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AFI DOCS Releases Complete Film Line-Up, Plans to Honor Alex Gibney at Guggenheim Symposium

Photo of Shipra Gupta By Shipra Gupta | Indiewire May 21, 2014 at 12:0PM

The festival's roster of Catalyst Screenings feature post-screening panel discussions with filmmakers, field experts and policymakers.
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AFI DOCS has released its complete line-up of films for this year's festival, which will take place June 18-22 in Washington, D.C. and Silver Springs, MD.

As previously announced, "Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey" and "Life Itself" will open and close the festival, respectively. In addition to screening 84 films from 28 different countries, AFI DOCS will honor Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney at its annual Charles Guggenheim Symposium. Excerpts from his films will be screened at the ceremony.

The festival's roster of Catalyst Screenings -- which feature post-screening panel discussions with filmmakers, field experts and policymakers -- includes Andrew Rossi's higher education critique "Ivory Tower" and Brian Knappenberger's contemplative piece about the web, entitled "The Internet's Own Boy."

Rory Kennedy's "Last Days In Vietnam" and Amir Bar-Lev's "Happy Valley" -- the latter of which explores the circumstances surrounding the charges of sex abuse levied against longtime Penn State Football Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky -- will screen as part of the festival's Spotlight series.

"While there are serious thought-provoking issues presented artfully in the films, there are equal amounts of whimsical and entertaining experiences," said Interim Festival Director Christine O’Malley. "What they all do, however, is inform and hopefully inspire different types of change -- policy, perspective or heart."

The full list of selections is below:

OPENING NIGHT

HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY
DIR Scott Teems. USA. World Premiere.

CLOSING NIGHT

LIFE ITSELF
DIR Steve James. USA.

SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS & EVENTS

E-TEAM
DIRS Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman.  USA.

GLEN CAMPBELL...I'LL BE ME
DIR James Keach.  USA.

CHARLES GUGGENHEIM SYMPOSIUM
This year, the Symposium celebrates Alex Gibney, one of the most significant documentarians of our time.  His films have etched a place in American history, both as compelling independent storytelling and journalism.  The Symposium will feature a series of excerpts from Gibney’s body of work and he will be joined on stage to discuss his career.  His films include CATCHING HELL (2011), ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM (2005), MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD (2012), NO END IN SIGHT (2007), Academy Award-winning TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE (2007) and WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS (2013).

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS
DIRS Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern.  USA.

FREEDOM SUMMER
DIR Stanley Nelson.  USA.

FEATURE FILM SELECTIONS

112 WEDDINGS
DIR Doug Block. USA. 

1971
DIR Johanna Hamilton. USA.

ACTRESS
DIR Robert Greene. USA.

THE AGREEMENT
DIR Karen Stokkendal Poulsen. Denmark. East Coast Premiere.

ALFRED AND JAKOBINE
DIR Jonathan Howells. UK/Canada. U.S. Premiere.

ALIVE INSIDE: A STORY OF MUSIC & MEMORY
DIR Michael Rossato-Bennett. USA.

AN HONEST LIAR
DIRS Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom. USA. 

APOLLONIAN STORY
DIRS Ilan Moskovitch, Dan Bronfield.  Israel.

ART AND CRAFT
DIRS Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman; co-directed by Mark Becker. USA.

BACK ON BOARD
DIR Cheryl Furjanic.  USA. World Premiere.

BRONX OBAMA
DIR Ryan Murdock. USA.

BUTTERFLY GIRL
DIR Cary Bell.  USA.

DANGEROUS ACTS STARRING THE UNSTABLE ELEMENTS OF BELARUS
DIR Madeleine Sackler. USA.

DINOSAUR 13
DIR Todd Miller.  USA. East Coast Premiere.

DIOR AND I
DIR Frederic Tcheng. France.

THE DOG
DIRS Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren. USA. East Coast Premiere.

THE FIX
DIR Laura Naylor.  USA.

THE HAND THAT FEEDS
DIRS Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick. USA.

HAPPY VALLEY
DIR Amir Bar-Lev. USA.

HEAVEN ADORES YOU
DIR Nickolas Rossi. USA. East Coast Premiere.

