Monday, May 27, 2024

Denzel Washington’s Son Among New Class at AFI Film Institute


When the new American Film Institute season starts today, the class will have at least one legacy student. I’ve heard that Malcolm Washington, son of Oscar winner Denzel and his wife Pauletta, is embarking on a career as a filmmaker. Malcolm was a high school and college basketball player with an eye on cinema. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2013.

Malcolm isn’t the first kid who’s come to AFI with a starry provenance. The class of 2014 included Pixar chief John Lasseter’s son Bennett and John de Menil of the famed de Menil art collector family.

In past years, the school also boasted John Kerry’s daughter Alexandra, Karl Malden’s granddaugher Cami Starkman, Jace Alexander (son of Jane Alexander and writer Robert Alexander), Charlie McDowell (Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen are the parents) and even Bette Midler’s performing artist husband Martin von Hasselberg.

When the Conservatory opens today, the new class will get a nice perk– an early screening of AFI grad Ed Zwick’s new film “Pawn Sacrifice” starring Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard, and Lily Rabe.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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