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.
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).