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Catching up with Director and AFI Alum San-San Onglatco

Born in California and raised in the Philippines, San-San Onglatco (AFI Class of 2020) spent over ten years as a producer before deciding to apply to the AFI Conservatory where she became the first Filipina accepted into the Conservatory’s Directing program. On the cusp of graduating from AFI, Onglatco has shown determination, resourcefulness and tenacity...

Watch: Cinematographer and Director Ernest Dickerson on Filmmaking

Ernest Dickerson established himself as a groundbreaking cinematographer on films such as SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT and DO THE RIGHT THING, and made his directing debut with JUICE, starring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur. He went on to direct episodes of the critically acclaimed shows THE WIRE and THE WALKING DEAD and most recently directed…

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and Frederick Elmes on Filming HUNTERS and Advice for Aspiring Filmmakers

Growing up on the Texas/Mexico border in the ‘80s, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s (AFI Class of 1995) first introduction to the work of legendary cinematographer Frederick Elmes (AFI Class of 1972) was a worn-out VHS tape of BLUE VELVET. Describing Elmes’ filmmaking as “hypnotic,” Gomez-Rejon continued his initiation with other films shot by Elmes – ERASERHEAD,…
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