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AFI Movie Club: Jay Roach Announces BEING THERE


WHENFriday, May 8, 2020


WHAT:     Jay Roach announces today’s AFI Movie Club selection: BEING THERE. The film is on AFI’s list of 100 Years…100 Laughs as one of the funniest films to grace the silver screen. Star Shirley MacLaine was honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2012, and the film’s cinematographer, Caleb Deschanel, was a member of the first class at the AFI Conservatory!

DID YOU KNOW? AuthorJerzy Kosiński sold the screen rights to the novel with one condition – that Peter Sellers would be involved. Watch this exclusive AFI Archive clip of director Hal Ashby talking about Sellers and BEING THERE.



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About AFI Movie Club

AFI Movie Club is a newly launched free program to raise the nation’s spirits by bringing artists and audiences together – even while we are apart. AFI shines a spotlight on an iconic movie each day, with special guests announcing select AFI Movies of the Day in short videos posted on and social media platforms. Audiences can “gather” at to find out how to watch the featured movie of the day with the use of their preexisting streaming service credentials. The daily film selections are 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. Learn more at and follow us on social media at and