diversity – American Film Institute

AFI Movie Club: BIRTHRIGHT

Pioneering Black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux’s BIRTHRIGHT is safeguarded for preservation and posterity in the AFI Collection at the Library of Congress.  Watch actor Lorenzo Tucker discuss BIRTHRIGHT filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Movie Trivia about BIRTHRIGHT DID YOU KNOW?  In 1919 Oscar Micheaux formed his own movie production company and became the first African American to make a feature film.    DID YOU…

HOLLYWOOD Reimagines a More Inclusive Industry

With the recent release of Ryan Murphy’s fantastical new miniseries HOLLYWOOD, audiences have been treated to a revisionist look at what the film industry would have been like if it had it become more equitable in the ’40s. The show revolves around the fictional production of MEG, a twist on the tragic tale of 24-year-old…

Watch: Eva Longoria and Dr. Stacy Smith at AFI Summit

Kicking off the AFI Summit at AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi, Eva Longoria and Dr. Stacy Smith from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative had a frank and illuminating conversation about the alarming statistics involving the erasure of Latinx individuals in film, both behind and in front of the camera – and addressed a solutions-driven…

Renaissance Woman Mel Jones on her New Role At Confluential Films & Creating More Inclusive Stories

Not one to rest on her laurels, Mel Jones (AFI Class of 2010) is not only developing a complex and diverse new television series, but also stepping into a challenging, central role as Confluential Films’ Executive Vice President of Production and Development. Fresh off five years as Head of Production at Homegrown Pictures, Jones has…
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