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HESTER STREET (1975) – AFI Catalog Spotlight

In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, the AFI Catalog is shining a spotlight on HESTER STREET (1975), Joan Micklin Silver’s directorial debut which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1975 to critical acclaim. The indie picture tells the story of cultural assimilation in New York City’s Jewish enclave of Hester Street at...
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AFI Awarded $350,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Funding To Support Unprecedented Research On Short Films And Diversity In Early Hollywood The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today that AFI has been awarded a $350,000 grant to embark upon a landmark initiative to study thousands of short films released in the silent and early sound eras. Titled Behind the Veil after...
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Charles K. Feldman – AFI Collection

Born this month in 1904, Charles K. Feldman—whose extensive collection of professional and personal papers are housed at the AFI Mayer Library Archive—was known as Hollywood’s first “Super Agent.” Pioneering one-picture deals as an alternative to the traditional long-term studio contracts that kept artists bound to one company, Feldman was the innovator behind the “package...
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC – AFI Catalog Spotlight

On April 1, 1965, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, starring AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp, debuted in theaters, delighting audiences around the world. This month in honor of its release, the AFI Catalog explores the making of the beloved musical, which became one of the highest grossing films of all...

AFI Catalog Spotlight: CABARET Turns 50

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this month, the musical CABARET (1972) defined a generation, infusing various genres of filmmaking with political satire to become a box-office and critical success. Competing against THE GODFATHER at the Academy Awards®, CABARET swept the Oscars® with eight wins including Best Director for Bob Fosse, Best Actress for Liza Minnelli (in...

AFI Catalog Spotlight: Betty White

Paying tribute to Betty White, who would have celebrated her centennial birthday this month, the AFI Catalog takes a look back at her first role in a feature film, THE DARING MISS JONES (1951), and celebrates her vast career in front of and behind the camera as one of America’s most beloved and versatile performers....

AFI Catalog Spotlight: PARTING GLANCES

In honor of World AIDS day, the AFI Catalog spotlights PARTING GLANCES (1986), one of the first American films to cast its gaze on the AIDS crisis. Released 35 years ago this month, PARTING GLANCES was written, edited and directed by first-time filmmaker Bill Sherwood, who tragically died from complications with AIDS before he was...

AFI Catalog Spotlight: SING SING THANKSGIVING

In honor of Thanksgiving, the AFI Catalog spotlights the documentary SING SING THANKSGIVING, which was hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as “the most provocative and moving concert film ever made.” SING SING THANKSGIVING took audiences behind the fortress walls of the notorious Ossining Correctional Facility on Thanksgiving Day in 1972 to share musical performances by...

AFI Catalog Spotlight: HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A.

In honor of Labor Day, AFI celebrates HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A. (1976), Barbara Kopple’s Oscar®-winning documentary that follows a violent miner’s strike in a small Kentucky town, capturing the passion, bravery and hard-fought victories of workers as they attempt to unionize. HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A. was made possible in part by a $10,000 Independent Filmmaker Grant from...

AFI Catalog Spotlight: SOUL TO SOUL

Released 50 years ago this August, SOUL TO SOUL (1971) documents a 14-hour concert event of the same name that took place in Accra, Ghana, to celebrate the country’s 14th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule. On March 6, 1971, a crowd of over 100,000 Africans gathered in the capital city of Ghana to...

AFI Catalog Spotlight: SHAFT

Celebrating its 50th anniversary release this month, SHAFT (1971) tells the story of the eponymous John Shaft, performed by Richard Roundtree in his first major film role. The film – based on a novel by white journalist and screenwriter Ernest Tidyman – introduces Shaft as a suave, two-fisted Black private eye who was hired to...

AFI Catalog Spotlight: William Haines

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, the AFI Catalog spotlights William Haines, the first openly gay American film actor, whose 47-year partnership with Jimmie Shields was once described by their friend, Joan Crawford, as the happiest marriage in Hollywood. Haines began life in Staunton, Virginia, where he was the third child of seven. Running away...
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