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Academy Gives Exclusive Look Into Its Film Archive With “Hollywood Home Movies” Event

With special guests Hayley Mills, Bob Koster and Gregory Nava

The Academy Film Archive gives an exclusive look into the lives of classic Hollywood figures with its annual “Hollywood Home Movies: Treasures from the Academy Film Archive” event available for streaming online for the first time.  The collection of home movies celebrates individuals who overcame barriers to work in the motion picture industry, with personal footage captured between the 1930s and the 1960s.  Actor Hayley Mills joins to discuss her 1966 comedy “The Trouble with Angels,” while writer-director Gregory Nava and Bob Koster, son of director Henry Koster, share stories about their family films.  Lastly, Academy archivist Sean Savage provides tips on caring for your own home movies.  Original music for the program is composed and performed by Michael Mortilla.  For more information, visit Oscars.org.

Footage includes:

  • Director Dorothy Arzner – the first woman to join the Directors Guild of America – boating with her friend Billie Burke
  • Gilbert Roland’s 16mm home movies in early Kodachrome
  • A party at the home of Dolores Del Rio and Cedric Gibbons
  • A road trip with cinematographer James Wong Howe
  • Director Henry Koster leaving Europe as the Nazis come to power
  • Behind the scenes with Loretta Young, Celeste Holm and Elsa Lanchester
  • Nat King Cole at a movie premiere
  • Ida Lupino directing a female cast led by Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills in “The Trouble with Angels”
  • Plus, Constance Bennett, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, William Haines, Gypsy Rose Lee, Satchel Paige and more

WHO:
Randy Haberkamp (presenter), Academy’s Senior Vice President, Preservation and Foundation Programs
Lynne Kirste (presenter), Academy Film Archive’s Special Collections Curator
Bob Koster (special guest)
Hayley Mills (special guest), actor
Michael Mortilla, musician
Gregory Nava (special guest), writer-director

WHEN/WHERE:
Available now on Oscars.org.

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Academy’s Science And Technology Council Adds 7 New Members

Linda Borgeson, Lois Burwell, Teri E.Dorman, Greg Hedgepath, Ujwal Nirgudkar, Helena Packer and Amy Vincent have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the Council’s 2020–2021 membership roster to 25.

Borgeson is currently senior vice president of feature post production, Disney Live Action. With more than 30 years working in film, she has spent most of her career at Miramax Films and The Walt Disney Studios, working on a diverse slate of films including “Jungle Cruise,” Mulan,” “Dumbo,” “Tomorrowland,” “Kill Bill,” the first three “Spy Kids” films and “Scary Movie.” Borgeson has a strong knowledge base in new technologies, digital cameras, dailies workflows, visual effects, 3D, large screen projection, color pipelines/ACES, DCinema, immersive sound formats, remote solutions, High Frame Rate (HFR) and HDR/EDR. She has been an Academy Member-at-Large since 2018.

Burwell won an Oscar® for her makeup work on “Braveheart” and earned a nomination for “Saving Private Ryan.” Her other feature credits include “Ready Player One,” “Lincoln,” “War Horse” and “The Princess Bride.” A member of the Academy since 1997, she is currently serving the third year of her second term as Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governor and her fourth year as first vice president on the Academy’s Board of Governors.

Dorman is a sound editor who has worked on more than 140 films, including “La La Land,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Moneyball,” “Unstoppable,” “Man on Fire,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, “Spy Game,” “Pearl Harbor,” “The Prince of Tides,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Bird,” “Top Gun” and “The Deer Hunter.” She has been a member of the Academy since 1988 and a governor representing the Sound Branch since 2017.

Hedgepath is a supervising sound editor who has worked in film and television for more than 20 years. A two-time Golden Reel Award winner, his career highlights include designing sound effects for “Twister” and “Starship Troopers.” His additional credits include “Coming 2 America,” “Queen & Slim,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Selma,” “Footloose” and “The Incredible Hulk.” He began his career in film at Lucasfilm and later worked at Sony, Soundelux, Formosa Group and Warner Bros. Hedgepath has been a member of the Academy’s Sound Branch since 2014.

Nirgudkar has worked in the Indian film industry for the past 39 years. He initiated and coordinated the project to translate the Academy’s landmark digital preservation research reports, The Digital Dilemma and The Digital Dilemma 2, into the Marathi and Hindi languages. In 2011, he established, and is currently chairing, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) India Section. Nirgudkar earned a chemical engineering degree from U.D.C.T. Mumbai University (now called ICT). He has been an Academy Member-at-Large since 2017.

Packer is currently senior vice president and general manager of content production for the Silicon Valley and Shanghai-based DGene Technology. Her work includes the development of future technology for visual effects with a focus on AI and virtual production. Packer has supervised visual effects on dozens of feature films, episodic TV series, commercials and music videos. She has served on the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Diversity Subcommittee as chair, the Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee and the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.

With a 30-year career as a cinematographer, Vincent’s feature credits include “Footloose,” “The Experiment,” “Black Snake Moan,” “Hustle & Flow,” for which she won a Cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival, and “Eve’s Bayou.” She received the Women in Film Kodak Vision award in 2001. Vincent participates in mentorship, training and education through the International Cinematographers Guild. She has been a member of the Academy since 2004 and currently serves as first vice president of the American Society of Cinematographers, where she co-chairs the ASC Future Practices committee.

The Council co-chairs for 2020–2021 are Visual Effects Branch governor Craig Barron and Member-at-Large Annie Chang.

