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AFI Movie Club: CHICAGO

CHICAGO was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2002 and appears on two of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 SONGS and AFI’s 100 YEARS OF MUSICALS!    Movie Trivia about CHICAGO –DID YOU KNOW the film is based on the 1926 play “Chicago” written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, which was inspired by two…

Lawrence Herbert On His $3 Million Dollar Gift to AFI Conservatory

“At this time in history, it is my honor to create a place at AFI that will drive the future of this global connection between all of us who love a story well-told.” -Lawrence Herbert AFI recently announced a $3 million gift from AFI Trustee Emeritus Lawrence Herbert, which will establish the Lawrence Herbert Alumni…

Watch: AFI Alums Hanelle Culpepper and Tessa Blake Talk About Directing Episodic Television

AFI alums Hanelle Culpepper (DWW Class of 2002) and Tessa Blake (DWW Class of 2014) talk with Refinery 29’s movie critic Anne Cohen about working in Hollywood as episodic directors and how Hollywood can reset itself in terms of inclusion. Both directors were on set when the industry shut down: Culpepper was in Vancouver working…

AFI Announces Winners of 2020 Writers’ Room Ready Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Writers’ Room Ready Awards: Haley Bartels, Christina Kingsleigh Licud, Kenda Greenwood Moran and Alessandro Pederzoli! The award recognizes outstanding work by AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Fellows, and the winners will be paired with mentors, giving them an opportunity to work directly with established artists. 75% of the past winners…

Watch: Kevin Bacon On Directing and Acting

AFI Conservatory Fellows were only one-degree away from Kevin Bacon last week. In AFI’s weekly HLMS seminar – hosted online, of course – the accomplished actor and director spoke with current Fellows about growing as an artist and his working relationship with different directors, including AFI alum Andrea Arnold (Class of 1991) and AFI Life…

AFI Announces $3 Million Gift From AFI Trustee Emeritus Lawrence Herbert

AFI announced today that it has received a $3 million gift from AFI Trustee Emeritus Lawrence Herbert, which will establish the Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center on the AFI Campus located in Los Angeles, CA, as well as a digital portal, AFI Backlot, to magnify the center’s global reach to AFI alumni. Herbert joined the AFI…

AFI Movie Club: WONDER WOMAN

WONDER WOMAN was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2017 – recognizing it as one of the 10 most outstanding films of the year. And it was directed by an alum of the AFI Conservatory – Patty Jenkins!    Movie Trivia about WONDER WOMAN –DID YOU KNOW that Wonder Woman made her first comic book appearance in 1941? –DID YOU KNOW…

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and Frederick Elmes on Filming HUNTERS and Advice for Aspiring Filmmakers

Growing up on the Texas/Mexico border in the ‘80s, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s (AFI Class of 1995) first introduction to the work of legendary cinematographer Frederick Elmes (AFI Class of 1972) was a worn-out VHS tape of BLUE VELVET. Describing Elmes’ filmmaking as “hypnotic,” Gomez-Rejon continued his initiation with other films shot by Elmes – ERASERHEAD,…

Dean Susan Ruskin Q&A: How the AFI Conservatory is Adapting to COVID-19

As we continue to evolve to meet this unprecedented moment prompted by the COVID-19 crisis, AFI turned to Dean Susan Ruskin to discuss how the AFI Conservatory has transitioned to online learning over the past several weeks and how Fellows, faculty and staff are adjusting. We spoke with her about the state of the industry,…

Member Spotlight: AFI National Council Members and Founders of Last Rodeo Studios

Three AFI National Council members – Steve Stodghill, David Kiger and Philip Erdoes – also happen to be the founders of the production company Last Rodeo Studios. Their latest film SCARE ME had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by AMC Networks’ genre streaming service Shudder. Their collective credits…

Industry and Community Resources for AFI Alumni and Fellows

With the impact of the coronavirus slowing our community to a standstill, AFI is committed to helping AFI Conservatory alumni and Fellows during this challenging time. Below are community resources for different sectors of the industry and links to grants and relief funds, as well as health and mental health resources. AFI Fellows, please email…

AFI Alum Films to Screen at Tribeca 2020

Congratulations to the AFI alumni who will be screening their films at the Tribeca Film Festival! The festival will take place in New York City from April 15-26. Here are the 22 alumni and their 14 projects that will inspire east coast audiences:   ASIA Daniella Nowitz (AFI Class of 2014), Cinematographer   BLOOD AND…
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