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Patty Jenkins quote

I’m so grateful for my years at AFI… They helped me find my voice and defining principles of story and craft that inform me to this day.”

Patty Jenkins (AFI Class of 2000),
director, MONSTER, WONDER WOMAN

Todd Field quote

If you’re here, you’re talented, if you’re here, the person next to you is talented, the person behind you is talented.”

Todd Field (AFI Class of 1992),
writer/director, TÁR, IN THE BEDROOM

Affonso Goncalves quote

When I graduated and started working, that was when I started to really appreciate AFI because everything I had learned, I could immediately start putting into practice and apply to the actual job.”

Affonso Gonçalves (AFI Class of 1993),
editor, CAROL, DON’T WORRY DARLING

David Lynch quote

AFI opens doors for the filmmakers. AFI puts filmmakers on the map.”

David Lynch (AFI Class of 1970), writer/director, TWIN PEAKS, MULHOLLAND DRIVE

Polly Morgan quote

AFI was the perfect stepping-stone. Attending helped me push my skill set further, to become the DP that I always wanted to be.”

Polly Morgan (AFI Class of 2010) cinematographer, THE WOMAN KING, A QUIET PLACE PART II

Melina Matsoukas quote

AFI really is inclusive, that they want to promote diverse voices, they want to promote challenging the status quo and the ideas of what we’ve traditionally seen as acceptable in Hollywood.”

Melina Matsoukas (AFI Class of 2005), cinematographer/director, INSECURE, QUEEN & SLIM

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AFI CONSERVATORY CONVERSATION GUESTS

AFRICAN GIANTS Filmmakers at the AFI Conservatory
Emma Seligman on BOTTOMS
Trần Anh Hùng Discusses His Film THE TASTE OF THINGS
Todd Haynes and Affonso Gonçalves on their film MAY DECEMBER
Matteo Garrone Discusses His Film IO CAPITANO
Juel Taylor and Franco-Giacomo Carbone on THEY CLONED TYRONE
Oscar Winner Cord Jefferson discusses his film AMERICAN FICTION
PERFECT DAYS Writer/Director/Producer Wim Wenders in Conversation
THE BROTHERS SUN Seminar at the AFI Conservatory
Writer/Director Celine Song on Her Film PAST LIVES
A Conversation with ANATOMY OF A FALL Director/Co-writer Justine Triet
Alexander Payne Discusses his Film THE HOLDOVERS
Producer James Wilson on THE ZONE OF INTEREST
In Conversation with BEEF Creator and Showrunner Lee Sung Jin
Master Seminar with THE TEACHERS' LOUNGE Writer/Director İlker Çatak
Sean Durkin discusses his film THE IRON CLAW
Chad Stahelski on Directing JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert on EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
Todd Field on Making his film TÁR
Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin on Making ELVIS
Director Joseph Kosinski on Making TOP GUN: MAVERICK
Gina Prince-Bythewood on THE WOMAN KING
Ruben Östlund on Making the Vomiting Scene in TRIANGLE OF SADNESS
Lena Dunham on CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY
Guillermo del Toro on NIGHTMARE ALLEY
S. S. Rajamouli on RRR
John Patton Ford on Making EMILY THE CRIMINAL
Matt Reeves on THE BATMAN
Denis Villeneuve on DUNE
Siân Heder on CODA
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AFI CONSERVATORY NEWS

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We loved having @emmmaseligman, the brilliant director behind @bottomsmovie, come to the #AFIConservatory campus to talk about her unique queer comedy and collaborating with writing partner Rachel Sennott. Check out more from this exclusive seminar at link in bio.

#PrideMonth #FilmSchool #GuestLecture @treaclychild
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These editors are definitely a cut above! We can’t wait for this lively conversation with #AFIConservatory Editing Faculty about their critically acclaimed projects and their approach to the craft of editing. Stay tuned for video from this conversation – coming soon!

PANELISTS
@vivachesse, ACE – TRUE DETECTIVE: NIGHT COUNTRY
@matty.friedman, ACE – EXPATS
@inballessner, ACE – ESCAPING TWIN FLAMES and STORMY
@va5un, ACE – RESERVATION DOGS
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🌟 Honored to have our #AFIConservatory faculty leading the conversation at #CineGear! Their passion and knowledge are truly inspiring. 🎬 ...

