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U.S. Premiere of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY to Benefit AFI

We are thrilled to announce that the U.S. Premiere of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, from Academy Award®- winning director Peter Jackson, will screen at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on December 6 as a benefit for the education and preservation initiatives of the American Film Institute.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is the first in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film, a production of New Line Cinema and MGM, will be released nationwide on December 14, 2012 from Warner Bros. Pictures. The U.S. Premiere is presented  in conjunction with Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).

“The world eagerly awaits a journey back to Middle-earth,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute. ”We are honored the filmmakers have chosen AFI to host this landmark moment in film history.” THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy is represented among the greatest movies of all time as part of AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list, and all three films have been honored at AFI Awards, the American Film Institute’s “almanac” of the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY will have its U.S. Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City’s largest single screen venue, built in 1969 as one of the last great movie palaces in the nation.

Benefit ticket packages and individual tickets are available through the American Film Institute at AFI.com/thehobbit

AFI FEST 2012 Announces YOUNG AMERICANS and NEW AUTEURS Titles

STARLET

(Film still from STARLET, directed by Sean Baker)

We are very excited today to announce the YOUNG AMERICANS and NEW AUTEURS sections of AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi. AFI FEST will take place November 1 through 8 in Hollywood, CA at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

“This year we’ve expanded our Young Americans section to accommodate the many great American independent films submitted,” said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming at AFI FEST.  “The section features exciting directors and filmmakers like the Zellner brothers and Joe Swanberg who are returning to AFI FEST with new films.  It’s been extraordinary to see the growth and evolution of this section over the past three years.”

 “Our New Auteurs competition section is an opportunity for us to highlight some of the strongest filmmaking by first and second time directors this year.  These are films that have been garnering acclaim and winning awards at festivals all over the world and are now being showcased together for the first time,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director of AFI FEST.  “Last year this section included Michael Roskam’s Oscar®- nominated BULLHEAD and Julia Loktev’s THE LONELIEST PLANET.  Every year, it’s exciting to see the talent that emerges from this showcase of new narrative feature filmmakers.”

YOUNG AMERICANS SELECTIONS
The Young Americans section features work by emerging U.S. filmmakers.

ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY:  DIR/SCR Joe Swanberg.
APE:  DIR/SCR Joel Potrykus.
ELECTRICK CHILDREN:  DIR/SCR Rebecca Thomas.
THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING:  DIR/SCR Zach Weintraub.
KID-THING:  DIR/SCR David Zellner.
ONLY THE YOUNG:  DIR Jason Tippet, Elizabeth Mims.
PEARBLOSSOM HIGHWAY:  DIR Mike Ott.  SCR Mike Ott, Atsuko Okatsuka.
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME:  DIR/SCR Bob Byington.
STARLET:  DIR Sean Baker.  SCR Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch.  
SUN DON’T SHINE:  DIR/SCR Amy Seimetz.
TCHOUPITOULAS:  DIR Turner Ross, Bill Ross.

NEW AUTEURS SELECTION
The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors from around the world.

AFTER LUCIA:  DIR/SCR Michel Franco.  Mexico.
ANTIVIRAL:  DIR/SCR Brandon Cronenberg.  Canada/USA.
CLIP:  DIR/SCR Maja Miloš.  Serbia.
EAT SLEEP DIE:  DIR/SCR Gabriela Pichler.  Sweden.
HERE AND THERE:  DIR/SCR Antonio Mendez Esparza.  Mexico/Spain/USA.
IN THE FOG:  DIR Sergei Loznitsa.  Germany/Russia/Belarus/The Netherlands/Latvia.
NOT IN TEL AVIV:  DIR/SCR Nony Geffen.  Israel.
SIMON KILLER:  DIR/SCR Antonio Campos.  USA.
Film stills are available for press use only and can be downloaded at: flickr.com/photos/afifestpublicity/collections.

The complete festival program will be announced on Thursday, October 11.  Media accreditation closes on Friday, October 5.  For details on how to apply for media accreditation, please visit AFI.com/AFIFEST/pressaccreditation.

Meet the AFI FEST Staff: Amy Campbell, Director of Special Events

Amy Campbell

(Left to right: Cindi Kim, Linda Arellano, Josh Porro, Amy Campbell, Gregory Copeland)

What is your job at AFI FEST?

