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AFI Movie Club: WONDER WOMAN

WONDER WOMAN was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2017 – recognizing it as one of the 10 most outstanding films of the year. And it was directed by an alum of the AFI Conservatory – Patty Jenkins!    Movie Trivia about WONDER WOMAN –DID YOU KNOW that Wonder Woman made her first comic book appearance in 1941? –DID YOU KNOW…

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and Frederick Elmes on Filming HUNTERS and What They Learned at AFI

Growing up on the Texas/Mexico border in the ‘80s, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s (AFI Class of 1995) first introduction to the work of legendary cinematographer Frederick Elmes (AFI Class of 1972) was a worn-out VHS tape of BLUE VELVET. Describing Elmes’ filmmaking as “hypnotic,” Gomez-Rejon continued his initiation with other films shot by Elmes – ERASERHEAD,…

Dean Susan Ruskin Q&A: How the AFI Conservatory is Adapting to COVID-19

As we continue to evolve to meet this unprecedented moment prompted by the COVID-19 crisis, AFI turned to Dean Susan Ruskin to discuss how the AFI Conservatory has transitioned to online learning over the past several weeks and how Fellows, faculty and staff are adjusting. We spoke with her about the state of the industry,…

Member Spotlight: AFI National Council Members and Founders of Last Rodeo Studios

Three AFI National Council members – Steve Stodghill, David Kiger and Philip Erdoes – also happen to be the founders of the production company Last Rodeo Studios. Their latest film SCARE ME had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by AMC Networks’ genre streaming service Shudder. Their collective credits…

AFI Alumni Projects Online

With movie audiences across the country taking COVID-19 precautions and staying at home, AFI would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the recent work of alumni. And you can help support our alumni too! Whether it’s a long-awaited digital premiere or a first-run theatrical release headed to VOD early, be sure to check out…

Industry and Community Resources for AFI Alumni

With the impact of the coronavirus slowing our community to a standstill, AFI is committed to helping Conservatory alumni during this challenging time. Below are community resources for different sectors of the industry and links to grants and relief funds, as well as health and mental health resources. Please email us at Alumni@AFI.com if you…

AFI Alum Films to Screen at Tribeca 2020

Congratulations to the AFI alumni who will be screening their films at the Tribeca Film Festival! The festival will take place in New York City from April 15-26. Here are the 22 alumni and their 14 projects that will inspire east coast audiences:   ASIA Daniella Nowitz (AFI Class of 2014), Cinematographer   BLOOD AND…

AFI Directing Workshop for Women 2020 Showcase: Meet the Filmmakers. Watch the Films.

Congratulations to the AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) Class of 2020: Robin Cloud, Revati Dhomse, Ashley Eakin, Tiffany Frances, Marie Jamora, Bridget Moloney, Lara Panah-Izadi and Nicole Taylor-Roberts! On March 11, DWW will host an invitation-only screening of the filmmakers’ eight short films, projects that were over fifteen months in the making. Nancy C….

Cinematographer and AFI Alum Brandon Cox on his SXSW Film CUT THROAT CITY and the Movies That Inspire Him

“Trust your eye.” This is the mantra of cinematographer Brandon Cox (Class of 2004). His latest project, CUT THROAT CITY directed by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, is set to premiere at the 2020 SXSW Festival. The film stars Shameik Moore, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Denzel Whitaker and Keean Johnson as four boyhood friends who return to New…

AFI Alum Heidi Levitt On Collaborating With Directors and Casting Sally Potter’s New Film

AFI alumna Heidi Levitt (Class of 1987) has established herself as a versatile casting director and producer, crisscrossing artistic mediums from theater to television to film to commercials. Her new film, THE ROADS NOT TAKEN, recently had its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. Reuniting with director Sally Potter for the fourth time,…

Watch: Director/Writer Joe Talbot and Star Jimmie Fails Discuss THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO director/writer Joe Talbot and star Jimmie Fails spoke at the AFI Conservatory about shooting the rowing scene and the themes of gentrification in their film.   Watch the videos here:

PALM SPRINGS Director and Writer Talk Inspiration, Collaboration and Meeting at the AFI Conservatory

AFI alumni Max Barbakow (Directing, Class of 2015) and Andy Siara (Screenwriting, Class of 2015) just sold their debut feature film, PALM SPRINGS, breaking the record for the biggest sale ever at Sundance – by 69 cents. PALM SPRINGS stars Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti as two wedding guests stuck in an endless time loop….
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