FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Los Angeles, CA, September 15, 2022 — Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that the World Premiere of Apple Original film SELENA GOMEZ: MY MIND AND ME will open the 36th edition of AFI FEST on Wednesday, November 2.
Helmed by Alek Keshishian, who made his groundbreaking directorial debut with the seminal documentary MADONNA: TRUTH OR DARE, SELENA GOMEZ: MY MIND AND ME chronicles Emmy® and Grammy® nominee Selena Gomez’s journey from the heights of unimaginable superstardom through the lows of a very personal crisis and back again.
“I had no interest in making a traditional pop doc,” says Keshishian. “I wanted to show something more authentic and Selena did, too. She has a raw vulnerability that captured me… I had no idea then that it would become a six-year labor of love.”
“AFI is proud to launch AFI FEST 2022 with SELENA GOMEZ: MY MIND AND ME, a film as profoundly powerful as it is personal,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “Selena is a global force in art and entertainment, and we are honored to partner with her, Alek and Apple to shine a light upon her journey in this beautifully crafted celebration of optimism, vulnerability and hopefulness.”
The documentary is an Apple Original Film, produced by Interscope Films and Lighthouse Management & Media.
AFI FEST 2022 will take place exclusively in person in Los Angeles from November 2-6. Tickets and passes to AFI FEST 2022 will be available in October on FEST.AFI.com.
As previously announced
The U.S. premiere of Universal Pictures’ and Amblin Entertainment’s THE FABLEMANS, directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, will close AFI FEST 2022. The film is co-written by Spielberg and Academy Award®-nominated and Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner and is produced by Academy Award® nominee Kristie Macosko Krieger, Spielberg and Kushner.
Now in its 36th year, AFI FEST 2022 will take place exclusively in person in Los Angeles from November 2-6.
Tickets and passes to AFI FEST 2022 will be available in October on FEST.AFI.com. AFI Members receive exclusive early access to purchase passes and tickets and other exclusive benefits. To become an AFI member, visit AFI.com/join/.
About the American Film Institute (AFI)
The American Film Institute (AFI) is a nonprofit organization with a mandate to champion the moving image as an art form. Established in 1967, AFI launched the first comprehensive history of American film and sparked the movement for film preservation in the United States. In 1969, AFI opened the doors of the AFI Conservatory, a graduate-level program to train narrative filmmakers. The Conservatory, which counts Deniese Davis, Affonso Gonçalves, Susannah Grant, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Melina Matsoukas and Rachel Morrison as Alumni, is ranked the #1 film school in America. AFI’s enduring traditions include the AFI Life Achievement Award, which honors the masters for work that has stood the test of time; AFI AWARDS, which celebrates the creative ensembles of the most outstanding screen stories of the year; and scholarly efforts such as the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive that preserve film history for future generations. AFI exhibition programs include AFI FEST, AFI DOCS and year-round exhibition at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Maryland. AFI Movie Club is a destination for movie lovers from around the world to celebrate and engage with the art form every day. Other pioneering programs include workshops aimed at increasing diversity in the storytelling community, including AFI DWW+ and the AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women. Read about all of these programs and more at AFI.com and follow us on social media at Facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute, YouTube.com/AFI, Twitter.com/AmericanFilm and Instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute.
About AFI FEST
Now in its 36th year, AFI FEST is a world-class event, showcasing the best films from across the globe. This year’s edition takes place in Los Angeles from November 2-6, 2022. With an innovative slate of programming, the five-day festival presents screenings, panels and conversations, featuring both master filmmakers and new cinematic voices. AFI FEST includes high-profile films with Q&As featuring the films’ cast and crew and a robust lineup of fiction and nonfiction features and shorts, providing a one-of-a-kind experience for movie fans. Additional information about AFI FEST is available FEST.AFI.com. Connect with AFI FEST at Facebook.com/AFIFEST, Twitter.com/AFIFEST, Instagram/AmericanFilmInstitute, TikTok/@AmericanFilmInstitute and YouTube.com/AFI.