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AFI Movie Club: WONDER WOMAN

WONDER WOMAN was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2017 – recognizing it as one of the 10 most outstanding films of the year. And it was directed by an alum of the AFI Conservatory – Patty Jenkins!    Movie Trivia about WONDER WOMAN –DID YOU KNOW that Wonder Woman made her first comic book appearance in 1941? –DID YOU KNOW…

AFI Movie Club: GILDA

GILDA appears on AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 SONGS list of the greatest American movie music of all time – and Rita Hayworth appears as #19 on AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 STARS!  Watch Eva Longoria announce the film:  Movie Trivia about GILDA -DID YOU KNOW GILDA was Rita Hayworth’s first major dramatic role for Columbia? It catalyzed her ingenious genesis as a femme…

AFI Movie Club: WHEN HARRY MET SALLY…

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as romantic foils in Rob Reiner’s classic comedy, from an acclaimed script by Nora Ephron. It is celebrated across a number of AFI’s lists – and shows up at #6 on AFI’s 10 Top 10 list of the greatest romantic comedies of all time!  Watch…

AFI Movie Club: THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2006 – recognizing it as one of the most outstanding and culturally significant movies of the year – and stars 2004 AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Meryl Streep!   Watch Cynthia Erivo announce the film!     Movie Trivia about THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA –DID…

AFI Movie Club: E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is a fixture on AFI’s lists of the greatest American films, appearing on five of the iconic lists – including #6 among the most inspiring films of all time! Two AFI Life Achievement Award recipients helped bring E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL to our world – director Steven Spielberg (1995) and composer John Williams (2016).  Watch Halle Berry announce the…

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and Frederick Elmes on Filming HUNTERS and Advice for Aspiring Filmmakers

Growing up on the Texas/Mexico border in the ‘80s, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s (AFI Class of 1995) first introduction to the work of legendary cinematographer Frederick Elmes (AFI Class of 1972) was a worn-out VHS tape of BLUE VELVET. Describing Elmes’ filmmaking as “hypnotic,” Gomez-Rejon continued his initiation with other films shot by Elmes – ERASERHEAD,…

AFI Movie Club: BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the infamous outlaws, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID appears on AFI’s original and 10th anniversary lists of the greatest American films – and the dynamic duo of Butch and Sundance were co-ranked #20 among AFI’s greatest screen heroes! Watch Brad Pitt announce the film:    Movie Trivia…

AFI Movie Club: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is a beloved film that appears on five of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – and Gregory Peck’s iconic character, Atticus Finch, was named the greatest screen hero of all time by the American Film Institute. Gregory Peck himself was ranked #12 on AFI’s list of the greatest screen legends…

AFI Movie Club: SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

Disney’s SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS appears at #49 on AFI’s original Top 100 movies list and was ranked even higher for the 10th anniversary edition – at #34! And Snow White’s wistful ballad “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” performed by Adriana Caselotti, landed at #19 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of all time, while the wicked queen,…

AFI Movie Club: DR. STRANGELOVE

STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB appears on several of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – including #3 on the AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 LAUGHS! Watch Robert De Niro announce the film:   Movie Trivia about DR. STRANGELOVE: –DID YOU KNOW Peter Sellers was originally signed on to play…

Dean Susan Ruskin Q&A: How the AFI Conservatory is Adapting to COVID-19

As we continue to evolve to meet this unprecedented moment prompted by the COVID-19 crisis, AFI turned to Dean Susan Ruskin to discuss how the AFI Conservatory has transitioned to online learning over the past several weeks and how Fellows, faculty and staff are adjusting. We spoke with her about the state of the industry,…

Member Spotlight: AFI National Council Members and Founders of Last Rodeo Studios

Three AFI National Council members – Steve Stodghill, David Kiger and Philip Erdoes – also happen to be the founders of the production company Last Rodeo Studios. Their latest film SCARE ME had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by AMC Networks’ genre streaming service Shudder. Their collective credits…
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