Alumni Events & Announcements

View photos from the June 9 event here.

An encore presentation of the television event, which aired on TNT on June 15, will play on TCM on September 12 during a night of programming dedicated to John Williams.

Each year, the University Film and Video Association (UFVA) holds a conference attended by faculty from various film schools across the country. If you hold a teaching position and/or will be attending the UFVA conference in Henderson, Nevada, email — we would love to connect you with other AFI alumni at UFVA.

AFI alumni presenting at the UFVA conference:

Mitchell Block (AFI Class of 1974)
Jacob Bricca (AFI Class of 1998)
Clay Haskell (AFI Class of 2000)
Peter Kiwitt (AFI Class of 1981)
Evan Lieberman (AFI Class of 1984)
David Mallin (AFI Class of 2008)
Doe Mayer (AFI Class of 1973)
Maria Sanders (AFI Class of 2002)
Paul Schneider (AFI Class of 1981)
Wenhwa Tsao (AFI DWW, Class of 2011)
David Waldman (AFI Class of 2001)
Dana Weidman (AFI Class of 2001)

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended new member invitations. AFI alumni who were invited to the Academy’s Class of 2016: Vera Blasi (AFI Class of 1991), Camille Cellucci (AFI DWW, Class of 2005), Julie Dash (AFI Class of 1974), Jerome Duboz (AFI Class of 1999), Mátyás Erdély (AFI Class of 2005), Shana Feste (AFI Class of 2003), Lesli Linka Glatter (AFI DWW, Class of 1982), Affonso Gonçalves (AFI Class of 1993), Patty Jenkins (AFI Class of 2000), Aviva Kempner (AFI DWW, Class of 2001), Victor Nunez (AFI Class of 1971), Pilar Revuelta (AFI Class of 1991), Elizabeth Sung (AFI Class of 1998) and Haris Zambarloukos (AFI Class of 1994).

Director/producer Brad Buecker (AFI Class of 2003), a longtime close collaborator of Ryan Murphy, has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television where Murphy also is based. Under the multiyear pact, Buecker will continue to executive-produce AMERICAN HORROR STORY, as well as develop new projects for broadcast and cable.

Ellen Burstyn (AFI DWW, Class of 1974), the Oscar®, Tony® and Emmy® winner who has recently played roles on Netflix's HOUSE OF CARDS and as Allison Janney's mom on CBS' MOM, has signed with ICM Partners.

Letia Clouston's (AFI Class of 2008) MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS will debut this 2016 holiday season from Mar Vista Entertainment. Clouston is the film's director, Chris Burgon (AFI Class of 2008) is the cinematographer, Naomi Sunrise Filoramo (AFI Class of 2008) is the editor, Chris Freilich (AFI Class of 2008) is the steadicam operator and Mike Aguilar (AFI Class of 2014) is the assistant editor.

Founded in 1999 by award-winning filmmaker Michael Dennis (AFI Class of 1994), Reelblack is both a film-production and a film programming company dedicated to showcasing the best in African American cinema. Dennis presents regular screenings at the African American Museum and on second Fridays at PEC's United Bank Building on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, PA.

The Hollywood Reporter and Principal partnered to launch "The Defining Moment" campaign where a selected winner's "defining moment" will become a short film produced by award-winning film director Drake Doremus (AFI Class of 2005).

KALUSHI: THE STORY OF SOLOMON MAHLANGU, a film eight years in the making, traces the short and revolutionary life of South African freedom fighter Solomon "Kalushi" Mahlangu before his execution by the apartheid government at the age of 23. Mandla Dube (AFI Class of 2002) is the film's director/writer/producer. Tommy Maddox-Upshaw (AFI Class of 2004) is the film's cinematographer.

Robert Elswit (AFI Class of 1977), John Guleserian (AFI Class of 2005) and Robert Richardson (AFI Class of 1979) were selected for Collider's "20 Most Exciting Cinematographers Working Today."

Sam Esmail (AFI Class of 2004) was interviewed by Empire and Entertainment Weekly on the upcoming second season of MR. ROBOT.

Showtime has ordered the drama PURITY, based on the Jonathan Franzen novel, to series. Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992) is the show's executive producer/director/writer. The series stars Daniel Craig and production will begin in 2017.

Olive Gallagher (AFI Class of 2009), president and CEO of indie film and TV production company Moonlight Man Productions, will be directing, writing and producing the film JOURNEYS in her hometown of Milford, Pennsylvania.

