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Jill Soloway Will Give Keynote At AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop For Women Showcase

The 2014 participants of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) have completed their films and are ready to show off their powerful work next month at the program’s annual showcase — and TRANSPARENT creator Jill Soloway will be there to help celebrate. The DWW invitation-only showcase will take place at the Directors Guild of America in Los…

Omar Sharif Talks About His Career at AFI FEST Tribute

Earlier this month, the world lost Omar Sharif, a one-of-a-kind actor who starred in such cinema classics as DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, FUNNY GIRL and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. The Egyptian-born Sharif’s career was one that spanned not only decadaes but also continents. In 2003, AFI honored Sharif with a special Tribute at AFI FEST presented by Audi where the masterful actor…

The AFI DOCS Interview: THE DIPLOMAT’s David Holbrooke

Richard Holbrooke was a crucial diplomatic negotiator for two Democratic presidents, but his charisma and his talent for foreign policy also came with a brashness that earned him nicknames such as “The Bulldozer.” Through the eyes of Holbrooke’s filmmaker son David Holbrooke, THE DIPLOMAT examines a career with global reach and unquestioned historical impact. Holbrooke’s…

The AFI DOCS Interview: CODE’s Robin Hauser Reynolds

The pioneer computer programmers — those first to grasp that coded instructions were more important than the machines reading them — were mostly female. With computer science now touching almost every aspect of life, women are barely represented in a coding community urgently seeking more skilled workers. With humor and optimism, the AFI DOCS film CODE:…

AFI DOCS 2015 Sneak Peak: Watch Exclusive Clips

AFI DOCS starts June 17, 2015 and we can’t wait for the festival to begin. Below is an early look at three of the many great documentaries screening this year. Watch these exclusive clips — from DRONE, FIRST AND 17 and TYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW — right now. And remember, tickets and passes are on sale now….

The AFI Conservatory Online Theater Is Here

Do you want to see the kind of dynamic filmmaking that takes place on the AFI Campus? Now you can because we’re bringing these movies straight to you. We’ve put together a public archive of films created by alumni of the AFI Conservatory and the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) and we’ve christened it the AFI…

Angela Lansbury and Lawrence Kasdan To Receive Honorary Degrees from the AFI Conservatory

The AFI Conservatory will confer honorary degrees upon actress Angela Lansbury and writer, director and producer Lawrence Kasdan during the the film school’s commencement in June. Both will receive Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa, recognizing them for their distinct artistic contributions to the art of the moving image. The honors will be given during the…

Do You Have the AFI DOCS App?

Yes, our new mobile app is available to download right now. With the free app, you can plan your festival experience and use it as a useful tool on the ground when AFI DOCS launches on June 17. Here are just a few of the many things you’ll be able to do with ease right on…

The AFI DOCS Interview: ALTHEA’s Rex Miller

In Rex Miller’s AFI DOCS 2015 documentary ALTHEA, the filmmaker delves into the fascinating life of Althea Gibson, the first African-American athlete to cross the racial barriers of an elite sport defined by its tradition of white clothes and white people. We spoke to Miller about Gibson, one of the greatest tennis players who ever…

Here’s Why ‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Decided to Set the Show in Albuquerque

How much of a different show would BREAKING BAD have been if it has taken place in Southern California instead of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the city in which we would eventually watch the lives of its many tortured characters play out? Apparently, the setting made all the difference. During a visit to the AFI Campus this month to talk about the…

Documentary Filmmaker Stanley Nelson to be 2015 AFI DOCS Guggenheim Symposium Honoree

AFI is proud to announce that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to pioneering documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson as its 2015 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. The Symposium, which will include a discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker, will take place during the Washington, DC-area festival on June 19, 2015.  The Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday will moderate….

The AFI FEST Interview: FELT Director Jason Banker

Jason Banker, the director and co-writer of the film FELT, uses the real-life experiences and artwork of co-writer and actress Amy Everson to craft a feminist tale that blurs the line between narrative and documentary. FELT, an Official Selection at AFI FEST 2014, is now in theaters. We talked to Banker about the film. We…
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