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AFI Movie Club: THE POST

Written by AFI Conservatory alum Liz Hannah (AFI Class of 2009), edited by Sarah Broshar (AFI Class of 2005) and photographed by Janusz Kamiński (AFI Class of 1987), THE POST was brought to the screen by four AFI Life Achievement Award honorees – director Steven Spielberg, composer John Williams and stars Meryl Streep and Tom...

AFI Movie Club: GIRLFIGHT

A coming-of-age story about a young girl who defies tradition – and her family’s wishes – to become a competitive boxer, GIRLFIGHT marked the feature film debut of writer/director Karyn Kusama – who has since shared her experiences with the next generation of filmmakers through seminars at the AFI Conservatory.   Close Close Close HOW TO...

Catching up with MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY Cinematographer Lauren Guiteras (AFI Class of 2017)

MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY, shot by cinematographer and AFI alum Lauren Guiteras (AFI Class of 2017), is a transportive, cross-cultural love story set in the south of France, which follows the polyamorous relationship of Lane (Hannah Pepper), Bertie (Idella Johnson) and Fred (Lucien Guignard). Following its premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, MA BELLE,…

AFI Movie Club: DOWN IN THE DELTA

Director of DOWN IN THE DELTA Maya Angelou was an alum of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women – and star Alfre Woodard is a recipient of an Honorary Degree from the AFI Conservatory.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream DOWN IN THE DELTA DOWN IN THE DELTA - Reelgood LEARN MORE ABOUT AFI MOVIE CLUB...

“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Alumni Available to Watch Online in March

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 March 2021 ALLEN…

AFI Member Spotlight: Jeanne Meyers

This month, AFI spoke with Premiere Circle member and AFI Conservatory alum Jeanne Meyers (Producing, AFI Class of 1983) about her lifelong passion for film and empowering young people to use media to tell their own stories. For the last 25 years, Meyers has directed the development of the MY HERO website, an interactive, online…

AFI Alumni Make History At Sundance Again

CODA, written/directed by Siân Heder (AFI DWW Class of 2005) and shot by Paula Huidobro (AFI Class of 2004), broke the record for the highest sale at Sundance, beating out last year’s record-breaking sale of PALM SPRINGS, which was directed by Max Barbakow (AFI Class of 2015) and written by Andy Siara (AFI Class of…

AFI Catalog Spotlight: “Women They Talk About”

Women were forerunners of the film industry. In honor of Women’s History Month, the AFI Catalog Spotlight is focused on Women They Talk About, an NEH-funded AFI initiative documenting the widely unrecorded contributions of female filmmakers in the silent film era and uncovering the true story of women’s pioneering role in the creation of American…

For Your Consideration: AFI Alumni Films

The 93rd Academy Awards® are right around the corner! We are proud to recognize the following AFI alumni and their films that are a part of the awards conversation this year. Hover over their projects below to see the alumni who created some of the year's best films, and stay tuned to find out which...

SXSW Selects AFI Alumni for the 2021 Film Festival

This month SXSW 2021 Online will take place March 16-20. The following AFI alumni have projects in this year’s lineup. Congrats to our talented alumni with films at the festival!   2020 Spotlight WITCH HUNT Stephen St. Peter (Class of 2014), 2nd Unit   Festival Favorites MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY Lauren Guiterias (Class of 2017),…

AFI Alumni And Their Projects Take Home Golden Globes!

In last night’s virtual ceremony of the 78th Golden Globes, comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who hosted from opposite coasts, announced the official winners. Congratulations to the all the nominated projects by AFI alumni!   Nominated for Best Drama Series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY Elena Albanese (Production Design, AFI Class of 2012), Art Director Mari Lappalainen…

AFI Movie Club: LITTLE WOMEN (2019)

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel by about a family of four girls growing up in Concord, MA, during the Civil War, LITTLE WOMEN (2019) is directed by Greta Gerwig and features AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Meryl Streep as the family’s cantankerous Aunt March.  Honored with an AFI AWARD in 2019 as one of the year’s best motion pictures, the...
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