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.