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AFI Conservatory Continues Winning Streak With Alum Duke Johnson’s Grand Jury Prize Win at Venice Film Festival

AFI Conservatory alumnus Duke Johnson’s (AFI Class of 2006) ANOMALISA won the Grand Jury Prize at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival this weekend. ANOMALISA was directed/produced by Johnson and Charlie Kaufman (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND). Shot by Cinematographer Joe Passarelli (AFI Class of 2006), the film included several other…

The AFI Interview: WHIPLASH Director Damien Chazelle

Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH is currently drumming up excitement among audiences nationwide, but its road to the big screen was not an easy one – requiring of its director a dedication that mirrors that of his protagonist, a young musician determined to be one of the jazz greats. In 2012, the screenplay was featured on the…

THE AFI FEST Interview: Director Josephine Decker Talks THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY

Josephine Decker’s film THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY is a poetic piece of psychosexual filmmaking framed against the backdrop of a quiet country farm. Akin (Joe Swanberg) has taken a summer job on Jeremiah’s (Robert Longstreet) farm and develops an attraction to Jeremiah’s daughter, Sarah (Sophie Traub). The budding relationship unveils Jeremiah’s jealousy. But Akin…

THE AFI FEST Interview: Director Chuck Workman On MAGICIAN

Classic cinema fans, take note: Chuck Workman’s latest documentary, MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES, is an in-depth look into the life and career of legendary American filmmaker Orson Welles, the brilliant mind behind such classics as CITIZEN KANE, TOUCH OF EVIL and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS. The film, which screens at AFI…
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