AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Festival announced the opening and closing night films for SILVERDOCS 2009 today. The festival will open on Monday June 15 with the US Premiere of Lionsgate’s “More Than a Game,” directed by Kristopher Belman, and will close on Saturday, June 20, with the World Premiere of the HBO Documentary Film “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry,” directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer.
“More Than a Game” follows the careers of five talented young basketball players from Akron, Ohio, including future NBA superstar LeBron James. “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry,” meanwhile, is the story of the philandering, drug-using mayor of the nation’s capital, who was famously caught in a 1990 FBI sting operation yet whose impressive career accomplishments have also made him a hero to many.
“‘The Nine Lives of Marion Barry’ is not just a DC story about one man’s rise and fall, but a universal story of promise, disillusionment, and the quest for redemption,” commented SILVERDOCS Artistic Director Sky Sitney in a statement. “While its message speaks globally, we are thrilled to launch the film in the city that serves not merely as an essential backdrop to the story, but as a character itself.”
The eight day festival, now in its seventh year, will run June 15-22, 2009 and will showcase more than 100 documentary films. For more information, visit the festival’s official website.