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December 2013

News and pop quizzes from your American Film Institute.

  • 12.31.13: IT'S ANTHONY HOPKINS' BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    How many American presidents has Hopkins portrayed on screen?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He played Richard M. Nixon in NIXON and John Quincy Adams in AMISTAD.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is 2. He played Richard M. Nixon in NIXON and John Quincy Adams in AMISTAD.

     

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  • 12.29.13: IT'S JON VOIGHT'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film in which Voight’s character lives on an island exclusively inhabited by blacks.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Voight plays novelist Pat Conroy as a young teacher in the 1974 film based on Conroy’s “The Water is Wide.”

    Incorrect. The correct answer is CONRACK. Voight plays novelist Pat Conroy as a young teacher in the 1974 film based on Conroy’s “The Water is Wide.”

     

  • 12.28.13: IT'S DENZEL WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film in which Washington plays a lawyer.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He plays Joe Miller, a homophobic lawyer representing a client with AIDS in the 1993 drama.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is PHILADELPHIA. He plays Joe Miller, a homophobic lawyer representing a client with AIDS in the 1993 drama.

     

  • WHAT COLOR IS IT?

    What color is Princess Fiona’s gown in SHREK?

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  • 12.25.13: IT'S SISSY SPACEK'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film in which Spacek plays Vince Vaughn’s hippie mom.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Merry Christmas!

    Incorrect. The correct answer is FOUR CHRISTMASES. Merry Christmas!

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Alan Rickman as Professor Severus Snape says so in his lecture at Hogwarts in the first of the Harry Potter movies written by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE. Alan Rickman as Professor Severus Snape says so in his lecture at Hogwarts in the first of the Harry Potter movies written by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Jack Lemmon (1925-2001) was nominated for an Oscar® for his role as alcoholic Joe Clay in Blake Edward’s 1962 film.

     

  • 12.22.13: IT'S RALPH FIENNES' BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film in which Fiennes cheated at what you’re doing right now.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Fiennes correctly answered questions an incorrect way as contestant Charles Van Doren in the 1994 film about the early TV quiz show scandal.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is QUIZ SHOW. Fiennes correctly answered questions an incorrect way as contestant Charles Van Doren in the 1994 film about the early TV quiz show scandal.

     

  • 12.21.13: IT'S JANE FONDA'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film in which Fonda played playwright Lillian Hellman.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Fonda was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the 1977 film.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is JULIA. Fonda was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the 1977 film.

     

  • 12.20.13: IT'S JONAH HILL'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the movie in which Hill’s character bonds with a rock star.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Hill plays a record company intern charged with getting a rock star to his next concert in the 2010 film, co-starring Russell Brand.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is GET HIM TO THE GREEK. Hill plays a record company intern charged with getting a rock star to his next concert in the 2010 film, co-starring Russell Brand.

     

  • THREE-FILM MONTE

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  • 12.18.13: IT'S BRAD PITT'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film in which Pitt’s character goes fly-fishing in Montana.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Pitt plays the rebellious son of a Presbyterian minister in the 1992 film directed by Robert Redford.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. Pitt plays the rebellious son of a Presbyterian minister in the 1992 film directed by Robert Redford.

     

  • 12.17.13 NEW FILM SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED BY TIME WARNER, AFI

    Diversity in film education, an essential first step toward diversity in filmmaking, received a big boost today as the American Film Institute announced a half million-dollar grant from the Time Warner Foundation. The grant will create five full scholarships to the AFI Conservatory for applicants from communities traditionally under-represented in film and television.

    The new Time Warner Foundation Fellowships, as they will be known, reflect the notable increase in scholarship opportunities for both current and incoming Fellows at the AFI Conservatory. More than $6.2 million has been raised this year for the highly selective program of approximately 260 Fellows.

    “Diversity is often the essential spark that catalyzes the creative process," said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute. "We are honored that Time Warner Foundation has chosen the AFI Conservatory as the place to illustrate their global commitment to ensuring new voices in America's art form."