The Council’s 16 other returning members are Bill Baggelaar, Brooke Breton, Bill Corso, Theo Gluck, Buzz Hays, Leslie Iwerks, Andrea Kalas, Academy governor John Knoll, Colette Mullenhoff, Cary Phillips, Arjun Ramamurthy, Rachel Rose, David Schuelle, Leon Silverman, Jeffrey E. Taylor and Steve Yedlin.

Established in 2003 by the Academy’s Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities, and preserves the history of the science and technology of motion pictures.

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Academy Spotlights Filmmakers With Disabilities With Virtual Program In Honor Of ADA 30th Anniversary

Welcome by Academy governor and Oscar®-winning actor Whoopi Goldberg and hosted by Oscar-winning actor Marlee Matlin

Panelists include Eryn Brown, Jenni Gold, Zack Gottsagen, Jorge Gutierrez, Jim LeBrecht, Millicent Simmonds, Danny Woodburn, Kaitlyn Yang and Maysoon Zayid

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a special virtual program titled “ACCESSABILITY/VISABILITY: Breaking Down the Barriers for People with Disabilities in Media,” featuring conversations with filmmakers with disabilities examining the struggles and successes of the disabled community in Hollywood. With a welcome by Academy governor and Oscar®-winning actor Whoopi Goldberg and hosted by Oscar-winning actor Marlee Matlin, the three-panel event will be available on Oscars.org beginning October 26 at 5 pm.

“As the Academy continues to examine longstanding issues of representation within the film industry, it’s imperative we bring conversations about disabilities to the forefront. We thank each of our panelists for sharing the triumphs and challenges of their own experiences as disabled actors and filmmakers, and for helping us to open a dialogue that we hope becomes a catalyst for a more inclusive and equitable future,” said Academy COO and head of the Office of Representation, Inclusion and Equity Christine Simmons. “We also thank Randy Haberkamp, the Academy’s Senior Vice President of Preservation and Foundation Programming, for his tireless passion in creating this phenomenal event.”

Panels in order of presentation are as follows:

Authentic Representation: Why It Matters and How Far We Have Come

Representation of people with disabilities in Hollywood, how it has evolved, and what future progress still needs to be made. With actor Danny Woodburn, actor and comedian Maysoon Zayid and talent manager Eryn Brown.

Behind the Camera: Why Inclusion Benefits Us All

The importance of inclusion in front of and behind the camera. With filmmakers Jenni Gold and Jim LeBrecht and VFX supervisor Kaitlyn Yang.

Fresh Voices: Hollywood’s Untapped Talent and Unlimited Potential

The future of representation both in front of and behind the camera. With animation director Jorge Gutierrez and actors Millicent Simmonds and Zack Gottsagen.

ASL, CART and audio descriptions will be available.

This program is made possible in part by the Ruderman Family Foundation, an international leader in disability inclusion and valued partner of the Academy. The Ruderman Family Foundation advocates for and advances authentic representation in the entertainment industry and full inclusion of people with disabilities throughout all sectors of society.

Additional support provided by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

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“Academy Dialogues” Focuses On Importance Of “Owning Your Brand” In Hollywood

With DeVon Franklin, Franklin Leonard, Debra Martin Chase and Phillip Sun

WHAT:
Part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, “Academy Dialogues: It Starts With Us” is a new series of virtual panels, with conversations about race, ethnicity, gender, history, opportunity and the art of filmmaking.

The latest episode in the series, “Academy Dialogues: Owning Your Brand,” features a conversation with Academy governor and producer DeVon Franklin (“Breakthrough”), Franklin Leonard, founder and CEO of the Black List, producer Debra Martin Chase (“Harriet”), and M88 president, managing partner and co-founder Phillip Sun discussing their professional journeys and finding success outside of the traditional Hollywood system. They address the importance of having a vision, investing in yourself, and building a business brand by taking control to tell new and authentic stories.

For more information on this Academy Dialogue and others in the series, please click here.

WHO:
DeVon Franklin, Academy governor and producer Franklin Leonard, founder and CEO of the Black List Debra Martin Chase, producer
Phillip Sun, president, managing partner and co-founder of M88

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Delroy Lindo, Gina Prince-Bythewood And T.J. Martin Speak To The Black Experience In Hollywood In Latest “Academy Dialogues”

WHAT:
Part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, “Academy Dialogues: It Starts With Us” is a new series of virtual panels, with conversations about race, ethnicity, gender, history, opportunity and the art of filmmaking.

In partnership with ICON MANN, a media and consulting company committed to positively transforming the dialogue and image of Black men, “Academy Dialogues: ICON MANN: We Are The Culture,” the newest discussion in the series, focuses on the Academy’s Black membership and the challenges of being successful in a system that was designed to be exclusionary.

Actor Delroy Lindo (“Da 5 Bloods”), writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Old Guard”), and Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker T.J. Martin (“LA92”) discuss how Black artists break through barriers and truly realize the power and meaning behind the saying, “We are the culture. Nothing moves without us.” Moderated by the Academy’s Shawn Finnie, Associate Director of Member Relations and Outreach.

For more information on this Academy Dialogue and others in the series, please click here.

WHO:
Delroy Lindo, actor (“Da 5 Bloods”)
Gina Prince-Bythewood, writer-director (“The Old Guard”)
T.J. Martin, filmmaker (“LA92”)
Shawn Finnie, moderator

WHEN/WHERE:
Available starting Thursday, October 1 at 9am PT on YouTube.

HIGHLIGHTS:
“For me, my work has been a fight to center our stories and tell stories in every genre, but through our lens. I’m the first audience, so I’m kind of writing what I want to see and then my hope is then that I can inspire and create characters that we can aspire to be. And from there, the world can see us in all these different ways and see the breadth of our humanity and be inspired by us as well.” -Gina Prince-Bythewood