AFI FEST 2007 PRESENTED BY AUDI
TO HOST FREE HALLOWEEN SCREENING FROM
AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 THRILLS
HOLLYWOOD, CA, August 20, 2007—AFI FEST 2007 presented by Audi announced today an opportunity for movie lovers to participate in the selection of one of AFI’s top ‘heart-pounding’ movies—from AFI’s 100 Years... 100 Thrills—to be screened for free on Halloween (October 31) at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, California. AFI FEST officially kicks off with its Opening Night Gala on November 1 and runs through November 11.
In 2000, AFI celebrated the adrenaline-inducing impact that a movie can create with AFI’s 100 Years... 100 Thrills—the fourth installment in AFI’s award-winning series of television specials. PSYCHO was voted #1, with JAWS (#2), THE EXORCIST (#3), NORTH BY NORTHWEST (#4), THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (#5), ALIEN (#6), THE BIRDS (#7), THE FRENCH CONNECTION (#8), ROSEMARY’S BABY (#9) and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (#10) rounding out the top 10.
Beginning today, the public will have an opportunity to select a film from AFI’s list of 100 Thrills to be shown on the big screen by registering their choice online at www.AFI.com
. Voting will conclude on Friday, September 28. Two tickets will be allotted to each attendee as long as seats are available, on a first-come first-served basis.
“As part of my first year at AFI FEST, presenting a free public screening is one of the new and exciting events we are proud to debut,“ stated Rose Kuo, Artistic Director, AFI FEST.
Regarding the decision to offer the free screening, Lane Kneedler, AFI FEST Senior Programmer said, “With Halloween the day before the festival, we thought of no better way to invite the city of Los Angeles to AFI FEST than with a free public screening of the film of their choice.”
AFI’s 100 Years... 100 Thrills were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of leaders from the film community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers, visual effects artists, stunt men and women and make-up artists), critics and historians. The nominated films crossed many genres, including
Action-Adventure, Silent, Film Noir, Horror, Science Fiction, Suspense, War and Western.
A few interesting facts about AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills include:
* The 100 films span from Harold Lloyd's SAFETY LAST, released in 1923, to 1999's THE MATRIX and THE SIXTH SENSE.
* Harrison Ford and Claude Rains are the most celebrated leading actors, each starring in 4 films in the top 100. Ford's films are BLADE RUNNER, THE FUGITIVE, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and STAR WARS. Rains stars in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, NOTORIOUS and CASABLANCA
· Nine Alfred Hitchcock films made the list, including the film ranked #1, PSYCHO, making him the most represented director. Hitchcock’s frequent cameos technically make him the most represented actor on the list with eight appearances, including every film except DIAL M FOR MURDER, in which he appears in a photograph on the wall.
· Steven Spielberg directed 6 films on the list, 2 of which placed in the top 10, and he wrote and produced POLTERGEIST. Stanley Kubrick directed 5 of America's most heart-pounding movies.
About AFI FEST
AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. Celebrating its 21st year as a program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST 2007 presented by Audi will take place November 1-11, featuring international competitions of new films from emerging filmmakers, as well as global showcases of the latest work from great film masters and nightly red-carpet gala premieres. Kicking off the awards season each year, AFI FEST offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community, while providing appreciative audiences with a festive atmosphere and the very best of world film, right in the center of the film capital of the world.
AFI FEST 2006 showcased a total of 111 features (91 narrative and 20 documentary films) and 36 shorts (33 narrative and 3 documentary films) for a total of 147 films from 45 different countries. Of these films, 22 were World Premieres, 30 North American Premieres and 28 U.S. Premieres. Over 500 filmmakers, 350 accredited international press and 65,000 attendees gathered in the heart of Hollywood for hundreds of screenings, receptions and special events with the majority of activity headquartered at the state-of-the-art ArcLight Hollywood complex.
The American Film Market (AFM), October 31 – November 7, 2007, is the market partner of AFI FEST. Together, AFI FEST and AFM provide the only concurrent festival/market event in North America. As the largest motion picture trade event in the world, AFM draws film community leaders from around the globe. Each year over 8,000 attendees converge on Santa Monica for deal making, screenings, seminars, networking and parties. More domestic sales of international titles and international territory sales occurred at AFI FEST 2006 than any other US festival. For more information, visit www.americanfilmmarket.com
AFI FEST is the only FIAPF-accredited film festival in the United States. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the annual Academy Awards®.
Additional information about AFI FEST is available at www.AFI.com
About Audi of America
Audi’s history in America dates to 1969, when the brand was first introduced to the U.S. market. Today, a network of over 260 Audi dealers currently offers a line of premium vehicles that include the Audi A3 compact; the sporty A4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high performance S4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high-revving RS 4 sports sedan; the design-leading A6 sedan and Avant; the V10-powered S6 sport sedan; the all-new Audi Q7 performance SUV; and the all-aluminum Audi A8 and S8 sedans.
Audi of America is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and markets a line of luxury cars built in plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, Germany; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Györ, Hungary.
The complete list of AFI’s 100 Years...100 Thrills is available at www.AFI.com