AFI ALUMNI

AFI ALUMNI

AFI ALUMNI

The AFI Backlot is a platform exclusive to the AFI community — a network designed to support alumni networking and professional development. Through the AFI Backlot, alumni have access to: Connections: Get to know other alumni or become reacquainted with old friends. Search for your peers by location, company, experience, etc. Join a group based on your class year or discipline, or create your own group within the AFI community.

Resources: Access aggregated resources and relevant filmmaking articles. Share useful tools with fellow alumni. Events: Be up-to-date on everything happening at AFI, and add your own events, film screenings and crowdfunding campaigns. Jobs: Access thousands of job listings, including those that arrive straight to the AFI offices and available exclusively on the Backlot. Need to hire AFI interns or alumni for a project? Upload jobs directly to the database.

Mentorships: Become a mentor to a current Fellow and help guide someone’s unique experience at AFI. Or further utilize the network to find a mentor for yourself, no matter where you are on your career path.
ALUMNI PROGRAMS Alumni of the AFI Conservatory belong to an elite and special family – they are the storytellers that entertain, educate and inspire audiences around the world.

Their talents and accomplishments are the reason the AFI Conservatory is consistently named one of the top film schools in the world. AFI invites alumni to stay connected with their artistic family and to preserve the legacy they have helped to create. AFI ALUMNI BENEFITS AFI continues to be a resource for alumni after graduation through the following benefits and privileges:

Alumni receive the AFI Alumni Connection, the official monthly AFI alumni e-newsletter, special offers, invitations to exclusive alumni events and are given opportunities to join and participate in seminars and groups. Alumni receive access to the AFI Backlot, an online resource for personal and professional networking and an easy way to stay connected.
Alumni receive advance notice for tickets to screenings and galas for AFI FEST presented by Audi, as well as discounts on festival passes and packages. Alumni receive application fee waivers when submitting a film for consideration to AFI FEST and AFI DOCS. Alumni receive discounted rates for the Ted Ashley and Mark Goodson Screening Rooms on the AFI Campus. Alumni are extended borrowing privileges from the Louis B. Mayer Library. Be sure we have your current contact information on file to receive these benefits, updates and invitations. For more information

*Alumni benefits are subject to change without advance notice.

ALUMNI NETWORK
In addition to official AFI events, there are other ways to connect with fellow alumni to network, find and post jobs, reconnect and meet friends:

The AFI Backlot is an online platform exclusive to the AFI community. Sign up at AFI.com/Backlot and put your AFI network to work for you!
Be a part of the AFI Alumni Facebook community at facebook.com/AFIalumni Update your contact information and set your sharing preferences through the AFI Alumni Directory at support.AFI.com/AlumniDirectory. Join or form a Writers Group at bit.ly/AFIWritersGroups. AFI Alumni Google Group is an email listserve moderated by alumni. To join, contact  Reel Grit is a weekly genre movie screening on the AFI Campus. Hosted on Sunday nights, the event is open to alumni and special guests. To be added to the mailing list, contactLEND A HELPING HAND Do you want a deeper connection to AFI and have some time and resources to commit? Consider involvement in the following programs:

ALUMNI MENTOR PROGRAM: CONNECT
Created by alumni, the program matches Fellows with alumni to gain the benefit of advice — professional and personal — as they look toward graduation and beyond. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or receiving information regarding the Alumni Mentor Program, please contact alumni@AFI.com.

INTERNSHIPS: PROMOTE
AFI Conservatory Fellows look for internships during fall, spring and summer terms. As alumni, you know first-hand the drive and work ethic of AFI Fellows. If you or someone in your company or production office can use the creative support of talented Fellows, please contact alumni@AFI.com with your internship opportunities.

PROGRAM INITIATIVES: VOLUNTEER
Alumni volunteers serve as leaders in effecting the continued growth and development of AFI programs and initiatives. Volunteer opportunities include participation in applicant outreach and recruitment, script reading and evaluation, workshops, regional networks, committees and special campaigns.

SUPPORT THE ALUMNI FUND: GIVE BACK
A nonprofit organization, AFI relies on financial contributions from its alumni to support the ongoing work of the Conservatory. Gifts to the Alumni Fund provide financial aid, support faculty positions, renovate facilities and upgrade equipment. All gifts count toward participation, an important expression of alumni commitment to today’s Fellows.

ALUMNI EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALUMNI EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALUMNI EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal is awarded annually to an alumnus of either the AFI Conservatory or the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women, who best embodies the qualities of the late director: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality filmmaking. Established by Schaffner’s widow, Jean, in 1991, the Alumni Medal celebrates the recipient’s extraordinary creative talents and artistic achievements.

