Posts Tagged ‘AFI Docs’

Stories of a Magician and a Face Transplant Win AFI DOCS Audience Awards

While AFI DOCS has taken steps to position itself as more D.C.-centric and policy-oriented–adding venues inside city limits, hosting a "policy engagement" workshop at the Capitol building—this year's festivalgoers didn't seem to notice. The AFI DOCS Audience Awards for Best Feature and Best Short went to An Honest Liar and Beyond Recognition: The Incredible Story of a Face Transplant respectively, [...]

Ctrl + Alt + Doc: A Year After Hitting Reset, AFI DOCS Is Still in Transition

The American Film Institute’s annual documentary festival is in transition, as any savvy critic or audience member can tell. But, at least for the folks at AFI, it’s all part of the plan.
Last year, after scrapping the Silverdocs name when longtime sponsor Discovery Communications pulled out, the festival left its Silver Spring nest and moved [...]

Formerly Homeless Women Become Playwrights in AFI DOCS’ Only Film About D.C.

The AFI DOCS film festival kicks off tonight, and over the course of the week and weekend, it'll screen 84 documentaries from across the U.S. and 28 different countries. But where’s the D.C. love?
There's just one film on the AFI DOCS slate that's from and about the District. How I Got Over, directed by D.C. [...]

This Year’s AFI DOCS Slate: Muppets, Indie Rockers, and Nostalgia

The worlds of make-believe and rock 'n' roll are on full display at this year's AFI DOCS. In addition to the previously announced opening and closing night films honoring American icons Hal Holbrook (above) and Roger Ebert, the annual documentary celebration highlights sports from football to Quidditch, high-profile criminals, and one very fancy cat.
Many of the [...]

AFI DOCS Chooses Holbrook/Twain and Life Itself as Bookends

The festival formerly known as Silverdocs will open and close with biographies of two (or, depending on how you look at it, three) men who've made lifelong contributions to the arts. The world premiere of Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, a Scott Teems-directed film about actor Hal Holbrook of "Mark Twain Tonight!," will kick off the festival at [...]

How to Make Your Own Filmfest

When organizers announced recently that this year’s Filmfest DC would almost certainly be its last, area cinephiles might have been saddened, but they shouldn’t have been shocked. The 28-year-old festival, known increasingly for its potpourri of middlebrow international films and flicks with a social-justice bent, faced increasing competition from the dozens of other film festivals [...]

Arts Roundup: Soul Searching Edition

Longtime AFI Docs (formerly Silverdocs) director Sky Sitney steps down. [Post]
Ex-Soul Searchers trumpeter Donald Tillery tells his story. [WAMU]
Park Service relocates the National Archives for Black Women's History from D.C. to Maryland. [AP]
Martin Luther King Jr. Library may be tougher to update than it seems. [Post]
The Soup's Joel McHale to host White House Correspondents' Dinner [...]

AFI Docs Announces Audience Award Winners

AFI Docs officially wrapped up yesterday, and at last, its victors have emerged. Festival organizers announced the Audience Award winners this morning.
Best Feature award winner The New Black examines the growing divide over homosexuality in the African-American community. Filmmaker Yoruba Richen focuses on the battle between sides as Marylanders prepared to vote for marriage equality [...]

ToDo ToDay: Adam Lister! Mittenfields!

Adam Lister, a painter, sculptor, installation artist and gallerist from Fairfax, has produced some inspired work, particularly a series in which he riffs on immediately recognizable paintings by Da Vinci, Vermeer, and other giants by painting them as if they had been sucked into a Wreck-It Ralph pixelated vortex. Lister is technically accomplished; the borders of [...]

AFI Docs: What Films to See This Weekend

It's the weekend. You have no excuse for skipping AFI Docs. Here's what you should go see.
Tonight:
Mistaken for Strangers
While Mistaken for Strangers is technically a documentary about indie-rock luminaries The National, its music is largely beside the point. The band takes a backseat to the relationship between another pair of siblings: The [...]

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