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The AFI FEST Interview: FELT Director Jason Banker

Jason Banker, the director and co-writer of the film FELT, uses the real-life experiences and artwork of co-writer and actress Amy Everson to craft a feminist tale that blurs the line between narrative and documentary. FELT, an Official Selection at AFI FEST 2014, is now in theaters. We talked to Banker about the film. We…

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton Discuss BIRDMAN, Acting and More: Video

Last year’s AFI FEST presented by Audi featured over 100 film screenings, a Tribute to a living legend and several Conversations that led to, well, great conversation about movies. One of those discussions included BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton who spoke candidly about the craft of acting, the evolution of their respective careers and…

AFI Thesis Films Win Five College Television Awards

Graduates from the AFI Conservatory’s Class of 2014 are already winning awards. AFI’s most recent alumni won five out of 16 awards — more than any other film school — at this year’s prestigious 36th College Television Awards, hosted by the Television Academy. Winners of these awards, which mirror the Emmy Awards®, were selected by active…

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…
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