Documentary – American Film Institute

AFI DOCS 2021: Racial Justice Films

With the power to educate, to inspire, to change hearts and minds and to call-to-action, the AFI DOCS film festival’s incredible selection of documentaries on the subject of racial justice is a celebration of protest, of speaking out against injustices and of finding joy in connecting with community and a network of changemakers. Take to…

AFI DOCS 2021: Festival Programming Intern Liwen Wang Picks

By AFI Festival Programming Intern Liwen Wang Ten weeks have gone by, hardly a dull moment! I’ve never quite imagined I’d be interning at a world-class film festival like AFI DOCS, let alone interacting with the festival’s programmers on a daily basis. Thanks to the fest team, my time here has been very informative and…

Catching up with WALK WITH ME Filmmaker Heidi Levitt

Throughout her career, AFI Faculty and alum Heidi Levitt (AFI Class of 1987) has focused on the perfect elements to tell a story – collaborating as a Casting Director with filmmakers as varied as Haifaa Al-Mansour, Rodrigo García (AFI Class of 1986), Sally Potter, Oliver Stone and Wayne Wang. Her latest project – a feature…

Dawn Porter Named 2021 Guggenheim Honoree

AFI Tradition Includes Honorees Spike Lee, Barbara Kopple, Martin Scorsese, Errol Morris, Lee Grant, Stanley Nelson AFI DOCS Will Celebrate Award-Winning Filmmaker on June 23, 2021 AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute’s documentary film festival, has announced that it will honor Dawn Porter as the 2021 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. Each year, the AFI DOCS…

Early Bird Passes Now Available for AFI DOCS 2021

Get your EARLY BIRD PASS – BUY NOW This year’s AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute’s annual documentary celebration, will once again be open to movie fans around the nation – and a Film Pass is the best way to virtually attend! New films and events will be scheduled each day of the festival, with captivating…

AFI Movie Club: MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY at AFI FEST Presented by Audi

Watch the World Premiere of MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY at AFI FEST presented by Audi tonight at 8:00 p.m. PDT – Get Ticket Following the film, Indiewire Editor-at-Large Anne Thompson leads a conversation with Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Errol Morris. A psychedelic head trip crossed with a possible CIA conspiracy and wrapped in a fascinating love…

AFI DOCS: Virtual World Premiere of BLOOD ON THE WALL

BLOOD ON THE WALL is having its Virtual World Premiere online at AFI DOCS on June 21. Get ticket here. Following the film, watch a recorded discussion led by NBC News and MSNBC Correspondent Jacob Soboroff with directors Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested. Immigration under the current administration is indelibly marked by powerful media images…

AFI DOCS: Maia Lekow and Christopher King on THE LETTER

THE LETTER will have its Virtual World Premiere at AFI DOCS 2020 on June 21. Get ticket to online screening now.  “This is a universal story of the increasing vulnerability of our elders and the indestructible power of women and the importance of family.” – Maia Lekow, co-director of THE LETTER Watch directors Maia Lekow…

AFI DOCS: Jerry Rothwell on THE REASON I JUMP

THE REASON I JUMP, winner of the Sundance World Cinema Documentary Audience Award, screened at AFI DOCS online film festival on June 20. Opening a window into the sensory universe of five nonspeaking autistic people from around the world, THE REASON I JUMP takes the audience on a uniquely cinematic journey that is both revelatory…

AFI Movie Club: NATIONTIME-GARY

William Greaves’ documentary NATIONTIME–GARY documents the inaugural National Black Political Convention and is narrated by the legendary Sidney Poitier – recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. IndieCollect’s new 4k restoration of NATIONTIME–GARY screened online at AFI DOCS 2020. Watch Richard Roundtree announce today’s film: Movie Trivia about NATIONTIME – GARY -DID YOU KNOW that…

AFI Movie Club: SISTERS OF ’77

AFI DOCS showcased SISTERS OF ’77, an Academy Award®-nominated documentary about the first-ever National Women’s Conference, as part of the Cinema’s Legacy section at AFI DOCS 2020. The landmark film combines footage of the conference with interviews with prominent activists, including Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and Coretta Scott King. Watch Marisa Tomei announce…

AFI Movie Club: WOODSTOCK

The iconic documentary, WOODSTOCK, captured the landmark Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, New York during the twilight of the 1960s. The film represents a pivotal convergence in music, political activism and countercultural history. Watch Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple announce today’s film.  Movie Trivia about WOODSTOCK  –DID YOU KNOW the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, NY, attracted…
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