iPOP at SilverDocs in Silver Spring, MD

by Wendy Mitchell

The AFI and Discovery Communications presented the first SilverDocs Documentary Festival in Silver Spring, MD, from June 18-22. In addition to proving popular to community members, the festival also attracted quite a few of the filmmakers who were on hand for Q&As with their screenings. The five-day event held a number of symposiums and parties, and even a community street fair where legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk strutted his stuff.

Anne Labro, associate producer for jury-award winner "Collateral Damages" talks with "Power Trip" director Paul Devlin at the Guggenheim Symposium after-party at Discovery headquarters.

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Don Baer, senior executive VP of Discovery Communications, recognizes Nina Gilden Seavey, the director of the inaugural SilverDocs and a filmmaker herself.

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Jim Taylor, former presidential candidate and star/director of "Run Some Idiot" chats with AFI director of festivals Christian Gaines.

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"In the Name of Love" director Shannon O'Rourke and "Grace and the New Rules" director Annie J. Howell.

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Ed "Speedo" Jager, star of Jesse Moss' demolition derby doc "Speedo," gets into the Tony Hawk spirit at SilverDocs community day on Sunday.

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