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Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and Frederick Elmes on Filming Hunters and What They Learned at AFI

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,…

AFI Movie Club: BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the infamous outlaws, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID appears on AFI’s original and 10th anniversary lists of the greatest American films – and the dynamic duo of Butch and Sundance were co-ranked #20 among AFI’s greatest screen heroes! Watch Brad Pitt announce the film:    Movie Trivia…

AFI Movie Club: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is a beloved film that appears on five of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – and Gregory Peck’s iconic character, Atticus Finch, was named the greatest screen hero of all time by the American Film Institute. Gregory Peck himself was ranked #12 on AFI’s list of the greatest screen legends…

AFI Movie Club: SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

Disney’s SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS appears at #49 on AFI’s original Top 100 movies list and was ranked even higher for the 10th anniversary edition – at #34! And Snow White’s wistful ballad “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” performed by Adriana Caselotti, landed at #19 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of all time, while the wicked queen,…

AFI Movie Club: DR. STRANGELOVE

STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB appears on several of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – including #3 on the AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 LAUGHS! Watch Robert De Niro announce the film:   Movie Trivia about DR. STRANGELOVE: –DID YOU KNOW Peter Sellers was originally signed on to play…

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…

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…

Five Questions with AFI Member Shelley Cranley

Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you live and what do you do? Shelley: I grew up in Nevada, primarily Tonopah, Silver Peak, and Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world! I had a wonderful childhood spent exploring and walking the hills and staking out mining claims with my father, and taking in…

The CARES Act and What It Means for AFI Alumni 

On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security “CARES” Act was signed into legislation in order to offset the economic hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Below are a few key provisions that we hope will be beneficial to AFI Alumni: A Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that will last through December 31,…

AFI Movie Club: SOME LIKE IT HOT

SOME LIKE IT HOT features two AFI Life Achievement Award recipients – director Billy Wilder and star Jack Lemmon! SOME LIKE IT HOT also appears on four of AFI’s lists of the greatest America films – most notably ranked #1 on the AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 LAUGHS, which chronicles the funniest films ever to grace the…

AFI Movie Club: MOULIN ROUGE!

“This story is about love.” Nominated for eight Oscars®, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Nicole Kidman, and an AFI AWARDS Movie of the Year honoree, MOULIN ROUGE! is a dazzling extravaganza – a kaleidoscope of melodrama, soap opera and opera – that reinvented the American musical genre. Tell us which musical performance is your…
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