#HomeForTheHolidays – American Film Institute

AFI Movie Club: THE BLACK CANDLE

Narrated by AFI Directing Workshop for Women alum Maya Angelou, THE BLACK CANDLE traces the growth of Kwanzaa out of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in the 1960s to its modern-day incarnation as a Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions around the world.  Watch director M.K. Asante go "Behind the Scene" and talk about filming THE BLACK CANDLE in this exclusive conversation. MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? THE BLACK CANDLE marks the first feature documentary film created about Kwanzaa.  DID...

AFI Movie Club: A CHRISTMAS STORY

Directed by Bob Clark, the holiday classic A CHRISTMAS STORY follows Ralphie who is looking to navigate the all-important Christmas season so he can get the “Holy Grail” of Christmas presents.  Watch A CHRISTMAS STORY star Peter Billingsley go "Behind the Scene" and talk about filming the holiday classic in this exclusive conversation. Watch production designer Reuben Freed go "Behind the Scene"...

AFI Movie Club: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE was named 20th on AFI's Top 100 greatest American films of all time. It’s ranked # 1 on 100 Years…100 Cheers and #9 on 100 Years…100 passions, and George Bailey is listed at #9 on AFI’s 100 Heroes list. James Stewart is ranked #3 on AFI’s list of the greatest stars in cinematic history.  Go "Behind the Scene" with Jimmy Hawkins of IT'S A...

AFI Movie Club: THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY

Starring Taye Diggs, Regina Hall and Sanaa Lathan, THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY revolves around a group of college friends reuniting over the holidays as friendships and marriages are tested and long-simmering tensions reemerge.  Watch director Malcolm D. Lee go "Behind the Scene" and talk about making THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY in this exclusive conversation. Watch cinematographer Greg Gardiner go...

AFI Movie Club: ELF

In director Jon Favreau’s heartwarming and hilarious holiday classic, ELF, Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a misfit raised by Santa’s elves who travels to New York in search of his father (James Caan). AFI Trustee Toby Emmerich served as one of the film’s executive producers.  Watch cinematographer Greg Gardiner go "Behind the Scene" and talk about filming the holiday classic ELF in this exclusive conversation. MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU...

AFI Movie Club: NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION

In search of the elusive perfect family Christmas, the Griswold’s holiday uproariously goes awry with the unexpected arrival of some obnoxious relatives in NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION. Starring Chevy Chase, the film was cast by AFI Conservatory faculty and alum Heidi Levitt (AFI Class of 1987).  Watch AFI Faculty and Alum Heidi Levitt go "Behind the Scene" and talk about casting NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION in this exclusive conversation. MOVIE...

AFI Movie Club: LOVE ACTUALLY

Set in the days leading up to Christmas and featuring interlocking love stories, LOVE ACTUALLY stars Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley and Alan Rickman, among others in Richard Curtis’ witty and charming treatise on love in all its shape and forms.  MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? LOVE ACTUALLY marks the directorial debut of Richard Curtis. Prior to helming this film, he was predominantly known as the writer of...

AFI Movie Club: THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL marks Brian Henson’s directorial debut and gathers the Muppets – and Michael Caine! – for a magical reimagining of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic.  Watch director Brian Henson talk about making THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL in this exclusive AFI "Behind the Scene" conversation. MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL marks the first Muppet movie without Jim Henson,...

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: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

Starring Natalie Wood, Maureen O’Hara and Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle himself, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET is ranked #9 on AFI’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.  Watch director/co-writer George Seaton talk about making MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947) in this exclusive video from the AFI Archive. MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? Working titles for MIRACLE ON 34TH...

AFI Movie Club: DIE HARD

In 1988, director and AFI Conservatory alum John McTiernan (AFI Class of 1975) gave movie lovers a thrilling holiday gift with the high-octane, enduring Christmas classic, DIE HARD, starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman.   Watch director John McTiernan discuss making DIE HARD in this exclusive conversation with AFI. MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? Hans Gruber was named by AFI as one the greatest villains in cinematic history – played with unforgettable charm and...

AFI Movie Club: WHITE CHRISTMAS

A festive favorite starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, WHITE CHRISTMAS follows a song-and-dance team who put on a Christmas show for the ages to help a down-on-his-luck general save his inn in Vermont.  WHITE CHRISTMAS costume designer Edith Head discusses working with filmmakers in this exclusive AFI Archive video. MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? WHITE CHRISTMAS was a follow-up to Paramount’s 1942 release of HOLIDAY INN, which starred...
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