AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Series & Events

July 14–Sept 12. "George Clooney is America's leading man — director, producer, writer, actor — a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art's impact echoes beyond the screen. AFI is proud to present him with its 46th Life Achievement." – Howard Stringer, Chair, AFI's Board of Trustees

TNT premiered the special, THE 46TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE CLOONEY on Thursday, June 21. Sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will also air the special in September during a night of programming dedicated to Clooney's work.

July 16-Sept 3. If you thought that Canada was just an exporting nation of cinematic natural resources like the two Ryans (Gosling and Reynolds), Denis Villeneuve, Jean-Marc Vallée and even Margaret Atwood, think again. Yes, there is a long, distinguished history of Canadians working south of our border, but just wait until you see what's being made by Canadian film artists on their own northern terra firma. If you're curious about what's going on up there above the 49th parallel, here are 13 excellent examples to help you find out. After all, so we've been told, the world needs more Canada.

Canada Now 2018 at AFI Silver Theatre is presented by Telefilm Canada in partnership with the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. Special thanks to the Canadian Film Institute and the Québec Government Office in Washington.


July 14–Sept 8. IN MEMORIAM: George Romero (1940 – 2017)

July 13-Sept 10. Co-presented with the National Gallery of Art. July 14 will mark the centennial of the birth of legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918–2007). His filmography numbers more than 60 feature films, many of them landmarks in cinematic history, and represents the pinnacle of sustained greatness by a master at his craft. Bergman's recurring stock company of talented actors, including Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max Von Sydow, Bibi Anderson, Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson, and the striking visuals of cinematographers Gunnar Fischer and Sven Nykvist, give Bergman's films a consistency of style and vision with few rivals in cinema history.

Special thanks to the Embassy of Sweden, Swedish Film Institute, Ingmar Bergman Foundation and Janus Films for making this series possible.

Click here to see all of House of Sweden's BERGMAN 100 programming

Aug 31–Sept 6. Leonard Bernstein at 100 is the worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990), the composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador and humanitarian, commemorating the centennial of his birth on August 25. AFI Silver will present the films most closely associated with Bernstein's enduring music. For more information and other Bernstein-related events occurring in the Washington, DC, area, visit

July 21–Aug 26. Tickets $5. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend your summer weekends with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started!

July 13-Aug 31, 2018. Silver Spring's FREE Outdoor Summer Screening Series!

We're excited to announce the return of our FREE outdoor film series at a new location! Join us each Friday, July 13 - Aug 31, on Sonny's Green at The Blairs District for a season of big screen favorites under the stars! Films begin at sundown, between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m.

Sit on the grass, or bring your own blanket or low-rise chair. Snacks and beverages available from Denizen's Brewing Company (21+) and Stella's Popkern. Films will be shown with subtitles on (where available).

Silver Screens is co-presented by AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, The Blairs and Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker.

Sonny's Green is located at The Blairs District in the center of the property and is accessible from High Park Lane or The Blairs Shopping Center (1290 East West Highway) parking lot.

If you are traveling by car, free parking is available at the Public Parking Lot located at 1317 East West Highway. From the lot exit to your right and walk to the traffic light and cross to The Blairs Shopping Center. The entrance to the park is located at the back of the Giant parking lot.

An ongoing slate of limited engagements, updated weekly.

Oct 4-7, 2018. The 13th annual Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival showcases the best in new horror cinema from around the world at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. This year's festival opens with a very special screening of PHANTASM: REMASTERED, presented by legendary filmmaker Don Coscarelli, who will also sign copies of his new memoir, "True Indie: Life and Death in Filmmaking." The complete festival line-up will be announced in September.

See every film and save big with the Spooky Movie All-Fest Pass! NO TICKETS NEEDED. The All-Access Pass provides admission for one to every screening in the festival, including any premium-priced special events.

July 14–Sept 12. Stanley Kubrick continues to cast a long shadow on cinema and the art world, nearly two decades since his passing in 1999. Working his way quickly through a succession of scrappily inventive genre exercises in the 1950s — the moody New York City noir KILLER'S KISS and the ripping caper flick THE KILLING; the authoritative WWI action and courtroom intrigue in PATHS OF GLORY — Kubrick then made a splash with 1960's Roman epic SPARTACUS, one of the best films of its kind at a time when Hollywood hungered for ancient world epics. But Kubrick preferred to pursue other challenges: filming the virtually unfilmable novel "Lolita" by re-imagining it as a demented screwball comedy (at least while Shelley Winters is around); DR. STRANGELOVE's appropriation of a pulp thriller into a postmodern absurdist prank; and then the visionary, psychedelic and spiritual experiment that is 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, a film truly ahead of its time, and immeasurably influential on filmmaking since its debut 50 years ago.

Kubrick's famed meticulousness and preferred working methods meant long preparation and production periods, and longer waits for fans desperate to see the auteur's next work. Intriguingly, Kubrick's later films — A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, BARRY LYNDON, THE SHINING, FULL METAL JACKET and EYES WIDE SHUT — continue to receive much critical reevaluation and reconsideration. Even with no new work by Kubrick, his films, over time, speak to audiences in new ways.

August 12–19. Co-presented with the National Gallery of Art. The UCLA Festival of Preservation showcases classics and seldom-seen gems of American film culture, newly restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, spanning an entire century of moving image media. Films listed here screen at AFI Silver; for films screening at the National Gallery of Art, visit