    The first of these five scholarships was issued this Fall 2013 to Adriana González-Vega, a first-year AFI Directing Fellow whose thesis film FRENTE AL MAR (OCEANFRONT) won the Renée Crown University Honors' Orlin Prize, Best Student Film at Carmel Art and Film Festival and was an official selection at the Montreal World Film Festival. González-Vega received a BFA in Film from Syracuse University and studied abroad at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in the Czech Republic where she directed a 35mm narrative short film. She lists among her influences a wide range of filmmakers such as Luis Buñuel, Satyajit Ray, Pedro Almodóvar and Sally Potter. 

  • 12.17.13: IT'S BILL PULLMAN'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film in which Pullman plays the President of the United States.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Pullman plays President Thomas J. Whitmore in the 1996 film about an alien invasion.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is INDEPENDENCE DAY. Pullman plays President Thomas J. Whitmore in the 1996 film about an alien invasion.

     

  • 12.16.13 IN MEMORIAM: THREE WHO TOUCHED OUR LIVES

    The American Film Institute notes with sorrow the passing of actors Peter O’Toole (1932-2013), Joan Fontaine (1917-2013) and Tom Laughlin (1931-2013)  – all within the last few days. 

    O’Toole’s performance in David Lean’s LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) remains one of the most iconic in film history, but in a career spanning half a century, the actor also graced the Shakespearean stage and big screen – as Henry II both in BECKET (1964) and THE LION IN WINTER, in LORD JIM (1965); GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS (1969); THE RULING CLASS (1972); MY FAVORITE YEAR (1982) and VENUS (2006). We remember him in flowing white robes, his clear blue eyes, peering across the desert toward Damascus.

    Joan Fontaine, who died in Carmel, California, at the age of 96, will always be remembered for REBECCA (1940) and Alfred Hitchcock’s SUSPICION (1941) for which she won the Academy Award®, THE CONSTANT NYMPH (1943), JANE EYRE (1943) and IVANHOE (1952). One year younger than her sister Olivia de Havilland, Fontaine was the picture of grace and intelligence opposite such leading men as Lawrence Olivier, Cary Grant and Robert Taylor. Fontaine was licensed as a pilot and an interior decorator. She was a champion balloonist and a Cordon Blue chef.
    To paraphrase Shakespeare: “Age could not wither nor custom stale her infinite variety.”

    Tom Laughlin found lasting movie fame as the writer, director and star of the BILLY JACK series, in which he played a pacifist ex-Green Beret Native American hapkido expert battling racism during the 1970s. An American original, Laughlin bought advertising during national news broadcasts for THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK (1974), changing the way films are distributed and marketed to this day. He ran for President three times, started a successful Montessori pre-school in Santa Monica, and also wrote extensively about Jungian psychology and alternative cancer treatments.

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Mmm. You know, when you... when you live a good life... like a saint... and then you die, that must be what they make you to drink in paradise."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Meryl Streep says so in the screenplay by Alan J. Pakula from the novel by William Styron.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is SOPHIE'S CHOICE. Meryl Streep says so in the screenplay by Alan J. Pakula from the novel by William Styron.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Jessie Royce Landis (1896-1972) was an American character actress whose career spanned theater, television and film. She played Grace Kelly’s mother in the 1955 Hitchcock classic.

     

  • WHATSERNAME?

    Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst Jack Ryan, who appeared in THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (1990), PATRIOT GAMES (1992), CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER (1994) and THE SUM OF ALL FEARS (2002) and has an upcoming movie named for the character JACK RYAN. What’s his wife’s name?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The character aka Dr. Caroline Ryan has been played by Anne Archer, Bridget Moynahan and Gates McFadden. Keira Knightley plays the eye surgeon in the new film slated for a Christmas release.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Cathy Muller Ryan, MD. The character aka Dr. Caroline Ryan has been played by Anne Archer, Bridget Moynahan and Gates McFadden. Keira Knightley plays the eye surgeon in the new film slated for a Christmas release.

     

  • 12.13.13: IT'S JAMIE FOXX'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What school did Foxx's character Nathaniel Ayers attend in THE SOLOIST?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Foxx plays the violin and cello in the 2009 film.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Juilliard. Foxx plays the violin and cello in the 2009 film.

     

  • WHAT COLOR IS IT?

    Yes, Molly Ringwald wore pink in PRETTY IN PINK (1986), but what color is Andrew McCarthy's shirt in the same movie?

