Newly Launched Program Now a Dedicated Collection on the App
Michael and Cameron Douglas Announce Today’s AFI Movie Club Pick
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Los Angeles, CA, May 5, 2020 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that it has launched a dedicated AFI Movie Club collection on the Apple TV app, so movie fans can easily find out where they can enjoy the recommended films. Building on the AFI Movie Club’s mission to provide inspiration and entertainment in a time of need, the Apple TV app collection will showcase all of AFI’s chosen films and be updated daily with the latest selection. Audiences can view the collection at apple.co/-afimovieclub on the Apple TV app, which is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, and Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices.
“With this dedicated collection, movie lovers will have the opportunity to find AFI Movie Club selections even more easily,“ said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO. “AFI’s goal is to shine a light upon one movie a day that will lift the viewer’s spirits – and we look forward to guiding audiences to discover and rediscover these classics through the Apple TV app.”
Launched last month, AFI Movie Club’s first selection was THE WIZARD OF OZ, announced by Steven Spielberg. The daily picks are supported by fun facts, family discussion points and exclusive material from the AFI Archive to enrich the viewing experience.
Today’s film, SPARTACUS, starring AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Kirk Douglas, was announced by Michael Douglas – also an AFI Life Achievement Award recipient – and his son Cameron. The film is honored across several of AFI’s lists of the greatest films of all time – including a ranking at #5 of the greatest epics in cinematic history.
The following special guests have introduced AFI Movie Club film titles: J.J. Abrams, Halle Berry, Jack Black, Hanelle Culpepper, Robert De Niro, Cynthia Erivo, Jeff Goldblum, Hugh Grant, Morgan Freeman, Taylor Hackford, Eva Longoria, Helen Mirren, Elisabeth Moss, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Emma Roberts, Alicia Silverstone and Sharon Stone. Some of the selected titles so far have included CASABLANCA, THE FAREWELL, GILDA, JURASSIC PARK, MOONLIGHT, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… and WONDER WOMAN.
About the Apple TV app
The Apple TV app brings together all the ways to watch shows and movies into one app and is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, and Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices. It features Apple TV+, Apple’s new video subscription service offering original shows, movies and documentaries from the world’s most creative storytellers, as well as Apple TV channels, personalized and curated recommendations, and movies and TV shows to buy or rent.
About AFI Movie Club
AFI Movie Club is a newly launched free program to raise the nation’s spirits by bringing artists and audiences together – even while we are apart. AFI shines a spotlight on an iconic movie each day, with special guests announcing select AFI Movies of the Day in short videos posted on AFI.com and social media platforms. Audiences can “gather” at AFI.com/MovieClub to find out how to watch the featured movie of the day with the use of their preexisting streaming service credentials. The daily film selections are supported by fun facts, family discussion points and exclusive material from the AFI Archive to enrich the viewing experience. Audiences can continue the conversation online using the hashtag #AFIMovieClub.
About the American Film Institute (AFI)
Established in 1967, the American Film Institute is the nation’s non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring artists and audiences through initiatives that champion the past, present and future of the moving image. AFI’s pioneering programs include filmmaker training at the AFI Conservatory; year-round exhibition at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and at AFI Festivals across the nation; workshops aimed at increasing diversity in the storytelling community; honoring today’s masters through the AFI Life Achievement Award and AFI AWARDS; and scholarly efforts such as the AFI Catalog of Feature Films that uphold film history for future generations. Read about all of these programs and more at AFI.com and follow us on social media
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American Film Institute: Stacy Adamski, 323.856.7759, SAdamski@AFI.com