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.