You're Invited!
Join us for an AFI reception in celebration of alumni with films at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — see you in Park City!

Date: Friday, January 29, 2016
Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: Downstairs | 625 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060


Among the many significant alumni achievements so far this year were Golden Globes for Sam Esmail (AFI Class of 2004) and Steve Golin (AFI Class of 1981), who were also among the 39 alumni honored at AFI AWARDS 2015 including Janusz Kamiński (AFI Class of 1987), Affonso Gonçalves (AFI Class of 1993), Lesli Linka Glatter (AFI DWW, Class of 1982), Gideon Raff (AFI Class of 2003), Jennifer Getzinger (AFI DWW, Class of 2005), Matthew Libatique (AFI Class of 1992) and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (AFI DWW, Class of 2012) for their outstanding work in film and television throughout 2015.

The horror/thriller feature DEMENTIA is now playing in Pasadena and is available on iTunes, Amazon and VOD. Meredith Berg (AFI DWW, Class of 2008) is the writer.

Pippa Bianco (AFI DWW, Class of 2014) and Peter Livolsi (AFI Class of 2005) have been accepted into the 2016 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, taking place January 15-20 in Utah.

John Dahl (AFI Class of 1982) was lauded by The New York Times for his direction of the episode “Locked Room Mystery” from the Netflix series JESSICA JONES.

Five alumni are credited across the films in this year’s Best Documentary Feature Oscar® shortlist — director/writer Kirby Dick (AFI Class of 1983) for THE HUNTING GROUND; editor Melody London (AFI DWW, Class of 1994) and cinematographer Joshua Zucker Pluda (AFI Class of 2016) for HEART OF A DOG; cinematographer Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006) for WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?; and additional photographer Martim Vian (AFI Class of 2009) for BEST OF ENEMIES.

Sarah Elgart (AFI DWW, Class of 1991), in affiliation with Cultural Weekly and ScreenDance Diaries, announced the first international online Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival. The festival is dedicated to exploring the intersections of dance and film and the emerging and vital art of screen dance.

Sam Esmail (AFI Class of 2004) won the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama for his role as creator/executive producer of MR. ROBOT. Read our American Film blog interview with Esmail here.

Lindsay Golder (AFI Class of 2014) was selected as the Web Series category winner in the 2015 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch TV Script Contest for her script “Celebration.”

Steve Golin (AFI Class of 1981) was interviewed by Deadline for his film SPOTLIGHT before going on to receive Best Television Series – Drama and Best Picture – Drama Golden Globe Awards for MR. ROBOT and THE REVENANT, respectively.

Liz Hinlein’s (AFI Class of 2007) OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN had its New York City premiere January 1-7 at the Village East Cinema and is available for viewing across multiple platforms including Time Warner, Comcast, Cox and iTunes.  Hinlein is the film’s director/producer, Edward Button (AFI Class of 2006) is the executive producer/cinematographer, Eugenio Richer (AFI Class of 2012) is the editor, Ben Hardwicke (AFI Class of 2013) is the camera operator, and Leo Chan (AFI Class of 2014) and Sunghwan Moon (AFI Class of 2014) are the assistant editors.

Henry Hughes (AFI Class of 2014) was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly for his award-winning, Oscar®-shortlisted film DAY ONE.

Brad Ingelsby’s (AFI Class of 2005) spec “Claire” was bought by Black Bicycle Entertainment. The script is a thriller that follows a mother who lives on a rural farm who must protect her daughter when she falls in with the wrong crowd. It is the second collaboration between Scott Free and Black Bicycle after they set Jake Scott to direct the Ingelsby spec script “The Burning Woman.”

ANOMALISA producer Rosa Tran was interviewed by Deadline for working with the film’s co-director/producer Duke Johnson (AFI Class of 2006).

Susan Johnson (AFI Class of 2000) is directing the feature film CARRIE PILBY, starring Bel Powley, Vanessa Bayer, Colin O'Donoghue, Jason Ritter and William Moseley. Gonzalo Amat (AFI Class of 2002) is the cinematographer.

Director/writer Bruce Mason (AFI Class of 1993) makes his feature debut with CHEZ UPSHAW, a dark comedy starring Illeana Douglas and Kevin Pollack. Samuel Ameen (AFI Class of 1991) is the cinematographer. Carole Strober (AFI Class of 1991) is the production designer. Their quirky film can be found on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. Read about it on The Huffington Post.

Cade Loven (AFI Class of 2016) was featured in The Decorah Newspapers for his upcoming hometown fundraiser and screening of AFI short films in association with the Oneota Film Festival.

Priscilla "Sally" Mattison (AFI Class of 1986) wrote an article entitled "Licensing Music for Audio-Visual Uses," which was published in the fall 2015 issue of the Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music. She also participated in a panel, Law: Intellectual Property at Lebanon Valley College’s 11th Annual VALE Media Industries Conference.

Sunghwan Moon (AFI Class of 2014) was featured in GroundReport for film editing. Moon is slated to work on James Franco’s upcoming film IN DUBIOUS BATTLE.

Diego Quemada-Diez (AFI Class of 2001) is readying political thriller OPERACION ATLAS as he launches an Academy Award campaign for his first feature, LA JAULA DE ORO (THE GOLDEN DREAM).

Daniel Raim (AFI Class of 1999) was interviewed by The Hans India on documentary filmmaking.

Lisanne Sartor (AFI DWW, Class of 2012) received residency at Hedgebrook for fall 2016.

At The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment breakfast on December 9, AFI and Lifetime announced a partnership with the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) to provide job placement for every 2015 graduate of the Institute’s acclaimed program. The joint effort, which was unveiled by UNREAL co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (AFI DWW, Class of 2012), serves as part of Lifetime’s Broad Focus push, dedicated to cultivating and supporting women behind the camera.

Cinematographer Max Da-Yung Wang (AFI Class of 1999) shot the Chinese feature film DEVIL AND ANGEL (E GUN TIAN SHI). The film opened in China on December 24, 2015, and according to Rentrak, its debut weekend box office ranked it #2 worldwide just behind STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Its box office was ranked #85 worldwide for the year 2015.


Alex Ankrom (AFI Class of 2011)
Alex J. Ankrom was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He earned two degrees from Boston University and graduated from the AFI Conservatory with an MFA in Screenwriting.