A Τribute to Documentary, Μade in the USA


Mytilini: October 2-7 – Athens: October 8-12

Exile Room, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Athens, welcomes the American Film Showcase, a multifaceted exploration of American documentary and a unique partnership with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. The program features award-winning films from the past two years along with a series of untraditional workshops that shed light on the mysteries of production.

The American Film Showcase will make a stop in Mytilini before heading to Athens, and will feature appearances by two award-winning film experts: director/producer and all-around documentary guru Gordon Quinn (“Hoop Dreams”, “The Interrupters”, “Life Itself”) and ultra-talented producer Carolyn Hepburn (“Art and Craft”, “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets”, “Life, Animated”), whose careers have both culminated in Oscar nominations!

As part of the AegeanDocs International Documentary Film Festival in Mytilini, the visiting film experts will introduce some of their most acclaimed documentaries, “The Interrupters” and “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets.”  In Athens, the American Film Showcase screenings will take place at the Greek Film Archive and Exile Room, opening with “Racing Extinction,” an ecological extravaganza with activist sensibilities and extraordinary filming techniques, directed by Louie Psihoyos (“The Cove”).

Carolyn Hepburn and Gordon Quinn will also lead workshops on how to respect your characters’ boundaries (documentary ethics), how to fairly use other people’s work to build your own audiovisual vocabulary (fair use) and how to fight violence with non-violence, as filtered through their own personal experience.

The American Film Showcase is organized by Exile Room and the U.S. Embassy in Athens.