by Erica Ginsberg
AFI DOCS is back for its second year under its new moniker (I give it one more year before we stop saying "The festival formerly known as Silverdocs.") While the namechange isn't the only thing which changed, this year's festival (taking place from June 18-22) looks like it is bringing back some of what we loved about the Washington DC area's one and only documentary film festival. Call it AFI DOCS 2.0.
Change is hard. We constantly experience it, resist it, and eventually adapt to it. (If you don’t believe me, how many “New Facebooks” have you complained about in your status update, but never actually quit Facebook as a result?)
There is a new change those of us in the DC documentary community are facing, which has become the subject of many a status update, listserv posting, or water cooler conversation. And that all relates to a certain all-documentary film festival in our own backyards. The festival formerly known as Silverdocs. Or more accurately formerly known as the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival.
That festival is being reborn this year as AFI DOCS. Or more accurately AFI DOCS Presented by Audi.
by Erica Ginsberg, Docs In Progress Executive Director
Can you believe this is the 10th anniversary of Silverdocs? We may think of this as our neighborhood film festival, since the main venues are only a few blocks away from Docs In Progress. But, in reality, Silverdocs is one of the top all-documentary film festivals in the world. And that's what we love about it - the global and the local come together.