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On the latest episode of the Silver Streams podcast, AFI Silver programmers Todd Hitchcock, Abbie Algar and Ben Delgado ...
10/15/2020

On the latest episode of the Silver Streams podcast, AFI Silver programmers Todd Hitchcock, Abbie Algar and Ben Delgado discuss Roberto Rossellini's landmark Italian neorealist drama ROME, OPEN CITY, on the occasion of this hugely influential film's 75th anniversary, plus the latest films debuting in the AFI Silver Virtual Screening Room.

New episode coming on Friday!

Find it & listen on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher etc: https://tinyurl.com/SilverStreams

Today is the FINAL day of this year's Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival!Do not miss the acclaimed 12 Hour ...
10/15/2020
Brea Grant, Modern Scream Queen

Today is the FINAL day of this year's Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival!

Do not miss the acclaimed 12 Hour Shift, Brea Grant's darkly comedic, organ-harvesting crime thriller, starring Angela Bettis, Chloe Farnworth, Mick Foley and David Arquette!

Richard Whittaker interviews actress/writer/director Brea Grant for Austin Chronicle:

"[T]his fall sees her secure her position as not just a horror regular, but a leading light of the scene. At the Fantasia International Film Festival, she picked up the best screenplay award for her second feature as a director, 12 Hour Shift, a pitch-black comedy in which Angela Bettis (May) plays Mandy, an Arkansas nurse with a side-hustle in spare organs. During the same festival, Grant scored rave reviews as the lead in a second film she scripted, Lucky, a classic slasher mixed with a savage look at the psychological damage done to survivors of assault. Now she completes the round with The Stylist. The feature, adapted by writer/director Jill Gevargizian from her short of the same name, screens/streams this week as part of Fantastic Fest's online celebration. It stars Grant as Olivia, a bride-to-be who becomes the target of hairdresser and obsessive stalker Claire (Najarra Townsend, who played the same part in the original short, which, coincidentally, screened at Fantastic Fest 2016).

It's been a year of shifting expectations for Grant. Lucky was supposed to play as SXSW, while 12 Hour Shift was booked for the Tribeca Film Festival – both of which ended up being canceled. This would have been her first time on the circuit as a director, so she's missing that very specific in-person experience, and the long rounds of meetings, that directors go through. 'As an actor,' she said, 'I kind of go in for a day or two and do one Q&A and a day of press.' However, on the positive side she sees a wider audience than ever becoming first-time fest patrons. 'A lot of people who can't attend festivals for a lot of reasons – financial, or where they are, or their day job – have been able to attend these online, so there's been something interesting about the democratization of putting these festivals online for these communities.'"

The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival runs now through October 15. Films are available to all viewers in the U.S. and U.S. territories unless otherwise noted.

For the full film lineup visit: https://bit.ly/SpookyMovieFilmFestival

The Stylist star, 12 Hour Shift director and UT grad becomes a powerhouse of horror at Fantastic Fest

10/15/2020
LA HAINE 4K RESTORATION TRAILER

Twenty-five years ago, Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with La Haine, a gritty, unsettling and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in 1990s France, specifically the low-income banlieue districts on Paris' outskirts. Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé) and Saïd ( Saïd Taghmaoui) — a Jew, an African and an Arab — give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches a climactic boiling point. A work of tough beauty, LA HAINE is a landmark of contemporary French cinema and a gripping reflection of its country's ongoing identity crisis.

Opening *tomorrow* in our Virtual Screening Room

Pre-order 📲: http://bit.ly/AFIVSRLaHaine

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10/15/2020

Now playing: Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger's documentary TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL, about the United States' disastrously insufficient response the the Coronavirus pandemic.

Screen at home to support AFI Silver! Virtual cinema made possible by NEON.

More info and screening link: https://tinyurl.com/AFIVSRTotallyUnderControl

Today is the FINAL day to see LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST, the latest outstanding film history docum...
10/15/2020
Leap of Faith | Film Threat

Today is the FINAL day to see LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST, the latest outstanding film history documentary from Alexandre Philippe ( Memory: The Origins of Alien), now screening in the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival!

