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The AFI DOCS Interview: MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE Directors Bob Hercules & Rita Coburn Whack

Co-directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack present a lovingly crafted and stunningly comprehensive portrait of the esteemed Dr. Maya Angelou with MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE.  The incredible story is told by Angelou herself, along with a remarkable cast of contemporaries from her careers as actress, writer, poet and activist.  In chronicling Angelou’s…

Tune in for the AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to John Williams

This year, Steven Spielberg will present the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award to his longtime collaborator, composer John Williams. This is the first time in the history of the American Film Institute that the award will go to a composer. Williams’ career will be celebrated at a private Gala Tribute on June 9, 2016, at the…

Announcing the AFI DOCS 2016 Full Slate of Films

From June 22–26, the 14th edition of AFI DOCS showcases 94 films representing 30 countries. Screenings will take place in Washington, DC, at the Newseum and the Landmark E Street Cinema, and in Silver Spring, MD, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. See the full AFI DOCS 2016 slate of films here. Newly announced…

American Film Institute Names Werner Herzog AFI DOCS 2016 Guggenheim Symposium Honoree

The American Film Institute will pay tribute to renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog as the AFI DOCS 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. The June 24 Symposium will include a conversation with Herzog along with clips from his amazing documentary oeuvre. Moderated by filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, the discussion will be followed by a screening of Herzog’s latest documentary, LO AND…

AFI Conservatory Names 2016 Honorary Degree Recipients

AFI will confer Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon Rita Moreno and Quentin Tarantino. They will be recognized for their contributions to film during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on June 15, 2016, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. One of only a handful of performers to have won all four major entertainment awards, the…

Announcing the AFI DOCS 2016 Opening and Closing Night Films

AFI DOCS has announced the Opening and Closing Night films for the 2016 edition of the festival. Director Alex Gibney returns to AFI DOCS to open the five-day event on June 22 with the North American premiere of ZERO DAYS, which explores Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer worm discovered in 2010 that was commissioned by the U.S. and…

The AFI Interview: ALWAYS SHINE Director Sophia Takal

Filmmaker Sophia Takal is an AFI FEST presented by Audi alumna with her previous film GREEN, showcased at AFI FEST 2011. In her sophomore feature, ALWAYS SHINE, two actresses, Anna and Beth (Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald), embark on a road trip to Big Sur to mend their damaged friendship — but jealousy begins to…

Watch: Ryan Murphy on FX’s AMERICAN CRIME STORY and the Half Foundation

During his recent visit to the AFI Conservatory as part of the Harold Lloyd Master Seminar series, television artist Ryan Murphy discussed his work as an executive producer of FX’s AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON — and as a storytelling entrepreneur. Murphy addressed AFI Fellows with a candid introduction of his new foundation Half, an all-inclusive initiative to offer…

Isaac Asimov on Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY first premiered in the U.S. on April 2, 1968. As the visual masterpiece turns 48 this week, read an essay penned by science writer Isaac Asimov about the film for a 1977 issue of American Film. Science fiction, at least in the world of film, had, ever since the ’30s,…

AFI Partners with the White House

AFI is once again collaborating with the White House on the third annual White House Student Film Festival, which will be held in late summer 2016. For a second year, Participant Media, a global entertainment company focused on inspiring social change, joins AFI in support of their work with young filmmakers of the White House Student Film Festival….

Meet the Next Generation of Film and TV Storytellers

On Tuesday night at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, the AFI Conservatory Showcase presented the extraordinary storytelling talents of the Class of 2015, with screenings of three jury-selected thesis films, and highlights from all 27 projects created by the graduating Fellows. Filmmakers from all the projects including the three jury selections — FATA MORGANA (DIR…

AFI Conservatory Celebrates First-Ever Writers’ Room Ready

On Monday evening, the AFI Conservatory hosted a reception to celebrate promising screenwriters and to mark the first year of AFI Writers’ Room Ready. This new annual program aims to cultivate the next generation of television writers by pairing select AFI Conservatory Screenwriters from the year’s graduating class and their original television pilot scripts with…
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