AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Diane Keaton Gathers American Film’s Finest

Posted by Larry Gleeson Actor, director, writer and icon Diane Keaton was honored with the American Film Institute’s 45th AFI Life Achievement Award on Thursday, June 8, in an evening filled with laughter, stories, song and surprises at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.The televised special, AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO DIANE KEATON, will... Continue Reading →

Congratulations to AFI Conservatory Alumna Patty Jenkins

Posted by Larry Gleeson Director Patty Jenkins’ WONDER WOMAN opened to critical and commercial acclaim as the biggest box-office opening for a female director ever. The American Film Institute congratulates Jenkins, an alumna of the AFI Conservatory Directing Class of 2000, on the success and global impact of WONDER WOMAN. Before WONDER WOMAN, Jenkins wrote... Continue Reading →

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The AFI DOCS Interview: THE WORK Director Jairus McLeary

Posted by Larry Gleeson A moving story of redemption and renewal unfolds in THE WORK, a remarkable vérité film that follows a group of “outsiders” into California’s Folsom Prison to join inmates in an intense four-day therapy session. THE WORK garnered the top documentary prize at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. The film... Continue Reading →

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Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Line-Up

Posted by Larry Gleeson ShortFest to Showcase Shorts Featuring Edward Asner, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Coon, Idris Elba, Rick Fox, Toby Jones, Tatiana Maslany, Ian McKellen, Matthew Modine, Sam Rockwell, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright and More! Additional Speakers from AMPAS, Anonymous Content, CAA, Cartoon Network, FX Networks, ICM Partners, NASA, Preferred... Continue Reading →

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AFI DOCS 2017 Opening Night and Closing Night Films

AFI DOCS, AFI’s annual documentary celebration in the nation’s capital, announces the Opening and Closing Night films for its 15th annual edition. The festival will open with the East Coast premiere of Netflix’s ICARUS, directed by Bryan Fogel, and will close with ESPN Films’ YEAR OF THE SCAB, directed by Emmy® winner John Dorsey. Both... Continue Reading →

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AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER – Directors’ Statement

Posted by Larry Gleeson Statement by AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk on Today’s Decision by the Trump Administration to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement June 1, 2017 by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk "We were shocked and disappointed to hear President Trump's announcement today regarding withdrawing the U.S.... Continue Reading →

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AFI Conservatory Dean to Stepping Down After Upcoming Commencement

Posted by Larry Gleeson The American Film Institute's Jan Schuette is stepping down as Dean of the AFI Conservatory after this year's June 5th Commencement Ceremony on the grounds of the Hollywood Chinese Theater.  Schuette has led AFI’s prestigious film school for three years and intends to continue his work in academia and also resume... Continue Reading →

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