AFI Catalog Spotlight – American Film Institute

AFI Catalog Spotlight: “Behind the Veil” Research on Short Films and Diversity in Early Hollywood

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are shining a spotlight on the work being done by the AFI Catalog researchers for “Behind the Veil,” AFI’s landmark initiative to study thousands of short films released in the silent and early sound eras and chronicle the groundbreaking work of female and BIPOC pioneers who were working...

BIRTHRIGHT (1924) – AFI Catalog Spotlight

In celebration of Black History Month, the AFI Catalog shines a spotlight on pioneer African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux and his 10th directorial effort, BIRTHRIGHT (1924), which was released 100 years ago last month and was remade by Micheaux in 1938 as a talkie. While the 1924 film is believed to be lost, the surviving...

MEAN STREETS 50TH Anniversary – AFI Catalog Spotlight

This October, the AFI Catalog celebrates the 50th anniversary of MEAN STREETS, which marked the first pairing of AFI Life Achievement Award recipients Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro in a breakthrough film that catapulted both careers and set a precedent for American independent filmmaking. Also featuring Harvey Keitel in one of his early starring...

AMERICAN GRAFFITI – AFI Catalog Spotlight

In honor of back to school this month, AFI shines a spotlight on AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973), which follows a group of teenagers on their last night of summer vacation and celebrates its 50th release anniversary this August. Included on AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 MOVIES list of the greatest American films of all time, and AFI’s 100...
A lobby card for the American silent film SALOMÉ (1923) starring Alla Nazimova

Alla Nazimova – AFI Catalog Spotlight

In celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, the AFI Catalog shines a spotlight on the trailblazing queer actress Alla Nazimova, who would have celebrated her 144th birthday this June 4. Hailed by modern scholars as “the founding mother of Sapphic Hollywood,” Nazimova was known as a brilliant artiste and non-conformist, who performed in over 20 films in her time,...

ENTER THE DRAGON – AFI Catalog Spotlight

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the AFI Catalog shines a spotlight on Bruce Lee’s final and most successful film, ENTER THE DRAGON (1973), which was released 50 years ago this August just one month after Lee’s untimely death at age 32. Made for a slim budget of $850,000, with grosses...

SOYLENT GREEN – AFI Catalog Spotlight

This April marks the 50th release anniversary of the dystopian ecological thriller and cult classic SOYLENT GREEN (1973), which imagined the state of the world in 2022 with overpopulation, global warming and the vast discrepancy between rich and poor. Based in part on the 1966 novel “Make Room! Make Room!” by Harry Harrison, SOYLENT GREEN...
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