Silverdocs fest to honor Albert Maysles

Filmmaker to be feted at Charles Guggenheim Symposium

The AFI-Discovery Channel's Silverdocs Documentary Festival, which runs June 15-22 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in the Washington area, will honor filmmaker Albert Maysles at its Charles Guggenheim Symposium, a centerpiece of the eight-day fest.

The symposium, named after the late four-time Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim, honors a filmmaker who has mastered the power of documentary and inspires audiences with powerful explorations of the human experience.

"With a career spanning over five decades, Albert Maysles' body of work covers the most iconic figures of our time and exemplifies Charles Guggenheim's passion for his subjects and keen awareness of the importance of documentary in both capturing events and framing history," said Sky Sitney, Silverdocs artistic director.

As part of the symposium, Silverdocs will screen a series of excerpts from Maysles' body of documentary work. Following the screening, Maysles will be joined in a discussion of his career by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Barbara Kopple and other guests.
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