AFI Summit to debut at AFI FEST
AFI announced today the program for the inaugural AFI Summit that will take place at AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi. The six-day forum of intimate conversations and dynamic panel discussions will feature acclaimed and thought-provoking filmmakers, industry leaders and academics who are making a difference.
Join AFI and Amy Kaufman of the Los Angeles Times as we bring together the leading directors behind some of the most talked-about and acclaimed documentaries of the year including Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (AMERICAN FACTORY), Roger Ross Williams (THE APOLLO), Feras Fayyad (THE CAVE), Lauren Greenfield (THE KINGMAKER) and Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang (ONE CHILD NATION). In addition, the films featured in the roundtable will be screened as part of the Documentary Encore screenings series throughout the festival.
EVA LONGORIA AND DR. STACY SMITH ON THE ERASURE OF LATINX IN FILM
Founder of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Dr. Stacy Smith and producer, director, actress and activist Eva Longoria delve into the latest findings from the Initiative that show an alarming lack of representation of Latinx individuals in film, both behind and in front of the camera — and address a solutions-driven path forward.
EXECUTIVES OF THE CULTURE: SENIOR AND EMERGING ENTERTAINMENT EXECS OF COLOR ON HOLLYWOOD
Brickson Diamond, Chairman of Blackhouse, discusses the status of diversifying the film industry with three pairs of senior and junior executives who are serving in key roles in Hollywood.
INDIE CONTENDERS ROUNDTABLE
As previously announced, the Indie Contenders Roundtable will include a diverse panel of artists who have done standout work in independent film this year. Presented by The Hollywood Reporter and moderated by columnist and blogger Scott Feinberg, the panel will feature a discussion with the artists about their careers and influences, as well as the challenges and rewards of working on indies. Panelists include Awkwafina (THE FAREWELL), Sterling K. Brown (WAVES), Cynthia Erivo (HARRIET), Jimmie Fails (THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO), Jon Hamm (THE REPORT), Florence Pugh (FIGHT WITH MY FAMILY and MIDSOMMAR), Kerry Washington (AMERICAN SON) and Alfre Woodard (CLEMENCY).
SHOOT THE BOOK
Moderated by Variety’s Steven Gaydos, international publishers will present their latest thriller and crime novels that are available for independent producers and filmmakers to option. Presented in partnership with the French Embassy’s Cultural Services and the Institut Français.
TED SARANDOS WITH SUSAN RUSKIN
Susan Ruskin, Dean of the AFI Conservatory, sits down for an in-depth and wide-ranging conversation with Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix.
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Photo: Eva Longoria, Alfre Woodard, Jon Hamm, Sterling K. Brown, Kerry Washington.