AFI Docs to honor Werner Herzog
AFI Docs has named director Werner Herzog (pictured) as the 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium Honoree for this year’s event. Herzog will be interviewed by filmmaker Ramin Bahrani during the Symposium, taking place at the Newseum in Washington DC on June 24. The discussion will feature clips from across his documentary work, and will also include a screening of his latest film, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, which is set for a summer release through Magnolia Films.
Herzog’s documentary catalog includes such films as 2010′s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, 2007′s Oscar-nominated Encounters at the End of the World, 2005′s Grizzly Man, and 1997′s Little Dieter Needs to Fly, among others.
“Whether exploring unseen corners of the world or contemplating technology in our lives, Werner Herzog’s cinematic voice is unmistakably evocative,” said Michael Lumpkin, director of AFI Docs, in a statement. “He wields a world-class power, using his artistry to provoke audiences into seeing their world from the most esoteric angles. We are honored to celebrate his distinguished storytelling career.”
AFI Docs takes place in Washington DC from June 22-26.
Kartemquin unveils anniversary celebration plans
Chicago-based non-profit documentary production company Kartemquin Films is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and has unveiled myriad nationwide and local celebrations to commemorate the event. On June 24, Kartemquin will host the #KTQ Birthday Party on the rooftop of the Harris Theatre in Chicago, which will bring together many of the filmmakers who have worked with Kartemquin, ranging from Steve James to co-founder Gordon Quinn, as well as several subjects from Kartemquin docs, including Ameena Matthews from The Interrupters and Hoop Dreams‘ Arthur Agee and Will Gates. The party, which the company says will also include “a significant announcement about Kartemquin’s future,” will be preceded by a gala dinner.
Working with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Kartemquin will also host “an unprecedented opening of the Kartemquin archives” from May 20 to August 20. Nationally, the UCLA Film and TV Archive at the Hammer Museum will host a month-long retrospective in September, to be joined by other events in such markets as New York, Chicago and other cities through the remainder of the year.
History Asia preps Celebrity Car Wars
A+E Networks Asia has begun production on the unscripted series Celebrity Car Wars. Produced by Active TV, the series will pit celebs from the region against each other as they partake in various automotive challenges, while being mentored by racing pros.
Celebrities taking part in the 8 x 1-hour series include Singapore actor Allan Wu, former Miss Malaysia Universe Andrea Fonseka, former international model and Philippines TV personality Joey Meade King, Thai radio DJ and TV host “PK” and, also from the Philippines, TV host and model Marc Nelson.
Celebrity Car Wars will air later this year on History Asia and History Japan.