The new issue of American Film™ is now online at http://americanfilm.afi.com/. This month’s edition features an interview with composer Danny Elfman (OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL), a look back at Paul Schrader’s work on TAXI DRIVER and more.
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We are thrilled to announce that AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Meryl Streep will present Shirley MacLaine with the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award at our gala tribute on June 7, 2012. The event will take place at Sony Pictures Studios, and will be broadcast on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00 p.m. EST on TV LAND.
Streep, who was honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2004, played MacLaine’s daughter in POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE (1990). Both actresses are multiple Academy Award recipients. Streep, nominated a record 17 times, including for POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, won for THE IRON LADY (2011), SOPHIE’S CHOICE (1982) and KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979) while MacLaine, nominated six times, won for her portrayal of Aurora Greenway in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983).
Luminaries from across the film community will join Streep to celebrate the career of Shirley MacLaine, one of America’s treasured motion picture artists. MacLaine will be recognized for her breadth of talents as an actress, songstress, author, director and producer.
“The world loves Shirley MacLaine,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of AFI. “AFI’s challenge will be how to fit it all into one evening because hers is a life that spans from movies to television to Broadway, books and beyond. Perhaps more than any other recipient, with Shirley I would underline the word life in Life Achievement Award,” he said. “Her’s is a story more than just movies. It’s an epic journey, and she has invited all of us to come along for the ride.”
“It is sure to be a magical evening celebrating Shirley’s career, especially with Meryl Streep and many other stars who will be on hand,” remarked Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. “Shirley’s storied film and television career is so rich and colorful, it will be an unforgettable tribute.”
HP is the Presenting Sponsor of the gala tribute. Official Sponsors include Audi of America, Deloitte, Verizon Digital Media Services and American Airlines - the official airline of AFI, with additional support provided by Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and Stella Artois.
We are thrilled to announce that we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at the White House on Thursday, April 5 and with the nation on Saturday, April 7, in conjunction with USA Network and Universal Pictures.
Tomorrow’s screening is a wonderful and quite meaningful homecoming for AFI, as the Institute was created in the White House Rose Garden in 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson set a national mandate to “bring together leading artists of the film industry, outstanding educators and young men and women who wish to pursue the art form as their life’s work.”
AFI proposed the anniversary celebration idea to the White House in early January and learned last month that President Obama would be available to participate on April 5 – a timely date since it marks the late Gregory Peck’s 96th birthday. Peck had a long association with the American Film Institute, serving as Founding Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees from 1967 to 1969, and receiving the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – in 1989.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD ranks 25th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list of greatest American films, and AFI named Atticus Finch the greatest hero in the history of American film when it announced it’s AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains list in 2003.
President Obama will then celebrate the film with the nation through a special primetime broadcast on USA Network at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on April 7.
Because of generous donations from our members and the general public throughout 2011, AFI was able to…
- Preserve our priceless film heritage by recording interviews with film masters like William Friedkin, David O. Russell and Steven Spielberg – sharing their wisdom with the Fellows of AFI Conservatory and bringing them to audiences around the world through the AFI Archive.
- Build a more complete history of American film through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films – a one-of-a-kind, scholarly portrait of nearly 77,000 American films.
- Celebrate the 25th edition of AFI Fest, which allows thousands of movie-goers to experience new and established voices in film – the best of the year – with free tickets to every single screening.
But we need your help to carry the momentum of this work into 2012. Please consider a contribution to AFI as a part of your year-end giving plans. Thank you!
AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.
As a non-profit educational and cultural organization open to the public, AFI relies on the generous financial support from moving arts enthusiasts like you to provide funding for its programs and initiatives. Become a member today and support your American Film Institute!