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  • 12.10.13 BREAKING NEWS: 2013 AFI AWARDS ANNOUNCED TODAY

    AFI announced its official selections for the AFI AWARDS 2013 today.  AFI members, scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees participated in choosing the 10 outstanding films and television programs deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.  And here they are:

    AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
    12 YEARS A SLAVE
    AMERICAN HUSTLE
    CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
    FRUITVALE STATION
    GRAVITY
    HER
    INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
    NEBRASKA
    SAVING MR. BANKS
    THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

    AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
    THE AMERICANS
    BREAKING BAD
    GAME OF THRONES
    THE GOOD WIFE
    HOUSE OF CARDS
    MAD MEN
    MASTERS OF SEX
    ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
    SCANDAL
    VEEP

    An almanac documenting works of excellence that mark a moment in time, AFI AWARDS is also the only national honor for the community’s creative ensembles as a whole, acknowledging the collaborative nature of the art form. Honorees are selected based on works which best advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form, inspire audiences and artists alike, and/or make a mark on American society.

    "AFI AWARDS is a moment for the most accomplished storytellers 0f 2013 to pause and be appreciated – not as competitors, but as a community," said Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO.  "Acknowledging their collective contributions to America's rich cultural legacy is both AFI's national mandate – and our honor."

    AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the selections at an invitation-only luncheon on Friday, January 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

  • 12.10.13: IT'S KENNETH BRANAGH'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    As which Shakespearean character does Branagh say (and go) "once more unto the breach"?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The full speech begins, "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more. Or close the wall up with our English dead" and ends, "Follow your spirit, and upon this charge cry 'God for Harry, England and Saint George!'"

    Incorrect. The correct answer is King Henry V. The full speech begins, "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more. Or close the wall up with our English dead" and ends, "Follow your spirit, and upon this charge cry 'God for Harry, England and Saint George!'"

     

  • 12.9.13: IT'S JOHN MALKOVICH'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which of these films did Malkovich wear a wig?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Set in 18th century France, the 1988 film co-starred Glenn Close. Peter Owen designed the wigs.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is DANGEROUS LIAISONS. Set in 18th century France, the 1988 film co-starred Glenn Close. Peter Owen designed the wigs.

     

  • 12.8.13: IT'S TERI HATCHER'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the James Bond film in which Hatcher plays 007's former lover and the villain's wife.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She plays Paris Carver, married to media mogul Elliot Carver played by Jonathan Pryce in the 1997 film.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is TOMORROW NEVER DIES. She plays Paris Carver, married to media mogul Elliot Carver played by Jonathan Pryce in the 1997 film.

     

  • 12.7.13: IT'S ELLEN BURSTYN'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film for which Burstyn won the Academy Award® for Best Actress.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She received nominations for the other films listed.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE. She received nominations for the other films listed.

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "I'm already pregnant, so what other kind of shenanigans could I get into?"

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Screenwriter Diablo Cody won the Oscar® for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for this 2007 film starring Ellen Page.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is JUNO. Screenwriter Diablo Cody won the Oscar® for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for this 2007 film starring Ellen Page.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Klaus Maria Brandauer, who played Meryl Streep's husband in OUT OF AFRICA (1985) became an international film star in MEPHISTO four years earlier and played a James Bond villain in NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983).

     

  • 12.4.13: IT'S MARISSA TOMEI'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the early film star played by Tomei in CHAPLIN (1992).

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The other actresses listed were played by Diane Lane, Mari Pitillo and Penelope Ann Miller, respectively.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Mabel Normand. The other actresses listed were played by Diane Lane, Mari Pitillo and Penelope Ann Miller, respectively.

     

  • 12.3.13: IT'S JULIANNE MOORE'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What is the name of the porn actress played by Moore in BOOGIE NIGHTS?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Mark Wahlberg and Burt Reynolds also starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Amber Waves. Mark Wahlberg and Burt Reynolds also starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film.

     

  • 12.2.13: IT'S LUCY LIU'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Who played Liu's CHARLIE'S ANGELS character, Alex Munday, in the original TV series?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Alex Munday did not exist in the TV series whose crime-fighting women were named Kelly, Kris and Sabrina.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is no one. Alex Munday did not exist in the TV series whose crime-fighting women were named Kelly, Kris and Sabrina.