Bradley Gibson reviews for Film Threat:

"The question of faith is central to this documentary. The Exorcist, of course, pivots on the faith, or lack thereof, of Father Karras. Friedkin worked with a certainty of what he wanted the final product to be, his faith in his own vision unwavering, and he stood by that, even in the face of more experienced filmmakers often criticizing his approach. Max Von Sydow confessed his lack of belief in a deity was a limiting factor in playing the role of Father Merrin.

Friedkin drew from his love of art, designing lighting to evoke the styles of Caravaggio and the Dutch masters. He modeled the film’s structure on classical music. He honored traditions of quintessential films that bring moments of familiar resonance he compares to grace notes in music. His inspirations range from Citizen Kane to Carl Dreyer’s Ordet."

The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival runs now through October 15. Films are available to all viewers in the U.S. and U.S. territories unless otherwise noted.

For the full film lineup visit: https://bit.ly/SpookyMovieFilmFestival

SUNDANCE 2020 FILM REVIEW! Alexandre O. Philippe's documentary Leap of Faith delivers a luxuriant, poetic conversation with director William Friedkin walking through the creative process that res

This year's edition of the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival features a spotlight on Italian horror maestr...
10/15/2020

This year's edition of the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival features a spotlight on Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci (1927-1996), including Simone Scafidi's innovative hybrid documentary Fulci For Fake and two of the filmmakers' recently remastered '80s classics: 1987's AENIGMA and 1988's ZOMBI 3!

The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival runs now through October 15. Films are available to all viewers in the U.S. and U.S. territories unless otherwise noted.

For the full film lineup visit: https://bit.ly/SpookyMovieFilmFestival

10/14/2020

Now playing: Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger's documentary TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL, about the United States' disastrously insufficient response the the Coronavirus pandemic.

Screen at home to support AFI Silver! Virtual cinema made possible by NEON.

More info and screening link: https://tinyurl.com/AFIVSRTotallyUnderControl

Brea Grant's darkly comedic, organ-harvesting crime thriller 12 Hour Shift, starring Angela Bettis, Chloe Farnworth, Mic...
10/14/2020
Movie Review: 12 Hour Shift

Brea Grant's darkly comedic, organ-harvesting crime thriller 12 Hour Shift, starring Angela Bettis, Chloe Farnworth, Mick Foley and David Arquette, is now screening in the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival!

Josh Kupecki reviews for Austin Chronicle:

"One of the most noble and selfless vocations, nurse practitioners must juggle the endless care of patients with the demands of doctors and hospital bureaucrats. And if you're Mandy (Bettis), working the titular schedule, add in a substance abuse problem and a black market organ harvesting racket. When she’s not half-heartedly doing her rounds, she’s assessing various patients to kill in order to extract body parts for local mobster Nicholas (Foley). Assisting her in this endeavor is Regina (Farnworth), her ne’er-do-well white trash cousin (through marriage!), as well as co-worker and cohort Karen (Gamby-Turner). When courier Regina misplaces the kidney she is to deliver, another one must be procured, and events begin to spiral into chaos.

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Bettis is perfectly cast as Mandy, her hazy disaffection to the increasingly bloody mayhem she has to deal with is best described as nonplussed irritation.... Grant keeps the pace quick and as the narrative careens to its third act convergence, it’s quite easy to ignore some of the more blatant improbabilities and just enjoy watching how all the dominoes fall. 12 Hour Shift reinforces what anyone who’s had any experience with health care acutely understands: You don’t f*ck with nurses."

The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival runs now through October 15. Films are available to all viewers in the U.S. and U.S. territories unless otherwise noted.

For the full film lineup visit: https://bit.ly/SpookyMovieFilmFestival

Raucous and wicked organ-theft comedy isn't afraid to get bloody

Do not miss LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST, the latest documentary from Alexandre Philippe (Memory: The...
10/14/2020
Sundance ’20 Movie Review: “LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON ‘THE EXORCIST’ ” will compel you | Rue Morgue

Do not miss LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST, the latest documentary from Alexandre Philippe (Memory: The Origins of Alien), now screening in the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival!

