Posts Tagged ‘Silverdocs’

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 [...]

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 2013 Schedule

AFI Docs, the sweeping documentary film festival formerly known as Silverdocs, has announced its 2013 schedule. In addition to previously announced premieres of Herblock: The Black & The White, Documented, and Letters to Jackie, the June festival will include 52 other films, including Caucus, A.J. Schnack's behind-the-scenes look at the 2012 Republican caucuses in Iowa. You know, [...]

AFI Docs Announces Two Premieres

This morning, AFI Docs announced the first two premieres for this year's festival: Letters to Jackie and Documented.
Bill Couturié (who directed the Oscar-winning doc Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt) is behind Letters to Jackie, a documentary in which 20 Hollywood performers read letters sent to Jacqueline Kennedy in the wake of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in [...]

Silverdocs Expands Into D.C., Changes Name to AFI Docs

"AFI Docs presented by Audi." That's the new name of the American Film Institute's annual documentary festival, Silverdocs.
In its 11th edition, the festival will expand beyond its home base at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and move into "iconic venues on the National Mall and in the Penn Quarter area," according to a [...]

Does D.C. Need Another Punk-Rock Documentary? Maybe.

No genre of music gets the documentary treatment more than punk rock. The seminal film Instrument followed Fugazi around for five years. This year's Bad Brains: A Band in D.C., which screened at the SilverDocs festival, did the same for HR and the rest of the guys. American Hardcore was more like a survey of punk, visiting different scenes [...]

Silverdocs’ Sterling Award Winners Announced

That awkward moment when City Paper didn’t review any of the Sterling Award winners at this year’s Silverdocs? Oh well.
Only the Young took home Best U.S. Feature. Directors Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims explored the relationship of three Southern California teenagers who were caught in a love triangle. "We loved this film for its striking [...]

Silverdocs: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Reviewed

You don’t need to see a documentary about Ai Weiwei to know that the odds are against him. Though Chinese authorities have relaxed the conditions of his house arrest, allowing him to leave his home without reporting his whereabouts to police, they have also introduced pornography and bigamy charges against the artist for appearing nude [...]

Tonight at Silverdocs: Not Banned in D.C.

Some of the best films at this year's Silverdocs center on the fraught, fascinating lives on people involved in the business of creativity—including three of tonight's offerings, Plimpton!, Joe Papp in Five Acts, and A Band in DC. The latter, which follows the seminal D.C. punk band Bad Brains and its deeply troubled frontman, H.R., [...]

Silverdocs: Call Me Kuchu’s Look at the Ugandan LGBT Community

“Kuchu” is the name the LGBT community in Uganda uses to describe itself, even as their country vilifies them as moral deviants and rapists. When a draconian anti-homosexuality bill was introduced,  filmmaker Katherine Fairfax Wright and journalist Malika Zouhali-Worrall set off to Uganda to tell the story of a group of Ugandan LGBT [...]