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AFI Movie Club: THE BLIND SIDE

THE BLIND SIDE, starring Quinton Aaron, is based on the life of Michael Oher, a homeless youth who became an All-American football player and a first-round NFL draft pick. Director John Lee Hancock has been a frequent guest of the AFI Conservatory, sharing his knowledge and expertise with AFI Fellows training to become tomorrow’s storytellers.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream THE BLIND SIDE...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: COCO

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on July 24, 2020. Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning COCO was brought to afterlife by countless artists and craftspeople – among them, Edward James Olmos, an AFI Honorary Degree recipient and longtime AFI Trustee.  Close Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream COCO COCO -...

AFI Movie Club: CHARIOTS OF FIRE

To kick off the XXXII Olympic Games this summer, AFI is featuring CHARIOTS OF FIRE, which depicts the lives of two Cambridge students from different countries and religious backgrounds who emerge as running rivals competing at the 1924 Olympics. Winner of the Best Picture Academy Award® in 1981, the inspirational film also appears on AFI’s...

AFI Movie Club: THE OMEN

AFI named Richard Donner’s horror classic THE OMEN one of the most thrilling films in cinematic history. A massive success, the film starred two of the biggest names in Hollywood at that time – Lee Remick and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree and founding chairman Gregory Peck.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream THE OMEN THE...

AFI Movie Club: LETHAL WEAPON

On his classic action film LETHAL WEAPON, director Richard Donner collaborated with AFI Alumni John Roesch (class of 1977) as a foley artist and Matthew Baer (class of 1986) who worked in the production office. In 2014, AFI celebrated Donner with a special evening and career retrospective attended by AFI members – who were treated to a Q&A with the iconic director.  Close Close...

AFI Names Karen Schwartzman as Senior Director of Innovative Programs

AFI has appointed Karen Schwartzman as its Senior Director, Innovative Programs for the AFI Conservatory. Building upon AFI’s foundation of both educating and celebrating great storytelling, the new Innovative Programs at the Conservatory will create a dynamic space where technologists, innovators, storytellers and social justice change makers, among others, will come together to collaborate, create…

AFI Movie Club: SUPERMAN

With SUPERMAN, director Richard Donner made audiences believe a man could fly – and ushered in a contemporary age of cinematic superheroes, brought to the screen with majesty and wonder. Raised to the clouds by an iconic score by AFI Life Achievement Award honoree John Williams, the titular Kryptonian – brought to life with humanity...

AFI Movie Club: Celebration of Richard Donner’s THE GOONIES

With THE GOONIES, director Richard Donner tapped into a universal childhood desire to matter, to belong, to make a difference…and to follow a map to lost pirate treasure. From an original story by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Steven Spielberg – who also executive produced and presented the movie – THE GOONIES was executive produced...

Movie Club Rewind: SUGAR

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on July 9, 2020. SUGAR was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2009 – 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.  Close Close Close...

AFI Movie Club: LA BAMBA

Today’s rock n’ roll biopic LA BAMBA was written and directed by Luis Valdez and marked a breakthrough performance for star Lou Diamond Phillips.   Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream LA BAMBA LA BAMBA - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI Movie Club is a global, virtual gathering of film...

AFI Movie Club: OUT OF TIME

OUT OF TIME is the second collaboration between AFI Conservatory alum Carl Franklin (AFI Class of 1986) and AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Denzel Washington. The film is edited by another of director Franklin’s frequent collaborators, alum Carole Kravetz Aykanian (AFI Class of 1986). Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream OUT OF TIME OUT...

Congratulations to the AFI Conservatory Alumni and Their Projects Nominated for This Year’s Emmy Awards

AFI is proud to celebrate all of the talented AFI Conservatory Alumni and their projects honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences this week. Announced by Ron Cephas Jones (THIS IS US) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (BLINDSPOTTING) who made history in 2020 as the first father-daughter duo to win Emmy® Awards in the…
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