AFI Alumni Shortlisted for Academy Awards
Congratulations to the AFI thesis film MILLER & SON which has been shortlisted for an Academy Award® in the Live Action Short Film category! It was just two months ago that MILLER AND SON director Asher Jelinsky (AFI Class of 2018) won a Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards®.
And STAY CLOSE, a labor of love for AFI alumna Shuhan Fan (AFI Class of 2019), who made the doc before and during her time at AFI, has been shortlisted for an Academy Award® in the Documentary Short category.
ABOUT MILLER & SON
MILLER & SON is a character-driven drama that looks at the dilemma between social acceptance and authenticity. A transwoman mechanic lives between running her family’s auto shop during the day and expressing her femininity at night, until an unforeseen event threatens the balance of her compartmentalized life.
ABOUT STAY CLOSE
STAY CLOSE blends home videos and animation in an expressionistic montage to tell the underdog story of Keeth Smart, an African American fencer from Brooklyn who overcomes a gauntlet of hardships on his road to the Olympics.