AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute’s Washington, D.C.-based five-day documentary film festival, has named Freida Lee Mock as the 2019 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.
The Charles Guggenheim Symposium honor is bestowed yearly to a master of the non-fiction art form.
This year’s symposium will include an in-depth conversation with Mock, along with a sneak preview of her new film Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in her Own Words (pictured), at the Arleigh & Roberta Burke Theater at The Navy Memorial, on June 22.
The film offers a portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg through archival footage and new interviews.
Mock’s other credits include Anita, Sing China and the Academy Award-winning Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, as well as the shorts To Live and Let Die and Rose Kennedy: A Life to Remember.
Previous Guggenheim Symposium honorees include 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, Werner Herzog, Laura Poitras, and Steve James.
“Freida Lee Mock’s work offers not only a look at remarkable people with amazing stories, but also a way to truly connect with them and their lives,” said Michael Lumpkin, director of AFI Festivals, in a statement. “We are honored to celebrate her and look back on her prolific career, as well as shine a proper light on her continued impact on documentary filmmaking with a special preview of her latest film.”
AFI DOCS runs from June 19 to 23.