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Looking for a new film or TV series to watch online? Whether it’s a long-awaited digital premiere or a first-run theatrical release headed to VOD early, be sure to check out the following AFI alumni projects that are available to stream online.

New Projects for July 2020

THE CHI

Dinara Aprymova (AFI Class of 2016), Editor

Synopsis: From Emmy® winner Lena Waithe, The Chi is a timely coming-of-age drama series centered on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.

Where to Watch: Currently airing on Showtime

 

CONTROL Z

Eugenio Richer (AFI Class of 2012), Editor

Synopsis: When a hacker begins releasing students’ secrets to the entire high school, the socially isolated but observant Sofía works to uncover his/her identity.

Where to Watch: Netflix

 

HOMEMADE

Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006), Director

Synopsis: A filmmaker composes a loving, lyrical tone poem to her son and hopes that he’ll remember the everyday magic of being five during an extraordinary time.

Where to Watch: Netflix

 

THE LONGEST WAR

Diane Becker (AFI Class of 2006), Executive Producer

Synopsis: This documentary feature unpacks the human stories and drama behind America’s involvement in Afghanistan, now the longest war in U.S. history. First-hand witnesses bring their experiences to life through emotional interviews.

Where to Watch: Showtime

 

THE OUTPOST

Paul Merryman (AFI Class of 2010), Producer

Synopsis: A small team of U.S. soldiers battle against hundreds of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Where to Watch: In theaters and on Premium VOD on July 3

 

PALM SPRINGS

Max Barbakow (AFI Class of 2015), Director

Andy Siara (AFI Class of 2015), Writer

Allison Jones (AFI Class of 1981), Casting

Synopsis: When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.

Where to Watch: Streaming on Hulu Starting July 10

 

ROOM 104

Jenée LaMarque (AFI Class of 2010), Director

Synopsis: Anthology series set in room 104 of a seemingly average American motel, telling each time a different story of the assorted guests who pass through, which can range from funny and fantastical to dramatic and horrifying.

Where to Watch: HBO Starting July 24

 

ROPED

Eric Potter (AFI Class of 2005), Editor

Synopsis: When a rodeo visits a small liberal town, a young girl finds herself torn between her father’s beliefs and her newfound love for a traveling cowboy.

Check out the trailer

Where to Watch: Netflix

 

SPACE FORCE

Allison Jones (AFI Class of 1981), Casting

Synopsis: The people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services: The Space Force.

Where to Watch: Netflix

 

TRIAL BY MEDIA

Diane Becker (AFI Class of 2006), Producer

Synopsis: In our modern media landscape where real courtroom dramas have increasingly been transformed into a form of entertainment, this series reflects on some of the most dramatic and memorable trials in recent history.

Where to Watch: Netflix

New Projects for June 2020

 

DIRTY JOHN, SEASON 2

Maggie Kiley (AFI DWW Class of 2009), Director

Synopsis: Anthology series in which each season is based on a true crime story featuring an epic tale of love gone wrong.

Where to Watch: Premiering on USA Network on June 2

 

THE HIGH NOTE

Theresa Guleserian (AFI Class of 2006), Production Designer

Synopsis: A superstar singer and her overworked personal assistant are presented with a choice that could alter the course of their respective careers.

Where to Watch: VOD

 

KING OF STATEN ISLAND

Robert Elswit (AFI Class of 1977), Cinematographer

Synopsis: Scott has been a case of arrested development since his firefighter dad died. He spends his days smoking weed and dreaming of being a tattoo artist until events force him to grapple with his grief and take his first steps forward in life.

Where to Watch: Coming to VOD on June 12

 

PERRY MASON

Mako Kamitsuna (AFI DWW Class of 2011), Editor

Synopsis: In booming 1932 Los Angeles, a down-and-out defense attorney takes on the case of a lifetime.

Where to Watch: Premiering on HBO on June 21

 

THE POLITICIAN, Season 2

Brad Falchuk (AFI Class of 1994), Co-creator/writer

Synopsis: Payton Hobart, a student from Santa Barbara, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School.

Where to Watch: Coming to Netflix on June 19

 

VALLEY GIRL

Theresa Guleserian (AFI Class of 2006), Production Designer

Synopsis: Set to a new wave ’80s soundtrack, a pair of young lovers from different backgrounds defy their parents and friends to stay together. A musical adaptation of the 1983 film.

Where to Watch: VOD

 

THE WRETCHED

Marlena Feehery AFI Class of 2010), Production Designer

Robert Konowalow (AFI Class of 2010), Construction Coordinator

Synopsis: A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent’s imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.

