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AFI Docs ’13: “The New Black,” “Slomo” win awards

Yoruba Richen's doc The New Black (pictured), which looks at the divide among African-American voters on the issue of marriage equality, picked up the Audience Award for Best Feature at AFI Docs.
June 25, 2013

Yoruba Richen’s doc The New Black (pictured), which looks at the divide among African-American voters on the issue of marriage equality, picked up the Audience Award for Best Feature at AFI Docs.

The doc, which screened at the Washington DC-set festival over the weekend, looks at the fight for marriage equality in Maryland and argues that the issue is a matter of civil rights.

In the short category, meanwhile, the Audience Award for Best Short went to Slomo, directed by Joshua Izenberg. The film asks what would really happen if you quit your lucrative job and just did what you wanted all day, like subject John Kitchin, a doctor who traded his medical practice for roller-blades and sandy beaches.

The win came as the festival hosted more than 19,000 attendees over its five-day run, which saw the screening of 53 films representing 30 countries.

“While this was a transformational year for the festival with an expanded footprint into the heart of Washington DC, at our core remains a commitment to celebrating the best in the documentary form,” said festival director Sky Sitney.

“The tremendous enthusiasm and response to the film program and its related panels surpassed even our highest expectations. Congratulations to our award-winning filmmakers who have set the bar even higher for all future years.”

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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