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September 2013

News and pop quizzes from your American Film Institute.

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  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "It's a hangin' day in Wolf City, Wyomin'/Wolf City Wyomin', eighteen ninety-four"

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! From the "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" by Mack David (lyrics) and Jerry Livingston (music), the title song of the film starring Lee Marvin and Jane Fonda.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is CAT BALLOU. From the "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" by Mack David (lyrics) and Jerry Livingston (music), the title song of the film starring Lee Marvin and Jane Fonda.

     

  • 9.28.13: IT'S NAOMI WATTS' BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film in which Watts plays a real-life CIA spy.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She plays Valerie Plame, the CIA spy whose secret identity was leaked after her husband wrote an op-ed piece critical of the Bush administration.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is FAIR GAME. She plays Valerie Plame, the CIA spy whose secret identity was leaked after her husband wrote an op-ed piece critical of the Bush administration.

     

  • 9.27.13: IT'S GWYNETH PALTROW'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What famous literary figure has Paltrow portrayed on screen?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She played the poet in the 2003 film SYLVIA.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Sylvia Plath. She played the poet in the 2003 film SYLVIA.

     

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    Judi Dench plays Queen Elizabeth in John Madden's 1998 film starring Joseph Fiennes as the Bard of Avon.

     

  • 9.25.13: IT'S WILL SMITH'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    As Muhammed Ali, Will says, "Without me you'd just be a mouth and a microphone." To whom is he speaking?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Cosell was portrayed by Jon Voight in the 2001 biopic.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Howard Cosell. Cosell was portrayed by Jon Voight in the 2001 biopic.

     

  • CANON HONORS HIGGINS

    Bravo to director Julian Higgins (AFI Class of 2010), who this week was named one of the five winners of camera maker Canon's Project Imaginat10n Film Contest. Among the judges of the "user-generated" short film contest was director Ron Howard (RUSH) and his daughter, actor Bryce Dallas Howard (THE HELP). Higgins' entry, HERE AND NOW starring Abigail Spencer and Josh Pence, was made with the help of many other AFI Conservatory alumni, based on crowd-sourced photos. In the film, a young married couple contemplates the future of their strained relationship, reflecting back on the times when they were most in love. Higgins previously directed THIEF, which won the 2011 Student Academy Award®, and made his television directing debut with one of the final episodes of HOUSE. Ron Howard will present Higgins' film along with the other contest winners and the works of five invited "celebrity directors" at the Canon Project Imaginat10n Film Festival later this fall. But you can watch HERE AND NOW here and now at imagination.usa.canon.com/

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  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Everyone isn’t bad, Mama! Everything isn’t a sin!"

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The 1976 film by Brian De Palma starred Sissy Spacek with a screeplay by Lawrence D. Cohen based on the Stephen King novel. The remake starring Chloë Grace Moretz opens next month.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is CARRIE. The 1976 film by Brian De Palma starred Sissy Spacek with a screeplay by Lawrence D. Cohen based on the Stephen King novel. The remake starring Chloë Grace Moretz opens next month.

     

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    Guy Madison (1922-1996) rode the '50s TV series THE ADVENTURES OF WILD BILL HICKOCK and his handsome leading man looks to a successful film career.

     

  • 9.21.13: IT'S BILL MURRAY'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What role did Murray play in the 2000 modern-dress film version of Shakespeare's HAMLET?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Other cast members included Ethan Hawke as Hamlet, Sam Shepard as the Ghost and Liev Schrieber as Laertes.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Polonius. Other cast members included Ethan Hawke as Hamlet, Sam Shepard as the Ghost and Liev Schrieber as Laertes.

     

  • 9.20.13: IT'S SOPHIA LOREN'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In 1962, who accepted Loren's Academy Award® for Best Actress in a Leading Role in TWO WOMEN (1960)?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Loren was present to accept her honorary award from the Academy in 1991.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Greer Garson. Loren was present to accept her honorary award from the Academy in 1991.

     

  • WHAT COLOR IS IT?

    In Lewis Milestone's 1949 film adaptation of John Steinbeck's THE RED PONY, what color is Myrna Loy's skirt?

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  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Hasta la vista, baby."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Arnold Schwarznegger made this his catchphrase in the script by James Cameron and William Wisher Jr.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY. Arnold Schwarznegger made this his catchphrase in the script by James Cameron and William Wisher Jr.

     

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    Hilary Duff, a pop singer, achieved recognition for her acting in THE SOUL COLLECTOR and stardom in the title role of LIZZIE MCGUIRE.

