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The AFI DOCS Interview: NEWTOWN Director Kim A. Snyder

On December 14, 2012, a 20-year-old gunman forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and murdered 20 schoolchildren and six educators. In the aftermath of the killings, filmmaker Kim Snyder traveled to Newtown and trained her lens on a grieving community, following several families who came face to face with tragedy….

The AFI DOCS Interview: HAVEABABY Director Amanda Micheli

HAVEABABY focuses on a group of aspiring parents who enter a controversial video contest held by a Las Vegas fertility clinic. The winners receive a free round of in vitro fertilization, and given the steep costs of treatment, many believe this unconventional competition may be their only chance at parenthood. Provocative and engaging, director Amanda…

The AFI DOCS Interview: AFTER SPRING Directors Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez

AFTER SPRING looks at the brutal war in Syria, which has contributed to the largest refugee crisis since World War II, with nearly 60 million people fleeing the conflict. Many escape to Europe while others find themselves in limbo in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp — the largest such camp in the Middle East. Homesick yet haunted…

The AFI DOCS Interview: GLEASON Director Clay Tweel

Steve Gleason was a star player for the New Orleans Saints before being diagnosed with a rapidly progressive form of ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, at age 34. With their first child on the way, Gleason and his wife Michel confront their ever-changing new reality with unflinching honesty in front of the camera….

The AFI DOCS Interview: MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE Directors Bob Hercules & Rita Coburn Whack

Co-directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack present a lovingly crafted and stunningly comprehensive portrait of the esteemed Dr. Maya Angelou with MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE.  The incredible story is told by Angelou herself, along with a remarkable cast of contemporaries from her careers as actress, writer, poet and activist.  In chronicling Angelou’s…

Tune in for the AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to John Williams

This year, Steven Spielberg will present the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award to his longtime collaborator, composer John Williams. This is the first time in the history of the American Film Institute that the award will go to a composer. Williams’ career will be celebrated at a private Gala Tribute on June 9, 2016, at the…

Announcing the AFI DOCS 2016 Full Slate of Films

From June 22–26, the 14th edition of AFI DOCS showcases 94 films representing 30 countries. Screenings will take place in Washington, DC, at the Newseum and the Landmark E Street Cinema, and in Silver Spring, MD, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. See the full AFI DOCS 2016 slate of films here. Newly announced…

American Film Institute Names Werner Herzog AFI DOCS 2016 Guggenheim Symposium Honoree

The American Film Institute will pay tribute to renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog as the AFI DOCS 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. The June 24 Symposium will include a conversation with Herzog along with clips from his amazing documentary oeuvre. Moderated by filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, the discussion will be followed by a screening of Herzog’s latest documentary, LO AND…

AFI Conservatory Names 2016 Honorary Degree Recipients

AFI will confer Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon Rita Moreno and Quentin Tarantino. They will be recognized for their contributions to film during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on June 15, 2016, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. One of only a handful of performers to have won all four major entertainment awards, the…

Announcing the AFI DOCS 2016 Opening and Closing Night Films

AFI DOCS has announced the Opening and Closing Night films for the 2016 edition of the festival. Director Alex Gibney returns to AFI DOCS to open the five-day event on June 22 with the North American premiere of ZERO DAYS, which explores Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer worm discovered in 2010 that was commissioned by the U.S. and…

The AFI Interview: ALWAYS SHINE Director Sophia Takal

Filmmaker Sophia Takal is an AFI FEST presented by Audi alumna with her previous film GREEN, showcased at AFI FEST 2011. In her sophomore feature, ALWAYS SHINE, two actresses, Anna and Beth (Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald), embark on a road trip to Big Sur to mend their damaged friendship — but jealousy begins to…

Watch: Ryan Murphy on FX’s AMERICAN CRIME STORY and the Half Foundation

During his recent visit to the AFI Conservatory as part of the Harold Lloyd Master Seminar series, television artist Ryan Murphy discussed his work as an executive producer of FX’s AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON — and as a storytelling entrepreneur. Murphy addressed AFI Fellows with a candid introduction of his new foundation Half, an all-inclusive initiative to offer…
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