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DRACULA IS #85 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills list.

DRACULA IS #85 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills list.

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The trailer for THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, screening at AFI FEST 2013.

AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi Announces Full Program Including World Cinema Selections

FREE TICKETS TO ALL SCREENINGS AVAILABLE STARTING OCTOBER 30

Early Access to Tickets for AFI Members and Alumni on October 28
Limited Number of Express Passes on Sale Now

AFI FEST today announced the remaining sections and films that will screen in the festival’s World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programs.

This year’s program includes the return of several filmmakers to AFI FEST including CLOSED CURTAIN's Jafar Panahi; MOEBIUS' Kim Ki-duk; OUR SUNHI's Hong Sang-soo; TOM AT THE FARM's Xavier Dolan and WE ARE THE BEST!'s Lukas Moodysson.

This year’s program also includes 14 films from 54 AFI alumni, including BREATHE IN by DIR/SCR Drake Doremus (AFI Class of 2005); LA JAULA DE ORO by PRO/DIR/SCR Diego Quemada-Diez (Class of 2001); WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE by PRO Brian Udovich (AFI Class of 2004) and DIR Zeke Hawkins (AFI Class of 2009) and MACHSOM by PRO Bayard Outerbridge (AFI Class of 2012).

WORLD CINEMA SELECTIONS (32 titles)

This section presents new work by many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers.

BABY BLUES – DIR/SCR Kasia Rosłaniec. Poland.

BETHLEHEM – DIR Yuval Adler. SCR Yuval Adler, Ali Waked. Isarel.

BORGMAN – DIR/SCR Alex van Warmerdam. Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark.

CHILD’S POSE – DIR Călin Peter Netzer. SCR Răzvan Rădulescu, Călin Peter Netzer. Romania.

CLOSED CURTAIN – DIR Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi. SCR Jafar Panahi. Iran.

THE CONGRESS – DIR/SCR Ari Folman. Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg.

AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER – DIR/SCR Danis Tanovic. Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Slovenia.

EXHIBITION – DIR/SCR Joanna Hogg. United Kingdom.

GABRIELLE – DIR/SCR Louise Archambault. Canada.

GLORIA – DIR Sebastián Lelio. SCR Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza. Chile, Spain.

GRAND CENTRAL – DIR Rebecca Zlotowski. SCR Gaëlle Mace, Rebecca Zlotowski. France, Austria.

THE GREAT BEAUTY – DIR Paolo Sorrentino. SCR Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello. Italy, France.

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN – DIR/SCR Biyi Bandele. Nigeria, United Kingdom.

HELI – DIR Amat Escalante. SCR Amat Escalante, Gabriel Reyes. Mexico, France, Germany, Netherlands.

JUVENILE OFFENDER – DIR Kang Yi-kwan. SCR Kang Yi-kwan, Park Joo-young. South Korea.

LA JAULA DE ORO – DIR Diego Quemada-Diez. SCR Diego Quemada-Diez, Gibrán Portela, Lucía Carrera. Mexico, Spain.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON – DIR/SCR Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japan.

THE LUNCHBOX – DIR/SCR Ritesh Batra. India, France, Germany.

MANAKAMANA – DIR Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez. Nepal, USA.

MANUSCRIPTS DON’T BURN – DIR Mohammad Rasoulof. Iran.

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS – DIR Thomas Imbach. SCR Thomas Imbach, Andrea Štaka, Eduard Habsburg. Switzerland, France.

THE MISSING PICTURE – DIR Rithy Panh. SCR Christophe Bataille. Cambodia, France.

MOEBIUS – DIR/SCR Kim Ki-duk. South Korea.

OMAR – DIR/SCR Hany Abu-Assad. Palestine.

OUR SUNHI – DIR/SCR Hong Sang-soo. South Korea.

THE ROCKET – DIR/SCR Kim Mordaunt. Australia.

STRANGER BY THE LAKE – DIR/SCR Alain Guiraudie. France.

TOM AT THE FARM – DIR Xavier Dolan. SCR Xavier Dolan, Michel Marc Bouchard. Canada, France.

VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR – DIR/SCR Denis Côté. Canada.

WE ARE THE BEST! – DIR/SCR Lukas Moodysson. Sweden.

WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM – DIR/SCR Corneliu Porumboiu. Romania, France.

THE WIND RISES – DIR/SCR Hayao Miyazaki. Japan.

AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS SELECTIONS (6 titles)

The American Independents section features work by emerging U.S. filmmakers.

AWFUL NICE – DIR Todd Sklar. SCR Todd Sklar, Alex Rennie. USA.

BLUE RUIN – DIR/SCR Jeremy Saulnier. USA.

BREATHE IN – DIR Drake Doremus. SCR Drake Doremus, Ben York Jones. USA.

CAUCUS – DIR AJ Schnack. USA.

CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO – DIR Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Karlyn Michelson. SCR Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Irving Gregory. USA.

WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE – DIR Zeke Hawkins, Simon Hawkins. SCR Dutch Southern. USA.