     

  • 9.15.13: IT'S OLIVER STONE'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What did he play in WALL STREET (1987)?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He later played an investor in the 2010 sequel, WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is trader. He later played an investor in the 2010 sequel, WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS.

     

  • AFI MEMBERS RECEIVE $100 DISCOUNT TO THEGRILL 2013

    Our friends at TheWrap.com have created a special discount for AFI Members who attend TheGrill, TheWrap's Fourth Annual Media Leadership Conference on September 23rd and 24th at The Montage Beverly Hills. The series of panels and keynote speakers will focus on the latest revolutions in entertainment facing the film and television community today, from the growing influence of crowd funding to quality content flooding the online space.

    Topics and Speakers Include:

    • Netflix Rules – But What's Next for Streaming? With Ted Sarandos, COO, Netflix
    • Aereo and the Challenge to Broadcast TV with Aereo's CEO Chet Kanojia
    • FX, FXX and the Rise of Cable with John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks
    • Reimagining the Newsroom with Larry Kramer, publisher of USA Today
    • Panel: Crowd funding and the Movies: The New Money Model with Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann, and Stacey Sher and Michale Shamberg, producers, WISH I WERE HERE
    • Innovators Panel: Meet the Folks We'll All be Working For in 10 Years: David Hayes, entertainment evangelist, Tumblr; Rich Raddon, co-founder, ZEFR; Matt Mazzeo, partner, Lowercase Capital


    For a full schedule and to register, please visit: thegrill.thewrap.com/register and enter Promo Code: AFIGRILL2013

  • LETTERS TO JACKIE MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF JFK ASSASSINATION

    The producers of LETTERS TO JACKIE: REMEMBERING PRESIDENT KENNEDY, the Opening Night Gala film at the 2013 AFI DOCS presented by Audi, will host a national screening event in theaters across the U.S. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Emerging Pictures will also produce a September 17th event honoring Academy Award® winning director Bill Couterié at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston in association with the American Film Institute. The film will screen simultaneously in its network of theatres, and will be broadcast live at select venues, including the post-screening panel discussion. Panelists will include director Couterié, Ellen Fitzpatrick, author of the book on which the film is based, Academy Award®-winner Chris Cooper and four individuals whose letters written to Jacqueline Kennedy in the days following the assassination are featured in the film. Following the premiere screening on September 17th, LETTERS TO JACKIE will be playing through October exclusively at Emerging Pictures network theatres. For locations, dates and show times visit: www.emergingpictures.com.

  • THE SILVER THEATRE TURNS 75 – WHAT’S YOUR MEMORY?

    AFI's Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland, turns 75 today. Movie goers, preservationists and history buffs can celebrate with $5 tickets to some of the movies that played in 1938 when the landmark theater first opened: CAREFREE, THE LADY VANISHES, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD and BRINGING UP BABY. A complete schedule is available here.

    Film critic and DC personality Arch Campbell will serve as Master of Ceremonies for an inaugural event attended by local government officials, AFI staff and supporters. In honor of the theatre's 75th, AFI Silver is encouraging Washington-area moviegoers to share their own memories of the original Silver Theatre from 1938 onward. Visitors are encouraged to send their stories to [email protected] with their email address, name, phone number and date of the special memory. AFI Silver will be compiling a sample of these audience memories to share with the larger community.

    What's your Silver memory? A kiss in the balcony? A newsreel you never forgot?

    Like so many movie palaces of the '30s, The Silver Theatre provided an escape from the troubles of the day – a good thing, too. On the very day the Silver Theatre opened, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler for three hours at Berchtesgarden in a failed effort at appeasement with the German dictator.

    The Silver Theatre, designed by noted architect John Eberson, was saved from the wrecking ball and on April 4, 2003 re-opened as the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, a public-private partnership in Montgomery County, Maryland. A center of arts and education, the original space was expanded with 32,000 feet of new construction. This year, The Silver is adding state-of-the-art 4k Digital Cinema technology to its current mix of 16mm, 35mm and 70mm formats. The theater draws more than 200,000 visitors each year. Happy anniversary!

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  • 9.13.13: IT'S TYLER PERRY'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the Perry film based on a Broadway play.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The 2010 screenplay was written by Perry based on the play by Ntozake Shange titled "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf."

    Incorrect. The correct answer is FOR COLORED GIRLS. The 2010 screenplay was written by Perry based on the play by Ntozake Shange titled "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf."

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin' yet!"

