Plans are underway to launch a new documentary film festival in Washington, DC in June 2023, with a launch event taking place later this month.
Jamie Shor, president of PR Collaborative, and Sky Sitney, director of the film and media studies program at Georgetown University, are the founders of the new event, called DC/DOX.
The announcement comes after AFI announced earlier this year that it would merge AFI Docs this year with AFI Fest in Los Angeles in November.
“Washington, DC has always been a vital home for cutting-edge documentary films,” Sitney said in a statement. “With the explosion of non-fiction storytelling in recent years, we wanted to create a new space to showcase this vital work.”
Shor, whose company had done public relations for AFI Docs, said the festival “will serve as a critical market for the launch of high-profile documentaries in the nation’s capital.”
June 15 launch event will feature DC’s first screenings of replica; Endangered; Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, One Journey, One Song; The Martha Mitchell Effect; Riotsville, USA: Mermaids and Sophia. The event will take place at the Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema. Attending will be filmmakers Rachel Grady from Endangered; Anne Alvergue and Debra McClutchy of The Martha Mitchell Effect; Rita Baghdadi from Sirens; and Jon Kasbe and Crystal Moselle from Sophia. Shawnee Benton Gibson and Omari Maynard, subjects of replicawill also participate in post-screening conversations.
AFI announced in February that it would be presenting AFI Docs at AFI Fest “due to continued uncertainty due to the pandemic.”