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The Alumni Script Reading Series gives AFI alumni the opportunity to submit a screenplay to be read with professional actors and receive constructive feedback from others in the artistic community. Please join us for the next selection of the series:

Written by Sylvia Sether (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2009)

A troubled young woman returns to Norway to say goodbye to her dying father, and in the process, finds deliverance through love and letting go.

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Location: Ahmanson Room, Louis B. Mayer Library | AFI Campus
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Sylvia's love of music and photography led her to directing and editing music videos, which gave her the opportunity to explore different visual techniques. Ultimately, this helped her develop a distinct narrative style and visual aesthetic, which has become an obvious through-line in her work today.

In 2009, Sylvia was one of eight women to be selected for the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop For Women. Her latest short film KING OF NORWAY (KON) premiered at Palm Springs ShortFest in June 2013 and took home the award for "Best Narrative Short Film" at Napa Valley Film Festival.

KON went on to have a successful festival run, and KON's DP, VanNessa Manlunas, was one of eight honored by the International Cinematographers Guild with an Emerging Cinematography Award for her work on the film. KON is a proof of concept for her feature script NORWAY.

Recently, Sylvia was one of four fellows selected for the 2014 Sony Television Diverse Directors Program. She is currently producing a documentary called WE GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE about five youth struggling to thrive within the imploding California Foster Care system.


SURPRISE has been picked up for distribution in the United Kingdom and Ireland and will be the opening title on Peccadillo Pictures' yearly DVD compilation of short films. Leslie Bumgarner (AFI Class of 2010) is the director, Trilby Beresford (AFI Class of 2010) is the writer, Gabriela Gonzalez (AFI Class of 2010) is the producer, Kimberly Culotta (AFI Class of 2010) is the cinematographer, Rachel Katz (AFI Class of 2010) is the editor, Colleen Larson (AFI Class of 2010) is the production designer and Ozzy Villazon (AFI Class of 2010) is the first assistant director.

Anku Chibb (AFI Class of 2006) has set up Indian productions for Warner Bros. Chibb was the creative head of Indian studio Balaji Motion Pictures and is the creative head of Viacom Motion Pictures in India.

Carolina Costa (AFI Class of 2013) was featured in Indiewire for her role as cinematographer on the Cannes Un Certain Regard competition film THE CHOSEN ONES.

Michael Darrow (AFI Class of 2006) is in Bulgaria editing the film ALBION: RISE OF THE DANANN.

"Fanged!" by Joey Ernand (AFI Class of 2015), "STFU" and "A Warm, Soft Body Next to Me" by Semone Fournillier (AFI Class of 2014) and "Chasing Dakota" by Paul Littell (AFI Class of 1979) are semi-finalists in the 2015 Table Read My Screenplay Contest.

AFI Production Design faculty selected three second year Fellows to represent AFI this year at the annual UCLA Design Showcase West: Daniel Frank (AFI Class of 2015), Mari Lappalainen (AFI Class of 2015) and Daniela Medeiros (AFI Class of 2015).

Martin Garner (AFI Class of 1993) is a writer on the animated series AXE COP, which airs in the Animation Domination block Thursday nights on FXX.

Bruce Alan Greene (AFI Class of 1980) is beginning cinematography on the Russian romantic comedy 8 LAST DATES in Kiev, Ukraine. The film is a sequel to the previous hits 8 FIRST DATES and 8 NEW DATES.

Independent Filmmaker Project selected 10 projects for its 2015 Independent Filmmaker Labs. Winning projects and their teams include HUNKY DORY with Michael Curtis Johnson (AFI Class of 2008) as director/co-writer/producer and Magela Crosignani (AFI Class of 2008) as cinematographer, and LIVE CARGO with Logan Sandler (AFI Class of 2014) as director/writer and Thymaya Payne (AFI Class of 2006) as writer/producer.

Maggie Kiley (AFI DWW, Class of 2009) was interviewed by Indiewire for her new film CAUGHT, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

The 2015 University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference will be held August 4–8 at American University in Washington, DC. This year's conference theme is "Media With Impact: Engaging, Enterprising & Experiential." Peter Kiwitt (AFI Class of 1981), Evan Lieberman (AFI Class of 1984), David Mallin (AFI Class of 2008), Doe Mayer (AFI Class of 1973), Joel Moffett (AFI Class of 1994), Roderick Plummer (AFI Class of 1994), Hans Rosenwinkel (AFI Class of 1999), Maria Sanders (AFI Class of 2002), Paul Schneider (AFI Class of 1981) and David Waldman (AFI Class of 2001) will be presenting and speaking at UFVA.

Sechaba Morojele (AFI Class of 2001) was selected as a juror for the Independent Mzansi Short Film Festival.

Onn Nir (AFI Class of 2013) was featured in Ground Report for his films covering the effects war has on the human psyche.

Daniel Raim's (AFI Class of 1999) documentary HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY premiered in the Cannes Film Festival's Cannes Classics sidebar and was reviewed by The Hollywood Reporter.

Bryan Michael Stoller's (AFI Class of 1981) new family film THE AMAZING WIZARD OF PAWS is currently streaming on Netflix.