The award salutes “masters of the non-fiction art form who inspire audiences by documenting and exploring the human experience,” according to an AFI press release. There will also by a symposium June 20 at the National Archives that will include a showing of Gibney’s work and a moderator-led discussion and Q&A with Gibney.
Gibney’s 2007 “Taxi to the Dark Side,” about the U.S. military’s torture of individuals during the last decade, won the Oscar for documentary feature and a Writers Guild of America award for screenplay. Gibney was also nominated by the Directors Guild of America for his work.
His other work includes “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” (2005); “Client 9: The Rise & Fall of Eliot Spitzer” (2010), and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” (2013). Gibney’s latest film was the 2013 “The Armstrong Lie” and he is currently producing a four-hour documentary about Frank Sinatra for HBO.
“Alex Gibney’s personal drive to find and expose truth in film makes him one of the most important documentarians of this and any generation,” said Christine O’Malley, Interim Director, AFI DOCS. “His films have etched a place in American history, both as compelling independent storytelling and journalism, so it particularly fitting that AFI pay tribute to him in Washington and at the National Archives.”
Past Guggenheim honorees include Martin Scorsese (2006), Spike Lee (2008), Albert Maysles (2009), Frederick Wiseman (2010) and Errol Morris (2013).
Tickets to the Guggenheim Symposium and festival events will be available in May.