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Those were the opening words spoken by Al Jolson in the 1927 original "talkie."

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE JAZZ SINGER. Those were the opening words spoken by Al Jolson in the 1927 original "talkie."

     

  • 9.11.13: IT'S VIRGINIA MADSEN'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film for which Madsen was nominated for an Oscar®.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Maya, the wine-country waitress.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is SIDEWAYS. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Maya, the wine-country waitress.

     

  • 9.10.13: IT'S COLIN FIRTH'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film in which Firth's character has the same job as his real-life parents.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Both Firth's parents are college professors, as was George in Tom Ford's stylish 2009 drama.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is A SINGLE MAN. Both Firth's parents are college professors, as was George in Tom Ford's stylish 2009 drama.

     

  • 9.9.13 : IT'S ADAM SANDLER'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which of these films does Sandler play a soldier turned hairstylist?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the unlikely backdrop to this award-winning comedy.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the unlikely backdrop to this award-winning comedy.

     

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    Henry Mancini (1924-1994) won four Academy Awards® for his film scores beginning with "Moon River" (lyrics by Johnny Mercer) for the film BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S in 1962. His score for THE PINK PANTHER won the following year.

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  • WHAT COLOR IS IT?

    What color is the boy's hair in this 1948 film parable?

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  • 9.5.13: IT'S RAQUEL WELCH'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film in which Welch plays a character named "Lust."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! British comics Peter Cook and Dudley Moore co-starred in director Stanley Donen's 1967 comedy.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is BEDAZZLED. British comics Peter Cook and Dudley Moore co-starred in director Stanley Donen's 1967 comedy.

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Houston, we have a problem."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! This quote ranks #50 in AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIE QUOTES program and reference list.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is APOLLO 13. This quote ranks #50 in AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIE QUOTES program and reference list.

     

  • 9.3.13: IT'S CHARLIE SHEEN'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Name the film in which Sheen's character says: "These men have taken a supreme vow of celibacy, like their fathers, and their fathers before them..."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Sheen's character is Topper Harley, and Jim Abrahams and Pat Proft wrote the dialogue.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is HOT SHOTS! PART DEUX. Sheen's character is Topper Harley, and Jim Abrahams and Pat Proft wrote the dialogue.

     

  • 9.2.13: IT'S KEANU REEVES' BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon. In which of these movies does he play a non-American character?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He plays Klaatu, a visitor from another planet in the 2008 remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. He plays Klaatu, a visitor from another planet in the 2008 remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic.

     

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    Robert Culp (1930-2010) played Bob in Paul Mazursky's 1969 film following the run of his successful TV series I SPY.

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  • ENTER TO WIN AFI'S RED CARPET GETAWAY SWEEPSTAKES

    It's September, and AFI Fest presented by Audi is just around the corner. Happening November 7-14 in Hollywood, AFI Fest is our annual celebration of international cinema – from modern masters to emerging filmmakers – and features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. Make an extra contribution or become a member of AFI this month and you’re entered for a chance to walk the red carpet with AFI's Member Month Red Carpet Getaway Sweepstakes.

    AFI is challenging the film-loving community to help us raise $10,000 or reach 100 new members during September. If you win the sweepstakes, you and a guest will enjoy a trip for two to Los Angeles on American Airlines (the Official Airline of AFI), two nights at the glamorous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (home of the first Academy Awards® in 1929) and two tickets to a Gala screening and after party during AFI Fest presented by Audi. You’ll also take home a copy of the Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Collection on Blu-ray, created in celebration of Warner Bros.' 90th anniversary, which includes 16 of WB's Best Picture Academy Award®-winners among the films on 52 discs.

    Becoming an AFI member in September is the perfect way to honor your love of the movies while helping AFI to succeed. Please help us meet our goal of $10,000 or 100 new members this month!

    Complete sweepstakes rules are available here.

  • AFI SILVER THEATRE PRESENTS 24TH LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

    If you plan to be in Washington, DC, this month or live in the Metro area, AFI's Silver Theatre and Cultural Center would like to say, "Bienvenidos!" The AFI Latin American Film Festival, now in its 24th year, will be showcasing the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrating Ibero-American cultural connections.

    The 2013 edition runs from September 19–October 9, featuring a lineup of exciting new films making their Washington, DC, area premieres. Among the titles to watch for this year are ANINA, from Uruguay, the story of a young girl's suspension from school after a schoolyard fight; THE BODY, a tense thriller from Spain; CHICAMA, from Peru, about a teacher sent to a remote school in the Andes; and other films from Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador and more. Information about Festival passes and Combo Ticket Packages offering discounts will be available in the September 13 edition of The Washington Post, which will carry the fall issue of AFI Preview. Vamonos, AFIcionados!

