Interview – American Film Institute

The AFI Interview: MR. ROBOT Creator Sam Esmail

Sam Esmail graduated from the AFI Conservatory in 2004. Since then, he’s directed a feature film and created a hit television series beloved by critics and viewers alike. Here’s our interview with the AFI alum. Please introduce yourself. My name is Sam Esmail. I was born to Egyptian parents in the lovely city and state of Hoboken,…

The AFI Interview: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen

By now you’ve heard all about THE INTERVIEW, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as a pair of bumbling journalists who unexpectedly land an interview (hence the title) with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Last month, the film was all over the news and cinema chains began pulling the film from their theaters ahead of its Christmas Day release….

The AFI DOCS Interview: THE STORM MAKERS’ Guillaume Suon

Every year, hundreds of thousands of young Cambodians go abroad, lured by promises of well-paid work. Nearly a third will be enslaved, forced to work without pay and subjected to beatings and sexual violence. In his film THE STORM MAKERS, French-Cambodian filmmaker Guillaume Suon exposes the human-trafficking industry perpetuating this misery through revealing interviews with a…

The AFI DOCS Interview: FRESH DRESSED’s Sacha Jenkins

In the AFI DOCS film FRESH DRESSED, filmmaker Sacha Jenkins offers a fun and colorful history lesson in hip-hop fashion through the decades. The fashion trends which were initially born out of a mix of ingenuity, creativity and swagger soon found their way onto high-fashion runways and into suburban closets in middle America. The film…

The AFI DOCS Interview: THE DIPLOMAT’s David Holbrooke

Richard Holbrooke was a crucial diplomatic negotiator for two Democratic presidents, but his charisma and his talent for foreign policy also came with a brashness that earned him nicknames such as “The Bulldozer.” Through the eyes of Holbrooke’s filmmaker son David Holbrooke, THE DIPLOMAT examines a career with global reach and unquestioned historical impact. Holbrooke’s…

The AFI DOCS Interview: CODE’s Robin Hauser Reynolds

The pioneer computer programmers — those first to grasp that coded instructions were more important than the machines reading them — were mostly female. With computer science now touching almost every aspect of life, women are barely represented in a coding community urgently seeking more skilled workers. With humor and optimism, the AFI DOCS film CODE:…

The AFI FEST Interview: FELT Director Jason Banker

Jason Banker, the director and co-writer of the film FELT, uses the real-life experiences and artwork of co-writer and actress Amy Everson to craft a feminist tale that blurs the line between narrative and documentary. FELT, an Official Selection at AFI FEST 2014, is now in theaters. We talked to Banker about the film. We…

The AFI FEST Interview: Director Mia Hansen-Løve Talks Parisian DJ Epic EDEN

Mia Hansen-Løve’s fourth feature, EDEN, chronicles two decades in the Parisian club scene, starting in the early 1990s. Following aspiring young DJ, Paul (Félix de Givry), from his early gigs at house parties to a life of international travel and then through the waning popularity of garage music in the mid-2000s, the film is filled…

The AFI Interview: WHIPLASH Director Damien Chazelle

Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH is currently drumming up excitement among audiences nationwide, but its road to the big screen was not an easy one – requiring of its director a dedication that mirrors that of his protagonist, a young musician determined to be one of the jazz greats. In 2012, the screenplay was featured on the…

THE AFI FEST Interview: Director Josephine Decker Talks THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY

Josephine Decker’s film THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY is a poetic piece of psychosexual filmmaking framed against the backdrop of a quiet country farm. Akin (Joe Swanberg) has taken a summer job on Jeremiah’s (Robert Longstreet) farm and develops an attraction to Jeremiah’s daughter, Sarah (Sophie Traub). The budding relationship unveils Jeremiah’s jealousy. But Akin…
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