Washington DC-based festival AFI Docs is to kick off next month with the world premiere of Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, and will close with Roger Ebert doc Life Itself (pictured).
The opening doc, directed by Scott Teems, celebrates actor Hal Holbrook, the renowned performer of the one-man show Mark Twain Tonight! and will kick off the festival on June 18 at the Newseum.
Steve James’s Life Itself, meanwhile, continues a festival run that has seen it play at Sundance and Cannes, and will presented on June 21 at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
“Holbrook/Twain and Life Itself invite audiences into the lives of two iconic individuals – Hal Holbrook and Roger Ebert,” said Christine O’Malley, AFI Docs’ interim festival director. “We are presenting their stories in landmark American venues dedicated to culture and history. We could not be more thrilled to bookend the festival with these exceptional films.”
O’Malley has taken the reins following the departure of long-time festival director Sky Sitney, who stepped down at the end of February.
The festival’s full line-up will be unveiled over the coming weeks.