Plans are within the works to launch a brand new documentary film festival in Washington, D.C. in June 2023, with a launch occasion to happen later this month.

Jamie Shor, president of PR Collaborative, and Sky Sitney, director of the movie and media research program at Georgetown University, are founders of the brand new occasion, known as DC/DOX.

The announcement comes after the AFI introduced earlier this yr that it will merge AFI Docs this yr into the AFI Fest in Los Angeles in November.

“Washington, D.C. has at all times been an important dwelling for modern documentary movies,” Sitney stated in an announcement. “With the explosion of non-fiction storytelling lately, we wished to create a brand new area to showcase this very important work.”

Shor, whose agency had executed PR for AFI Docs, stated that the competition might be “serving as a essential market for the launch of status documentary movies within the nation’s capital.”

A June 15 launch event will characteristic D.C. debut screenings of Aftershock; Endangered; Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song; The Martha Mitchell Effect; Riotsville, USA: Sirens and Sophia. The occasion will happen on the Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema. Scheduled to attend might be filmmakers Rachel Grady of Endangered; Anne Alvergue and Debra McClutchy of The Martha Mitchell Effect; Rita Baghdadi of Sirens; and Jon Kasbe and Crystal Moselle of Sophia. Shawnee Benton Gibson and Omari Maynard, topics of Afterschock, additionally will participate on the put up screening conversations.

The AFI introduced in February that it will current AFI Docs at AFI Fest “due to the continuing uncertainty because of the pandemic.”


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