QUEEN & SLIM World Premiere to Open AFI FEST 2019 Presented by Audi

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced that the 33rd edition of AFI FEST presented by Audi will open with the World Premiere of Makeready and Universal Pictures' QUEEN & SLIM on Thursday November 14, 2019.

Directed by two-time Grammy® winner Melina Matsoukas (AFI Class of 2005) and written by Emmy® winner Lena Waithe from a story by Waithe and James Frey, the film is a consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence.


American Film Institute Announces 2019 AFI Latin American Film Festival Lineup

The film stars Academy Award® nominee Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny, Flea, Sturgill Simpson and Indya Moore. Matsoukas was awarded AFI's Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal earlier this year.

The Opening Night Gala screening will take place Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, followed by an after-party at the Roosevelt Hotel.

In making the announcement, AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale said, "Melina's powerful voice is the embodiment of the AFI ideal, for we believe in the revolutionary power of visual storytelling to share perspectives, inspire empathy and drive culture forward.  We are honored to shine a proper light upon her and QUEEN & SLIM."

For Matsoukas, the AFI world premiere represents a homecoming. "I feel privileged to present my first feature film, QUEEN & SLIM at the opening night of AFI FEST, a place that is integral to my story as a filmmaker.  The tools I learned while receiving my Master of Fine Arts from AFI informs my artistry every day, and to have this moment come full circle is deeply moving," said Matsouskas.  "My mission as an artist is to create change in the world.  My time at AFI further instilled the power of film as a tool for change, and I hope that QUEEN & SLIM sparks dialogue, leaving viewers thinking about themselves and the world long after leaving their seats."


AFI Awards 2019 Call for Submissions and Key Dates Announced By The American Film Institute

Said Michael Lumpkin, director of AFI Festivals: "The film is an outstanding debut — a fearless, gorgeous and powerful cinematic achievement that speaks, better than any film this year, to the effects of racism and violence in our country today."

About The Film

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Afraid for their lives, the man — a retail employee — and the woman — a criminal defense lawyer — are forced to go on the run.  But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country. 

As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.

QUEEN & SLIM will be released on November 27, 2019.

AFI FEST 2019 takes place November 14-21, 2019, at historic theaters in Los Angeles.  Screenings, Galas and other events will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and the Hollywood Roosevelt.  The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.


Kathleen Kennedy Elected Chair of AFI Board of Trustees, Succeeds Sir Howard Stringer

Audi returns for the 16th year as the exclusive Presenting Sponsor of AFI FEST, enabling the festival to host the very best of world cinema. Audi and their visionary support reflect a continuing commitment to create opportunities for equality in film and television. Audi also supports AFI through the Audi Fellowship for Women, a full-tuition scholarship created in 2017 to support promising female directors entering the AFI Conservatory. This Fellowship is part of the Audi commitment to drive progress and a landmark investment in the future of the storytelling community.

Audi is the exclusive presenting sponsor of AFI FEST 2019.  Additional top sponsors include AT&T and American Airlines, the official airline of AFI.

Passes will be available at AFI.com/AFIFEST on September 4. Individual tickets will be available for purchase for AFI members beginning October 29 and for the general public on October 30.

About the American Film Institute (AFI)

Established in 1967, the American Film Institute is the nation's non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring artists and audiences through initiatives that champion the past, present and future of the moving image. AFI's pioneering programs include filmmaker training at the AFI Conservatory; year-round exhibition at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and at AFI Festivals across the nation; workshops aimed at increasing diversity in the storytelling community; honoring today's masters through the AFI Life Achievement Award and AFI AWARDS; and scholarly efforts such as the AFI Catalog of Feature Films that uphold film history for future generations. 

Read about all of these programs and more at AFI.com and follow us on social media at Facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstituteyoutube.com/AFItwitter.com/American Film and Instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute.

About AFI FEST presented by Audi

Now in its 33rd year, AFI FEST presented by Audi is a world-class event, showcasing the best films from across the globe to captivated audiences in Los Angeles. With a diverse and innovative slate of programming, the eight-day festival presents screenings, panels and conversations, featuring both master filmmakers and new voices. World premieres, Galas and other special events take place at iconic LA locations, such as the historic TCL Chinese Theatre and the glamorous Hollywood Roosevelt. This year's edition takes place November 14-21, 2019.

Additional information about AFI FEST is available at AFI.com/AFIFEST. Connect with AFI FEST at facebook.com/AFIFESTtwitter.com/AFIFEST and youtube.com/AFI.


