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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,…

CARES Act Increases Deductions for Charitable Contributions

As a non-profit, AFI relies on the support of movie fans – like you – who believe in our mission to empower storytellers and inspire audiences. The movies have never been more important to us as a source of inspiration and entertainment than in this time of uncertainty. We are deeply appreciative of your commitment…

Five Questions with AFI Member Shelley Cranley

Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you live and what do you do? Shelley: I grew up in Nevada, primarily Tonopah, Silver Peak, and Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world! I had a wonderful childhood spent exploring and walking the hills and staking out mining claims with my father, and taking in…

The CARES Act and What It Means for AFI Alumni 

On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security “CARES” Act was signed into legislation in order to offset the economic hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Below are a few key provisions that we hope will be beneficial to AFI Alumni: A Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that will last through December 31,…

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…

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,…

Production Designer Yong Ok Lee on her Sundance films MINARI and THE FAREWELL

Following her work on the critically-acclaimed THE FAREWELL – a 2019 AFI AWARDS recipient, AFI alum Yong Ok Lee (Production Design, Class of 2013) returned to Sundance for the second year in a row with MINARI – which won the U.S. dramatic grand jury prize and the dramatic audience award at this year’s festival. The film, inspired by director…

AFI Member Spotlight: Elika Portnoy on Producing and Premiering NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS at Sundance

Producer and AFI National Council member Elika Portnoy’s critically acclaimed new film NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS follows a teenage girl and her best friend’s perilous journey from their native Pennsylvania to New York City to obtain an abortion. Directed by indie auteur Eliza Hittman, the film recently premiered at Sundance and is set to be…

AFI Alum Scott Silver Scores BAFTA and WGA Nominations for JOKER

Congratulations to AFI alum and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Scott Silver who received a BAFTA nomination and a WGA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing JOKER, alongside writer/director Todd Phillips. This marks his second BAFTA and WGA nominations, after he was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for THE FIGHTER in 2011. JOKER, which premiered at…

Alex Michaelides On Writing “The Silent Patient,” Uma Thurman’s Advice & Plan B Optioning the Movie Rights

When Alex Michaelides (AFI Class of 2004) released his first novel “The Silent Patient” earlier this year, he not only had a taut and spellbinding psychological thriller on his hands, but also a hit novel that debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers List. Michaelides studied English literature at Cambridge University, received…

AFI FEST Interview: Dr. Stacy Smith on the Erasure of Latinx in Film

The AFI Summit with Eva Longoria And Dr. Stacy Smith on the Erasure of Latinx in Film will take place at AFI FEST on Friday, November 15 at the Hollywood Roosevelt. It’s no secret that Latinos are overwhelmingly underrepresented both in front of and behind the scenes in Hollywood. However, this summer Dr. Stacy Smith…
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