By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire May 29, 2012 at 11:05AM
Silverdocs, the U.S. documentary festival held just outside of the nation's capital in Silver Spring, Maryland, has announced its complete lineup. Screening in the U.S. Competition are world premieres "Betting the Farm" (Jason Mann and Cecily Pingree) about organic milk in Maine, "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself" (Tom Bean and Luke Poling), about the legendary writer, and "Sweet Dreams" (Rob and Lisa Fruchtman), about a women's drumming group in Rwanda. Also included in the U.S. lineup are Teddy Award-winner "Call Me Kuchu" and Sundance jury winner "The House I Live In."
IDFA winner "Planet of Snail" is among the festival's World Feature slate.
David France's film about AIDS activist groups ACT UP and TAG, "How to Survive a Plague," is the festival's Centerpiece Screening. The festival will hold a special outdoor screening of Joe Berlinger's Paul Simon doc "Under African Skies," about the making of Simon's album Graceland, and a special screening of "Bad Brains: A Band in DC," about the local band.
It was previously announced that the festival will open and close with two music docs -- "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" (about Journey's new frontman) and "Big Easy Express," about Mumford & Sons -- and that Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger ("Paradise Lost" trilogy, "Crude") will be the festival's Guggenheim honorees.
This year’s Sterling U.S., World and Short competition films are:
Sterling U.S. Feature Competition
BETTING THE FARM: DIR Jason Mann and Cecily Pingree. USA. World Premiere.
CALL ME KUCHU: DIR Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall. USA. East Coast Premiere.
DOWNEAST: DIR David Redmon and Ashley Sabin. USA.
THE HOUSE I LIVE IN: DIR Eugene Jarecki. USA.
ONLY THE YOUNG: DIR Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims. USA. East Coast Premiere.
PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY: DIR Ross McElwee. USA/France.
PLIMPTON! STARRING GEORGE PLIMPTON AS HIMSELF: DIR Tom Bean and Luke Poling. USA. World Premiere.
RADIO UNNAMEABLE: DIR Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson. USA.
THE REVISIONARIES: DIR Scott Thurman. USA.
SUN KISSED: DIR Maya Stark and Adi Lavy. USA. East Coast Premiere.
SWEET DREAMS: DIR Rob and Lisa Fruchtman. USA. World Premiere.
THE WAITING ROOM: DIR Peter Nicks. USA.
U.S. Feature Jury: Heather Courtney, Filmmaker (WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM); Marshall Curry, Filmmaker (IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT); Adella Ladjevardi, Grants Manager, Cinereach
Sterling World Feature Competition
ARGENTINIAN LESSON: DIR Wojciech Staron. Poland. East Coast Premiere.
THE FINAL MEMBER: DIR Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math. USA/Canada. U.S. Premiere.
OMA & BELLA: DIR Alexa Karolinski. Germany/USA. U.S. Premiere.
PLANET OF SNAIL: DIR Seung-Jun Yi. South Korea.
PRIVATE UNIVERSE: DIR Helena Trestikova. Czech Republic. U.S. Premiere.
THE PUNK SYNDROME: DIR Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi. Finland/Norway/Sweden. U.S. Premiere.
SPECIAL FIGHT (VOL SPECIAL): DIR Fernand Melgar. Switzerland.
TEA OR ELECTRICITY: DIR Jeröme le Maire. Belgium/Morocco. North American Premiere.
VIRGIN TALES: DIR Mirjam Von Arx. France/Germany/Switzerland. North American Premiere.
¡VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS!: DIR Victor Kossakovsky. Germany/Netherlands/Argentina/Chile. East Coast Premiere.
THE WORLD BEFORE HER: DIR Nisha Pahuja. USA/Canada/Germany/UK.