Oscar Winner Freida Lee Mock Named 2019 Guggenheim Honoree – American Film Institute


Oscar Winner Freida Lee Mock Named 2019 Guggenheim Honoree

Acclaimed filmmaker Freida Lee Mock is this year’s AFI DOCS 2019 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. Mock’s career includes five Academy Award® nominations for her work, and an Academy Award® for her documentary MAYA LIN: A STRONG CLEAR VISION (1994).

Each year, the AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors a master of the nonfiction art form. This year’s Symposium will include an in-depth conversation with Mock, along with a sneak preview of her new film, RUTH – JUSTICE GINSBURG IN HER OWN WORDS, at the Arleigh & Roberta Burke Theater at The Navy Memorial, on June 22, 2019. The Symposium will be moderated by author and Washington Post film critic, Ann Hornaday.

Buy tickets to the Guggenheim Symposium here.

“Freida Lee Mock’s work offers not only a look at remarkable people with amazing stories, but also a way to truly connect with them and their lives,” said Michael Lumpkin, Director of AFI Festivals. “We are honored to celebrate her and look back on her prolific career, as well as shine a proper light on her continued impact on documentary filmmaking with a special preview of her latest film.”


Mock’s new documentary RUTH – JUSTICE GINSBURG IN HER OWN WORDS is an intimate portrait of the extraordinary life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Using archival footage and new interviews, Mock gives audiences a poignant and powerful look into an extraordinary woman’s personal and public life.

The documentary short TO LIVE AND LET DIE (1983) was the first of Mock’s films nominated for an Academy Award®, followed by the short ROSE KENNEDY: A LIFE TO REMEMBER (1990). In 1995, Mock’s documentary feature MAYA LIN: A STRONG CLEAR VISION (1994), which follows artist Maya Lin’s work on the Vietnam Memorial, won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. Two more of Mock’s documentary shorts went on to be nominated for Academy Awards®: NEVER GIVE UP: THE 20TH CENTURY ODYSSEY OF HERBERT ZIPPER (1995) and SING! (2001).

Mock joins a renowned list of Guggenheim Symposium honorees: Charles Guggenheim (2003), Barbara Kopple (2004), Martin Scorsese (2006), Jonathan Demme (2007), Spike Lee (2008), Albert Maysles (2009), Frederick Wiseman (2010), Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker (2011), Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (2012), Errol Morris (2013), Alex Gibney (2014), Stanley Nelson (2015), Werner Herzog (2016), Laura Poitras (2017), and Steve James (2018).

AFI DOCS is proud to have AT&T return as this year’s Presenting Sponsor. Passes and tickets to AFI DOCS, including the Charles Guggenheim Symposium, are now on sale at AFI.com/afidocs.

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