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AFI Movie Club Rewind: TANGERINE

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on March 16, 2021. Independent filmmaker Sean Baker’s breakout hit TANGERINE, starring Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor, is an authentic story about the friendship between transgender sex workers in LA. Baker has also since instructed the next generation of filmmakers during a seminar at the AFI Conservatory. Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream TANGERINE TANGERINE -...

AFI DOCS 2021: LGBTQ+ Films

Celebrate pride month with us at AFI DOCS 2021 film festival! This year’s lineup has no shortage of incredible documentaries that are sure to pique the interest of our LGBTQ+ audiences. These films touch on history and activism, uncovering fascinating and inspiring stories alongside personal and emotional ones, celebrating unsung personalities and shedding light on…

AFI Movie Club Rewind: SAVING FACE

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on November 11, 2020. SAVING FACE, directed by Alice Wu and starring Michelle Krusiec (DWW Class of 2021) and Joan Chen, follows Wilhelmina “Wil” Pang, a gay Chinese-American doctor whose life is upended when she finds herself juggling her unwed, pregnant mother unexpectedly moving...

AFI Catalog Spotlight: William Haines

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, the AFI Catalog spotlights William Haines, the first openly gay American film actor, whose 47-year partnership with Jimmie Shields was once described by their friend, Joan Crawford, as the happiest marriage in Hollywood. Haines began life in Staunton, Virginia, where he was the third child of seven. Running away…

AFI Movie Club: TANGERINE

Independent filmmaker Sean Baker’s breakout hit TANGERINE, starring Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor, is an authentic story about the friendship between transgender sex workers in LA. Baker has also since instructed the next generation of filmmakers during a seminar at the AFI Conservatory. Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream TANGERINE TANGERINE - Reelgood LEARN MORE ABOUT AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI has created a global, virtual gathering of...

AFI Movie Club Rewind: PARIAH

PARIAH, the feature directorial debut of Dee Rees, chronicles a young Black woman discovering her sexuality and asserting her identity as she deals with the pressures of her family and society’s expectations for her life. The film was edited by an AFI Directing Workshop for Women alum Mako Kamitsuna (DWW Class of 2011). Close Close...

AFI Movie Club: PARIAH

October marks the beginning of LGBTQ History Month and an opportunity to highlight the extraordinary contributions of the LGBTQ community within the film industry. PARIAH, the feature directorial debut of Dee Rees, chronicles a young Black woman discovering her sexuality and asserting her identity as she deals with the pressures of her family and society’s…

DID YOU KNOW? This 1991 documentary introduced the world to vogueing and ball culture.

Documentary filmmaker Jennie Livingston spent over five years making PARIS IS BURNING on a shoestring budget of grant funding. A recent college graduate, Livingston moved to New York City as a photojournalist and discovered young black men “voguing” in Washington Square Park. Although Livingston was an outsider, she was able to document the significance of…

AFI Movie Club: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2017 – recognizing it as one of the 10 outstanding films deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image – and was the Centerpiece Gala screening at AFI FEST 2017 Presented by Audi. In…

AFI Movie Club: CAROL

CAROL was recognized by AFI AWARDS as one of the 10 outstanding films deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. The editor of the film, Affonso Gonçalves, is a graduate of the AFI Conservatory.  In this exclusive AFI Archive video, watch CAROL director Todd Haynes and actress…

AFI Movie Club: MILK

MILK celebrates the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California. The film was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2008, recognizing it as one of the 10 outstanding films deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. …

The AFI DOCS Interview: TAKE ME TO PROM With Director Andrew Moir

TAKE ME TO PROM plays as part of the Shorts program at AFI DOCS at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington DC on Thursday, June 20 and at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD on Friday, June 21. Director Andrew Moir in attendance. Buy tickets to the screening here. Queer folks of all ages…
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