Michael Gingold reviews for Rue Morgue:

"There has been much written and discussed about THE EXORCIST in the close to 50 years since it first polarized critics, scandalized certain onlookers and scaled heretofore unheard-of box-office heights for horror. A good deal of those words have come from Friedkin, yet he has never sat down for as in-depth an exploration of its creation before. And he chose (as is discussed here) the right man to capture it: Alexandre O. Philippe, who has specialized over the last few years in taking deep dives into iconic fright films with the PSYCHO documentary 78/52 and MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN.

Both those previous movies used dissections of their subjects’ most famous scenes (the shower murder and the chestburster respectively) as jumping-off points to examine the inspirations and creative decisions behind the movies as a whole. Yet the auteurs who guided them were not alive or available to sit down for Philippe’s camera, which makes LEAP OF FAITH a different yet still engrossing experience. Friedkin, now in his 80s, remains razor-sharp in his recollections of a film he shot five decades ago (this doc could also have been called MEMORY), and just as winning a storyteller in front of the camera as he is behind it."

The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival runs now through October 15. Films are available to all viewers in the U.S. and U.S. territories unless otherwise noted.

For the full film lineup visit: https://bit.ly/SpookyMovieFilmFestival

Sundance ’20 Movie Review: “LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON ‘THE EXORCIST’ ” will compel youMonday, February 3, 2020 | Review By MICHAEL GINGOLD Starring William Friedkin Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe Exhibit A Pictures Not far into LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON “THE EXORCIST...

On the latest episode of the Silver Streams podcast, AFI Silver programmers Todd Hitchcock, Abbie Algar and Ben Delgado ...
10/14/2020

On the latest episode of the Silver Streams podcast, AFI Silver programmers Todd Hitchcock, Abbie Algar and Ben Delgado discuss Roberto Rossellini's landmark Italian neorealist drama ROME, OPEN CITY, on the occasion of this hugely influential film's 75th anniversary.

PLUS: the latest films debuting in the AFI Silver Virtual Screening Room, including the documentary AGGIE, about the work of philanthropist/art collector Agnes Gund; Josh Melrod's indie drama MAJOR ARCANA, about a man rebuilding his life by building a log cabin in the Vermont woods; and three Spanish-language films, so you can carry on the spirit of this year's recently wrapped AFI Latin American Film Festival, including Patricio Guzmán's latest THE CORDILLERA OF DREAMS from Icarus Films, Nanni Moretti's inspiring documentary SANTIAGO, ITALIA, about Chilean emigration to Italy during the Pinochet era, from Distrib Films US, and Mariano Llinás’ immersive, long-form multi-part Argentine spellbinder LA FLOR from Grasshopper Film.

Find it & listen on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher etc: https://tinyurl.com/SilverStreams

10/14/2020

Now playing: Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger's documentary TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL, about the United States' disastrously insufficient response the the Coronavirus pandemic.

Screen at home to support AFI Silver! Virtual cinema made possible by NEON.

More info and screening link: https://tinyurl.com/AFIVSRTotallyUnderControl

Chad Ferrin's creepy Lovecraftian horror story THE DEEP ONES is now screening in the Spooky Movie International Horror F...
10/13/2020
Horror Feature: Interview with Chad Ferrin, writer and director of The Deep Ones

Chad Ferrin's creepy Lovecraftian horror story THE DEEP ONES is now screening in the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival!

PLUS: an exclusive online introduction by the filmmaker!

Ferrin recently spoke about his film to James Whittington for Horror Channel:

"HC: Do you have a favourite story of his?

CF: I'd say 'The Call of Cthulhu' sticks with me the most.

HC: How do you begin to try and bring to life his high concept stories?

CF: Well, it all started with Gina La Piana's beach house and my desire to do a cult film. Lovecraft sprang to mind the moment I saw the location. I re-read most of his works, ended up pulling mainly from Dagon, The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Call of Cthulhu.

