by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent
When the Academy gets something wrong, well, over a billion people remember. Even if it really only happened once, during the live telecast for Oscars 2017. While we can’t erase the past, we can preserve Oscar 89 as a moment in time insofar as even this year marked an important once-in-a-lifetime snafu in Hollywood history. Next time, we may hear the phrase “The Other Envelope, Please.”
The Academy Is Back, Folks
Time to get over all that, because AMPAS is back to its old glory this month. Beginning April 26 through May 1, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host public screenings in support of the 2017 Film Librarians Conference and International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). Yes, they even tapped genius director Chris Nolan to host a 70 MM version of his space epic INTERSTELLAR. Plus there’s Spanish-language vintage cinema classics too, hosted by director Daisy von Scherler Mayer and Actor Guillermo Díaz.
Events like these rare openings for the public should make us all remember how important the Academy is in highlighting film gems.
Here’s the official word from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences…
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced special public programing, from April 26-May 1, in conjunction with the 2017 Film Librarians Conference – Documenting Cinema: Film Librarianship in the 21st Century and the 2017 FIAF Conference. Screenings will include a preview of the new documentary “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story,” “Party Girl” in 35mm, a Spanish-language double feature, and “Interstellar” in 70mm with three-time Oscar® nominee Christopher Nolan.
What to Watch, When & Where:
2017 Film Librarians Conference – Documenting Cinema: Film Librarianship in the 21st Century
HAROLD & LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY (2017)
Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater
The inspiring love story between storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film research librarian Lillian Michelson spanned more than 60 years, during which they contributed to some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling.
PARTY GIRL (1995)
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater
Presented in 35mm. With Director Daisy von Scherler Mayer and Actor Guillermo Díaz
Mary, a NYC club girl with a distinct sense of fashion, begins working at a library after she gets busted for illegally charging admission to one of her parties. Bored with her new job, she soon discovers the joys of mastering the Dewey Decimal system and begins to realize becoming a librarian is her life’s calling.
International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) Congress
Hollywood Goes Latin: Spanish-Language Cinema in Los Angeles (Double Feature)
¡ASEGURE A SU MUJER! (INSURE YOUR WIFE!) (1935)
CASTILLOS EN EL AIRE (CASTLES IN THE AIR) (1938)
Sunday, April 30, 7:30pm at the Linwood Dunn Theater
In the early days of sound cinema, Hollywood made an attempt to reach the Spanish-language market by producing movies in Spanish. Many of these films have been lost, and those that remain are rarely seen or studied. These two films are an excellent introduction to this fascinating period of early sound production in Hollywood. Presented by The 2017 FIAF Congress, the Academy and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Both films are presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
Monday, May 1, 7:30pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Presented in 70mm with Director Christopher Nolan. In conjunction with The International Federation of Film Archives who has honored Nolan with their annual FIAF Award.
In the not-too-distant future when planet Earth has become nearly uninhabitable, a team of scientists must figure out a way to travel through space and time to alternate galaxies in order to save humanity. Nominated for five Oscars, and winning an Oscar for Visual Effects, “Interstellar” was directed by Christopher Nolan and written by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan.
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