Where to Watch: Now playing at drive-in movie theaters and will expand theatrically with reopenings

 

Catch Up on Past Projects From AFI Alumni

 

AMERICAN FUMBLE

Michael N.J. Wright (AFI Class of 1985), Director/Cinematographer of episode one, “Enough air”

Synopsis: Record setting USC Wide Receiver and NFL 1st Round Draft Pick, RJ Soward shares his accounts of the compulsions that drove him out of the league and threatened to end his life.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

BEASTIE BOYS STORY

Autumn Durald (AFI Class of 2009), Cinematographer

Synopsis: Beastie Boys Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz tell you an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this live documentary experience directed by their longtime friend and collaborator, and their “former grandfather,” filmmaker Spike Jonze.

Where to watch: Streaming on Apple TV Plus

 

#BLACKAF  

Shannon Baker Davis (AFI Class of 2003), Editor

Synopsis: From Kenya Barris the creator of Black-ish, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish, With new money and expensive tastes, Barris and his family navigate success and explore the struggles of being unapologetically Black and wealthy.

Where to watch: Coming to Netflix on April 17

 

BLOODSHOT 

Matt Allen (AFI Class of 2017), Assistant Editor

Synopsis: Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation.

Where to watch: FandangoNOW

 

COLOR OUT OF SPACE 

Brett Bachman (AFI Class of 2011), Editor, Associate Producer 

Robyn Wilson (AFI Class of 2012), Assistant Editor

Michael McGuire (AFI Class of 2009) Line Producer

Synopsis: From the mind of H.P. Lovecraft, COLOR OUT OF SPACE is a cosmic nightmare about Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family, whose recent retreat to rural life is quickly disrupted by a meteorite that crashes in their front yard. The Gardners’ peaceful escape quickly becomes a hallucinatory prison, as an extraterrestrial organism contaminates the farmstead, infecting everything and everyone it can.

Where to watch: VOD

 

BOOMERANG

Dime Davis (AFI DWW Class of 2015), Co-Showrunner

Katrelle N. Kindred, (AFI DWW Class of 2018), Director

Tiffany Johnson (AFI DWW Class of 2018), Director

Synopsis: BOOMERANG is a half-hour subversive, smart, serialized comedy, fueled by romance, friendship, gender politics, love and of course, sex. The story picks up roughly twenty-five years after the original movie, and centers on the offspring of the iconic main characters.  Executive Produced by Lena Waithe and Halle Berry.

Where to watch: BET

DEFENDING JACOB

Bryan Felty (AFI Class of 1992), Supervising Art Director

Synopsis: A family’s lives are irreparably disrupted when the son is accused of murdering a fellow classmate in this dramatic legal thriller. Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, and Jaeden Martell star in the adaptation of William Landay’s bestselling novel.

Where to watch: Apple +

 

DEVS 

Joshua Zucker-Pluda (AFI Class of 2016), 2nd Unit Director of Photography

Synopsis: In Devs, an FX limited series, a young software engineer, Lily Chan, investigates the secret development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in Silicon Valley, which she believes is behind the murder of her boyfriend. Written and Directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation, 28 Days Later).

Where to watch: FX

 

EMERSON HEIGHTS 

Dan Hertzog (AFI Class of 2004), Cinematographer 

Synopsis: When Los Angeles actor Cody McClain falls for New Yorker Briley Williams, they attempt to beat the odds of long distance love. But, when Cody books the lead role in a blockbuster film, they realize that distance may not be their biggest hurdle

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

ENDINGS, BEGINNINGS

Drake Doremus (AFI Class of 2005), Director/Writer/Producer

Garret Price (AFI Class of 2005), Editor

Synopsis: An idealistic woman (Shailene Woodley) attempts to get her life on track financially and romantically, but gets caught in a love triangle with a free-spirited bad boy (Sebastian Stan) and his more stable, scholarly best friend (Jamie Dornan), in this tender exploration of love and heartbreak.

Where to watch: iTunes/FandangoNOW

 

GOOD GIRLS, Season 3 

Jason Oldak (AFI Class of 2005), Cinematographer

Brian Outland (AFI Class of 2006), Camera Operator

Synopsis: When three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet, they decide it’s time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local grocery store. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn’t take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think.

Where to watch: NBC/HULU 

 

HIGHTOWN

Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006), Director

Synopsis: After a body washes ashore during a holiday weekend, a National Marine Fisheries officer is caught up in a web of drama as she tries to solve the case on her own.

Where to watch: Coming to Starz on May 17

 

HOMELAND 

Lesli Linka Glatter (AFI DWW Class of 1982), Series Executive Producer and Director of episodes four and 12

Synopsis: In the final season, Carrie Mathison is recovering from brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but her memory remains fractured. This is a problem for Saul, National Security Advisor to President Warner, who has been dispatched to engage the Taliban in Afghanistan peace negotiations.