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HC: The movie has been described as 'Lovecraft and Ira Levin, by way of Corman and Charles Band' you must be happy with that?

CF: YES!!!

HC: Who decided on the design of Dagon?

CF: Jim Ojala and I went back and forth on a few concepts drawing from C.H.U.D., Humanoids from the Deep and Lovecraft's illustration of Cthulhu. Jim and his crew did an amazing job bringing it all to life."

The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival runs now through October 15. Films are available to all viewers in the U.S. and U.S. territories unless otherwise noted.

For the full film lineup visit: https://bit.ly/SpookyMovieFilmFestival

H.P. Lovecraft's influence on horror cinema is immeasurable and continues to this very day. In fact, today at Grimmfest a movie called The Deep Ones is showing so we asked its writer and director Chad Ferrin and how the great man himself has influenc...

Patrick Rea's female-focused, revenge-driven werewolf tale I Am Lisa - the movie is now screening in the Spooky Movie In...
10/13/2020
I Am Lisa (2020) Review

Patrick Rea's female-focused, revenge-driven werewolf tale I Am Lisa - the movie is now screening in the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival!

PLUS: an exclusive online introduction by star Kristen Vaganos!

Darren Gaskell reviews for Love Horror:

"I Am Lisa is a first-rate, distinctive take on the werewolf movie with a particularly fine turn from Kristen Vaganos, who impresses in both bashful and beast modes. Horror fans will, ahem, wolf this one down."

The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival runs now through October 15. Films are available to all viewers in the U.S. and U.S. territories unless otherwise noted.

For the full film lineup visit: https://bit.ly/SpookyMovieFilmFestival

After rejecting the none-too-subtle advances of local bully Jessica Huckins (Carmen Aniello), shy, bookish Lisa (Kristen Vaganos) decides to go to the local Sheriff’s department to report what happened.

10/13/2020
White Riot - Official U.S. Trailer

Britain, late 1970s. Punk is exploding. The country is deeply divided over immigration. The National Front, a far-right and fascist political party, is gaining strength as politicians like Enoch Powell push a xenophobic agenda. Outraged by a racist speech from Eric Clapton, music photographer Red Saunders writes a letter to the music press, calling for rock to be a force against racism. NME, Melody Maker and Sounds all publish the letter. Flooded with responses, Saunders discovers many share his views.

Teaming up with like-minded creatives Roger Huddle, Kate Webb, Syd Shelton and Australian graphic designer Ruth Gregory, the team bands together to create Rock Against Racism (RAR) and a fanzine, Temporary Hoarding. Speaking directly to the youth, Temporary Hoarding reports stories and issues that the mainstream British media ignores, like immigration, the Catholic side of the Northern Ireland conflict and the police's controversial "suspected persons" (sus) powers. They give a voice to the voiceless. The National Front begins to strike back, committing acts of violence against RAR supporters and petrol-bombing their HQ. Despite this, RAR spreads virally across the UK and into Europe, becoming a grassroots youth movement. The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson and other top bands of the day jump on board. WHITE RIOT depicts a moment in time when music changed the world. When a generation challenged the status quo. It's Woodstock meets the March on Washington, punk-style.

🤘🏼✌🏽 Opening Friday in our Virtual Screening Room

In support of this incredibly timely, impactful and message-driven documentary, Film Movement is partnering with the non-partisan organization, HeadCount tha...

This year's edition of the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival features a spotlight on Italian horror maestr...
10/13/2020
10 Great Italian Horror Movies You’ve Probably Never Seen

This year's edition of the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival features a spotlight on Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci (1927-1996), including Simone Scafidi's innovative hybrid documentary Fulci For Fake and two of the filmmakers' recently remastered '80s classics: 1987's AENIGMA and 1988's ZOMBI 3!

