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What to Watch: February 2024 | AFI Alumni Projects

Looking for a new film or TV series to watch? Check out these projects by Alumni from the AFI Conservatory film school. Ranked the #1 film school in the nation, the AFI Conservatory has over 50 years of history training filmmakers who have gone on to create award-winning and critically acclaimed films and television shows.

AFI Spotlight on THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY’s Vanara Taing (AFI Class of 2012)

Ahead of the 2024 Film Independent Spirit Awards which highlights the best in independent cinema, we spoke to AFI Conservatory Alum Vanara Taing (AFI Class of 2012) whose new docudrama THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY is nominated for the distinguished John Cassavetes Award. Starring Academy Award® nominee Lily Gladstone, the film centers on an Indigenous woman named Tana (Gladstone) who embarks on a cross-country road trip following the death of her beloved grandmother. Vanara earned a story by credit for the film–alongside…

BIRTHRIGHT (1924) – AFI Catalog Spotlight

In celebration of Black History Month, the AFI Catalog shines a spotlight on pioneer African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux and his 10th directorial effort, BIRTHRIGHT (1924), which was released 100 years ago last month and was remade by Micheaux in 1938 as a talkie. While the 1924 film is believed to be lost, the surviving reels of the1938 version are safeguarded for preservation and posterity in the AFI Collection at the Library of Congress. Adapted by the filmmaker himself from…

AFI Conservatory Alumni Honored with 2024 Oscar Nominations

Congratulations to the AFI Conservatory Alumni and their projects nominated for an Oscar! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations on January 23 in a live event hosted by Zazie Beetz and Jack Quaid. The 96th Academy Awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air on ABC on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. live from the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood.