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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…

The AFI DOCS Interview: SWEETHEART DANCERS With Director Ben-Alex Dupris

Sean and Adrian are a Two-Spirit couple determined to rewrite the rules of Native-American culture through their participation in the Sweetheart Dance. This celebratory contest is held at powwows across the country, primarily for heterosexual couples, until now. We spoke with director Ben-Alex Dupris about his film. SWEETHEART DANCERS plays as part of the Shorts…

The AFI DOCS Interview: A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA With Director Sophia Nahli Allison

Latasha Harlins was 15 years old when she was killed by Soon Ja Du at Empire Liquor in South Central Los Angeles on March 16, 1991. This dreamlike, hybrid documentary reimagines a more nuanced narrative of Latasha’s life. We spoke to director Sophia Nahli Allison regarding the film. A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA plays as…

The AFI DOCS Interview: GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH With Director David Charles Rodrigues

David Charles Rodriguez’s new film chronicles the journey of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus who decide to tour the deep south in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election. In this Tribeca Film festival Audience Award winner, chorus members confront their pasts with the church, meet residents working for change, and discover kindness and…
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