Monday, May 8, 2017

AFI DOCS Announces Opening and Closing Night Films

Bryan Fogel's ICARUS opens this year's AFI DOCS

From our friends at AFI DOCS...

Bryan Fogel's ICARUS and John Dorsey's YEAR OF THE SCAB to Bookend the Five-Day Festival

AT&T returns as presenting sponsor

AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute's annual documentary celebration in the nation's capital, has announced the Opening and Closing Night films for its 15th annual edition. The festival will open with the East Coast premiere of Netflix's ICARUS, directed by Bryan Fogel, and will close with ESPN Films' YEAR OF THE SCAB, directed by Emmy-winner John Dorsey. Both screenings will be held at the Newseum, the festival's Official Gala Screening Partner. AFI DOCS runs June 14-18, 2017 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD.

AFI DOCS is proud to announce the return of AT&T as Presenting Sponsor. AT&T's continued support enables AFI DOCS to connect audiences, policymakers and storytellers in the heart of our national government.

"We are thrilled to have two extraordinary films, ICARUS and YEAR OF THE SCAB, open and close AFI DOCS 2017," said Michael Lumpkin, Director, AFI DOCS. "Filmmakers Bryan Fogel and John Dorsey tell two very different David-and-Goliath tales. Remarkable - even unthinkable - stories like these are what make documentaries such compelling cinema. We look forward to celebrating these films with AFI DOCS audiences."

The Opening Night screening of ICARUS will be held on June 14 at the Newseum and will feature a Q&A with director Fogel after the film. In ICARUS, he sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports. His journey to outsmart performance-enhancing drug tests transforms into a real-life thriller involving the biggest scandal in sports history - the cover-up of doping activities among Russian Olympians. ICARUS is Fogel's first documentary feature.

The Closing Night screening of YEAR OF THE SCAB will be held on June 18 at the Newseum and will feature a Q&A with director Dorsey. His film chronicles the 1987 NFL strike and the Washington Redskins' team of substitute players who overcame tremendous odds in order to defeat the best teams in the NFL. The perseverance of these players ultimately led the Washington Redskins to victory and helped end the strike.

Tickets to AFI DOCS, including Opening Night and Closing Night screenings, will be available early to AFI members exclusively beginning May 11, and to the public on May 15. Passes for AFI DOCS 2017 are now on sale at More information about AFI DOCS screenings and other special events will be announced in the coming weeks.

AFI DOCS is the American Film Institute's annual documentary festival in Washington, DC. Presenting the year's best documentaries, AFI DOCS is the only festival in the U.S. dedicated to screenings and events that connect audiences, filmmakers and policy leaders in the heart of our nation's government. The AFI DOCS advisory board includes Ken Burns, Davis Guggenheim, Chris Hegedus, Werner Herzog, Rory Kennedy, Barbara Kopple, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, Stanley Nelson, D A Pennebaker, Agn├Ęs Varda and Frederick Wiseman. Now in its 15th year, the festival will be held June 14-18, 2017, in landmark Washington, DC, venues and at the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. Visit and connect on,, and

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