The American Film Institute’s documentary festival, AFI DOCS,
will honor Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark
Side”) as its 2014 Charles Guggenheim honoree during the fest’s 12th edition, running June 18-22 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, Maryland.
The award is designed to honor masters of the non-fiction
art form who explore the human experience. The Guggenheim Symposium will be held on June 20 at the National
Archives and includes a presentation of the prolific Gibney’s work (last year
saw two of his films released, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks,” and “The
Armstrong Lie”; his doc “Fela” hit Sundance earlier this year, and an untitled
James Brown doc went to the just-wrapped Tribeca). There will also be a
moderator-led discussion and Q&A.
Past Guggenheim honorees include the likes of Charles
Guggenheim (2003), Barbara Kopple (2004), Martin Scorsese (2006), Jonathan
Demme (2007), Spike Lee (2008), Albert Maysles (2009), Frederick Wiseman
(2010), Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (2011), Joe Berlinger and Bruce
Sinofsky (2012) and Errol Morris (2013).