30 films bow at Silverdocs


WASHINGTON -- Silverdocs: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival announced its full slate of films Thursday.

Silverdocs 2007, which runs June 12-17 in suburban Silver Spring, Md., will present 100 films representing 42 countries selected from 1,735 submissions with nine World, six North American, four U.S. and 11 East Coast premieres.

"Silverdocs celebrates the passion and creativity of independent filmmakers and their ability to unite people across cultures and continents," festival director Patricia Finneran said.

"This year we explore the environment, the war and its impact, powerful personal perspectives on contemporary history and the future of real; we invite new audiences -- and the next generation of media makers -- to share in the discovery of these diverse stories, and engage in a global dialogue," she added.

Notable filmmakers presenting their work this year include Jonathan Demme ("The Agronomist," "Stop Making Sense"), Silverdocs' Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree, who will present the theatrical World Premiere of his film on the aftermath of Katrina, "New Home Movies From the Lower Ninth Ward." Others include three-time Emmy-winning director Jim Brown ("Pete Seeger: The Power of Song"); Al Maysles ("The Gates"); Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side"); Annie Sundberg and Rick Stern ("The Devil Came on Horseback"); Marco Williams ("Banished"); Doug Prey ("Big Rig"), Mike Mills ("Does Your Soul Have a Cold?") and Liz Garbus ("Coma").