Ruth Litoff took her own life and left behind a legacy of art, love and tragedy.  Years later, her sister Hope undertakes a mission to understand Ruth’s illness and her desire to end her life.  Expected guests include director Hope Litoff and producer Beth Levison.

 

6:15 p.m.  CITY OF GHOSTS

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 6

The latest film from Matthew Heineman (CARTEL LAND) is a harrowing and inspirational portrait of the men behind “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a group of heroic citizen journalists who are courageously fighting to bring to light ISIS’ atrocities in their hometown.  Expected guests include director Matthew Heineman and moderator Jason Dick from CQ Roll Call.

 

6:15 p.m.  DINA

AFI SILVER THEATRE 2

This tender story of overcoming obstacles and finding love follows a 49-year-old woman coping with autism and a fledgling romance with Scott, a Walmart door greeter.  DINA garnered the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.  Expected guests include directors Antonio Santini and Daniel Sickles, as well as the film subjects Dina Buno and Scott Levin.

 

6:30 p.m.  RUMBLE

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 1

RUMBLE celebrates the unsung Native American and First Nation musicians who helped shape rock and roll in this rollicking and thoughtful film about the rarely acknowledged Indian role in the history of North American music.  Featuring interviews with George Clinton, Martin Scorsese, Buffy Sainte-Marie and many more.  Spotlight Screening.  Expected guests include director Catherine Bainbridge and producers Ernest Webb and Tim Johnson.

 

6:30 p.m.  THE GIRL DOWN LOCH ÄNZI

AFI SILVER THEATRE 3

Juggling the awkwardness of adolescence and the magnetism of a local legend, a 12-year-old girl navigates life on a Swiss family farm and dreams of searching a gorge for the titular mythological girl.

 

8:15 p.m.  DONKEYOTE

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 7

Chico Pereira’s portrait of a 73-year-old Spaniard planning a quixotic trip to the U.S. to walk the Trail of Tears with his beloved dog and donkey shows how the journey can be even richer than the destination.

 

8:45 p.m.  QUEST

AFI SILVER THEATRE 2

Following a close-knit family in Philadelphia’s inner city as they face innumerable struggles from the 2008 election to today, QUEST shows how much can change — and how much can remain the same — over the course of eight years.  Expected guests include director Jon Olshefski and the film’s subjects, the Rainey family.

 

9:00 p.m.  A SUITABLE GIRL

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Tradition, modernity and gender roles converge in this honest portrait of three young women in India as they — and their parents — contemplate their marriage prospects, careers and future happiness.  Expected guests include directors Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana.

 

9:15 p.m.  FOR AHKEEM

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Behind the racially charged headlines of Ferguson, MO, is 17-year-old Daje “Boonie” Shelton, a young woman from North St. Louis struggling to make it to graduation after an unexpected pregnancy.  Expected guests include directors Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest.

 

About the American Film Institute

Celebrating its golden milestone, the American Film Institute began its mission on June 5, 1967 — to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. Established by Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential mandate in the White House Rose Garden, AFI is America’s promise to educate today’s audiences and tomorrow’s artists. The Institute was anchored by a foundation of luminaries from the film community including Gregory Peck as Chair, Sidney Poitier as Vice Chair, George Stevens, Jr., as Director and CEO with board members Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Jack Valenti.

 

In 1969, AFI opened the Center for Advanced Film Studies, now called the AFI Conservatory, an elite MFA program whose inaugural class included Terrence Malik, Caleb Deschanel and Paul Schrader. The program’s acclaimed film and television alumni include Andrea Arnold, Darren Aronofsky, Julie Dash, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, David Lynch and Robert Richardson, among others.

 

In addition to the AFI Conservatory, AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding movies and TV series 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 and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.  For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm,
facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute, instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute and youtube.com/AFI.

 

About AFI DOCS

AFI 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. dedicated to screenings and events that connect audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders in the heart of our nation’s government.  The AFI DOCS advisory board includes Ken Burns, Davis Guggenheim, Chris Hegedus, Werner Herzog, Rory Kennedy, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, Stanley Nelson, D A Pennebaker, Agnès Varda and Frederick Wiseman.  Now in its 15th year, the festival will be held June 14–18, 2017, in landmark Washington, DC, venues and at the historic AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD.  Visit AFI.com/AFIDOCS and connect on twitter.com/AFIDOCS, facebook.com/AFIDOCS, youtube.com/AFI and instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute.

