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AFI’s Guide on What to Watch from the Lists You’ve Always Loved

Need a little inspiration in these trying times? Revisit your favorite AFI List as a much-needed guide on what to watch with your family, roommate or on your own. From classics you’ll want to see again to hidden gems you never knew about, the AFI Lists are here to inspire and entertain – especially in a time…

Watch the Films: AFI Directing Workshop for Women Class of 2020

Today, the AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) launched the online premiere of the films by the Class of 2020. Congratulation to the DWW filmmakers: Robin Cloud, Revati Dhomse, Ashley Eakin, Tiffany Frances, Marie Jamora, Bridget Moloney, Lara Panah-Izadi and Nicole Taylor-Roberts!  Watch all the films HERE. Meet the DWW Class of 2020:   Learn…

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 Member Spotlight: Paris Barclay

Paris Barclay is one of television’s most prolific directors. His credits include episodes of NYPD BLUE, ER, THE WEST WING, LOST, THE GOOD WIFE, CSI, SONS OF ANARCHY, HOUSE, GLEE, IN TREATMENT, SCANDAL, EMPIRE and PITCH. Throughout his career, he has garnered two Emmy® awards, ten DGA nominations, three NAACP Image awards, four Peabody Awards…

Did You Know? This Julie Andrews Film is the 6th Highest-Grossing Movie Ever

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, which premiered 55 years ago this month, remains the 6th highest-grossing movie ever with adjustment for inflation. Released in 1965, the film remained in theaters for over a year and surpassed GONE WITH THE WIND as the highest grossing film at the time. THE SOUND OF MUSIC was adapted from the…

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:

AFI Remembers Cinema Legend Kirk Douglas

We join movie-lovers around the world in mourning the loss of a true cinema legend. Kirk Douglas was larger-than-life – with a legacy that includes towering onscreen performances and heroism offscreen during the dark days of the Hollywood blacklist. The American Film Institute was honored to celebrate these contributions at the AFI Life Achievement Award in…

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….

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…

Did You Know? Julia Crawford Ivers Wrote First Feature Adaptation of this Mark Twain Novel

Did You Know? Julia Crawford Ivers wrote the first feature film adaptation of HUCKLEBERRY FINN which was released 100 years ago this month. She has 48 credits in the AFI Catalog for writing, directing and producing silent films. She worked for Famous Players-Lasky Corp. in the early 1920s when it became known as Paramount Pictures, and collaborated with director William Desmond Taylor until…

Did you know? This Film Was The First Onscreen Representation Of African-American Intimacy

Did you know? SOMETHING GOOD-NEGRO KISS, released in either 1898 or 1903, is believed to be the first onscreen representation of African-American intimacy. When the film was rediscovered in 2017 and entered into the National Film Registry in 2018, it showed a significant contrast to the racist and caricatured representations of black culture that were...
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