Meet 2019 AFI EXPO Sweepstakes Winner Elizabeth Ashwell

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 documentary film because it’s a great format for stories that aren’t necessarily picked up in the mainstream media.

How was your experience at the AFI EXPO?

EXPO was something new for me. It was really inspiring. I had never been to the AFI Campus before, and I didn’t know what to expect, but it was so impressive. Just being in that space and seeing films that were really diverse, as well as the excitement of the filmmakers who were there with their friends and families and people who starred in the films. It was a great experience to watch that on an interactive, personal level. 

Why do you like being an AFI member?

The AFI EXPO as well as the actual AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute feel quintessentially LA. To be involved and able to participate and experience everything as a member of AFI is great.

What are you most looking forward to about attending the AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Denzel Washington?

The AFI Life Achievement Award is a cultural moment, and Mr. Washington is being honored for a career made up of lots of cultural moments. The ceremony is something that most people watch from home. The opportunity to attend in person is incredible. I’m really looking forward to hearing Mr. Washington speak, and hearing others talk about their experiences with him and the larger impact he’s made in the industry over the years. He has had a long, distinguished, interesting career.

Interested in joining Elizabeth Ashwell and other AFI members at the AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute? AFI Five-Star members and above receive two complimentary Mezzanine tickets. Contact AFI Membership at 800.774.4234 or at Membership@AFI.com to upgrade your membership or learn more. Or click here to purchase a ballroom ticket or table to further support AFI’s preservation and education programs.

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