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AFI FEST 2014 Announces First Look at Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’

AFI FEST 2014 Announces First Look at Ava DuVernay's 'Selma'

FYI for those of you in the Los Angeles area…

When I saw the press release headline, I hoped that “first look” meant that the entire film would be screened at the festival; but it won’t be unfortunately. Instead, 30 minutes of footage from the film will be showed. Both Urbanworld (September) and BronzeLens (October) both also showed a few minutes of footage from the film.

I actually expected that it would first screen at a festival or 2, generating some pre-release buzz. But with AFI FEST being really the last major film festival of the year, that’s obviously not going to happen. Given when shooting actually began, it simply wouldn’t have been ready for Telluride, Venice or TIFF – festivals where Oscar-worthy films typically begin their journeys.

Still, this should be a treat for those of you who live in the LA area, and who can attend.

Details via press release from AFI below:

AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced today that it will offer a first look at director Ava DuVernay’s highly anticipated film SELMA on Tuesday, November 11. The presentation will feature 30 minutes of exclusive footage from the film followed by a conversation with producers Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo at the Egyptian Theatre.

SELMA, from Paramount Pictures, Pathé and Harpo Films, is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the Civil Rights Movement. DuVernay’s SELMA tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. The film is produced by Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. The film is written by Paul Webb and directed by Ava DuVernay.

AFI FEST will take place November 6 through 13 in Hollywood, CA, at the Dolby Theatre®, the TCL Chinese Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and Galas are available to the general public online at AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes include access to sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events. Passes are on sale now at, and AFI Members receive special discounts. The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

The AFI FEST mobile app is now available for download. Festival-attendees can create their own personalized festival schedule; learn all about this year’s films and events; receive instant messages and breaking news; and purchase passes and get free tickets. Download the iOS version or the Android version for free here.

For the 11th year, Audi is the festival’s presenting sponsor. Additional top sponsors include AT&T, Coca-Cola, VIZIO, American Airlines (the official airline of AFI), Dunkin’ Donuts, Netflix and Stella Artois. The festival’s venue sponsors include the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatres, the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Egyptian Theatre.

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