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AFI FEST Adds Conversations and Panels, from Veteran Bening to Rising Stars Gerwig and DeHaan

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 29, 2013 at 2:58PM

AFI FEST 2013 has added conversations and panelists to its bulging program set to take place November 7 though 14 in Hollywood.
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Greta Gerwig in "Frances Ha"
Greta Gerwig in "Frances Ha"
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Steve McQueen discuss "12 Years a Slave" at a National Board of Review Q&A
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Steve McQueen discuss "12 Years a Slave" at a National Board of Review Q&A

AFI FEST 2013 has added conversations and panelists to its bulging program set to take place November 7 though 14 in Hollywood. 

The Times' Amy Kaufman moderates a panel on Friday, November 8 (7:30 P.M., Chinese 6) with rising talent including Dane DeHaan ("Kill Your Darlings"), Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha"), Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station"), Brie Larson ("Short Term 12"), and Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now").

"12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen will discuss his career from 2008's "Hunger" and 2011's "Shame" to his latest film "12 Years a Slave," based on the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man abducted into slavery on Sunday, November 10 (7:00 P.M., TCL Chinese Theatre).

Annette Bening will talk about her career including her upcoming role in "The Face of Love" with the director Arie Posen, as well as her long filmography including "The Kids Are All Right,." "Mother and Child," "The Women," "Being Julia," "American Beauty," "Bugsy," where she met husband Warren Beatty, and her breakout in Stephen Frears' "The Grifters" on Tuesday, November 12 (5:00 P.M., Egyptian Theatre).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.