By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire May 18, 2010 at 6:28AM
Magnolia Pictures' "Freakonomics," with its all-star lineup of documentarians, will open the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival. The festival announced that Amir Bar-Lev's Sundance title, "The Tillman Story," will close the festival. Silverdocs runs from June 21 to 27 in the Washington, DC area. The festival will soon announce its schedule of special events and its full lineup of more than 80 films.
"Freakonomics" based on Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner's bestseller "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Exposes the Hidden Side of Everything," has inspired a book sequel, a New York Times blog, and now a film. The film is directed in chapters by: Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side"), Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"), Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing ("Jesus Camp"), Eugene Jarecki ("Why We Fight"), and Seth Gordon ("King of Kong"). Gibney, Spurlock, Grady, and Ewing will attend the festival.
"The Tillman Story" explores the story of Pat Tillman, who walked away from his multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army in 2002. The film works to find the truth of Tillman's death after his family refused to accept the official story given by the government.
Silverdocs Artistic Director Sky Sitney said in a prepared statement, “We are thrilled to open Festival with "Freakonomics," one of this year’s most highly anticipated documentaries,” “Thanks to a team of celebrated documentarians, one of the best-selling books of the past decade debuts on the big screen for a riveting cinematic experience. Amir Bar-Lev's 'The Tillman Story'...encompasses the very spirit of the festival: films of social significance told with artistry and a mastery of the form.”