Join Washington’s cinemaphiles for a sneak peek into the 10th annual docu-fest.
By Anne H. Kim
Washington area film fans won’t want to miss AFI Discovery Channel Silverdocs, sponsored by Washington Life. Always an eye-opening experience, this year’s week-long documentary feast, which runs June 18 through June 24, showcases area gems as well as award-winning projects from around the world. Filmmakers can also participate in a five-day International Documentary Conference, where 1,000 filmmakers and industry leaders will discuss the future of non-fiction storytelling.
With 114 thought-provoking films from 44 countries, there are enough documentaries to keep you holed up inside Silver Spring, Md.’s AFI Silver Theatre for quite some time. For a more a targeted approach, we’ve laid out a few selections that may appeal to Washingtonians below.
“Bad Brains” (June 21 and June 23). Mandy Stein and Benjamen Logan’s doc explores Washington’s own Bad Brains, from their inception in the 1970s through their rise as one of punk’s most influential bands.
“Beware of Mr. Baker” (June 19 and June 23). Washington native Jay Bulger suffers legendary Cream guitarist Ginger Baker’s verbal fireworks for an entertaining and rare look inside this reclusive musician.
“Ann Richards’ Texas” (June 21 and June 23). Keith Patterson and Jack Lofton spin an energetic tale of the rise of one of the Democratic Party’s most outspoken liberals, who rose to power in a state that later elected staunch conservatives George W. Bush and most recently Rick Perry.
“Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” (June 22 and June 24). Incomparable Bazaar fashion editor Diana Vreeland in all her glory, as depicted by her granddaughter-in-law Lisa Immordino Vreeland.
For more, see the video trailer on Washington Life’s home page.