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Sophia Loren to Receive Career-Honoring AFI FEST Tribute

The American Film Institute announced today that luminous Italian movie icon Sophia Loren will receive a special Tribute on the penultimate night of AFI FEST 2014, which runs November 6 through 13 in Hollywood.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 27, 2014 7:00 AM
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AFI Directing Workshop for Women Makes Way for Digital TV

The American Film Institute’s Directing Worshop for Women (DWW) is expanding its decades-long directing program into the digital age with a new multi-platform initiative.
  • By Elaina Patton
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  • August 21, 2014 12:44 PM
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Jan Schuette To Be Next Dean of AFI Conservatory

The American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory has a new head: Jan Schuette, formerly the director of the German Film and Television Academy, Berlin since 2010.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 17, 2014 12:00 PM
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Things I Learned at the Dazzling AFI Tribute to Jane Fonda: "stay curious"

Jane Fonda drew a wide and starry crowd to the Dolby Theater Thursday night, where the American Film Institute honored her with the 42nd Life Achievement Award, in an evening that appropriately feted the visionary actress' myriad accomplishments from the past, present, and yet-to-come.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 6, 2014 1:06 PM
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WATCH: Kimberly Peirce's Incisive, Inspirational Speech to AFI's Directing Workshop for Women

Director Kimbely Peirce recently spoke to the 2014 AFI Directing Workshop for Women, and her words cut to the core of a reality faced by women filmmakers in the industry. She begins the talk by telling a story from interview rounds she did for her second feature, "Stop-Loss." The most frequent question she received was, "Why did it take so long for you to make a second feature?"
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2014 1:43 PM
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Full AFI DOCS Slate Includes Holbrook's 'Twain' Odyssey, 'Overnighters' and Alex Gibney Tribute

AFI DOCS has unveiled its full 2014 program, a slate of 84 buzzed-about films from 28 countries that will unspool from June 18-22 in Washington DC and Silver Spring, MD.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 21, 2014 11:59 AM
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AFI DOCS 2014 Unveils Opening and Closing Night Films

The American Film Institute’s documentary film festival, AFI DOCS, has revealed the opening and closing night films for its 2014 edition of the fest. The world premiere of Scott Teems’ “Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey” will kick off the festival, while Steve James’ portrait of Roger Ebert, “Life Itself,” is the closer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 15, 2014 12:42 PM
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Alex Gibney Is the Guggenheim Honoree for AFI DOCS 2014

The American Film Institute’s documentary festival, AFI DOCS, will honor Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) as its 2014 Charles Guggenheim honoree during the fest’s 12th edition, running June 18-22 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, Maryland.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 1, 2014 11:00 AM
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'Cosmos' Writer-Director Ann Druyan Is Coming to AFI's 2014 Sloan Seminar

The AFI Conservatory’s 2014 Sloan Seminar guest will be Ann Druyan, who writes, executive producers and directs the buzzy science documentary series “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,” which follows up on the original Carl Sagan PBS series from 1980.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 24, 2014 2:58 PM
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Top Dozen Documentary Film Festivals: Up Next, Hot Docs and Full Frame

With the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announcing its 2014 lineup of Tribute and Thematic Program films, we put together a compendium of the top dozen must-attend doc fests around the country.
  • By John Anderson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 31, 2014 1:30 PM
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