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AFI Alumni Win Big at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards

Congratulations to all the AFI Conservatory alumni winners and nominees of the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards!
 
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
Bradley Buecker (AFI Class of 2003), Co-Executive Producer
Dante Di Loreto (AFI Class of 1991), Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk (AFI Class of 1996), Executive Producer
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie (Nominee)
 
Juan Ruiz Anchia (AFI Class of 1979), Cinematographer
Outstanding Main Title Design (Nominee)
 
AMERICAN MASTERS
“Johnny Carson: King Of Late Night”
Mark Catalena (AFI Class of 1994), Editor
Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming (Nominee)
 
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
“Palestinian Chicken”
Steven A. Rasch (AFI Class of 1988), Editor
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series (Winner)
 
HAVE YOU HEARD FROM JOHANNESBURG
Connie Field (AFI Class of 1997), Producer
Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking (Winner)
 
HOMELAND
Gideon Raff (AFI Class of 2003), Executive Producer
Outstanding Drama Series (Winner)

“Pilot”
Gideon Raff (AFI Class of 2003), Screenwriter
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Winner)
 
HOT IN CLEVELAND
“God And Football”
Mark Dashnaw (AFI Class of 1999), Editor
Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series (Nominee)
 
MAD MEN
“The Phantom”
Christopher Manley (AFI Class of 1994), Cinematographer
Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (Nominee)
 
“Far Away Places”
Chris Gay (AFI Class of 2006), Editor
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series (Nominee)
 
MODERN FAMILY
“Election Day”
Steven A. Rasch (AFI Class of 1988), Editor
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series (Nominee)
 
VEEP
Allison Jones (AFI Class of 1981), Casting Director
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series (Nominee)
 
THE VOICE
Lee Metzger (AFI Class of 2000), Executive Producer
Outstanding Reality Program (Nominee)

http://www.emmys.com/nominations

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.

AFI Awards 2012

The American Film Institute’s “almanac” of the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television, the AFI AWARDS, will be held on January 11, 2013 and honorees will be announced on December 10, 2012.

Other key dates include the Television Submission Deadline (October 26, 2012) and the Film Submission Deadline (November 1, 2012).

Marking the thirteenth chapter in the American Film Institute’s 21st century almanac, AFI AWARDS honorees are selected by a unique jury process comprised of experts from across the moving image communities – including film and television artists, scholars, critics and AFI Trustees. 


More information, submission forms and lists of past winners available at: 
http://www.afi.com/afiawards/criteria.aspx

George Stevens, Jr. To Receive Honorary Oscar

AFI congratulates George Stevens, Jr., our own Founding Director and member of our Board of Trustees, who will receive an Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. During his leadership at AFI, we established the Center for Advanced Film Studies and created the AFI Life Achievement Award. He also co-founded the Kennedy Center Honors, which he has produced for the last 34 years. Stevens, Jr. is being honored by the Academy for his producing work on the documentary short subject, “The Five Cities of June”. The award will be presented on December 1 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood and Highland Center. 

AFI Conservatory Alumni in the News – August 2012 Recap

So many of our AFI Alumni have been recognized over the past month on their work and accomplishments!

NBC has acquired an hour-long romantic comedy, tentatively titled CYRANO penned by Michael Palmer (AFI Class of 1999).

Dimension Films has acquired ANGRY LITTLE GOD for US Distribution. AFI Class of 2004 alum Daniel Stamm directed the film.

Warner Brothers has acquired a script from Vera Blasi (AFI Class of 1991) titled PONTIUS PILATE which follows the life of Lucius Pontius Pilate from his beginnings as “the sensitive son of a Roman Knight into a ferocious solider.”

An interview with Cinematographer Robert Elswit (AFI Class of 1977) regarding his work on THE BOURNE LEGACY.

Pete Villani (AFI Class of 2004) was named one of eight honorees for the Emerging Cinematographer Awards named by the International Cinematographers Guild.

AFI Alumni director Thymaya Payne (AFI Class of 2006) won the Boccalino D’oro (independent critics award) at the Locarno Film Festival for his documentary on Somali pirates STOLEN SEAS.

Directing Workshop For Women alumna Rachel Goldberg (Class of 2010), has shared the news that her short film NEIGHBORS has received First Place for the Alternative Spirit Award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and will screen on Friday, September 21 in Los Angeles at the Sunset Gower Studios as part of the NewFilmmakers LA Film series.

Directing Workshop For Women alumna Hanelle Culpepper (Class of 2002) directed an episode of 90210 this month, which featured Olympian Ryan Lochte.

And finally, be sure to check out this interview with Karen Maruyama, a member of the AFI Conservatory Directing Faculty, on her role Jay Roach’s THE CAMPAIGN.

Congratulations to all!

