Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney will receive the American Film Institute‘s 2014 Charles Guggenheim honors this June at the org’s annual nonfic filmmaking confab. The prolific Taxi To The Dark Side filmmaker has knocked out feature docus We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks, The Armstrong Lie, and Finding Fela in the past two years alone and next has James Brown documentary Mr. Dynamite, which sneak-screened at Tribeca. He’ll be feted with a presentation of his work and Q&A at the National Archives during the 12th AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium held June 18 to June 22 in Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, MD. The event draws filmmakers and policy leaders alike and has in past years honored Charles Guggenheim (2003), Barbara Kopple (2004), Martin Scorsese (2006), Jonathan Demme (2007), Spike Lee (2008), Albert Maysles (2009), Frederick Wiseman (2010), Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker (2011), Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (2012) and Errol Morris (2013).
“Alex Gibney’s personal drive to find and expose truth in film makes him one of the most important documentarians of this and any generation,” said Christine O’Malley, Interim Director, AFI DOCS. “His films have etched a place in American history, both as compelling independent storytelling and journalism, so it particularly fitting that AFI pay tribute to him in Washington and at the National Archives.”
Gibney was also Oscar-nominated for films Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room and won an Emmy for 2013’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God. He’s slated to direct an episode of 30 For 30: Soccer Stories for ESPN.