Now in its third year, Silverdocs, formed by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel, gets right to the marrow, showcasing nothing but documentaries. Among the 80 screenings at this year’s fest: the aforementioned Murderball, as well as films about legendary gospel group Sweet Honey in the Rock and iconic Hollywood specter James Dean. Silverdocs, with its six days of seminars and workshops and screenings, is a destination event for filmmakers who look through the lens to see the real world. In its first year, it drew an astonishing 450 filmmakers from 50 countries. You, too, can attend by heading to Silver Springs, Maryland, June 14 to 19. For more information on the event, visit www.silverdocs.com.
— Robert Wilonsky
From the top: Last year’s Silverdocs event included an outdoor screening of Dick Rude’s Let’s Rock Again, about the Clash frontman Joe Strummer; documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles speaking at Silverdocs Guggenheim Symposium; executive producer Ed Norton with Dirty Work directors David Sampliner and Tim Nachash; the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; rugby on wheels in the film Murderball.