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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…

Isaac Asimov on Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY first premiered in the U.S. on April 2, 1968. As the visual masterpiece turns 48 this week, read an essay penned by science writer Isaac Asimov about the film for a 1977 issue of American Film. Science fiction, at least in the world of film, had, ever since the ’30s,…

AFI Partners with the White House

AFI is once again collaborating with the White House on the third annual White House Student Film Festival, which will be held in late summer 2016. For a second year, Participant Media, a global entertainment company focused on inspiring social change, joins AFI in support of their work with young filmmakers of the White House Student Film Festival….

Meet the Next Generation of Film and TV Storytellers

On Tuesday night at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, the AFI Conservatory Showcase presented the extraordinary storytelling talents of the Class of 2015, with screenings of three jury-selected thesis films, and highlights from all 27 projects created by the graduating Fellows. Filmmakers from all the projects including the three jury selections — FATA MORGANA (DIR…

AFI Conservatory Celebrates First-Ever Writers’ Room Ready

On Monday evening, the AFI Conservatory hosted a reception to celebrate promising screenwriters and to mark the first year of AFI Writers’ Room Ready. This new annual program aims to cultivate the next generation of television writers by pairing select AFI Conservatory Screenwriters from the year’s graduating class and their original television pilot scripts with…

The AFI Interview: Joel Potrykus on SXSW Premiere THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK

Joel Potrykus is a two-time AFI FEST alumnus with his previous films BUZZARD (AFI FEST 2014) and APE (AFI FEST 2012). We caught up with him in anticipation of his SXSW premiere next month, THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK. In the film, Ty Hickson plays Sean, an isolated drifter who, having fled society, lives with his cat…

Congrats to AFI Conservatory Alumni on Their Oscar-Winning Films

AFI is proud to highlight the AFI Conservatory alumni featured in the 88th Academy Awards®, which followed an unprecedented awards season run for AFI graduates. Producer Steve Golin (AFI Class of 1981) received the Best Picture Oscar® for SPOTLIGHT. The film’s credits also include cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi (AFI Class of 2002) with a special thanks to Pulitzer…

AFI Grad Michael Rezendes on the True Story of SPOTLIGHT

Before Michael Rezendes won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, he was a Screenwriting alumnus of the AFI Conservatory (Class of 1999). Played by Mark Ruffalo in the Oscar®-nominated SPOTLIGHT, he’s one of a group of Boston Globe reporters who, in 2002, exposed a shattering clergy sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Known collectively as…

Meet Bill Gold: The Man Behind the Most Iconic Movie Posters Ever

Have a favorite vintage movie poster? Chances are, it was probably designed by Bill Gold, one of the most prolific designers ever to work in movies. Gaining early prestige working on CASABLANCA for Warner Bros., his legacy of posters spans from Hollywood’s Golden Age through New Hollywood, including a close and enduring collaboration with director Clint Eastwood. AFI…
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