Foster Hirsch is professor of film at Brooklyn College and the author of 15 books including "The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir"; "Acting Hollywood Style"; "A Method to their Madness: The History of the Actors Studio". His newest book, "Kurt Weill on Stage: From Berlin to Broadway" will be published in the Fall of 2001 by Alfred Knopf. He is host for the American Film Institute tributes in New York and has been the interviewer for the Pine Bluff Film Festival since its inception.

He has been lecturer and interviewer at the Festival since its inception in 1994.