The American Film Institute’s documentary film festival, AFI DOCS, has revealed the opening and closing night films for its 2014 edition of the fest. The world premiere of Scott Teems’ “Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey” will kick off the festival, while Steve James’ portrait of Roger Ebert, “Life Itself,” is the closer.
“Holbrook/Twain” celebrates actor Hal Holbrook (“The Evening Sun”) by going behind the scenes of his well-known one-man show “Mark Twain Tonight,” which has been running continuously over the past six decades.
James' documentary is based on Ebert's 2011 memoir of the same name, and follows the life of the highly influential film critic from his first career moves, through his success with Gene Siskel as TV’s first critic personalities, to the devastation of losing his physical voice to cancer and the ways he navigated that loss to continue his writing. Our TOH! review of the film out of Sundance is here.
AFI DOCS runs June 18 through 22 in Washington, DC.