Joan Baez and Laurie Anderson in conversation following JOAN BAEZ I AM A NOISE in the 2023 SummerDocs series.

Our beloved SummerDocs series was created by Artistic Director David Nugent and HIFF Board Member (and Chair Emeritus) Alec Baldwin, who together expertly curate the lineup each summer. 

As you’ve come to expect over the past 15 years, our fan favorite SummerDocs series will be back in 2024 with a selection of critically acclaimed films for documentary fans to discover all summer long, followed by conversations with filmmakers and guests.

Past SummerDocs selections have gone on to be shortlisted, be nominated and even win Academy Awards® for Best Documentary Feature Film, including THE ETERNAL MEMORY (2024), NAVALNY (2023), FIRE OF LOVE (2023), SUMMER OF SOUL (2021), ICARUS (2017), TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (2013), SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (2012), and THE COVE (2009). 

The series has also welcomed esteemed filmmakers and special guests from all walks of life, including Questlove, Joan Baez, Carl Bernstein, Rory Kennedy, Dick Cavett, Louie Psihoyos, Billy Joel, Fisher Stevens, Chaz Ebert, Laird HamiltonMorgan Neville, Tony Bennett, Davis Guggenheim, Laurie Anderson, Rodriguez, Yulia Navalnaya, Sara DosaDaniel Ellsberg, Simon Doonan, David Carr, Ethel Kennedy, Andrew Rossi, Chiemi Karasawa, Jesse Moss, Marina ZenovichRachel Grady, Heidi Ewing, and Steve James.

>> Check out the archive of SummerDocs screenings since 2009.