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AFI Movie Club: HE GOT GAME

AFI Honorary Degree recipient Spike Lee brought the story of basketball phenom Jesus Shuttlesworth to audiences in 1998, collaborating for the third time with AFI Life Achievement recipient Denzel Washington, who plays Shuttlesworth’s father in the film. Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream HE GOT GAME HE GOT GAME - Reelgood LEARN...

Watch: AFI Conversations with the 93rd Academy Award Best Picture Nominees

The 93rd Academy Award®​ nominations have been announced and AFI is excited to celebrate! Watch the videos below, showcasing conversations we’ve held with the stars and filmmakers for each of the eight films nominated in the Best Picture category this year. These exclusive discussions took place at the AFI Conservatory, AFI FEST presented by Audi,…

AFI Movie Club: DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE

The opening credits for DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE include the following statement, signed with Walt Disney’s signature: "My thanks to King Brian of Knocknasheega and his leprechauns, whose gracious co-operation made this picture possible." In addition to Disney’s cinematic collaboration with the wee folk, the film also features AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Sean Connery in an early role.  The effects work on DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE has inspired many films...

AFI Movie Club: TANGERINE

Independent filmmaker Sean Baker’s breakout hit TANGERINE, starring Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor, is an authentic story about the friendship between transgender sex workers in LA. Baker has also since instructed the next generation of filmmakers during a seminar at the AFI Conservatory. Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream TANGERINE TANGERINE - Reelgood LEARN MORE ABOUT AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI has created a global, virtual gathering of...

AFI Movie Club: A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Directed by John Cassavetes, A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE stars Gena Rowlands in a powerhouse performance as a loving but troubled mother suffering a mental breakdown. Cassavetes was a senior filmmaker-in-residence at the AFI Conservatory, and the film was itself crewed by AFI Fellows – who received a collective credit at the end. Rowlands also received an Honorary Degree from AFI in 1998.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: LOVE AND BASKETBALL

LOVE & BASKETBALL, starring Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps, is the feature directorial debut of Gina Prince-Bythewood. When Prince-Bythewood wrote Monica’s character, she was inspired by the basketball players she studied and idolized as a kid – Lisa Leslie, Tina Thompson, Dawn Staley and Sheryl Swoopes. In 2015, Prince-Bythewood served as an Artist-in-Residence for the...

AFI Movie Club Artist Spotlight: HUD Cinematographer James Wong Howe

Acclaimed Chinese-American cinematographer James Wong Howe earned an Academy Award® – his second, and his eighth of 10 nominations – for his striking black-and-white work on HUD. An artist and an innovator with iconic work dating from the silent era of cinema into the 1970s, he was named among the top 10 most influential cinematographers in the history of the art form by the International Cinematographers Guild in 2003. Celebrated and sought after...

AFI Movie Club: GHOST WORLD

Directed by Terry Zwigoff, GHOST WORLD stars Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson as two disaffected teenage friends struggling to find their place in the world. The film was produced by AFI Conservatory Producing Discipline Head Lianne Halfon and edited by AFI alum Carole Kravetz Aykanian.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream GHOST WORLD GHOST WORLD - Reelgood...

AFI Movie Club: SET IT OFF

Before actress Kimberly Elise made her feature film debut alongside current AFI Trustee Jada Pinkett Smith in SET IT OFF, she graduated from the AFI Conservatory as a Directing Fellow.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream SET IT OFF SET IT OFF- Reelgood LEARN MORE ABOUT AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI has created a...

AFI Movie Club: KLUTE

KLUTE stars AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Jane Fonda as a sex worker caught up in a web of corruption and deceit. ALAN PAKULA: GOING FOR TRUTH, a documentary on director Pakula’s life and career, also screened at the 2019 AFI FEST.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream KLUTE KLUTE - Reelgood LEARN MORE ABOUT AFI...

AFI Movie Club: POETIC JUSTICE

Written and directed by John Singleton and starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, POETIC JUSTICE features the poetry of AFI Directing Workshop for Women alum – and AFI Honorary Degree recipient – Maya Angelou, who also appears in the film.  Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream POETIC JUSTICE POETIC JUSTICE - Reelgood LEARN MORE ABOUT AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI has created...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: PARIAH

PARIAH, the feature directorial debut of Dee Rees, chronicles a young Black woman discovering her sexuality and asserting her identity as she deals with the pressures of her family and society’s expectations for her life. The film was edited by an AFI Directing Workshop for Women alum Mako Kamitsuna (DWW Class of 2011). Close Close...
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