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JANE FONDA TO RECEIVE AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN 2014

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Jane Fonda was named the 42nd recipient of AFI’s Life Achievement Award today by Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees.  Fonda will receive the honor at a tribute dinner on June 5, 2014 to be broadcast on TNT and its sister network TCM. “Jane Fonda is American film royalty,” said Stringer. “A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path as an actor and a cultural icon.”  

Jane Fonda is part of an American acting dynasty.  Where others would have been defined by their place in the family tree – the daughter of an American screen legend, the wife of a famous director, activist or billionaire broadcaster – it is Fonda herself, an Academy Award®-winning actor of KLUTE (1971) and COMING HOME (1978) and star of more than 40 other films, whose image as an artist and activist eclipses all others.  Her path through the starry firmament of Hollywood and the world beyond has ultimately been determined by the gravitational pull of her own power. 

Jane Seymour Fonda was born in New York City in 1937 to a socialite, Frances Seymour Brokaw, and an up and coming actor, Henry Fonda.  By the time she was old enough to pursue her own career, Fonda’s father had become a movie icon of American grit and integrity.  At 17, she appeared with her father in a production of “The Country Girl” at the Omaha Community Theatre.  She joined the Actors Studio in 1958, studied with Lee Strasberg and made her screen debut two years later opposite Anthony Perkins in TALL STORY (1960) directed by Joshua Logan

Fonda’s early screen roles revealed a talent for light comedy in well-crafted adaptations of Broadway plays like PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT (1962), ANY WEDNESDAY (1966) and BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (1967).  Her role in BARBARELLA (1968) established her in pop culture before landing dramatic roles in THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? (1969) and KLUTE.  Her portrayal of prostitute and stalking victim Bree Daniels earned Fonda her first Academy Award®.  Fonda’s stirring performances in COMING HOME, JULIA (1977) and THE CHINA SYNDROME (1979) won praise from the nation’s film critics.

In the 1980s, Fonda defied expectations by writing “Jane Fonda’s Workout Book” and creating Jane Fonda’s Workout Video,” best-sellers that ignited a national aerobic exercise craze among baby boomers.  In all, Fonda released two dozen fitness videos, six books and 13 audios. 

Fonda’s acting triumph of the 1980s was the film adaptation of Ernest Thompson’s play, ON GOLDEN POND (1981), in which she appeared with her father – whose performance earned him his only Academy Award® for Best Actor.  Fonda herself was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.  Other major films during this decade were NINE TO FIVE (1980), AGNES OF GOD (1985) and STANLEY AND IRIS (1989), after which she a announced her retirement. 

Fonda triumphed on the Broadway stage in Moises Kaufman’s “33 Variations” and appeared in such films as MONSTER-IN-LAW (2005), GEORGIA RULE (2007) and PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING (2011).  She currently plays Leona Lansing in the HBO series THE NEWSROOM.

AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi Centerpiece Gala Selections Announced: WORLD PREMIERE OF OUT OF THE FURNACE, NEBRASKA AND A TRIBUTE TO BRUCE DERN, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today additional red carpet Centerpiece Galas at AFI FEST presented by Audi, including the World Premiere of Scott Cooper’s OUT OF THE FURNACE; Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA; accompanied by a Tribute to Bruce Dern; and THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. Stuart Cornfeld, an AFI Conservatory alumnus and recipient of the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony held last June, is one of the producers of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY. All galas will be presented in the historic TCL Theatre.

As previously announced, the North American Premiere of SAVING MR. BANKS (DIR John Lee Hancock) is the Opening Night Gala and INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (DIR Ethan Coen, Joel Coen) is the Closing Night Gala. The Guest Artistic Director is Agnès Varda. The previously announced FOXCATCHER Premiere is no longer part of the AFI FEST program, due to the shift of the film’s release date to 2014.

"Our Centerpiece Galas reflect the diverse cinematic experience at AFI FEST, from our smaller independent films to larger studio releases. We are thrilled to have the World Premiere of OUT OF THE FURNACE; to honor the legendary Bruce Dern for his outstanding career and his brilliant performance in NEBRASKA; and to take the audience on a journey with THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY," said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST Festival Director. Commenting on the news that the previously announced Premiere of FOXCATCHER would move to next year, Lyanga added, "AFI will be proud to celebrate FOXCATCHER when Bennett Miller and his talented team are ready to share it with the world."

For the fifth consecutive year, AFI FEST will offer free tickets to all screenings, but only the Patron Packages will provide reserved seating for the festival’s announced galas. These and other AFI FEST Passes are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST.

Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 in a 48-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31. In addition, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes. Information about AFI membership is available at AFI.com/membership.

AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES SAVING MR. BANKS IS OPENING NIGHT GALA and AGNÈS VARDA WILL SERVE AS GUEST ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Passes on Sale Now for AFI FEST November 7-14

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today early details of its AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi. The programming unveiled epitomizes the vision of the festival – a celebration of Hollywood today where icons and emerging artists bring audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world. The North American Premiere Gala of Disney’s SAVING MR. BANKS will open the festival on Thursday, November 7. Agnès Varda, considered “the mother of French New Wave cinema,” will serve as Guest Artistic Director. 

“The American Film Institute honors the past, the present and the future of the motion picture arts. Now in its 27th year, AFI FEST remains the place to experience Hollywood now – a place that lives in the mythology of the movies, but also home to the dynamic global stories of today,” said AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale.

“Our line-up of programming, from opening to closing, reflects what Hollywood is today: a broad spectrum of stories from studio and independent filmmakers, and having Agnès Varda as Guest Artistic Director was a conscious decision to recognize the global influence of an icon of the French New Wave,” said Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga. “The blending of studio, independent, foreign and auteur films and the artists who made them is the embodiment of AFI FEST.”

SAVING MR. BANKS, starring Academy Award®-winning actress Emma Thompson and AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award®-winning actor Tom Hanks, will have its North American Premiere on Thursday, November 7 as the Opening Night Gala. Inspired by true events, SAVING MR. BANKS is the extraordinary, untold story of how Walt Disney’s classic MARY POPPINS made it to the screen – and the testy relationship between the legendary Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it. John Lee Hancock (THE BLIND SIDE) is the director, and Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith wrote the screenplay. SAVING MR. BANKS also stars Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker and Colin Farrell. 

MARY POPPINS premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 1964 with both Walt Disney and P.L. Travers in attendance. The film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture and garnered 12 more Oscar® nominations. Out of the 13 nominations, MARY POPPINS won five, including Best Actress for its star, Julie Andrews. The song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest movie songs of all time. MARY POPPINS is ranked among the top 10 of AFI’s Greatest Movie Musicals. Bridging the present and the past, AFI FEST celebrates SAVING MR. BANKS and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Disney classic with a screening of MARY POPPINS during the festival’s opening weekend at the renowned movie palace where it first debuted to the world.

As AFI FEST Guest Artistic Director, Agnès Varda, often called the mother of the French New Wave movement, will present a program of films that have inspired her work. Details will be announced later this month.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, written and directed by Academy Award® winners Joel and Ethan Coen (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), was produced by Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen and will be the Closing Night Gala on Thursday, November 14. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake and follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, ­ some of them of his own making. Brimming with music performed by Isaac, Timberlake and Mulligan (as Llewyn’s married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS – in the tradition of O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? – is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place. An epic on an intimate scale, it represents the Coen Brothers’ fourth collaboration with multiple-Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning music producer T Bone Burnett. Marcus Mumford is the Associate Music Producer. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS recently won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. The film will be distributed by CBS Films in the U.S.

Festival passes are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST. For the fifth 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 today’s three announced galas – Opening Night, Opening Weekend and Closing Night. 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 available now.

Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 in a 48-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31. In addition, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes. Information about AFI Membership is available at AFI.com/membership.

For the 10th year, Audi returns as the festival’s presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; The American Film Market (AFM); AT&T; Coca-Cola; The Egyptian Theatre; Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Stella Artois; and TCL Chinese Theatre, among many others.

AFI CONSERVATORY BOOSTS SCHOLARSHIPS

100% of Funds Raised Goes Directly to Fellows Training

Attending AFI Conservatory just became a lot more affordable for some talented filmmakers thanks to the generosity of the Institute’s Board of Trustees.  Meeting the challenge of AFI Board of Directors Chair Robert Daly, who donated $1 million last year, the Trustees came up with $2.3 million more and raised an additional $3.5 million from others in the entertainment community, nearly tripling the amount of scholarship money available to AFI Fellows.  In addition to Daly, the biggest donors were AFI Board of Trustees Chair Sir Howard Stringer, Lawrence Herbert, David Geffen, Alan Horn, Terry Semel and the Time Warner Foundation. 

Eight Latino Fellows in their First or Second Year will receive a boost from The Latino Donor Collaborative through the efforts of AFI Trustee Moctesuma Esparza.  And a new scholarship named for the late Gary Winick (AFI Class of 1986), who was known as a mentor of young talent, has been established.  Its first recipient is AFI Directing Fellow Henry Hughes, a U.S. military veteran, whose tuition is partially covered by the G.I. bill.

AFI Alumni Winners - Sundance 2013

Congratulations to all of the AFI alumni who worked on award-winning films! Sundance 2013 showed 25 films which featured the work of 40 AFI Conservatory Alums.

