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Do You Have the AFI DOCS App?

Yes, our new mobile app is available to download right now. With the free app, you can plan your festival experience and use it as a useful tool on the ground when AFI DOCS launches on June 17. Here are just a few of the many things you’ll be able to do with ease right on…

The AFI DOCS Interview: ALTHEA’s Rex Miller

In Rex Miller’s AFI DOCS 2015 documentary ALTHEA, the filmmaker delves into the fascinating life of Althea Gibson, the first African-American athlete to cross the racial barriers of an elite sport defined by its tradition of white clothes and white people. We spoke to Miller about Gibson, one of the greatest tennis players who ever…

Here’s Why ‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Decided to Set the Show in Albuquerque

How much of a different show would BREAKING BAD have been if it has taken place in Southern California instead of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the city in which we would eventually watch the lives of its many tortured characters play out? Apparently, the setting made all the difference. During a visit to the AFI Campus this month to talk about the…

Documentary Filmmaker Stanley Nelson to be 2015 AFI DOCS Guggenheim Symposium Honoree

AFI is proud to announce that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to pioneering documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson as its 2015 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. The Symposium, which will include a discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker, will take place during the Washington, DC-area festival on June 19, 2015.  The Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday will moderate….

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;…
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