'Convention' gets world premiere at Silverdocs

Collaborative doc to get centerpiece screening at fest

The world premiere of AJ Schnack's "Convention" will serve as the Centerpiece Screening at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival, which runs June 8- 22 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in the Washington, D.C., area.

For "Convention," Schnack assembled a crew of documentary filmmakers to tell the story of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. They include Laura Poitras ("My Country, My Country"), Paul Taylor ("We Are Together"), Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar ("A Lion in the House"), and Daniel Junge ("They Killed Sister Dorothy").

Most of the filmmakers will be in attendance and will present a special "Doc Talk" on ensemble filmmaking as part of the Silverdocs International Documentary Conference.

"While all filmmaking is a collaboration, it has never been so eloquently realized than in 'Convention,' where some of today's most exciting and talented filmmakers share in the collective spirit of documentary filmmaking to chronicle behind the scenes of the Democratic National Convention." Sky Sitney, Silverdocs artistic director, said.

"Convention" will screen on June 17, following the "Doc Talk" earlier that day.