Just read in an e-blast from my friends (and former colleagues!) at SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival that Martin Scorsese will be honored at this year's Guggenheim Symposium, the centerpiece tribute at this annual June event held in the gorgeous AFI Silver Theatre.
Here is a quote from their press release:
Scorsese is a legendary figure in American narrative cinema. This symposium celebrates his status as a luminary in the documentary form and one of the foremost chroniclers of American art and culture. Scorsese's work, like [Charles] Guggenheim's, shows a deep concern for social issues and a deep appreciation for American cultural history. Both filmmakers highlight many of America's social and political transformations over the past 40 years. Scorsese's documentary work reflects his personal passions, notably his love for cinema born from a childhood viewing the movies of Hollywood's golden age at his neighborhood theatre on Manhattan's lower east side (A PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH MARTIN SCORSESE THROUGH AMERICAN MOVIES) where he also experienced the best of Italian neo-realism on television at home (ITALIANAMERICAN, IL MIO VIAGGIO IN ITALIA). His fascination with the role of the musical artist has resulted in one of the all-time great musical documentaries, THE LAST WALTZ and most recently the landmark series about America's troubadour NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN. Other projects include WOODSTOCK and the seven-part series MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS: THE BLUES."
Congrats to SILVERDOCS for recognizing a filmmaker who so richly deserves kudos for his remarkable work on this side of the narrative divide.