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Alex Gibney Is the Guggenheim Honoree for AFI DOCS 2014

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 1, 2014 at 11:00AM

The American Film Institute’s documentary festival, AFI DOCS, will honor Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) as its 2014 Charles Guggenheim honoree during the fest’s 12th edition, running June 18-22 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, Maryland.
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Alex Gibney.
Alex Gibney.

The American Film Institute’s documentary festival, AFI DOCS, will honor Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) as its 2014 Charles Guggenheim honoree during the fest’s 12th edition, running June 18-22 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, Maryland. 

The award is designed to honor masters of the non-fiction art form who explore the human experience. The Guggenheim Symposium will be held on June 20 at the National Archives and includes a presentation of the prolific Gibney’s work (last year saw two of his films released, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks,” and “The Armstrong Lie”; his doc “Fela” hit Sundance earlier this year, and an untitled James Brown doc went to the just-wrapped Tribeca). There will also be a moderator-led discussion and Q&A.

Past Guggenheim honorees include the likes of Charles Guggenheim (2003), Barbara Kopple (2004), Martin Scorsese (2006), Jonathan Demme (2007), Spike Lee (2008), Albert Maysles (2009), Frederick Wiseman (2010), Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (2011), Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (2012) and Errol Morris (2013).

This article is related to: Festivals, AFI, Alex Gibney, Alex Gibney, Documentary, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.