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Wes Craven Explains The Origin Of Freddy Krueger’s Glove

When people think of Freddy Krueger, some picture the boogeyman’s dark fedora hat or his tattered red and green striped sweater. But, more likely, most people will immediately think of something even more unmistakable: that glove. The four-bladed weapon instantly made its mark on audiences when movie-goers first encountered it on screen in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, which celebrates its 30th…

The AFI Interview: Charlie McDowell and Justin Lader

THE ONE I LOVE isn’t just another movie about relationships. This exuberant film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, is a love story with a sci-fi plot twist that’s surprising but earned. The movie stars Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass (who also serves as a producer on the film) as a…

And the Honorees are…

It’s that time of year again. AFI is honoring the most outstanding films and television programs of the year with AFI AWARDS. The non-competitive AFI AWARDS acknowledge the collaborative nature of film and TV production, bringing the community’s creative teams together in a unique celebration of their work. This year’s list includes 10 television programs and, for…

AFI FEST Shorts Present Bold Visions With Brief Runtimes

An annual celebration of world cinema, AFI FEST presented by Audi serves as a showcase for both established auteurs and new voices – with the latter represented nowhere better than in the festival’s various Shorts programs. These capsule narratives capture the diverse perspectives of their respective makers, giving life to tales that span the spectrum…

THE AFI FEST Interview: Director Josephine Decker Talks THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY

Josephine Decker’s film THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY is a poetic piece of psychosexual filmmaking framed against the backdrop of a quiet country farm. Akin (Joe Swanberg) has taken a summer job on Jeremiah’s (Robert Longstreet) farm and develops an attraction to Jeremiah’s daughter, Sarah (Sophie Traub). The budding relationship unveils Jeremiah’s jealousy. But Akin…

THE AFI FEST Interview: Director Chuck Workman On MAGICIAN

Classic cinema fans, take note: Chuck Workman’s latest documentary, MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES, is an in-depth look into the life and career of legendary American filmmaker Orson Welles, the brilliant mind behind such classics as CITIZEN KANE, TOUCH OF EVIL and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS. The film, which screens at AFI…

Filmmakers Talk about the Impact of Giving Back to the Community, the Theme for the White House Student Film Festival

How important is to give back to the community? According to Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac and several other charitable filmmakers, it’s very important and everyone should be involved. The actors and others got together to talk to young filmmakers about the theme of next year’s White House Student Film Festival: “the impact of giving…

From the Archives: Jessica Lange Talks Openly About Acting

Since her film debut in the 1976 remake of KING KONG, two-time Academy Award®-winning actress Jessica Lange has dominated the craft of acting across television, stage and films. These days, she can be seen in the FX series AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW and also in theaters everywhere in the upcoming remake of THE GAMBLER, which had it’s world…

WHIPLASH Director Damien Chazelle Talks about the Creation of the Film

A young, aspiring jazz drummer tries to win over his intense and demanding teacher at all costs. It’s the plot of the critically acclaimed film WHIPLASH, which is also based on writer-director Damien Chazelle’s real-life experiences as a budding musician. At a recent Harold Lloyd Masters Seminar at the AFI Conservatory, Chazelle (seen here with Conservatory Dean…

The AFI FEST Interview: Nick Broomfield Talks TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER

In TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER, filmmaker Nick Broomfield (AILEEN: LIFE AND DEATH OF A SERIAL KILLER, KURT & COURTNEY) takes an in-depth look at the Grim Sleeper, a notorious serial killer who terrorized South Central Los Angeles for over 20 years. With the over 100 young women estimated to be victims of the Grim…

The AFI FEST Interview: Director Gabe Polsky Talks Soviet Hockey In RED ARMY

Gabe Polsky’s documentary RED ARMY plays like a high-stakes sports match, with glory and heartbreak, and more than a few thrilling twists and reversals of fortune. It follows the Soviet Union’s premier hockey team, called the Red Army, through its peak years in the 1980s, when it boasted the formidable five-man lineup known as the…

Rob Reiner and Robert Leighton On The Art of Collaboration

It’s back. TCM PRESENTS: AFI’S MASTER CLASS – THE ART OF COLLABORATION returns with another intimate discussion in which two Hollywood giants talk about the importance (and satisfaction!) of banding together during the movie-making process. The show will air on TCM on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. ET and again for an encore a few hours…
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