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AFI Movie Club: THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974)

THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE, directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Walter Matthau as police lieutenant Zachary Garber, is a nail-biting thriller that also captures the sights, sounds and character of New York City in the 1970s. Sargent served as the senior filmmaker in residence for the Directing discipline at the AFI Conservatory, educating…

Meet Syreeta Greene, AFI’s New Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

AFI is excited to welcome Syreeta Greene, our new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to help further our mission and continue the essential work of elevating diverse voices that have been historically underrepresented and marginalized. With a Doctorate in Education and a Masters of Social Work, Greene has 20 years of experience in higher…

AFI Movie Club: BRICK

BRICK, a neo-noir starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a hardboiled high school detective looking to solve the mystery behind the death of his ex-girlfriend, marks the feature directorial debut of Rian Johnson. The film was produced by AFI Conservatory alum Dana Lustig (Class of 1988), and Johnson has also spoken to AFI Fellows at Harold Lloyd…

AFI Announces Licensing Partnership with TechRow

AFI announced today that a curated selection of AFI Conservatory thesis films from a diverse team of filmmakers will become part of TechRow’s innovative and immersive learning platform and be integrated into their curriculums for K-12 students and content library, which can be viewed at TechRow.org. Films to be licensed for 2020-2021 are: BALLOON, COUNT,…

AFI Movie Club: COMING TO AMERICA

In COMING TO AMERICA, the king of comedy in the 1980s – Eddie Murphy – became the Prince of Zamunda looking for love in Queens, NY. AFI Honorary Degree recipient James Earl Jones also stars as Prince Akeem’s father – King Jaffe Joffer. Click Here to Find Out How to Watch COMING TO AMERICA Now…

AFI Movie Club: 20TH CENTURY WOMEN

20TH CENTURY WOMEN, a nostalgic ode to director Mike Mills’ own childhood, follows Jamie – a young boy navigating relationships, punk rock and gender constructs – and the three women in his orbit, played by Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning. Annette Bening was honored with a tribute at AFI FEST 2016 presented by…

AFI Movie Club: SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON

A lavish animated production exploring America’s great vistas, SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON was brought to the screen by producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, an AFI honorary degree recipient. Click Here to Find Out How to Watch SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON Now SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON – Reelgood Watch SPIRIT animator Pres Romanillos in this…

AFI Welcomes Six New Board of Trustees in 2020

AFI is excited to announce the newest members selected to join the Board of Trustees in 2020: Charlie Collier CEO, Entertainment, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. Ava DuVernay Filmmaker & Founder of ARRAY Lisa Jackson Vice President, Apple Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Michael B. Jordan Actor, Producer David Linde Chief Executive Officer of Participant Octavia…

AFI Movie Club: BARKING WATER

BARKING WATER is a redemptive road trip film in which two aging former lovers set off on a final journey in an attempt to confront their complicated past and for the latter to reconnect with his estranged family. The film was written and directed by Sterlin Harjo, a member of the Seminole Nation. Click Here…

AFI Movie Club: TALK TO ME

TALK TO ME, directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Don Cheadle, is a biopic about real life Washington DC-based radio DJ and talk show host Ralph ‘Petey’ Greene. Both Lemmons and Cheadle have instructed the next generation of filmmakers at AFI Conservatory seminars.    Click Here to Find Out How to Watch TALK TO ME…

AFI DOCS Announces 2021 Dates and Call for Submissions

We are excited to announces that submissions are now open for the 19th annual AFI DOCS film festival, which will be held June 22-27, 2021. The AFI Festivals team is committed to achieving the same high standard of programming and engagement that has defined AFI DOCS over the years. We are planning a virtual and/or…

AFI Movie Club: FENCES

FENCES features the talent of AFI Life Achievement Award winner Denzel Washington and was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2016 as one of the best movies of the year. According to the official rationale, “Denzel Washington and Viola Davis’ thundering performances infuse lightning into the words of August Wilson’s iconic stage play, sparking emotion…
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