I am Director of Special Events and our team is responsible for coordinating the production of the Gala nights.  We manage the red carpet set-up and Will Call each evening.

How long have you worked at AFI FEST?

I have worked for AFI since 2000, but I started working on AFI FEST in 2007.

What do you enjoy about working at AFI FEST?

I enjoy meeting and working with all of the great people including the AFI FEST staff, sponsors and the guests.

What’s you favorite movie (of all time)?

My favorite film is THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

What’s your most memorable AFI FEST moment?

There are so many great moments.  I worked with Warner Bros. on the NORTH BY NORTHWEST Anniversary Screening and it was great hearing Eva Maria Saint talk about working with Alfred Hitchcock.

World Premiere of HITCHCOCK Will Open AFI FEST 2012

HITCHCOCK starring Anthony Hopkins

On November 1, the World Premiere of HITCHCOCK will open the AFI FEST 2012 at Grauman’s historic Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The film stars Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma Reville, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins.

The film is directed by Sacha Gervasi and also stars Toni Collette, Danny Huston and Michael Stuhlbarg.  From a screenplay by John J. McLaughlin, the film is based on the book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” by Stephen Rebello. HITCHCOCK, a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock, and his wife and partner, Alma Reville, takes place during the making of the distinguished director’s seminal 1960 movie, PSYCHO.

“AFI’s history with Alfred Hitchcock is a proud one, from a Master Seminar at the AFI Conservatory in 1970 to his receiving the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute.  “We are honored to celebrate his lasting legacy with the World Premiere of HITCHCOCK – a bloody valentine to his creative genius and the inspired woman at his side.”

“Alfred Hitchcock’s signature style has made him one of the most influential directors in the world,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST.  “This film pulls back the curtain and takes us behind-the-scenes of his lifelong collaboration with his wife Alma during the making of his 1960 masterpiece PSYCHO – it’s the perfect film to welcome our audience of movie-lovers with on opening night.”

 For the fourth consecutive year, AFI FEST will continue its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings, but only the Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package will provide reserved seating at the World Premiere opening night gala of HITCHCOCK.  These and other AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes – which can include access to sold-out galas and other high-demand films and events – are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST.  The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

 Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Wednesday, October 24 in a 24-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on October 25.  In addition, AFI members Two Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all Patron Packages and Passes.  Information about AFI Membership is available at AFI.com/membership.

Meet the AFI FEST Staff: Jasmine Jaisinghani, Guest Services Director

Béla Tarr, Jasmine, and Festival Guest, Bernardo Rondeau How long have you worked at AFI FEST?

This is my fifth AFI FEST on staff! 

What is your job at AFI FEST?

Basically, my office brings our filmmakers and special guests here and keeps them happy!  This year Industry Services is also in Guest Services, so that should be added fun!

What do you enjoy about working at AFI FEST?

I love international cinema and AFI FEST showcases the best of cinema from the year. It’s a great way to catch up on everything that was the buzz from Berlin and Cannes to Toronto.  I love meeting and getting to know some of the filmmakers behind some of my favorite films and movements.  Just connecting with people from around the globe is the best.

What’s you favorite movie of all time?

Obviously this is the hardest question in the world for any film lover.  But I’m going to go with something that’s been on my mind a lot lately: DANCER IN THE DARK.  I love all and any Billy Wilder and old Raj Kapoor films.

What’s your most memorable AFI FEST moment?

Meeting and hosting seminal filmmaker Béla Tarr at last year’s FEST.  We showed TURIN HORSE, which he indicated would be his last film, so that was something. Having Béla attend our fabulous filmmaker karaoke party at the Roosevelt Penthouse last year was simply genius.  Also, 2008 was a monumental edition when our festival ran concurrently with Halloween, the Presidential Election and Prop 8 protests! 

Catching Up With AFI FEST Alumni: Mike Ott, Director of LITTLEROCK

Mike Ott

What’s your favorite AFI FEST memory?

My favorite moment from 2010 was the night of our screening.  Not only was it packed with no seats left, there were a bunch of people who were still in line waiting outside of the theater.  I remember seeing a woman in particular who had a gigantic bucket of popcorn in her hands, screaming at the top of her lungs at a volunteer at the door: “I need to see this f***ing movie!  What am I supposed to do with all this God damn popcorn???”  It’s an image I will never forget.

