By Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood May 21, 2014 at 11:59AM
AFI DOCS has unveiled its full 2014 program, a slate of 84 buzzed-about films from 28 countries that will unspool from June 18-22 in Washington DC and Silver Spring, MD.
As previously announced, the fest gets going with "Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey," the opening night selection from director Scott Teems that follows celebrated character actor Hal Holbrook on the tour of his popular one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!" Teems and Holbrook will attend this world premiere.
Now in its 12th year, AFI DOCS will then close with Steve James' acclaimed Sundance documentary about the life of film critic Roger Ebert, "Life Itself." This screening arrives ahead of the film's July 4th theatrical release. (Read our interview with James here, and review of the film here.)
Notably, the annual AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium will honor Oscar-winning, prolific documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney. President of busy Jigsaw Productions, Gibney directed "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" and "The Armstrong Lie" -- two hotly discussed docs from 2013.
Among the rest of the fest -- which hands out Audience Awards for features and shorts on closing day -- are Andrew Rossi's education doc "Ivory Tower," Rory Kennedy's "Last Days in Vietnam," Jesse Moss' Sundance Special Jury Prize winner "The Overnighters" and Todd Miller's "Dinosaur 13." (Watch our Sundance video interview with "Vietnam" director Kennedy here.)
Making its East Coast premiere is "Heaven Adores You," a new documentary about the music and tragic life of singer/songwriter Elliott Smith. It was lovingly received at the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival earlier in May.
Head to AFI DOCS for the complete lineup, including the shorts program, here.