“Doc & Darryl,” “Visitor’s Day” among AFI Docs premieres

Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio's Doc & Darryl and Nicole Opper's Visitor's Day are among the three documentary world premieres at the 14th annual AFI Docs festival.
May 10, 2016

Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio’s Doc & Darryl and Nicole Opper’s Visitor’s Day are among the three documentary world premieres at the American Film Institute’s AFI Docs festival.

Apatow and Bonfiglio’s doc centers on baseball greats Darryl Strawberry and Dwight “Doc” Gooden, while Opper’s portrait finds a man searching for acceptance in society. Elsewhere, Jamie Sisley and Miguel M.i.G. Martinez’s Farewell Ferris Wheel will also hold its world premiere at the 14th edition of the festival. The film reveals the parallels between the lives of migrant laborers and carnival workers.

AFI Docs – which takes place across Washington DC and Silver Spring, Maryland – will see Alex Gibney‘s Zero Days opening the festival on June 22, while Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady‘s Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You will screen as the event’s closing night film on June 26.

North American premieres at the festival include Zhang Zanbo’s The Road, Deirdre Fishel’s Care, Martin Kollar’s 5 October, Tom Fassaert’s A Family Affair, Paula Heredia’s Toucan Nation and Maciej Adamek’s Two Worlds.

Meanwhile, U.S. premieres at the festival include Trisha Ziff’s The Man Who Saw Too Much, Hollie Fifer’s The Opposition and Dan Jackson‘s In the Shadow of the Hill.

East Coast debuts are set for Ben Lear’s They Call Us Monsters, Maya Goded’s Plaza de la Soledad, Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner and Abou Bakar Sidibé’s Those Who Jump, as well as David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s Tickled.

Other East Coast openings include Pieter-Jan de Pue’s The Land of the Enlightened, Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, Nicole Lucas Haimes’ Chicken People, Vitaly Mansky’s Under the Sun, and Barak and Tomer Heymann‘s Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?

Also joining the festival are films from notable documentarians including Robert Kenner‘s Command and Control, Barbara Kopple‘s Miss Sharon Jones!Keith Maitland‘s Tower, Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s Sonita and Deborah S. Esquenazi’Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four.

As previously announced, AFI will recognize filmmaker Werner Herzog as the Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree on June 24. The symposium will include a conversation with the director and moderator Ramin Bahrani, followed by the East Coast premiere of his latest film.

“The lineup at AFI Docs 2016 illustrates that everyone has a story, and that those stories are as entertaining, twisted and provocative as fiction,” said Michael Lumpkin, director of AFI Docs, in a statement. “While our artists and policy leaders will engage in the urgent realities presented in these films, audiences will experience the best in documentary cinema today throughout the festival.”

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