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AFI Movie Club: INVICTUS

Directed by AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Clint Eastwood, INVICTUS features the legendary onscreen talents of another recipient of the highest honor for a career in film – Morgan Freeman.  MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? INVICTUS is based on the 2008 book “Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation” by John Carlin about the 1995 Rugby World Cup...

AFI Movie Club: Behind the Scene with SELMA’s David Oyelowo

SELMA was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2014 – 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. Ava DuVernay's visionary film invited audiences “to rise above the breathless shame of our nation’s past and come...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: ALL ABOUT EVE

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on April 20, 2020. ALL ABOUT EVE is #28 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition list, and Eve Harrington’s scheming ingénue graces AFI’s list of the most diabolical movie villains! The film’s iconic quote – “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to...

AFI Movie Club: UP

The hit film UP chronicles the poignant story of Carl Fredricksen, an aging widower who attempts to fulfill his late wife Ellie’s dream to travel to the beautiful South American destination of Paradise Falls. The movie, which features the vocal talents of Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer and newcomer Jordan Nagai as Pixar's first lead Asian character, was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2009, recognizing it as one of the 10 most outstanding...

AFI Movie Club: FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, a classic coming-of-age comedy, was directed by AFI Conservatory alum Amy Heckerling (AFI Class of 1974) and featured a talented ensemble cast including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold and Sean Penn. The film was ranked #87 on AFI’s 100 Years...100 Laughs list of the funniest American movies. MOVIE...

AFI Movie Club: A STAR IS BORN (1954)

A STAR IS BORN (1954) appears on four of AFI’s lists of the greatest America films – most notably ranked #7 on the AFI’s 100 YEARS OF MUSICALS. Judy Garland’s performances are honored 19 times in AFI’s lists of the greatest American films.  MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? The screenwriters of the first A STAR IS BORN (1938) – Dorothy Parker, her husband Alan Campbell and Robert Carson – were nominated for...

AFI Movie Club: BOYHOOD

BOYHOOD, Richard Linklater’s unprecedented time-lapse portrait of a young boy coming of age, features stellar performances from newcomer Ellar Coltrane as well as Oscar® winner Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. The film was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2014 – recognizing it as one of the 10 outstanding films of the year.  Watch the BOYHOOD team discuss what they want...

AFI Movie Club: CRAZY RICH ASIANS

An opulent delight, CRAZY RICH ASIANS follows Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she travels to her boyfriend’s homeland of Singapore where she must contend with his disapproving relatives, battle jealous socialites and navigate her identity as an Asian American woman. Directing Workshop for Women alum Ashley Eakin (AFI Class of 2020) served as director Jon...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: THE COLOR PURPLE

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on May 27, 2020. THE COLOR PURPLE, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ranks #51 on AFI’s list of the most inspiring films in American history. Steven Spielberg, who directed the film, was the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1995....

DID YOU KNOW? This Prolific Mystery Writer Was Born 100 Years Ago This Month. Her First Novel Was Adapted Into Various Productions for Stage and Screen, Including the Alfred Hitchcock Classic STRANGERS ON A TRAIN

In addition to creating fictional—and cinematic—serial killers such as Tom Ripley, she wrote the lesbian opus The Price of Salt, which provided the source material for Todd Haynes’ 2015 hit CAROL. Patricia Highsmith was born on January 19, 1921, to a mother who later claimed she tried to abort the pregnancy and to parents that divorced ten…

AFI Movie Club: RED TAILS

Celebrating the thrilling heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen – a group of Black military pilots in World War II, RED TAILS marked the feature directorial debut of Anthony Hemingway, leading an all-star cast that includes David Oyelowo, Michael B. Jordan, Leslie Odom Jr., Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker, Method Man and Ne-Yo. The film was produced by AFI...

AFI Movie Club: QUEEN SUGAR

Created by Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, QUEEN SUGAR is a groundbreaking television series about a trio of siblings who attempt to run their family's sugarcane farm in rural Louisiana after tragedy strikes. Hailed for its inclusivity onscreen and off, the show features the directing talents of AFI Conservatory alumni Neema Barnette...
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