Thirteen Films to have its World Premiere at AFI FEST 2006 presented by Audi
Thirteen films are heading its World Premieres at the upcoming AFI FEST 2006 presented by Audi. The event slated between November 1 through November 12, 2006, is expected to be another star-studded event. Among the films included are the following:

AFTER (USA) Director: David Cunningham. AFTER is a visceral, high energy, adrenaline fueled thriller about urban explorers in the Moscow underground, featuring original music by The Crystal Method.

BACK HOME (USA/Rwanda) Director: J.B. Rutagarama. The first film about the Rwandan genocide made by an actual survivor, BACK HOME is the true story of director J.B. Rutagarama, who was adopted by reporters as he fled the killings. They gave him a new life -- and the courage to eventually return to his homeland to confront what happened there.

BEAUTIFUL OHIO (USA) Director: Chad Lowe. Starring William Hurt, Rita Wilson and Julianna Margulies; BEAUTIFUL OHIO is a coming-of-age story of an entire family in the late ‘70s.

BIG DREAMS LITTLE TOKYO (USA) Director: David Boyle. BIG DREAMS, LITLLE TOKYO is the story of Boyd, who aspires to succeed in the world of Japanese business but finds himself mostly on the outside looking in. His roommate, Jerome, is a Japanese American who has always felt too American to be Japanese but too Japanese to be American. Together they struggle to find their place in a world where cultural identity is elusive.

BROKEN (USA,) Director: Alan White. Hope (Heather Graham) confronts all the wrong turns she has made in her short life and ultimately ends up facing the biggest wrong turn of all: her dangerous ex-boyfriend Will (Jeremy Sisto), who's determined to win back her love or die trying.

COMIC EVANGELISTS (USA/Canada) Director: Daniel Jones, Dann Sytsma. In the small town of Kalamazoo, Michigan, the world's first improv troupe, the Comic Evangelists are on a mission from God. When group co-founder Nigel suggests that the group enter the Toronto International Improv Festival, the group immediately leaps on the opportunity to spread the gospel to a larger audience. But will the group's faith be enough to get them through this experience?

FISSURES / ECOUTE LE TEMPS (France) Director: Alante Kavaite. After Charlotte's mother is murdered, she decides to take action. As a sound engineer, she uses her equipment to carry out her own investigation. While listening to a recording just made in the house where the murder took place, Charlotte discovers a strange phenomenon—sounds from the past blend in with sounds from the present.

GIRL 27 (USA) Director: David Stenn. In 1937 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the most prestigious and powerful movie studio in the world, tricked 120 underage dancers into attending a stag party for its salesmen. Patricia Douglas was raped trying to escape. Instead of heeding studio advice and staying silent, she went public and filed a landmark lawsuit. The resulting scandal and studio cover-up drove Douglas into hiding. "We had her killed," an MGM executive boasted at the time. Now, 65 years later, Patricia Douglas emerges in this documentary to tell her incredible story.

HOLLYWOOD DREAMS (USA) Director: Henry Jaglom. Set in the City of Angels, featuring engaging performances by David Proval, Karen Black, Zack Norman and Melissa Leo, a young girl fresh off the bus from Iowa (Tanna Frederick) falls in love with a promising young actor (Justin Kirk), complicating her goal of becoming a famous actress.

MEMORIES OF TOMORROW (Japan) Director: Yokihiko Tsutsumi. Suffering from dizziness and headaches, unable to find the words he is looking for or remember people’s names, Saeki (Ken Watanabe) is diagnosed with anearly onset of Alzheimer’s disease. This emotionally touching story depicts and questions, what it is to love and share a life with someone who has lost his memory.

MOTHERLAND AFGHANISTAN (USA/Afghanistan) Director: Sedika Mojadidi
An Afghan-American filmmaker follows her father's return to Afghanistan to battle one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Following their travels from Kabul's Laura Bush Maternity Ward to one of the country's most isolated rural hospitals in Ghazni province, this documentary gives a rare insider's view into the lives of the women behind the statistics.

NO SWEAT (USA) Director: Arnie Williams. An all-American tale about an all-American garment—the T-shirt—this documentary takes a wild ride into the Los Angeles garment industry. Mostly undocumented workers at American Apparel and SweatX are offered better wages, benefits, even a shot at worker-ownership. But what's really behind the label?

SCREAMERS (UK) Director: Carla Garapedian. The film follows the Grammy-award winning rock band System of a Down as they confront the issue of the Armenian genocide in 1915 Turkey and efforts by the Turkish government to deny it. Through the band’s personal campaign to stop all such tragedies, this documentary traces the Armenian genocide’s links to the Holocaust, Rwanda, Bosnia, the Iraqi Kurds and today’s conflict in Darfur. We may say ‘never again’ but we do we mean it?

As previously announced, AFI FEST 2006 will be celebrating 20 years in 2006, with plans to celebrate AFI FEST and 15 years of FILMEX through a series of commemorative events, series and special programs throughout the 11 day festival

AFI FEST 2006 presented by Audi will run November 1-12, 2006. Passes are on sale now and tickets go on sale to the public on, Friday, October 13th. To order passes and tickets and to get more information, visit www.AFI.com or call 1.866.AFI.FEST.

About AFI FEST
AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. Celebrating 20 years as a program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST 2006 presented by Audi will span 11 days in November, featuring international competitions of brand new films from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of the latest work from the great film masters and nightly red-carpet gala premieres.

In 2005, with 129 films from 44 countries, AFI FEST was host to 522 filmmakers and guests from 35 countries. More than 60,000 attendees descended upon the AFI FEST Village in the heart of Hollywood for hundreds of screenings, receptions and special events, with the majority of activity headquartered the state-of-the-art ArcLight Hollywood complex.

The American Film Market (AFM), November 1 – 8, 2006 is the market partner of AFI FEST. Together, AFI FEST and AFM provide the only concurrent festival/market event in North America. As the largest motion picture trade event in the world, AFM draws film community leaders from around the globe. Each year over 8,000 attendees converge on Santa Monica for deal making, screenings, seminars, networking and parties. For more information, visit www.americanfilmmarket.com.

AFI FEST 2006 presented by Audi is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign Trust. AFI FEST is proud to continue its collaborative partnership with the Skirball Cultural Center. AFI PROJECT: 20/20 is presented in cooperation with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, supported by a partnership of the Department of State, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

AFI FEST 2006 presented by Audi is sponsored in part by American Airlines, ArcLight Hollywood, Absolut Vodka, Aquafina, Best Buy, Charriol, Eastman Kodak Company, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Midway Car Rental, Moviefone, and Stella Artois. The Los Angeles Times is the Festival's Presenting Media Partner. Additional media partners include Current TV, Indie 103.1, LA Weekly and Univision.

About Audi of America
Audi’s history in America dates to 1969, when the brand was first introduced to the US market. Today, a network of over 260 Audi dealers currently offers a line of premium vehicles that includes the Audi A3 compact; the sporty A4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high performance S4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high-revving RS 4 sports sedan; the design-leading A6 sedan and Avant; the V10-powered S6 sport sedan; the all-new Audi Q7 performance SUV; and the all-aluminum Audi A8 and S8 sedans.

Audi of America is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and markets a line of luxury cars built in plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, Germany; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Györ, Hungary.

Additional information about AFI FEST is available at www.AFI.com




09.28.06