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Watch: Ang Lee on 3D as an Art Form

During a recent Harold Lloyd Master Seminar for AFI Conservatory Fellows moderated by Dean Susan Ruskin, Academy Award® winner Ang Lee discussed the making of his latest 3D film GEMINI MAN starring Will Smith and his hopes for the nascent film technology. The master storyteller believes “3D is not visual effects. It’s a language… I…

Susan Ruskin Named Dean of AFI Conservatory

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the appointment of producer and educator Susan Ruskin as Dean of the AFI Conservatory. Ruskin will lead AFI’s world-class, graduate film-training program, working alongside a celebrated faculty to continue the traditions of excellence that have defined the AFI Conservatory since its inception 50 years ago. Ruskin will also…

Congratulations to AFI Alumnus David Lynch on His Honorary Oscar

Visionary director and AFI Conservatory alumnus David Lynch (Class of 1970) will receive an Honorary Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which will be presented at the 11th annual Governors Awards on Sunday, October 27. A four-time nominee for MULHOLLAND DR. (2001), BLUE VELVET (1986) and THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980), this…

Richard Gladstein Named Dean of AFI Conservatory

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the appointment of award-winning producer Richard Gladstein as Dean of the AFI Conservatory. Gladstein’s duties will underscore AFI’s demanding approach to graduate film education — that Fellows “learn by doing,” and collaborate on a minimum of four films in the two-year MFA program.

Four AFI Conservatory Alumni Win Grants for Their Thesis Work

Today at AFI FEST, AFI will present its annual alumni awards to four AFI Conservatory graduates from the Class of 2015 for excellence in their thesis work, honoring the remarkable talents of each promising storyteller while propelling them forward to successful careers in film and TV. Director/producer Rick Rosenthal (AFI Class of 1973) will present…

AFI Conservatory Dean to Step Down at the End of the Academic Year

The American Film Institute today announced that Jan Schuette will depart as Dean of the AFI Conservatory at the end of the academic year.  Schuette, who will have led AFI’s prestigious film school for three years, informed AFI this week that he intends to continue his work in academia and also resume his professional work…

AFI and 20th Century Fox Strike Partnership Aimed at Female Directors

Twentieth Century Fox Film and the American Film Institute have entered a new partnership to help increase the number of female directors working on major studio films. The initiative will provide alumnae of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) — the American Film Institute’s unique female filmmaker training program — the opportunity to…

Watch: Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz at AFI Conservatory 2016 Opening Day

Last week, first and second year AFI Fellows arrived on campus, and got to hear from two of their own alumni — Ed Zwick (AFI Class of 1975) and Marshall Herskovitz (AFI Class of 1975), respectively the director/writer and co-writer of JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK. Two months ahead of its October release, the film…

AFI Conservatory Names 2016 Honorary Degree Recipients

AFI will confer Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon Rita Moreno and Quentin Tarantino. They will be recognized for their contributions to film during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on June 15, 2016, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. One of only a handful of performers to have won all four major entertainment awards, the…

Meet the Next Generation of Film and TV Storytellers

On Tuesday night at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, the AFI Conservatory Showcase presented the extraordinary storytelling talents of the Class of 2015, with screenings of three jury-selected thesis films, and highlights from all 27 projects created by the graduating Fellows. Filmmakers from all the projects including the three jury selections — FATA MORGANA (DIR…

The AFI Interview: UNREAL Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (AFI DWW, Class of 2012) continues to receive acclaim and accolades as co-creator of the Lifetime original series UNREAL, which grew from her AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) short SEQUIN RAZE. AFI spoke with Shapiro about her series’ meteoric success story, and how her AFI DWW experience shaped her…

AFI and Lifetime Team Up to Employ Female Filmmakers

AFI and Lifetime will join forces next year to create and offer production jobs for each graduate of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) throughout the A+E Networks’ portfolio of platforms starting with the Class of 2015. The alliance is part of Lifetime’s Broad Focus initiative to provide women with more opportunities to write, develop,…
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