     

  • 12.1.13: IT'S WOODY ALLEN AND BETTE MIDLER'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film in which Allen and Midler play a married couple.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The 1991 film was directed by Paul Mazursky from a screenplay by Roger L. Simon.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is SCENES FROM A MALL. The 1991 film was directed by Paul Mazursky from a screenplay by Roger L. Simon.

     

  • AU REVOIR TO AFI FEST 2013 PRESENTED BY AUDI

    AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi celebrated another year of excellence in filmmaking. Our sincere thanks go out to all the filmmakers, moviegoers, sponsors, special guests, volunteers and staff who made FEST a cinematic feast. In all, 120 films from 43 countries lit up the screen during the eight days and nights of the festival with 54 AFI alumni represented by 14 films. From Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson at our Opening Night Gala and the North American Premiere of SAVING MR. BANKS, to the U.S. premiere of Italy’s Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission, THE GREAT BEAUTY, AFI FEST presented by Audi showcased the best in global cinema and today’s Hollywood. We hope you enjoy our Jury and Audience Award winners at the festival in your hometown or at home on Video On Demand. We loved them and think you will, too.

    New Auteurs Critic's Award: NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN
    New Auteurs Special Award for Personal Storytelling: IN BLOOM
    New Auteurs Special Award for Direction: THE SELFISH GIANT

    Grand Jury Award - Live Action Short: BUTTER LAMP
    Grand Jury Award - Animated Short: THE PLACES WHERE WE LIVED
    Special Jury Award: BALCONY
    Special Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Direction: SYNDROMEDA
    Special Jury Mention for Best Datamosh: DATAMOSH

    World Cinema Audience Award: THE ROCKET
    New Auteurs Audience Award: THE SELFISH GIANT
    American Independents Audience Award: WE GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE
    Breakthrough Audience Award: B FOR BOY

  • RED CARPET SWEEPSTAKES WINNER SHARES THE SPOTLIGHT AT AFI FEST

    As the saying goes, "To give is to receive," which is what Kathy Carroll from Washington, DC, experienced when she gave her daughter Rebecca an AFI gift membership during our Red Carpet Getaway Sweepstakes – Kathy won the drawing!  She and Rebecca walked the red carpet during our Closing Night Gala screening of the Coen brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS along with directors Joel and Ethan Coen, John Goodman, Oscar Isaac and Stark Sands. Thanks for the support, Kathy!

    If you weren’t able to join us this year, click here for a gallery of photos from other fun events at AFI FEST 2013.

  • AT YEAR’S END, PLEASE SUPPORT THE AFI ARCHIVE

    As we count down the remaining days of 2013 we thank all of our supporters who have graciously donated to AFI this year. If you haven’t had a chance to yet, please consider an end of the year contribution to AFI today. AFI works on many initiatives to ensure that America’s rich cultural film heritage will thrive for generations to come, and support from movie lovers like you is the backbone of our efforts. Please consider making an extra contribution or becoming a member today and know that you’re supporting important efforts like digitizing the AFI Archive.

    The AFI Archive is over 5,600 hours of audio-visual content of history’s most important filmmakers, including Frank Capra, Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Sidney Poitier, Jean Renoir, Elizabeth Taylor and many, many more, imparting their wisdom to aspiring film artists at the AFI Conservatory. The preservation of such remarkable material is imperative for our cultural heritage. Your support will help AFI’s efforts to preserve these recordings digitally and upgrade our archive facilities, ensuring that these hours of oral histories and interviews with master filmmakers – a most irreplaceable history – will be shared for generations to come.

    We sincerely thank you for a wonderful 2013 and look forward to an even greater 2014 with you. Thank you for your support.

    Please make your tax-deductible year-end contribution here or become a member here.

  • FRESNO FILMGOER WINS READER SURVEY SWEEPSTAKES

    Congratulations to Justin Thompson of Fresno, California – winner of our Reader Survey Sweepstakes and recipient of a new Kindle Fire. In addition to Justin, 50 more American Film™ readers from all over the country received copies of the VISIONS OF LIGHT DVD on cinematography for being the first to respond. Thanks again to everyone who completed our survey – more than 1,600 of you! Your information will help determine the future direction of our magazine.

  • SEE YOU AT THE EU

    Now in its 26th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to Washington, DC, audiences at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center from December 5-22. This year’s selection of more than 50 films from 27 countries includes award-winners, international festival favorites, local box-office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries' official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film. Among the films slated for this year’s showcase are WALESA, MAN OF HOPE (Poland), SOLDIER JANE (Austria) and recent AFI FEST favorites THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT (Germany) and STRANGER BY THE LAKE (France).

