In keeping with the growing trend of publishing archives online, the American Film Institute (AFI) has launched its own video portal with material collected over the last 42 years. The launch takes place just as the Institute is honoring Michael Douglas today with a Life Achievement Award. Tribute coverage of Michael Douglas is featured along with selections from other award tributes, celebrity interviews (James Earl Jones on Darth Vader, Rob Reiner on When Harry Met Sally, etc.), AFI short films, and footage from the AFI Fest red carpet.
Not only has much of the AFI collection never been seen before, but the Institute is allowing online visitors to embed clips in their own sites. This is the kind of free sharing that could make film buffs out of even casual site surfers. Quentin Tarantino, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, Carrie Fisher, and many, many more show up on the AFI portal. Check it out.