FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 14, 2015, LOS ANGELES, CA – The American Film Institute will host its annual AFI Conservatory Showcase tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. The Showcase will present three short films — SLUT, STARMAN and TRACKS — that represent the artistic achievement and diversity of the AFI Class of 2014. This invitation-only event will be attended by opinion leaders from the film and television communities that include artists and executives. Remarks will be made by Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO and Jan Schuette, the new Dean of the AFI Conservatory. Schuette will announce the launch of the AFI Conservatory Online Theater, a unique archive of films by alumni created during their time at the AFI Conservatory and the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW). For the first time in one place, these films will be available to the public for rental or purchase.

The inaugural group of films in the AFI Conservatory Online Theater will be those from the class of 2012, including the multi-film festival award-winning MACHSOM and director Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s SEQUIN RAZE, the basis for Lifetime’s new television series UNREAL. Films from earlier class years will be added every six months. Among those who appear in the current collection of movies are Brooke Shields and Rumer Willis. Upcoming films include Maggie Kiley's DWW film SOME BOYS DON’T LEAVE, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, and THE CHILI CON CARNE CLUB which is directed by Jonathan Kahn and stars Mel Gibson and Kristy Swanson. The Online Theater is accessible at

Unique among the world’s film schools, the AFI Conservatory creates approximately 100 films annually. Fellows at the Conservatory are active filmmakers — each make four to 10 movies during their two-year training under the guidance of masters in the art form. Upon graduation, these artists enter the workforce as members of an elite community of only 4,716 alumni who report that over 80% are working in their fields and frequently at award-winning levels. In over the past decade alone, 37 alumni have been nominated for Academy Awards® and in the past 18 months, 119 alumni were involved in 75 award-winning films and television programs such as THE NORMAL HEART, TRUE DETECTIVE and UNBROKEN.


In SLUT, a girl reinvents herself to impress the boys of her small town and then finds herself becoming the target of a sociopath. (Chloe Okuno; Director/Writer; Lisa Gollobin, Producer; Benjamin Kirk Nielsen, Cinematographer; Michael Block, Editor; Yihong Ding, Production Designer).

STARMAN is about a has-been daredevil struggling to reclaim his old glory in a world that's left him behind. (Josema Roig, Director; Derek Ustruck, Writer; Jo Henriquez, Producer; Nicolas Navia, Cinematographer; Steven Pristin, Editor; Sandra Doyle Carmola, Production Designer).

TRACKS follows an aspiring pro skateboarder who finds himself saddled with having to watch his girlfriend's daughter on the day of his amateur championship. (Logan Sandler, Director; Logan Sandler/Carly Stone, Writers; Daniella Nowitz, Cinematographer; Sunghwan Moon, Editor).

About the AFI Conservatory
The AFI Conservatory offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Aspiring artists learn from the masters in a collaborative, hands-on production environment with an emphasis on storytelling. AFI Conservatory’s alumni have been consistently recognized with all of the major industry awards – Academy Awards®, Emmy Awards®, guild awards – and even the Tony Awards®. Esteemed director, producer and screenwriter James L. Brooks serves as Artistic Director of the AFI Conservatory where he provides creative leadership for the elite film program. Proud supporters of the AFI Conservatory are Sony and American Airlines, the official airline of AFI.

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America’s promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory. For more information about AFI, visit or connect with AFI at, and