AFI DOCS – American Film Institute

AFI FEST Interview: JUST MERCY Director/Co-Writer Destin Daniel Cretton

JUST MERCY plays as a Special Screening at AFI FEST on Saturday, November 16 at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. Writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton is an indie darling with credits, including the award-winning drama SHORT TERM 12 and THE GLASS CASTLE — an adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 bestselling memoir. This spring Marvel came…

AFI DOCS Announces 2020 Dates and Call for Entries

AFI DOCS is now officially accepting submissions for this year’s festival, which will be held from June 17-21, 2020, at Washington, DC venues and the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. The five-day program presents the very best of contemporary documentary filmmaking from across the globe, including world and international premieres, and works…

Announcing AFI DOCS 2019 Award Winners

The American Film Institute has announced the AFI DOCS 2019 Award Winners, concluding the five-day festival supported by Presenting Sponsor AT&T in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.  The festival’s Audience Award for Best Feature went to CHASING THE MOON, directed by Robert Stone.  The Audience Award for Best Short went to ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN,…

The AFI DOCS Interview: PICTURE CHARACTER With Director Martha Shane

PICTURE CHARACTER plays as part of the Spectrum program at AFI DOCS at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD on Saturday, June 22 and at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington DC on Sunday, June 23. Director Martha Shane in attendance. Buy tickets to the screening here. PICTURE CHARACTER is fun, informative and shows…

The AFI DOCS Interview: WHO KILLED GARRETT PHILLIPS? With Director Liz Garbus

WHO KILLED GARRETT PHILLIPS? has its World Premiere as part of the Truth and Justice program at AFI DOCS at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington DC on Thursday, June 20. Director Liz Garbus will be in attendance. Buy tickets to the screening here.  On October 24, 2011, police officers found the lifeless body of 12-year-old…

The AFI DOCS Interview: TAKE ME TO PROM With Director Andrew Moir

TAKE ME TO PROM plays as part of the Shorts program at AFI DOCS at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington DC on Thursday, June 20 and at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD on Friday, June 21. Director Andrew Moir in attendance. Buy tickets to the screening here. Queer folks of all ages…

The AFI DOCS Interview: THE ELEPHANT QUEEN With Directors Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone

THE ELEPHANT QUEEN plays as part of the Spectrum program at AFI DOCS at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington DC on Saturday, June 22 and at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD on Sunday, June 23. Directors Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone will be in attendance. Buy tickets to the screening here. The…

The AFI DOCS Interview: THE TRIAL With Director Johanna Hamilton

THE TRIAL plays as part of the Shorts Program at AFI DOCS at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD on Saturday, June 22 and at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington DC on Sunday, June 23. Buy tickets to the screening here. Alka Pradhan, James Connell and Sterling Thomas are lawyers for Ammar al-Baluchi,…

The AFI DOCS Interview: LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE With Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE plays as part of the Anthem program at AFI DOCS at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington DC on Thursday, June 20 and at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD on Sunday, June 23. Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will be in attendance.Buy tickets to the screening here….

The AFI DOCS Interview: IN THE ABSENCE With Director Yi Seung-Jun

When the passenger ferry MV Sewol sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, more than 300 people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from national authorities. Yi Seung-Jun’s work focuses on the life of unseen minorities, which has informed his signature…

The AFI DOCS Interview: A WOMAN’S WORK: THE NFL’S CHEERLEADER PROBLEM With Director Yu Gu

In 2017, the National Football League earned over $14 billion in revenue. NFL cheerleaders, however, earn less than minimum wage–some paid as low as $1.50 an hour. A WOMAN’S WORK highlights this astounding wage discrepancy through the stories of three women fighting back for what they deserve. After dedicating years to training and paying out-of-pocket…

The AFI DOCS Interview: RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT With Director Matt Wolf

Beginning with the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979, Marion Stokes secretly recorded television 24 hours a day at a time when networks did not systematically archive the news. Stokes was a fierce activist, motivated by truth and freedom, and after she began working in television, she quickly recognized the influence media had on society. As…

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