Documentary – American Film Institute

Alumni Spotlight on Emmy®-Nominated Cinematographer Nick Higgins

Following SXSW, we sat down with cinematographer and AFI Conservatory Alum Nick Higgins (AFI Class of 2002) to hear more about his projects that recently debuted at the acclaimed film and television festival. His documentary THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ALLEE WILLIS delves into the life and legacy of Grammy Award®-winning songwriter Allee Willis (AFI DWW...

Spotlight on BEING MARY TYLER MOORE Director James Adolphus

After watching the acclaimed documentary VISIONS OF LIGHT, AFI Alum James Adolphus (AFI Class of 2011) became inspired to change the trajectory of his career and pursue cinematography – which ultimately led him to the AFI Conservatory where he received the prestigious Fisher Fellow Scholarship. Now a three-time Peabody Award-winning cinematographer and an Emmy Award®-winning...

AFI FEST 2022 Announces Dates

We’re thrilled to announce that AFI FEST 2022 will take place Nov. 2-6, showcasing transformative stories from groundbreaking artists. You won’t want to miss the 36th edition of the longest running international film festival in Los Angeles which will feature an exciting lineup of narrative and documentary work, as well as post-screening Q&As with cast...
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AFI Movie Club: HARLAN COUNTY U.S.A.

Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award®-winning documentary follows a violent miner’s strike in a small Kentucky town, capturing the passion, bravery and hard-fought victories of workers as they attempt to unionize. HARLAN COUNTY U.S.A. was made in part with a grant from the AFI's Independent Filmmaker Program, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Kopple has...
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AFI Movie Club: MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson, who directed MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL, was the 2015 Guggenheim Symposium honoree at AFI DOCS in Washington, DC.  HOW TO WATCH Where to stream MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI Movie Club is a global, virtual gathering...

AFI DOCS 2021: Racial Justice Films

With the power to educate, to inspire, to change hearts and minds and to call-to-action, the AFI DOCS film festival’s incredible selection of documentaries on the subject of racial justice is a celebration of protest, of speaking out against injustices and of finding joy in connecting with community and a network of changemakers. Take to…

AFI DOCS 2021: Festival Programming Intern Liwen Wang Picks

By AFI Festival Programming Intern Liwen Wang Ten weeks have gone by, hardly a dull moment! I’ve never quite imagined I’d be interning at a world-class film festival like AFI DOCS, let alone interacting with the festival’s programmers on a daily basis. Thanks to the fest team, my time here has been very informative and…

Catching up with WALK WITH ME Filmmaker Heidi Levitt

Throughout her career, AFI Faculty and alum Heidi Levitt (AFI Class of 1987) has focused on the perfect elements to tell a story – collaborating as a Casting Director with filmmakers as varied as Haifaa Al-Mansour, Rodrigo García (AFI Class of 1986), Sally Potter, Oliver Stone and Wayne Wang. Her latest project – a feature…

Dawn Porter Named 2021 Guggenheim Honoree

AFI Tradition Includes Honorees Spike Lee, Barbara Kopple, Martin Scorsese, Errol Morris, Lee Grant, Stanley Nelson AFI DOCS Will Celebrate Award-Winning Filmmaker on June 23, 2021 AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute's documentary film festival, has announced that it will honor Dawn Porter as the 2021 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. Each year, the AFI DOCS...

Early Bird Passes Now Available for AFI DOCS 2021

Get your EARLY BIRD PASS This year's AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute's annual documentary celebration, will once again be open to movie fans around the nation – and a Film Pass is the best way to virtually attend! New films and events will be scheduled each day of the festival, with captivating conversations and...
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AFI Movie Club: MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY at AFI FEST Presented by Audi

Watch the World Premiere of MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY at AFI FEST presented by Audi tonight at 8:00 p.m. PDT – Get Ticket Following the film, Indiewire Editor-at-Large Anne Thompson leads a conversation with Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Errol Morris. A psychedelic head trip crossed with a possible CIA conspiracy and wrapped in a fascinating love…

AFI DOCS: Virtual World Premiere of BLOOD ON THE WALL

BLOOD ON THE WALL is having its Virtual World Premiere online at AFI DOCS on June 21. Get ticket here. Following the film, watch a recorded discussion led by NBC News and MSNBC Correspondent Jacob Soboroff with directors Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested. Immigration under the current administration is indelibly marked by powerful media images…
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