Your Guide to AFI Alums at AFI FEST 2020 Presented by Audi – American Film Institute

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Your Guide to AFI Alums at AFI FEST 2020 Presented by Audi

With films in World Cinema, Special Presentations, New Auteurs, Documentary and more, AFI Conservatory alumni continue to push the boundaries of storytelling and inspire us with their mastery of the art of filmmaking.

Join us in celebrating the following AFI alumni screening at this year’s AFI FEST presented by Audi, and be sure to get your tickets before the screenings sell out! The festival runs online Oct 15-22 and tickets are available now at FEST.AFI.com!

 

DOCUMENTARY

THE AMERICAN SECTOR Screening Oct. 19-22

Courtney Stephens (AFI Class of 2009), Director

The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the Cold War. Thirty years later, two filmmakers comb the U.S. in search of fragments of the wall and what it represents. BUY TICKET

 

WHIRLYBIRD Screening Oct. 16-22

Diane Becker (AFI Class of 2006), Producer

In the 1980s and ‘90s, Marika Gerrard and Zoey Tur (known then as Bob) flew high above Los Angeles in their own news helicopter, redefining “action” journalism but at a huge personal cost. BUY TICKET

 

 

MEET THE PRESS FILM FESTIVAL

VOTE NEIL Screening Oct. 16-22

Daniel Marks (AFI Class of 2012), Cinematographer

Neil is a first-time politician running for State House. Mike is his fiancé and campaign manager searching for purpose. An intimate portrait about politics, the Southern LGBTQ experience and one incredible love story. BUY TICKET

 

NEW AUTEURS

THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR Screening Oct. 17 -22

Rick Rosenthal (AFI Class of 1973) and Ryan Scaringe (AFI Class of 2017), Producers; Julian Estrada (AFI Class of 2014), Editor

Twelve-year-old Bobby and best friend Kevin have been kidnapped, but proving ever-resourceful, Bobby escapes and now must rescue his friend in this cunningly assembled thriller that upends tropes and expectations. BUY TICKET

 

JUMBO Screening Oct. 19-22

Zoe Wittock (AFI Class of 2010), Director/Writer

JUMBO tells the story of Jeanne who falls in love with a carnival ride. Director Zoé Wittock delivers a compassionate and heartfelt retelling of this quirky inspired-by-a-true-story tale. BUY TICKET.

 

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

I’M YOUR WOMAN Screening Oct. 15

Shayar Bhansali (AFI Class of 2014), Editor

Forced on the run with her child after her husband’s criminal acts are taken too far, Jean must bravely face her past and toxic marriage in this thriller set in the 1970s. BUY TICKET

REALLY LOVE Screening Oct. 16

Mel Jones (AFI Class of 2010), Producer; Steven Pristin (AFI Class of 2014), Editor

When struggling artist Isaiah and law student Stevie hit crossroads in their careers, they are forced to consider if their relationship is a love for a season or a love for a lifetime. BUY TICKET

 

 

WORLD CINEMA 

UNCLE FRANK Screening Oct. 18-22

Jonathan Alberts (AFI Class of 2001), Editor

When a death in the family strikes, Beth and her uncle Frank set out on a road trip to their hometown to confront their family and their pasts. BUY TICKET

 

WANDER DARKLY Screening Oct. 19-22 

Carolina Costa (AFI Class of 2013), Cinematographer

A troubled relationship is further shaken by a traumatic event. New parents Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna) retrace pivotal moments of their romance from a surreal perspective and a time-bending narrative structure. BUY TICKET

 

SHORTS

Curated from thousands of entries, these short films highlight unique voices from around the world. These films are from emerging and established filmmakers pushing the form of storytelling in inventive, challenging and sometimes hilarious ways. Available for viewing October 16-22

BLOCKS

Bridget Moloney (AFI DWW Class of 2019), Director; Jake Hossfeld (AFI Class of 2018), Cinematographer

An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit toy blocks. BUY TICKET

 

CHILD OF THE LAND (KAMA’ĀINA)

Scott Ray (Class of 2016), Cinematographer

After suffering abuse from her stepfather, a queer 16-year-old girl, Mahina, must navigate life on the streets until she eventually finds refuge at Hawaiʻi’s largest organized homeless encampment. BUY TICKET

 

DAVID

Andre Laskaris (AFI Class of 2005), Cinematographer

David needs help. BUY TICKET

 

IN FRANCE MICHELLE IS A MAN’S NAME

Erin Weinstein (AFI DWW Class of 2021) Director/Writer

Michael, a young trans man, returns home to the rural American West after years of estrangement from his parents. BUY TICKET

 

LONELY BLUE NIGHT

Carlo Canlas Mendoza (AFI Class of 2018), Cinematographer; Leo Chan (AFI Class of 2014), Editor

The consequences of a mother’s decision to leave her daughter in the care of an American homestay family are unearthed when they reunite for dinner one lonely blue night. BUY TICKET

 

RUBBED IN PINK

Rodrigo Garcia (AFI Class of 1986), Cinematographer

The daughters of a fashion photographer are beginning to explore their femininity. BUY TICKET

 

 

AFI CONSERVATORY SHOWCASE

For even more award-winning stories, don’t miss the AFI Conservatory Showcase lineup featuring 15 short nonfiction films by recent AFI graduates. Free screenings available for viewing October 16-22. View Conservatory Showcase films.

 

Learn more about AFI FEST at FEST.AFI.com.

 

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