Above: Deniese Davis, Unjoo Moon & Marshall Herskovitz, Lawrence Herbert, AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale, Alessandro Uzielli, AFI Conservatory Dean & AFI EVP Susan Ruskin.
On June 11, the AFI community celebrated the newly built AFI Conservatory Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center (LHAC), a dedicated space on the AFI Campus for Alumni to gather for networking and career enrichment events and meetings. At the beginning of the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony, AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale welcomed guest of honor and AFI Trustee Emeritus Lawrence Herbert, and the attendees, which included AFI Alumni Council Chair Marshall Herskovitz (AFI Class of 1975) and AFI Alumni Council Founding Members Deniese Davis (AFI Class of 2012), Unjoo Moon (AFI Class of 1998), and Alessandro Uzielli (AFI Class of 1989).
In his remarks, Gazzale said, “The Center is about connection. It’s about supporting not only each other, but the Center itself. And finding a way to move forward on a path to fulfill your dreams.”
The LHAC is part of a major leadership gift to the film school from Herbert who has a long history of supporting AFI and its mission to inspire and educate. Herbert joined the AFI Board of Trustees in 1987 and served until 2017. Former chairman and CEO of Pantone, Inc., Herbert developed the revolutionary Pantone® Matching System®, the global standard for communication of color, and is often celebrated as one of the world’s visionary entrepreneurs.
When the gift was announced, Herbert said, “Film is the universal language of our modern day. The AFI Conservatory is educating new and inspiring voices. At this time in history, it is my honor to create a place at AFI that will drive the future of this global connection between all of us who love a story well-told.”
The Center’s programs will provide career development resources for AFI Alumni, engage AFI’s powerful network of mentors to support Alumni and champion the global accomplishments of the Conservatory’s Alumni. The Center, which includes conference rooms available for Alumni to hold meetings, table reads, rehearsals, filmmaker Q&As and more, will officially open its doors this fall.
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