2021 – American Film Institute

AFI Movie Club: BEYOND THE LIGHTS

The New York Times called BEYOND THE LIGHTS “a stirring romantic melodrama” – depicting the story of a pop singer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) on the verge of superstardom who must combat her stage mom (Minnie Driver), the pressures of fame and her own loneliness. Gina Prince-Bythewood served as an Artist-in-Residence for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women in 2015.   Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH...

AFI Movie Club: MIDSOMMAR

Directed by AFI Conservatory alum Ari Aster and shot by cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski (both AFI Class of 2010), MIDSOMMAR stars Florence Pugh as a grieving young woman who visits the fabled midsummer festival in Sweden with her boyfriend and group of friends before realizing that they have unwittingly stumbled into a pagan cult.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream MIDSOMMAR MIDSOMMAR...

AFI Movie Club: CAPOTE

Starring the chameleon character actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, CAPOTE details the series of events that occurred while Truman Capote was writing his novel “In Cold Blood.” Hoffman took home the Academy Award® for Best Actor for portraying the eponymous author, while the film itself was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2005.   Close Close Close...

AFI Movie Club: HUSH…HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE

Featuring an all-star cast of Hollywood legends that includes Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead and Mary Astor (in her final screen role), director Robert Aldrich’s HUSH…HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE is headlined by the incomparable Bette Davis, who was recognized with an AFI Life Achievement Award in 1977.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream HUSH...HUSH, SWEET...

AFI Movie Club: THE BLIND SIDE

THE BLIND SIDE, starring Quinton Aaron, is based on the life of Michael Oher, a homeless youth who became an All-American football player and a first-round NFL draft pick. Director John Lee Hancock has been a frequent guest of the AFI Conservatory, sharing his knowledge and expertise with AFI Fellows training to become tomorrow’s storytellers.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream THE BLIND SIDE...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: COCO

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on July 24, 2020. 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.  Close Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream COCO COCO -...

AFI Movie Club: CHARIOTS OF FIRE

To kick off the XXXII Olympic Games this summer, AFI is featuring CHARIOTS OF FIRE, which depicts the lives of two Cambridge students from different countries and religious backgrounds who emerge as running rivals competing at the 1924 Olympics. Winner of the Best Picture Academy Award® in 1981, the inspirational film also appears on AFI’s...

AFI Movie Club: THE OMEN

AFI named Richard Donner’s horror classic THE OMEN one of the most thrilling films in cinematic history. A massive success, the film starred two of the biggest names in Hollywood at that time – Lee Remick and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree and founding chairman Gregory Peck.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream THE OMEN THE...

AFI Movie Club: LETHAL WEAPON

On his classic action film LETHAL WEAPON, director Richard Donner collaborated with AFI Alumni John Roesch (class of 1977) as a foley artist and Matthew Baer (class of 1986) who worked in the production office. In 2014, AFI celebrated Donner with a special evening and career retrospective attended by AFI members – who were treated to a Q&A with the iconic director.  Close Close...

AFI Names Karen Schwartzman as Senior Director of Innovative Programs

AFI has appointed Karen Schwartzman as its Senior Director, Innovative Programs for the AFI Conservatory. Building upon AFI’s foundation of both educating and celebrating great storytelling, the new Innovative Programs at the Conservatory will create a dynamic space where technologists, innovators, storytellers and social justice change makers, among others, will come together to collaborate, create…

AFI Movie Club: SUPERMAN

With SUPERMAN, director Richard Donner made audiences believe a man could fly – and ushered in a contemporary age of cinematic superheroes, brought to the screen with majesty and wonder. Raised to the clouds by an iconic score by AFI Life Achievement Award honoree John Williams, the titular Kryptonian – brought to life with humanity...

AFI Movie Club: Celebration of Richard Donner’s THE GOONIES

With THE GOONIES, director Richard Donner tapped into a universal childhood desire to matter, to belong, to make a difference…and to follow a map to lost pirate treasure. From an original story by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Steven Spielberg – who also executive produced and presented the movie – THE GOONIES was executive produced...
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