Meet the New Director of AFI DOCS – American Film Institute


Meet the New Director of AFI DOCS

michael lumpkinAFI DOCS, AFI’s annual documentary festival in Washington, DC, is excited to announce a new Director: filmmaker and Executive Director of the International Documentary Association (IDA), Michael Lumpkin.

We’re happy to welcome Michael to the AFI family. He’s a filmmaker with nearly three decades of experience in the film community and not only brings a versatile perspective to AFI DOCS, but a well-rounded appreciation for the impact of the art form as well.

“I’m honored to be joining one of the world’s top film organizations and expanding the rich history and proud tradition of AFI DOCS,” said Michael. “Six wonderful years at IDA solidified my passion for documentary films, and I look forward to bringing that passion to AFI.”

And we look forward to having him at the helm. Welcome aboard, Michael!

And there’s more good news for AFI DOCS. We’re proud to report that AT&T will return as the presenting sponsor of the festival in 2015.

“AT&T’s renewed commitment as presenting sponsor underscores their commitment to the arts in America and their unique ability to bring us all together as one global audience,” said AFI President & CEO Bob Gazzale. “Their support will continue to forge AFI DOCS forward.”

Look for the next edition of the festival to take place in Washington, DC June 17-21, 2015.

Comments (2)

Gayle Nelson

Good deal Michael. I have your Mom as Face Book friend.

Paul Perry, Director of Education, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Pass to Michael Lumpkin:

Dear Mr. Lumpkin,
The Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum would be interested in being a screening venue for the AFI Docs series. We are one the 20 Smithsonian museums and research centers and the leading cultural institution East of the Anacostia River. Although we are the smallest of the Smithsonian museums, our programs are dynamic and diverse. Films are a major part of our programming repertoire, and the majority of the films we screen are documentaries. We often collaborate with our cultural arts neighbors in the metropolitan DC area, and we are very much interested in working with AFI to introduce new cinema auteurs to our local constituency in southeast DC.


Paul H. Perry
Director of Education and Outreach
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, DC 20020
Tel: 202.633.4868
[email protected]

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