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“Atomic Homefront,” “Saving Brinton” among AFI Docs premieres

Rebecca Cammisa’s Atomic Homefront and Tommy Haines, John Richard & Andrew Sherburne’s Saving Brinton are among the three documentary world premieres at the American Film Institute’s AFI Docs festival. Cammisa’s 96-minute ...
May 12, 2017

Rebecca Cammisa’s Atomic Homefront and Tommy Haines, John Richard & Andrew Sherburne’s Saving Brinton are among the three documentary world premieres at the American Film Institute’s AFI Docs festival.

Cammisa’s 96-minute feature focuses on a large landfill containing radioactive waste and an underground fire that is threatening homes, health and lives in two St. Louis communities, while Saving Brinton (pictured) centers on a small-town historian setting out to restore and exhibit his treasure trove of newsreels, home movies and lost films.

Elsewhere, Henry Roosevelt and W.B. Zullo’s Tough Guys will also hold its world premiere at the 15th edition of the festival. The film documents the birth of mixed martial arts competitions in 1980s Pittsburgh.

The five-day documentary festival will showcase 103 films representing 28 countries — including two international premieres, three North American premieres, seven U.S. premieres and five East Coast premieres.

AFI Docs – which takes place across Washington D.C. and Silver Spring, Maryland – will see Bryan Fogel’s Icarus opening the festival on June 14, while John Dorsey‘s Year of the Scab will screen as the event’s closing night film on June 18.

“The 2017 slate of films reflects AFI DOCS’ mission to celebrate powerfully told stories and the people at the heart of them,” said Michael Lumpkin, director of AFI Docs, in a statement. “Documentaries continue to play an important role in our country regardless of partisan lines. No matter your background, these human stories have the power to inform and inspire.”

International documentary debuts at the festival come in the form of Su Rynard‘s Mosquito,and Richardo Martensen and Felipe Tomazelli’s Cine Sao Paulo.

North American premieres at the festival include Reiner Holzemer’s Dries, Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest’s For Ahkeem, Ingeborg Janssen’s A Greek Winter and Kaspar Astrup Schröder’s Waiting for the Sun.

Meanwhile, U.S. premieres are set for Dieudo Hamadi’s Mama Colonel, Hope Litoff’s 32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide, Adel Khan Farooq and Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen’s Recruiting for Jihad, Chico Pereira’s Donkeyote, Alice Schmid’s The Girl Down Loch Änzi, Hollie Fifer’s The Opposition,Carlo Guillermo Proto’s Resurrecting Hassan and Lucija Stojevic’s La Chana.

Finally, East Coast debuts will be shared by Jeff Unay’s The CageFighter, Everardo González’s La Libertad Del Diablo, Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki’s El Mar La Mar, and Cullen Hoback’s What Lies Upstream.

Also joining the festival are films from notable documentarians including Samuel Pollard’s Acorn And The Firestorm, Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts, Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir’s I Am Evidence, Rory Kennedy’s Take Every Wave: The Life Of Laird Hamilton, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk‘s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana‘s Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, and Yance Ford‘s Strong Island.

The full festival line up  can be found on the AFI Docs’ website.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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