AFI Members – American Film Institute

Member Spotlight: John King

An AFI member since 2001, John King is a longtime supporter of the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD, as well as the AFI DOCS film festival, which just successfully wrapped its 19th edition. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Silver Theatre, King is…

AFI Member Spotlight: Barbara Provus

This month, we spoke with Two-Star member Barbara Provus, who spent her career as an executive recruiter for Fortune 500 Companies before retiring and has been an active member of AFI since 2008. Barbara’s favorite film is Alfred Hitchcock’s NOTORIOUS, and she and her family have the “AFI movie gene” with her sister even establishing…

Member Spotlight With Jay Elvove

This month’s member spotlight is Jay Elvove, who has been a fan of AFI ever since he moved to the Washington, DC, area in the early 1970s. AFI had already opened a theater in the Kennedy Center that screened a wide range of older American and foreign films that were otherwise difficult to see at…

AFI Member Spotlight: Pete Costello

This month, the American Film Institute is highlighting Five-Star AFI member Pete Costello, who’s been a member since 2013 and has supported AFI through the Costello Educational Foundation. Costello lives in Orlando and has worked in the Transportation sector for over 20 years. AFI spoke with Pete about how he became invested in AFI’s mission,…

How Attending AFI FEST Inspired Spencer Douglas to Become an AFI Member

This month’s member spotlight is Spencer Douglas from Los Angeles! When Spencer moved to LA, he discovered AFI FEST presented by Audi, a world-class festival that opened his eyes to the best in contemporary and classic filmmaking from across the globe. After attending his very first FEST in 2009, he decided to become an AFI…

CARES Act Increases Deductions for Charitable Contributions

As a non-profit, AFI relies on the support of movie fans – like you – who believe in our mission to empower storytellers and inspire audiences. The movies have never been more important to us as a source of inspiration and entertainment than in this time of uncertainty. We are deeply appreciative of your commitment…

AFI Member Spotlight: Paris Barclay

Paris Barclay is one of television’s most prolific directors. His credits include episodes of NYPD BLUE, ER, THE WEST WING, LOST, THE GOOD WIFE, CSI, SONS OF ANARCHY, HOUSE, GLEE, IN TREATMENT, SCANDAL, EMPIRE and PITCH. Throughout his career, he has garnered two Emmy® awards, ten DGA nominations, three NAACP Image awards, four Peabody Awards…

AFI Member Spotlight: Elika Portnoy on Producing and Premiering NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS at Sundance

Producer and AFI National Council member Elika Portnoy’s critically acclaimed new film NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS follows a teenage girl and her best friend’s perilous journey from their native Pennsylvania to New York City to obtain an abortion. Directed by indie auteur Eliza Hittman, the film recently premiered at Sundance and is set to be…

Stand With AFI and Your Donation Will Be Matched

As we head into 2020, there has never been a more critical time to support storytelling that strengthens the cultural fabric of our communities. By being a part of the AFI community, you have already declared that you believe in the revolutionary power of visual storytelling to share perspective, inspire empathy and drive culture forward….
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