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AFI DOCS THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Programming Includes Spotlight Screenings of MOSQUITO and THE REAGAN SHOW at the Newseum

Screening of I AM EVIDENCE with Mariska Hargitay and World Premiere of TOUGH GUYS

Day One of the AFI DOCS Forum

Washington, DC, Thursday, June 15, 2017 — AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of Thursday’s events including the Spotlight Screenings of MOSQUITO and THE REAGAN SHOW at the Newseum.  Mariska Hargitay will join audiences for a Q&A of I AM EVIDENCE and TOUGH GUYS has its world premiere.  The 2017 AFI DOCS Forum kicks off at the Festival Hub in the District Architecture Center.  These events and festival screenings further the mission of AFI DOCS: to bring filmmakers, our nation’s leaders and audiences together in the heart of Washington, DC.

 

 

WHO:          Director Su Rynard and film subjects including former CDC Director Thomas

Frieden, MD; MalariaWorld’s Bart Knols, PhD; and South Miami Mayor Philip

Stoddard, PhD.

WHAT:      MOSQUITO – SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

MOSQUITO is an urgent exposé on humankind’s millennia-long war against one of the biggest threats to the survival of our species, and on the efforts of scientists to keep this deadly menace at bay.

WHERE:      Newseum, Annenberg Theater, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 

WHEN:       6:30 PM

 

 

WHO:          Director Sierra Pettengill

WHAT:      THE REAGAN SHOW – SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

Ronald Reagan brought a host of Hollywood savvy to the White House, with his team making unprecedented use of staged moments to inform popular opinion.  Whether riding horses or grappling with Gorbachev, his administration crafted the story.

WHERE:      Newseum, Annenberg Theater, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

WHEN:       8:45 PM

Tickets for select screenings are still available. Order online at AFI.com/AFIDOCS. Same day tickets must be purchased in-person at festival venues: Landmark E Street Cinema, the Newseum and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

I AM EVIDENCE SCREENING WITH MARISKA HARGITAY

6:00 p.m.  I AM EVIDENCE at Landmark E Street Cinema Theatre 3.  Thousands of untested sexual assault evidence kits are languishing in storage facilities across the U.S. — and law enforcement inaction means serial perpetrators are at liberty to strike again.  This urgent and eye-opening film investigates the backlog through the intertwined stories of four victims and those leading the fight for justice.  Introduction and Q&A with producer Mariska Hargitay, directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir, and moderated by The Washington Post’s Monica Hesse.

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF TOUGH GUYS

8:30 p.m.  TOUGH GUYS at Landmark E Street Cinema Theatre 1.  Told through the colorful stories of scrappy brawlers and amateur promoters, TOUGH GUYS brings to life the birth of mixed martial arts competitions in 1980s Pittsburgh.  Spotlight Screening.  Expected guests include directors Henry Roosevelt and W.B. Zullo and producers Craig DiBiase, Morgan Spurlock and Rachel Traub.

 

AFI DOCS FORUM:  DAY ONE

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.  Festival filmmakers and industry professionals will meet at the AFI DOCS Festival Hub at the District Architecture Center (DAC) for day one of the four-day AFI DOCS Forum. Open to all AFI DOCS passholders, each day of the Forum will include breakfast and lunch. Each day the Forum will explore a unique topic with keynote presentations, conversations, panel discussions and micro-meetings. Thursday’s Forum schedule will include:

 

10:00 a.m.  Going to the Source: Documentary Funders Share Their Insights
Industry insiders discuss current funding priorities and new initiatives while exploring the ever-shifting documentary landscape and emerging trends in the funding world.  Panelists include Dan Cogan, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Impact Partners; Melissa Fondakowski, Program and Development, The Redford Center; Sheila Leddy, Executive Director, The Fledgling Fund; Maida Brankman, Founder, Genuine Article Pictures; and Jax DeLuca, Media Arts Director, Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts.

