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The AFI FEST Interview: ANOMALISA Directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson

Visionaries Charlie Kaufman (SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK) and Duke Johnson (COMMUNITY) have come together to create the unique and wonderfully idiosyncratic ANOMALISA, a stop-motion film centering on a customer service guru’s bizarre night in a Cincinnati hotel while on a book tour. AFI spoke with Kaufman and Johnson, an AFI Conservatory alum, about the film. AFI:…

Here are the Rest of the AFI FEST 2015 Films

The American Film Institute announced today the films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, Shorts and Cinema’s Legacy programs at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi. AFI FEST will take place November 5–12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and events will be held at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre,…

AFI Conservatory Alumni at AFI FEST 2015

The main portion of AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi boasts 18 films from 39 AFI Conservatory Alumni. They are: THE 33, writer Michael Thomas (AFI Class of 1978), and assistant art director Haisu Wang (AFI Class of 2014) 45 YEARS, editor Jonathan Alberts (AFI Class of 2001) ANOMALISA, director/producer Duke Johnson (AFI Class of 2006),…

Two More Galas and Seven Special Screenings Added to AFI FEST 2015

Two more Centerpiece Galas will screen at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi. WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, directed by Michael Moore, will screen on Saturday, November 7 at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian. THE 33, directed by Patricia Riggen and starring Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips,…

Here are the AFI FEST 2015 American Independents and New Auteurs Films

You know the Opening and Closing Night films for AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi as well as one of the Centerpiece Galas. Now, three weeks before the festival is set to launch in Hollywood, we’re announcing 20 more films in the lineup: those in the New Auteurs and American Independents sections. The American Independents section represents the…

Composer John Williams to Receive the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award

For the first time in AFI history, America’s highest honor for a career in film will be bestowed upon a composer. John Williams will receive the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. “John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, AFI Board of Trustees. “Note by note, through…

CONCUSSION To Have Its World Premiere At AFI FEST 2015

Another announced AFI FEST presented by Audi film, another world premiere. Sony Pictures’ CONCUSSION — starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Will Smith, written and directed by Peter Landesman, and produced by Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman and Elizabeth Cantillon — will make its global debut and also be a Centerpiece Gala of AFI…

Commemorating AFI’s Opening Scene

“We will create an American Film Institute, bringing together leading artists of the film industry, outstanding educators and young men and women who wish to pursue the 20th Century art form as their life’s work.” — President Lyndon B. Johnson On September 29, 1965, President Johnson signed into law the promise that is the American Film Institute today….

World Premiere of THE BIG SHORT To Close AFI FEST 2015

AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi is bringing another world premiere to this year’s festival…and it’s a “big” one. The Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises film THE BIG SHORT will be the Closing Night film of AFI FEST on Thursday, November 12 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Directed by Adam McKay with a screenplay by…

AFI Alums Win at the Emmys and the Toronto Film Festival

Congratulations to AFI graduates who won prizes today at the 67th Emmy® Awards and the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. THE VOICE was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program, a trophy that went to producer Lee Metzger (AFI Class of 2000). VEEP’s Allison Jones (AFI Class of 1981) won for Outstanding Casting for…

AFI Conservatory Continues Winning Streak With Alum Duke Johnson’s Grand Jury Prize Win at Venice Film Festival

AFI Conservatory alumnus Duke Johnson’s (AFI Class of 2006) ANOMALISA won the Grand Jury Prize at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival this weekend. ANOMALISA was directed/produced by Johnson and Charlie Kaufman (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND). Shot by Cinematographer Joe Passarelli (AFI Class of 2006), the film included several other…

AFI Conservatory Sweeps The 2015 Student Academy Awards Narrative Category

AFI Conservatory alumni won all three spots in the Narrative category of the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition with thesis films created during their time at AFI.The sweep is unprecedented. AFI has the most wins of any film school this year. The winning films by graduates of the Class of 2014 are: DAY ONE, STEALTH…
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