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The AFI DOCS Interview: A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA With Director Sophia Nahli Allison

Latasha Harlins was 15 years old when she was killed by Soon Ja Du at Empire Liquor in South Central Los Angeles on March 16, 1991. This dreamlike, hybrid documentary reimagines a more nuanced narrative of Latasha’s life. We spoke to director Sophia Nahli Allison regarding the film. A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA plays as…

The AFI DOCS Interview: SLAY THE DRAGON With Directors Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance

Gerrymandering influences elections and sways outcomes. SLAY THE DRAGON tackles this hot-button political topic and dramatizes precisely what is making our political system sick and, possibly, how it can be healed. Profiling those on the front lines fighting to change the system, Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance’s new documentary hopes to galvanize audiences and show…

The AFI DOCS Interview: GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH With Director David Charles Rodrigues

David Charles Rodriguez’s new film chronicles the journey of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus who decide to tour the deep south in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election. In this Tribeca Film festival Audience Award winner, chorus members confront their pasts with the church, meet residents working for change, and discover kindness and…

The AFI DOCS Interview: TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM With Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

AFI Alumnus Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ (Class of 1975, Cinematography) TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM captures the definitive filmed biography of one of America’s iconic writers. In the documentary, Morrison herself talks with singular eloquence, insight and honesty about her life, work and the country that undervalued her for far too long. We spoke to Greenfield-Sanders…

The AFI DOCS Interview: MAIDEN With Director Alex Holmes

Alex Holmes’ MAIDEN follows Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old skipper who led the first all-women crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race, shattering records — and glass ceilings — along their 167-day, 32,018-mile voyage.  We spoke to director Alex Holmes about the film. MAIDEN plays as part of the Portrait program at AFI DOCS at…

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….

AFI DOCS Announces 2019 Impact Lab

AFI DOCS announces the five films selected for the fifth annual AFI DOCS Impact Lab in partnership with Raben Impact Entertainment, a division of The Raben Group. The selections for this distinguished fellowship and training program are four feature documentary films — 17 BLOCKS, BORDER SOUTH, GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH and A WOMAN’S WORK: THE…

Here’s the Full Slate for AFI DOCS 2019

We’ve revealed the full slate of films for AFI DOCS 2019 which includes 72 films representing 17 countries — including six world premieres, one North American premiere and two U.S. premieres. Year after year, the festival provides a unique opportunity for audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders to engage and connect through the power of story….

The AFI DOCS Interview: INVENTING TOMORROW Director Laura Nix

Laura Nix’s uplifting and entertaining INVENTING TOMORROW follows high school students from around the world as they prepare to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

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: TOUGH GUYS Directors Henry Roosevelt and W.B. Zullo

Told through the colorful stories of scrappy brawlers and amateur promoters, TOUGH GUYS brings to life the birth of mixed martial arts competitions in 1980s Pittsburgh. The idea to legitimize street fighting by putting it in the ring brought big money, crowds, copycat competitions and ultimately scrutiny and tighter control. AFI spoke with directors Henry Roosevelt…

Announcing the AFI DOCS 2016 Audience Award Winners

The American Film Institute has revealed the AFI DOCS 2016 Audience Award winners, concluding the five-day festival in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD. This year’s Audience Award for Best Feature went to MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE, directed by Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules (U.S.). This year’s Audience Award for Best Short went to…
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