Nick August-Perna’s The Swell Season has been set to open the Silverdocs Documentary Festival, with Chris Paine’s Revenge of the Electric Car as closing film and Steve James’ The Interrupters as the Centerpiece title.
This year’s AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival runs June 20-26 in the Washington DC area and will present 108 films representing 52 countries selected from 2,011 submissions. The festival will include three world premieres and three US premieres.
The Swell Season follows musical artists Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who won an Oscar for Once, as they fall in love, record an album and embark on a world tour.
Revenge of the Electric Car focuses on four dynamic entrepreneurs dedicated to creating an environmentally friendly automobile.
The Interrupters chronicles former gang members who risk their lives to disrupt violence and change their Chicago communities.
Also in the festival line-up is a special screening of Constance Marks’ Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, the world premiere of G J Echternkamp’s Never Make It Home and the world premiere of Chris Rufo’s Age of Champions.
The festival’s Sterling US Feature Competition comprises Better This World, Bob and the Monster, The Bully Project, Dragonslayer, Give Up Tomorrow, Incendiary: The Willingham Case, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, The Learning, The Loving Story and Our School.
In the Sterling World Competition are At the Edge of Russia, Bakhmaro, Donor Unknown, El Bulli - Cooking in Progress, Family Instinct, Fire in Babylon, The First Movie, Grande Hotel, El Velador (The Night Watchman), Position Among The Stars and Wiebo’s War.