OPENING WITH RACHEL GRADY AND HEIDI EWING’S ONE OF US, CLOSING WITH MYLES KANE AND JOSH KOURY’S VOYEUR, AND FEATURING ALEX GIBNEY’S NO STONE UNTURNED AS CENTERPIECE, FESTIVAL SLATE REFLECTS DISTINCTIVE FACETS OF INVESTIGATIVE STORYTELLING
FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN WASHINGTON, DC OCTOBER 19-22
WASHINGTON, DC (Tuesday, September 19) – Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival & Symposium launches its third edition with DC premieres of new films that go beyond the headlines to capture riveting stories and confront matters that have been hidden from the public, until now.
Double Exposure’s film program will kick-off on Thursday, October 19 with its opening night film One of Us, the highly anticipated new documentary from Academy nominated directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, 12th and Delaware, Detropia, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You). In One of Us, three Hasidic Jews leave their ultra-Orthodox community to join the secular world. Unprepared for life outside the tightly-knit community, they experience ostracism, lost relationships and even danger. A Netflix original documentary. Oct. 19, 7:00pm, National Portrait Gallery.
No Stone Unturned, the latest work from Academy Award and Emmy-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) is the festival’s centerpiece film and will screen on Friday, October 20. Gibney’s documentary re-opens a 1994 investigation into the massacre of six men as they watched a World Cup soccer match in their local Northern Ireland pub. Gibney exposes a complex web of lies and corruption, and reveals something that a criminal investigation spanning over twenty years did not: the identities of the suspected killers. Friday, October 20, 8:30pm, Naval Heritage Center.
And Voyeur, from directors Myles Kane and Josh Koury, is the festival’s closing night film on Saturday, October 21. Voyeur follows journalist Gay Talese as he reports on one of the most controversial stories of his career: a portrait of a Colorado motel owner, Gerald Foos, who spent decades spying on his guests and recording their private moments. A Netflix original documentary. Saturday, October 21, 8:30pm, Naval Heritage Center.
“We are very proud to screen these wonderful, new investigative documentaries,” said Diana Jean Schemo, founder and co-director of Double Exposure. “Each film illustrates a different aspect of investigative storytelling: the first takes audiences deep inside a community usually closed to outsiders; the second investigates a mystery that has gone unsolved for decades; and the third interrogates the investigative process itself.”
“These three extraordinary films from some of today’s most visionary filmmakers embody the very essence of what we aim to achieve at Double Exposure,” said Sky Sitney, festival co-director. “They are works that seek to uncover something otherwise hidden from view, expressed through a distinctive cinematic language.”
The full film program will be announced September 28.
The Symposium program was announced earlier this month: http://
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About Double Exposure
In recent years, the creative landscape of films inspired by investigative reporting has flowered in unexpected and exciting ways, from Spotlight, which took audiences inside The Boston Globe investigative team, to Blackfish, which exposed mistreatment of orca whales at SeaWorld, to Citizenfour, which gave us a front-row seat on Edward Snowden’s massive release of files on government surveillance.
Yet this flourishing of creativity comes just as the rights of journalists and visual storytellers face unprecedented challenges on nearly every level: politically, socially, legally and financially.
Double Exposure, a project of the nonprofit investigative news organization 100Reporters, showcases the best new films inspired by the investigative instinct, in a bid to raise public recognition of this vital form of reporting that doesn’t just ask tough questions, but delivers answers. It pairs film screenings with a concurrent symposium for journalists and filmmakers to connect with each other, and with the producers, editors, funders, and experts who can advance their work.
Major supporters of Double Exposure include the Reva and David Logan Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundations.
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