Where to Watch: Showtime 

 

THE IRISHMAN

Benjamin Cox (AFI Class of 2014), Assistant Art Director

Synopsis: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th Century.

Awards: Nominated for ADG award for best Production Design – Period Film

Where to watch: Currently streaming on Netflix

 

I STILL BELIEVE 

Joe Garrity (AFI Class of 1979), Production Designer

Synopsis: The true-life story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp and his journey of love and loss that looks to prove there is always hope.

Where to Watch: Available on Amazon Prime Video

 

LOVE ANTOSHA 

Garret Price (AFI Class of 2005), Director

Drake Doremus (AFI Class of 2005), Producer

Synopsis: A portrait of late actor Anton Yelchin, ‘Love, Antosha’ explores his successes and struggles through his journals, photography, original music, and interviews with his colleagues, including Chris Pine, Kristen Stewart, and Jennifer Lawrence.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime 

 

LOVEBIRDS

Brian Burgoyne (AFI Class of 2005), Cinematographer

Synopsis: On the brink of breaking up, a couple gets unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Where to watch: Premiering on Netflix on May 22

 

MARRIAGE MATERIAL!

Oran Zegman (AFI Class of 2018), Director

Synopsis: After her boyfriend rejects her marriage proposal, Leah Schwartzman checks herself into the “Late Blooming Bride” retreat, which prides itself on transforming less-than-perfect women into “Marriage Material.”

Where to Watch: Fox Searchlight 

 

ONE WEEK AND A DAY 

Asaph Polonsky (AFI Class of 2012), Writer/Director

Synopsis: As Eyal finishes the traditional Jewish week of mourning for his late son, his wife Vicky urges him to return to their routine – but just because the shiva has ended doesn’t mean it’s life as usual.

Where to Watch: Amazon PrimeKanopy and iTunes 

 

ON MY BLOCK, Season 3

Tarin Anderson (AFI Class of 2004), Cinematographer

Synopsis: A coming of age comedy about four bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high-school set in the rough inner city.

Where to Watch: Currently streaming on Netflix

 

ON THE RECORD

Kirby Dick (AFI Class of 1983), Director

Synopsis: Directed and produced by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War), and first reported by the New York TimesOn The Record presents the powerful haunting story of music executive Drew Dixon (collaborator on hit records by Method Man and Mary J. Blige, Estelle and Kanye West, and Whitney Houston) as she grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of color, in the wake of #MeToo, to come forward and publicly accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault.

Where to watch: Coming to HBO Max on May 27

 

OUTER BANKS

Valerie Weiss (AFI DWW Class of 2005), Director of episodes 7 and 8

Synopsis: On an island of haves and have-nots, teen John B enlists his three best friends to hunt for a legendary treasure linked to his father’s disappearance. 

Where to watch: Coming to Netflix on April 15

 

A PERIOD PIECE

Jih-E Peng (AFI Class of 2002), Cinematographer

Shuchi Talati (Director, AFI Class of 2011)

Synopsis: Geetha, a control and order loving Indian-American woman, finally has sex with Vehd one afternoon but things quickly turn messy when period blood stains her pristine couch and a fight erupts mid-coitus, causing her pent-up feelings spill over. World Premiere)

The film was originally scheduled to have its World Premiere at SXSW. Since then, it has been featured on Short of the Week as one of 5 films programmed at the festival to check out. Watch the trailer here.

 

THE PHOTOGRAPH

Shannon Baker Davis (AFI Class of 2003), Editor

Synopsis: When famed photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae, hurt, angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother’s early life — an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist. Starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield. 

Where to Watch: Coming to iTunes on April 28

 

PRAYERS FOR BOBBY

Daniel Sladek (AFI Class of 1987), Executive Producer

Synopsis: In this adaptation of a true story, devout Christian Mary Griffith (Sigourney Weaver) fights to “cure” her gay son, Bobby (Ryan Kelley). Although he tries to please his mother, Bobby cannot change his lifestyle, and his depression leads to suicide. Mary questions her faith and searches for comfort, but after the church is unable to help her cope with Bobby’s death, she seeks to understand her opinions on homosexuality for herself. Eventually, Mary becomes an advocate for gay rights.

Awards: Winner of the 2010 GLAAD Award and nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Movie and Best Actress (Sigourney Weaver). Sladek was also nominated for the PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television

Where to watch: iTunes

 

THE QUARRY

Erin Magill (AFI Class of 2012), Production Designer

Synopsis: After murdering a traveling preacher, a fugitive drifter assumes his identity and becomes the new cleric of a small-town church. While he wins over the congregation, the police chief starts to link the mysterious stranger to a crime investigation.

