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AFI announces daily quarantine film club with Steven Spielberg

The American Film Institute has recruited Steven Spielberg for their new quarantine film club to help the millions of people stuck at home in self-isolation.

The film club is designed to be “a daily virtual gathering to leverage our collective love of film on behalf of optimism in this time of global uncertainty.”

Spielberg, who has an AFI Trustee for a number of years, was also the recipient 1995 of the AFI Life Achievement Award, picked out the first film as part of the club and opted for 1939’s iconic Oscar-winning classic The Wizard of Oz. “I know you think you’ve seen it, but please think again because right now at this moment in our history what better message is there then ‘There’s no place like home’?” he said.

“AFI will continue to select an iconic movie each day for the world to watch together, creating a communal viewing experience during these unprecedented times of social distancing,” the institution said in a statement. “Other special guests will announce select AFI Movies of the Day in short videos posted on and social media platforms. Audiences can “gather” at to view the featured movie of the day with the use of their preexisting streaming services. T

“he daily film selections will be supported by fun facts, family discussion points and exclusive material from the AFI Archive to enrich the viewing experience. Audiences can continue the conversation online using the hashtag #AFIMovieClub.

“AFI’s goal is to live in a world of art above anxiety,” president and CEO Bob Gazzale said. “We’re honoured to have Steven Spielberg, the greatest storyteller of our day, lead the way.”

Film fans can watch each day’s offering by visiting the following link.