Alumni Events & Announcements

You're Invited!
Join us for an AFI reception in celebration of alumni with films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival — see you in Park City!

Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: Downstairs | 625 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060



Universal Cable Prods. has landed rights to Gimlet Media’s breakout new fictional podcast HOMECOMING for MR. ROBOT creator/executive producer Sam Esmail (AFI Class of 2004) to develop as a TV series via his overall deal at the studio. Anonymous Content, which produces MR. ROBOT with UCP, also is coming on board to produce.

Working Title Television has set up THE MAN FROM PRIMOSE LANE, a new drama series at Fox. Chad Feehan (AFI Class of 2004) is the writer.

The American Film Institute and NBCUniversal have awarded $75,000 in funding to six documentary films that screened at AFI DOCS 2016. Deirdre Fishel (AFI Class of 1988) is one of the directors selected with her film CARE.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (AFI Class of 1975) currently has an exhibition in Los Angeles at the Annenberg Space for Photography.

IN BETWEEN (BAR BAHAR) opened in theaters in Israel on January 5. Itay Gross (AFI Class of 2011) is the cinematographer.

Tassaduq Hussain Mufti (AFI Class of 2001), the son of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party at a function to commemorate his father’s first death anniversary on January 7.

Ryan Murphy's television directors are more than 50-percent female. Maggie Kiley (AFI DWW, Class of 2009) and Alexis O. Korycinski (AFI DWW, Class of 2014) were featured in The Hollywood Reporter's story on equality in entertainment.

Tamika Lamison (AFI DWW, Class of 2002) was featured in LA Weekly for her foundation which helps make film dreams come true for kids with terminal conditions. Johnny Depp recently participated in Lamison's Make a Film Foundation.

SILENT NIGHTS is one of 10 films in the running for Oscar® nominations in the Best Live Action Short category. Kim Magnusson (AFI Class of 1991) is the producer.

Ken Ochiai (AFI Class of 2008) was interviewed by Viet Nam News for his new action-comedy SÀI GÒN BODYGUARD.

Netflix released the documentary GROWING UP COY on January 6. The film is about the transgender six-year-old whose family fought for her right to use the girls’ bathroom in a landmark civil rights case that prompted a nationwide debate. Jason Oldak (AFI Class of 2005) is the cinematographer.

BELIEVE, starring Ryan O'Quinn and Shawnee Smith, will soon be available on VOD and streaming. Ronen Pestes (AFI Class of 2003) color graded the film.

Thomas Quinn (AFI Class of 1987) is a story producer and writer for the Travel Channel's EXPEDITION: UNKNOWN. “Closing the Mammoth: Part 1” premiered on December 28, and "Part 2" premiered on January 4.

Daniel Sawka (AFI Class of 2015) will write and direct an untitled new feature for James L. Brooks' Gracie Films. Sony Pictures will distribute, while Gracie Films produces the movie. The upcoming film will mark Sawka's first feature at a major studio. The deal comes after Sawka's short film ICEBOX premiered at the Seattle Film Festival last year, then played the Telluride Film Festival and AFI FEST, where it won the Grand Jury Award for Live Action Short.

Alex Simon (AFI Class of 2005) is a top three finalist in the Historical/Period/War category in the 2016 Big Break Screenwriting Contest for his script "Baron of Havana."

THE WITNESS is on the Oscar® shortlist for Best Documentary Feature. James D. Solomon (AFI Class of 1988) is the director/writer/producer and Trish Govoni (AFI Class of 1988) is the cinematographer. David O. Russell, Killer Films' Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, and Rachael Horovitz will produce a narrative feature adaptation of the film.

Pete Villani (AFI Class of 2004) won Best Cinematography at the 2016 Ghana Movie Awards for his work on LIKE COTTON TWINES.

Bochen Zhang (AFI Class of 2015) was featured in Ground Report for her award-winning films.