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May 22, 2013 2:28 PM
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AFI Docs Announces 2013 Slate including JFK Doc 'Letters to Jackie,' 'Caucus,' and 'Gideon's Army'

"Caucus"
AFI DOCS has announced its slate of films for the 2013 festival, and it certainly won't be lacking for big names. Opening with the star-studded Bill Couturie documentary "Letters to Jackie" and closing with AJ Schnack's behind-the-scenes look at the 2012 GOP leadership race "Caucus," the 2013 edition of AFI DOCS is set to shine a light on many a famous face.

"Letters to Jackie" focuses on the thousands of letters sent to Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband's assassination in 1963. Oscar-winning director Bill Couturie incorporates archival footage as well as letter readings from actors including Jessica Chastain, Zooey Deschanel, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, and Channing Tatum. The opening night selection will also be the film's theatrical premiere before its fall release on TLC. Couturie and other select talent from the film are expected to attend the premiere.

Set to run from June 19-23 in Washington, DC, the festival formerly known as Silverdocs has a new name, a new sponsor (Audi), and a brand new slate of films to pour over. Among the lucky 53 films chosen for the 11th edition of the festival were Sundance selection "Gideon's Army"—director Dawn Porter's feature following three public defenders—and "Documented," an examination of journalist Jose Antonio Vargas after he admitted to being an undocumented immigrant in 2011.

"Caucus" is set to make its US premiere as the festival's closing night film. The documentary features many conservative figureheads, including Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. Director AJ Schnack and some yet-to-be-announced subjects of the film are scheduled to be in attendance.

AFI will also be honoring Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris with its Charles Guggenheim Symposium. The event will focus on the man behind such great films as "The Thin Blue Line," "A Brief History of Time," and the Oscar-winning "The Fog of War" with a series of excerpts from his body of work before bringing Morris onstage to discuss his career. 

Find a full list of films and more info on AFI Docs here.

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