Sian Heder (AFI DWW, Class of 2005) is set to write and direct a remake of the French dramedy LA FAMILLE BELIER for Lionsgate. LA FAMILLE BELIER will be the followup to Heder's Sundance selection TALLULAH, which stars Ellen Page as a young drifter who takes a baby from a negligent Beverly Hills mother, played by Allison Janney. Heder recently accepted the New Voices in Screenwriting Award from Zachary Quinto at the Nantucket Film Festival.

Marshall Herskovitz (AFI Class of 1975) and Ed Zwick (AFI Class of 1975) will be executive producers and showrunners of NASHVILLE. Seasons one through four aired on ABC. The project was renewed for a fifth season on CMT, with Hulu streaming episodes the next day.

The trailer for Andrew Hu's (AFI Class of 2015) dark TV drama POE was featured on

Mako Kamitsuna (AFI DWW, Class of 2010) is currently editing Dee Rees' next feature film MUDBOUND starring Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garett Hedlund and Carey Mulligan. Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) is the film's cinematographer.

Lawrence Kim (AFI Class of 2006) just completed the feature film COWGIRL'S STORY with Bailee Madison and Pat Boone. Kim is the film's production designer.

Constance Wu (FRESH OFF THE BOAT) has come on board to star with Angela Trimbur in an untitled independent comedy-drama by director/writer Jenée LaMarque (AFI Class of 2010). Lauren Parks (AFI Class of 2010) is also a writer on the film, Steven J. Berger (AFI Class of 2010) is the producer, Beatrice von Schwerin (AFI Class of 2015) is the co-producer, Kristin Fieldhouse (AFI Class of 2013) is the cinematographer, Steph Zenee Perez (AFI Class of 2015) is the editor and Susannah Honey (AFI Class of 2014) is the production designer.

Priscilla J. ("Sally") Mattison (AFI Class of 1986), Of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., co-authored an article entitled "Modern Methods of Monetization for Record Producers," which was published in the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers 2016 publication, "The Monetization of the Global Music Business – from Creators to Major Industry." She discussed the article on a panel at the 50th annual MIDEM convention in Cannes, France.

Netflix has acquired global rights to Charlie McDowell's (AFI Class of 2006) THE DISCOVERY, starring Rooney Mara, Robert Redford and Jason Segel. The film will premiere on Netflix and also get a theatrical domestic run in 2017. Directed by McDowell and written by McDowell and Justin Lader (AFI Class of 2008), THE DISCOVERY is a sci-fi story set two years after the discovery of an afterlife that has been scientifically proven where millions of people have taken their own lives in order to start over.

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES OF INTIMACY was recently licensed by OUTtv for broadcast throughout Western Europe. The film won five Best Short awards in the following festivals: the Hamburg International Queer Film Festival (Germany), Big Muddy Film Festival (USA), Grenoble Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (France), Feminist and Queer International Film Festival (Romania), and CINHOMO International Film Festival (Spain). Joel Moffett (AFI Class of 1994) is the film's director/writer/editor.

Coming off her stint as a writer on AMC's Revolutionary War drama TURN: WASHINGTON'S SPIES, LaToya Morgan (AFI Class of 2005) has signed a two-year overall deal with the network to work on existing series and develop new ones. Under the pact, Morgan will join the staff of AMC's martial arts drama INTO THE BADLANDS, which has been renewed for a second season.

Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) was featured in The New York Times article "Female Cinematographers, Not Content to Hide Behind the Camera."

CBS has ordered the drama RANSOM to series. Frank Spotnitz (AFI Class of 1989) is the show's creator and executive producer.

Elizabeth Sung (AFI Class of 1998/AFI DWW, Class of 1994) guest-starred on the episode of NBC's THE NIGHT SHIFT titled "The Way Back" on June 15.

The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has elected Kees Van Oostrum (AFI Class of 1977) to serve as president of the organization. This is Oostrum's first term, which will run for one year, beginning immediately.

At the Los Angeles Film Festival, top-ranked female cinematographers revealed seven tips for career success. Amy Vincent (AFI Class of 1991) was one of the panelists for "Women Behind the Lens: Spotlight on Cinematographers."

The VIZIO + Dolby Vision Filmmaker Challenge recently selected five AFI thesis films as finalists for the chance to win a $5,000 grand prize and the VIZIO + Dolby Vision Cinematography Award. The five AFI Class of 2015 Cinematographers and their films are: Simu Feng for BREATHE, Halyna Hutchins for HIDDEN, Avner Mayer for SHUN, Todd Sheridan for FRONTMAN and Kizu Toshihiko for THE FLESH OF MY LOVERS. Vote for your favorites by July 8 for a chance to win a 65" VIZIO TV.