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AFI Movie Club: INSIDE MAN

INSIDE MAN’s celebrated creative ensemble includes AFI Conservatory alum and cinematographer Matthew Libatique (AFI Class of 1992), AFI Honorary Degree recipients director Spike Lee and Jodie Foster and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Denzel Washington. In 2006, the film was recognized with an AFI AWARD as one of the best films of the year.   MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? Originally, director Ron Howard was set to helm INSIDE MAN,...

AFI Movie Club: IN THE BEDROOM

A 2001 AFI AWARDS honoree, IN THE BEDROOM marked the feature directorial debut of AFI Conservatory alum Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992) and was shot by Antonio Calvache (AFI Class of 1992).  Watch director and AFI Conservatory alum Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992) talk about the film. MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? IN THE BEDROOM’s title refers to the inner cage of a lobster...

AFI Movie Club: THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT

In THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Michael Douglas plays the leader of the free world who is torn between the woman he loves – fierce environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening) – and a tight reelection campaign. AFI recognized the political drama as one of the greatest love stories in cinematic history and honored Bening with a tribute at AFI FEST...

AFI Movie Club: INVICTUS

Directed by AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Clint Eastwood, INVICTUS features the legendary onscreen talents of another recipient of the highest honor for a career in film – Morgan Freeman.  MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? INVICTUS is based on the 2008 book “Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation” by John Carlin about the 1995 Rugby World Cup...

AFI Movie Club: Behind the Scene with SELMA’s David Oyelowo

SELMA was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2014 – 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 moving image. Ava DuVernay's visionary film invited audiences “to rise above the breathless shame of our nation’s past and come...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: ALL ABOUT EVE

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on April 20, 2020. ALL ABOUT EVE is #28 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition list, and Eve Harrington’s scheming ingénue graces AFI’s list of the most diabolical movie villains! The film’s iconic quote – “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to...

AFI Movie Club: UP

The hit film UP chronicles the poignant story of Carl Fredricksen, an aging widower who attempts to fulfill his late wife Ellie’s dream to travel to the beautiful South American destination of Paradise Falls. The movie, which features the vocal talents of Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer and newcomer Jordan Nagai as Pixar's first lead Asian character, was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2009, recognizing it as one of the 10 most outstanding...

AFI Movie Club: FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, a classic coming-of-age comedy, was directed by AFI Conservatory alum Amy Heckerling (AFI Class of 1974) and featured a talented ensemble cast including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold and Sean Penn. The film was ranked #87 on AFI’s 100 Years...100 Laughs list of the funniest American movies. MOVIE...

AFI Movie Club: A STAR IS BORN (1954)

A STAR IS BORN (1954) appears on four of AFI’s lists of the greatest America films – most notably ranked #7 on the AFI’s 100 YEARS OF MUSICALS. Judy Garland’s performances are honored 19 times in AFI’s lists of the greatest American films.  MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? The screenwriters of the first A STAR IS BORN (1938) – Dorothy Parker, her husband Alan Campbell and Robert Carson – were nominated for...

AFI Movie Club: BOYHOOD

BOYHOOD, Richard Linklater’s unprecedented time-lapse portrait of a young boy coming of age, features stellar performances from newcomer Ellar Coltrane as well as Oscar® winner Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. The film was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2014 – recognizing it as one of the 10 outstanding films of the year.  Watch the BOYHOOD team discuss what they want...

AFI Movie Club: CRAZY RICH ASIANS

An opulent delight, CRAZY RICH ASIANS follows Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she travels to her boyfriend’s homeland of Singapore where she must contend with his disapproving relatives, battle jealous socialites and navigate her identity as an Asian American woman. Directing Workshop for Women alum Ashley Eakin (AFI Class of 2020) served as director Jon...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: THE COLOR PURPLE

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on May 27, 2020. THE COLOR PURPLE, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ranks #51 on AFI’s list of the most inspiring films in American history. Steven Spielberg, who directed the film, was the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1995....
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