For Taste of Cinema, Adam Hunter ranks AENIGMA among the best of under-appreciated Italian horror films:

"Certainly derivative of Carrie, Fulci apes that movie’s 'bullied teen with superpowers' premise and adds nightmarish visions of decapitations, possession and filicide, all entered around a revenged-driven, psychic and comatose teen who possesses the body of another student in order to carry out her murderous plan. Sound ridiculous? Of course it is. But does it also sound violent, crazy and like essential viewing for anybody who got to the bottom of this list? You’d be right again.

Perhaps the last great movie he ever did, Aenigma is still the work of a man fully in command of his craft. Almost everything he did before and including this movie is great, so if you’re a beginner, just know that you can start pretty well anywhere in his filmography and you’re still gonna get 200 proof, razor-sharp Fulci."

The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival runs now through October 15. Films are available to all viewers in the U.S. and U.S. territories unless otherwise noted.

For the full film lineup visit: https://bit.ly/SpookyMovieFilmFestival

Exploitation films have been made in every country with even a rudimentary film industry. The United States is particularly famous for it, but England had t

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AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, a nonprofit cinema, is one of the nation’s premier film centers, exploring and celebrating new and classic films and filmmakers from around the globe. Offering a year-round program of the best in American and international cinema, AFI Silver features a rich mix of retrospectives, special events, tributes, on-stage guest appearances, specialty first-run movies, festivals and premieres, presented on three screens, 365 days a year.

Anchored by the stunningly restored 1938 Silver Theatre, designed and built by movie palace architect John Eberson, the theatre was saved from the wrecking ball by a joint community effort and landmark designation and reopened as the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in 2003. This effort was made possible through an ambitious and unique public-private partnership between Montgomery County, Maryland and the American Film Institute. Connecting a diverse regional audience, the theatre provides the best the art form has to offer in a state-of-the-art screening environment.

A leader in screen education, AFI Silver’s groundbreaking Educational Screenings Program has served more than 150,000 middle and high school students, and trained hundreds of teachers to use filmmaking as an educational tool to engage students across all subject areas and disciplines.

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Will the AFI SILVER SPRING be participating in tonights RED ALERT RESTART? See https://www.instagram.com/p/CEkulewhCdT/
I’m glad this theatre is passionate about exposing their community to diverse movies. I recently learned about the film Chief Zabu and its humble origins. This comedy was started in the 1980’s but did not get completed and publicly released until 2016 due to obstacles in production and weakening support. Directed by Neil Cohen and Zack Norman, Chief Zabu is a socio-political satire that held a lot of relevance back when it was originally supposed to be released in the 1980’s and still maintains that relevance even now. The comedy follows two bumbling real estate agents in New York as they try to establish political power in a small Polynesian island without having any experience in politics! Zack Norman plays one of the leads as well alongside Allen Garfield as the two real estate agents and the neurotic energy between them is hilarious! It’s an 80’s comedy through and through, but it still manages to reflect parts of society that we would see today. I highly recommend it as it’s finally been able to leave it's time capsule after more than 30 years.
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This Thursday at 4pm, WOWD in Takoma Park (94.3 FM or listen online) will be giving away two tickets to AFI's North American Premiere of "Variações - Guardian Angel"!
Simply the best.
Why isn't "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" coming to the AFI in 70mm? 35mm is nice, but it would have been so great to see it in 70mm.
A great staycation destination!
Gwen and Ida: The Object is of No Importance, a new play imagining Actor/Writer/Producer/Director Ida Lupino pitching Jack Warner a movie about neglected artist Gwen John, premieres at Caos on F, June 7 - 29. Read all about it here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2327914927528812/
You really need to stock up on AFI Silver Theatre souvenirs (i.e. magnets, mugs, t-shirts, etc.)
Hey so we reserved tickets for tonight's showing of Life of Brian, but there is conflicting information on your website - in the general description, it says April 18, 8:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.; April 19 & 20, 10:00 p.m.; April 21, 10:30 p.m. - on my ticket reservation it says April 20 at 10:30? What is it - 10 or 10:30? Also, do we have to pick up tickets or can we just show the email?
Any chance you might get a copy if this film to show? Looks like a hoot! >
Next month is the 40th anniversary of the movie Superman. No special screening? 70mm anyone? :)