The winners are…

AFTERNOON DELIGHT
James Burke (AFI Class of 1993), Executive Producer
Rick Rosenthal (AFI Class of 1973), Executive Producer
Jean-Paul Leonard (AFI Class of 2011), Art Director
Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13033/afternoon_delight

COMPUTER CHESS
Matthias Grunsky (AFI Class of 2000), Cinematographer
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

FRUITVALE
Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006), Cinematographer
U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic presented by Acura

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13025/fruitvale

IN A WORLD…
Seamus Tierney (AFI Class of 2004), Cinematographer
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13027/in_a_world

PALIMPSEST
Todd Banhazl (AFI Class of 2009), Cinematographer
Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting

THE SPECTACULAR NOW
Linda Sena (AFI Class of 2001), Production Designer
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13117/the_spectacular_now

WHIPLASH
Edd Lukas (AFI Class of 2008), Cinematographer
Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction

AFI Alumni at the Sundance Film Festival

Who’s excited for the Sundance Film Festival? We have 40 AFI Conservatory Alums represented across 25 films screening throughout the festival!

Check out all the films screening and their dates at the following links:

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

James Burke (AFI Class of 1993), Executive Producer

Rick Rosenthal (AFI Class of 1973), Executive Producer

Jean-Paul Leonard (AFI Class of 2011), Art Director

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13033/afternoon_delight

EMANUEL AND THE TRUTH ABOUT FISHES

Polly Morgan (AFI Class of 2010), Cinematographer

Anne Costa (AFI Class of 2010), Production Designer

Brittany Bradford (AFI Class of 2010), Art Director

Katelynn Wheelock (AFI Class of 2010), Set Decorator

Erika Walters (AFI Class of 2010), On-Set Dresser

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13124/emanuel_and_the_truth_about_fishes

FRUITVALE

Rachel Morrison (AFI Class of 2006), Cinematographer

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13025/fruitvale

IN A WORLD…

Seamus Tierney (AFI Class of 2004), Cinematographer

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13027/in_a_world

MAY IN THE SUMMER

Rick Rosenthal (AFI Class of 1973), Executive Producer

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13036/may_in_the_summer

THE SPECTACULAR NOW

Linda Sena (AFI Class of 2001), Production Designer

http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13117/the_spectacular_now

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AFI Alumni at the 2012 AFI Awards

27 Alumni with work in 8 Films and 5 Television Programs received an AFI Award last Friday for their work as a part of the film or program’s collaborative team.

 

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

ARGO

Sharon Seymour (AFI Class of 1984), Production Designer

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (AFI Class of 1997), Second Unit Director

Andres Cubillan (AFI Class of 2008), Assistant Art Director: Additional Photography


BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

Affonso Gonçalves (AFI Class of 1993), Editor

 

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AFI Alumni Recent Nominations and Award Winners

It’s Awards Season in Hollywood, and AFI is proud to congratulate our AFI Conservatory  Alumni with recent nominations and wins. We are thrilled to have so many of our alumni represented with prestigious nominations from the Golden Globes and Academy Awards to Guild and Society Awards, and so many more!

70th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

HOMELAND
Gideon Raff (AFI Class of 2003), Executive Producer/Screenwriter
Best Television Series – Drama (Winner)

85th ACADEMY AWARDS
(Winners announced on February 24, 2013)

THE INVISIBLE WAR
Kirby Dick (AFI Class of 1983), Director/Screenwriter
Documentary Feature (Nominee)

LINCOLN
Janusz Kamiński (AFI Class of 1987), Cinematographer
Cinematography(Nominee)

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AFI Awards 2012

The annual AFI Awards took place today in Beverly Hills. Each year, AFI Awards – favored by artists and entertainment executives for its intimacy and collaborative recognition where everyone is a winner – honors excellence in the moving image arts within the context of a Year in Review.

10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding television programs, along with the collaborative, creative teams behind them were honored today:

ARGO
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LES MISÉRABLES
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
MOONRISE KINGDOM
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM
BREAKING BAD
GAME CHANGE
GAME OF THRONES
GIRLS
HOMELAND
LOUIE
MAD MEN
MODERN FAMILY
THE WALKING DEAD

A photo gallery from the event can be viewed at: http://afi.com/afiawards/gallery12.aspx

AFI’S Master Class: The Art of Collaboration - Monday, January 14th on TCM

Tune in this coming Monday to TCM, for the third episode of AFI’s Master Class: The Art of Collaboration, featuring filmmaker Robert Zemeckis and Cinematographer Don Burgess.

The episode will air on January 14 at 8 p.m. (ET), and will be followed by the film WHAT LIES BENEATH. 

For more on the upcoming show and a video preview, go to: 

http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/569369/AFI-s-Master-Class-TCM-Original-Zemeckis-And-Burgess.html

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