Becoming Afi: 50 Years Inside The American Film Institute by Jean Picker FirstenbergBecoming Afi: 50 Years Inside The American Film Institute by Jean Picker Firstenberg

Becoming Afi: 50 Years Inside The American Film Institute

byJean Picker Firstenberg, James HindmanPreface byPatty Jenkins

Hardcover | October 20, 2017

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For over fifty years, the American Film Institute has flourished as one of America's great cultural entities. Its graduates, faculty, supporters, and trustees have included such acclaimed individuals as Steven Spielberg, Maya Angelou, Gregory Peck, Meryl Streep, Les Moonves, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch, Jane Fonda, Edward James Olmos, Shonda Rhimes, James L. Brooks, Michael Nesmith, Sir Howard Stringer, and many other respected leaders in the worlds of film, television, digital media, and philanthropy. Written in a unique memoir style, Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute offers a candid look at how this remarkable organization has brought together aspiring filmmakers, outstanding educators, and visionary artists. The book details AFI's journey to becoming the foremost national champion for moving images as a vibrant art form and a critical component of America's cultural history. AFI's story is chronicled through in-depth essays written by those who have been involved in its adventures, growth, and successes: from its early years under George Stevens Jr.'s direction at the legendary Greystone mansion and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; through its period of incredible growth, under Jean Picker Firstenberg's guidance, as an influential cultural institution at its landmark Hollywood campus; to its continued years of excellence under Bob Gazzale's dynamic leadership. Becoming AFI provides an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at how AFI - with passionate determination - overcame the hurdles of advancing technology, political shifts, and new audience dynamics to turn its aspirations into a substantial and highly successful organization. A tireless advocate of moving images as one of America's most popular art forms, AFI is maturing into one of the world's most respected educational and cultural institutions.
Jean Picker Firstenberg served as president and CEO of the American Film Institute from 1980 to 2007, overseeing the development of AFI as one of America's greatest national, cultural, and educational resources. She received an AFI Life Achievement Award for Service to the Institute and was named president emerita and a lifetime truste...
Title:Becoming Afi: 50 Years Inside The American Film InstituteFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.27 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.27 inPublished:October 20, 2017Publisher:Santa Monica PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1595800948

ISBN - 13:9781595800947


Editorial Reviews

Featured in the Hollywood Times, the Pittsburgh Better Times, Hotspots magazine,, InteractiveTV Today, and Less a straightforward history and more a behind-the-scenes memoir, Becoming AFI also features photographs chronicling the last five decades of the institute." - L.A. Times "Chock full of intriguing personal anecdotes and historical milestones, Becoming AFI is as much an easy to read narrative of the growth and development of a major non-profit as it is a useful compendium to page through." - "A unique look inside this remarkable organization and the impact it's had on entertainment industry. . . . The fact that Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute is written in memoir style prose offers a feel of being a part of the journey." -"