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David Lynch named Guest Artistic Director for AFI Fest

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: AFI Fest 2010 just got a little more creative, a little bit more challenging, a little more intelligent, and a little bit more offbeat.

Those are all great things.

Fest organizers announced that David Lynch will serve as AFI’s first-ever Guest Artistic Director when the annual event takes place Nov. 4-11 at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.

“I said yes to being the Guest Artistic Director of AFI FEST 2010 because I love the AFI,” the director said. “AFI can do for others what it did for me. AFI gave me an opportunity and money to make a short film, ‘The Grandmother,’ and my first feature film, ‘Eraserhead.’ AFI put me on the map.”

Lynch was one of the first Fellows of AFI’s Center For Advanced Film Studies, now known as the AFI Conservatory.

“David Lynch is AFI,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute. “He’s an artist who embodies the institute’s national mandate to both educate the next generation and to honor the masters. As a master himself, his leadership will catalyze a global conversation to bring attention to him and others who deserve a proper bow.”

As part of his duties, Lynch will program a special sidebar of films that influence and inspire him. His film selections will be announced in October.

For more on AFI Fest 2010, visit www.AFI.com.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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