Where to watch: Available on VOD

 

A QUIET PLACE PART II

Benjamin Cox (AFI Class of 2014), Assistant Art Director

Polly Morgan (AFI Class of 2010), Cinematographer

Synopsis: The Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEMwSdne6UE

Where to watch: Coming to theaters on September 4, 2020

 

REEL SOUTH: “INGRID”  

Vanara Taing (AFI Class of 2012), Editor

Synopsis: A successful fashion designer who gave up her big-city career, Ingrid Gipson discovered a reclusive life of solitude and unhindered creativity in Arkansas’ rural Ouachita Mountains. As if through poetry, she opens up her world again to those of us willing to listen.

Where to Watch: PBS 

 

SATAN & ADAM 

V. Scott Balcerek (AFI Class of 1993), Writer/Director

Michael Grady (AFI Class of 1993), Cinematographer

Synopsis: SATAN & ADAM chronicles the unlikely pairing of legendary one-man-band Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee and harmonica master Adam Gussow. Shot over 20 years, the film showcases one of the greatest blues duos you probably never got a chance to see.

Where to Stream: Netflix and iTunes

 

SCANDALOUS 

Mark Landsman (AFI Class of 2004), Director

Michael Pessah (AFI Class of 2004), Cinematographer 

Synopsis: SCANDALOUS is the sensational true story of The National Enquirer, the infamous tabloid with a prescient grasp of its readers’ darkest curiosities.

Where to watch: Coming to CNN starting April 4  

 

SCOOB!

Vanara Taing (AFI Class of 2012), Editor

Leo Chan (AFI Class of 2014), Assistant Editor
Ralph Jean-Pierre (AFI Class of 2012), Assistant Editor

Synopsis: The first full-length animated Scooby-Doo adventure for the big screen is the never-before told stories of Scooby-Doo’s origins and the greatest mystery in the career of Mystery Inc.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGVAEut0yw8

Where to watch: Coming to VOD on May 15

 

SERGIO

Daniel Dreifuss (AFI Class of 2007), Producer

Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, SERGIO is a sweeping drama focused on a man pushed to his physical and emotional limits as he’s forced to confront his own divisive choices about ambition, family, and his capacity to love.

Where to watch: Streaming on Netflix

 

SNOWPIERCER

Dooho Choi (Class of 2002), Producer

Synopsis: Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel series and film of the same name.

Where to watch: Coming to TNT on May 17.

 

SWALLOW

Erin Magill (AFI Class of 2012), Production Designer

Synopsis: A young housewife in a seemingly perfect marriage develops pica, the irresistible urge to ingest inedible objects and material.

Watch to watch: Available on VOD

   

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS 

Lisa Gold (AFI DWW Class of 2009), Director

Update: The anti-gun violence short satire, directed by Gold and written by Terry Rossio (PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN), has been impacted. It was just starting its festival run, but all festival screenings have unfortunately now been canceled. Visit the official website to find out more about the film.

 

TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM 

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (AFI Class of 1977), Director and Producer 

Synopsis: Now on HULU, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, explores the extraordinary life and artistry of the legendary Nobel laureate. The film covers her remarkable journey from Lorain, Ohio to Stockholm, Sweden, and beyond. Her career includes 11 novels, non-fiction books, and plays, as well as her role as an editor of iconic African American figures and an educator at Princeton University. Interviewees include Morrison, Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez, Peter Sellars and Oprah Winfrey among others. 

Where to watch: Hulu

 

VIDA, Season 3

Tarin Anderson (AFI Class of 2004), Cinematographer

Synopsis: Vida returns with Emma and Lyn riding on the heels of success. The bar is booming and their love lives are actually flourishing, until the Hernandez sisters discover a long-buried family secret that ruins their peace.

Where to watch: Currently playing on Starz

 

THE VIOLENT HEART 

Ricardo Diaz (AFI Class of 2009), Cinematographer 

Synopsis: As a young boy, Daniel (Jovan Adepo) followed his sister into the woods when she ran away with an unknown man, only for the night to end in her tragic murder. Fifteen years later, Daniel remains unsettled by the mysteries surrounding his sister’s death as his tendencies toward outbursts of violence lurk beneath his taciturn demeanor. Unexpectedly, Daniel finds himself falling for vivacious high school senior Cassie (Grace Van Patten), who manages to break through his emotional barriers. Just as Daniel is ready to put his past behind him, Cassie discovers a sinister secret about that fateful night in the woods. 

The Violent Heart was accepted into the narrative feature competition at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. 

 

WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS

Tarin Anderson (AFI Class of 2004), Cinematographer

Synopsis: Three best friends embark on a road trip to a heavy-metal show, where they bond with three aspiring musicians and head off to one of the girls’ country home for an after-party.

Where to watch: VOD

AFI alumni, do you have recent or upcoming work that’s streaming? Or a project that’s been impacted by the current climate? We want to know!

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