Official transcripts and verifications are provided by the Registrar’s Office, and are released only on written authorization by the alumnus/a whose record is requested. There is no charge for transcripts or verifications. The American Film Institute reserves the right to deny official transcript and verification services for indebtedness to the Institute. Transcripts and verifications are processed within five working days after they are requested.

To receive a copy of a transcript or to obtain a letter of graduation verification, please mail, fax, e-mail or bring in a signed written request to the Registrar’s Office (WB 214). MARCH 14 | AFI WRITERS’ ROOM READY RECEPTION You are invited to join us in celebration of the four AFI Class of 2015 Screenwriters chosen for Writers’ Room Ready, a new program that pairs select writers from the year’s graduating Screenwriting class with accomplished AFI alumni mentors working in the industry. The AFI Class of 2015 recipients and their mentors are: Brennan Peters and Raelle Tucker (AFI DWW, Class of 2003), Tegan Shohet and Mikkel Bondesen (AFI Class of 1998), Andy Siara and Alex Herschlag (AFI TVW, Class of 1989), and Christina Strain and Norberto Barba (AFI Class of 1990).

MARCH 15 | AFI CONSERVATORY THESIS SHOWCASE
You are invited to the AFI Conservatory Thesis Showcase, where we will present a compilation reel of all thesis films by the Class of 2015 along with screenings of three jury-selected films. A reception with the entire class of thesis filmmakers will follow immediately after.

APRIL 12 | AFI CONSERVATORY DIRECTING WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN SHOWCASE Save the date for the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women Showcase, where we will present 10 films by the directors who recently completed the 2015 program: Amy Barrett, Christine Boylan, Dime Davis, Claire Fowler, Mia Lidofsky, Erica Liu, Bella Monticelli, Rebecca Mura, Philiane Phang and Chelsea Woods. A reception with the filmmakers will follow.

JUNE 9 | 44TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS The arts and entertainment community will come together to honor the recipient of the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award, John Williams, with a Gala tribute on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Alumni will be invited to purchase exclusive seats to this memorable event. Alumni-only tickets include mezzanine two seating with a private alumni reception, tribute show and keepsake tribute book. Look for details in your inbox next month. JUNE 15 | AFI CONSERVATORY COMMENCEMENT AFI will celebrate the Class of 2016 and confer honorary degrees on distinguished members of the film community at AFI Conservatory commencement. The ceremony will take place Wednesday, June 15, 2016. A limited number of seats will be made available to alumni. Details to follow.

ALUMNI NEWS & UPDATES

Ernie Altbacker (AFI Class of 1992) released his sci-fi novella “Handy Andy Saves the World,” which follows his six-book “Shark Wars” series for middle graders, on February 9. Altbacker is also currently story-editing, with Jim Krieg (AFI Class of 1992) as the producer, LAS LEYENDAS, an animated show due on Netflix in early 2017. Altbacker is also writing for Lego and Warner Bros. Animation. Neema Barnette (AFI DWW, Class of 1982) has joined OWN’s new original drama series QUEEN SUGAR, from Ava DuVernay and Warner Horizon Television, as a director and producer. Barnette is also a member of AFI’s Directing faculty. Producer Diane Becker’s (AFI Class of 2006) HOMEGROWN: THE COUNTER-TERROR DILEMMA premiered on HBO on February 8. Tessa Blake (AFI DWW, Class of 2014) directed an episode of NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, which aired on February 23. Blake is also currently the interim manager of the Directing Workshop for Women program.

Leah Cameron (AFI Class of 2011) has joined the writing team on THE CORONER, a one-hour drama currently in development for CTV/Bravo in Canada. Created by Morwyn Brebner (ROOKIE BLUE, SAVING HOPE), the drama is adapted from the British book series by M.R. Hall. Back Alley Productions (BOMB GIRLS) is producing. In addition, Cameron recently wrote, story-edited and associate-produced season two of WHERE COOL CAME FROM, a pop culture documentary web series.

20th Century Fox Television has picked up the pilot for 24: LEGACY, a new installment of the groundbreaking and Emmy® Award-winning drama franchise 24. Manny Coto (AFI Class of 1984) is the pilot’s executive producer and writer. Hanelle Culpepper (AFI DWW, Class of 2002) directed an episode of The CW’s THE FLASH, which aired on February 23.

