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AFI Catalog Spotlight: SOUL TO SOUL

Released 50 years ago this August, SOUL TO SOUL (1971) documents a 14-hour concert event of the same name that took place in Accra, Ghana, to celebrate the country’s 14th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule. On March 6, 1971, a crowd of over 100,000 Africans gathered in the capital city of Ghana to…

“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Filmmakers Available to Watch Online in August 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 August 2021  …

AFI Movie Club: PLANET OF THE APES (1968)

This iconic sci-fi masterpiece appears on two of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – cinema’s most heart-pounding thrills and the art form’s most iconic quotes. Screen legend Charlton Heston, who stars as a misanthropic astronaut stranded alone on the strange and uncanny PLANET OF THE APES, was the third Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board...

Member Spotlight: Jill Zahner

This month, AFI interviewed Two-Star Member Jill Zahner from Campbell, CA. Jill has been a longstanding supporter of AFI since 2004, attending and volunteering at AFI’s festivals and participating in many fundraising endeavors, including Giving Tuesday. We spoke to Jill about how she first became involved with AFI, the importance of film preservation and the…

AFI Movie Club Rewind: ANTWONE FISHER

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on June 6, 2020. ANTWONE FISHER was the directorial debut of AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Denzel Washington, who also co-starred in the movie. In 2002, the film was honored with an AFI AWARD for providing “a clarion call for all films that strive to bring...

AFI Movie Club: BEYOND THE LIGHTS

The New York Times called BEYOND THE LIGHTS “a stirring romantic melodrama” – depicting the story of a pop singer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) on the verge of superstardom who must combat her stage mom (Minnie Driver), the pressures of fame and her own loneliness. Gina Prince-Bythewood served as an Artist-in-Residence for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women in 2015.   Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH...

AFI Movie Club: MIDSOMMAR

Directed by AFI Conservatory alum Ari Aster and shot by cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski (both AFI Class of 2010), MIDSOMMAR stars Florence Pugh as a grieving young woman who visits the fabled midsummer festival in Sweden with her boyfriend and group of friends before realizing that they have unwittingly stumbled into a pagan cult.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream MIDSOMMAR MIDSOMMAR...

AFI Movie Club: CAPOTE

Starring the chameleon character actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, CAPOTE details the series of events that occurred while Truman Capote was writing his novel “In Cold Blood.” Hoffman took home the Academy Award® for Best Actor for portraying the eponymous author, while the film itself was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2005.   Close Close Close...

AFI Movie Club: HUSH…HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE

Featuring an all-star cast of Hollywood legends that includes Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead and Mary Astor (in her final screen role), director Robert Aldrich’s HUSH…HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE is headlined by the incomparable Bette Davis, who was recognized with an AFI Life Achievement Award in 1977.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream HUSH...HUSH, SWEET...

AFI Movie Club: THE BLIND SIDE

THE BLIND SIDE, starring Quinton Aaron, is based on the life of Michael Oher, a homeless youth who became an All-American football player and a first-round NFL draft pick. Director John Lee Hancock has been a frequent guest of the AFI Conservatory, sharing his knowledge and expertise with AFI Fellows training to become tomorrow’s storytellers.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream THE BLIND SIDE...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: COCO

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on July 24, 2020. Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning COCO was brought to afterlife by countless artists and craftspeople – among them, Edward James Olmos, an AFI Honorary Degree recipient and longtime AFI Trustee.  Close Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream COCO COCO -...

AFI Movie Club: CHARIOTS OF FIRE

To kick off the XXXII Olympic Games this summer, AFI is featuring CHARIOTS OF FIRE, which depicts the lives of two Cambridge students from different countries and religious backgrounds who emerge as running rivals competing at the 1924 Olympics. Winner of the Best Picture Academy Award® in 1981, the inspirational film also appears on AFI’s...
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