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The AFI DOCS Interview: HAVEABABY Director Amanda Micheli

HAVEABABY focuses on a group of aspiring parents who enter a controversial video contest held by a Las Vegas fertility clinic. The winners receive a free round of in vitro fertilization, and given the steep costs of treatment, many believe this unconventional competition may be their only chance at parenthood. Provocative and engaging, director Amanda…

The AFI DOCS Interview: AFTER SPRING Directors Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez

AFTER SPRING looks at the brutal war in Syria, which has contributed to the largest refugee crisis since World War II, with nearly 60 million people fleeing the conflict. Many escape to Europe while others find themselves in limbo in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp — the largest such camp in the Middle East. Homesick yet haunted…

The AFI DOCS Interview: GLEASON Director Clay Tweel

Steve Gleason was a star player for the New Orleans Saints before being diagnosed with a rapidly progressive form of ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, at age 34. With their first child on the way, Gleason and his wife Michel confront their ever-changing new reality with unflinching honesty in front of the camera….

The AFI DOCS Interview: MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE Directors Bob Hercules & Rita Coburn Whack

Co-directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack present a lovingly crafted and stunningly comprehensive portrait of the esteemed Dr. Maya Angelou with MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE.  The incredible story is told by Angelou herself, along with a remarkable cast of contemporaries from her careers as actress, writer, poet and activist.  In chronicling Angelou’s…

Announcing the AFI DOCS 2016 Full Slate of Films

From June 22–26, the 14th edition of AFI DOCS showcases 94 films representing 30 countries. Screenings will take place in Washington, DC, at the Newseum and the Landmark E Street Cinema, and in Silver Spring, MD, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. See the full AFI DOCS 2016 slate of films here. Newly announced…

American Film Institute Names Werner Herzog AFI DOCS 2016 Guggenheim Symposium Honoree

The American Film Institute will pay tribute to renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog as the AFI DOCS 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. The June 24 Symposium will include a conversation with Herzog along with clips from his amazing documentary oeuvre. Moderated by filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, the discussion will be followed by a screening of Herzog’s latest documentary, LO AND…

Announcing the AFI DOCS 2016 Opening and Closing Night Films

AFI DOCS has announced the Opening and Closing Night films for the 2016 edition of the festival. Director Alex Gibney returns to AFI DOCS to open the five-day event on June 22 with the North American premiere of ZERO DAYS, which explores Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer worm discovered in 2010 that was commissioned by the U.S. and…

Four Documentary Projects Receive First-Ever AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grants

This week, AFI announced the four documentary projects that will receive funding from the first-ever AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grants. The grants will support the outreach and social action campaigns for the projects, which screened at AFI DOCS 2015 and participated in the inaugural AFI DOCS Impact Lab, a two-day filmmaker workshop that engaged participants with policymakers pursuing…

Michael Moore Is Kicking off the New AFI DOCS Film Series

Exciting news for Washington, DC-area documentary film fans: the American Film Institute announced today its new AFI DOCS FILM SERIES, a year-round documentary screening program in the nation’s capital that will kick off November 16, 2015 at the Landmark E Street Cinema with Michael Moore’s WHERE TO INVADE NEXT. Moore will also participate in a post-screening discussion. Admission…

Calling All Documentary Fans and Filmmakers

The American Film Institute’s annual documentary film festival, AFI DOCS 2016, will take place June 22–26, 2016 in the nation’s capital and is now open for entries. Each year, AFI DOCS presents a diverse slate of documentaries from around the world that draws documentary fans from the Washington metropolitan region and across the US and convenes…

The AFI DOCS Interview: THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER’s Chad Gracia

In the AFI DOCS film THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER, a young, eccentric Ukrainian artist named Fedor Alexandrovich — just four years old when the Chernobyl disaster struck — seeks to learn more about what happened at the nuclear plant. Fedor becomes fascinated with the Duga — a massive, Soviet-constructed radio antenna near the Chernobyl site that remains…

50 Years Later, AFI is Back at the White House:

Right now, AFI DOCS is in full swing showing some of the best documentaries in the heart of Washington, DC. It’s a unique and influential festival but this year’s entry is particularly meaningful. That’s because the 2015 festival marks the 50 year anniversary of the origin of AFI in the nation’s capital – right in the White House Rose Garden. AFI…
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