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Interview: Hear From Three AFS Grant-Supported Filmmakers About Their SXSW 2021 Premieres

SXSW is back! After last year’s cancellation, the 2021 festival returns as an all-digital experience, taking place March 16-20. We are excited to be a part and share that six AFS-supported filmmakers are making their world premieres at SXSW: Haley Anderson’s SUMMER ANIMALS, Keith Maitland’s DEAR MR. BRODY, Mei Makino’s INBETWEEN GIRL, Channing Godfrey Peoples’ […]

It’s International Women’s Day: Celebrate with these AFS-Supported Films

March 8 is International Women’s Day. This is a day – hopefully only one of many days throughout the year –  when, in the words of the UN: “women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.” In the spirit of that day, we hope you […]

Signup Alert: Special Free MLK/FBI Virtual Screening Added with Special Guests

For those of you who may have missed the rescheduling news on this event, which was delayed by the bad weather, the Free Virtual Screening of the new documentary MLK/FBI is open to all. Register for your ticket here and the film will be unlocked on the AFS@home platform on Friday, March 5 at 3 […]

Watch This: This DO THE RIGHT THING Behind-The-Scenes Doc is a Classic in Itself

Almost as long as there have been films there have been documentaries about what happens behind the scenes. Some are amateurish, some are basically just commercials for the feature film, and a rare few are excellent works of art themselves. We have featured St. Claire Bourne’s work on these pages before. Well before Spike Lee […]

Five Favorites From the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

You don’t need us to tell you that when it comes to independent film, the annual Sundance Film Festival is the big Kahuna. This is the time when much of the blueprint for the year in indie film is determined. The films that make a big impression here are likely to be the ones that […]

What the Critics are Saying About A24’s MINARI, Opening Virtually 2/12

Our friends at A24 are opening a film this week that you’re probably already hearing about, and will be hearing even more about when awards season arrives. Lee Isaac Chung’s MINARI is an absolutely compelling story, based in part on Chung’s own life, about a Korean family that immigrates to Arkansas in the ’80s to […]

Watch the Acclaimed Doc 76 DAYS Free This Saturday (1/23) & Support AFS

In commemoration of the one year anniversary of the COVID lockdown in Wuhan, China, our friends at MTV Films are making the doc 76 DAYS available absolutely free to watch on Saturday 1/23. Even better, for every stream of the film you watch, AFS will receive a donation. This is one of the best films […]

25 Years Ago: Linklater & Tarantino Present FROM DUSK TILL DAWN World Premiere

It has been twenty-five years since Robert Rodriguez’s FROM DUSK TILL DAWN hit American movie screens. We’re guessing you’ve seen it by now. It’s the one that made George Clooney and Salma Hayek movie stars and it was among the most exciting moviegoing experiences of the decade. You can imagine how thrilling it must have […]

Crazy Sweaty Cool: Thirteen of Our Favorite Paranoid/Conspiracy Movies

If you are a fan of conspiracy theories, you are living in the right era. Pizzagate, Epstein, personality cults, furniture retailers selling children in armoires… It’s all so weird and dumb, and belief in this stuff is terrifyingly widespread. But we didn’t start the fire. Cinema du Conspiracy has been thriving since the ’60s, amply […]

Streamers: AFS Programmers’ 2020 Streaming Faves

2020 was the year of not going to the movies, and of discovering great movies on our small screens. We’ve been sharing some of our very favorite films of the year via our virtual cinema, which is playing some of the year’s must-see films (We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again: COLLECTIVE! LUXOR! […]

Critics’ Year-End Lists Are Out: Watch the Best 2020 Films with Us

In what has been perhaps the strangest and most disruptive year for movies ever, there have still been a great many excellent films. Even before the pandemic hit, more and more titles were going direct to the streaming television services and the bells seemed to be tolling for mainstream movie theaters as viewers chose the […]

Streamers: Family Style Programmer Stacy Brick Recommends Holiday Films

Our friend Stacy Brick, programmer of the AFS Family Style series, is a sought-after movie list maker of late. The New York Times has published a pair of articles from her, 7 Films to Help Children Dealing With Grief and Family-Friendly Movies Made by Diverse Filmmakers, and she has been kind enough to share a […]

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