  • AFI CLOSEUP: CHRIS SCHWARTZ

    We put our usual 10 questions to Chris Schwartz at the AFI Conservatory offices bright and early on a sunny day in July. He graciously cleared a corner of his desk for our coffee mug and tape recorder and responded with good cheer. On the wall was a mock movie poster for a yet-to-be-produced motion picture titled "Gangbusters!," co-starring the multi-talented Mr. Schwartz.

    1. Where are you from? I'm one of those rare L.A. natives. I was born in North Hollywood and I grew up in Simi Valley, California, which is just outside L.A. County. And now I live in North Hollywood, so I've traveled exactly zero miles in my life.

    2. Where did you go to school? I finished high school and was going to junior college, planning to go to film school. I wanted to be a director, since I was a kid, but I had no connections to the industry. I was working as a waiter at Tony Roma's restaurant in Simi Valley – this is a classic soda fountain story – and these two girls would come in all the time. We became friends and I was adopted as their personal waiter. One night they brought their mom in and she was wearing a WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? jacket – leather, embroidered, beautiful. And I was like, 'Oh my God! Where did you get that jacket? I want one!' That was one of my favorite movies at the time. And she said, 'Oh, I work for the producer.' And I said, 'You work for Frank Marshall!' This was pre-Internet so she was blown away that I had done my research and knew the producer's name. Frank Marshall had produced RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, which was one of my favorite movies – more on that later. And so we got to talking and I said, 'That's what I want to do. I want to make movies!' A couple of weeks later, she comes in again and she says, 'Hey, this Friday one of our P.A.s [Production Assistants] is not coming in. Do you want to fill in for the day, working for Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy? And I was like, 'Uh… yeah!' So I went in – my first time ever venturing outside Simi Valley to do work, my first real job in the industry, and it felt like a whole new world. It was at the Raleigh lot, which was across the street from Paramount. I could look north, straight up Gower, and see the Hollywood sign. It was kind of magical – what a kid would imagine their first Hollywood job to be…under the shadow of that iconic sign. And at the end of the day, she said, 'Do you want to work here full time?' So, I started working there and finishing up my junior college simultaneously. It was still my plan to go to film school, but once I was working there, everyone said, 'Why do you want to go to film school? You work for two of the biggest producers in Hollywood, Kid!' I was 19, and I started working full-time.

    3. What did you do before you came to AFI? So that was my first job – working for Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy at their company Kennedy/Marshall, and I worked for them for seven years. I started as a P.A., then I worked in post-production on two of their films – CONGO and THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD. Those were my first credits on screen. They even used my nickname - 'The Kid' they called me, I think partially because no one could remember my name, and also because I was the youngest person there. But it was kind of cool that in the credits for those two films they put Chris 'The Kid' Schwartz. After those movies wrapped, I came back to their office and I was the office manager.

    4. How long have you been at AFI? I've been here about 12 years. In between Kennedy/Marshall and AFI there was maybe a year where I freelanced and made my first big short film. Weird, now that I think about it. I always wanted to go to film school, I ended up not going… and now I go to the best film school in the world every single day! And get paid for it!

    5. What do you do at AFI? My title is Manager of the AFI Conservatory and National Workshops. My job at the Conservatory is varied, but much of it has to do with the faculty. I deal with their contracts, classroom needs, any kind of special requests that they have, guest lecturers, etc. The National Workshops part is the Directing Workshop for Women [DWW]. That's like a mini-Conservatory, and I'm involved with every aspect of it, along with my colleagues Joe Petricca [Executive Vice Dean, AFI Conservatory] and Patty West [Associate Manager, AFI Conservatory and National Workshops]. We create the application, we conduct interviews, we sit on the selection committee. We select the class and then we put together the classes, as far as the instructors that come in, what classes they're going to teach, and we shepherd these eight women filmmakers through every step of the process. It's really great because the Conservatory's a much bigger machine and I'm not as closely involved with the thesis films or the Cycle films. But with the DWW, every step of the way, we give notes on rough cuts, we have production meetings with them, we do set visits – we're the studio, essentially. And then a new thing that Patty and I have taken over for the last two years is programming seminars for the Conservatory. We bring in all the seminar guests, including the Harold Lloyd Master Seminar guests. It's really cool to be able to greet them and talk to them a little and have them show a film that hasn't come out yet. I think the most rewarding part of that job is the Fellows' reaction to it. After every seminar I poke the Fellows and say, 'Give me some feedback; what did you think of the movie? What did you think of the guests?' We've had some of the most glowing reviews and Fellows saying a seminar was the most amazing talk they've ever experienced, it changed their life, it's the reason they want to make movies, etc. It's been a joy to be a small part of the Fellows' AFI experience.