 

11:30 a.m.  Meet the Funders Meetings

Filmmakers connect with documentary funders in one-on-one, 15-minute micromeetings. Directors will sharpen their pitches, talk funding or get a focused critique of their work in progress trailer.  Panelists include Pamela A. Aguilar, Senior Director of Programming and Development PBS; Maida Brankman, Founder of Genuine Article Pictures; Jax DeLuca, Media Arts Director at National Edowment for the Arts; Melissa Fondakowski, Program and Development at The Redford Center; Tamara Gould, Senior VP of National Productions and Strategic Partnerships at ITVS; Sheila Leddy, Executive Director of the Fledgling Fund; Wendy Llinas, Associate Director of Programming and Development PBS; Justine Nagan, Executive Producer at POV; and David Weinstein, Senior Program Officer at National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

2:00 p.m.  Documentary: The Art of Canada

From the birth of motion pictures, Canada has been a driving force in documentary, and it’s easy to see why.  Shot near Inukjuak, Quebec, Robert J. Flaherty’s 1922 film NANOOK OF THE NORTH is considered one of the world’s first documentaries — and it was Flaherty’s work that inspired John Grierson, father of the National Film Board, to coin the term “documentary.”  So what’s up with our doc friends up north today?  Find out as Hot Docs’ Shane Smith talks with the Canadian filmmakers featured in this year’s AFI DOCS.

 

A LOOK BACK AT WEDNESDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS

At the Newseum on Wednesday, June 14, AFI DOCS kicked off its 15th edition with the Opening Night Gala and East Coast Premiere screening of ICARUS, from director Bryan Fogel.  A panel discussion with director Bryan Fogel was followed by a reception.

 

OTHER THURSDAY EVENTS:

 

11:45 a.m.  THE GROWN-UPS

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In Maite Alberdi’s delightful, award-winning portrait, a group of middle-aged adults with Down syndrome attend culinary classes in Chile.  The students navigate life, love and making the perfect pastries, while dreaming of living independently.

 

12:30 p.m.  SHORTS PROGRAM 1:  YOUTH CULTURE

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Featured films:  EDUCATION, KOJO: A SHORT DOCUMENTARY, SHIVANI, “THE TALK” TRUE STORIES ABOUT THE BIRDS & THE BEES and WAITING FOR HASSANA.  Expected guests include SHIVANI director Jamie Dobie and composer Jonathan Meiburg.

 

1:00 p.m.  STEP

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Meet the “Lethal Ladies,” the amazing step dance team from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.  Amanda Lipitz’s inspiring portrait will have you cheering as the Ladies attempt to finish first in the city’s dance competition and to become the first women in their families to go to college.

 

1:30 p.m.  SHORTS PROGRAM 4:  FRAMING THE IMAGE

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Featured films:  116 CAMERAS, BETWEEN THE SAND, A FEW THINGS ABOUT ROBERT IRWIN, JOE BLAUSTEIN AND THE FLOOD OF FLORENCE, THE KODACHROME ELEGIES, THE MOVING CAMERA PROJET, TURTLES ARE ALWAYS HOME and WINTER’S WATCH.  Expected guests include 116 CAMERAS director Davina Pardo, JOE BLAUSTEIN AND THE FLOOD OF FLORENCE director Alan Griswold and WINTER’S WATCH director Brian Bolster.

 

1:45 p.m.  THE GIRL DOWN LOCH ÄNZI

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 7

Juggling the awkwardness of adolescence, the loneliness of rural life and the magnetism of a local legend, Alice Schmid’s hybrid doc follows 12-year-old Laura as she navigates life on a remote Swiss family farm.  With humor and aplomb, Laura attempts to find a friend who can join her in searching a gorge for the titular mythological girl.

 

1:45 p.m.  FOR AHKEEM

AFI SILVER THEATRE 2

Behind the headlines of Ferguson, MO, is 17-year-old Daje “Boonie” Shelton, a young woman from nearby North St. Louis struggling to make it to graduation, a goal further complicated by an unexpected pregnancy.  Intimate and affecting, this delicately told coming-of-age story underscores the complexities of race and class in America.  Expected guests include directors Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest, and producer Iyabo Boyd.

 

2:45 p.m.  THE WORK

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 6

A moving story of redemption and renewal unfolds in this remarkable vérité film that follows a group of “outsiders” into California’s Folsom Prison to join inmates in an intense four-day therapy session.  THE WORK garnered the top documentary prize at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival.  Expected guests include director Jarius McLeary, and producers Alice Henty and James McLeary.

 

3:30 p.m.  ACORN AND THE FIRESTORM

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 1

Filmmakers Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard go behind the headlines and fake news reports to tell the story of the 2008 demise of ACORN.  The longstanding community activist group was brought down by an undercover sting concocted by right-wing journalists impersonating a prostitute and her pimp.  Expected guests include directors Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard.

