An Evening with Jean Picker Firstenberg & Friends
Jean Picker Firstenberg led AFI for more than 27 years, and the 2003 launch of the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center was one of her crowning achievements.
On the occasion of the American Film Institute's 50th Anniversary, join us for a book signing and conversation with AFI President Emerita Jean Picker Firstenberg, Emmy Award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts and other special guests including co-author James Hindman, celebrating the release of a new book "Becoming AFI: 50 Years Insde the American Film Institute".
Written in a unique memoir style, “Becoming AFI” offers a candid look at how AFI has brought together aspiring filmmakers, outstanding educators and visionary artists. The book details AFI’s journey to becoming a national champion for moving images as a vibrant art form and a critical component of America’s cultural history.
“This book puts you directly behind the scenes for a story that began with a dream, overcame constant challenges, and evolved into the institution it is today.” -- Steven Spielberg