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September’s Natalie Wood series begins with her breakout role, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE

  Kicking off September’s Essential Cinema series, Natalie Wood: It’s in the Eyes, is the iconic REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, which served as Wood’s breakout role and helped the actress transition from pigtails to the altogether more adult roles to come later in her career.   Before reaching world-wide recognition with films like WEST SIDE […]

Delphine Seyrig’s namesake film closes out Essential Cinema: Be Pretty and Shut Up!

  After years of work as an actress with films such as Last Year at Marienbad, The Day of the Jackal, and Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Delphine Seyrig desired to make her own projects, ones that accurately reflected her off-screen life as well as the experiences of other women. Seyrig understood that the only […]


  In case you missed it: Programmer Jazmyne Moreno visited KOOP’s Voyager with Honest John, where the pair discussed Sun Ra and his intergalactic vibes ahead of SPACE IS THE PLACE, screening May 20 -24. Check out the eclectic mix below and tune in to Voyager with Honest John Mondays, 9-10am, only on KOOP. Looking for a quick […]

PETITE MAMAN’S Celine Sciamma on developing her cinematic voice

In case you missed it: Celine Sciamma’s PETITE MAMAN opens at AFS Cinema this week, and in preparation, we are revisiting this fabulous New Yorker profile of Sciamma from February, which gets at the heart of what makes her films so fresh and alive. The piece was written by Elif Batuman, the acclaimed novelist of […]

AFS @ SXSW 2022

(Still from WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND, directed by Iliana Sosa) SXSW 2022 is here! The festival will take place in person from March 11-19, and AFS will have a big presence this year. We are excited to return to SXSW once again with our member showcase. AFS ShortCase is a program of short films made […]

AFS Lead Programmer Lars Nilsen’s Sundance 2022 Favorites

Hello everyone, Lars Nilsen here. Last month I “attended” Sundance for the eighth time, and, unfortunately, for the second year running I was on my couch when I did it. On the plus side, it meant I could experience the whole thing under climate controlled circumstances, with the convenience of my refrigerator and pantry nearby, […]

The Programmer’s Bookshelf Part Two: Jazmyne Moreno

  This week we bring you our second installment of the Programmer’s Bookshelf. Here, AFS’s Associate Programmer Jazmyne Moreno takes us behind the scenes of a few of her favorite titles and into the minds of a colorful cast of characters. Changing  “Bergman’s muse and collaborator reflects on her life from childhood to her career […]

The Programmer’s Bookshelf Part One: AFS’ Lars Nilsen

We’re all about movies, but every so often we love a good book. So, we asked our programmers for a little peek at their bookshelves. This week, AFS’ Lead Programmer Lars Nilsen tells us of the books that changed his life, opened his mind, and gave him a cluckin’ good time. Psychotronic Encyclopedia “For me, […]

AFS’ History Of Television’s Aaron Spelling Miniseries Starts 1/31, Here’s How To Tune In

  For many years we have been offering a bimonthly History Of Television screening series at AFS. There we have screened television episodes and provided historical and critical insight into the filmmaking and cultural aspects of the work. At first, the History Of Television series took place in our on-site screening room, then we moved […]

Read This! Andrew Bujalski Talks The Coca-Cola Kid – Jan 29 & 31 at the AFS Cinema

On January 29 and 31, AFS presents THE COCA-COLA KID in 35mm as part of its World Cinema Classics series. Very few could have seen this raucous but insightful comedy coming from transgressive Serbian master Dušan Makavejev. Eric Roberts inhabits the part—an Atlanta-based marketing wiz given the assignment to prop up slow Coca Cola sales […]

AFS Presents Works by Bill Morrison for its Winter 2022 Essential Cinema – Starts Jan 20

This January and February AFS presents works by renowned contemporary American filmmaker Bill Morrison for its Essential Cinema program. His masterful and critically acclaimed works, constructed from mostly decaying nitrate films, are achieved through extensive archival research as well as close collaborations with some of the world’s most innovative contemporary composers, including William Basinski, Michael […]

Meet the 2021 AFS Grant for Short Films Recipients

2021 AFS Grant for Shorts recipients: 1: Déjà Cresencia Berhardt, Edwin Oliva, Katy McCarthy 2: Megan “Megz” Trufant Tillman, Sharon Arteaga, Tay Mansmann 3: Paloma Martinez, Abby Ellis, Iris Diaz, Alejandra Aragón This week, AFS announces the recipients of the 2021 AFS Grant for Short Films. Eight projects by ten director applicants were selected for […]