Included in this year's lineup is a 24-Hour Movie Marathon from noon on Saturday, Nov. 11 until noon on Sunday, Nov. 12. For $60 dollars (the price of admission for a full 24-hours of movie viewing, plus free snacks) you can see 12 films, including The Last Picture Show , Eraserhead , The Wiz , Flash Gordon , The Return of the Seacaucus 7 and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka . AFI encourages marathoners to gather pledges – the more pledges you get, the more money you can raise for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.
Aside from the Marathon, other events at this year's fest include “An Evening with Ed Zwick,” during which the director, and AFI Fellow, will discuss his upcoming feature, Blood Diamond . During “Sacred Monsters,” a Q&A with Peter Bogdanovich, the actor/director will candidly recount meeting some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
Even if you take out its 20th Anniversary Festivities, the fest is still packed to the gills with screenings, screenings and more screenings. Among the choice films: Bobby (directed by Emilio Estevez), starring William H. Macy and Lindsay Lohan, is an account of the goings-on at L.A.'s famed Ambassador Hotel the night that Robert Kennedy was shot; Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain , in which Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz play lovers across three dramatically different time periods; Volver , Pedro Almodóvar's latest, starring Penélope Cruz, which explores three generations of women; and Beautiful Ohio (directed by Chad Lowe), a film about a family – including William Hurt and Rita Wilson – that comes of age in the 1970s.
Tickets range from $8-$12, not including galas and special events. They can be purchased by phone (by calling 866-234-3378), online (at www.afi.com/afifest) or in person (at the walk-up box office at the AFI Fest Village on the 7th floor of the ArcLight Cinemas Parking Structure). For more information, visit www.afi.com/onscreen/AFIFEST/2006.