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The AFI AWARDS 2015 March of Time Video Is Here

The annual AFI AWARDS luncheon opens with the Institute’s signature March of Time montage. This unique chronicle of the evolution of the moving image weaves the year’s most outstanding films and television into the history of the medium, from 1895 to present day. Here’s this year’s March of Time video:

Remembering Legendary Cinematographers Haskell Wexler and Vilmos Zsigmond

Two of cinema’s greatest legends died recently: cinematographers Haskell Wexler (93) and Vilmos Zsigmond (85). Both Oscar®-winning iconoclasts of the medium, their worked spanned decades since the 1960s, lensing groundbreaking New Hollywood classics, many of which are featured on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies lists. A master of black-and-white and color, Wexler’s filmography includes WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA…

Here Are the AFI AWARDS 2015 Official Selections

It’s once again time for AFI AWARDS, an annual celebration of outstanding achievements in the moving image arts that recognizes the year’s most culturally and artistically significant works of both film and television. And what a stellar year it has been. AFI AWARDS aren’t like other accolades about the art form — they acknowledge the importance of…

From the Archives: George Lucas Tells the STAR WARS Origin Story

With STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hitting theaters this week, we dug up a vintage American Film™ magazine interview with George Lucas published just before the release of the first STAR WARS film in 1977. Long before the space opera franchise would land in the hands of director J.J. Abrams, Lucas started developing STAR WARS in the early 1970s, even…

The AFI Interview: UNREAL Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (AFI DWW, Class of 2012) continues to receive acclaim and accolades as co-creator of the Lifetime original series UNREAL, which grew from her AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) short SEQUIN RAZE. AFI spoke with Shapiro about her series’ meteoric success story, and how her AFI DWW experience shaped her…

AFI and Lifetime Team Up to Employ Female Filmmakers

AFI and Lifetime will join forces next year to create and offer production jobs for each graduate of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) throughout the A+E Networks’ portfolio of platforms starting with the Class of 2015. The alliance is part of Lifetime’s Broad Focus initiative to provide women with more opportunities to write, develop,…

Ridley Scott Reveals the Opening to the BLADE RUNNER Sequel

Ridley Scott appeared at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi to not only talk about his many notable past projects and his current film – THE MARTIAN –but also about his upcoming sequel to BLADE RUNNER, in which Harrison Ford is set to return as Rick Deckard and will also star Ryan Gosling. Read the transcription of his very special…

POSSIBILIA: Encouraging the Audience to Interact with the Story

One of the interactive films featured in the State of the Art technology showcase, POSSIBILIA, is directed by the Grammy®-nominated filmmaking duo The Daniels (TURN DOWN FOR WHAT, 2014). The film’s interactive storytelling transforms viewers into active participants in the contentious relationship of two young lovers named Paulina and Rick. Playing in the Cinema Lounge…

The AFI FEST Interview: 45 YEARS Director Andrew Haigh

45 YEARS, British director Andrew Haigh’s follow-up to his acclaimed gay relationship drama WEEKEND (2012), is a deceptively low-key film that packs a powerful emotional punch. UK screen icons — and AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi Tribute recipients — Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star as Kate and Geoff Mercer, a couple one week away…

Meet the 11 New Auteurs of AFI FEST

New Auteurs is the juried competition section of AFI FEST.  The films, all made by first- or second-time filmmakers, represent some of the best of world cinema from new voices we’re excited to hear more from in the future. We spoke with each of these 11 filmmakers about their films, and what they hope AFI FEST…

The AFI FEST Interview: THE 33 Director Patricia Riggen

In AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi Centerpiece Gala THE 33, Mexican-born director Patricia Riggen tells the true-life story of the 2010 Chilean mine disaster in which a 100-year-old copper and gold mine collapse left 33 miners trapped deep underground for 69 days. As their families watched helplessly and rescuers drill through 2,300 feet of…

Join a Conversation with Director Scott Cooper and Johnny Depp at AFI FEST

AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi has added a new event to the festival – A Conversation with Director Scott Cooper and Johnny Depp. The two will discuss their recent collaboration on BLACK MASS (2015) in an evening moderated by Variety Deputy Awards and Features Editor Jenelle Riley. The Conversation will take place at AFI FEST…
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