    6. How does that affect our members? You become a member because you love movies, right? Well, I'm directly involved in training the next generation of filmmakers. The people who are going through the AFI Conservatory and the Directing Workshop for Women are the filmmakers that members are going to go see in theaters, you're going to see their movies, TV shows, etc. I think that's the direct connection. I also end up volunteering at a lot of the events we do, like AFI Fest and the Life Achievement Award. I usually help out and I meet a lot of members. I love meeting the members and hearing how much they love film.

    7. What was your best day at AFI? Having seen so many classes go through DWW, my best days are the times when I see someone realize their potential. I'll use this person as an example – Jennifer Getzinger, who went through the Directing Workshop for Women a few years ago. She was a script supervisor before she went through. After DWW, she had the opportunity to direct one episode of MAD MEN, and then the next season, two episodes, and then she was nominated for a DGA Award! It was kind of cool to see us completing our mission, which is to train a woman director and to have her go out there and make it be her profession, and succeed at the highest level. I'm not taking any credit for Jennifer's success, I was just so proud of her, to see her fulfill her potential and become what she is now – one of the best TV directors working today. My other favorite day was when they put that amazing coffee machine downstairs… I'm in love with that machine!

    8. What are you working on today? Today's a good example of showcasing every part of what I do. We're prepping all the faculty contracts for the coming year. And then with seminars, we're meeting with [AFI Conservatory Dean] Bob Mandel to go over movies that are coming out this year and discussing who we want to target as seminar guests. Then, with the Directing Workshop for Women, there are two films that are going out today, meaning that they're here on Campus, picking up their equipment and they'll start shooting tomorrow. We make eight films every year. Four of them have wrapped, two go out today and two go out later in the week. So we're right in the middle.

    9. What don't your colleagues know about you? You mean, where I was the night of April 29… No-no, not that! Okay, I think a lot of them know that I'm half of a comedy team called Schwartzy and Pagana. We do 1940s Abbot and Costello wordplay type comedy. We make Web videos and we've done a couple of live performances and will soon make a feature – based on that poster, GANGBUSTERS. I think a lot of them know that I'm a writer/director/producer/editor on the side and that Patty [West] and I, outside of AFI, have made our first feature film, SOME GIRL(S). But what they don't know? Maybe that I'm the middle of seven children…and I play the trumpet.

    10. What's your favorite film? This week? Okay. Movie that I saw that made me want to make movies when I was eight years old was RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Movie that always makes me happy is SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. I'll go see it whenever it's playing – saw it at the Egyptian this year with Debbie Reynolds working the crowd after. She was amazing! Movie that I'll see in the theater anytime they show it is LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. If you have not seen that 4K restoration – and you have 4 hours to kill – it's amazing! And then I'll just throw out a movie I saw this year that I love, that I saw at SXSW. It's called SHORT TERM 12 and it's easily the best movie that I've seen this year – go see it!

  • WIDE SHOT: A COLLECTION OF FILM APPRECIATION

    "There's so much out there about film; I don't know where to start." If you've ever made this observation and don't have the time to search out the best stories for yourself, American Film™ would like to help with our newest feature, Wide Shot, here in The Daily List. As the name implies, we're shooting for a wide range of issues, finding things we think you'll find entertaining, informative and thought provoking. Enjoy!

    For the Comic-Con crowd, here's a graphic look at the past, present and future of the Marvel movie franchises from Empire Magazine online written by Dan Jolin and illustrated by Amar Vijay.
    http://empireonline.com/features/marvel-cinematic-universe-infographic

    Michael G. Ankerich's essay from filmthreat.com offers a fascinating glimpse of silent film star Mae Murray, thought by some to be the model for Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder's SUNSET BLVD.
    http://filmthreat.com/interviews/60196/

    Kent Jones' in-depth exploration of racism in John Ford's classic films was occasioned by an off-hand comment by outspoken director Quentin Tarantino . We think you'll find it a most readable and levelheaded assessment from filmcomment.com.
    http://filmcomment.com/article/intolerance-quentin-tarantino-john-ford