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Posted at 1:40 PM ET, 06/11/2007

Setting Up Silverdocs

By Jen Chaney

Starting tomorrow, reality returns to Silver Spring, Md.

And by reality, I mean the annual Silverdocs film festival, an international celebration of documentary cinema that takes place right here in good 'ol Montgomery County, at the AFI Silver. With 100 movies screening through Sunday evening, it's hard to know which ones are worth seeing and which can be skipped. With that in mind, I have plucked a few highlights from the Silverdocs schedule -- films I have already previewed and those that sound particularly promising.

"Orthodox Stance": I didn't get a chance to preview this portrait of an observant Jewish boxer, but the premise intrigues me. The fact that the Silverdocs screening marks the movie's world premiere means you can be among the first to get a ringside seat. (Screens Wednesday at 8 p.m.)

"Stop Making Sense" and "Neil Young's Heart of Gold": As an extension of the Charles Guggenheim Symposium, which this year honors filmmaker Jonathan Demme, two of the director's rock docs will be screened for free -- that's right, FREE -- in the Silver Plaza. And you may ask yourself, should I go see these free outdoor movies? And you may say to yourself, of course I should. (And don't forget that Demme's latest, the Hurricane Katrina doc "New Home Movies From the Lower 9th Ward," screens Thursday at 1 p.m.) ("Stop Making Sense," about the Talking Heads, screens Thursday at 9 p.m. "Heart of Gold," which features Young performing in Nashville in 2005, screens Friday at 9 p.m.)

"Garbage Warrior": Another film I wanted to watch, but didn't get to screen before my blogging deadline. I'll just say this about the film's subject, Michael Reynolds: Any guy who can build a house out of beer cans strikes me as worth getting to know better. (Screens Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. and Friday at 8:30 p.m. The latter screening is for Silverdocs passholders only.)

"Chicago 10": If you're one of those movie-goers who usually dismisses documentaries for being too slow, pretentious or depressing, have I got a picture for you. This archival-footage-meets-animation doc, which kicked off the Sundance Film Festival, compellingly rehashes the protests surrounding the 1968 Democratic Convention and the riot (and trial) that ensued. If this is the way they're teaching history now -- with mixed cinematic media, the voices of Mark Ruffalo and Comic Book Guy and the Beastie Boys on the soundtrack -- then send me back to Social Studies, ASAP. (Screens Friday at 8:15 p.m.)

"Kurt Cobain: About a Son": This beautifully shot snapshot of the late Nirvana frontman pulls off a neat trick: It makes you feel like you are Kurt Cobain. Featuring footage of the various key places in Cobain's life coupled with audio of him discussing everything from his unhappy childhood to his uninhibited sex with Courtney Love, you'll feel like you're literally seeing the world through his eyes. Unfortunately, as you might guess, that's not necessarily a happy view. Watching this movie requires patience, not to mention the knowledge that you won't get to see any footage of Cobain or Nirvana. For that, there's always the video of "In Bloom" on YouTube. (Screens Friday at 10:15 p.m.)

"Frank and Cindy": If you happened to catch the episode of "This American Life" that focused solely on footage from this film, then you know what to expect: A mix of "Capturing the Friedmans" and "Tarnation," crossbred with a VH1 reality show about a washed-up pop star. (Screens Saturday at 10:30 p.m.)

-- Jen

By Jen Chaney  | June 11, 2007; 1:40 PM ET
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Word on the street is that Franck and Cindy with be at Silverdocs, as will Michael Reynolds from Garbage Warrior and Dymitri Salitas from Orthodox Stance, which means you really can get to know these folks better.

Posted by: Andy R. | June 11, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Word on the street is that Franck and Cindy with be at Silverdocs, as will Michael Reynolds from Garbage Warrior and Dymitri Salitas from Orthodox Stance, which means you really can get to know these folks better.

Posted by: Andy R. | June 11, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Word on the street is that Franck and Cindy with be at Silverdocs, as will Michael Reynolds from Garbage Warrior and Dymitri Salitas from Orthodox Stance, which means you really can get to know these folks better.

Posted by: Andy R. | June 11, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Highly recommend Garbage Warrior! I saw it twice in Toronto and it gor standing ovations both times!

Posted by: rhess210 | June 13, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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