The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent,
organization that is designed not to make money created by the
National Endowment for the Arts, which was started in
1967 when President
Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act.
George Stevens, Jr. was the first
Jean Picker Firstenberg has been CEO.
Older figures in AFI's
Conservatory train newer people.
The institute also wants to keep old
film, which could soon be destroyed.
Even though its name only mentions film, AFI also works on
1973, the AFI began handing out
Life Achievement Awards.
cinema had existed for 100 years, AFI began its
100 Years Series, which helped people become interested in the history of movies.
Recently, it built and started the
AFI Silver theatre in