Lesli Linka Glatter and Paul Schrader to Receive AFI Conservatory Honorary Degrees

About Audi

Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands, delivering about 1.812 million vehicles globally in 2018. In the U.S., Audi of America sold nearly 224,000 vehicles in 2018. 2019 marks 50 years for the brand in the U.S. Visit audiusa.com or media.audiusa.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

Haute Tease

  • Donnie Wahlberg Rocks Chicagoland Raising $759k to Help Kids with Autism for Generation Rescue (Photos)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    New Kids On The Block member Donnie Wahlberg joined forces with Generation Rescue for Another Evening with Donnie Wahlberg and Special Guests concert, raising $759,000 to spread awareness and help fund autism treatment for low-income and at-risk families.

     
  • The Teen Crisis Of The European Union

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Announced as a cataclysm, the exit of Great Britain from the European Union is perhaps the perfect opportunity to rethink Europe and reconnect with its origins without obscuring the idea that this Brexit also reflects a form of crisis of Europe's political growth.

     
  • Op/Ed: Hoaxes, Scams, and Your Medical Care

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Hoaxes and scams have dominated the news lately. We have a marginally known actor faking a hate crime supposedly to raise his pay. His attempt to claw his way to the middle could have resulted in race riots, injury, and death. His punishment? All charges dropped. 

     
  • Eight Dead, including Six Children, in Texas Home Invasion Mass Murder

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Six children and two adults have been found shot to death, execution style, inside a Harris County, Texas home after a twelve hour standoff that ended after hostage negotiators talked the suspect into surrendering.

     
  • UPDATE: Kate Middleton and Prince William Welcome Baby Number Three; Announce Name

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge announced the much anticipated name for Baby Number 3, His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge.

     
  • HL Tech: The 16 Best Laptops for Designers

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Although they use their computers for different tasks, designers value many of the same features as gamers when it comes to purchasing the right laptop. To work efficiently, designers require speed, power, memory and, of course, the best display possible.  

  • Rare Kishu Binchotan Charcoal Mask Review - High Performance, Luxurious Skin Care with Dynamic Results

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Tresor Rare, a high-end luxury skincare line, features intensive Recovery Japanese Binchotan Zumi Mask made from the highest quality charcoal is a beauty game changer with surprising results that are immediate leaving skin noticeably fresher and younger looking.  

     
  • Breaking News: Amtrak Derails Outside Philadelphia, 2 Dead; 35 Injured

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Two are dead and nearly three dozen injured as an Amtrak commuter train, carrying 334 passengers, derailed outside of Philadelphia after striking a backhoe, in Delaware County, Delaware, Maryland, effectively shutting down the Eastern Corridor service.

     
  • Celebrate The Holiday Season in New York City

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    New York City at Christmas, glittering lights decorate every tree, hope is alive and the unexpected holiday feelings move strangers into random acts of kindness, the city lights up with multi-colored memories of Christmas’ past.

     
  • Effervescence, a Los Angeles Champagne and Sparkling Wine Festival , Announces Complete Lineup

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Effervescence, America’s leading epicurean event centered solely around Champagne and sparkling wines, will return to Los Angeles May 3-5, 2019. The three-day festival will kick off on May 3rd with a once-in-a-lifetime dinner hosted by Krug.

     
  • Op/Ed: Healthcare is this Year’s Political Football

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Healthcare is the political football of the midterm elections. But unlike the game of football, there are no rules. And the goal is to win – not for the benefit of the team (the voters) but to gain status and power.

     
  • Beach Bag Essentials for Your Staycation or Tropical Destination from Whole Foods Market

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Finally, summer is upon us and it is time to brighten up your beach tote even if it’s just for a day at the pool. Here’s a short list of Haute-Lifestyle.com’s favorite new beach bag essentials to help prepare you for sizzling summer days!

     
  • 50 Shades of Annabelle: Interview with Annabelle Gurwitch on her new book,

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    OMagazine once called actor and author Annabelle Gurwitch "slyly subversive," and she never ceases to live up to that description. One of America’s more clever and funny social critics, Gurwitch's witty insights on politics, art, and pop culture have made her an in-demand guest on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Showbiz Tonight, CNN In the Money, Fox and Friends, Real Time with Bill Maher, and National Public Radio. 

     
  • Christianne's Herbal Kitchen: Fresh Herb Recipes for Body and Soul

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Christianne's Herbal Kitchen: Fresh Herb Recipes for Body and Soul, from award winning journalist Christianne Klein, elevates, in this simple easy-to-read cookbook, the standard of gourmet cuisine.

     
  • People Exclusive: Inside the Leadership of the Word of Life Church: Is Tiffanie Irwin Running a Killer Cult

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The residents of the sleepy hamlet of Chadwicks, New York, had long suspected there was something different about the Word of Life Christian Church – even before two teenage brothers were savagely beaten after over a dozen hours inside the church's sanctuary room, according to police.