“Best of Enemies,” “Mavis!” to book-end AFI Docs

Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville's Best of Enemies and Jessica Edwards' Mavis! (pictured) are to book-end the 13th edition of AFI Docs next month.
May 14, 2015

Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville‘s Best of Enemies and Jessica Edwards‘ Mavis!(pictured) are to book-end the 13th edition of AFI Docs next month.

The American Film Institute-run festival – which is held in Washington DC and Silver Spring, MD – kicks off on June 17 with an opening night gala and screening of Best of Enemies at Washington’s journalism museum Newseum, followed by a discussion and Q&A with filmmakers Gordon and Neville.

The doc covers the turbulent debates between pundits William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal during the 1968 Democractic and Republican National Conventions, which were aired live on ABC News.

Meanwhile, the festival ends on June 21 with a closing night screening of Mavis! - which explores the life of gospel singer and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group The Staple Singers – at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, followed by a discussion and Q&A with Edwards.

Best of Enemies and Mavis! both feature remarkable people who have made a mark on this country,” said Michael Lumpkin, director of AFI Docs, in a statement. “These films will certainly inspire audience dialog while providing great entertainment, both of which we embrace at AFI Docs.”

As previously reported, the festival announced earlier this month that documentarian Stanley Nelson has been selected as this year’s Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.

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