Rob Marshall to Premiere Exclusive Musical Sequence From
MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Melissa McCarthy to Discuss CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Willem Dafoe, Felicity Jones, Chuck Lorre, John C. Reilly
Among Artists to Be Spotlighted
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Los Angeles, CA, November 5, 2018 — The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today additional Conversations that will take place at AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi. The lineup includes Conversations with director Rob Marshall about his celebrated career, which will include an exclusive preview of a musical number from MARY POPPINS RETURNS; the cast and filmmakers of CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?; television creator Chuck Lorre; as well as a roundtable of documentary filmmakers presented by the Los Angeles Times; The Hollywood Reporter’s Indie Contenders Roundtable moderated by Scott Feinberg; a panel with four directors with films in this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar® race; a panel with female film critics; and a presentation by director Nina Menkes on female representation in cinema. These new events events join previously announced conversations with Nicole Kidman and Natalie Portman.
The complete AFI FEST program includes 134 titles (83 features, four episodic, 47 shorts), representing 45 countries, including 65 films directed by women, 28 documentaries and nine animated films. This year’s program includes nine official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions, and 24 films featuring 52 AFI Conservatory alumni credits, throughout the sections.The breakdown by section is Galas (8), Special Screenings (12), World Cinema (28), New Auteurs (18), American Independents (11), Midnight (4), Cinema’s Legacy (6) and Shorts (47).
Dates and times for all AFI FEST screenings and events are available at AFI.com.
Los Angeles Times film critic Justin Chang will moderate a panel of distinguished directors from this year’s most talked-about and acclaimed documentaries including Alexis Bloom (DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES), Talal Derki (OF FATHERS AND SONS), Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (FREE SOLO), Morgan Neville (WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?), RaMell Ross (HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING), Jed Rothstein (ENEMIES: THE PRESIDENT, JUSTICE & THE FBI), Sandi Tan (SHIRKERS), Rudy Valdez (THE SENTENCE) and Betsy West (RBG).
INDIE CONTENDERS ROUNDTABLE
Hear from a diverse panel of artists who have done standout work in independent film this year. Presented by The Hollywood Reporter and moderated by columnist and blogger Scott Feinberg, the panel will feature a discussion with the artists about their careers and influences, as well as the challenges and rewards of working on indies. Panelists include Willem Dafoe (AT ETERNITY’S GATE), Richard E. Grant (CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?), Kathryn Hahn (PRIVATE LIFE), Felicity Jones (ON THE BASIS OF SEX), Joanna Kulig (COLD WAR), Thomasin McKenzie (LEAVE NO TRACE), Rosamund Pike (A PRIVATE WAR) and John C. Reilly (THE SISTERS BROTHERS and STAN & OLLIE).
THE LANGUAGE OF CINEMA: INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORS
Join four directors with films in this year’s foreign Oscar® race — Rima Das (Indian Oscar® entry VILLAGE ROCKSTARS; AFI FEST film BULBUL CAN SING), Sophie Dupuis (Canada’s FAMILY FIRST), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany’s NEVER LOOK AWAY) and László Nemes (Hungary’s SUNSET) — in a conversation with Barry Sabath, producer and AFI Conservatory Senior Lecturer.
RAZZLE DAZZLE ‘EM! A Conversation With Rob Marshall
Oscar®-nominated film and stage director Rob Marshall joins us for an in-depth conversation about his career. Considered the master of the modern movie musical, Marshall has brought multi award-winning musicals, such as CHICAGO, NINE and INTO THE WOODS, to film audiences around the globe. His latest, Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS, will be released in December. Audience members will get an exclusive preview of one of the musical numbers from MARY POPPINS RETURNS.
WHO SAYS? Underrepresented Voices in Film Criticism
Join Turner Classic Movies’ Alicia Malone and three of the country’s leading voices in film criticism — Jacqueline Coley (Rotten Tomatoes), Ann Hornaday (The Washington Post) and Lisa Kennedy (Denver Post) — for a frank discussion on the state of film criticism and how media outlets, studios and film festivals are working to increase representation among critics and journalists, with an opening presentation by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Founder and Director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at USC.
STORIES FROM THE SET: THE FILMMAKERS BEHIND CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Join director Marielle Heller, actress Melissa McCarthy and producer Amy Nauiokas as they discuss the making of one of the year’s most acclaimed films. Based on the true story of author Lee Israel, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? stars McCarthy in a virtuoso performance as the fiercely intelligent but tough-to-love Israel who, forced to make ends meet, turns her art form to deception with the help of her witty friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).
A CONVERSATION WITH CHUCK LORRE
Esteemed TV creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre discusses his wide-ranging career, from THE BIG BANG THEORY to TWO AND A HALF MEN, along with his latest series, THE KOMINSKY METHOD, which will be presented as a Gala at AFI FEST.
SEX AND POWER: THE VISUAL LANGUAGE OF OPPRESSION
Filmmaker Nina Menkes presents, analyzes and deconstructs a series of film clips to show how lighting, camera angles, camera movement, blocking and framing are used in mainstream filmmaking to formally disempower women on screen. Menkes presented this lecture at the 2018 Sundance and Cannes film festivals, among other prestigious venues.
As Previously Announced
AFI FEST takes place November 8–15, 2018, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and other events will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.
The Opening Night Gala will be the World Premiere of ON THE BASIS OF SEX (directed by AFI Conservatory alumna Mimi Leder) and the Closing Night Gala will be the World Premiere of MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (directed by Josie Rourke). Visit AFI.com/AFIFEST to view the entirety of this year’s program.
AFI FEST will once again bring the best in global cinema to Los Angeles thanks to the visionary support of Audi — now in its 15th consecutive year as Presenting Sponsor of the festival. Audi was born with a vision of boldly challenging the status quo and is bound by a promise to imaginatively innovate. That same progressive spirit drives Audi’s iconic partnership with the American Film Institute.
Audi has collaborated with AFI to celebrate the history of the motion picture, honoring filmmakers and their work and educating the next generation of storytellers. Inspired by a commitment to drive progress, Audi joined forces with AFI to expand the alliance by creating the Audi Fellowship for Women, which supports one female director for her entire two-year AFI Conservatory enrollment. The next Audi Fellow will be announced in 2019.
Audi is the exclusive presenting sponsor of AFI FEST 2018. Additional top sponsors include AT&T and American Airlines, the official airline of AFI.
Go to AFI.com/AFIFEST now to purchase Patron Packages, which can include access to Galas and other high-demand films and events. A limited number of individual tickets are available free of charge on AFI.com/AFIFEST.
About the American Film Institute
The American Film Institute was established by presidential proclamation in the White House Rose Garden, and launched its national mandate on June 5, 1967 — to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI’s founding Trustees included Chairman Gregory Peck, Vice Chairman Sidney Poitier, Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Jack Valenti and George Stevens, Jr., as Director.
For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute and youtube.com/AFI.
About AFI FEST presented by Audi
A program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST presented by Audi is a celebration of global cinema and today’s Hollywood — a showcase for the best festival films of the year and an opportunity for master filmmakers and emerging artists to come together with audiences in the movie capital of the world. Celebrating its 32nd edition, AFI FEST is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®. This year’s edition takes place November 8–15, 2018. Additional information about AFI FEST is available at AFI.com/AFIFEST. Connect with AFI FEST at facebook.com/AFIFEST, twitter.com/AFIFEST and youtube.com/AFI.
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