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“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Filmmakers Available to Watch Online in Dec. 2021

Looking for a new film or TV series to watch online? Support AFI alumni by checking out our Now Playing section, which we update regularly each month. Whether it’s a theatrical release now premiering on VOD or a scheduled digital launch, we want to get the word out.   New Projects for December 2021  ...

AFI Movie Club: ACE IN THE HOLE

Directed by AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Billy Wilder, today’s unflinching satire ACE IN THE HOLE chronicles an opportunistic journalist who orchestrates a media circus for his own personal gain – taking its inspiration from the tragic true story of legendary spelunker Floyd Collins. Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream ACE IN...

AFI Movie Club: PI

With the help of his fellow AFI Alums – cinematographer Matthew Libatique and producer Eric Watson (both AFI Class of 1992) – director Darren Aronofsky was able to bring his vision of the film PI to life.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream PI PI - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI Movie Club is a global, virtual gathering of film...

New Date Set for AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Julie Andrews

Gala Tribute To Take Place June 9, 2022 Tribute to Premiere on TNT and Encore on Turner Classic Movies The American Film Institute announced today that the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute celebrating Julie Andrews will take place June 9, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The event was originally scheduled…

AFI Catalog Spotlight: PARTING GLANCES

In honor of World AIDS day, the AFI Catalog spotlights PARTING GLANCES (1986), one of the first American films to cast its gaze on the AIDS crisis. Released 35 years ago this month, PARTING GLANCES was written, edited and directed by first-time filmmaker Bill Sherwood, who tragically died from complications with AIDS before he was...

AFI Spotlight Interview With Robert Elswit

Robert Elswit (AFI Class of 1977) is one of the most versatile and dynamic cinematographers working today. Cutting his teeth as a visual effects camera operator on landmark films such as THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, Elswit graduated with an MFA in Cinematography from AFI and transitioned to working as a full-time...

AFI Movie Club: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE

Based on the 1920 novel by American author Edith Wharton, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993) was directed by Martin Scorsese, the recipient of the 25th AFI Life Achievement Award. Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream THE AGE OF INNOCENCE THE AGE OF INNOCENCE - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB...

AFI Movie Club: IRON MAN

With cinematography by Matthew Libatique (AFI Class of 1992) and directed by Jon Favreau, IRON MAN (2008) starring Robert Downey Jr. was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2008 – recognizing it as one of the 10 outstanding films deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the...

AFI Movie Club: MISSISSIPPI MASALA

Starring AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury, director Mira Nair’s MISSISSIPPI MASALA (1992) explores a clash of cultures after Uganda’s exiled Indian population relocated to the southern United States. Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream MISSISSIPPI MASALA MISSISSIPPI MASALA - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on May 25, 2021. Norman Jewison’s rousing film adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF stars Topol as a poor, Jewish milkman in a village in Czarist Russia whose daughters wish to break with tradition by marrying for love rather than having their...

AFI Movie Club: Native American Heritage Day SMOKE SIGNALS

SMOKE SIGNALS (1998) marked the theatrical debut of director Chris Eyre – a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Nations – and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Close Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream SMOKE SIGNALS SMOKE SIGNALS -...

AFI Movie Club: SOUL FOOD

Written and directed by George Tillman Jr., SOUL FOOD celebrates the importance of family dinners – and recognizes that they’re about more than just the meal on the table. Starring Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long and Mehki Phifer, the film was produced by AFI Trustee emerita Tracey E. Edmonds. Close Close Close HOW TO...
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