There are plenty of ways to enjoy AFI Docs. You could check out the schedule, see what looks interesting and buy a ticket. You could attend director Q&As. You could see as many movies as humanly possible, only to emerge when the festival is over to find you have no job and spent $476 on Uber getting from screening to screening. If you’re looking for something to spice up the all-documentary film festival, which kicked off its 13th year on Wednesday, we’ve got a game for you. Below are unofficial categories that reflect AFI Docs’ diversity of subjects; when you see a movie that fits one, cross the category off. First person to complete a row, column or diagonal bingo-style gets the satisfaction of knowing the Uber bill was worth it. (We’ve provided a sample film for each category in case you need help.)
Click here to download a variety of bingo cards, and a printable version of this list.
AFI Docs, through Sun., various locations and times, ticket prices vary, most screenings $10-$12, festival passes available for $200-$500.
The World Is Depressing
“Requiem for the American Dream”
Noam Chomsky talks about income inequality and its effect on democracy and have you paid your student loan this month? Naval Heritage Center, Thu., 6 p.m.; AFI, Fri., 6:45 p.m.
Movies About Music
Mavis Staples has had a 60-year career in gospel and R&B; this closing-night film celebrates her past and her present. Portrait Gallery, Sun., 7 p.m.
Filmmakers on Their Own Families
David Holbrooke, son of the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, examines his father’s career and legacy. Portrait Gallery, Fri.,
8:30 p.m.; AFI, Sat., 1:45 p.m.
“Most Likely to Succeed”
San Diego’s High Tech High looks to change education by bringing innovative teaching and technology to the classroom. Naval Heritage Center, Fri., 3 p.m.; AFI, Sun., 12:15 p.m.
“First and 17”
Da’Shawn Hand was the top-ranked high school football player in 2013 and was being pursued by more than 90 colleges; the film follows the up-and-comer to see where he ups and goes. Naval Heritage Center, Sat.,3:15 p.m.; AFI, Sun., 2:30 p.m.
This Movie Makes Me Hungry
Georges Perrier runs five-star restaurant Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia and you will gain 5 pounds just watching this movie. Landmark, Fri., noon; AFI, Sat., 11:15 a.m.
“West of Memphis” director Amy Berg’s latest focuses on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Warren Jeffs, its now-imprisoned leader. AFI, Thu., 7 p.m.; Landmark, Fri., 2:30 p.m.
Making a Difference
A group of feminist nuns are out to prove that there are, in fact, feminist nuns. Naval Heritage Center, Sat., 1 p.m.; AFI, Sun., 7:15 p.m.
“3½ Minutes,10 Bullets”
Debate over “stand your ground” laws is framed by the 2012 murder of African-American teen Jordan Davis. Landmark, Thu., 8:30 p.m.; AFI, Fri., 3:30 p.m.
“Listen to Me Marlon”
Through previously unheard recordings, Marlon Brando tells his own life story. The risk of post-show Brando impersonations is high. Landmark, Thu., 9 p.m.; AFI, Sat., 6:30 p.m.
Stranger Than Life
“The Russian Woodpecker”
A bizarre conspiracy theory argues that the accident at Chernobyl was no accident. AFI, Fri., 2 p.m.; Landmark, Sat., 9:15 p.m.
Bring the Tissues
“Midnight, Three and Six”
A mother administers medication to her ill daughter all night, every night, in this short. Part of Shorts Program 3: Landmark, Fri., 12:15 p.m.; AFI, Sun., 7 p.m.
The technology of and debate around drones and their role in the War on Terror is the crux of this film. Landmark, Thu., 4 p.m.; AFI, Fri., 6:15 p.m.
One Person Against the World
“Giovanni and the Water Ballet”
A 10-year-old is the only boy to try out for a synchronized swimming team, perhaps because he realizes that, if he makes it, eventually he’ll be the only teenage guy hanging out with a dozen teenage girls in swimsuits. Part of Shorts Program 4: Landmark, Sat., 11:15 a.m.; AFI, Sun., noon.
The Power of the Press
“Frame by Frame”
After years of oppression, four Afghan photojournalists work to rebuild a free press. AFI, Thu., 1 p.m.; Naval Heritage Center, Fri., 6 p.m.
The World Is Not Totally Depressing
“Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon”
Go behind the scenes in this history of the National Lampoon, the humor magazine that is way smarter than you think.
AFI, Thu.,8:30 p.m.; Naval Heritage Center, Sun., 7:30 p.m
The Kids Are All Right. Right?
“How to Dance in Ohio”
A high-functioning group of teenagers with autism prepare for their first formal dance. Landmark, Sat., 1:30 p.m.; AFI, Sun., noon.
Legends of the Craft
“A Poem Is a Naked Person”
Documentary filmmaker Les Blank’s film about singer-songwriter Leon Russell has been unseen for more than 40 years — until now. This is why you should clean out your closets more often. AFI, Sat., 9:15 p.m.
Award Season Shoo-Ins
“The Look of Silence”
The companion piece to 2012’s stunning “The Act of Killing,” this film looks again at the massacres in Indonesia, but now focuses on those who survived. Landmark, Thu., 6:30 p.m.; AFI, Sat., 2 p.m.
“Love Marriage in Kabul”
A couple fall in love and want to marry; however, their families must first negotiate the exchange of money and goods, leading to complications. AFI, Sat., 4:30 p.m.; Landmark, Sun., noon.
Out of the Closet
“Out to Win”
As more and more gay professional athletes are comfortable coming out, this film takes a look at their impact and at the history of those who kept silent. AFI, Thu., 8:15 p.m.; Landmark, Fri., 9 p.m.
Crime and Punishment
“The Three Hikers”
Three American hikers wandered over the Iranian border. Then things got bad. Naval Heritage Center, Thu., 8:30 p.m.; AFI, Sat., 11:45 a.m.
Rise of the Machines
“Code: Debugging the Gender Gap”
This film examines the underrepresentation of women in the world of computer coding. AFI, Sat., 2:15 p.m.; Naval Heritage Center, Sun., noon.
“A Conversation With My Black Son”
This short looks at a racially diverse group of parents who have to address racism and police interaction with
their black sons. Part of Shorts Program 3: Landmark, Fri., 12:15 p.m.; AFI, Sun., 7 p.m.
AFI Docs venues:
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring
Newseum (Annenberg Theater), 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Naval Heritage Center (Burke Theater), 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW
National Portrait Gallery (Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium), Eighth and F streets NW
Regal Gallery Place, 701 Seventh St. NW
William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW