AFI Docs' Catalyst Screenings to Focus on the Internet, Higher Education and Government Overreach


AFI Docs, the documentary film festival which runs from June 18-22 in Washington, D.C, and Silver Spring, Md., will shine a light on the state of the Internet, higher education and government overreach with the three films it as scheduled as its Catalyst Screenings, which also will include in-depth discussions with the filmmakers: They are The Internet’s Own Boy, directed by Brian Knappenberg; Ivory Tower, directed by Andrew Rossi; and The Newburgh Sting, directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner.

Those three titles are among 84 films from 28 countries that will screen during the course of the festival, which will open with Scott TeemsHolbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey and Life Itself, Steve James’ documentary about Roger Ebert.

The mid-festival Spotlight Screenings will consist of Katy Chevigny and Ross Kaufman’s E-Team; Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Summer; and James Keach’s Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.

Other notable films in the line-up include Amir Bar-Lev’s Happy Valley, Rory Kennedy’s Last Days in Vietnam and Marshall Curry’s Point and Shoot.

“AFI Docs 2014 is a true celebration of documentaries and storytellers,” said Christine O’Malley, interim festival director. “While there are serious thought-provoking issues presented artfully in the films, there are equal amounts of whimsical and entertaining experiences. What they all do, however, is inform and hopefully inspire different types of change -- policy, perspective or heart.”

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