 

4:00 p.m.  SHORTS PROGRAM 5:  LABORS OF LOVE

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Featured films:  FIRST POLE ON MARS, THE FORGER, HAND.LINE.COD., THE RABBIT HUNT and STYROFOAM.  Expected guests include THE FORGER director Alexandra Garcia and THE RABBIT HUNT producer Maida Brankman.

 

4:00 p.m.  RESURRECTING HASSAN

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In Montreal, a family of blind street musicians cope with the death of their youngest member.  As their lives begin to slowly fall apart, the family make a desperate attempt to overcome their tragedy by trying to find a way to bring their fallen kin back from the dead.  Expected guests include director Carlo Guillermo Proto.

 

4:15 p.m.  MUHI – GENERALLY TEMPORARY

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MUHI tells the story of a young boy from Gaza, separated from his family, whose very existence depends on the loving care he receives from an Israeli hospital.  This deeply affecting film makes a compelling case against the border walls that divide families and communities.  Expected guests include directors Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander and Tamir Elterman.

 

5:45 p.m.  NO MAN’S LAND

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 6

In 2016, a well-armed band of anti-government militants led by the sons of renegade rancher Cliven Bundy took control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in an act of defiance against the feds.  NO MAN’S LAND is the riveting account of the siege that followed and its aftermath.  Expected guests include director David Byars.

 

6:15 p.m.  THE CAGE FIGHTER

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In this unflinching and intimate portrait, Joe Carman, a blue-collar Washington state dad, can’t shake his compulsion to compete in mixed martial arts.  The violence in the ring only serves to intensify the family drama, as Carman’s wife and four daughters try to come to grips with his brutal hobby.  Expected guests include producer Andrea Meditch and sound engineer Frank Scheuring.

 

6:15 p.m.  WAITING FOR THE SUN

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 7

China has the largest number of prisoners on death row worldwide. The children of the condemned face social stigma and few options.  Enter Grandma Zheng, a former prison guard who, via her orphanage Sun Valley, provides housing, education and a second chance for a normal life.

 

6:30 p.m.  MAMA COLONEL

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In a country still recovering from the scars of war, the headstrong Colonel Honorine Munyole leads a special police unit in the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo —  with the mission to serve and protect the women and children of her country when no one else will.  Spotlight Screening.  Expected guests include director Dieudo Hamadi and film subject Colonel Honorine (schedules permitting).

 

6:45 p.m.  DONKEYOTE

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The symbiotic relationship between man and animal is front and center in Chico Pereira’s portrait of a 73-year-old Spaniard and his two beloved companions, a dog and a donkey.  As he attempts a quixotic plan to travel to the U.S. to walk with them along the Trail of Tears, DONKEYOTE shows how the journey can be even richer than the destination.

 

8:15 p.m.  A GRAY STATE

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 6

In 2010, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran turned filmmaker David Crowley began crowdfunding a large-scale action film forewarning of a future America gone police state.  As chronicled here via his obsessive video journaling, he became a rising star among fringe right-wing groups over the next five years, all the while spiraling toward a violent, tragic and inexplicable end.  Expected guests include director Erik Nelson.

 

8:45 p.m.  WHAT LIES UPSTREAM

LANDMARK E STREET CINEMA THEATRE 7

Cullen Hoback’s trip to his home state of West Virginia to find out why the drinking water in Charleston has developed a strange smell turns into an eye-opening investigation into the dismal state of our nation’s water supply and the broken regulatory system behind America’s epidemic of dirty water.  Expected guests include director Cullen Hoback and producer John Ramos.

 

8:45 p.m.  LA CHANA

AFI SILVER THEATRE 2

Winner of the Audience Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, LA CHANA celebrates the incomparable talent and spirit of Spain’s greatest gypsy flamenco dancer as she reflects on her storied past while preparing for a return to the stage in her 70s.  Expected guests include director Lucija Stojevic.

 

9:00 p.m.  A GREEK WINTER

AFI SILVER THEATRE 3

In the wake of the Greek debt crisis, a spirited family from Thessaloniki must face the impossible choice of keeping their small business afloat or helping neighbors in need.  In chronicling interactions with customers, the film presents the human toll of financial strife with restraint and emotional resonance.  Expected guests include director Ingeborg Jansen.

