Here we are in the midst of Tribeca, with Hot Docs due to start any moment, and the 2009 festival onslaught continues unabated. In the next couple of weeks comes the flood of announcements from the big June festivals, led by the Los Angeles Film Festival, which announces its lineup on Tuesday, and AFI Silverdocs, which today announced Al Maysles as the honoree at this year's Guggenheim Symposium.
The Guggenheim Symposium is one of the signature events at Silverdocs, previously honoring Barbara Kopple, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme and Spike Lee. This year Maysles will be joined by Kopple, subjects Christo and Jeanne-Claude and other special guests for the Thursday night event.
Recently, Silverdocs announced that Sky Sitney, formerly Director of Programming at the festival, had been upped to Artistic Director. They are expected to announce their line-up in May.