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AFI FEST 2014 Award Winners Announced

AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi has announced the features and short films that received this year’s Jury and Audience Awards. “The films in competition have screened at other festivals throughout the year and AFI FEST is the place where they are presented together in the context of showcasing bold, original and audacious auteur work from…

The AFI FEST Interview: Director Mia Hansen-Løve Talks Parisian DJ Epic EDEN

Mia Hansen-Løve’s fourth feature, EDEN, chronicles two decades in the Parisian club scene, starting in the early 1990s. Following aspiring young DJ, Paul (Félix de Givry), from his early gigs at house parties to a life of international travel and then through the waning popularity of garage music in the mid-2000s, the film is filled…

AFI FEST: Director Joel Potrykus Talks American Indie BUZZARD

Joel Potrykus’ second feature, BUZZARD, follows Marty (played by Joshua Burge), a mortgage office temp in Grand Rapids, Michigan with almost no ambition other than to scam his way to the middle, eat frozen pizza and craft a homemade Freddy Krueger glove. When he steals a stack of checks from work, his paranoia begins to…

The AFI FEST Interview: Director Mike Leigh Talks MR. TURNER

In MR. TURNER, British auteur Mike Leigh follows the latter half of the life and career of iconoclastic landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. Played by Timothy Spall in a Cannes Best Actor-winning performance, Turner is at once charming and a repulsive brute of a man, using unusual methods to craft stunning masterpieces while employing considerably less…

The AFI FEST Interview: Director Gabriel Mascaro Talks World Cinema Entry AUGUST WINDS

The only Brazilian selection at AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, Gabriel Mascaro’s AUGUST WINDS encapsulates the spirit of innovation and experimentation that characterizes many of the films in the World Cinema section of this year’s festival. AUGUST WINDS is a lyrical journey, set on an island off the coast of northeastern Brazil, where a…

The AFI FEST Interview: Director Sarah Adina Smith Talks THE MIDNIGHT SWIM

In THE MIDNIGHT SWIM, three half-sisters – Isa (Aleksa Palladino), Annie (Jennifer Lafleur) and June (Lindsay Burdge) – return to their childhood waterfront home to handle their mother’s affairs after she disappears in the mysterious Spirit Lake. June, the youngest, obsessively films the reunion in an attempt to deal with past psychological issues that threaten…

Meet the New Director of AFI DOCS

AFI DOCS, AFI’s annual documentary festival in Washington, DC, is excited to announce a new Director: filmmaker and Executive Director of the International Documentary Association (IDA), Michael Lumpkin. We’re happy to welcome Michael to the AFI family. He’s a filmmaker with nearly three decades of experience in the film community and not only brings a…

The AFI Interview: WHIPLASH Director Damien Chazelle

Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH is currently drumming up excitement among audiences nationwide, but its road to the big screen was not an easy one – requiring of its director a dedication that mirrors that of his protagonist, a young musician determined to be one of the jazz greats. In 2012, the screenplay was featured on the…

The AFI FEST Interview: Co-Director Wash Westmoreland Talks STILL ALICE

One of the many powerful films screening at AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi is STILL ALICE, a drama co-directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer. The film, based on the novel by Lisa Genova, stars Julianne Moore as prominent linguistics professor Alice Howland, whose life takes a devastating, unexpected turn when she’s diagnosed with…

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…
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