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American Film Institute

The American Film Institute was founded in 1967 as a national arts organization to train filmmakers and preserve America's vanishing film heritage. The National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities recommended creating AFI as a nonprofit "to enrich and nurture the art of film in America" with initial funding from the NEA, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Ford Foundation.

"We will create an American Film Institute that will bring together leading artists of the film industry, outstanding educators, and young men and women who wish to pursue this 20th century art form as their life's work," said President Lyndon Johnson upon signing the legislation that brought AFI into being.

As the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the US, AFI ON SCREEN encompasses the annual AFI FEST presented by Audi: AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival-as well as year-round programming at ArcLight Cinemas; the AFI DALLAS International Film Festival, and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, including SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival.

AFI Press Conference - Washington, D.C.

On 7/29/03, while in Washington D.C. during the AI Tour, Clay spoke on behalf of the American Film Institute "Screens in the Classroom" Project. He met with several members of Congress, including Bob and Elizabeth Dole.

On 6/12/03, Clay attended the American Film Institute Life Achievement Awards Ceremony. It was held to honor Robert DeNiro. He took along his friend Amanda Ward.

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On 6/22/04, Clay appeared on the American Film Institute's 100 years...100 Songs. America's Greatest Music in the Movies. He commented on Unchained Melody from Ghost, Lose Yourself from 8 Mile, Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins and When You Wish Upon a Star from Pinocchio.

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AFI 100 Years - 100 Songs

In June and September of 2004, Jeopardy featured answers from Clay about the AFI 100 Years special.

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 Jeopardy Questions about AFI 100 Years