AFI to honor Mel Brooks with lifetime award

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

Martin Scorsese will present Mel Brooks with the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award. 
The private black tie gala will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 6 and will air on TNT Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Sunday, July 24, at 8 p.m. ET.  
Brooks will be recognized for his range of mastery as a director, producer, writer, actor and composer.
 “For over 50 years, Mel Brooks has given the world its greatest gift — laughter,” said Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees.  “At the American Film Institute, we also want to shine a proper light on his contributions to the art form as writer, producer, director and actor — and who better to bestow this honor than one of the masters of American film, Martin Scorsese.”
In addition to airing the AFI Life Achievement Award special, TCM’s July 14 celebration of Mel Brooks will include two of his classic films: the rarely shown “The Twelve Chairs”  (1970), making its TCM debut, and “The Producers” (1968), the wild comedy that earned Brooks an Oscar for best original screenplay.  
Also included with TCM’s presentation will be classic interviews with Brooks by Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett.
 Proceeds from the AFI Life Achievement Award gala event directly support the Institute’s national education programs and the preservation of American film history. 

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