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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…

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…
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