The American Film Institute today announced the expansion of its premier documentary festival AFI Docs from its current home at AFI’s Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD, to the heart of Washington DC, with screenings and events planned throughout various venues on the National Mall and Penn Quarter. It has renamed itself to AFI Docs presented by Audi in the process (and will remain in Silver Spring as well).
The festival has also announced the members of this year’s Advisory Board with a lineup of revered documentarians, including Ken Burns, Werner Herzog, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, D.A. Pennebaker, Frederick Wiseman, Chris Hegedus, Davis Guggenheim and Albert Maysles.
“AFI Docs will bring film artists to the forefront of a dialogue with our nation’s leaders,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “History has proven that great change in civil societies is often, if not always, catalyzed by art. It is this that inspires us to be in Washington, DC with storytellers whose voices serve as catalysts for action. We’re most proud to do so with the support of Audi, whose continued commitment to the art of the moving image at AFI Docs now also brings us home to the heart of the nation’s capital.”
More information on the festival’s programming, schedules, and pass registration will be released in coming weeks.