River Phoenix – American Film Institute

AFI Movie Club: MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

An independent masterpiece from director and New Queer Cinema icon Gus Van Sant, MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO (1991) – starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves – was a breakthrough feature for LGBTQ stories in mainstream culture. Van Sant has shared his unique and thoughtful cinematic sensibilities with the next generation of storytellers through in-depth seminars...

AFI Movie Club: STAND BY ME

The story of four boys setting off to see a dead body, STAND BY ME is adapted from a nostalgic novella by acclaimed horror icon Stephen King – and directed by Rob Reiner, who discussed his creative process alongside editor Robert Leighton before the Fellows of the AFI Conservatory as part of AFI’S MASTERCLASS: THE ART OF COLLABORATION. ...
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