Silverdocs

Programming Note: It's Documentary Week At Monkey See

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Last year's Silverdocs opening night featured a long line.

Last year's Silverdocs opening night featured a long line.

Ben Keller/AFI Silver

At the risk of using a word that doesn't seem to have a lot of meaning: I expect this to be a fun week at Monkey See.

I've spoken before about my abiding love of my local kinda-art-house-kinda-just-cool theater, the AFI Silver, and it's a special week there. This is the week that the AFI, along with Discovery (which is also located in Silver Spring) hosts Silverdocs, a film festival that will run through next weekend. As a big fan of documentaries, it's something I'm quite looking forward to.

(How much are they toying with me? Tonight's opening-night showcase is a new film about The Swell Season, a band that — as regular readers know — I also adore.)

There are some relatively high-profile movies on the docket, including the puppeteer bio Being Elmo, the New York Times doc Page One (which is just opening around the country now), and The Interrupters from Steve James (who made Hoop Dreams). But there are also things that look intriguing that I'd never heard of until I saw the slate, including Age Of Champions, about senior citizen athletes, and The Loving Story, about the couple whose Supreme Court case overturned laws against interracial marriage.

I'll be seeing shorts, foreign documentaries, and all nature of things, and we'll be talking about lots and lots of different aspects of the form and the business both. Feel free to browse the full slate and tell me what you're interested in, and we'll see what fits into my increasingly packed schedule for the week.

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