(Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)
Filmmaker Alex Gibney (pictured) has been named the AFI Docs Charles Guggenheim honoree for 2014 by the American Film Institute, and will be celebrated at a symposium in Washington DC on June 20.
The symposium takes place during the AFI Docs international documentary festival – which runs from June 18 to 22 – and recognizes “masters of the non-fiction art form.” Gibney joins filmmakers such as Barbara Kopple, Martin Scorsese, Errol Morris and Spike Lee in receiving the Guggenheim honor.
The symposium will be held at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater and include a presentation of Gibney’s work as well as a moderator-led discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker.
Gibney’s 2007 documentary Taxi to the Dark Side won the Academy Award for best documentary, and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room was nominated for the Oscar in 2005. Gibney’s 2013 films, The Armstrong Lie and We Steal Secrets, were both up for BAFTA’s best documentary prize, and he is currently producing a four-hour documentary about Frank Sinatra for HBO.
“Alex Gibney’s personal drive to find and expose truth in film makes him one of the most important documentarians of this and any generation,” said Christine O’Malley, interim director of AFI Docs, in a statement. “His films have etched a place in American history, both as compelling independent storytelling and journalism, so it is particularly fitting that AFI pay tribute to him in Washington and at the National Archives.”