What was once Silverdocs, an annual documentary festival held in Silver Spring, this year has become AFI Docs. And with a new name comes new territory. The documentary festival, being held June 19 to 23, will now be screening films in both Silver Spring and downtown D.C., this year attracting more political names and celebrities.
Opening the festival is Bill Couturie's "Letters to Jackie," a documentary detailing the outpouring of letters to first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the aftermath of President Kennedy's assassination. A number of Hollywood celebrities were involved in the project, and some may make a cameo at this year's festival. (Though organizers are staying tight-lipped on who might appear.) Those involved include Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Zooey Deschanel, Kirsten Dunst, Anne Hathaway, Allison Janney, Betty White, Channing Tatum, Michelle Williams and more.
Moving on to more political films, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will use AFI Docs to debut his documentary "Documented." Finally, the festival will close with the premiere of A.J. Schnack's documentary, "Caucus," which followed GOP hopefuls Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and others through the early months of the 2012 election.