NYC birthed streetwise Tribeca.
Utah raised indie Sundance.
Cannes begat... well, Cannes.
And Washington had a little darling called SILVERDOCS.
The internationally recognized American Film Institute, along with Discovery Communications and their progeny, SILVERDOCS, mark their 10th year as the filmic birthright of Washington, D.C.
And D.C. owes its “Docu-wood” title to this epic nonfiction event, say the event's organizers.
"Ten years ago, when the American Film Institute and Discovery Communications learned they would be neighbors, one of the goals was to come together as these two significant media entities, and create a meaningful project," Sky Sitney, SILVERDOCS' festival director, told us.
More than 1,000 film submissions later, SILVERDOCS is the definitive answer for films with meaning. This year's showcase, running June 18-24, features the best 100 films from 44 submitting countries that no doubt make the most of genre and venue -- central components of AFI's success.
"SILVERDOCS wouldn’t be what it is if it were in any other location," Sitney said. "As the festival has grown, more and more filmmakers see it as a destination where they want to bring their social issue films and connect with the powerful D.C. community."
Jody Arlington, the festival’s PR manager adds, “There’s also been a decline in [investigative] news journalism and resources, so documentaries provide an opportunity to really dig deep into subject matter that you might not otherwise get in your nightly news, like you would have at one point and time.”
Filmmakers from around the world will gather not only to view their peers’ best work, but also to hone their nonfiction storytelling skills during the International Documentary Conference embedded within the festival.
The event-within-an-event starts June 19. Filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky will be honored as the 10th Charles Guggenheim Symposium recipients, and the Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday will get specific about the issues with two must-see election year screenings: “Detropia,” the “Jesus Camp” duo’s take on the economy, and “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.”
Opening ceremonies kick off Monday night, June 18. with “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.” Meet Journey guitarist and vocalist Neal Schon at the Silver Theatre, along with bandmate and frontman Arnel Pineda, who will join in via Skype.
Tickets are available for purchase online here, or at the box office 15 minutes before showtime.