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AFI Movie Club: LINGUA FRANCA

Written and directed by Isabel Sandoval, LINGUA FRANCA is a powerful romantic drama about an undocumented Filipina immigrant scrambling to avoid deportation and her relationship with a Russian slaughterhouse worker who is unaware that she’s transgender. Sandoval, who also stars in the project, has previously been a guest of the AFI Conservatory. LINGUA FRANCA screened...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: TORTILLA SOUP

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on Mar. 25, 2021. TORTILLA SOUP is directed by AFI Conservatory alumna María Ripoll (AFI Class of 1990) and written by Vera Blasi (AFI Class of 1991), Ramón Menéndez (Class of 1979) and Tom Musca. https://prdaficalmjediwestussa.blob.core.windows.net/images/video/AFIMC21_BTS_Ripoll-TORTILLA-SOUP.mp4 Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to...

AFI Movie Club: WAYNE’S WORLD

WAYNE’S WORLD (1992), based on a SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE sketch, stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey and was directed by Penelope Spheeris. Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream WAYNE'S WORLD WAYNE'S WORLD - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI Movie Club is a global, virtual gathering of film...

AFI Movie Club: I AM WOMAN

Directed by AFI Alum Unjoo Moon (AFI Class of 1998), I AM WOMAN depicts the life of singer and feminist icon Helen Reddy. Reddy wrote and sang the song “I Am Woman,” which became the anthem for the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s. The film had its U.S. premiere at AFI FEST in 2019....

AFI Announces KING RICHARD as Closing Night Film for FEST 2021

The Closing Night film for AFI FEST 2021 has been officially crowned! We're thrilled to announce that the 35th edition of AFI's annual film festival celebrating the best in world cinema will close with Warner Bros. Pictures’ KING RICHARD, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green with cinematography by Robert Elswit (AFI Class of 1977), written by...

AFI Movie Club: THE BOOK OF LIFE

Writer/director Jorge Gutierrez’s colorful valentine to Mexican folklore, THE BOOK OF LIFE, features an all-star cast led by Diego Luna. Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream THE BOOK OF LIFE THE BOOK OF LIFE- Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI Movie Club is a global, virtual gathering of film...

AFI Movie Club: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE follows an eccentric family who take an epic road trip in support of their daughter’s beauty pageant dreams. Starring Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, Steve Carell and Paul Dano, the film was honored with an AFI AWARD and, according to the official...

AFI Alumni Projects Win 2021 Emmy Awards

The 73rd Annual Emmy® Award winners were announced on September 19, with the Creative Arts Emmy® Award winners celebrated on September 11 and 12. Congratulations to all the talented AFI Alumni who worked on these Emmy® Award-winning TV shows!   THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series - WINNER Scott Frank (AFI Class of...

AFI Movie Club: PERSONAL BEST

A sports drama and groundbreaking romance set against the intensive backdrop of an Olympian aspirant’s track-and-field training regiment, PERSONAL BEST (1982) stars Mariel Hemingway in the feature directorial debut from legendary screenwriter – and AFI Honorary Degree recipient – Robert Towne.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream PERSONAL BEST PERSONAL BEST -...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: DOPE

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on July 28, 2020. DOPE, a coming-of-age caper directed by Rick Famuyiwa and produced by Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams, was shot by AFI alum and Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006). Close Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: 25TH HOUR

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on September 11, 2020. Following one man during his final 24 hours of freedom, 25TH HOUR was written by David Benioff and directed by AFI Honorary Degree recipient Spike Lee. Close Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream 25TH HOUR 25TH...

AFI Movie Club: THE WOMEN

Directed by George Cukor from a script by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin, THE WOMEN is a comedy about love, infidelity and friendship – headlined by a bevy of Hollywood stars including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine and Paulette Goddard. Crawford was named by AFI among the greatest screen legends of all time.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream THE...
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