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Henry Fonda Talks About His Very First Acting Job: Video

During his long and celebrated career, Henry Fonda racked up a slew of awards, among them an Oscar®, a Tony®, a couple of Golden Globes and, in 1978, the AFI Life Achievement Award. So it’s funny to hear one of the greatest movie stars of all time say that he never wanted to be an actor in…

The AFI DOCS Interview: IN TRANSIT’s Lynn True and Nelson Walker

The documentary IN TRANSIT takes place aboard the Empire Builder, America’s busiest long-distance train route. The film captures a series of intimate vignettes on the train as passengers share their disparate stories as the moving landscape of America shifts behind them on their journey. IN TRANSIT is legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles’ (GREY GARDENS) last film. Maysles died…

Watch Steve Martin at Past AFI Life Achievement Award Tributes

Steve Martin has made many memorable appearances at previous AFI Life Achievement Award Tributes — including those for Tom Hanks and Gene Kelly. Since Martin will receive his own much-deserved award later this week, where he’ll be honored by friends, colleagues and peers, we thought now would be a good a time as any to take…

The AFI DOCS Interview: TYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW’s Susan Lambert and Stefan Moore

In 1994, the world watched as Tyke the circus elephant rampaged through Honolulu, Hawaii after mauling her trainer to death. Yet few who knew the animal’s history — and the inhumane treatment she received in the off-season — were shocked. Performing-animal abuse isn’t new and continues to make big waves. The film TYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW…

Watch the THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF A REVOLUTION Panel Discussion

After a screening of THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION at AFI DOCS on June 20, 2015, the festival, along with sponsor the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), held a panel discussion to talk about the documentary, the Black Panthers organization and race relations. Panelists included the film’s director (and this year’s Charles Guggenheim honoree), Stanley Nelson;…

Here are the AFI DOCS 2015 Audience Award Winners

AFI DOCS has concluded a successful five days in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, Maryland and we’ve just announced this year’s Audience Awards. The Award for Best Feature went to WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? which was directed by Liz Garbus (THE FARM: ANGOLA, USA). Garbus offers access into legendary singer Nina Simone’s most intimate thoughts through…

Watch The 2015 Charles Guggenheim Symposium With Stanley Nelson

AFI DOCS paid tribute to pioneering documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson as its 2015 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree in Washington, DC on June 19, 2015. The Symposium, which included a discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker, took place at the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives. The Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday moderated the…

Celebrating The Life Of Mike Nichols

Genius is a word oft overused in our world, but not in the case of Mike Nichols. His artistry spanned all forms of modern storytelling – movies, television and the stage – and his gifts across five decades will continue to inspire artists and audiences alike in the decades to come. AFI presented him the…

FOXCATCHER Director Bennett Miller Talks About How He Cast The Film

Director Bennett Miller recently stopped by the AFI campus for a Harold Lloyd Master Seminar talk with AFI Conservatory Fellows. During the discussion, moderated by Dean Jan Schuette, Miller was asked how he went about casting the three leads in FOXCATCHER, the true story about Olympic Wrestling Champions and eccentric multimillionaire John E. du Pont. Steve Carell portrays…

From the Archives: The Original Black List?

Since December 2004, the Black List has tallied “the most liked” unproduced Hollywood screenplays of the year as voted for by producers, financiers and other Hollywood insiders. An entertainment industry staple, the List has gone on to boost careers, help get films made and even become a predictor for the Oscars©. Back in 1979, a pre-Black List American…

Celebrate GONE WITH THE WIND’s 75th Birthday With This Video

On December 15, 1939, GONE WITH THE WIND premiered in Atlanta and went on to win eight Academy Awards®. Seventy-five years later, we’re still giving a damn and marveling at this epic feat of filmmaking that was way ahead of its time. In this new exclusive video from the AFI Archives, filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Faye Dunaway,…

The AFI FEST Interview: Director Kanu Behl On His Bollywood Drama TITLI

TITLI is a story about a young man – the film’s title character – living in the slums of Delhi, who seeks freedom from his violent, oppressive older brother and his patriarchic crime family. After thwarting Titli’s plans for escape, his brothers force him to marry. But Titli’s new bride is a strong-willed girl with…
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