I wrote AFI Enters the Video Age: Remembering the National Video Festival for a work-in-progress memoir.  Jean Firstenberg and James Hindman asked me to adapt it for a history of the American Film Institute, Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute.

I was AFI’s first director for television and video from 1980 to 1982, where I produced the first two festivals. In the photo, I’m introducing keynote speaker, Erik Barnouw, and welcoming an audience of 500 in The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.

Cover of Becoming AFI book Larry Kirkman author about American Film Institute
Larry Kirkman speaking at American Film Institute

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