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AFI Movie Club: WITHIN OUR GATES

Born in 1884, Oscar Micheaux was the son of former slaves, and one of 11 siblings who attended segregated schools in Illinois. He began his career by writing novels about homesteading as a Black man. His first feature, THE HOMESTEADER (1919), is now believed lost but his film, WITHIN OUR GATES, released the following year, is considered to be the oldest surviving feature film...

AFI MOVIE CLUB: STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

For his iconic appearance as an inscrutable avatar of evil in this first sequel expanding that “galaxy far, far away,” Darth Vader appeared at #3 on AFI’s ranking of the greatest villains of all-time. STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK features no fewer than three AFI Life Achievement Award honorees – executive producer (and STAR WARS creator) George Lucas, star Harrison Ford and composer John...

AFI Announces Newly Formed AFI Alumni Council

AFI announced today the newly formed AFI Alumni Council, an advisory group of AFI Alumni that will guide career development and community engagement for AFI Alumni and provide leadership to galvanize AFI filmmakers across the industry to work together to affect change. The establishment of the Alumni Council is yet another step in improving the…

AFI Alum Constanza Castro Partners With Lena Waithe and Indeed to Launch Rising Voices Initiative

Photo by Tori Time Following her graduation from the AFI Producing Program, Constanza Castro (AFI Class of 2015) founded the production company 271 Films with her sister Domenica and has been at the forefront of creating innovative content including award-winning videos, short films, and commercials. Their eclectic work has been featured on sites such as...

“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Alumni Available to Watch Online in May 2021

Looking for a new film or TV series to watch online? Support AFI alumni by checking out our Now Playing section, which we update regularly each month. Whether it’s a theatrical release now premiering on VOD or a scheduled digital launch, we want to get the word out.   New Projects for May 2021 THE…

AFI Movie Club: CORALINE

With the magical and macabre stop-motion film CORALINE, writer/director Henry Selick brought Neil Gaiman’s enchanting novella to life, featuring the vocal talents of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane and British comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. The film was honored with an AFI AWARD as one of AFI's top 10 films of 2009. Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to...

AFI Movie Club: SPY

SPY stars Melissa McCarthy as unconventional CIA agent Susan Cooper. Co-starring Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham and Miranda Hart, this raucous comedy also features the work of casting director Allison Jones (AFI Class of 1981) and production designer Kelly Berry (AFI Class of 1994).  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream SPY SPY - Reelgood GET...

AFI Movie Club: BRINGING UP BABY

A madcap story of a boy, a girl and a leopard, BRINGING UP BABY features Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant – both ranked by AFI among the greatest screen legends of all time. The film is also on AFI’s lists of the greatest American films and the greatest filmed comedies and love stories of all time.  Close Close Close Close HOW TO...

AFI Movie Club: SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS

Written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS features the talent of AFI Honorary Degree recipient Rita Moreno – and also marks the breakout performance of Natasha Lyonne, who co-stars alongside Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei and Carl Reiner. The film was shot by cinematographer Tom Richmond, a graduate of the AFI Conservatory. Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to...

AFI Movie Club: BLUE VELVET

Appearing on the American Film Institute’s lists of cinema’s greatest thrills and greatest villains, the strange and nightmarish narrative of BLUE VELVET was brought to the screen by writer/director David Lynch and cinematographer Frederick Elmes – both alumni of the AFI Conservatory. Close Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream BLUE VELVET...

“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Alumni Available to Watch Online in April 2021

New Projects for April 2021   FOUR GOOD DAYS -Jon Avnet (AFI Class of 1972), Producer -Rodrigo García (AFI Class of 1986), Director/Writer/Producer -Ryan Kirby (AFI Class of 2012), UPM -Luke Little (AFI Class of 2003), Chief Lighting Technician -Sage Scroope (AFI Class of 2010), Executive Producer -Official Trailer -Where to watch: The film will…

ARRAY Crew Q&A with Executive Assistant & AFI Alum Jordan Tyner

  This month, AFI spoke with ARRAY Executive Assistant and AFI alum Jordan Tyner (AFI Class of 2020) about ARRAY Crew, a new database for diverse below-the-line workers that hopes to expand opportunities within the film and television industry.   AFI: What inspired ARRAY Crew? Jordan Tyner: ARRAY Crew was inspired by the lack of…
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