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AFI Movie Club: BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM is an inspiring story of Jess Bhamra, a young British Indian athlete whose love of soccer conflicts with her traditional upbringing. Director Gurinder Chadha – the first British Asian woman to direct a major feature film – has also been a Harold Lloyd Master Seminar speaker at the AFI Conservatory.  …

NOW PLAYING: AFI Alumni Projects Online

Looking for a new film or TV series to watch online? Whether it’s a long-awaited digital premiere or a first-run theatrical release headed to VOD early, be sure to check out the following AFI alumni projects that are available to stream online.   New Projects for August 2020 20th Century Woman: The Documentary Films of…

Watch: PALM SPRINGS Filmmakers Discuss the Film

PALM SPRINGS is one of the biggest hits of the summer, even breaking Hulu’s opening weekend streaming record. Recently, the filmmakers, led by director Max Barbakow and writer Andy Siara (both AFI Class of 2015) and AFI faculty Matthew Friedman, participated in an online seminar to share their knowledge and experiences with AFI Fellows. Watch videos from the session whose…

AFI Movie Club: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

It’s Christmas in July! IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE was named 20th on AFI’s Top 100 greatest American films of all time. It’s ranked #1 on 100 Years…100 Cheers and #9 on 100 Years…100 passions, and George Bailey is listed at #9 on AFI’s 100 Heroes list. James Stewart is ranked #3 on AFI’s list of the…

AFI Movie Club: CLEMENCY

CLEMENCY brings light to the dark reality of death row, starring AFI Honorary Degree recipient Alfre Woodard as a conflicted prison warden. The film screened at AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi and was directed by Chinonye Chukwu – a former Faculty member of the AFI Conservatory. Watch Alfre Woodard discuss recognizing the humanity in…

AFI Movie Club: STEEL MAGNOLIAS

STEEL MAGNOLIAS stars Shirley MacLaine – who was honored with an AFI Life Achievement Award in 2012 – and features the cinematography of AFI Conservatory alum John A. Alonzo. Watch Dakota Fanning announce STEEL MAGNOLIAS: Movie Trivia for STEEL MAGNOLIAS DID YOU KNOW? STEEL MAGNOLIAS is based on the off-Broadway play of the same name…

Watch: Cinematographer and Director Ernest Dickerson on Filmmaking

Ernest Dickerson established himself as a groundbreaking cinematographer on films such as SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT and DO THE RIGHT THING, and made his directing debut with JUICE, starring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur. He went on to direct episodes of the critically acclaimed shows THE WIRE and THE WALKING DEAD and most recently directed…

AFI Movie Club: DOPE

DOPE, a coming-of-age caper directed by Rick Famuyiwa and produced by Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams, was shot by AFI alum and Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006). In this exclusive AFI Archive video, watch Rachel Morrison talk about working on the film:   Movie Trivia about DOPE DID YOU KNOW? Pharrell Williams…

AFI Alums Garner 2020 Emmy Nominations

Congratulations to this year’s Emmy®-nominated AFI alumni! Today, the Television Academy announced the nominees for the 72nd Emmy® Awards. The early morning event was hosted by Leslie Jones and included presenters Laverne Cox, Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany. With these groundbreaking and critically acclaimed series, AFI alumni continue to push the boundaries of storytelling. Please…

AFI Movie Club: WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Adapted from Roald Dahl’s best-selling children’s novel, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY stars Gene Wilder – who participated in the AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Mel Brooks and whose work is featured across several of AFI’s lists.  Watch Tyra Banks introduce the film:   Movie Trivia about WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY DID YOU…

AFI Movie Club: BIRTHRIGHT

Pioneering Black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux’s BIRTHRIGHT is safeguarded for preservation and posterity in the AFI Collection at the Library of Congress.  Watch actor Lorenzo Tucker discuss BIRTHRIGHT filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Movie Trivia about BIRTHRIGHT DID YOU KNOW?  In 1919 Oscar Micheaux formed his own movie production company and became the first African American to make a feature film.    DID YOU…

AFI Movie Club: COCO

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.  Movie Trivia about COCO DID YOU KNOW?   Throughout the production, Pixar also worked with a team of cultural advisers, including Marcela Davison Aviles, playwright Octavio Solis and political cartoonist…
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