The 2020 American Documentary and Animation Film Festival will kick off its 9th annual event with a new, groundbreaking documentary that could make filmgoers re-think everything they thought they knew about what's going to save us, AmDocs Founder Teddy Grouya announced on Monday, January 27.


Grouya has selected PLANET OF THE HUMANS, an independent film from first-time director Jeff Gibbs, to make its West Coast Premiere on the Opening Night of AmDocs2020 on March 27 in Palm Springs. The film will screen three times over AmDocs' 5-day run: Friday, March 27 at 7 pm during our Opening Night Gala at the Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center;  Saturday, March 28 at 6:30 pm at the Tristone Palm Desert 10 Cinemas in Palm Desert.


While this is Gibbs' feature documentary directorial debut, he's been at the forefront of numerous high-profile, award-winning films over the years. Among his past credits: Producer of the 2002 Academy Award-winning BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, Producer of the 2004 Cannes Palme d'Or-winning and Directors Guild of America-nominated FAHRENHEIT 9/11, and Producer of the 2006 classic SHUT UP AND SING. That film, on the Dixie Chicks and the backlash the singing group faced over comments about then-president George W. Bush, was named one of the five best documentaries of 2006 by the National Board of Review.


PLANET OF THE HUMANS is Executive Produced by Oscar winner Michael Moore, and produced by Ozzie Zehner.


Grouya calls this year's Opening Night selection, "The most important documentary film in a generation. While I have reviewed thousands of films over the years made by filmmakers I respect and love, it is paramount that the public and political leaders worldwide see this seminal film NOW. This film is guaranteed to turn the sustainability movement on its head."


Film reviewer Matthew Carey of says it's "Possibly the most bracing documentary ever made." Carey continued, "Films about environmental issues have long been a staple of the documentary form, a genre that in recent years alone has brought us BEFORE THE FLOOD, CHASING ICE, CHASING CORAL and, of course, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. But those documentaries arguably pale in importance to PLANET OF THE HUMANS. The film ... makes the deeply disturbing case that unless we reverse course, the human species faces ruin."

PLANET OF THE HUMANS has screened at only one venue in the world (with three screenings, all of which were sold out, and all of which received standing ovations from overflow crowds), prior to coming to AmDocs.


Our Opening Night Gala is always one of our annual highlights, combining the best in filmmaking, along with an exciting food and wine event, special guests and personalities, and culminating in an entertaining audience Q&A with our filmmaking teams. Gibbs and Zehner are confirmed to attend and will be in conversation with our AmDocs audience post-screening. Special guests may be added.


Past AmDocs Opening Night Gala guests have included the likes of 5-time Grammy winner Dionne Warwick, Oscar-winning Director Oliver Stone, Emmy-winning host of The Amazing Race Phil Keoghan, legendary actor George Takei, Oscar-nominated Director Julie Cohen, and Native American activist and Oscars legend Sacheen Littlefeather, among others.

Our Gala begins with a 5:30 pm food and beverage event on the concourse area at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.   (PLEASE NOTE, Opening Night Film, PLANET OF THE HUMANS shall be available on DocsNow+ during the September Virtual Event.)


Tickets for this event may be purchased separately or in conjunction with other festival passes and packages. Admission to the Gala reception includes the film screening and is $35.


Important, new, groundbreaking documentary on climate change to headline 9th annual AmDocs

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