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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…

The New American Film™ Is Here

You might have noticed that things look a little different around here. Because, well, they are. Welcome to the new and improved American Film™. This new format isn’t a remake, spin-off or even a sequel. Think of it as a reboot. First, the things that won’t change: We’ll continue to post quality content about movies…

The AFI Interview: WILD Director Jean-Marc Vallée

Over the course of the last 20 years, Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée has helmed over a dozen acclaimed films – both features and shorts. Last year, he directed two actors (Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto) to Academy Award-winning performances in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. His newest film is WILD which is based on the powerful true story of…

Richard Donner Reveals The Movie Magic In SUPERMAN

Richard Donner’s SUPERMAN (1978) — the movie that first legitimized the superhero genre for mainstream audiences and foreshadowed the contemporary age of the comic book blockbuster — took its subject seriously and made audiences believe that a man could fly – no small leap, given the effects of the period. It was a cinematic flight…

Sophia Loren: By The Numbers

We’re very excited about this month’s special Tribute to Sophia Loren at AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi. We’ll celebrate the life and career of the movie icon, one of the greatest screen legends of all time. Just ahead of the Tribute, we’ve put together this brief visual overview of the life and career of the multi-talented actress. Enjoy.
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