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AFI taps Mandel as dean

Director new deal of conservatory

Helmer Robert Mandel has been tapped as dean of the American Film Institute Conservatory.

Mandel, a graduate of AFI in 1979, has helmed “School Ties,” “FX,” “Big Shots” and “The Substitute.” In addition to directing episodes of “The X-Files,” “Lost” and “Prison Break,” his TV experience includes projects with HBO, Fox, Lifetime and A&E.

Mandel has earned MFA degrees from both Columbia U. and the AFI Conservatory.

Originally a director of theatrical productions on New York stages, he has taught at the City College of New York and served as a directing mentor at the Sundance Institute.

As dean, he will oversee the AFI Conservatory’s two-year MFA program, which offers degrees in six filmmaking fields.

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