BREAKTHROUGH SELECTIONS (4 titles)

B FOR BOY – DIR/SCR Chika Anadu. Nigeria.
North American Premiere.

CONGRATULATIONS! – DIR/SCR Mike Brune. USA.

LITTLE BLACK SPIDERS – DIR Patrice Toye. SCR Ina Vandewijer, Patrice Toye. Belgium.

MY AFGHANISTAN – LIFE IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE – DIR/SCR Nagieb Khaja. Denmark.

MIDNIGHT SELECTIONS (5 titles)

This section showcases comedy and horror programming worth staying up late for.

BIG BAD WOLVES – DIR/SCR Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshlaes. Israel.

THE GREEN INFERNO – DIR Eli Roth. SCR Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo. USA, Chile.

R100 – DIR/SCR Hitoshi Matsumoto. Japan.

THE SACRAMENT – DIR/SCR Ti West. USA.

THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS – DIR/SCR Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani. Belgium, France, Luxembourg.

CINEMA’S LEGACY SELECTIONS (3 titles)

THE COURT JESTER (1955)DIR/SCR Norman Panama, Melvin Frank. USA.

MARY POPPINS (1964) DIR Robert Stevenson. SCR Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi. USA.

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) DIR/SCR Jacques Demy. France.

PRESENTATIONS SELECTIONS (2 titles)

The Whitewater Films Roundtable

Micro-Budget Filmmaking – The New Paradigm

Producer and Director Rick Rosenthal brings the famed Whitewater Films roundtable to AFI FEST for a conversation about how micro-budget filmmaking has emerged as the new paradigm for independent filmmakers. The conversation will be followed by a screening of Rosenthal’s micro-budget film DRONES.

DRONES – DIR Rick Rosenthal. SCR Matt Witten. USA.

Michael Stevens presents HERBLOCK: THE BLACK AND THE WHITE

Special guests join director Michael Stevens for a panel discussion about the influence of the political cartoons of Herbert Lawrence Block. The conversation will be followed by a screening of Stevens’ HERBLOCK: THE BLACK AND THE WHITE.

HERBLOCK: THE BLACK AND THE WHITE – DIR Michael Stevens. SCR Sara Lukinson, Michael Stevens. USA.

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.

AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI AWARDS 2013 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS AND KEY DATES

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN FILM AND TV CELEBRATED AT INVITATION-ONLY LUNCHEON ON JANUARY 10, 2014 HONOREES TO BE ANNOUNCED ON DECEMBER 9, 2013

The American Film Institute’s “almanac” of the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television, AFI AWARDS will be held on January 10, 2014 and honorees will be announced on December 9, 2013.  Submissions are now being accepted online at AFI.com until October 25 for TV and October 31 for film.

Favored by artists and entertainment executives for its intimacy and collaborative recognition, the annual gathering is the only form of national appreciation that honors the creative ensemble as a whole – those in front of and behind the camera – and is popular with honorees because there are no winners or losers. AFI will honor the talented teams that created the 10 most outstanding films and 10 most outstanding television programs of the year at a private luncheon in Los Angeles.

Marking the 14th chapter in the American Film Institute’s 21st century almanac, AFI AWARDS honorees are selected by a jury process comprised of experts from across the moving image communities – including film and television artists, scholars, critics and AFI Trustees. 

Television Submission Deadline - October 25, 2013
Film Submission Deadline - October 31, 2013
Honorees Announced - December 9, 2013
AFI AWARDS 2013 - January 10, 2014

AFI Awards 2013 presenting sponsor is Verizon Digital Media Services with additional sponsorship by Stella Artois.  American Airlines is the official airline of the American Film Institute. 

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 Docs Presented by audi AWARD WINNERS; Audience Award for Best Feature goes to THE NEW BLACK; Audience Award for Best Short goes to SLOMO


AFI DOCS presented by Audi
(formerly Silverdocs) announced today its distinguished Audience Award winners, culminating a five day festival including the screening of 53 films representing 30 countries in iconic DC locations on the National Mall and Penn Quarter area as well as at the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.  The Festival hosted over 19,000 attendees, including 845 filmmakers, film subjects, journalists, industry, esteemed panelists and special guests, including Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator Robert Menendez, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.  The Festival encompassed a full day of “Catalyst Sessions” exploring Immigration, Education, Intellectual Property and the Role of Humor in Politics.  The Festival also hosted an inaugural Public Policy Engagement Program, which connected over 52 filmmakers with influential policy makers in the halls of Congress, at a Film and Politics Boot Camp, as well as in conversations with Administration officials about ways to collaborate for positive social change around shared issue areas. 

This year’s Audience Award for Best Feature went to THE NEW BLACK directed by Yoruba Richen.  The film examines how African-American voters have become bitterly divided on the issue of gay marriage because of homophobia rampant in one of the pillars of the African-American community – the church.  Focusing on the fight for marriage equality in Maryland, it argues that this hot-button issue is a matter of civil rights.

