2020 – Page 3 – American Film Institute

AFI Movie Club: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON is a beloved film that appears on four of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – and Jimmy Stewart’s character, Jefferson Smith, was named one of cinema’s most inspiring screen heroes by AFI. Stewart was also honored with an AFI Life Achievement Award in 1980, and two years later,…

AFI Movie Club: THE JOY LUCK CLUB

AFI alum and AFI Conservatory faculty Heidi Levitt (Class of 1987) worked as a Casting Director on THE JOY LUCK CLUB, establishing a close collaboration with director Wayne Wang, whom she would later work with on projects including SMOKE and BLUE IN THE FACE.  In this AFI Archive exclusive video, director Wayne Wang talks about…

AFI Movie Club: WENDY AND LUCY

WENDY AND LUCY was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2008 – 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.  Watch Student Academy Award® winner Asher Jelinsky (AFI Class of 2018) announce WENDY AND LUCY: Movie Trivia about WENDY…

AFI Movie Club: CRY FREEDOM

CRY FREEDOM showcases the artistry of AFI Life Achievement Award winner Denzel Washington, who has five films honored across AFI’s 100 YEARS lists of the greatest films of all time.  In this exclusive AFI Archive video, watch Denzel Washington talk about making CRY FREEDOM. Movie Trivia about CRY FREEDOM DID YOU KNOW?   CRY FREEDOM is based on…

AFI Movie Club: CITIZEN KANE

CITIZEN KANE is ranked #1 on both AFI’s original and 10th anniversary lists of the greatest American movies ever made. The pivotal opening line of the film, “Rosebud,” that Charles Foster Kane utters in his last moments, appears at #17 on the American Film Institute’s list of all-time greatest movie quotes. Orson Welles – the director, producer, co-writer and…

AFI Movie Club: THE BIG SICK

Based on a true story, the humorous and heartfelt comedy THE BIG SICK was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2017 – 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. Watch this exclusive AFI Archive video…

AFI Movie Club: ZERO DARK THIRTY

A harrowing thriller based on the real-life mission to capture Osama bin Laden, ZERO DARK THIRTY was honored with an AFI Award in 2012 – 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.  Watch director KATHRYN…

Julie Dash on DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST and her Trailblazing Career

Julie Dash (AFI Class of 1974) is one of the most well-respected and inventive visual storytellers of her generation. After attending AFI in the mid-‘70s, she received her MFA in Film and Television Production from UCLA. She made an auspicious start with bold short films – ILLUSIONS and DIARY OF AN AFRICAN NUN – and…

AFI Movie Club: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is ranked as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time – with “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” landing on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs list of the greatest movie songs in cinematic history.  Watch Mary-Louise Parker announce today’s film. Movie Trivia about MEET ME…

AFI Movie Club: THE DEFIANT ONES

THE DEFIANT ONES was included on AFI’s 100 YEARS… 100 CHEERS list of the most inspiring films ever to grace the silver screen – and star Sidney Poitier received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1992.  In this exclusive AFI Archive video, Sidney Poitier talks about making THE DEFIANT ONES:    Movie Trivia about THE DEFIANT ONES…

AFI Movie Club: INSIDE OUT

In 2015, the American Film Institute honored INSIDE OUT with an AFI AWARD – recognizing it as one of the most culturally and artistically significant films of the year.  Watch Mayim Bialik announce INSIDE OUT: Movie Trivia about INSIDE OUT -DID YOU KNOW that co-director Peter Docter was inspired to make INSIDE OUT after watching his daughter change as she was growing…

AFI Movie Club: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD received an AFI AWARD in 2012 – recognizing it as culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.  “At the center of this poetic storm stands Hushpuppy, a tiny heroine who towers among the toughest of the year. Hers is a triumphant…
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