Herzog will be honored at the Newseum on June 24 with clips from his career in a discussion moderated by filmmaker Ramin Bahrani. The discussion will be followed by a screening of Herzog’s latest documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.”
Magnolia Pictures will open the film in select theaters in the summer.
“Whether exploring unseen corners of the world or contemplating technology in our lives, Werner Herzog’s cinematic voice is unmistakably evocative,” said Michael Lumpkin, director of AFI Docs. “He wields a world-class power, using his artistry to provoke audiences into seeing their world from the most esoteric angles.”
Herzog’s documentary credits include “Into the Abyss,” “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” the Oscar-nominated “Encounters at the End of the World,” “Grizzly Man,” “The White Diamond,” the Emmy-nominated “Little Dieter Needs to Fly,” “Bells from the Deep,”Fata Morgana” and “Land of Silence and Darkness.”
Herzog was born in 1942 in Berlin. The German Film Academy presented him with a lifetime achievement award in 2009. In 2013, Herzog founded the Rogue Film School, through which he hosts a series of seminars with aspiring filmmakers.
Previous Guggenheim Symposium honorees include Charles Guggenheim (2003), Barbara Kopple (2004), Martin Scorsese (2006), Jonathan Demme (2007), Spike Lee (2008), Albert Maysles (2009), Frederick Wiseman (2010), Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker (2011), Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (2012), Errol Morris (2013), Alex Gibney (2014) and Stanley Nelson (2015).