This year’s Audience Award for Best Short went to SLOMO directed by Joshua Izenberg.  The film asks what would really happen if you quit your lucrative job and just did what you wanted all day, like subject John Kitchin, a doctor who traded his medical practice for rollerblades and sandy beaches, and explores the neurological and spiritual joys of slow acceleration.

“While this was a transformational year for the Festival with an expanded footprint into the heart of Washington, DC, at our core remains a commitment to celebrating the best in the documentary form,” said Sky Sitney, Festival Director.  “The tremendous enthusiasm and response to the film program and its related panels surpassed even our highest expectations. Congratulations to our award winning filmmakers who have set the bar even higher for all future years.”

The 2013 edition of AFI DOCS marks the historic return of the American Film Institute to Washington, DC, where its creation was announced in the White House Rose Garden in 1965.

Best of Fest screenings were held on Monday at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, including AFTER TILLER, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY, BEST KEPT SECRET, THE CRASH REEL, GIDEON’S ARMY, GOD LOVES UGANDA, LET THE FIRE BURN, LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM, OUR NIXON, MCCULLIN, MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS, THE NEW BLACK and RUNNING FROM CRAZY.

THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE HONORS MEL BROOKS WITH AN EVENING OF LAUGHTER AND SENTIMENT AT 41ST AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD GALA

BILLY CRYSTAL, LARRY DAVID, ROBERT DE NIRO, JIMMY KIMMEL, CLORIS LEACHMAN, CONAN O’BRIEN, AMY POEHLER, CARL REINER, MARTIN SCORSESE, MARTIN SHORT AND SARAH SILVERMAN AMONG THOSE WHO PAY TRIBUTE TO BROOKS

Special Broadcast Will Premiere Saturday, June 15 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT on TNT and Encore Wednesday, July 24 on TCM as Part of an All-Night Tribute to Brooks

Comedy legend Mel Brooks was lauded with the 41st annual AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – in an evening of equal parts heart and laughter. Many of Hollywood’s most revered luminaries turned out to pay tribute to one of America’s most celebrated artists. The black tie gala was taped at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and will premiere on Saturday, June 15 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT on TNT and encore on Wednesday, July 24 on TCM as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks.

Among the over 1,000 guests gathered for Brooks were Conan O’Brien, Judd Apatow, Jon Avnet, Roger Bart, Richard Benjamin, James L Brooks, Billy Crystal, Sasha Baron Cohen, Stuart Cornfeld, Bob Daly, Larry David, Robert De Niro, Eugenio Derbez, Carey Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Zach Galifianakis, Teri Garr, Vince Gilligan, Marshall Herskovitz, Dustin Hoffman, Ken Howard, Jimmy Kimmel, David Kroll, Cloris Leachman, David Lynch, Richard Lewis, Leonard Maltin, Catherine O’Hara, Alexander Payne, Ron Perlman, Luana Piovani, Amy Poehler, Jay Roach, Carole Bayer Sager, Terry Semel, Sarah Silverman, Sir Howard Stringer, Dick Van Patten, Lesley Ann Warren, Steven Weber, Amy Yasbeck, Daphne Zuniga, Matthew Weiner and Edward Zwick, among others.

The tribute was built upon the humor and scope of Brooks’ career as a director, producer, writer, actor and composer. In the tradition of past AFI tributes, the details of the program, along with its participants and guests, were held as a surprise to the honoree, making this event one of the most beloved experiences in the film community.

Following welcoming remarks from Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, and Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO, producer Stuart Cornfeld received the 2013 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal for his commitment to quality filmmaking. Cornfeld thanked Brooks, his “mentor and tormentor,” for launching his career. Cornfeld worked with Brooks on THE ELEPHANT MAN, THE FLY, HIGH ANXIETY and HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1.

The entertainment opened with Martin Short in a musical dance piece celebrating Brooks’ body of work. Heartfelt and humorously off-color comments were offered in-person from Brooks’ friends and collaborators Larry David, Cloris Leachman, David Lynch, Carl Reiner and, on video tape, Gene Wilder. Master filmmakers Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg (all past recipients of the AFI Life Achievement Award) discussed important American genres of film – westerns, science fiction and historical epics – and ‘what Mel Brooks did to them’ in films like BLAZING SADDLES, SPACEBALLS and HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1. Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman (also past AFI Life Achievement Award recipients) poked fun at Brooks for irreverent references to both of them in his films. Brooks’ age and influence on generations of comedians was hysterically dissected in-person by Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman as well as Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg and Nathan Lane on video. The show concluded with Martin Scorsese (another AFI past recipient) handing the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award to Brooks for his mastery as a filmmaker and director.

Proceeds from the AFI Life Achievement Award gala event directly support the Institute’s national education programs and the preservation of American film history. Sponsors of the 2013 AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Mel Brooks include Audi of America, Deloitte, HP and American Airlines, the official airline of the American Film Institute.

Photos from the event can be seen here: http://AFI.com/laa/laag.aspx

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