David Lynch selected as AFI Fest first guest director
Thursday 26 August 2010
David Lynch, the director of films including
The Elephant Man and
Wild at Heart, has been appointed the first-ever guest artistic director of the AFI Fest 2010, November 4-11, in Hollywood, California.
The award-winning director, who has received Cannes' Palme d'Or and other prestigious awards, will program a selection of films that have inspired and influenced his work, and present them at the festival. His line-up will be announced in October.
Lynch was a fellow at the AFI Center for Advance Film Studies in the 1970s, secretly working on his first feature film Eraserhead. "AFI put me on the map," the director stated in AFI's press release announcement.
"He's an artist who embodies the institute's national mandate to both educate the next generation and to honor the masters," said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute.
Lynch created the artwork for the official image of AFI Fest.
The 24th annual film festival's screenings will happen at the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre, historic Egyptian Theatre and Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard.
The festival schedule and tickets will be available at http://www.AFI.com/AFIFEST
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