Silverdocs Documentary Festival Dailies

Final Savoring Of Silverdocs, Part 2

OTHER FILMS SCREENED “Beauty is Embarrassing” (*** – 89 minutes) Director Neil Berkely creates a lively profile of artist Wayne White who received his big break creating visual work on the set of 1980′s “Peewee’s Playhouse”, and is currently successful with word paintings where … Continue reading

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Final Savoring Of Silverdocs

It is hard to believe that ten years have passed since “My Architect” (Nathaniel Kahn’s brilliant, touching film about his journey to learn about his absent biological father, noted architect Louis Kahn) walked away with the grand prize at this … Continue reading

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International Mix Of Winners At Silverdocs

After screening more than 100 films from 44 countries, the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival came to a resounding climax on Sunday with the awarding of juried film prizes. The Festival, which hosted over 27,000 attendees, including more than 1000 … Continue reading

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Tale Of A Lost Art Classic

In 1939, the Nazis seized iconic painter Egon Schiele’s beautifully rendered portrait of his mistress Walburga “Wally” Neuzil from the home of a prominent Jewish art collector in Vienna. Such events were quite common as the Nazis looted from both … Continue reading

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Queen Is Dethroned In Sundance Documentary

The acclaimed Sundance documentary THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES (which won the Audience Award at the event last January) is a cautionary tale of hubris and what happens when the insulated world of the superrich comes crashing down. In the film … Continue reading

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Meditative Korean Film Wows Silverdocs Audiences

A quiet and meditative documentary from Korea, PLANET OF SNAIL by director Seungiun Yi, is wowing audiences at Silverdocs. The film achieves a kind of ethereal poetry of conscious awareness as it depicts the special relationship between the blind/deaf poet … Continue reading

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The Courage Of Conviction Of Gays In Uganda

Readers of the international press have been aware of the deteriorating situation for homosexuals in Africa, where draconian laws  that date back to colonial times have been invigorated by a mindless religious fervor that threatens the safety of those who … Continue reading

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Euro Docs Dominate

The flowering of European documentaries is in clear evidence at this year’s AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. With what have been strong local funding support and the financial involvement of state-run television, documentarians have been able to take advantage of … Continue reading

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An American Original

George Plimpton, author/athlete/aesthete/social critic, was an American original. A new film on his romantic and discursive life is having its world premiere this week at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival, one of the most prestigious showcases for non-fiction film … Continue reading

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Meet The Silverdocs Juries

The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival, one of the world’s great gatherings of the documentary tribe, is in full swing in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Festival’s main competition sections will yield Sterling Awards for Best U.S. Feature, Best World Feature … Continue reading

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