It’s looking more and more like acclaimed documentarian Joe Berlinger will be the star of this year’s American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs). Not only will Berlinger’s latest film, “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” open the festival on March 31, but AmDocs will honor the filmmaker with this year’s Seeing The Bigger Picture Award. Past winners of the award include Oliver Stone, Peter Coyote, Harvey Weinstein and Peter Bogdanovich.
“Joe Berlinger, whose new film is the Opening Night feature for the festival’s Fifth Anniversary Edition, has quite an impressive body of work,” said Ted Grouya, AmDocs Founder and Festival Director, in an official statement. “Joe is one of today’s most important auteurs in the world of documentary film, and we are thrilled to be able to honor him at this year’s festival.”
To commemorate Berlinger further, AmDocs will present a three-film retrospective of some of his most iconic work, including “Brother’s Keeper,” “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger” and “Under African Skies.”
AmDocs kicks off on Thursday, March 31 in Palm Springs with the 7:00pm showing of “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru.” Both Berlinger and Robbins will be in attendance and will take part in a post-screening discussion.