Category Archives: AFI Fest

AFI Awards 2011 ~ Official Selections

The American Film Institute [AFI] today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2011 – the awards season event favored by artists and entertainment executives for its intimacy and collaborative recognition – that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film, television and other forms of the moving image arts.

The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
J. Edgar
Midnight In Paris
The Tree Of Life
War Horse

Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Curb Your Enthusiam
Game Of Thrones
The Good Wife
Modern Family
Parks & Recreation

The Artist
The Harry Potter [Series]

AFI AWARDS represents the proudest of moments in the Institute’s calendar of events,” said Bob Gazzale [AFI President & CEO]. “The event brings together the year’s top artists in a celebration of community, not competition. We’re further honored that Verizon supports the event by creating scholarships in the name of each honoree for the next generation of storytellers at the AFI Conservatory.”

AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the selections at an invitation-only luncheon on Friday, January 13, 2012 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

A Single Man @ AFI Fest 2009

Designer Tom Ford makes his directional debut with A Single Man, which premieres tonight at AFI Fest 2009 as the Closing Night Gala presentation at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. And you can check out the two-minutes trailer below –

AFI Fest 2009 describes A Single Man as — Unfolding on a single day in Los Angeles in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, this story follows George Falconer, a 52-year old British college professor [Colin Firth] who struggles to find meaning after the death of his long time partner. Dwelling on the past and unable to see his future, George is consoled by his closest friend Charley [Julianne Moore], a 48-year-old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future, and stalked by Kenny [Nicholas Hoult], a young student coming to terms with his own true nature. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel, and featuring splendid performances and precise, gorgeous design on every level, Tom Ford’s acclaimed debut is a romantic tale of love interrupted, the isolation that is an inherent part of the human condition and ultimately the importance of the seemingly smaller moments in life.

You can get more information on AFI Fest 2009 @ Tom Ford is repped by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie, Stiffelman, Cook, Johnson, Lande & Wolf.

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An Evening With Kenny Ortega @ AFI Fest 2009

The Entertainment Weekly publication presents An Evening With Kenny Ortega [This Is It – Michael Jackson doc-film director] on Monday, November 2 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Entertainment Weekly Lounge in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

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AFI Fest describes the event as — Kenny Ortega taught modern Hollywood how to dance. The director of the Michael Jackson documentary – This is It – Ortega began his career as a choreographer and is responsible for some of the most iconic, indelible dance performances captured on film in the last 30 years. From the roller-disco fantasia of Xandau, to Jon Cryer’s “Try A Little Tenderness” number in Pretty in Pink, to Matthew Broderick’s “Twist and Shout” sequence in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ortega showed Gen X how to be cool. Then, with Dirty Dancing, he showed the entire world how to be hot. Ortega made his film directing debut with the ahead-of-its-time Newsies and went on to introduce the musical genre to a new generation, directing all three High School Musical movies. Next up: a reimagining of Footloose, starring Chace Crawford. Entertainment Weekly is honored to invite you to join Los Angeles Bureau Chief Sean Smith in celebrating the work of Kenny Ortega, one of Hollywood’s true visionaries, at the AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi.

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AFI Project 20/20 @ AFI Fest 2009

In its fourth year, AFI PROJECT: 20/20 at AFI Festival 2009 introduces AFI Fest audiences to a new crop of independent filmmakers and their films representing various countries. The 2009 – 2010 AFI Project: 20/20 filmmakers are Bob Richardson [Ahead of Time], Jessica Oreck [Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo], Melissa de Raaf & Răzvan Rădulescu [First Of All, Felicia], Damien Chazelle [Guy and Madeline On A Park Bench], Lars Larson & Michael Rivoira & Peter J. Vogt [Icons Among Us], Rachid Bouchareb [London River], Andrey Khrzhanovsky [Room and a Half] and Nina Paley [Sita Sings the Blues]. So check out these international filmmakers work and participate in “a shared humanity among cultures.”

For more detail and information about AFI Project: 20/20 [Bringing The World Together… One Film At A Time], visit The AFI Festival 2009 begins on Friday, October 30 runs through Saturday, November 7.

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Reserve Result @ AFI Festival 2009

We don’t have a AFI Festival 2009 badge yet, but apparently the tickets are open to the public for free – “See a film [on AFI”. AFI Festival 2009 begins on Friday, October 30 and concludes on Saturday, November 7. In a recession time, when other domestic film festivals are folding up their offices and losing sponsors, AFI Festival has hatched an excellent plan with less funds and sponsors, that’ll make festival-goers and cinephiles very happy. See you at AFI Film Festival @ Mann Chinese Theater.

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