Your weekend should include some SILVERDOCS action.
The 10th edition of Discovery Communications’ and American Film Institute’s tribute to the documentary genre draws to a close this Sunday, but you can still catch some of the titles setting audiences abuzz.
SILVERDOCS.FestivalGenius.com, the nifty little organizer that helps SILVERDOCS spectators get a handle on their nonfiction addictions, reveals the top seven most added screenings of the week that you can still catch before closing night.
Check out a few hand-picked flicks flying just under the radar, too:
The “Jesus Camp” duo is at it again. Hometown heroine Rachel Grady and Detroiter Heidi Ewing, co-founders of Loki Films, take on the deafening din of the economic collapse in Detroit in this cautionary tale starring the Motor City. Oh, and by the way, they absolutely want you to see this film, and they absolutely plan to release it before November 2012. Not dropping hints or anything... (6/22, 10:30 a.m., AFI Silver Theatre 2)
"DON’T STOP BELIEVIN': EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY"
You may be able to list all the original members of Journey in sequential order, but this story documents the power of YouTube to resurrect the legendary. Ramona Diaz’s film “Everyman’s Journey” follows Arnel Pineda as he fronts for a tribute band -- and then gets a call to lead the real deal. Catch an encore presentation of opening night this weekend. (6/24, 12:15 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre 1)
"THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES"
Because we’ve all secretly wanted to know the play-by-play of these situations... Lauren Greenfield indulges us with a peek into the lives of the Siegels. David is a 74-year-old timeshare mogul. His wife, Jacqueline, is 30 years his junior. They have eight kids and a palace in Florida modeled after King Louis XIV’s Versailles. But the economic collapse introduces them to an even more elaborate craze: downsizing. (6/22, 7:30 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre 1; 6/24, 5:30 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre 2 )
Dogma or well-intended evangelism? Once every 10 years, church tangoes with state as Texas’ 15-member Board of Education -- a motley crue of Creationists, evolutionists and other-ists -- meet to pen science and history textbooks for a generation of five million children. (6/22, 6 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre 2; 6/23, 8:15 p.m., Round House Theatre)
"A GIRL LIKE HER"
In the 1950s and '60s, more than a million unmarried American women lost children to forced adoption. Thanks to puritanical behavior toward sex education, pregnant singles were pushed into secret institutions away from home to deliver, and disown, their children in the name of keeping up appearances. (6/23, 1 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre 3)
"MEET THE FOKKENS"
Brace yourself. Sisters Louise and Martine Fokken have been in Amsterdam’s sex work business for 50 years. Louise recently retired, but 70-something sister Martine is still going strong. The sisters confess their lives haven’t been carefree, but they are far from apologetic, and uniquely open about their unconventional story. (6/22, 10:15 a.m., AFI Silver Theatre 3)
"WE ARE LEGION: THE STORY OF THE HACKTIVISTS"
They may or may not have downed Twitter last night. But they certainly have an effective weapon in their arsenal as civil dissidents. Brian Knappenberger examines the contemporary radical “hacktivist” group known as “Anonymous.” Initially regarded as pranksters, Anonymous has evolved into a legit band of internationally recognized, Guy Fawkes-faced protesters. (6/23, 10:45 p.m., Round House Theatre)
"BETTING THE FARM"
This group of Maine dairy farmers may be on to something. When the national milk company carrying their goods dumps them, MOO, their very own organic milk company, is born. The end of corporate layoffs could rest on their success. (6/22, 6:45 p.m., Discover HD Theatre; 6/24, 8:30 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre 3)
Another film with a potential silver lining. Paul Meyers and Paul Donatelli tell the short story of a few people who’ve decided to spin the real estate crisis and overconsumption theories on their heads by engaging in, what they call, “rightsizing.” Three Californians build their own 100-square-foot homes and live to tell the benefits. (6/22, 7:30 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre 1; 6/24, 5:30 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre 2)