Monday, June 21, 2010

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival Starts Today

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its full slate of films for the Festival taking place June 21-27, 2010 in the Washington, DC area. The festival will present 102 films representing 54 countries selected from 2,162 submissions with six world, one international, three North American, five US and 10 east coast premieres, plus six retrospective films and an outdoor screening.

For tickets and a full schedule CLICK HERE.


Monday, June 21, 2010

OPENING NIGHT: FREAKONOMICS is the highly anticipated film directed by the documentary “dream team” of Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Eugene Jarecki, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, and Seth Gordon. The riveting cinematic experience is based on the eponymous best-selling book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, which applied statistics and incentives to analyze human behaviors with surprising and controversial results.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kick off of USIP “Peacebuilding on Screen” strand with WAR DON DON a film that explores the origins of tension and attempts at peacemaking.

Free outdoor screening of MICROCOSMOS (1996) directed by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou. This fascinating documentary highlights insect-life as you’ve never seen it before using visually stunning close-ups, time-lapse photography and slow-motion effects to take the viewer inside a mysterious world.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

SPOTLIGHT FILM: SOUTH OF THE BORDER. Award-winning director Oliver Stone embarks on a road trip to five different South American countries interviewing seven South American heads of state to examine what he considers to be the mainstream media’s misrepresentation of them. Oliver Stone in attendance for post-screening panel.

CENTERPIECE SCREENING: East Coast Premiere of WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” directed by Davis Guggenheim (AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, IT MIGHT GET LOUD). When we think of ‘No Child Left Behind’ we likely think of the 2001 legislation that expanded the federal role in schools and has become a controversial focal point of education policy. In Guggenheim’s epic assessment of the rise and fall of the U.S. school system, we are confronted with both sobering information and hope that education reformers may reshape education culture to truly leave no student behind.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors the legacy of the late four-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Charles Guggenheim. This year the Symposium celebrates Frederick Wiseman for his body of documentary work including: TITICUT FOLLIES, HIGH SCHOOL and BASIC TRAINING. Discussion with Wiseman moderated by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH).

Friday, June 25, 2010

WORLD PREMIERE: ON COAL RIVER. When residents of the Coal River Valley begin noticing that a host of medical problems are linked to a Massey-owned coal-waste dumping ground that sits above the local elementary school, they demand action.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

SPOTLIGHT FILM: UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS. An electrifying hybrid film that explores the value of the Utopian impulse, encompassing live narration and musical accompaniment with traditional documentary and still image.

SPOTLIGHT FILM: STONES IN EXILE. It's been nearly 40 years since the Rolling Stones recorded their critically acclaimed double album Exile on Main Street. Fleeing the UK as tax exiles and taking up residence in a villa on the French Riviera rented by guitarist Keith Richards, the Stones laid to tape the music that would come to define their careers. Through extensive archival footage and the band’s own words, this great moment in rock ’n’ roll history is brought back to life by director Stephen Kijak with an immediacy and intimacy rarely seen.

WORLD PREMIERE: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MCKINLEY NOLAN. Forty years after Pvt. McKinley Nolan vanished in Vietnam, his family learns there is hope the beloved brother, husband and father is alive and the decades-long mystery of his disappearance may be solved. (Executive Producer Danny Glover in attendance along with the Nolan Family)

CLOSING NIGHT: THE TILLMAN STORY explores the life of NFL player Pat Tillman who gave up a lucrative football contract to enlist in the military after 9/11, and his subsequent death by friendly fire in Afghanistan. Discussion following the screening with filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev and members of the Tillman family.

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