What are you working on now?

I just finished post on my new feature, PEARBLOSSOM HWY, which like my last film takes place in the Antelope Valley.  I call it a loose sequel to LITTLEROCK.   I’m also currently developing my next film, which will be the third installment in the trilogy of desert films.   This one deals with mostly new characters and is centered on the militia movement in the U.S.

World Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN at AFI FEST 2012

LINCOLN

We are thrilled to announce the closing night film of AFI FEST 2012 will be the World Premiere of LINCOLN, directed by Steven Spielberg. The gala screening event will take place on Thursday, November 8 at the Historic Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

The film stars Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role; Academy Award® winners Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones; Academy Award® nominees David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes and Hal Holbrook; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Jared Harris.  Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams scored the film, with 2012 marking a collaboration between Spielberg and Williams that has enriched 26 of their films together.  From an original screenplay by Academy Award® nominee Tony Kushner based in part on the best-selling book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by noted historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the revealing drama explores our 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office during the Civil War.

”Steven Spielberg is an American master, enriching the cultural legacy of our nation with each new film in his extraordinary career,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO.  ”We are honored he has chosen AFI FEST for the World Premiere of LINCOLN, an historic cinematic event in itself as it brings the most dramatic American history to life for new generations.”

“Steven Spielberg epitomizes American filmmaking,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST, “and who better to tell the story of one of the most significant figures in our country’s history.  In this important presidential election year, Spielberg’s LINCOLN reminds us that the challenges of the past remain as relevant today.”

For the fourth consecutive year, AFI FEST will continue its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings, but only the Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package will provide reserved seating at the Official World Premiere closing night gala of LINCOLN.  These and other AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes – which can include access to sold-out galas and other high-demand films and events – are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST.  The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Wednesday, October 24 in a 24-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on October 25.  In addition, AFI members Two Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all Patron Packages and Passes.  Information about AFI Membership is available at AFI.com/membership.

Meet the AFI FEST Staff: Brendan Early, Volunteer Manager

How long have you worked for AFI FEST?

This is my third year.

What do you enjoy about working for AFI FEST?  

I love working with festival staff who’ve become my best friends and getting to know on a personal level the hundreds of people who volunteer their time at AFI FEST.  They’re great people with a passion for film.

What’s you favorite movie (of all time)?  

I never like answering this one out loud…too many different films for many different reasons.  But if I have to name one game-changer, I’ll go with Spike Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING. 

What’s your most memorable AFI FEST moment?  

Getting an umbrella and walking in a theater team volunteer who was insistent upon keeping her post in the pouring rain.  She was the last one out there, in all of Hollywood!  Talk about commitment!

AFI FEST Program Guides (1987-1996)

Meet the AFI FEST Staff: Derek Call, Festival Producer

How long have you worked for AFI FEST?

I started working in the Box Office in 2002 and in 2004 took a full-time position as the Operations Manager.  From there I moved to AFI Campus Operations from 2007-2008.  I then returned to the festival in 2010 as the Festival Producer.  This will be my third festival as Festival Producer.

What do you do?

As Festival Producer I oversee all operations and logistics for the festival.  This ranges from overseeing the budget and the hiring of our 80+ seasonal employees to executing venue contracts to implementing systems that affect the day-to-day operations (i.e., our Box Office system and volunteer database system) to something as simple as ordering event wristbands.  One day I could go from planning a high-class gala after-party for A-list guests to being a bartender’s assistant or security at the very same event.

What do you enjoy about working for AFI FEST?

It’s amazing to see our wonderful staff come together for a few short months to create this remarkable event.  We hire people who are so good at what they do and their dedication and hard work on behalf of the festival is inspiring to me and I love getting to work with them every day.  

What’s your most memorable AFI FEST moment?

There are a few: Getting the news nine years ago that Audi had signed on as our Presenting Sponsor; playing football with the staff as we loaded out the Festival Village on the top of the parking structure at the Arclight Theaters in 2007; watching a crane lifting an Audi over the Roosevelt Hotel and placing it in the pool area for display; the rush of watching the red carpet go down every year on the Grauman’s forecourt in preparation for Opening Night arrivals.

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