Silverdocs event rechristened as AFI Docs

The American Film Institute is expanding its Silverdocs documentary festival into Washington, D.C., and renaming the event AFI Docs.

The festival, launched in 2003 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Md., disclosed Thursday that it plans to hold screenings and events at venues on the National Mall and in the Penn Quarter area at the upcoming festival starting June 19.

Festival programming will continue at the Maryland venue.

“AFI Docs will bring film artists to the forefront of a dialogue with our nation’s leaders,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “History has proven that great change in civil societies is often, if not always, catalyzed by art. It is this that inspires us to be in Washington, DC with storytellers whose voices serve as catalysts for action.”

Audi will remain the name sponsor of the festival. AFI said a prominent part of the festival will be the “Catalyst Sessions: The Art of Moving Reality,” a forum for conversations by filmmakers, thought leaders, policy-makers and audiences.

The AFI Docs Advisory Board include Ken Burns, Davis Guggenheim, Chris Hegedus, Werner Herzog, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Albert Maysles, Errol Morris, D. A. Pennebaker and Frederick Wiseman.

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