The filmmakers of AFI DOCS 2015 after their meetings with White House staff stand proudly with AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale (L, 4th row) and AFI DOCS Festival Director Michael Lumpkin (R, 3rd row). June 19, 2015. (by Adam Garber) 2015 is a momentous year for the American Film Institute. It was 50 years ago – this very year – that President Lyndon Johnson stood in the White House Rose Garden and said, “We will create an American Film Institute,” to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. read more

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