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MOONLIGHT director Barry Jenkins
MOONLIGHT director Barry Jenkins

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced the Conversations and Presentations lineup for AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi.

Highlights include an AFI Master Class on CITIZEN KANE with Peter Bogdanovich following a 75th anniversary screening of the film; Academy Award® nominee David O. Russell discussing the 20th anniversary of his sophomore feature FLIRTING WITH DISASTER; a panel on THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE; director Barry Jenkins discussing his groundbreaking MOONLIGHT with cast members of the film; a roundtable of documentary filmmakers including Werner Herzog and Barbara Kopple, presented by the Los Angeles Times; The Hollywood Reporter Indie Contenders Roundtable with nine standout artists; and more.


AFI MASTER CLASS: CITIZEN KANE – This 75th anniversary screening of Orson Welles’ cinematic masterpiece CITIZEN KANE screens in a restored DCP courtesy of Warner Bros. Classics. Director Peter Bogdanovich (THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, PAPER MOON) will discuss this landmark film and its significance in film history.

A CONVERSATION WITH BARRY JENKINS ON MOONLIGHT – In this in-depth, moderated discussion, MOONLIGHT director Barry Jenkins and cast members will talk about this landmark film that traces a young gay African-American man’s coming of age in Miami.

A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID O. RUSSELL – Following a 20th anniversary screening of Miramax’s FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, Oscar®-nominated director David O. Russell sits down for a lively discussion of the film and his career, with Patricia Arquette and Lily Tomlin in attendance. Presented by IndieWire, I Am Indie and FilmStruck, with a reception to follow sponsored by Miramax.

DOC ROUNDTABLE – At this inaugural event, film critic Justin Chang sits down with a panel of distinguished directors behind some of the most talked-about documentaries of the year. Panelists include Otto Bell (THE EAGLE HUNTRESS), Alex Gibney (ZERO DAYS), Werner Herzog (INTO THE INFERNO), Kirsten Johnson (CAMERAPERSON) Barbara Kopple (MISS SHARON JONES!), Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg (WEINER), Brian Oakes (JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY) and Roger Ross Williams (LIFE, ANIMATED). Presented by Los Angeles Times.

INDIE CONTENDERS ROUNDTABLE – As previously announced, this third annual event provides festivalgoers with the opportunity to hear from a diverse panel of distinguished artists who have achieved standout work this year in independent films. Panelists include Kate Beckinsale (LOVE & FRIENDSHIP), Adam Driver (PATERSON), Sally Field (HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS), Rebecca Hall (CHRISTINE), Margo Martindale (THE HOLLARS), Viggo Mortensen (CAPTAIN FANTASTIC), Ruth Negga (LOVING), Chris Pine (HELL OR HIGH WATER) and Miles Teller (BLEED FOR THIS). Presented by The Hollywood Reporter.


HARBERS STUDIOS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE: WOMEN IN FOCUS – This showcase features a conversation on short films produced by Harbers Studios, including Janicza Bravo’s WOMAN IN DEEP and Academy Award® winner Megan Mylan’s TALLER THAN THE TREES.

THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE – An in-depth panel discussion on the film history behind THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE, which centers on the unearthing of the film set for one of DeMille’s lavish spectaculars — the original THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1923) — that was 30 years in the making. Alongside other panel guests, filmmaker Peter Brosnan talks about his unusual journey that started in 1982 with someone telling him in a bar about Egyptian sphinxes buried in the California desert.

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