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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…

AFI Movie Club: FENCES

FENCES features the talent of AFI Life Achievement Award winner Denzel Washington and was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2016 as one of the best movies of the year. According to the official rationale, “Denzel Washington and Viola Davis’ thundering performances infuse lightning into the words of August Wilson’s iconic stage play, sparking emotion…

AFI Movie Club: CRY FREEDOM

CRY FREEDOM showcases the artistry of AFI Life Achievement Award winner Denzel Washington, who has five films honored across AFI’s 100 YEARS lists of the greatest films of all time.  In this exclusive AFI Archive video, watch Denzel Washington talk about making CRY FREEDOM. Movie Trivia about CRY FREEDOM DID YOU KNOW?   CRY FREEDOM is based on…

AFI Movie Club: ANTWONE FISHER

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 unspoken topics into the national conversation.” Movie Trivia about ANTWONE FISHER -DID YOU KNOW Antwone…

AFI Movie Club: DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS

DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS stars two-time Academy Award®-winning actor Denzel Washington, who was honored with the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award. The film was directed by AFI Conservatory alum Carl Franklin (Class of 1986). Watch Issa Rae announce the film:   Movie Trivia about DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS –DID YOU KNOW that DEVIL…

AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Denzel Washington to Gather Film’s Finest

The first wave of guest presenters who will celebrate Denzel Washington at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award on June 6, 2019, at a Gala Tribute in Los Angeles have just been announced! Chadwick Boseman, Jodie Foster, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman (2011 honoree), Michael B. Jordan, Issa Rae, Julia Roberts and Cicely Tyson will all…
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