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AFI Movie Club: 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA stars Kirk Douglas – recipient of the 19th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film.  Movie Trivia about 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA -DID YOU KNOW the film was originally conceived as an animated feature? It would become Walt Disney’s first American-made live-action feature.  -DID YOU KNOW the...

AFI Movie Club: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT appears on four of AFI’s lists of the greatest America films – including #8 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs, which chronicles the funniest films ever to grace the silver screen.  Movie Trivia about IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT –DID YOU KNOW the film is the first of only three films to ever win…

Member Spotlight: AFI National Council Member and Documentary Filmmaker James Costa

With AFI DOCS 2020 just weeks away, we spoke with AFI National Council member and documentary filmmaker James Costa about which documentaries inspire him and the power of documentary storytelling to serve as a catalyst for social change. Costa has several high profile documentaries soon to be released, including the Sundance award-winning WELCOME TO CHECHNYA…

AFI Movie Club: TITANIC

TITANIC was named by AFI as one of the greatest American films – as well as one of the most enduring love stories and heart-pounding cinematic thrills. “My Heart Will Go On” is ranked at #14 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs list, and Jack’s triumphant declaration – “I’m the King of the World!” – appears on…

AFI Movie Club: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN danced its way onto a number of AFI’s lists of the greatest films of all time – and was named the #1 movie musical in cinematic history! AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Gene Kelly helped make SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN the classic it is still today by not only singing and dancing but also…

AFI Movie Club: THE THIRD MAN

THE THIRD MAN appears at #57 on AFI’s original list of the greatest American films – and subsequently at #75 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills list. The character of Harry Lime – played by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Orson Welles – shows up at #37 on AFI’s list of the greatest screen villains.  Watch Kenneth Branagh…

AFI Movie Club: WHAT A WAY TO GO!

WHAT A WAY TO GO! stars the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award recipient, Shirley MacLaine, and also features Gene Kelly who received the 13th AFI Life Achievement! Watch Demi Moore announce the film:   Movie Trivia about WHAT A WAY TO GO! –DID YOU KNOW publicist-turned-producer Arthur P. Jacobs initially acquired Gwen Davis’ story “I Love Louisa” – the…

AFI Movie Club: SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE was included on AFI’s lists of both cinema’s great love stories and its great romantic comedies – and it also stars AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Tom Hanks!  Watch Lena Dunham announce the film:     Movie Trivia about SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE –DID YOU KNOW Nora Ephron was initially interested in SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE as…

Congratulations to the AFI Alumni Projects Nominated for the 2019 Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors recently announced the 2019 nominees that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released across broadcast and digital media. AFI alumni projects nominated for the prestigious award include:   SUCCESSION Miguel Arteta (AFI Class of 1990), Director   UNBELIEVABLE Michael Dinner (AFI Class of 1979), Director Susannah Grant (AFI Class of…

Interviewing the Award-Winning Filmmakers Behind SINGLE

Produced through AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, SINGLE is the brainchild of writer/director Ashley Eakin (DWW, Class of 2020). The sharp comedy follows a young woman (Delaney Feener) with a physical disability confronting unconscious biases – both others’ and her own – when she is set up on a blind date. Originally set to premiere…

5 Questions with AFI Member Margie Selke

Growing up with a mother who loved to dance and a father who was like a modern Lumiere brother making short films, Margie Selkie was hooked on the performing arts by age 11, writing, acting and directing in her own “productions” in the family’s garage – and her passion for drama has never waned. Margie…

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,…
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