World-Class Producer to Run Internationally Renowned Program

Photo credit: Milo Gladstein
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 3, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the appointment of award-winning producer Richard Gladstein as Dean of the AFI Conservatory. Gladstein's duties will underscore AFI's demanding approach to graduate film education — that Fellows "learn by doing," and collaborate on a minimum of four films in the two-year MFA program.

"AFI's promise to the next generation of storytellers is that they will find their own unique voice through rigorous collaboration. We are proud and honored to have a proven leader in the creative community to guide the AFI Conservatory to even greater heights," said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO.

"I look forward to this new journey with pride and humility," said Gladstein. "The AFI is a storied and extraordinary organization, and I am extremely proud to become a part of its inspiring work. Similar to producing films, educating filmmakers is foremost about identifying stories, and then uniting cinematic crafts, tools and personnel to tell those stories. This appointment is a wonderful evolution for me, and I am thrilled to go back to school and learn from the Fellows, faculty and AFI Board of Trustees."

Gladstein has twice been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar® — for THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and FINDING NEVERLAND. He enjoys a long and fruitful collaboration with Quentin Tarantino — most recently producing Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT, and prior, executive-producing RESERVOIR DOGS, PULP FICTION and JACKIE BROWN. Gladstein's other produced films include THE BOURNE IDENTITY, HURLYBURLY, MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM, THE NANNY DIARIES and SHE'S ALL THAT, among many others. His films have received 25 Academy Award® nominations and five wins.

Gladstein is the Founder and President of Los Angeles-based motion picture production company FilmColony. Prior to the formation of FilmColony, Gladstein was Miramax's Executive Vice President and Head of Production, supervising the company's development and production activities.

Gladstein joins the list of distinguished leaders who have served the AFI Conservatory, including Jan Schuette, who will depart June 30, as well as Robert Mandel, Frank Pierson, Robert Wise and Antonio Vellani.

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America's promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding movies and TV series of the year; AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory.

About the AFI Conservatory
The AFI Conservatory offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Aspiring artists learn from the masters in a collaborative, hands-on production environment with an emphasis on storytelling. AFI Conservatory's alumni have been consistently recognized with all of the major industry awards — Academy Awards®, Emmy® Awards, guild awards — as well as the Tony Awards®. Esteemed director, producer and screenwriter James L. Brooks serves as Artistic Director of the AFI Conservatory where he provides creative leadership for the elite film program. Proud supporters of the AFI Conservatory are American Airlines, the official airline of AFI and VIZIO, the official home theater sponsor of AFI.

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