2021 – American Film Institute

AFI Movie Club: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN

AFI Honorary Degree recipient Cicely Tyson’s transformative performance in the title role of THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN (1974) spans decades, from the days of slavery to the Civil Rights movement. Of the made-for-TV feature’s 13 Emmy® nominations, it won nine – including two for its celebrated star. Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH...

AFI FEST 2021: Programmer Picks

Now with tickets now on sale for AFI FEST 2021 – AFI's annual "best in global cinema" film festival, we asked our dedicated team of festival programmers to share with us a few of the films from this year’s outstanding lineup that captivated them. Here are their picks. Sarah Harris – Director of Programming, AFI...

AFI Movie Club: RISKY BUSINESS

A pitch-black comedy about sex, capitalism, ambition and college admissions, RISKY BUSINESS (1983) appears on AFI’s list of cinema’s greatest screen songs – a Bob Seger classic etched into the public consciousness in an instantly iconic moment of suburban teenager Tom Cruise celebrating his weekend emancipation from his parents by stripping down to enjoy some...

AFI FEST Announces World Premiere of Illumination’s SING 2

BUY TICKETS & PASSES TO AFI FEST 2021 Sing it from the rooftops! The World Premiere of Illumination’s SING 2 will join AFI FEST 2021 as a Red Carpet Premiere and screen in-person at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on Sunday, November 14. The new animated feature film, written and directed by Garth Jennings and...

AFI Movie Club: THE GREAT DEBATERS

In addition to directing the film, AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Denzel Washington co-starred in this inspiring true story of THE GREAT DEBATERS (2007) – alongside Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise and a host of young actors.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream THE GREAT DEBATERS THE GREAT DEBATERS - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB...

THE POWER OF THE DOG Added As Red Carpet Premiere To AFI FEST 2021

BUY TICKETS & PASSES TO AFI FEST 2021 AFI announced today that Academy Award® winner Jane Campion’s highly anticipated film THE POWER OF THE DOG will screen at the TCL Chinese Theatre on November 11 as part of AFI FEST 2021. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a brutally beguiling rancher, this psychological drama set in the...

AFI Movie Club: MULHOLLAND DRIVE

Naomi Watts, Laura Harring and Justin Theroux star in MULHOLLAND DR. – a surrealist neo-noir from the mind of writer/director David Lynch (AFI Class of 1970). Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, film earned an AFI AWARD when it was released, recognizing it as one of the year’s most outstanding motion pictures. The official rationale said that, “MULHOLLAND DR. is a classic example of the poetry...

AFI Movie Club: THE CHINA SYNDROME

Ranked as one of the greatest cinematic thrillers of all time by AFI, THE CHINA SYNDROME (1979) stars Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda – all recipients of the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film.      Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream THE CHINA...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: CARMEN JONES

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on December 7, 2020. This riveting rendition of "Carmen" with an all-Black cast, CARMEN JONES (1954) stars Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. Dandridge was nominated for an Oscar® for her performance, making her the first person of color to be nominated for a leading...

Meet the AFI FEST 2021 Indie Contenders Roundtable

BUY TICKETS & PASSES TO AFI FEST 2021 This year’s Indie Contenders Roundtable for the AFI FEST film festival will feature Caitriona Balfe (BELFAST), Nicolas Cage (PIG), Colman Domingo (ZOLA), Ann Dowd (MASS), Dakota Johnson (THE LOST DAUGHTER) and Simon Rex (RED ROCKET). The popular annual event highlights acclaimed actors from some of this year’s...

AFI Movie Club: LOVE STORY

Starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, director Arthur Hiller’s LOVE STORY (1970) was named by AFI as one of the greatest love stories onscreen and features one of the cinema’s most iconic quotes of all time – “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream LOVE...

Celebrating the AFI Class of 2021 and Honorary Degree Recipient Angela Bassett

On Saturday, October 9, 2021, the AFI community celebrated the commencement of the AFI Conservatory Class of 2021 with the graduates and their families and friends at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, and even more joining from all over the world via live stream. The festivities included speeches from Dean Susan Ruskin, Class of 2021...
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