AFI DOCS 2016 Sets ‘Doc & Darryl’, ‘Miss Sharon Jones’, ‘Command And Control’; Full Slate Unveiled


The full roster of the American Film Institute’s AFI DOCS fest in Washington D.C. this June will include the world premiere of Doc & Darryl, the Judd Apatow-Michael Bonfiglio documentary about baseball greats Darryl Strawberry and Dwight “Doc” Gooden.

The roster was unveiled today, and other just-announced films set for the documentary festival include Command and Control, director Robert Kenner’s look at America’s aging arsenal of nuclear warheads, and Barbara Kopple’s Miss Sharon Jones!, a year-in-the-life chronicle of soul singer Sharon Jones’ battle with cancer.

In all, the fest roster includes 94 films from 30 countries. Screenings are set for June 22-26 at the Newseum and the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington DC, and at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD.

AFI DOCS had previously announced that the North American premiere of Alex Gibney’s Zero Days will serve as the Opening Night Gala film at the Newseum on June 22. The Closing Night Gala film on June 26 will be Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, directed by Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady.

Also of note: This year’s Spotlight Screening entries include Audrie & Daisy, a film by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk about two teenaged victims of sexual assault in the age of social media; Newtown, Kim A. Snyder’s portrait of the community ravaged by gun violence; Check It, Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer’s film about gay and transgender teens; and Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated, a coming of age story about a boy with autism.

For a complete list of the AFI DOCS films, check here.



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