WILD HORSES: A Directing Workshop for Women Film Shoot - Here are some beautiful photos from one of our AFI Directing Workshop for Women participants, Stephanie Martin, on her recent WILD HORSES film shoot. Stephanie and her husband (the cinematographer on WILD HORSES, Oscar Award Winner Robert Richardson) are both also AFI Alumni. (AFI Class of 2002 and AFI Class of 1979). WILD HORSES stars the talented Mireille Enos of THE KILLING. Photos by Melissa Farlow.

Gore Vidal, in the April 1977 issue of AMERICAN FILM: “I like a talky movie. I believe that an audience will sit still for a great deal of dialogue, if it’s good. A director told me the other day that you couldn’t have any scene that lasted more than three minutes. The audience wouldn’t sit still for anything longer, which is nonsense. If the scene is interesting, the audience will listen for as long as necessary. But you have to be interesting.”

Gore Vidal, in the April 1977 issue of AMERICAN FILM: “I like a talky movie. I believe that an audience will sit still for a great deal of dialogue, if it’s good. A director told me the other day that you couldn’t have any scene that lasted more than three minutes. The audience wouldn’t sit still for anything longer, which is nonsense. If the scene is interesting, the audience will listen for as long as necessary. But you have to be interesting.”

Remembering Frank Pierson

We begin this note knowing we will “fail to communicate” the heavy heart we carry today with the news that Frank Pierson, the man who wrote the legendary line for COOL HAND LUKE, has passed away at the age of 87.

The great irony that it was he who etched the line into the pantheon of pop culture is that nobody could communicate like Frank.

With words imbued with wit and wisdom. With glances that had you stand a little straighter. With smiles that gave you the confidence to realize your dreams.

Frank served on the AFI Board of Trustees since 2005, providing invaluable oversight to the AFI Conservatory, where he also served as our Artistic Director. But perhaps Frank’s greatest gift to AFI was his role as leader of the Conservatory’s Narrative Workshop. Week in and week out – for decades – Frank moderated these sessions where teams of filmmakers present their work to their fellow Fellows. As you know, his only rule was that the filmmakers could not speak. They were to listen. And learn. Frank led these gatherings with an iron fist and an open heart – challenging and inspiring a new generation to make movies – and always, to reach for more.

When he retired from teaching two years ago, and we searched for a replacement, Frank requested we look for someone who would, first and foremost, make the class about the Fellows. Frank was always about the Fellows.

Someone once asked him what made a great filmmaker. His reply, “Two failed marriages and a short stint in jail.” His point – he would go on to explain – is that to tell a worthy tale one has to have lived.

Frank lived.

And he will continue to live at AFI – where an army of artists has been sent off into the world – hellbent on standing true to their beliefs – and to their stories.

Something they learned from the very best. Something they learned from Frank Pierson.

Our community will come together to remember Frank in the weeks to come, but we hope you will take a moment today to remember Pacino’s chant in DOG DAY AFTERNOON – “Attica! Attica!” – and know that Frank’s legacy will continue to echo across time. 

Sincerely, 

Bob Gazzale, President and CEO
Robert Mandel, Dean, AFI Conservatory

A Message From Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute

AFI CEO Bob Gazzale issued the following statement in response to last night’s tragic events in Aurora, Colorado.

"Movie theaters are magical places.  They bring us together to share our nation’s dreams - and even inspire us to stand in line at midnight to be among the first to see a cultural phenomenon.  At AFI - a community of artists and audiences - we mourn our fellow movie lovers and offer our deepest condolences to their families."

AFI Conservatory Alums Nominated For the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards

Congratulations are due today to our many, many AFI Conservatory Alums who have been honored with a 64th Primetime Emmy Nomination.

Outstanding Drama Series
HOMELAND
Gideon Raff (AFI Class of 2003), Executive Producer

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
HOMELAND - “Pilot”
Gideon Raff (AFI Class of 2003), Written By

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
Bradley Buecker (AFI Class of 2003), Co-Executive Producer
Dante Di Loreto (AFI Class of 1991), Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk (AFI Class of 1996), Executive Producer

Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking
HAVE YOU HEARD FROM JOHANNESBURG
Connie Field (AFI Class of 1997), Producer

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
VEEP
Allison Jones (AFI Class of 1981), Casting By

Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series
MAD MEN - “The Phantom”
Christopher Manley (AFI Class of 1994), ASC, Director of Photography

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series
MAD MEN - “Far Away Places”
Chris Gay (AFI Class of 2006), Edited By

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM - “Palestinian Chicken”
Steven A. Rasch (AFI Class of 1988), A.C.E., Editor

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series
MODERN FAMILY - “Election Day”
Steven A. Rasch (AFI Class of 1988), A.C.E., Edited by

Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series
HOT IN CLEVELAND - “God And Football”
Mark Dashnaw (AFI Class of 1999), Edited by

Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming
AMERICAN MASTERS - “Johnny Carson: King Of Late Night”
Mark Catalena (AFI Class of 1994), Editor

Outstanding Main Title Design
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
Juan Ruiz Anchia (AFI Class of 1979), Director of Photography

Congratulations to all our Alums. We are very proud!

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