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Famous American Film Institute Alumni/Students

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Famous alumni from AFI; graduates who have achieved stature in their field. Photos are included in this notable American Film Institute alumni list. Prominent alums from this institution include celebrities, politicians, business people, and more. This list of distinguished American Film Institute alumni is alphabetical and sortable by column if you need to search by specific criteria. Please note that this directory is not just composed of graduates of this school; you can find any famous people who attended this school for at least a semester here. A factual list, featuring graduates like Susan Johnson and Bo Zenga. {#nodes}
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    Bill Duke

    Bill Duke

    Television director, Film Producer


    BirthplacePoughkeepsie, New York, United States of America

    William Henry Duke, Jr. (born February 26, 1943) is an American actor, director, producer, and... more on Wikipedia

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    #49 of 190 The Greatest Black Actors in Film History#161 of 432 Famous Tall Men Over 6'2

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    Darren Aronofsky

    Darren Aronofsky

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969) is an American filmmaker and screenwriter, who is... more on Wikipedia

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    #35 of 248 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked#95 of 139 The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

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    Edward Zwick

    Edward Zwick

    Television director, Businessperson


    BirthplaceChicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States

    Edward M. Zwick (born October 8, 1952) is an American filmmaker, director and Academy... more on Wikipedia

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    #551 of 743 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#35 of 63 The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

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    Julie Dash

    Julie Dash

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Julie Ethel Dash (born October 22, 1952) is an American film director, writer and producer.... more on Wikipedia
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    Terrence Malick

    Terrence Malick

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceWaco, Texas, United States of America

    Terrence Frederick Malick (; born November 30, 1943) is an American film director,... more on Wikipedia

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    #195 of 342 The Greatest American Writers of All Time#227 of 309 Famous People Most Likely to Live to 100

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    Pieter Jan Brugge

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceDeventer, Netherlands

    Pieter Jan Brugge is a Dutch film producer. He was born in Deventer, Netherlands. In 1979, he... more on Wikipedia
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    Heidi Levitt

    Film Producer, Casting Director
    Heidi Levitt is a casting director and film producer.
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    Tom Dey

    Film Director


    BirthplaceHanover, New Hampshire

    Thomas Ridgeway "Tom" Dey (born April 14, 1965) is an American film director, screenwriter,... more on Wikipedia
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    Susanna Styron

    Screenwriter, Film Director


    Susanna Styron is an American film and documentary maker. She is one of the four children of... more on Wikipedia
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    Jesse Alexander

    Jesse Alexander

    Television producer, Screenwriter

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California

    Jesse Alexander is an American television writer and producer. He was a co-executive producer... more on Wikipedia
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    Rick Rosenthal

    Rick Rosenthal

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Richard L. "Rick" Rosenthal, Jr. (born June 15, 1949) is an American film instructor and... more on Wikipedia
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    Susan Johnson

    Susan Johnson

    Film Producer, Music video director


    BirthplacePhoenix, Arizona

    Susan Johnson is a film producer.
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    Douglas Rushkoff

    Douglas Rushkoff

    Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Douglas Mark Rushkoff (born February 18, 1961) is an American media theorist, writer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Joseph M. Smith

    Film Producer


    BirthplacePomona, California

    Joseph M. Smith is a film producer.
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    Carl Colpaert

    Carl Colpaert

    Film Producer, Screenwriter



    Carl Colpaert is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. His directing credits... more on Wikipedia
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    Melina Matsoukas

    Melina Matsoukas

    Cinematographer, Music video director


    Melina Matsoukas (born January 14, 1981) is an American music video, film, commercial and... more on Wikipedia
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    Bo Zenga

    Bo Zenga

    Film Producer, Screenwriter
    Bo Zenga is a film producer, actor and screenwriter.
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    Guy Davis

    Film Director
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    Danny Buday

    Film Director


    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    Danny Buday is a film director.
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    Haris Zambarloukos

    Haris Zambarloukos



    BirthplaceNicosia, Cyprus

    Haris Zambarloukos, B.S.C. is a Greek Cypriot cinematographer. He is famous for his work in... more on Wikipedia
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    Miguel Bunster



    BirthplacePrinceton, New Jersey

    Miguel Bunster is a cinematographer.
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    John Fogel