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AFI Movie Club: THE GREAT DEBATERS

In addition to directing the film, AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Denzel Washington co-starred in this inspiring true story of THE GREAT DEBATERS (2007) – alongside Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise and a host of young actors.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream THE GREAT DEBATERS THE GREAT DEBATERS - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB...

AFI Movie Club: PHILADELPHIA

Among the first major motion pictures to address the AIDS crisis, PHILADELPHIA (1993) is a work of power and empathy that appears across three of the American Film Institute’s lists of the greatest American films of all time – ranking among cinema’s most inspiring films, its greatest heroes and its most iconic songs. Directed by...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: ANTWONE FISHER

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on June 6, 2020. ANTWONE FISHER was the directorial debut of AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Denzel Washington, who also co-starred in the movie. In 2002, the film was honored with an AFI AWARD for providing “a clarion call for all films that strive to bring...

AFI Movie Club: OUT OF TIME

OUT OF TIME is the second collaboration between AFI Conservatory alum Carl Franklin (AFI Class of 1986) and AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Denzel Washington. The film is edited by another of director Franklin’s frequent collaborators, alum Carole Kravetz Aykanian (AFI Class of 1986). Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream OUT OF TIME OUT...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: HE GOT GAME

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on March 18, 2021. AFI Honorary Degree recipient Spike Lee brought the story of basketball phenom Jesus Shuttlesworth to audiences in 1998, collaborating for the third time with AFI Life Achievement recipient Denzel Washington, who plays Shuttlesworth’s father in the film.   Close Close...

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: HE GOT GAME

AFI Honorary Degree recipient Spike Lee brought the story of basketball phenom Jesus Shuttlesworth to audiences in 1998, collaborating for the third time with AFI Life Achievement recipient Denzel Washington, who plays Shuttlesworth’s father in the film. Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream HE GOT GAME HE GOT GAME - Reelgood LEARN...

AFI Movie Club: AFI AWARDS Honoree MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

"MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM is at once a soaring tribute to owning your voice and a searing step back in time to expose the challenges of driving change in America. This symphony of genius begins with the musical words of August Wilson and is expanded from stage to screen by the incomparable George C. Wolfe,...

AFI Movie Club: GLORY

GLORY, the powerful tale of the Union Army's first African American regiment in the Civil War, was directed by AFI Conservatory alum Edward Zwick (AFI Class of 1975) and stars two AFI Life Achievement Award recipients – Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.  MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? To convince TriStar of the project’s viability, director Edward Zwick filmed a...

AFI Movie Club: INSIDE MAN

INSIDE MAN’s celebrated creative ensemble includes AFI Conservatory alum and cinematographer Matthew Libatique (AFI Class of 1992), AFI Honorary Degree recipients director Spike Lee and Jodie Foster and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Denzel Washington. In 2006, the film was recognized with an AFI AWARD as one of the best films of the year.   MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? Originally, director Ron Howard was set to helm INSIDE MAN,...

AFI Movie Club: THE PREACHER’S WIFE

Directed by Penny Marshall and starring Whitney Houston and AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Denzel Washington, THE PREACHER’S WIFE follows an angel who arrives on the wings of a prayer to help a good reverend whose Baptist church is struggling, as is his marriage.  Watch actor Courtney B. Vance, who plays Reverend Henry Biggs in the film, discuss making THE PREACHER'S WIFE in this exclusive...

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…
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