“`Richard Schickel helped engage the conversation about American film. As Time Magazine film critic from 1972 to 2010, author of 38 books on cinema, and creator of documentaries that celebrate great filmmakers, Schickel served as a beacon for global audiences, striving to better understand the magic of cinema. His extraordinary insights and ability to articulate them with passion, made him one of the art form’s trusted voice — and enduring champion.
“`Mr. Schickel’s influence on the American Film Institute was just as profound. He was one of the architects of AFI’s iconic movie lists; serving as an executive producer and a writer, as well as an on screen expert. He inspired new generations to rediscover the classics. When AFI established its annual AFI Awards program, chronicling the best in motion picture storytelling for future generations to cherish, Mr. Schickel was a pioneering voice, serving on AFI’s annual juries — including a year as Chair. In 2003, Mr. Schickel was awarded an AFI Honorary Degree for his commitment to recognizing and celebrating excellence in the moving image arts.
“`In the movie critic’s memory, his family has established a Richard Schickel Scholarship Fund to support aspiring filmmakers who will carry on his indelible commitment to storytelling at the AFI Conservatory, and beyond. His passing in February had a profound effect on all who love the art of filmmaking.
“`Donations may be made to the Richard Schickel Scholarship Fund.
Until next time> “never forget”