The AFI Catalog of Feature Films has been honored with a prestigious $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to embark upon an unprecedented, landmark study of gender parity in the history of American film. The initiative, titled “Women They Talk About” after a lost 1928 film about a woman who campaigns for mayor against her childhood sweetheart, will evaluate AFI’s uniquely comprehensive and academic data to establish gender parity as a near norm in the early decades of the motion picture industry.  New and exhaustive scholarly research of the silent film era, paired with cutting-edge technology,…

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On March 29, the world lost a fearless and uncompromising visionary with the passing of iconic filmmaker Agnès Varda.   She burst onto the scene, directing LA POINTE COURTE in 1954 at only 26 years-old. Often known as “the mother of the French New Wave,” she challenged conventions of cinematic form and style and infused her work with social commentary and documentary realism. She cemented her reputation as a revolutionary auteur and an unflinching feminist with her films CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7; ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN’T; and VAGABOND. In her later work, she was often playful and autobiographical,…

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Meet AFI Premiere Circle member Louis J. Horvitz, who has had an amazing career directing 31 Life Achievement Award television events, along with many of your favorite award shows, from the Oscars to the Grammys and beyond. Longtime AFI member Louis J. Horvitz is among the most accomplished, prolific directors in the rarified field of live TV event broadcasting. He has directed 31 AFI Life Achievement Award television specials since 1988, and has been a Premiere Circle Member since 2006. However, his interest in AFI began as early as 1965, when AFI launched as a presidential mandate by Lyndon B.…

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At the recent AFI Conservatory EXPO on campus, AFI member Elizabeth Ashwell won two tickets to attend the AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Denzel Washington in Hollywood on June 6! We spoke with Ashwell about this unique member opportunity. You recently relocated to Los Angeles from Washington, DC. What brought your attention to the American Film Institute? I just moved to LA six months ago, which was when I became an AFI member. My parents gave me the membership as an early birthday present. Before then, I volunteered for AFI DOCS when I lived in DC. I’ve always enjoyed…

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