SilverDocs will screen the world premiere of ensemble documentary, “Convention” as its Centerpiece screening, the festival, which takes place June 15 – 22 in Silver Springs, MD. Assembled by director AJ Schnack (“Kurt Cobain About a Son”) a group of doc filmmakers capture last year’s Democratic National Convention, which went on to nominate Barack Obama as its candidate for President of the U.S. Joined by Laura Poitras (“My Country, My Country”), Paul Taylor (“We Are Together”), Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (“A Lion in the House”), Daniel Junge (“They Killed Sister Dorothy”), Nathan Truesdell and David Wilson, the film captures Denver through the eyes of its organizers, reporters, police and protesters. All the filmmakers will be in attendance and will present a special “Doc Talk” on ensemble filmmaking as part of the SilverDocs International Documentary Conference.
“It’s a small homage to the old Drew and Associates,” Schnack told indieWIRE’s Eugene Hernandez at the convention last August. “It’s not really a film about politicians. It really is a film about how a city works.” Explaining that for some time he has wanted to follow “how a city deals with a major event.” Schnack added at the time that he was able to get the access he hoped for during filming. “It’s sort of a leap of faith on everyone’s part. So much of it is on the fly.”