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AFI Docs taps “Herblock” doc for gala presentation

AFI Docs, the Washington DC-based festival formerly known as Silverdocs, has chosen a doc on renowned political cartoonist Herbert 'Herblock' Block (pictured) for this year's gala screening.
May 21, 2013

AFI Docs, the Washington DC-based festival formerly known as Silverdocs, has chosen a doc on renowned political cartoonist Herbert ‘Herblock’ Block for this year’s gala screening.

Herblock: The Black & The White (pictured above), written and directed by Michael Stevens and produced by George Stevens Jr., traces the career and influence of the illustrator, as well as the people who became his subjects during his 55 years at The Washington Post.

In the film, Ben Bradlee, Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Jules Feiffer, Ted Koppel, Eugene Robinson, Tom Friedman, David Brooks, Gwen Ifill, Rick Hertzberg, Victor Navasky and Richard Cohen give first-hand accounts of Block’s life and work.

“It is an honor to celebrate Herblock in the city he called home,” said AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale. “AFI Docs’ goal is to catalyze change through art, and this film is a powerful portrait of a man who symbolized this power across decades.”

In addition to the gala screening, AFI Docs will be hosting a Catalyst Session on the subject of humor in politics, inspired by the film.

The 11th edition of AFI Docs, which is this year sponsored by car firm Audi, takes place in Washington DC from June 19-23.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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