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Announcing the AFI DOCS 2017 Impact Lab Participants

The third edition of the AFI DOCS Impact Lab will take place June 13–14. Presented in collaboration with NBCUniversal, the intensive program is designed for select filmmakers with issue-driven films who aim to create broader social and political change through the power of film.

AFI Thesis Films Win College Television Awards

AFI Conservatory alumni from the Class of 2016 won three College Television Awards (Student Emmys®) for their thesis films. The 38th 2017 College Television Awards were held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, CA.

The AFI DOCS Interview: NOBODY SPEAK Director Brian Knappenberger

When online gossip rag Gawker published a sex tape involving Hulk Hogan, the former wrestler sued, but who was the mysterious billionaire bankrolling his legal fees? Using this salacious trial as just one example, NOBODY SPEAK: TRIALS OF THE FREE PRESS is a cautionary tale about the dangers of the super rich controlling the message…

Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Steve Martin, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon to Toast Diane Keaton

On Thursday, June 8, the entertainment community will come together to toast one of their own, the inimitable Diane Keaton. AFI will present the legendary actress with the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award — the highest honor for a career in film — at a Gala Tribute at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

AFI DOCS Will Honor Laura Poitras

AFI DOCS will pay tribute to Laura Poitras — the groundbreaking filmmaker behind RISK (2016) and the Academy Award®-winning Edward Snowden portrait CITIZENFOUR (2014) — as the festival’s 2017 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.

Announcing the AFI DOCS Forum

Open to festival filmmakers and all passholders, the four-day AFI DOCS Forum will take place June 15–18 at the AFI DOCS Festival Hub at the District Architecture Center in Washington, DC. The Forum will present a variety of networking and professional development events for filmmakers, industry professionals and those with a passion for nonfiction storytelling….

The AFI DOCS Interview: FOR AHKEEM Director Landon Van Soest

Behind the headlines of Ferguson, MO, is 17-year-old Daje “Boonie” Shelton, a young woman from nearby North St. Louis struggling to make it to graduation, a goal further complicated by an unexpected pregnancy. Intimate and affecting, FOR AHKEEM is a delicately told coming-of-age story that underscores the complexities of race and class in America.

The AFI DOCS Interview: SAVING BRINTON Filmmakers Tommy Haines, John Richard and Andrew Sherburne

In his position as small-town Iowa historian and collector, Michael Zahs lucked into the acquisition of one of the rarest collections of turn-of-the-century cinema. Now turning his obsession into purpose, Zahs sets out to restore and exhibit his treasure trove of newsreels, home movies and lost films. He is the subject of SAVING BRINTON, which screens at AFI DOCS…

The AFI DOCS Interview: CHAVELA Directors Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi

The dramatic, soulful interpretations of Mexican lesbian singer Chavela Vargas paved the way for women seeking equality in a traditionally male world. A renowned nightclub performer reduced to alcoholic impoverishment, Vargas made a triumphant comeback in her 70s that secured her reputation as an artist of uncompromising passion and independence.

AFI Names Honorary Degree Recipients

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today it will confer Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon television icon Carol Burnett, and upon acclaimed filmmakers Marshall Herskovitz (AFI Class of 1975) and Edward Zwick (AFI Class of 1975). All three will be recognized for their contributions to the art of the moving image during…

The AFI DOCS Interview: YEAR OF THE SCAB Director John Dorsey

In September 1987, for the first time in U.S. history, replacement football players took the field amidst a union strike. Seen as a second chance for these unknowns — or “scabs” — the ’87 season became one of the Washington Redskins’ most memorable. Using archival footage and personal interviews, filmmaker John Dorsey highlights a forgotten…

The AFI DOCS Interview: NEW CHEFS ON THE BLOCK Director Dustin Harrison-Atlas

Opening a new restaurant is not for the faint of heart. Time, money, stress, repeat. Two DC-area chefs put everything on the line to open two very different establishments — Frank Linn’s Frankly…Pizza! and Aaron Silverman’s Rose’s Luxury (Bon Appetit’s “Best New Restaurant in America” in 2014). Directed by Dustin Harrison-Atlas, NEW CHEFS ON THE…