AFI taps Pfeiffer as vice dean

Former producer to head conservatory's producing discipline

The American Film Institute has tapped Los Angeles Film School founder and former prexy Carolyn Pfeiffer as AFI’s first vice dean of the AFI Conservatory.

Pfeiffer, a seasoned producer, will head the conservatory’s producing discipline and oversee all faculty relations and recruitment. She also will supervise the Harold Lloyd Masters Seminar series.

“Carolyn is one of the most respected independent film producers in America,” AFI director-CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg said.

Conservatory provost James Hindman added, “She brings an amazing range of experiences, a sophisticated and discerning eye for film and a passion for nurturing talent that can only add momentum to the 32 years of remarkable achievement which the Conservatory proudly carries forward.”

Prior to the L.A. Film School, Pfeiffer was co-chair of Alive Films and, later, prexy of Island Alive.

As a producer, her credits include “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Choose Me” and “El Norte.”

Before producing, Pfeiffer ran her own praisery in London, where she repped entertainment PR firms in the U.S. and handled clients such as Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Liza Minnelli, Francois Truffaut, Luchino Visconti and Robert Altman.