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Master storyteller Steven Zaillian sat down with #AFIConservatory Fellows to talk about the inspiration behind his series #RIPLEY, based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Talented Mr. Ripley. Watch the exclusive seminar at link in bio and don’t forget to check out this crime thriller streaming now on @Netflix. #FilmSchool #GuestLecture #StevenZaillian ...

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🎬 #SLANTED is officially a go! Amy Wang`s satirical drama begins production next month and we are so proud to see yet another AFI Alum`s project get the green light! 👏 #AFI #AFIConservatory #AFIAlumni @amywangster ...

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🎉 “HBCU in LA at AFI”

We were very excited to welcome the #EICOP cohort to the #AFIConservatory fostering diverse student leaders from HBCUs and MSIs for careers in entertainment. @hbcuinla #filmmaking
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Congratulations to the AFI filmmakers behind the thesis film FISHMONGER, a supernatural story about a man trying to save his mother`s soul. The dark comedy has been selected to screen today at the CAA Moebius Film Festival, which serves as a platform to amplify new voices in filmmaking. #aficonservatory #filmmakers #directors #caamoebius @creativeartistsagency @fishmongerfilm

⭐@misterferron (AFI Class of 2020), Director/Writer
⭐@alexdenren (AFI Class of 2020), Writer
⭐Jordan Willcox (AFI Class of 2020), Producer
⭐@jmcdop (AFI Class of 2020), Cinematographer
⭐@xiyu_lin_ (AFI Class of 2020), Production Designer
⭐@augustine_so (AFI Class of 2020), Editor
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We are proud to celebrate the trailblazing talent of AFI filmmakers lighting up the screens at this year’s CAA Moebius Film Festival. The AFI thesis film SOME KIND OF PARADISE has been selected to screen today and poses the question, What happens when a lonely cowboy meets and falls in love with a Hollywood actor? #aficonservatory #filmmakers #directors #caamoebius @creativeartistsagency

⭐@nicholas_finegan (AFI Class of 2023), Director/Writer
⭐@talishaelger (AFI Class of 2023), Writer
⭐@tianyuyang1025 (AFI Class of 2023), Producer
⭐@sharonpulwer (AFI Class of 2023), Cinematographer
⭐@mojo4magic (AFI Class of 2023), Production Designer
⭐@richard_byx (AFI Class of 2023), Editor
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We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on the AFI thesis film DEEP INTO THE FOREST, selected to screen today at the CAA Moebius Film Festival, which celebrates graduate student filmmakers. Congratulations to the AFI filmmakers! #aficonservatory #filmmakers #directors #caamoebius @creativeartistsagency

⭐@violetfilming__ (AFI Class of 2023), Director/Writer
⭐@aprily_peng (AFI Class of 2023), Writer
⭐@zorazhangatwork (AFI Class of 2023), Producer
⭐@z.r.xiao (AFI Class of 2023), Producer
⭐@shihyoung_jeon (AFI Class of 2023), Cinematographer
⭐@xiyu_lin_ (AFI Class of 2020), Production Designer
⭐@judith_zhu (AFI Class of 2023), Editor
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They may have met at camp, but they are going to CAA! Congrats to the AFI Conservatory filmmaking team behind the coming-of-age queer comedy WE MET AT CAMP on being selected to screen at the prestigious CAA Moebius Film Festival. WE MET AT CAMP screens today.#aficonservatory #filmmakers #directors #caamoebius @creativeartistsagency

⭐@mcplaschke (AFI Class of 2023), Director/Writer
⭐@originalheller (AFI Class of 2023), Producer
⭐@jennydleavitt (AFI Class of 2023), Cinematographer
⭐@paige__schaeffer (AFI Class of 2023), Production Designer
⭐@abbeyletizia (AFI Class of 2023), Editor
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"Part of the journey is showing up to your craft every day, remaining curious, doing the work and telling the stories you want to tell.” Thank you, Christy Hall for sharing your incredible insight during a Master Seminar with #AFIConservatory Fellows, and for a special screening of @daddiofilm before its release next month. Video of this exclusive conversation coming soon. #guestlecture #filmmaking #afi #daddio ...

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In 1998, the legendary Roger Corman received an Honorary Degree from the #AFIConservatory but the honor was all ours. Here in a clip from the #AFIArchive listen to what this trailblazing filmmaker had to say about his early films. RIP Roger Corman, you will be missed. 🎬🌟 ...

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