"Meet the Press" Presents a Strand of Four Films Moderated by NBC News Journalists,
Including Moderator Chuck Todd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 13, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that NBC News' "Meet the Press" has joined AFI DOCS 2018 as a media sponsor. "Meet the Press" will present four films — THE COLD BLUE, CRIME + PUNISHMENT, DARK MONEY and HESBURGH — all featuring Q&As moderated by NBC News anchors and correspondents. The 16th edition of AFI DOCS — the American Film Institute's annual documentary celebration in the nation's capital — runs June 13-17, 2018, in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD. The festival is supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T.

"AFI DOCS is proud to welcome 'Meet the Press' as a media sponsor," said Michael Lumpkin, Director, AFI Festivals. "With documentary filmmakers increasingly covering current events, and news outlets looking to long-form storytelling to augment their reporting, the collaboration between AFI and 'Meet the Press' expands upon the relationship between documentary filmmaking and journalism."

"'Meet the Press' is the long-form of television news programs," said Chuck Todd, moderator of "Meet the Press" and NBC News Political Director. "We belong in the documentary space year-round, and AFI DOCS is a seamless pairing for what we aim to do every day, but on the big screen."

In addition to the sponsorship, the AFI DOCS 2018 conversation JOURNALISM OR ART? will feature Todd and The Washington Post’s Chief Film Critic Ann Hornaday on Saturday, June, 16, 2018. They will debate questions surrounding what audiences look for in a documentary, whether it be a journalistic, fact-based report on real personalities, events or history, or a work of art that plumbs and illuminates true stories.


Thursday, June 14
CRIME + PUNISHMENT: DIR Stephen Maing. USA. In 2015, a group of 12 whistleblower cops sued the NYPD for using illegal quotas despite a 2010 statewide ban on the practice. A blood-boiling investigation into a corrupt organization, CRIME + PUNISHMENT follows these officers as they face retaliation for attempting to resist against racist practices.
A Q&A with filmmaker Stephen Maing moderated by NBC News' Ken Dilanian will follow the screening.

Thursday, June 14
DARK MONEY: DIR Kimberly Reed. USA. A portrait of democracy under fire, DARK MONEY pulls back the curtain on big money in national politics. Revealing how right-wing giants like the Koch brothers hide behind super PACs to do their bidding — in the forms of corporate-funded smear campaigns and dangerous legislation — this film is as timely as it is eye-opening.
A Q&A with filmmaker Kimberly Reed moderated by Chuck Todd will follow the screening.

Saturday, June 16
THE COLD BLUE: DIR Erik Nelson. USA. In 1943, legendary Hollywood director William Wyler crafted MEMPHIS BELLE, a celebrated tribute to the titular WWII bomber. Using footage shot by Wyler from the National Archives, director Erik Nelson has made a new film, featuring gripping narration from some of the last surviving B-17 pilots. A meditation on youth, war and stunning bravery. World Premiere.
A Q&A with filmmaker Erik Nelson, WWII pilot and film subject Paul Haedike and executive producer Catherine Wyler moderated by Tom Costello will follow the screening.

Sunday, June 17
HESBURGH: DIR Patrick Creadon. USA. He counseled presidents and popes, served on corporate boards and infuriated Richard Nixon. He was one of the only friends to whom Ann Landers turned for advice. During his 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame, Theodore Hesburgh became one of the most influential and inspiring people of the 20th century. World Premiere.
A Q&A with filmmaker Patrick Creadon moderated by NBC News' Anne Thompson will follow the screening.

Support for the festival also comes from a wide range of major companies, cultural institutions, art associations and philanthropists.

In addition to supporting AFI DOCS film programming and festival events, sponsors provide services to filmmakers and festival attendees throughout the week. Participation ranges from sponsoring specific film screenings and receptions to outfitting venues with technology infrastructure and creating event spaces. Sponsors also participate in national and local promotion of the festival.


Presenting Sponsor: AT&T

Official Sponsors: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, VIZIO (official home theater sponsor of AFI)

Screen Sponsors: AUDI, Discovery Communications, HBO, Netflix, Showtime Documentary Films

Official Media Sponsors: Deadline, Here TV, "Meet the Press," Screen International, Variety, Washington City Paper, WHUT-TV

Major Sponsors: CuriosityStream, DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, 202Creates, IMDbPro, Maryland Film Office

Contributing Sponsors: International Documentary Association

Supporting Sponsor: Downtown Silver Spring, Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce

Cultural and Community Sponsors: Embassy of Australia, The Danish Film Institute, DC Filmmakers, Docs in Progress, Producers Guild of America, TIVA-DC, The Video Consortium, Women in Film & Video

Official Hotels: The George, Hotel Monaco

Generous Individual Support Provided By:
Official Festival Underwriters: Nancy Blachman and David desJardins, Grace Guggenheim and Rachel and John King

AFI DOCS is the American Film Institute's annual documentary festival in Washington, DC. Presenting the year's best documentaries, AFI DOCS is the only festival in the U.S. dedicated to screenings and events that connect audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders in the heart of our nation's government. The AFI DOCS advisory board includes Ken Burns, Davis Guggenheim, Chris Hegedus, Werner Herzog, Rory Kennedy, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, Stanley Nelson, D A Pennebaker, Agnès Varda and Frederick Wiseman. Now in its 16th year, the festival will be held June 13–17, 2018, at distinguished Washington, DC, venues, the Landmark E Street Cinema and the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. Visit AFI.com/AFIDOCS and connect on twitter.com/AFIDOCS, facebook.com/AFIDOCS, youtube.com/AFI and instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute.

"Meet the Press with Chuck Todd" is where newsmakers come to make news — setting the political agenda and spotlighting the impact Washington decision-making has on Americans across the country. It is the #1 most-watched Sunday public affairs show across the board for the 2016-2017 season, reaching more than three million viewers every Sunday and millions more through social, digital and on-demand platforms. "Meet the Press" brings its authority and influencer interviews to MSNBC with "MTP Daily" weekdays at 5 p.m. ET and to the "1947: The Meet the Press Podcast". It’s the longest-running show in television history, having celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2017 with the launch of its first-ever film festival in collaboration with the American Film Institute this November. Chuck Todd is the political director of NBC News and the moderator of "Meet the Press"; John Reiss is the executive producer.

About the American Film Institute
The American Film Institute was established by presidential proclamation in the White House Rose Garden, and launched its national mandate on June 5, 1967 — to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI's founding Trustees included Chairman Gregory Peck, Vice Chairman Sidney Poitier, Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Jack Valenti and George Stevens, Jr., as Director.

About AT&T
AT&T is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 AFI DOCS. We help people connect in ways that improve lives – every day. Through DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and AT&T U-verse, we deliver the kind of entertainment people love to talk about. And you can watch almost anytime, anywhere. For 10 years, we've supported AFI's commitment to honor the heritage of film and the artists who make them. And through a variety of programs, we're focused on giving amateur and underrepresented filmmakers the support they need to succeed.