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AFI DOCS: Daniel Lombroso on WHITE NOISE

“White nationalism, conspiracy theories, and hate are surging in the U.S. and around the world. WHITE NOISE situates you within this movement, so that you can see and feel how deep it runs…We have to understand the seductive power of extremism in order to neutralize it.” -Daniel Lombroso, director of WHITE NOISE The film screened…

AFI DOCS: Yi Chen on FIRST VOTE

“I hope the audiences at AFI DOCS will walk away with a more nuanced and deeper understanding of the Asian American electorate…I also hope they will walk away feeling inspired and empowered to vote in 2020. In fact, I will be voting for the first time!” -Yi Chen, director of FIRST VOTE     Chen…

Spotlight on Screen Sponsor CuriosityStream

Documentaries have the power to answer burning questions, illuminate the corners of our universe, and share inspiring stories of the human spirit. Once AFI DOCS is over, CuriosityStream – a longstanding supporter of the AFI DOCS film festival – makes it possible for anyone to continue the documentary film experience whenever they want in their…

AFI Movie Club: BOYS DON’T CRY

BOYS DON’T CRY stars Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank in a story based on the life of Brandon Teena, a transgender man from Nebraska who was murdered in 1993. In this exclusive AFI Archive video, watch BOYS DON’T CRY director Kimberly Peirce speak to the AFI DWW 2014 class:   Movie Trivia about BOYS DON’T…

AFI DOCS: Miles Hargrove on MIRACLE FISHING

“Documentaries open up a window to a world that is lived, and in my opinion there is no purer storytelling than that.” -Miles Hargrove, director of MIRACLE FISHING   For Hargrove, the inspiration to share this very intimate and emotional experience with the world came from the love of the group that helped his family…

AFI DOCS: Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss on BOYS STATE

“Documentary is an empowering form – the barriers to entry are low.  All you need is a camera, a story and the conviction it’s worth telling.” -Amanda McBaine, co-director of BOYS STATE BOYS STATE was the Opening Night Film of AFI DOCS 2020. Winner of the Sundance U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize, BOYS STATE explores…

AFI Movie Club: BEFORE NIGHT FALLS

BEFORE NIGHT FALLS received an AFI AWARD in 2000 – recognizing it as culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.   Movie Trivia about BEFORE NIGHT FALLS ​-DID YOU KNOW that much of the narration is taken directly from Reinaldo Arenas’ posthumously published memoir “Before…

AFI DOCS: Chris McKim on FREEDIA GOT A GUN

“Documentaries are representation and resistance and windows into worlds we might not  otherwise get to explore on our own.” -Chris McKim, director of FREEDIA GOT A GUN Making its virtual World Premiere at AFI DOCS, FREEDIA GOT A GUN follows bounce legend Big Freedia as she uses her platform to raise awareness about the complexities of gun violence, a nationwide epidemic…

AFI DOCS: Bryce Dallas Howard on DADS

“Documentary films are a practice in empathy…They can expand our sense of shared humanity, call us to action and make wild discoveries and revelations.”  -Bryce Dallas Howard, director of DADS     Prolific actress and filmmaker Bryce Dallas Howard makes her feature documentary directing debut with DADS. The film interviews famous dads and everyday dads, showing the ups and downs, the great moments…

DID YOU KNOW? This 1991 documentary introduced the world to vogueing and ball culture.

Documentary filmmaker Jennie Livingston spent over five years making PARIS IS BURNING on a shoestring budget of grant funding. A recent college graduate, Livingston moved to New York City as a photojournalist and discovered young black men “voguing” in Washington Square Park. Although Livingston was an outsider, she was able to document the significance of…

AFI Movie Club: ALI

ALI stars Will Smith in the title role and features AFI Trustee Jada Pinkett Smith as Sonji Roi. Will and Jada have been key supporters of AFI through the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation – with an emphasis on supporting and promoting female and nonbinary filmmakers through grants to AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women…

AFI Movie Club: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2017 – 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 – and was the Centerpiece Gala screening at AFI FEST 2017 Presented by Audi. In…
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