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AFI Movie Club: DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

Justin Simien’s witty and irreverent comedy DEAR WHITE PEOPLE stars Tyler James Williams and Tessa Thompson and premiered to acclaim at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. AFI alum Mel Jones (Class of 2010) was an associate producer on the film. Click Here to Find Out How to Watch DEAR WHITE PEOPLE Now DEAR WHITE PEOPLE…

AFI Movie Club: RAY

RAY was written by James L. White and became the first African American biopic ever nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards®. White got his start in the industry when AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Sidney Poitier hired him to pen the screenplay for the thriller RED MONEY. Click Here to Find Out How…

AFI Movie Club: BABEL

BABEL, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s masterful global-ensemble drama, was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2006, recognizing it as one of the 10 outstanding films deemed culturally and artistically significant. Click Here to Find Out How to Watch BABEL Now BABEL – Reelgood Watch this exclusive AFI Archive video: Movie Trivia About BABEL DID YOU KNOW? BABEL…

AFI Movie Club: MULAN

MULAN is an animated tale of a spirited, young woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in the army in her father’s place. The film began in development when AFI Honorary Degree recipient Jeffrey Katzenberg was Chairman of Walt Disney Studios and was released to critical and commercial acclaim. Click Here to Find Out…

AFI Movie Club: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is ranked by AFI as one of the funniest in cinematic history. Directed by AFI Life Achievement recipient Mel Brooks, this iconic comedy features an unforgettable sequence in which Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle perform the duet “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” which AFI ranked as #89 on the list of greatest movie songs…

AFI and AGBO Announce 2020 Grant Recipient Marina Kato

AFI and Russo Brothers’ AGBO announced today this year’s recipient of the AGBO/AFI Conservatory Development Grant: AFI Conservatory alumna Marina Kato! “Through its grants and mentorship, AGBO leads the way in supporting and championing diverse voices, an integral step in increasing inclusivity in the industry,” said Susan Ruskin, Dean of the AFI Conservatory and EVP…

AFI Movie Club: DANCE, GIRL, DANCE

Directed by Dorothy Arzner and edited by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Robert Wise, DANCE, GIRL, DANCE features star-making turns from Maureen O’Hara and Lucille Ball as two hoofers whose fates are intertwined as professional dancers. Click Here to Find Out How to Watch DANCE, GIRL, DANCE Now DANCE, GIRL, DANCE – Reelgood In the…

AFI Movie Club: THE ODD COUPLE

THE ODD COUPLE features the talent of AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Jack Lemmon and ranks #17 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list of the funniest American movies of all time. Click Here to Find Out How to Watch THE ODD COUPLE Now THE ODD COUPLE – Reelgood Watch Nathan Lane announce the THE ODD…

AFI Movie Club: SUNSET BLVD.

SUNSET BLVD. is celebrating its 70th anniversary this month! The quintessential LA film noir is ranked #16 on AFI’s list of the 100 greatest movies of all time. AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Billy Wilder directed the movie, and Gloria Swanson’s iconic lines “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up” and “I am…

Watch: Gina Prince-Bythewood on Directing

Following the successful premiere of her new film THE OLD GUARD on Netflix, Gina Prince-Bythewood joined a Harold Lloyd Master Seminar to share her journey as a trailblazing director in the industry. Watch Prince-Bythewood talk about her breakthrough film LOVE & BASKETBALL, which was recently featured as an AFI Movie Club pick, and speak about…

AFI Movie Club: THE GRAPES OF WRATH

THE GRAPES OF WRATH was selected for both AFI’s original and 10th anniversary lists of the greatest American films of all time. Henry Fonda’s character Tom Joad is ranked #12 among AFI’s greatest screen heroes, and the film is ranked #7 as one of the most inspiring films ever. Director John Ford was awarded the…

In Memoriam: Thomas P. Pollock

THOMAS P. POLLOCK AFI CHAIR EMERITUS 1943 – 2020 Tom Pollock passed away on August 1 at the age of 77. Tom would boast that his first job was at the American Film Institute serving as assistant to Founding Director George Stevens, Jr. in the earliest days of the AFI Conservatory. He went on to…
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