The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival returns to Silver Spring June 18-24 with 114 films, selected from 2,018 submissions, representing 44 countries. For a full list of films CLICK HERE. Also check out several of the screenings and events below. Tickets and passes are available HERE.
Monday, June 18, 2012
- OPENING NIGHT: DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY. Filipino singer Arnel Pineda discovers that big dreams really do come true in this inspiring new film from director Ramona Diaz.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
- GUGGENHEIM SYMPOSIUM: The Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors the legacy of the late four-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
- CENTERPIECE SCREENING: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE. During a time when the very mention of AIDS created waves of terror and an HIV diagnosis was seen as a certain death sentence, two coalitions – ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) – decided to fight fear with knowledge and action. Banding together, these courageous activists took on Washington, the pharmaceutical industry and an uninformed public to make their voices be heard.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
- BAD BRAINS: A BAND IN DC. Originally formed in Washington, DC, during the late 1970s, Bad Brains quickly became one of the most unique and influential punk bands in the world. For over 30 years, Bad Brains has survived numerous breakups, ongoing changes in the musical landscape and an eccentric frontman whose unpredictable behavior threatens the band’s future.
Friday, June 22, 2012
- OUTDOOR SCREENING: UNDER AFRICAN SKIES. In 1986, musician Paul Simon released the wildly popular Grammy Award-winning album “Graceland.” Inspired by the unique rhythms and harmonies he was hearing from South Africa, Simon traveled there on a whim to record the album using local musicians.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
- CLOSING NIGHT: BIG EASY EXPRESS. This film is a jubilant celebration of music when filmmaker Emmett Malloy follows bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show as they travel from California by train and embark on a six-stop tour that takes them ultimately to New Orleans.