Each year I attend SilverDocs located in my beloved Silver Spring. Having been a Silver Spring resident for three years I've really come to appreciate AFI and the cinematic works they bring to the DC area.
SILVERDOCS is the only event in the US that combines the live exhibition experience of a film festival with a complete professional conference that brings together filmmakers, leaders in the documentary community, private and public media, distributors, commissioning editors, new media innovators, and the philanthropic community.
AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival takes place June 15-22, 2009 in downtown Silver Spring just 2 blocks north of the metro. Films will screen in six sections: Sterling US Feature Competition, Sterling World Feature Competition, Music Documentary, Sterling Short Film Competition, and the to-be-announced Silver Spectrum and Special Programs. SILVERDOCS 2009 will present 122 films representing 58 countries selected from 1,983 submissions with seven World, three North American, 12 US, and 14 east coast premieres, plus 12 retrospective films.
Below is my line up of all the films I plan to see this week and I've already incorporated the shows into my busy schedule. Check out their full agenda HERE.
UPDATE: THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT!!!! THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE / USA, 2009, 90 minutes (Director: R.J. Cutler)—Cutler is granted unprecedented access to Vogue editor Anna Wintour and her colleagues as they put together their largest publication of the year, the September issue. Cutler takes us to Europe on shoots, introduces us to fashion’s cognoscenti and shows us the competitive and contentious relationship between Wintour and her talented stylist, Grace Coddington. East Coast Premiere. Friday at 7:15 p.m.GREY GARDENS / USA, 1976, 94 minutes (Directors: Albert Maysles and David Maysles)—Meet Big Edie and Little Edie—high-society dropouts and reclusive relatives of Jackie O. This fantastically intimate portrait reveals a mother and daughter living in a world of their own, thriving together amid the decay and disorder of their ramshackle East Hampton mansion. Friday at 11:15 p.m.
NO IMPACT MAN / USA, 2009, 92 minutes (Directors: Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein)—Colin Beavan is determined to trim his environmental impact to zero—from his eleventh-floor New York apartment. The catch is that he needs his wife and 3-year-old daughter to join him. Once the novelty of farmers markets, bicycles and candlelight wears off, the family tries to deal with its new reality. Saturday at 9 p.m.
ANOTHER PLANET (MÁSIK BOLYGÓ) / HUNGARY, 2008, 96 minutes (Director: Ferenc Moldoványi)—This powerful globe-spanning film introduces us to children who are struggling to survive as trash scavengers, soldiers and sex workers. The children speak plainly to the camera about their work, resulting in a film that lands like a hard punch. ANOTHER PLANET offers a rare opportunity to open your heart to another—often forgotten—world. East Coast Premiere Sunday at 10:15 a.m.