Washington, DC-based documentary festival and conference, AFI Docs, has named director Steve James as its Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree for 2018.
James, the helmer of such acclaimed docs as Kartemquin Films’ Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters and 2016′s Academy Award-nominated Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, will take part in a one-on-one interview at the fest on June 14.
The conversation will feature clips from his work, including his recent docuseries for Starz, America to Me (pictured). In that project, James followed students at a public high school in suburban Chicago where, despite its reputation for effective diversity initiatives, a gap in educational achievement continues to exist.
Last year’s Guggenheim honoree was Laura Poitras. Previous honorees have included Charles Guggenheim, Barbara Kopple, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Spike Lee, Albert Maysles, Frederick Wiseman, Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, Errol Morris, Alex Gibney, Stanley Nelson, and Werner Herzog.
AFI Docs takes place from June 13-17 at assorted venues in Washington, DC.