The indie feature film ABOUT SCOUT opens on Friday, March 11 in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and on iTunes. Nicolas Emiliani (AFI Class of 2007), Dwjuan F. Fox (AFI Class of 2007) and Beverley Gordon (AFI Class of 2004) are producers, Megan Hutchison (AFI Class of 2005) is the production designer, Hyein Ki (AFI Class of 2011) is the art director, Christopher Eckerdt (AFI Class of 2010) is the assistant art director, and Kimby Caplan (AFI Class of 2007) is the second unit cinematographer.

Brad Falchuk (AFI Class of 1994) has closed a three-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the deal, Falchuk will continue his duties on three series for the studio: Fox’s SCREAM QUEENS, recently renewed for a second season, on which Falchuk serves as showrunner; as well as FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY, recently renewed for a sixth season; and breakout spinoff AMERICAN CRIME STORY, which Falchuk executive-produces. Additionally under the pact, Falchuk will develop new network and cable projects for the studio.

Scott Frank (AFI Class of 1984) is reuniting with Steven Soderbergh for the Netflix limited series GODLESS. Soderbergh will serve as an executive producer, while Frank will pen, direct and executive produce the project along with Casey Silver. Three DWW alumnae were selected for Film Independent’s Directing Lab: Roja Gashtili (AFI DWW, Class of 2010), Maggie Kiley (AFI DWW, Class of 2009) and Julia Lerman (AFI DWW, Class of 2010). Jennifer Getzinger (AFI DWW, Class of 2005) is set to direct NBCUniversal TV’s legal drama pilot MIRANDA’S RIGHTS. Getzinger is the only woman hired to direct a broadcast drama pilot this season.

Rachel Goldberg’s (AFI DWW, Class of 2010) screenplay “Welcome to Camelot” won the Donna Lisa Rothstein Best Screenplay award at the Garden State Film Festival. In addition, Goldberg’s short film MUTED won a Casting Society of America Artios Award.

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Ira Sachs’ LITTLE MEN, which stars Greg Kinnear. The film had its world premiere at Sundance and its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. Affonso Gonçalves (AFI Class of 1993) is the film’s editor. The new series JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION has been picked up by Warner Bros. Animation for Cartoon Network. James Krieg (AFI Class of 1992) is the series’ producer.

Endemol Shine Studios and Assembly Entertainment have picked up the series I’M DYING UP HERE, a one-hour dark comedy set among the famous Hollywood comedy clubs of the 1970s, for Showtime. Jonathan Levine (AFI Class of 2004) is the director. Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in Greg McLean’s upcoming JUNGLE, a thriller based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s account of spending three weeks lost and trying to survive in the Amazon. Dana Lustig (AFI Class of 1988) is the film’s producer.

Melina Matsoukas (AFI Class of 2005) directed Beyoncé’s “Formation” music video. Matsoukas has directed eight Beyoncé videos since 2007. She won a Grammy® for Rihanna’s “We Found Love” video, and also directed Solange’s “Losing You” and “I Decided,” Ciara’s “Work (feat. Missy Elliot)” and Jay Z’s “Run.” Matsoukas will make her TV directing debut with Issa Rae’s upcoming HBO comedy series INSECURE.

Universal has picked up U.K. and Australian rights to ID2: SHADWELL ARMY, the sequel to 1995 soccer hooliganism cult movie I.D. by Philip Davis. Joel Novoa (AFI Class of 2012) is the film’s director, Petr Cikhart (AFI Class of 2012) is the cinematographer and Martin Kobylarz (AFI Class of 2012) is the gaffer.

William “Bert” Pigg’s (AFI Class of 2008) screenplay “The Assassin’s Shadow” took the Silver Prize in the Historical/Biographical category at the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest. Wally Pfister (AFI Class of 1988) is directing Netflix’s new series FLAKED, starring Will Arnett and premiering on March 11. Dawn Prestwich (AFI Class of 1985) and Nicole Yorkin (AFI Class of 1985) are executive producers and writers of Amazon’s new series Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING, starring Christina Ricci.

The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors, in association with Emerson College, hosted a panel discussion on virtual reality on February 24. Karina Pyudik (AFI Class of 2001) produced the event. Logan Sandler (AFI Class of 2014) has signed with Joanne Roberts Wiles at ICM. Wiles also reps Duke Johnson (AFI Class of 2006) and Charlie McDowell (AFI Class of 2006). Linda Sena (AFI Class of 2001)

Linda Sena passed away on February 27, 2016, surrounded by family and friends after a battle with ovarian cancer. Linda was a highly creative, fiercely independent and kind person. Her whole life she loved to draw and was never without her sketchbook. She worked as both an art director and production designer who put all of herself into the films she worked on. Most recently she production designed films including ALEX OF VENICE, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, NOBODY WALKS, SMASHED and the short, WHAT DO WE HAVE IN OUR POCKETS?. She will be remembered and missed by all who knew her.

