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Celebrating the AFI Class of 2021 and Honorary Degree Recipient Angela Bassett

On Saturday, October 9, 2021, the AFI community celebrated the commencement of the AFI Conservatory Class of 2021 with the graduates and their families and friends at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, and even more joining from all over the world via live stream. The festivities included speeches from Dean Susan Ruskin, Class of 2021...

AFI Movie Club: THE ROSA PARKS STORY

A narrative account of civil rights hero Rosa Parks’ iconic stand, THE ROSA PARKS STORY (2002) is an acclaimed feature produced for television and directed by AFI Conservatory alumna Julie Dash (AFI Class of 1974). The cast features the great Cicely Tyson, who earned an Honorary Degree from the AFI Conservatory in 2014, and –...

AFI Movie Club: STRANGE DAYS

AFI Honorary Degree recipient Kathryn Bigelow directs STRANGE DAYS (1995), a prescient, technological cautionary tale starring Angela Bassett, Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Lewis – edited by AFI alum Howard Smith (Class of 1970). Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream STRANGE DAYS STRANGE DAYS - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB...

AFI Movie Club: WAITING TO EXHALE

A story of female friendship starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine, WAITING TO EXHALE (1995) was shot by AFI Conservatory Alum Toyomichi Kurita. Close Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream WAITING TO EXHALE WAITING TO EXHALE - Reelgood LEARN MORE ABOUT AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI has created a...

AFI Movie Club: HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK

HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK (1998), based on Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel, stars Angela Bassett as she finds a new lease on life in Jamaica with a younger man – played by Taye Diggs in his feature film debut. On October 9, 2021, AFI will confer an Honorary Degree on acclaimed actress and producer Angela...

AFI Movie Club: AKEELAH AND THE BEE

A director on the AFI Board of Trustees, Todd Wagner and his 2929 Productions helped produce the inspiring tale of AKEELAH AND THE BEE (2006), which stars Academy Award®- and Emmy®-nominated actress Angela Bassett alongside Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner Laurence Fishburne (her third collaboration with him) and Keke Palmer. On October 9, 2021, AFI will...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on Sept. 24, 2020. WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT, a biopic that explores the brilliant and heartbreaking story of the legendary Tina Turner, was included on AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 CHEERS list of the most inspiring films of all time. Close Close Close...

Lily Tomlin and Angela Bassett to Receive Honorary Degrees at AFI Conservatory Commencements

AFI is proud to announce it will confer Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon Emmy® and Tony Award® winner Lily Tomlin and Academy Award®- and Emmy®-nominated actress Angela Bassett. Tomlin will be recognized for her contributions to the art of the moving image during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony celebrating the Class of…

AFI Movie Club Rewind: BLACK PANTHER

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on June 5, 2020. BLACK PANTHER “shatters and reshapes cultural mythology.” Ryan Coogler’s super-heroic vision was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2018 – recognizing it as one of the 10 outstanding films deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: MALCOLM X

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on December 11, 2020. MALCOLM X, Spike Lee’s powerful biopic, stars AFI Life Achievement honoree Denzel Washington as the eponymous Civil Rights crusader who fought for racial equality. An honorary degree recipient from the AFI Conservatory, Lee recently was featured in AFI’s Black Stories...

AFI Movie Club: MALCOLM X

MALCOLM X, Spike Lee’s powerful biopic, stars AFI Life Achievement honoree Denzel Washington as the eponymous Civil Rights crusader who fought for racial equality. An honorary degree recipient from the AFI Conservatory, Lee recently was featured in AFI’s Black Stories Matter series, while MALCOLM X cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson took part in a Harold Lloyd…

AFI Movie Club: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT, a biopic that explores the brilliant and heartbreaking story of the legendary Tina Turner, was included on AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 CHEERS list of the most inspiring films of all time. Click Here to Find Out How to Watch WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Now WHAT’S LOVE…
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