AFI Docs gets underway Wednesday evening at the Newseum with “Best of Enemies,” a documentary feature by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. Neville, who won an Academy Award for best documentary feature for “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” in 2014, is just one of the Oscar winners in the film festival’s schedule.
Barbara Kopple, whose “Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation,” is playing Thursday at the AFI Silver and Friday at the Naval Heritage Center, won an Oscar for best documentary feature in 1977 for “Harlan County, U.S.A.”
More recently, Alex Gibney won best documentary feature for “Taxi to the Dark Side,” in 2008. His “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” screens Saturday at the AFI Silver and Sunday at the Naval Heritage Center.
Also among the directors at AFI Docs is the late Albert Maysles, perhaps the most lauded documentary filmmaker of all time, who never won an Oscar for his work — not even arguably his most famous work, “Grey Gardens.” His last movie, “In Transit,” will screen Friday at the AFI Silver and Sunday at Landmark’s E Street Cinema. Maysles died in March.
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