ALUMNI PROGRAMS

ALUMNI PROGRAMS

ALUMNI PROGRAMS

 Alumni of the AFI Conservatory belong to an elite and special family – they are the storytellers that entertain, educate and inspire audiences around the world. Their talents and accomplishments are the reason the AFI Conservatory is consistently named one of the top film schools in the world.

AFI invites alumni to stay connected with their artistic family and to preserve the legacy they have helped to create. AFI ALUMNI BENEFITS

AFI continues to be a resource for alumni after graduation through the following benefits and privileges: Alumni receive the AFI Alumni Connection, the official monthly AFI alumni e-newsletter, special offers, invitations to exclusive alumni events and are given opportunities to join and participate in seminars and groups.

Alumni receive access to the AFI Backlot, an online resource for personal and professional networking and an easy way to stay connected.
Alumni receive advance notice for tickets to screenings and galas for AFI FEST presented by Audi, as well as discounts on festival passes and packages. Alumni receive application fee waivers when submitting a film for consideration to AFI FEST and AFI DOCS. Alumni receive discounted rates for the Ted Ashley and Mark Goodson Screening Rooms on the AFI Campus. Alumni are extended borrowing privileges from the Louis B. Mayer Library. Be sure we have your current contact information on file to receive these benefits, updates and invitations. For more information, *Alumni benefits are subject to change without advance notice.

ALUMNI NETWORK
In addition to official AFI events, there are other ways to connect with fellow alumni to network, find and post jobs, reconnect and meet friends:

The AFI Backlot is an online platform exclusive to the AFI community. Sign up at AFI.com/Backlot and put your AFI network to work for you!
Be a part of the AFI Alumni Facebook community at facebook.com/AFIalumni Update your contact information and set your sharing preferences through the AFI Alumni Directory at support.AFI.com/AlumniDirectory. Join or form a Writers Group at bit.ly/AFIWritersGroups. AFI Alumni Google Group is an email listserve moderated by alumni. To join, contact  Reel Grit is a weekly genre movie screening on the AFI Campus. Hosted on Sunday nights, the event is open to alumni and special guests. To be added to the mailing list, contact

LEND A HELPING HAND
Do you want a deeper connection to AFI and have some time and resources to commit? Consider involvement in the following programs:

ALUMNI MENTOR PROGRAM: CONNECT
Created by alumni, the program matches Fellows with alumni to gain the benefit of advice — professional and personal — as they look toward graduation and beyond. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or receiving information regarding the Alumni Mentor Program, please contact

INTERNSHIPS: PROMOTE
AFI Conservatory Fellows look for internships during fall, spring and summer terms. As alumni, you know first-hand the drive and work ethic of AFI Fellows. If you or someone in your company or production office can use the creative support of talented Fellows, please contact with your internship opportunities.

PROGRAM INITIATIVES: VOLUNTEER
Alumni volunteers serve as leaders in effecting the continued growth and development of AFI programs and initiatives. Volunteer opportunities include participation in applicant outreach and recruitment, script reading and evaluation, workshops, regional networks, committees and special campaigns.

SUPPORT THE ALUMNI FUND: GIVE BACK
A nonprofit organization, AFI relies on financial contributions from its alumni to support the ongoing work of the Conservatory. Gifts to the Alumni Fund provide financial aid, support faculty positions, renovate facilities and upgrade equipment. All gifts count toward participation, an important expression of alumni commitment to today’s Fellows. Educating Tomorrow’s Storytellers…Today

The filmmakers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory learn by doing. Here, tomorrow’s storytellers are placed in a hands-on, production-based environment and are trained by a group of dedicated working professionals from the film and television communities.

Located in the heart of the entertainment community in Hollywood, the AFI Conservatory places a strong emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression. This film program instills the tools that help filmmakers practice their craft and become better storytellers. Classes are broken up into teams that mirror a real production environment. Those teams collaborate on and produce more films than any other graduate-level film school. Upon graduation, about 81% of our graduates report that they are working. The AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is a hands-on training program committed to increasing the number of women working professionally in screen directing.

DWW offers participants intensive training in narrative filmmaking in an innovative workshop. Each participant is required to complete a short film or series by the end of the program. DWW is open to women with three years or more of professional experience in the arts. The program is tuition-free though participants are responsible for raising the funds for their projects. Visit the Program section for details. You can play your part in American film and support this tuition-free program with a donation here.