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tick, tick…BOOM! directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
TICK, TICK…BOOM! (L-R) Andrew Garfield as Jonathan Larson, Alexandra Shipp as Susan in TICK, TICK…BOOM! Photo Credit: Macall Polay/NETFLIX ©2021

AFI FEST 2021 will open with the World Premiere of Netflix’s tick, tick…BOOM! directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda in his feature directorial debut.

The film is based on the autobiographical musical by “Rent” playwright Jonathan Larson and stars Andrew Garfield. The Opening Night screening will take place at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.

The film follows Jon (Andrew Garfield), a young theater composer who’s waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he’s due to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon is feeling the pressure from everywhere: from his girlfriend Susan, who dreams of an artistic life beyond New York City; from his friend Michael, who has moved on from his dream to a life of financial security; amidst an artistic community being ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. With the clock ticking, Jon is at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with: What are we meant to do with the time we have?

tick, tick…BOOM! stars Tony Award winner Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Mj Rodriguez, Emmy Award winner Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter aka Black Thought of The Roots, with Emmy and Tony Award winner Judith Light and Vanessa Hudgens. The film will be in select theaters on November 12, 2021 and on Netflix November 19, 2021.

Watch the trailer for tick, tick…BOOM!

The 35th edition of the festival will take place November 10–14, 2021 with both in-person screenings and events in Los Angeles, CA, as well as virtual screenings. AFI FEST 2021 will require all festival-goers who attend in-person events and/or screenings to be fully vaccinated.

The 48th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Julie Andrews will take place on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

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