The Washington Post is proud to celebrate documentary filmmaking by continuing its partnership with the AFI DOCS Film Festival presented by Audi. AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs) is a multi-day film festival taking place from June 19-23 in venues across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
The Washington Post will present its own signature film strand of three films followed by post-screening discussions with reporters and personalities from The Washington Post. More information about The Washington Post film strand is below and information about all of the documentaries of AFI DOCS is available at www.afi.com/afidocs
CAUCUS- a film by AJ Schnack June 22, 8 p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery
Synopsis: While the GOP leadership race in 2012 played itself out for the nation on primetime television with camera ready sound bytes and speeches, a documentary film crew led by filmmaker AJ Schnack went behind the scenes to capture the not-so-ready-for-primetime moments that culminate in a fascinating view of the lead-up to the crucial Iowa caucus. The documentary features conservative hopefuls Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and a particularly intimate view of Rick Santorum. –SS (AFI)
A post-screening discussion moderated by Chris Cillizza, writer of The Fix for The Washington Post, and featuring Alice Stewart, former Communication Director for the Bachmann campaign and National Press Secretary for the Santorum campaign, Matt Benyon, Deputy Director for the Santorum campaign in Iowa as well as the director AJ Schnack and his filmmaking partner, Nathan Truesdell, will take place immediately after the showing.
OUR NIXON- a film by Penny Lane June 23, 5 p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery
Among the stranger remnants of the Watergate era are some 500 reels of Super 8 home movies created by aspiring – and conspiring – filmmakers named Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Chapin, which were confiscated and stored by the FBI. This recently released treasure grants extraordinary access to the everyday intrigues and unsettling machinations of the Nixon White House. Salient, often bizarre extracts from the secret White House tapes add fitting commentary for erstwhile Watergate junkies and Nixon neophytes alike. –TM (AFI)
A post-screening discussion moderated by Nia-Malika Henderson, political reporter for The Washington Post and featuring Bob Woodward, Associate Editor of The Washington Post and filmmaker Penny Lane will take place immediately after the showing.
INEQUALITY FOR ALL- a film by Jacob Kornbluth June 23, 7:15 p.m. at the National Museum of American History
Doing for the economy what AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH did for the environment, this riveting film takes an eye-opening look at the shocking and ever-widening gap in America's income inequality and the dire threat it poses to the country's future. Former Secretary of Labor and economic policy expert Robert Reich offers a passionate, often humorous and fully accessible perspective on just what happened to the vanishing American middle class and what might be done to fix it. – AP (AFI)
A post-screening discussion moderated by Karen Tumulty, national political reporter for The Washington Post with former Secretary of Labor and economic policy expert Robert Reich will take place immediately after the showing.