Alex Gibney’s “Zero Days” and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” will be the opening and closing night films at AFI Docs, the American Film Institute’s annual documentary festival from June 22-26 in Washington.
The screening of both movies will be held t the Newseum, which is joining the festival this year as official gala screening partner. AT&T will be presenting sponsor.
“Zero Days” centers on Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer worm discovered in 2010 that was commissioned by the U.S. and Israeli governments to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program. Gibney will participate in a Q&A at the June 22 screening. He was honored in 2014 at the festival’s Charles Guggenheim Symposium and presented his movie “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” last year.
“Norman Lear” chronicles the life and work of Lear, who will participate in a post screening discussion on June 26 with Ewing and Grady. The directors brought their movie “Jesus Camp” to the festival in 2006.
Tickets to AFI Docs will be available early to AFI members from May 9-17, and to the public on May 18. Passes are on sale at AFI.com/afidocs.