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AFI Docs Presented by audi AWARD WINNERS; Audience Award for Best Feature goes to THE NEW BLACK; Audience Award for Best Short goes to SLOMO


AFI DOCS presented by Audi
(formerly Silverdocs) announced today its distinguished Audience Award winners, culminating a five day festival including the screening of 53 films representing 30 countries in iconic DC locations on the National Mall and Penn Quarter area as well as at the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.  The Festival hosted over 19,000 attendees, including 845 filmmakers, film subjects, journalists, industry, esteemed panelists and special guests, including Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator Robert Menendez, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.  The Festival encompassed a full day of “Catalyst Sessions” exploring Immigration, Education, Intellectual Property and the Role of Humor in Politics.  The Festival also hosted an inaugural Public Policy Engagement Program, which connected over 52 filmmakers with influential policy makers in the halls of Congress, at a Film and Politics Boot Camp, as well as in conversations with Administration officials about ways to collaborate for positive social change around shared issue areas. 

This year’s Audience Award for Best Feature went to THE NEW BLACK directed by Yoruba Richen.  The film examines how African-American voters have become bitterly divided on the issue of gay marriage because of homophobia rampant in one of the pillars of the African-American community – the church.  Focusing on the fight for marriage equality in Maryland, it argues that this hot-button issue is a matter of civil rights.

This year’s Audience Award for Best Short went to SLOMO directed by Joshua Izenberg.  The film asks what would really happen if you quit your lucrative job and just did what you wanted all day, like subject John Kitchin, a doctor who traded his medical practice for rollerblades and sandy beaches, and explores the neurological and spiritual joys of slow acceleration.

“While this was a transformational year for the Festival with an expanded footprint into the heart of Washington, DC, at our core remains a commitment to celebrating the best in the documentary form,” said Sky Sitney, Festival Director.  “The tremendous enthusiasm and response to the film program and its related panels surpassed even our highest expectations. Congratulations to our award winning filmmakers who have set the bar even higher for all future years.”

The 2013 edition of AFI DOCS marks the historic return of the American Film Institute to Washington, DC, where its creation was announced in the White House Rose Garden in 1965.

Best of Fest screenings were held on Monday at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, including AFTER TILLER, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY, BEST KEPT SECRET, THE CRASH REEL, GIDEON’S ARMY, GOD LOVES UGANDA, LET THE FIRE BURN, LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM, OUR NIXON, MCCULLIN, MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS, THE NEW BLACK and RUNNING FROM CRAZY.

AFI DOCS PRESENTED BY AUDI - FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS - DAY 5

As the Festival comes to an end, guests, filmmakers, and even Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich weighed in on the significance of the internationally recognized film festival, calling it “fabulous.”  Several films were presented on the final day of AFI DOCS presented by Audi, including: MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS, a “rockumentary” following indie band The National; THE NEW BLACK, examines how African-American voters have become bitterly divided on the issue of gay marriage, and INEQUALITY FOR ALL takes an eye-opening look at the shocking and ever-widening gap in America’s income inequality and the dire threat it poses to the country’s future.

AFI DOCS PRESENTED BY AUDI - FILMMAKE COMMENTARY- PENNY LANE

AFI DOCS sat down with filmmaker Penny Lane to gain insight on the making of OUR NIXON. 

AFI DOCS PRESENTED BY AUDI - FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS - DAY 4

Based in, and around, the nation’s capital — it is only fitting that AFI DOCS presented by Audi showcase several policy-related films. On the fourth day of the documentary film festival, Penny Lane’s debut film, OUR NIXON, offered new insight into the complex, and fascinating leader. The world-premiere of Joshua Rofé’s LOST FOR LIFE delved into the controversial topic of juvenile life-sentences. Filmmaker AJ Schnack captured intimate behind-the-scenes moments of conservative hopefuls during the 2012 Iowa caucus, in CAUCUS.

AFI DOCS PRESENTED BY AUDI - FILMMAKER COMMENTARY - LOFTY NATHAN

Filmmaker Lotfy Nathan explains what it was like to immerse himself with the notorious Baltimore, MD dirt bike gang, the 12 O’CLOCK BOYS.

AFI DOCS PRESENTED BY AUDI - FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS - DAY 3        

The third day of AFI DOCS presented by Audi was full a big names! Attorney General Eric Holder introduced GIDEON’S ARMY. Four-time Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris reflected on his career with The Washington Post’s Chief Film Critic, Ann Hornaday during the Charles Guggenheim Symposium. Pulitzer Prize Winner Jose Antonio Vargas premiered the highly anticipated film, DOCUMENTED.

AFI DOCS PRESENTED BY AUDI - FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS- DAY 2 

Another exciting day has passed at AFI DOCS presented by Audi! Highlights from day two included, a gala screening of HERBLOCK — THE BLACK & THE WHITE, directed by Michael Stevens; a”packed-house” at MUSCLE SHOALS, directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier, four AFI DOCS Catalyst Sessions dedicated to public discourse and the inaugural AFI DOCS Film and Politics Bootcamp which brought filmmakers to the U.S. Capitol Building to meet with members of Congress. These events and the festival screenings furthered AFI DOCS’ mission to bring filmmakers, our nation’s leaders and audiences together in the heart of Washington, DC.

AFI DOCS PRESENTED BY AUDI - OPENING NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS 

It was a “full house” at the Opening Night celebration of AFI DOCS presented by Audi.  Flanked by the U.S. Capitol, a steady stream of filmmakers and DC VIPs walked the red-carpet at the Newseum before watching the theatrical premiere of Bill Couturie’s much anticipated  documentary LETTERS TO JACKIE. The interactive venue, which houses news and journalism artifacts, was transformed into a glamorous reception space, à la Jackie O’. After the film (and the applause ended) guests mingled and enjoyed food by THE SOURCE by Wolfgang Puck. What a great night, and even better way to kick off AFI DOCS presented by Audi!

AFI DOCS PRESENTED BY AUDI - FILMMAKER COMMENTARY - NEAL BAER & PATRICK CREADON 

The IF YOU BUILD IT filmmakers talk about spending a year in an experimental high school classroom where the curriculum encourages students to design, build, think…and re-think.

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali heads to AFI DOCS!

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali heads to AFI DOCS!

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