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Gary McVey

Gary McVey, former ACF Executive DirectorGary McVey is a former New Yorker and a graduate of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Gary was an executive at Filmex, the original and legendary Los Angeles film festival, and became one of the founding directors of its successor, AFI FEST – the American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival in 1987. Under his leadership, the festival held its first annual Latino, Independent, and Hong Kong film weeks, and focused on the great change sweeping socialist Europe in those years. AFI FEST revived long-popular L.A. traditions like the all-night movie marathon (1995's All Night: Left Wing vs. Right Wing was a particular success). Video and information technology transformed the festival circuit in the nineties, with AFI playing a major role, and the festival was often the occasion of public introduction of new ideas. Gary has served on film juries and panels in Ireland, Russia, Germany, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Spain, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Romania, Turkey and Lithuania. Gary took over the helm of the American Cinema Foundation in 1997, bringing the specialized world of documentary and foreign films together with one of Hollywood's pioneering forums for public policy, and introducing programs that re-examined moments and movements in film and television history, including public television.

Gary McVey on KCET for AFI Fest 1995

The Movies Have a Memory

Bless You, Prison
Bless You, Prison
Binecuvintata FII.

Gary has conducted screenings and events for all sorts of fictional and documentary work on screen, but a major interest has always been the fictional depiction of current events as well as the major turning points of the twentieth century. More »


First Malatya Film Festival, November 2010


Freedom Film Festival at the Directors Guild of America


In 2011 and 2012, ACF participated in the main film event of Lithuania and the Baltics, the Vilnius International Film Festival (Kino Pavasaris, the Film Spring).