Alex Gibney to Be Honored at AFI Docs

Alex Gibney - H 2013
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Alex Gibney - H 2013

The Oscar winner will be the subject of the festival's Charles Guggenheim Symposium on June 20 in Washington, D.C.

Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney has been chosen as the Charles Guggenheim honoree for the upcoming edition of AFI Docs film festival, which will run from June 18-22 in Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, Md.

The festival’s Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors “masters of the nonfiction art form who inspire audiences by documenting and exploring the human experience.” The Guggenheim Symposium will be held June 20 at the National Archives' William G. McGowan Theater and will include a presentation of Gibney's work and a moderator-led discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker.

An Oscar winner for his 2007 documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, Gibney also has directed such films as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) and last year’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks and The Armstrong Lie.

"Alex Gibney's personal drive to find and expose truth in film makes him one of the most important documentarians of this and any generation," said Christine O'Malley, interim director of AFI Docs. "His films have etched a place in American history, both as compelling independent storytelling and journalism, so it's particularly fitting that AFI pay tribute to him in Washington and at the National Archives."