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Catching up with WALK WITH ME Filmmaker Heidi Levitt

Throughout her career, AFI Faculty and alum Heidi Levitt (AFI Class of 1987) has focused on the perfect elements to tell a story – collaborating as a Casting Director with filmmakers as varied as Haifaa Al-Mansour, Rodrigo García (AFI Class of 1986), Sally Potter, Oliver Stone and Wayne Wang. Her latest project – a feature…
Pose Film Still - Michaela Jaé (MJ) Rodriguez

AFI Movie Club: POSE

POSE was created by Ryan Murphy, Steven Canals and AFI Conservatory alum Brad Falchuk and was recognized by AFI AWARDS as one of the year’s most outstanding television programs for two years running. The official rationale for its inaugural acknowledgement said that, “POSE is a heart filled with love – and with each beat –...

A.J. Devlin on his New Novel ROLLING THUNDER and What he Learned at the AFI Conservatory

Inspired by detective novelists such as Michael Connelly, Robert Crais and Carl Hiaasen, writer A.J. Devlin (AFI Class of 2004) published his first novel COBRA CLUTCH in 2018, which won the Arthur Ellis Award for best debut. Devlin combined his passion for crime fiction with his family’s love of sports – his dad is a…

AFI Alum Deniese Davis Discusses Producing and the Inaugural AFI Alumni Council

After graduating from the AFI Conservatory, Deniese Davis (AFI Class of 2012) launched her career producing music videos, short films and digital content, including Issa Rae’s award-winning web series THE MIS-ADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL. In 2014, she teamed up with Rae to form ColorCreative, a management company which provides access and opportunities for diverse…

“Now Playing”: Projects by AFI Alumni Available to Watch Online in June 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 June 2021 BLINDSPOTTING…
Shiva Baby Film Still - Rachel Sennott

AFI Movie Club: SHIVA BABY

The debut feature from director Emma Seligman, SHIVA BABY explores issues of identity, sexuality and anxiety during the Jewish tradition of sitting shiva. AFI Conservatory alum Rhianon Jones (AFI Class of 2007) was an executive producer on the film, and Seligman has visited the Conservatory to share her experiences as part of the Harold Lloyd Master Seminar series.  Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH...
Schindler's List Film Still

AFI Movie Club: SCHINDLER’S LIST

The haunting, harrowing story of SCHINDLER’S LIST was brought to the screen by two AFI Life Achievement Award honorees – director Steven Spielberg and his frequent collaborator John Williams who composed the film’s score. An important record of a time that we must never forget, the film has been recognized by the American Film Institute across four of its lists of the greatest cinematic...
Wordplay Film Still

AFI Movie Club: WORDPLAY

Examining the universal – and frequently communal – appeal of The New York Times crossword puzzle, WORDPLAY is the feature documentary debut of filmmakers Patrick Creadon (AFI Class of 1993) and Christine O’Malley. Creadon is a graduate of the AFI Conservatory, having earned an MFA in cinematography, and O’Malley was the Director of AFI DOCS in 2014.  Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream WORDPLAY WORDPLAY - Reelgood GET THE...
Within Our Gates Film Still - Charles D. Lucas and Evelyn Preer

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...
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Film Still

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...
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