 

About the American Film Institute

Celebrating its golden milestone, the American Film Institute began its mission on June 5, 1967 — to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. Established by Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential mandate in the White House Rose Garden, AFI is America’s promise to educate today’s audiences and tomorrow’s artists. The Institute was anchored by a foundation of luminaries from the film community including Gregory Peck as Chair, Sidney Poitier as Vice Chair, George Stevens, Jr., as Director and CEO with board members Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Jack Valenti.

 

In 1969, AFI opened the Center for Advanced Film Studies, now called the AFI Conservatory, an elite MFA program whose inaugural class included Terrence Malik, Caleb Deschanel and Paul Schrader. The program’s acclaimed film and television alumni include Andrea Arnold, Darren Aronofsky, Julie Dash, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, David Lynch and Robert Richardson, among others.

 

In addition to the AFI Conservatory, AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding movies and TV series 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 and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.  For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm,
facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstituteinstagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute and youtube.com/AFI.

 

About AFI DOCS

AFI 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. dedicated to screenings and events that connect audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders in the heart of our nation’s government.  The AFI DOCS advisory board includes Ken Burns, Davis Guggenheim, Chris Hegedus, Werner Herzog, Rory Kennedy, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, Stanley Nelson, D A Pennebaker, Agnès Varda and Frederick Wiseman.  Now in its 15th year, the festival will be held June 14–18, 2017, in landmark Washington, DC, venues and at the historic AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD.  Visit AFI.com/AFIDOCS and connect on twitter.com/AFIDOCS, facebook.com/AFIDOCS, youtube.com/AFI and instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute.

 

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TODAY AT THE AFI DOCS FORUM

Posted  by Larry Gleeson

Thursday, June 15, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., AFI DOCS Festival Hub at the District Architecture Center (DAC), 421 7th St. NW in Washington, DC.

Day One of the AFI DOCS Forum includes a panel with Canadian filmmakers to discuss Canada’s role in creating the documentary form; and panels with short-documentary filmmakers and funders to discuss and support the model.

The Forum will present a variety of networking and professional development events for filmmakers, industry professionals and those with a passion for nonfiction storytelling. Open to all AFI DOCS passholders, each day of the Forum will include breakfast and lunch.

Today’s full schedule is as follows:

9:30 a.m.
Morning Refreshments

10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Going to the Source: Documentary Funders Share Their Insights
Industry insiders discuss current funding priorities and new initiatives while exploring the ever-shifting documentary landscape and emerging trends in the funding world.

Moderator: Kathryn Washington, Director of Television Content, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Participants:

  • Maida Brankman, Founder, Genuine Article Pictures
  • Dan Cogan, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Impact Partners
  • Jax DeLuca, Media Arts Director, Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Melissa Fondakowski, Program and Development, The Redford Center
  • Sheila Leddy, Executive Director, The Fledgling Fund
  • David Weinstein, Senior Program Officer, Division of Public Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Meet the Funders Meetings
Filmmakers connect with documentary funders in one-on-one, 15-minute micromeetings. Sharpen your pitch, talk funding or get a focused critique of your work-inprogress trailer (five minutes or less). Space is full and spots on a waitlist may be available for AFI DOCS Filmmaker and Industry pass holders. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please email Lauren at Lselman@afi.com for more information.

Participants:

  • Pamela A. Aguilar, Senior Director of Programming and Development PBS, General Audience Programming
  • Maida Brankman, Founder, Genuine Article Pictures
  • Jax DeLuca, Media Arts Director, Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Melissa Fondakowski, Program and Development, The Redford Center
  • Tamara Gould, Senior Vice President, National Productions and Strategic Partnerships, Independent Television Service (ITVS)
  • Sheila Leddy, Executive Director, The Fledgling Fund
  • Eliza Licht, VP Content, Strategy & Engagement, Point of View (POV)
  • Wendy Llinas, Associate Director of Programming and Development PBS, News and Public Affairs
  • David Weinstein, Senior Program Officer, Division of Public Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities

2:00 p.m.
Documentary: The Art of Canada
From the birth of motion pictures, Canada has been a driving force in documentary, and it’s easy to see why. Shot near Inukjuak, Quebec, Robert J. Flaherty’s 1922 film NANOOK OF THE NORTH is considered one of the world’s first documentaries — and it was Flaherty’s work that inspired John Grierson, father of the National Film Board, to coin the term “documentary.” So what’s up with our doc friends up north today? Find out as Hot Docs’ Shane Smith talks with the Canadian filmmakers featured in this year’s AFI DOCS.

Panelists:

(Source: afi.com)