THE HOMESTRETCH
DIRS Anne de Mare, Kirsten Kelly. USA. U.S. Premiere.

HOW I GOT OVER
DIR Nicole Boxer. USA. World Premiere.

I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
DIRS Chad Walker, Dave LaMattina. USA. U.S. Premiere.

THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY
DIR Brian Knappenberger. USA. East Coast Premiere. Catalyst Screening.

IVORY TOWER
DIR Andrew Rossi. USA. Catalyst Screening.

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON
DIR Alan Hicks. USA.

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM
DIR Rory Kennedy. USA.

MISCONCEPTION
DIR Jessica Yu. USA.

MUDBLOODS
DIR Farzad Sangari Nikbakht. USA. World Premiere.

THE NEWBURGH STING
DIRS Kate Davis, David Heilbroner. USA. Catalyst Screening.

THE OVERNIGHTERS
DIR Jesse Moss. USA. 

POINT AND SHOOT
DIR Marshall Curry. USA. 

THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS
DIRS Edward Lovelace, James Hall. UK. East Coast Premiere.

THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO
DIR Ian Cheney. USA.

SILENCED
DIR James Spione. USA.

SLAYING THE BADGER
DIR John Dower. USA.

SLINGSHOT
DIR Paul Lazarus. USA.

SOFT VENGEANCE: ALBIE SACHS AND THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA
DIR Abby Ginzberg.  USA/ South Africa.

THE SPECIAL NEED
DIR Carlo Zoratti. Italy/Germany. East Coast Premiere.

THE SUPREME PRICE
DIR Joanna Lipper. USA/Nigeria.

UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL
DIR Kitty Green. Australia/Ukraine.

VIRUNGA
DIR Orlando von Einsiedel. USA. 

WE ARE THE GIANT
DIR Greg Barker.  USA/UK. East Coast Premiere.

WHEN THE GARDEN WAS EDEN
DIR Michael Rapaport. USA. 

WHITEY: UNITED STATES VS. JAMES J. BULGER
DIR Joe Berlinger. USA. 

SHORT FILM SELECTIONS

21 DAYS
DIR Damian Kocur. Poland. 

A PARADISE
DIR Jayisha Patel. UK/Cuba.

A PLACE CALLED PLUTO
DIR Steve James.  USA.
 

AMANDA F***ING PALMER ON THE ROCKS
DIR Ondi Timoner. USA.

BEYOND RECOGNITION
DIR Sam Thonis. USA.

CHERRY POP: THE STORY OF THE WORLD'S FANCIEST CAT
DIR Kareem Tabsch. USA.

THE CHILEAN ELVIS
DIR Marcelo Kiwi. Chile.

FAST ICE: RESCUE FROM ANTARCTICA
DIR Laurence Topham. UK.

FONT MEN
DIRS Dan Covert, Andre Andreev. USA.

FOUNDRY
DIR Oliver Cheetham. UK. 

THE HOME TEAM
DIR Joshua Seftel. USA. 

JOANNA
DIR Aneta Kopacz. Poland.

THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS
DIR Lucy Walker. USA.

LOUIS THE FERRIS WHEEL KID
DIR Tara Fallaux. Netherlands.

MI HUA GAO (OR THE CHINESE RICE KRISPIES SQUARE)
DIR Xavier-Justin Nagy. USA. 

OF MANY
DIR Linda G. Mills. USA. 

OUR CURSE
DIR Tomasz Sliwinski. Poland. 

THE PHOTO MAN
DIR Ben Kitnick. USA.

RONALD
DIR John Dower. UK.

SATI
DIR Bartlomiej Swiderski. Poland.

THE SECRET WORLD OF FOLEY
DIR Daniel Jewel. UK.

SHOWFOLK
DIR Ned McNeilage. USA.

THE VISIT
DIR Matej Bobrik. Poland. 

WHAT'S AN EPI?
DIR Shelly Ortiz. USA. 

WILD BOAR
DIR Willem Baptist. Netherlands.

THE WORLD OF ADRIEN
DIR Katerine Giguere. Canada.

YOU WON'T REGRET THAT TATTOO
DIR Angie Bird. Canada.


This article is related to: Alex Gibney, Hal Holbrook, Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, AFI