    AFI thanks the embassy cultural counselors of the EU member states and the European Union Delegation to the U.S.A. in Washington, DC, for their continuing support of the AFI European Union Film Showcase. Special thanks also to Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to the U.S.A. João Vale de Almeida and the staff of the Delegation for their generous support.

    Visit the AFI Silver Theartre website to learn more.

  • 12.1.13: WIDE SHOT (WEB STORIES THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE)

    Zach Snyder (300, WATCHMEN) makes violence stylish in films based on graphic novels and CGI technology.  If you’re not in his fanboy orbit, this piece by Christopher Smail in Scene 360 will get you caught up on a popular trend in movies.
    http://scene360.com/articles/19281/comic-book-visuals-cgi-and-violence/#.Ukr1IlFBTw4

    In the brave new world of crowdfunding, filmmakers have new ways to get their projects off the ground – possibly, with your help.  This piece by David Rosen in Filmmaker Magazine explains the impact of the JOBS Act and equity crowdfunding.
    http://filmmakermagazine.com/76264-how-the-jobs-act-and-equity-crowdfunding-will-impact-indie-film/

    And while we’re on the subject of crowdfunding, here’s an item from The Village Voice illustrating the phenomenon while raising awareness of the health challenge of Peter Mayhew, the seven-foot three actor who played Chewbacca in the STAR WARS films.
    http://www.villagevoice.com/2013-09-11/film/chewbacca-documentary/

  • AFI CLOSEUP: STEPHANIE NYE

    Somehow, we managed to squeeze in a few minutes with Stephanie Nye, AFI's Web Programmer, Creative Services, during the "crazy-busy" run-up to this year's AFI FEST. We spoke to Nye in her Manor House office on the Institute's Hollywood Campus. Known throughout the organization as a great team player, Nye's answer to our second question made perfect sense.

    1. What do you do at AFI? I'm responsible for AFI.com, which includes AFI's program sites such as AFI Conservatory, AFI Fest, AFI Silver Theatre, AFI Docs, American Film, and all of AFI's online transaction web sites. Also, our department sends out all of the e-mail communications, including press releases and the Alumni Connection. I interface with every department at AFI that's represented online.

    2. What are you working on today? Today I am working on the AFI FEST web site, our year-end appeal e-mail communications, filmmaker invitations for events at AFI FEST, our daily e-mails that are going to go out during the festival… It's really crazy-busy because of FEST.

    3. What was your best day at AFI? I love working here. But I think I was really struck by the first Life Achievement Award I got to go to. I went to the Barbra Streisand Life Achievement Award on the red carpet, taking photos for the web site, and so I got to see everything up close and personal, and that was pretty exciting.

    4. How long have you been at AFI? I have been at AFI – off and on – since 2000, but I've been full-time since 2005. So what is that? Eight years?

    5. What don't your colleagues know about you? I think one thing they don't know about me – because they know most things about me – is that I love to country-western dance. I know how to two-step and line-dance, and I've been doing it since I was in my 20s.

    6. What did you do before you came to AFI? Before I came to AFI, I had a web design business. And the way I got into web design and programming was that I was a silk-screener. I worked for companies in Seattle and New York. Then I had my own business, silk-screening on t-shirts. I had a line of gay and lesbian t-shirts that I sold at pride events and the March on Washington. I wanted to sell t-shirts online so I taught myself how to build websites.

    7. Where did you grow up and attend school? I am from just outside Seattle – Mountlake Terrace. I went to Edmonds Community College on a basketball scholarship. It's right near where I grew up – in one of the adjacent towns. I played center in high school and forward in college.

    8. What's your favorite film? Favorite film – dan-dan-DAAAN! I love film in general. It's easier for me to say what I don't like. My least favorite kind of films are horror and scary films because I think I watched too many of them as a kid. But I couldn't even narrow it down to a genre. I love comedies, I love dramas, I love sappy movies, I love action films. But, if you want to pick a few, I love THE PRINCESS BRIDE, I love BABY MAMA from a few years ago. CADDYSHACK and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK are also two of my all-time favorites.